Saturday, July 4, 2015


All finished!
Love this one! The free pattern is here.
Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Listening- to Gunsmoke. I love Festus!!

Loving- cleaning house and it staying that way for a while

Thinking- about vacation next week, what to pack?

Wanting- to make dinner the next few evenings

Needing- to call the eye doctor for an appointment

All Star- I challenged myself to read 1 Corinthians 13 everyday for three months, after finding the same challenge in Katharine's Yesterday, a book published in 1895 written by Grace Livingston Hill. Getting something different from it each day!

Go see what everyone else is doing at Oh Boy 4th Grade.

Monday, June 15, 2015


Last Monday- 
Sailing from Miami on the Lido Deck
Oh my! While waiting in line to board,
I kept thinking, "I could be back home in four hours."
with a panicky feeling
I had never traveled away from Colton
especially putting an ocean between us.
Still in my jammies, doing laundry.

Saturday, May 30, 2015


We spent last weekend in Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg- one of my favorite places. 
Mostly eating, some shopping and a little playing in the creek.
This weekend, I stayed in my jammies until 10:18.
Worked on this:
pinned and ready, 
long straight lines along the small squares and the bottom/ right of the sashing.
and made this little yum yum: cake
One. more. day. of. school.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Still decluttering!

36. Four plastic tumblers with lids G for Goodwill
* 30 * more VHS tapes T for trash
37. silly string T
38. country perpetual calendar G
39. old Casino card T
40. stationery set G
41. some random cabinet handle G

     A nice easy work day with meetings in the morning and free time to work in our classrooms this afternoon. Sat in the beautiful sunshine for a little tanning, too.

Saturday, May 16, 2015


     We use wipe-off markers and paddles for phonics, then take a practice spelling test.
     Third read of weekly story- fluent, with expression :)
     On-level short passage with five questions from Differentiated Reads. Two one-minute reads, answer questions, illustrate setting.
     Read to Self with a book from individual folder
     Movement activity
     RtI centers
     "Medium" spelling practice page
     Same afternoon activities
Nine more bittersweet days to go! 
How was your week? 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


     We start with phonics- but use this little homemade chart and yellow jacket finger puppet:
Next year, this will be revamped with added digraphs and different vowel-pairs.
Like Monday, we read our story together
then read a previous story with a partner.
     Making words activity using our weekly spelling pattern
     Decodable Reader- practice at seat individually. This is used for our This book is about...response OR a Somebody/wanted/but/so. Then we read the story together. It goes home three nights in a row for practice.
     Movement activity
     RtI Centers
     Our spelling program includes three activities each week. We do the "easy" page on Tuesday.
     Afternoon activities are same as Monday, except we go to Art class.

Monday, May 11, 2015


     This is our last five-day school week. In order to prevent my beginning-of-the-year panic next Fall- What do we do all day?- Here's a quick Week in the Life series.
     We start with Yellow Book Phonics orally, whole group. A wonderful program that includes a daily alphabet activity, rhyming, isolating beginning/ middle/ and ending sounds, putting phonemes together and breaking words into phonemes.
     The children practice read our weekly story at their seats, then we read it together at the carpet- one child is the expert reader for each page, then we read the page chorally.
     Afterward, I'll choose a partner for each child to partner read an earlier story. 
     We write our Spelling words in abc order in our planners.
     Sequencing cut-n-paste. Love this book!
     Movement activity-
     RtI Center time- Lots of small group and individual work. We have three classroom desktop computers, five Nooks and five Chromebooks. Some favorite websites:,  
     Read-to-Self with This book is about...response, including the who and what happened  
     Lunch/ Recess
     Math calendar
     Math Journal or Go Math activity
     Block- Guidance/ Computer Lab
     Writer's Workshop
I love routine, and it seems like the kiddos like knowing what's next too. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015


     Started the Book A Day challenge a little early- there are still 14 more days of school- 
but this one is worth it.
  The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson
When I'm teary-eyed by the third page, I know it's gonna be good. 
Several wonderful short stories
connected through the years
by a doll. An ambassador.
I think you'll love it.

The decluttering continues:
33. collectible Coca-Cola glass from McDonald's Goodwill 
34. lime green capri pants G
35. gray hoodie G

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 19, 2015


The decluttering continues:
23. a pair of too small gloves G for Goodwill. one glove T for trash
24. a little magician cape from Halloween. I have pictures, don't need the cape. G
25. an ice tray specifically to make water bottle shaped ice G
26. four summer placemats G
27. Easter decorations I don't remember buying G
28. Two DVDs H for Huntington City Mission
29. Mommy and me cookbook G
30. Six VHS tapes G
31. little wooden sailboat kit. OCC- in my boy shoebox
32. two popcorn holders that our hands never really fit into G
Happy Sunday!