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Monday, December 29, 2014

One Word

Hello there!  I am still at home, visiting my family for two more days.  The kids and I have been taking pictures and I am hoping to share with you once we return.  I have two long plane rides and a four hour layover in Miami on New Year's Eve to occupy myself with.

While I have begun to think about packing, I am already thinking about next year.  I am joining a great linky at Primary Powers that is helping me with this.  It requires a one word resolution.
I have to be totally honest with you, I do not believe in resolutions. at. all.  But I do believe in changes one can make to be and feel happier.
I thought about one word that will help my soul smile.  I broke the one word rule but I know you will understand.  #couldnothelpmyself

That is it.  It sounds so simple but  I know I lack the ability to be present many times.  

I want to work on the ability to enjoy the one thing I am doing: 
- Being with my kids  or my husband while they are trying to talk to me and I am busy doing something else that is not as important as they are.  
- Enjoying a simple image that brings me joy: a child reading and smiling while they read a book.
- Reading a book and submerge myself in it without thinking about anything else. 
- Taking a deep breath.
- Loving what I do without thinking about how it could have been better.

It all comes down to enjoying whatever I am doing at its fullest.  One can never know if we'll have that opportunity again.  

What about you?  How do you feel present at all times?  I need your help :)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Blog Hop Stop #24

Welcome to blog  hop #24.  I am so glad you are here!

Primary Powers and GoNoodle have created the 
dynamic duo!  We are sharing all of our best ideas on using GoNoodle. You have landed at hop top #24. 

While teaching third grade this year at a new school, my kids switch classrooms all day long.  We provide them with transition time to get materials from their lockers, use the bathroom, get a drink of water, or just walk.  We have one of the busiest schedules, we really do!  The day goes by so rapidly you barely notice the time since you are on the go all day long.

With that being said, my students do need extra time to stretch, exercise, dance, breath, relax... and GoNoodle is here to the rescue!
We use GoNoodle during transitions (between our math, reading, spelling, and history class).  We use it to keep our bodies and minds on task and even a bit of relation before we take a test. I cannot begin to tell you how much they love it!  I have even received e-mails (the nice kind) from parents, thanking me for the extra needed brain break in their child's life.  Score! I even wrote about them on one of my graduate school papers while discussing about the brain and all the research out there about the benefits of brain breaks (hoping for an A).

Maximo is one of our favorite characters!  The kids totally love his accent and enjoy imitating him. He gets us through our breathing exercises with many wonderful smiles... and confident test takers!

GoNoodle has parent accounts so the dancing, breathing, and exercising can happen at home too!

Starting on Cyber Monday through December 8th, GoNoodle is also offering all Primary Powers readers 30% purchases from the GoNoodle Shop  Use the code POWERS30 at checkout to receive the discount PLUS a special gift from GoNoodle and Primary Powers.
In addition to the new t-shirts, tumbles, and other goodies for GoNoodling teachers, you can purchase affordable, pre-wrapped gift packs for students to bring a little GoNoodle love to your classroom this holiday. 

Don't forget to say hi to them via Facebook :) 

Ready for some goodies?
Enter  to win some cool GoNoddle Headbands for your entire class! Check them out HERE
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Keep hoping! You almost made it to the end. Your next stop is Second Grade Perks. Heather is ready for you with some extra GoNoodle awesomeness!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#Thanksgiving Lapbook

Who is off this week?!  I will not rub it in too much, but I am for the first time ever.  A week off is what I need to take a deep breath and catch up with my never ending to do list.

We had a very busy day yesterday with the ophthalmologist, pediatric dentist (did you hear me say 5K braces??!!!), car salesmen, redbox movies with hubby,  and DTWS by myself.

Today I promised I would get things done, and while it is around four something, I am still in my pajamas blogging away :)

It has been months since I have sat down to finish something to post on TPT, but I did it! Finally :)

You can find this $2.00 resource HERE.  Maybe for next year? 

A few more pictures for ya...

All the printables to show what your students are #thankfulfor are included and the cutest clipart from Educlips just makes me smile.   I hope you like it!

