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- gonoodle.com
     RtI Center time- Lots of small group and individual work. We have three classroom desktop computers, five Nooks and five Chromebooks. Some favorite websites: abcya.com, pbskids.org  
     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!

Saturday, April 18, 2015


     I am a basically a homebody. Travel is wonderful, but there's always that point when it's time to head home. With Daylight Savings time it's a little easier to get stuff done in the evenings, but we're usually home right after school. Until this week...
Monday- I fixed baked ziti, yum, then we went across the street to Ladies Circle meeting. Fun evening discussing upcoming plans for church with sweet friends.
Tuesday- We'll start with this picture:
Yes, indeedy, that's me and my friend Sarah spinning the big wheel at the Price is Right Live show!! We were not picked to go on stage, nor did we win any consolation prizes. It was still a wonderful evening. Most of the contestants played along and had fun. We got home at 11:10. Super late for an old, spinster teacher.
Wednesday- Made chicken fajitas with beans and rice for dinner.Went to church. 
Thursday- stopped to get Colton a haircut on the way home. Ordered $4.98 large Papa John's. Did absolutely nothing else.
Friday- ate leftover pizza, and again, did absolutely nothing else
How was your week?

Friday, April 17, 2015


Sweet little nature-loving girl loses her parents
lives with a harsh stepmother
loves a tree and a mouse
delivers eggs to beloved friends.
My first-graders predicted an ending:
Her tree grows back.
Her stepmother turns nice and doesn't spank her as much.
She cries on the stairs.
After we read the real ending, a sweet boy said,
"I wish there was another book to tell us the rest."
I predict you will love this book
and the beautiful pictures.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


     Borrowed Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke from the library. (It's overdue but I'm almost finished) She suggests writing down what you declutter and sorting it into trash, donation or sell.  Here goes:
I started before my beach trip and haven't stopped yet.

1. Lots of magazines. I cut out a few recipes we still want to try. T for Trash.
2. Three of Colton's swim trunks, a sweat jacket, two West Virginia T-shirts. Like items Colton's clothes, no matter how many, count as one. HCM for donation to Huntington City Mission.
3. My clothes A pair of really-wide leg jeans, a WV sweatshirt. G for donation to Goodwill. Two blingy, V-neck Quacker Factory T-shirts. HCM  Blingy denim jacket Gave to my mom.
4. Snow cone maker shaped like a snowman. Colton received this as a birthday gift and the gift-giver's mom insisted we make snow cones during the party. Only used once. G
5. Toy shark for school that's too realistic for me. G
6. Two bracelets I got at Disneyworld. G Pirate necklace T
7. Metal/spring thing to hang a plate on the wall. G
8. Sunglasses I borrowed from the Lost and Found for playtime one day. HCM
9. Four tiny Halloween toys that spring-up. T
10. Skeleton magnet T
11. Two eyeshadows and two foundations. T
12. Three frayed bristle toothbrushes. T
* Found two hair-dryers and two bags of cotton balls *
13. One of those hair-dryers with the diffuser. HCM
14. Too-wide animal print headband that always hurt my head. HCM
15. Three bunches of artificial Fall flowers. Gave to my mom.
16. Two boxes that a watch came in, some old medicine T
17. Scarf that I made from an old T-shirt. T
18. Two CDs, two cassette tapes T
19.  A whistle. T
20. Two snack/drink twist-on carriers, snack boxes. Never used. HCM
and I am just getting started :)
Edited: 21. Pair of Colton's tennis shoes, washed and drying in the sun G
22. Two little buckets G

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Spring Break!
We left bright and early Monday morning,
had our toesies in the sand by 4:30.
Besides walking on the beach, sunning by the pool and eating fried shrimp...
(a little sightseeing)
(too close for comfort)
and the Aquarium.
So relaxing.
Rested up on Friday and Saturday.
Wonderful Easter dinner on Sunday.
Hope yours was just as fun!