Monday, August 13, 2012

Back In Action....First Day of School!

Sorry I've been MIA for the last week or so...but I've had a TON of stuff to get done before the school year started! You would think that I would have had it all prepared for as much as I worked this summer, but nooooooo! Haha! Plus, my Mother and the In-Laws came to visit this past weekend, so I had to get the house cleaned and prepped as well. CRAZINESS! But it's all done (it was a WONDERFUL weekend) and the school year has begun!

Since I'm EXHAUSTED...I'm just going to make a short post today. Everything went FANTASTIC today. I have the same students as last year, so I am super excited about that! It makes the beginning of the year so much easier...as they already know my classroom rules and expectations. The kids were very happy to be back at school. They say they get bored at home and love coming back to see everyone again. Overall, the day went great and I feel like we are of to a great start!

Here are a few pics of my room ... Not everything is as I want it yet, but that's ok! It looks pretty good so far I think! :)
Outside of Room (with two-way mirror looking into room)
Entrance View
Assistant's Desk / Behavior Chart & Rewards / Standard Chart
Student Notebook Boxes
Another View (Taken from back of room)
Student Bookshelf
Teacher Bookshelf
Bucket Filling
Buckets! :)
Main Bucket Full of Pom Poms
Reading Nook
Back Corner View (From Nook)
Another Angle
And Another... :)
My NEW rug came in at the end of the day! :)

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Joining Tara at 4th Grade Frolics real quick for MONDAY MADE IT!


"Happy Birthday" straws
Back to School Treat
Dry Erase zone at each student's desk (iThink Pad)
Math Problem Solving Process (Used this last year, but redid it to look nicer)
Author's Purpose Bulletin Board
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Hope everyone has a GREAT week! Happy New School Year to y'all! :)

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

DonorsChoose.org

It's official! I finally got my first project up and running at DonorsChoose.org! After reading several of my favorite blogs out there and hearing their success with the organization...I decided to give it a try!


So, go check it out! I appreciate any help with spreading the word as this is my first project ever... :) (Click image below)


It's back to work for me this Friday (ahhhhhhhhhhhh!), so I've been taking a little break from school related stuff for the past few days. Students don't arrive until August 13th, so I've got a little bit more time to prepare. :) Hope y'all are enjoying your last few days of freedom... *sigh* ;)



Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Oh Happy Day!!

Today is a very SPECIAL day! It's my 8 year anniversary with the hubby!! :) Wow.........has it really been 8 years already?! AMAZING!
A little snippet of info surrounding our whirl-wind marriage...

We met in March of my Senior year in High School (I was 18 and he was 23). Since he is 5 years older than me, he had already graduated from college and been living in Washington, D.C for a while. His mom had been my hairstylist since I was a little girl...yet I never knew/met him. 

One day, when I was getting my hair cut, his mother asked me if I would like to exchange emails with her son because he is moving home back home from Washington, D.C. (Oh and our parents only live 1/2 mile from each other). We exchanged a few emails and met the day after he moved. The rest is HISTORY!  We were married July 31st (a mere 4 months later). He is my soul mate and I adore him! He is my Everything... :)

Ohhhhhhhhhh...and look what the hubby got for me for our special day!! Love, Love, LOVE!! (amethyst, natural pink sapphires, white diamonds, strawberry goldIt has to get resized, so I don't have an official pic of it on my finger, but I will post it as soon as I get it! Can't wait....hehehe!


Monday, July 30, 2012

Whooohoooo! It's Monday!!

Monday's have officially become my favorite day of the summer thanks to Tara's (4th Grade FrolicsFABULOUS  linky party: MONDAY MADE IT!
Before I get started, I wanted to give a special shout out to the people/companies that I utilized to make these wonderful creations!




Okey Dokey...let's get to it!


Project #1: Behavior Clip Chart
I blogged way back in my first few posts about how I saw this chart floating around Pinterest and that I was excited to add on to what I had already been doing in my classroom! Haha! Well...It seems as if everyone else in the teaching world has also caught the same excitement bug and there are so many AMAZING creations/variations out there! (Owls, Superheros, Baseball, etc.) So, I thought I would try to create my very own version! Here is what I came up with... :)
Closer view (before lamination)
After lamination...preparing to be hole punched
Hanging on the bathroom door by the Rewards display I wrote about last week!

