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Monday, December 31, 2012

Yet Another Resolution Linky Party!

With the new year quickly approaching, I decided it was time to create yet another resolution.  This time the resolution will fall into the fitness area of life.  I am linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for this one.



So here it goes...

Before I had my wonderful son two years ago, I was super into walking.  I don't just mean a walk around the block or power walk through the mall, but I mean put on the headphones and hustle for an hour at a time.  I was doing this pretty much every day and I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful I felt.  It was the first time that I was sticking to the weight I wanted to be at and I was managing my stress levels really well.  Nothing beats a stressful day like a good walk! :)  With that said, I really want to get back in that groove again.  Don't get me wrong, I get plenty of exercise chasing around a two year old, but that is part of being a mom.  I want to do this walk part because it is something for me.  To kind of reclaim a bit of "me" back since I don't come first anymore.


~Erin

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year Linky Party!

Jen over at The Teacher's Cauldron is having a linky party all about new year resolutions.  Seeing as I am new to this teacher blogging world, I decided this would be a wonderful opportunity to take and to really test my blogging capabilities.  :)  She is asking that we post one personal and one blog resolution.  So here I go...

Personal Resolution
* To get my house more organized and looking the way I want it!
We moved into our house two and half years ago and have done very little to make the house really ours.  The house was in great shape, which was a huge selling point since we were expecting our son in October that same year.  Now that he is here and is already 2, I really would like to see us spending a little time on making this "our" house.

Blog Resolution
* To keep this blog up and running.  I had been hesitant about starting a blog because I seem to always put more on my plate than I can handle and then stress sets in and you get the idea. 

So hop on over to The Teacher's Cauldron and see what others are resolving to do in the new year!


~Erin

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Creative Juices are Flowing!

I will be honest, I have been working on school "stuff" on and off since we started our winter break.  I wanted to try to get ahead of myself a little bit before I got back into the normal routine of juggling school and family.  So as my little man was playing with all his Christmas toys and I mean ALL of his Christmas toys.  It seriously looked like a hurricane of toys had blown through our living room!  I was watching him and mentally preparing a to do list of different skills I wanted to review/focus on when we returned.  We had just started really getting into composing/decomposing numbers before break and the kids were really getting into it.  I made those baggies divided by duct tape that are floating around pinterest and the blogging world.  My kiddos loved it!  Even my ones who are a little more reluctant about math, dove right in.  Keeping that in mind, I knew I wanted to continue down this path of excitement.  I ran to Wal-mart today, picked up some inexpensive 10X13 frames, grabbed Super Mario duct tape at Target, and pulled out the ever growing supply of felt that I have.  With these wonderful pieces and the baggie inspiration, I came up with this....
I ended up making 3 of them today.  They are super quick to put together and I figured they would be super fun in a work station after some small group use.  My favorite part of this is that you can use a dry erase marker right on it!  I wrote the number under the pom poms on each side and where the tape is wrote an addition sign.  Doing a little equation writing!  I haven't decided if I want to make a recording sheet to go with or just to have the kiddos manipulate and write on it for the time being.  Thoughts?

~Erin

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holly Bloggy Gift Exchange!




I am sorry that this post is a bit delayed.  My little man thought running a fever and getting a terrible cough and runny nose on Christmas Eve was a great idea!  When I say running a fever, I mean 103.9 spike on the drive to the doctor's office!  We have since managed to get the fever under control, found out he just has a nasty cold, and it just has to run its course.  I hate seeing him so under the weather and hearing "OUCHIE" every single time he coughs or sneezes.  Anyways, to the real reason for this post...


I decided this year to participate in the Holly Bloggy Gift Exchange.  I'm new to the teacher blogger world and what better way to kick off this adventure than being part of a gift exchange with fellow bloggers.  Let me tell you, IT WAS A BLAST!  I'm already looking forward to the next one.  :) 

I had the pleasure of sharing a "few of my favorite things" with Michelle King at Miss King's Enchanted Kingdom.  Let me be honest for a second here, I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to get a fellow teacher that she wouldn't already have.  After much brainstorming, I came up with a few things that I had a feeling she would love. 


