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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Just Pictures (Linky)

I lied... I have to write too :)

Hubby asked me to research ski places to visit this weekend. My Facebook friends were fabulous and gave me some great ideas. As a good wife, I did my research and sent the hubby all the links. Heard nothing back from him.
Today around 2 :00 I get an e-mail with a link to a nice hotel in Fort Lauderdale and a note saying: Pack your bags. We are on our way to the beach for some R & R. 
I think the kids are coming, so I am not sure how much R & R we will get :)  It is time to shave my legs (TMI???), pack the bathing suits, and celebrate the rest of 2012.

Before I do that. I am linking up to Miss Nelson. I had been meaning to participate for months!

I do not have an Elf. I am sharing pictures from the week prior to Winter break.

We began this tradition three years ago. The boys stay home.
Apparently I have 21 nice students, and just a naughty one :)
For the last two weeks they wrote nice notes to each other. 
Books picked based on interest.
Pure cuteness!
Santa forgot to read my wish list. 
Happy Snapping!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

One Sharp Pencil! (Giveaway)

Happy Wednesday Blooggy Friends!  I am recuperating from wrapping, unwrapping, eating a ton and spending my Tuesday on the couch.  The Mr. went to work and the kids and I enjoyed Santa's gifts along with a lot of TV watching, meals on the couch and pure laziness. Aaahhhhh.....I needed that.

This arrived in my mailbox...along with some bills. Let's concentrate on the good package and ignore the envelopes that take my money away from my checking account. :)

I have to say... I am VERY impressed. This guy beats the noisy, expensive one I have at school any day of the week. It is quick, quiet, and holly guacamole those pencils are sharp!!! See the difference?

My kids think this marvelous tool is staying home. Sadly, for them, this belongs in my classroom and they are going to have to say good bye to amazing looking sharp pencils.

I made some signs to share with you.  Download here.

Classroom Friendly Supplies will send one lucky winner one of these amazing tools for your classroom.

The rules:
- You must 'like' Classroom Friendly Supplies on Facebook.
- You earn an extra entry if you pin Classroom Friendly Supplies. Just grab a pic. from their website.
- You earn an extra entry for following me :)

I bet you are going to love it!!!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Our Christmas Presents & Winter Sale

Today was my first day off and I spent it at the mall (not my favorite place). I stopped at 9:30 for a minute of silence for all the victims of last week's tragedy. Many tears and prayers for everyone who has been affected.

Since hubby is at work, I get to blog :)

Take a look at our Christmas presents. 

I will let the pictures do the talking:

I am joining the sale too :)

Wishing for snow!  

Sunday, December 9, 2012

12 in '12

Gotta love a linky party!  Hadar and Kristen are hosting :)


12. Favorite movie you watched: A Little Bit of Heaven
Netflix and Redbox know me by name. I am such a couch potato and not very proud of it. I just enjoy TV way too much. Hubby loves documentaries, but they are always so depressing.
A Little Bit of Heaven

11. Favorite TV series: SVU & Modern Family. Could not choose just one.
10. Favorite restaurant: I guess it depends what kind of cuisine we are talking about :) If I have to choose one...
9. Favorite new thing you tried: Blogging. I have learned so much from many, many amazing bloggers. 
My Second Sense

8. Favorite gift you got: ipad. Hubby really surprised me last Christmas. It took me 2 months to open it :)  
7. Favorite thing you pinned: This Subway Print. I am living my dream...even though I kind of hate it around report card time :)
Disney <3
6. Favorite blog post: Our Mother's Day Project. The moms LOVED these cuties!

5. Best accomplishment: Posting my products on TPT.  It took me 6 months after I purchased my membership to post something. I wanted it perfect. I was so afraid. I still am. A bit.

4. Favorite picture: This amazing expression. She loved Disney World.

3. Favorite memory: Taking my daughter to her first day in kindergarten. Petite uniforms and exciting girls are just the perfect combination. Mommy had a few tears in the parking lot.

2. Goal for 2013: Give more. Work less. Spend more time with my family.

1. One Little Word: Family

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Share Your Opinion!

On Monday, I began teaching Opinion Writing and all I can say was A-mazing!!!   I guess we had been doing narrative writing for too long, because the kids rocked it. I am sure they were glad to try something new.

I decided to talk about something the kids were familiar with: Their favorite book character.

I wrote about him :)

On Tuesday,  I was observed (unannounced). The kids had created their hook and shared their opinions by then. We supported our opinion with facts and details.

Some of the charts we created.
The last picture is the final product .

My post observation went extremely well. I was very pleased with the grades and comments given by our interim principal.

I took it step by step. Modeled one thing at a time. Kids wrote. We shared. We edited. Repeat. Their first drafts were beyond fantastic!
We will do some editing, revising and write a final copy tomorrow. The rest of the week I have a variety of topics for them to practice with. After that, they get to use their brainstorming list we created on Monday.

In order to teach Opinion Writing, I created this product.

I love it. I really, really love it! I did some tweaking after teaching it. I did not wanted to put it out there without trying it out. Thanks to my amazing bloggy friend for reviewing this for me.

If my kids can write as well as they did, so can yours :) Find it HERE

Time to pick  someone who could LOVE this as much as I do.
Let's see... if you guess what my hubby does for a living I will send it to you for free!  I love guessing, don't you?  I think only one person who knows me personally can answer this. We will give her a serious talk if she spoils my guessing game. LOL.
Tiny hint: He wears a uniform to work.  Start guessing!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Currently

What are you currently up to?  Farley's super famous linky party is here. Can't wait to read, comment, visit your blog and meet new friends.