Project #2: Math Workshop Bulletin Boards
This took FOREVER to accomplish! But it was so worth it... I wanted to create my own version of a math workshop rotation chart based on what I've seen out there in the blogging world. I think it turned out great! I will post soon with more specifics about how my Math Workshop is going to run...Stay tuned! 
My Math Wall!
Rotations Bulletin Board
Activities Bulletin Board
Groups
Project #3: Bathroom Vacant/Occupied Sign
Last week, I was perusing everyone else's Monday Made It's and I came across this genius idea! Unfortunately, I can't remember who posted about this last week....so if you could let me know...I'll give you credit for it! :) I especially liked this idea because of the fact that I work with students who are deaf/hard of hearing. Half of my students cannot hear anything (even with aids), therefore, they cannot hear the bathroom fan running or a response to a knock. This will be so helpful to them!


Project #4: Star Student
Every Thursday/Friday, I am planning on having my students nominate a fellow classmate for the Superstar Student of the Week. I have a good idea on how I am going to go about this...and will be posting about it once the school year starts! This way I can have pictures of the process to share with y'all... This is what the Superstar Student of the Week will get to put on their chair for recognition (along with their picture posted in the hallway). 
Dollar find at Target...It was too long, so I cut the bottom half off of it due to my students having chair pockets. I didn't want the student to struggle getting their materials in and out of the pocket. Here is the final product:
Final Product!
So, those were all of my major projects...however, I wanted to share a cute little item that I will adding to my desk! I did put the rhinestones and vinyl lettering on myself! :) LOVE!

Off to stalk y'all's blogs...Can't wait to see all the goodies! :)


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tell me more, Tell me more!!

The Olympics have begun! Yay! So, I'll make this as quick as possible...





1.) I have been married to a WONDERFUL man for 8 years! (on July 31st) I adore him and look forward to many more adventures together! :)

An old pic, but it's one of my favorites! :)

2.) I currently live in Tennessee, but grew up in Ohio...Lovin' it here in the south!

3.) My nickname is GOMER. All of my friends and family that knew me growing up call me that....the hubby does not! LOL! My maiden name is Gomez and people used to call my dad Gomer. So, when I came along...I was dubbed "Little Gomer" which eventually became just Gomer... :)

4.) My mom owned a dance studio and taught for many, many years! Therefore, I grew up around music and dancing! My favorite was tap and jazz. My mom, sister, and I would perform at the end of every recital together...ahhhh...memories!

My mom, sister & I all have identical outfits...I'm the littlest one!


5.) My favorite pastime growing up was fishing with my dad! I loved it... I don't have any pics from way back when, but I have a pic from the most recent fishing trip we've taken! (on Lake Erie for Father's Day a few years ago)

I caught the biggest one! Yay!

6.) I love going on vacations with the hubby and family!
ALASKA -- 5 year Anniversary!

CANCUN -- w/ both sets of parents (not pictured..haha! sorry...)
ARIZONA/GRAND CANYON -- w/ my family
7.) I love musicals (Grease, Sweeny Todd, Phantom of the Opera), but my favorite musical is the NEWSIES!! Haha...My sister and I can practically recite the entire movie by heart! (That's my cigar!...You'll steal another...Hey bummers, we've got work to do!) Plus it's got one of my favorite actors in it...Love me some Christian Bale! :) 


8.) We adopted our cat, Bernadette, (the hubby names all of our animals) from Friends of Felines' Rescue Center.
She was so little!
9.) I have a tattoo...and absolutely LOVE it! I want another someday soon...
It's a cross with a pic of my hands signing Jesus overlaying it...
10.) I am a pasta lover...spaghetti, fettuccine, baked ziti, tortellini...YUMMY!!

11.) I have met Peter Facinelli! (Carlisle from Twilight)
12.) HBO is one of my favorite channels because it has some of the best TV series to watch...True Blood, Game of Thrones, Girls...


13.) Favorite games to play: Phase 10 & LRC


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Hope y'all enjoy reading about my little quirks! :) I'm off to watch the Olympics now!