Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sewing Project Day & a Fabulous Find!!

Today is a perfect day to stay inside and work on finishing up some of my sewing projects! :) (and catch up on some laundry...but that's not as important ;) ) It's going to be a SCORCHING (105 degrees!) day outside and I'd rather not venture out too much if I can't help it! :) 
Project #1: Finish Chair Pockets
I have 5 more to sew and then they need to be personalized! :) Goal for today though is to finish the sewing part...I'll personalize them in the future... 

For my second sewing project of the day... (Hopefully I'll have time [crosses fingers])...a binder tote! For this particular project, I am joining up with Elizabeth over at Fun In Room 4B for her linky party about  FaBuLoUs  finds that you can't live without! 

#2: Create a Teacher Binder Tote
Original Source & Tutorial
I saw this on Pinterest yesterday (Friday) and I just HAD to have it! I even left my house earlier than normal for date night, just so I could stop by Hobby Lobby to pick up the materials! Haha! :) I am creating a specialized Teacher Binder this year, so when I saw this...I knew it was the perfect thing to top off my overall project. (Plus, I know all of my teacher friends will want one! One has already demanded that I make one for her...Haha!) So, this is my FaBuLoUs find that I can't live without and I am super excited to make it! 

Hope y'all stay cool in this heat & have a wonderful weekend! :)

Friday, June 29, 2012

T.G.I.F. (Chair Project Update... Help a Fellow Blogger... Movie & Date Night with Friends)

Happy Friday Everybody! :)

It's my favorite day of the week...I mean...Who doesn't LOVE Fridays?! Anyways, yesterday was my hubby's day off from work and he was kind enough to help me out with ravamping my wooden stool project that I talked about in my Pintervention post earlier this week. (See post here...) It is not quite complete (about 95% & looking pretty sweet!), so I can't quite post the results yet. It should be complete by Monday and I will post the results then! Until are the colors that are incorporated onto my chair... LOVE!
On another note...Fellow Blogger, Jessica Stanford, is needing your help! Her project at is coming to an end and they need some help with keeping the project alive. Click HERE to see more information about the project and click on the button below to vote! It's for a good cause... :)

So, tonight is DATE night with the hubby (another reason I LOVE Fridays). Though tonight is date night with friends! So excited... :) Movie & Dinner at Longhorn's makes for a FABULOUS night! Now, the men are NOT coming with us girls to the movies...No. Why? You ask... Well, my friend and I are going to watch MAGIC MIKE (which the men did not want to watch with us...haha! Can you blame them?! See pic below). Needless to say, my friend and I are super excited to watch this flick as it has some of our favorite actors in it! ;) And of course, nothing could be better than enjoying the company of friends over a nice meal! What an evening to look forward to! 
Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, & Joe  Manganiello...
I mean...You can't go wrong!
Hope y'all have a FABULOUS Friday!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Room Giddiness... & Teaching Maddeness Giveaway

Hello, Hello!
It's been a busy week... Last Thursday, I got the news that I would be moving to a new room, so I've been at school this week discussing a potential layout with my assistant. I'm super excited because this room is so much bigger than my last one! We've been scouring & scavenging around the school looking for furniture, tables, etc. that are not being used and putting them in my room. (We even persuaded our maintenance men to give us their keys so we could look in the hidden storage closets on campus...hehe...LOVE it!) Anyhow, we can't truly set up the room just yet, as the carpet needs to be cleaned in the entire school...(BOOOOO!) But, it's still fun to talk and plan! :) Here are some pics of what the classroom looks like now...I will be sure to post these again to show the before and after pics of the room when the beginning of the year starts! 

The room is just bare bones now, but we have some fun stuff planned!

Before I go...I just wanted to let y'all know that Amanda over at Teaching Maddeness is having a 300 follower giveaway! Stop by her fabulous blog to check it out! :) Lots of goodies are being given...

Hasta Luego!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Passing on the One Lovely Blog Award ...

One Lovely Blog Award

       Teach on a Limb

Thanks again to Mrs. G over at Teach on a Limb for giving me this blog award!