In the above picture, you will see a wooden letter K (for King) that I painted in blue, which is one of her favorite colors and accented with a green polka dotted ribbon.  I have become addicted to polka dot ribbon this year so I figured it was a nice touch.  If you haven't noticed, I LOVE owls, so I had to throw in a holiday owl decoration.  The little reindeer bag is filled with flat stones, which I use for sounding out words.  Best things EVER!!!

I, unfortunately, did not take a picture of the wonderful gifts that I received from Tamera Wilson at My Heart Belongs in First Grade.  She sent me an owl cup, some delicious peppermint white chocolate, a Christmas cd, some super comfy socks, and my kiddos favorite part,
                                                       
Make sure to check out these two wonderful girls' blogs.  They have some super awesome ideas!

Thanks for reading through this long post,
Erin

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to take a quick minute to wish everyone, "Happy Holidays!"  I hope that you enjoy your time with family and friends.  Also that you get some time to relax, seeing as we all need some of that!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Measuring-Gingerbread Style!

Sorry it has been some time since my last posting.  I finally caught the flu bug that was going around my classroom!  AAAAHHHHH!  I have found myself playing catch up ever since.  I absolutely hate being sick!  

Anyways, we have been working on some wonderful gingerbread themed activities the past couple of weeks.  My kiddos are having a blast with these adorable little guys.  I have found great activities for this theme and have been using bits and pieces of what I have purchased or collected over the past year.  I love how it is all working together thus far.  However, I did run into a small bump in the road with math.  My kids have just begun exploring the concept of measuring with nonstandard units.  I began with the good old build the cube train to see how long an object is.  Well I wanted to let them continue to practice this in an independent workstation so I put together a little gingerbread measuring activity.  The kids are eating it up!  They look forward to that workstation and are so quiet and productive.  It is so fun watching them!

Here's a peek at what the activity looks like!





Saturday, November 24, 2012

Why is it that breaks never feel like breaks?!?

I am hoping that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with delicious food and great family time.  Mine was nice but went by way too quickly.  It feels like I just left school and was looking forward to some relaxation time.  However, the reality of it is that it's really already Saturday night and I have more things on my to do list than I have hours to complete them in!  OOOOOOOHHHHHHHH NNNNNNOOOOO!

I have decided that my theme from now until our winter break will be gingerbread men.  I have been bouncing back and forth between all of the units I have purchased on TPT and trying to plan out what to do and when.  It currently looks like a paper explosion in my living room.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will get some pictures up towards the end of next week.  I haven't tried doing that yet on here so it might take a bit of trial and error.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Erin

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wrapping up the Week!

So as Friday approaches and I look back on my week, I can do nothing but smile!  After an extremely stressful month of October and many moments of frustrations, things seem to be sticking with my little ones.  We are making some great progress and are becoming more eager to learn skills that challenge us.  That alone is a huge step for my group!  

I have been playing around with some unit ideas this week.  Be on the look out for some sneak peeks soon!
What are some units or activities that you would like to see?!?

~Erin

Monday, November 12, 2012

Nothing Like a Monday Field Trip

So today I had my second field trip of the year.  It was my lovely class, the K class that we share a classroom with, and one of the first grade rooms.  A wonderful group of kids eager to step out into the chilly 30 degrees to take a hike through nature.  We had set up this field trip at a not too far away nature center to review our recent study of the four seasons and to take a look at how animals use their surroundings to survive.  Now keep in mind, this week the temperatures were in the 60's so I was thinking this trip was going to be amazing.  A great review accompanied by fresh air-teacher heaven!  Mother nature, however, had another plan and decided to change dramatically overnight on me.  We spent a mere 20 minutes outside observing bits and pieces of nature while trying to reassure the kids that they were not going to freeze! :)  Have to love the over dramatics!  Overall, the trip went well.  The kids had fun and appeared fully engaged minus the thawing out part.  Upon returning to school, we discussed what we did on our field trip and the kids drew their favorite part.  Tomorrow we will revisit our discussion and create a class book revolving around our field trip.  How do you extend the field trip experience in your classroom?

Hope your week has started off well!
Erin