Want a copy?  Help me by pinning this, comment with a thankful hashtag, leave your e-mail and your pin.  I will send it to you tonight!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SUPER Thankful Thread Linky

I have disappeared again.  I am sorry. I get a chance to check my IG account almost daily, but blogging has been a hard thing to get to after hours of school work.  Grad school is almost over (for this semester anyway), and I am hoping to have more time to share things with you soon. I am just thankful you have not left me. Thank you!

The super girls and I are having a Super Thankful Linky and we would love for you to join us HERE.

My students and I will be taking some time to report about things we are thankful for with our families during our school festivities next week... more on that later next week :)

For now... my bloggy friends I am SUPER thankful for..

Don't forget to join the linky party with us!  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Working Mini Offices

Midweek. Observations are done. Kids are in bed. Feeling relieved is all I can say :)

This is my first time linking up with the fabulous Ms. DeCarbo. I just want to be her BFF.  She seems like the sweetest lady ever.  I love to use her products while I tutor because my mini clients love her ideas :)

Testing, testing...1,2,3.  My kiddies like to hide behind their brand new Mini Working Offices. The loved them!  I may give them a few tests if they ask me one more time if they can use one while just 'working' :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Super Freebie!

I am sure you are now following the newest super collaborative blog, Primary Powers right?

Today I am sharing a Super Freebie for all of you.  Please head on over to Primary Powers to get it and leave us some love :)

Do not forget that tomorrow is your last day to enter the Super giveaway. Don't miss it!

I must leave you.  Today is my wedding anniversary and I better find the time after school to go get hubby something. All I have is a silly card!  He knows I like when he gives me serious, cheesy cards, but I like to give him the funny ones.  IF the children finish their homework, we have planned to go out to a nice Italian restaurant in town everyone has recommended.  If not, pizza it is :)  or Mexican...we shall see...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Super Giveaway

Thank you for all of you who visited the newest collaborative blog: Primary Powers.  The Supergirls and I are so happy to start this new adventure with you.

Let's chat a minute about THE Super Giveaway going on right now.  Don't miss out, go enter!

What do we have for you?

That is $300 worth of amazing teacher goodies!  Come and meet us there. Our superpowers are contagious. Promise :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's HERE! Bring Your Cape with You!

Please picture this... super fun cool bloggers, capes, super hero masks, amazing super powers, and just a whole lot of bloggy perfection. 

May I present to you:  

I was invited to be part of this group surrounded by many of my faves, and I had to say yes like...right away! We have been preparing for a while and the day is finally here. Today.It.Is!!

I have watched a few superhero movies lately and I must say the updated super heroes are so darn cute! It is hard not to drool. There will be no drooling around here, but a lot of primary powers united to bring you a fantabulous daily blog, freeebies, ideas, fun times, and of course, giveaways.

So go ahead and go find us!  I can help you with that :)
Primary Power's home is HERE, please come and follow!  We would love to see you there.  You certainly want to come follow because...
Please go to the Primary Powers Blog and enter to win some amazing goodies! You know you want to win it :) 

You can also find us HERE. Hello IG friends :) and last but not least, on Facebook.
You are welcome to wear a mask and/or a cape while clicking on all the likes and follow buttons, why not?

One. last. important thing :) We are celebrating the launch of Primary Powers with an exclusive deal with Educents!  New blog, giveaway, new friends, Educents, really?!  I know you are excited and so are WE!    
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There is much more to come!  Stay tuned and go, go follow us!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sunday Savings Circular Linky

Two days in a row?!  So happy to see you, again.

I am about to spend another long night in front of the computer like I did last night.  I made it to bed at two in the morning :(  I tried to take care of small chores during the day and entertained the kids so tonight I won't feel as guilty once I put them in front of the TV.  We are watching a movie right now and then mommy has a date with the computer, again.  Did you do anything fun?

I am here, supporting one cool girlie's first linky.  I hope you can come and join her too!

As you read your Sunday circular tonight or tomorrow morning, come and join Ms. Nicole with your own savings.  Check out her blog to get this cool button and customize your own Sunday sale.

My Sunday offer is for tomorrow Sunday October 4th. 