{Here are the rules for this award}
Once you receive the award, you must: 

1.  Follow the person that gave you the award. 

2.  Link back to the person that gave you the award. 

3.  Pass the award on to 15 bloggers. 

I did some searching...and here are the fellow bloggers that I am passing this award on to: 

My Photo
iPadding Along

Heidi's Krazy Kinder




My Photo

The First Grade Splash


(I still have 2 more to give out, so I will be on the look out and will update this post as necessary!)


New Header/Button Design & 1st Blog Award! :)

Hey y'all...Notice anything different about my blog?! ........

I finally got around to creating a new header and button! They aren't the coolest (as I designed them myself from scratch - except for the finger spelling), but I'm pretty proud of my attempt at creating something new! :) 
Blog Award

       Teach on a Limb

So...I got my first blog award yesterday from Mrs. G over at Teach on a Limb! Thank you, Thank you! :)

{Here are the rules for this award}
Once you receive the award, you must: 

1.  Follow the person that gave you the award (CHECK!)

2.  Link back to the person that gave you the award (CHECK!)

3.  Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers (Work in Progress...)

I will be doing some searching for new bloggers out there to give this award to and hopefully post it tomorrow! :) So stay tuned...
Now I am off to do some more work in my classroom...Moving into a new room is a LOT of work, but sooooo much fun!! :)

Until next time...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pintervention Party...

Before I head off to school to hopefully move into my new room (crosses fingers), I thought I'd link up with Heather for her Pintervention Party.


Since I was hard at work creating my Common Core Standards binder this past week, I didn't have much time to create anything new. However, I thought I'd put all the projects that I have completed this summer thus far and what's to come! 

Pinterest Inspiration:
Source: Deonna Wade
My Creation:
Front of Chair Pocket (books, folders, etc. go into pink pocket)

Back of Chair Pocket (canvas part goes over back of chair)
This is a chair pocket that I made! (Not to shabby for my first time sewing!) It is made with canvas and sheet material. I am going to be making one for each of my students (I only have 7, so it shouldn't take too long...). Pink for the girls and sky blue for the boys. This will provide my students with another way to become more organized. Now, they won't have to try to cram all their textbooks, workbooks, folders, notebooks, etc. into their desk. I am planning on personalizing them as well. I will be uploading the final "FINAL" products as soon as they are complete! :)

#2: FOLDABLE FLOOR PILLOW SEATS (For Learning Centers/Games)
Pinterest Inspiration:
My Creation:
3 Standard Pillows (sewn together)
Easily Folded for Easy Storage
Another View :)
I don't know what to call them exactly (Foldable Floor Pillow Seats??)... Anyhow, it is a simple project of sewing pillow cases together, stuffing them, and sewing them shut. SO EASY!! I created these so my students can use them when they are doing activities that involve sitting on the floor (learning centers, games, reading, small group work etc.) These will be much more comfortable than sitting on hard tile flooring and can seat up to 3 students at once. 

Pinterest Inspiration:
Source: The scrapNdiva
My Creation:
My Creation... :)
This was so simple and I know the kids will LOVE it! It will be a good way to have a larger selection of work on display in my classroom as I do not have a ton of wall space available. It can also serve as student portfolios as I have tab dividers in there, so each student has their own section!  :)

Pinterest Inspiration:
Source: Jack of All Trades
My Creation:
My Cover
My Document Forms
This is another way to hold students accountable for their work. Each student has their own tab with a form in it. When they forget their homework, they need to go to their tab, write the date, name of assignment, and reason for incompletion. This will be a great way to have students take responsibility for their work and will be used for Parent-Teacher conferences to show homework trends. Cool, huh?!

Upcoming Project of the Week: Revamp My Author's Chair
Pinterest Inspiration:

Source: Laurie Cole Designs
Obviously, my creation will be no where close to this FABULOUS creation, but I hope it turns out semi-cute! Lol... I'm not an animal print fan, so mine will probably consist of polka-dots and stripes or something...We shall see! :)

Can't wait to see what everyone else has created, so link it up!

Adios Amigos...


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lazy Sunday Movie Recommendations!

Sunday is the one day a week when I try not to do anything school related. (I try, but don't always know how that goes...)

