Friday, December 16, 2011

It's been awhile, but here's a FREEBIE!

I know, I know, I thought I was going to get better about posting more often too, thank goodness for the rest of you ladies who continue to amaze me every day as I read your blogs {while thinking, I need to get blogging!}  
Any WHO, here is a little goodie I did as part of grade level GRINCH centers.

Lime Sherbet + Gingerale = Grinch Juice

Vanilla Pudding + Green Food Coloring + Green M & Ms = Cindy Lou Who-Pudding

Monday, December 5, 2011

How do you do it?

Alright, blog friends!  I am so tired after a day with my little firsties and then of course I click over to mommy duty after school.  I just don't have the time or energy to post like I did before.  I just don't understand how you ladies do it.  Thank you for always being so gracious to share your awesome ideas.  My students benefit so much from your great ideas.  Tell me, what is your secret to maintaining your blogs.  I should mention that one reason that I'm frustrated is I have...dino dial up at my house.  I know, you probably didn't think that it existed anymore, but tis true, tis true.

Merry Christmas, ladies and thank you again for your awesome ideas!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Paperplate Pilgrims

 My first grade teacher friends and I made these sweet paperplate Pilgrims.  I can post directions if you would like, just let me know.  

 girl Pilgrim
 boy Pilgrim

I have no idea where I found my Mayflower bulletin board set.  We labeled some basic features of the Mayflower. 

50th Day of School Goodie...after the fact

I celebrated the 50th Day of School with the help from The First Grade Parade and darn it wouldn't you know I found this little goodie at the Smart Lesson Stop for only $2.50.  Don't you just hate it when you find a gem for $2 bucks or so completely after the fact!?  Note to self...checked and bookmarked for next year! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Captain America to Mommy's Rescue

Check out this little superhero...
Captain America (3 1/2 years)

While enjoying some one-on-one time together getting groceries today, my little guy begged me to take the route to the toy aisle (standard) and this Captain America mask came home with us.  He wore the mask the entire time we shopped for groceries and trust me when I tell you we got some funny looks.  This little guy will always be my you Jack!

Yes, another post on the same day!

I know, I know...somewhere out there in blogland there is a rule (atleast) I have read it somewhere that a blogger should post one post a day, BUT since I have been MIA for the last several weeks, I'm making up for lost time.  My absence is due to several factors...
1. selling our house (to build exciting!) 
2. endless hours have been spent looking at house plans and meeting with contractors
3. lots and lots and lots of cleaning and organizing due to #1
4. taking my daughter to Girl Scouts and dance class (weekly)
5. maintaining a clean home (those that know me best, know that I will rather live on two hours of sleep than have a dusty cluttered home)
6. a nagging health problem that will soon be taken care of (thank goodness)
7. time with the hubby and my 6 1/2 year old (who is currently obessed playing the guitar like Taylor Swift)  and 3 1/2 year old (who is currently obessed with Captain America)
8. trying to keep up at school due to #1 through #6

ANYWAY, onto another idea I came across last year after I had finished all things Thanksgiving with my firsties.  So, I tucked this away to do this year...

The Thanksgiving Story Bracelet


I will be doing this activity with my students next week during a full day of Thanksgiving centers.  Click here to grab a copy of the story (this is not my original idea, credit to Dr. Jean.)

Storyline Online

Hello teacher friends,

Have your heard of Storyline Online?  I came across this little gem a few days ago and thought I would share my find.  My little firsties will enjoy this during lab time and also during whole group using the SMARTBoard,  I can't wait to share this with them.  Storyline Online is an on-line streaming video program featuring celebrities reading childrens books aloud!  Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas. The Polar Express is listed in the index, just in time for Christmas.  Check it out, I think you will be glad you did.