Saturday, April 25, 2015

Five for Friday {Apri 25}

Three months have passed since I last posted. Where does the time go?! Five for Friday is the perfect way to catch you all up on things that have been happening. 
Since October 2014, I've been working hard to lose weight and become healthier. This week marked a huge week of my weight loss journey. I have lost 40.2 pounds!
This week I had a second interview and a mock lesson at the school I am praying to teach at next year. I should know something by the end of next week. I felt like my interview went really well!
We have 19 days of school left! We started a countdown paper chain. In the past few weeks we have finished testing. Our first grade friends (buddy classroom for testing) gave us testing treats each day. This past week we had Field Day and two field trips. 
We are reading the novel "Summer of the Monkeys" by Wilson Rawls. The students have LOVED it so far! We are halfway through. I'd never heard of it until this year.  
I picked up a few classics at Target today in the $1 spot. "The Secret Garden" was a favorite of mine growing up! I also picked up a few picture books that would make nice end of the year gifts.  
I hope to share more soon! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I was recently contacted by a representative from Quill about reviewing a product. I was more than HAPPY to do so because I have actually ordered through Quill before (I purchased colored paper for classroom newsletters) and had a good experience with them.
They were so kind to let me pick out an item and I chose this AWESOME easel! It's the Best-Rite Double Sided Easel. It is double sided and has tubs, which I love for storage.
I love how both sides can be used. One side has a wire book rack and a book ledge, which I LOVE. The book rack and ledge would be perfect for displaying the book to be read aloud that day or for storing other materials!
The other side is a full dry erase board, which is spacious and useful!
My FAVORITE thing about this easel is that it really makes use of the space, which is so helpful to teachers. We have so many things to store! Between the two boards, there is a shelf where you can store items. I envision this as a perfect area to store manipulatives or various items needed for a lesson at a classroom rug. 
There are 4 baskets at the bottom, making use of that space as well. It also came with two flip chart hooks, which you can see I have temporarily placed inside a basket.
We did have a little bit of trouble getting a few holes lined up, but we were able to fix that easily. Other than that, it put together nicely.
I am SO EXCITED about this easel and so THANKFUL to Quill for sending it to me! They were super easy to work with while I was choosing an item and definitely efficient with shipping it. It will be a perfect addition to my classroom!!
Click HERE to go to Quill's website to see what all they offer!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

That's a Wrap for 2014!

Well folks, that is a wrap for 2014 with our kiddos! One of mine thought today was the last day of school. Not yet, friend. Here are a few things we did together this week.

On Monday we read the book "Prancer" as a read aloud. Students took notes about the book to compare to the movie, which we watched the following day. They also took notes during the movie and then discussed similarities and differences. 

Today we filled out a graphic organizer to organize our thoughts for our Santa letter. The organizer included: ways you've been good/bad, things you want for yourself, things you want for your family, and things you want for the world. 

This little fellow said he was sick last year at Christmas so all he really wanted was for no one to be sick. Bless his sweet heart. He really does have a heart of GOLD.

This friend is pretty upset about her cat who has cancer so she wants for her cat to get better for Christmas. Bless her heart. It is hard to lose a pet. 
Today we also had Christmas craft rotations! My classes made Christmas tree ornaments. They turned out pretty cute if you ask me! One stuck a pipe cleaner and made me a Tennessee Vols ornament. 
The best present I got (besides the buses getting here early!) was this sweet card. This is a student who wrote me a card at the beginning of the year and I wrote her one back that mentioned how great of a writer she is, how much I appreciated her effort, etc. She told me later how much that card meant to her. This card made my day. Her mom (also a teacher at my school) also wrote on the card and told me how much her daughter felt encouraged and believed in by me. MELT MY HEART. Best.Gift.Ever.
Merry Christmas, friends!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Five for Friday

Happy Saturday, friends! Even though Doodle Bugs Teaching is taking a little mini vacation, I still wanted to share 5 things from my week with you! 
A local high school reached out to our fifth grade team asking if we would partner with their Advanced Acting class. We shared a student's writing with them and they came and acted it out. Little did we know that we teachers were also acting! We didn't know anything about it, but it was really neat and so much fun! I was so proud that the student's writing was one of my homeroom students!
Yesterday we had a school-wide Polar Express/pajama day. It was so much fun! We started the day with the performance mentioned above. Then we made Christmas foam ornaments, had lunch, watched The Polar Express, and just enjoyed a fun day. AND...we had a visit from the conductor of The Polar Express!

Another fun activity we did was our December STEM challenge which was to make snow! It was really neat and the kids LOVED it.
We finished and assessed our novel, "Which Way to the Wild West". In the back of the novel there is a section called, "What Ever Happened To...?". We picked one person from that section and wrote letters to them. 
One more week, friends! We have lots of fun things coming up next week. We are reading the book "Prancer" and watching the movie to compare. We have our Christmas party and we have one full day of Christmas craft rotations! This will be my motto for next week!

Friday, November 28, 2014

It starts with a SPARK!

I want to take a moment to tell all of you dear readers thank you. Thank you for staying with me as I'm trudging through a hard year at school. I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! If you are like me, you probably ate too much, but enjoyed it all, right?!
I wanted to share something with you that has truly helped get me through some of my roughest days this year. Spark. A friend of mine started Advocare in March and I've watched her amazing transformation. One product she always bragged about was Spark. Fast forward a few months and my sister-in-law began using Advocare products. I purchased some Spark through her and LOVE it. It gives me the energy I need to get through the day and helps me be the best me I can be! It helps with mental focus and is truly a "feel good" product. I accidentally forgot my Spark on the Friday before Thanksgiving break and sent my mom a text that said something like, "That moment that you get to school and realize you forgot your Spark... :0" with an emoji that showed me grinding my teeth. Y'all, it's that good!
In January I, along with many others on my team, will be starting a 24 day challenge and I am SO excited! I cannot wait to start the new year in such a positive start!
I would LOVE to talk to you about Spark, the 24 day challenge, or any product you may be interested in! If you would like more information, please leave me your email and I'd love to get in touch with you! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I'm Still Here!

I just wanted to pop in real fast and tell you that I am still here! Life has been super busy lately and I haven't spent any time on the computer. My laptop has been dead for weeks and if you knew me, you would know that's not me!

We have completed our informative animal reports and are currently doing oral presentations on them.
I haven't shared a lot about this school year because I don't want to share negativity, but I got this POSITIVE card from a student on one of my worst days. It is so sweet.
Hope to be back soon with more!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Five for Friday - Short and Sweet!

Today I am linking up for Five for Friday with a short and sweet post! :) 
We celebrated Red Ribbon Week at school this past week. I saw lots of cute socks on "Sock it to Drugs" day!
We also had a "Dress like your hero" day. I loved how this student created her own cape with her "heros and sheros".
We completed our October STEM challenge. Our question was, "Do you think the number of seeds in a pumpkin is related to the size of the pumpkin?" Our pumpkin had 840 seeds!
Last night I dressed up with my son as a Ninja Turtle and enjoyed trick or treating! 
And this is what I look and feel like today...haha! 16 meetings this week, arriving at school by 6:30-6:45 and staying until after 5:00 everyday, being a single mommy most of the week, Fall Festival at church, Halloween, and one very stressful day in the midst of that....whew, I am tired!