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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.    

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Pics.

How was your day yesterday? I am trying my hardest to stay away from the pantry :)  I need willpower!

At home, we had a cute Rapunzel that refused to wear a wig (I have always wanted a blond baby) and a hockey player. My kids' school starts at 7:20...let me tell you, it was super hard to get up this morning.

At school, we had a great day! I am going to let the pictures do the talking :)

We also read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. Our awesome PenPals sent us the book. Thanks Jaime! We then used it to add one more choice for our Respond to Reading chart.

There were cupcakes, juices, popcorn, munchkins, goodie bags, and masks.

Friday... I am sooooo ready for you.