Let the shopping begin.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Five for Friday - You May Need a Cape

Are you still there? I hope you are still around.  I have missed you!
I am the worst blogger ever. But I have good excuses :)

Let's do a Five for Friday recap since I have not joined this fun linky for about a year. Shame on me!


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Track out time is over. I went back to work yesterday and the kiddos return Monday. 
After having three days off between the new job and school years, I finally got to relax, eat, sleep, and enjoy the family.  

So, we did it again. We took our second cruise as a family. 
We went with Royal Caribbean this time. I did cry a bit when I saw the (Magic) Disney boat right next to us. We tried to get on, but they declined our admission. So we spent seven precious relaxing days in the Caribbean.  
Sun, heat, humidity (good bye make-up), food, entertainment, no schedules, no alarms, coconuts, and bathing suits were part of our life for seven glorious days.  I have a gazillion pictures to download and this time I demanded asked to be in more than one. 
The kids and I got a bit darker. They take after their mom when it comes to tanning. Hubby wishes he was like 'us' :)

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The best part of cruising is getting to your cabin every night after watching an amazing show or shaking it on the dance floor.
We had two cabins (hello mom and dad time!), and each of our cabins had different friends waiting for us. Here are just a few of them. 

Aren't they precious?!
The towel you see on the second picture is obviously not a friend, but a super nice thing RC is doing while you cruise.  For a donation you get a shirt and/or towels to help the Make a Wish Foundation.  We got 4 shirts and two towels.  The best money spent on the boat for sure.  Hubby may think that his wine package was, but I disagree :)

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Right before we left, I spent hours, I mean days, seating in front of the computer working on grad school papers. I am trying not whine, but I.Can't.Stop.Myself!  It is killing me guys!
I can't blog. I can't create new things. I have NO free time. I am considering being the quitter I have never been. So tempting!  

If you are in grad school, how you do it all? Please help me.  This level of stress I have been experiencing does not seem worth it.

On a positive note. Check this out!  I created it for a presentation I had to do.  Not only that, I had to record myself explaining step by step.  Holly accent... that was painful :)

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Help! I had never had to use a textbook to teach anything.  My opinion does not really count since I signed a contract that said I would use what is provided and follow what I am being told. I am a rule follower :)
With that being said, I would love to chat with anyone who has used Saxon.  I would love to e-mail you and pick your brain.

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You may need a cape or a cool mask to read this. 

While you wait...go ahead and feel free to follow HERE.

Here's to a productive weekend!  Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Feeling Proud

So, I ask you...
 What have you done today to make yourseld feel proud? 

 I did a quick lesson about being proud of the things we do, say, or do for others.  I think this is a monthly thing my school does, and this month I was asked to incorporate Pride in Oneself.

We talked about what makes us proud.  We created proud peacocks using coffee filters and water colors, and lastly, I put together a quick response sheet for my first outside display.

Here are a few examples:

Aren't they adorable?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Displaying Student's Work - Minus the Staples

Happy three day weekend friends!  I am here to share about this big boy :)

I was totally inspired by my amazing friend Maribel from Learning in Wonderland.  I drool at every thing this girl makes. See?  Isn't this absolutely precious?

For those of you not fans of primary colors... I hear you, but I had a ton of primary color scrapbooking card stock, so that is what I used.  I do like primary colors. A lot :) 

Before I thought about the actual board.  I had to find a way to include my favorite color.  Red tulle was just what I needed.  Making bows has never been easy for me.  I twisted and twisted and perhaps called out a few bad words, but the tulle did not care a bit.   
I traced twenty five clothespins onto black craft foam, hot glued the not so pretty, not so even bows and tada!

Thanks for your feedback on IG, I went with rainbow order.  I had to look it up. Yeap. I have never memorized such thing.  Embarrassing!
I measured every single sheet to find a midpoint, hot glued it to my already laminated card stock, and added some black border to tie in the black craft foam color. 

I had always stapled or taped my students work. No more of that.  No more staples nor tape I need to take off the day my kids take their hard work home.  I am pretty happy about that! 

What do you think?