My life is about to get busy! Report cards, assessments, standardized testing, Christmas celebration, on-line grades (which took my about 4 hours last quarter), Christmas shopping, house cleaning...

I love opening my Christmas boxes and looking at my collection of photo cards. I only keep the photo cards :)  I use the other cards for some of my geometry lessons. Will take some pictures this year.

We do send a family card every year. We have only done that since we had kids. Sometimes it is only the kids, some times the whole family. It depends if I can convince the hubby.

My kids are working on their Christmas list. My daughter keeps adding something every time she watches a new commercial (I better turn the TV off). My son has legos, legos, and more legos. We have plenty of legos! and trying to convince him to ask for something else has been a bit unsuccessful. The Mr. has a few clothing pieces for his climbing adventures, and so far, I have thought about a keyboard for my ipad ( I wish I had the mini one!), a camera bag, and a  laminator.

I have a dear friend or two in bloggy land. I am hoping to surprise them with something this holiday season. I feel their love and support every time we 'talk'. Is there anything you'll recommend?

My new principal starts Monday. Wish me luck! I miss my old one terribly and I just want to remain open minded.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Family, Shopping and TPT Sale.

I enjoyed reading your guesses about my family. I have to say, I had a few good laughs thinking about what you were thinking when you were guessing.
Our family is very small in comparison to many other families I know back home. We learned about birth control after the grand-kids started having kids a bit young (not judging, we all made choices).
I swore never to do X and Y when I was young(er). The one and only thing I had ever wanted was to make my mom proud. She is! (I think).
You see... (I know you really want to know this about me)... daddy decided that being a father was not his thing, so he said good bye to me when I was about 5. I still remember that day. He never looked back.
I grew up with an amazing mother who taught me to work hard and never give up. As much I would have loved for my kids to have a maternal grandfather, he decided it was not worth it. His loss.

So, back to my family...
1 grandfather, 1 brother, 3 aunts, 1 uncle, 5 cousins, mom, and 8 nephews = 20.

Cherie, check your e-mail. You were right on.

How much shopping did you do this past week?  I stayed home. I did some Black Friday shopping on line.
We celebrated Thanksgiving on Tuesday since the Mr. had to work. The kids and I relaxed. They go back to school tomorrow (thank goodness!) and I enjoyed having Thursday and Friday off.

Cyber Monday is almost here. My cart is full with amazing graphics from Ashley, who made this amazing button. She is very talented!
My teeny tiny store is on sale.  I was talking to Tonya the other day...trying to steal her secrets. I have no idea how you guys find the time to teach, live life and create amazing products. I need a personal assistant.
I have something almost done, but I am trying it with the kids first so I can edit and revise before presenting it to you.

Time to lesson plan for the week.

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Flat Estimation Jar?!

Raise your hand if you have ever used a flat estimation jar. Here, here!...(this is me raising my own hand).

The whole idea began with a small collection of  ... confetti!

They are organized using small Gerber containers. Gerber peaches are my favorite. Yum!
I used them to create a two dimensional estimation jar. 

This is how it works: I pick a handful of confetti. I project the confetti. My students estimate. We use sticky notes to organize our data using post-its. We decide how we are counting our data (by 2's, 5's, 10's). We find who got closest to the actual number and record it on our estimation books. We are making a book with the estimation of the month.

The kids LOVE it!  They keep begging me to get more confetti. I need to go shopping :)
But of course you can continue to use your 3 dimensional estimation jar.
Raise your hand if you'd like to try that? 

This is when you raise your hand and visit my TPT store to check this new product. 

If you are the first one to estimate how big my family is (cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents...) back home in Mexico City, you'll get it for free.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mentor Blogger Love

Quick post today...well...I realized my posts are always short (ooops!). Should I make them longer? I do not want you to think I am not putting enough effort into sharing something worth your time. I have learned so much from all of you!

On that note... Christina has a giveaway you can't miss. She is amazing! She is what I call my Mentor Blogger. I have been following her blog forever, and before that, her amazing classroom website. Christina inspires me to be a better me in the classroom.  If you have ever had to contact her for anything, I am sure you know how amazing she is at responding quickly and guiding you through whatever you need.  Michigan is a nicer place because of her talent and love for her students. Maybe one day I'll go visit after I stop by  Ann Arbor first.
Please go visit and tell her how much I love her :)

Field trip today for us. The science company came to us, so no buses, no field trip medication...just pure fun!

Come back tomorrow for a chance to win my new product...something about a FLAT Estimation Jar :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Red and Blue

Our school had a two hour delay yesterday. I did as much as I could since I had to eat lunch with the kids in my classroom and did not have specials :(

I had Election Day activities so our day ended being really short and productive.

We started with a class conversation about each candidate. I then typed their statements and created a chart.

Each student received a ballot. We created graphs to display our data and used a map to color five blue states and five red states.

We then created If I Were President posters.

Today I watched a little bit of the acceptance speech and we wrote congratulation letters to the president.

Here is to no more campaign commercials!  :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Few More Pics. & November Currently.

Just a few more pictures.  I promise I am moving on and getting ready for the next holiday :)

November Currently with Farley :)

It is Friday, so the kids get to stay up an extra hour.
Fall is just amazing in NC. The trees are beautiful. I love all the crunchy leaves!
I might do some lesson planning tonight (big maybe). We have play dates, birthdays and a whole house to clean this weekend. I hope I get to enjoy some time doing nothing.
I am hungry for something other than sweets. Maybe an orange :) Shoes...I need shoes!

My Music:
I purchased all the possible Baby Einstein videos, CDs and books when my son was born. My students listen to classical (baby) music during Writer's Workshop.
Baby BachBaby Mozart
Can't wait to read what you play for your kiddos.