Sunday is the day where the hubby and I just chill out on the couch, cuddle up with our dogs, and watch movies all day! We are movie fanatics... (we have a rather impressive collection of DVDs/Blu-ray's, since we often wait for movies to come out on DVD/Blu-ray due to theaters not having subtitles) and this is how we love to spend our day of rest! Of course, this is not EVERY Sunday, as we go visit friends or travel to Nashville for the day, but for the most part...this is what we do... :)

So for those of you who also enjoy a good movie or two...I have 2 movie recommendations for ya! 
Movie #1: Machine Gun Preacher
 Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.

This movie is based off of a true story and I highly recommend it! It is so good and really brings awareness to what is going on in other countries. I cried in this movie several times...But it has such a good message! (And has Gerard Butler in it...You can't go wrong with that!)

Movie #2: Contraband
To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.

There are lots of actors in this movie that the hubby and I like (Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Kate Beckinsale, & Giovanni Ribisi), so we figured it couldn't be all that bad. As it turns out, we were right! :) We just watched this earlier today and I have to say that we really enjoyed it! I was so anxious the entire movie...I just knew things were going to go wrong, but just not how...Haha! 

So, check these movies out if you are looking for something to watch. They are both R, due to language and violence, so they aren't kid friendly. However, for the adults, they are good flicks! :)

Ok! Now I'm off to make Sunday dinner! Have a great rest of the weekend y'all! :)


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Celebration! Common Core Standards & No Homework Binder

There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

As you can see...I'm celebrating! Yesterday, I officially received news on what class I am going to be teaching...and... (drumroll) I got 6th grade! Whooohoooo! (doing a happy dance!) I've taught a 5/6 classroom for the past two years (prior to that, I taught 6-12 in Michigan), so this will be the first time I get to have ONE grade level and I'm super EXCITED! :) Also, I get to keep my lovely assistant (happy clapping) who puts up with my craziness everyday! We have such a blast together! :) And last, but not least...I get to move into a bigger classroom! YES! Needless to say, I am a very happy camper! :)

Anyhow, on a more serious note, I've been hard at work his week. I was inspired by Amanda, over at Teaching Maddeness (who is absolutely fabulous and has so many great ideas!), to create a document that was solely devoted to grade 6 standards. I did something like this last summer for 5/6, but it was not as simplified as this formatting, so I decided to revamp my old version into something similar to hers!

Let me tell y'all...Holy Smokes! Obviously, I know there are a lot of standards to cover, but it seems like a TON when you are retyping them all into a separate document. Copy/Pasting wasn't an option, due to the formatting of the original documents, as it would highlight other grade areas at the same time. :( But, after 3 days of creating tables, typing furiously, and color coding, I finally finished! It was so worth the effort...24 pages of blood, sweat and tears ;) I printed them off, put them into sheet protectors, and place them into my teacher binder to reference throughout the year. 

This is what I included in my document:

  • English Language Arts Common Core College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards
  • Common Core Mathematics Overview
  • Common Core Mathematical Practices 
  • Common Core Mathematics Standards
  • Tennessee Social Studies Standards (GLE's & SPI's)
  • Tennessee Science Standards (GLE's & SPI's)

Cover Page
ELA Common Core Anchor Standards
ELA Common Core Standards

Math Overview

Mathematics Common Core Standards

TN Social Studies Standards
TN Science Standards
Now that this is DONE...I can really get started on my interactive notebooks!
Cool feature about having these in sheet protectors is that I can highlight with a dry erase marker the standards I've covered as the year progresses. A visual way to keep track of what has been accomplished! :)

Lastly... I created another resource to use in my classroom yesterday. It was inspired from Pinterest and I just had to create one for myself! I think it will be very helpful in my classroom this year...It is the NO HOMEWORK BINDER
Document Forms
This is another way to hold students accountable for their work. Each student has their own tab with a form in it. When they forget their homework, they need to go to their tab, write the date, name of assignment, and reason for incompletion. This will be a great way to have students take responsibility for their work and will be used for Parent-Teacher conferences to show homework trends. Cool, huh?!
Well...that about sums up what I've done this past week... Now that I officially know that I will be teaching 6th grade, I can truly DIVE into planning for next school year! :)

Hope everyone has a FANTASTIC weekend!