Everyone needs a hall pass now and then...I used to use one in high school to get out of class when I was bored! Now I wish I could get one when things get a little crazy! But here's a fun linky from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits


P- Product
I am a newbie so I don't have a ton of products to choose from! But I just made a fun little short vowel game  that you make with paint sticks. So cheap and easy to make and my friends just love it to do it at the word work station.


A- Area
I have two favorite areas in my room....my first area is my listening center. Now don't be jealous but I have a wireless headphone listening center! Being at a small private school, I don't make much money, but when I ask for something I usually get it. Well, I said my cd player stopped working and they bought me the mac-daddy of all cd players! When I first stated using it, the kids walked all over the room with the headphones on and their mouth wide open in surprise....it was adorable.
My second favorite area is my meeting carpet...we use it for our morning meeting and for small group reading time. These sweet girls are working on my large ten frame mat making teen numbers. I love this idea and don't know where I found it. I used a large vinyl table cloth and a wide marker to make the ten frames. We use bean bags for dots on the frames.


S- Signal
My favorite signal is one that I borrowed from a really good friend a long time ago...."Everyone listen" and the students say "Right Now" I had never heard anyone say it before until tonight when I was blog hopping...so I guess it was not an original!

S-Sanity
Two quick things.....music and caffeine!
I totally have to start my day with coffee and while I get ready for my students and my day I listen to my ipod and play my music. I have a playlist with Chris Tomlin,Third Day and others.It start my day off right, feeling grounded and reminds me of why I do what I do each day. 
The other caffeine is Diet Coke, I can't make it past noon without one. I am addicted, its sad but true!

Now off to bed....so happy tomorrow is Friday!!


I love seeing an idea on that someone has done in their classroom or on their blog and "tweeking" it to make it my own! Here's an example of one: I saw this paint stick idea on Pre-K Pages. Gosh, she has some great ideas and if you have a dramatic play center, you have to go buy hers. They are amazing! I love them and have bought ALL of them.
But back to my paint sticks....she used them with beginning sounds. So I decided to do vowel sounds. I got the paint sticks from Walmart, for free. Painted them with tempera paint. Then used velcro dots. Print and laminate the pictures and they are ready to sort! I did one for long vowels and one for short vowels. When I put it out today, everyone wanted a chance to go to word work! Love it! Plus cheap and easy!

Here's the link to tpt to get your copy!

Vowel Sound Picture Sort







Linking up with Rowdy In First Grade for this cute linky! The rules are tell us something good that's happening at home and then tell us something good that's happening at school.

At home....
My birthday was last week and even though my husband had to be out of town for work, I still had a really nice day. I was so blessed by text messages, phone calls, and of course a flood of Facebook messages. Sometimes, I feel the best thing about Facebook, is getting all your birthday messages! My family took me out to dinner yesterday and I got a mani-pedi from my hubby....so turning 45 turned out to be not-too-bad!

At school...
I love this week of Valentine's. I have lots of cute activities planned, a field trip on Wednesday and our party on Thursday. The BEST part of next week is no school on Friday and Monday! Whoo-Whoo! Can't wait, I know my friends are going to love passing out their little cards too...

Hope everyone has lots of LOVE this week!


My director told me last week that she wanted my class to have a Science Fair.....well, I have taught k/1 for a long time and never really assigned individual projects before. I have done plenty have class projects and of course we have gone through the Scientific Process but I knew the parents would need some support to be able to help their child with the project. So I wrote this little parent handbook:



If you have a Science Fair coming up, it might help your parents too!


I have read this book to my class in previous years but have never really done much with it. But I L-O-V-E it! It is one of the best ways to teach children to think about kindness and how their words and actions effect other people.

So, as I mentioned previously, we are required to do a bulletin board every month. I used the book as a springboard for my school (it is a super super small school) to become bucket fillers. I put a supply of hearts and stars, markers and glue sticks on a little table under the board and invited staff, parents and students to leave a compliment to someone to fill our school's bucket. What a great response I am having so far!

Take a look at how it turned out!




We also have been working on our Random Acts of Kindness for February....my kiddos are having a great time with this. Our community service project for the week is to collect pet food and supplies for the local animal shelter. I will take pics of this at the end of the week. Today, we surprised our cook with cards and candy, she was overwhelmed by our appreciation!




Finally had time to do my currently and started too late last night to finish...so here it goes....

Listening: 2 Broke Girls, this show is seriously funny. Pretty raunchy, but funny!
Loving: My car broke down yesterday and a great friend came and picked us up, my family has been going through some stress and my friends have really been supportive!
Thinking: Sending good thoughts and prayers to my husband who has a big week this week.
Wanting: More time! Doesn't everyone??
Needing: I really need to get to work early tomorrow, we started off this Monday morning with my son coming saying "Are you guys going to get up?" Needless to say, we were all very late. So my centers did not get laminated this morning and everything got behind all day. So tomorrow must be different!
Pet Peeves: More than anything I can't be around someone with a ton of perfume on, gives me a migraine. The other thing that drives me crazy is gum chewing, especially clicking and cracking gum....so rude! My last pet peeve is people who give TMI, too much information! Some things are better left unsaid! 

Now on to blog hop and read other Currently's. 
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