Sometimes I find something ( or do something )
that I think..
WHY HAVEN’T I BEEN DOING THIS FOREVER???”
This is one of those teacher tips…
Have you ever used
REPOSITIONAL VINYL LETTERS??
OMG! I LOVE THEM!
I got mine…at STAPLES
BEFORE…last 23 YEARS…
I would write the numbers & Content areas
( Work SMARTER NOT HARDER!)
NOW…I can just add the words / skills
& the kids ALWAYS know where to look!
You can erase over the letters
when you remove them..
NOT sticky ucky GLUE stuff!
I use multiple sizes for interest…
MY NAME is GIGANTIC!
(Don’t ask me how to spell…MRS. McCARTY!)
Love Love Love this!
WORK SMARTER…NOT HARDER!
So remember… time is IMPORTANT!
Do what YOU need to do to streamline YOUR day!
For more TEACHER TIPS…
I just LOVE
I think he is speaking to ME!
As I am singing…no… BELTING OUT.. his song
( in my car of course…windows up..no one wants to hear this voice) 🙂
Just like that, you’re six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your better half
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you’re praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don’t blink
I can TOTALLY RELATE!
I swear..I just looked at the calendar & it was OCTOBER!
Halloween is here..NO..GONE!
and now it is NOVEMBER!
WHERE DID OCTOBER GO??
As I turn the calendar, I realize
I need to slow down
and appreciate ALL that I have in the HERE & NOW!
So, my friends..
BEFORE the Holidays come…55 days to be exact!
Take a few moments to
STOP! Look around! Remember this MOMENT!
It will be gone in a BLINK!
( Before the RUSH!)
Take a minute, relish in the moment, and ENJOY!
BECAUSE…tomorrow will be here soon enough..
I wonder where I can get a 2019 CALENDAR?
(I better hurry…it will be here SOON!)
Here are a few
“helpers” to get you through the
1. Don’t BLINK!
2. Enjoy each and every moment
3. Tell those you care about, what they mean to YOU! Kind WORDS COUNT!
4. Take care of yourself.
5. Live, Laugh, Love!
I would like you to meet my newest friends!
The vowel kids!
This is KATE. ( long a)
Her twin sister is Anna. ( Short a )
Anna left us for a short “vacation”
…so I can use her picture for LONG A!
Thank you to Nikki from MELONHEADZ for the cutie pies!
We took each vowel family and did some writing!
We brainstormed words ( see the word box)
that have our phonics pattern for the week.
Then we did an interactive writing .
( see my BALANCED LITERACY packet,
The kids decided on her story. And then…
They were so cute! Best editors ever!
After we finished…
They decided yellow was too hard to read.
They said that handwriting is very important,
if you want others to read it.
They said spelling is important. It can change the meaning,
And lastly, writing large and spacing our words,
makes it easier to read.
WOW! They were listening! 🙂
And so …each week for the next 4 weeks
I will introduce another friend.
We will chat, create, and write!
I Love my JOB!
If you are looking for more
Stop on by!
I hate to wear hats when I dress up.
I don’t like things on my head.
I do enjoy a great laugh.
I want to participate with the group.
BUT… I don’t dress up for Halloween.
There! I said it!
I am the “old teacher” who does NOT dress up for Halloween.
WHY? I dunno.
Just never got “into it”.
The whole “make-up, costume, prop thing” just doesn’t appeal to me.
DON’T GET ME WRONG!
I love HALLOWEEN!
I dressed my kids up in HOMEMADE costumes AND store-bought costumes.
They were SO CUTE!
Teachers EVERYWHERE dress up and they are AMAZING!
I just can’t do it at school!
Maybe I’ll dress up at home!
Maybe. Maybe not.
So for now… I will live in my “COSTUME”
vicariously through all of YOU on PINTEREST!
This post might help me…
WOW! CUTE hat!… Maybe… Gotta go…I think I found a HAT I LIke.
Stay tuned. Check out my Instagram.
There may be a HALLOWEEN pic.
Do YOU “dress up” for Halloween?
Help me out…What do YOU dress up for on HALLOWEEN?
Leave me a comment. 🙂
I am such a SLACKER!
I think I have it all together..
I DO NOT! HOW? HOw to do it?
My Grandmother & MY MOM
raised a family, worked at home & outside the home,
and we always had stuff when we wanted it.
AND I NEVER ASKED HOW?
This is my GMA & GPA…
I miss them both.
They lived on a dairy.
My GPA taught me about cows, HARD work, & what “silage” tasted like! ICK!
My Gma always wore a dress & heels. She was a petite little thing.
She wore toilet paper around her hair at night, so she would look “good” in the morning.
My Gpa didn’t give us candy.
When we left his house, he would give us a teaspoonful of brown sugar
, from the jar in Gma’s kitchen.
Nothing fancy..but it meant EVERYTHING to us!
They owned a peach orchard.
40 acres of peaches.
I never really thought about it when I was little.
It was just a “lot of trees”. HOW to keep it all together?
This is my MOM & Dad ( I just found this engagement pic.) HAHA
They worked hard.
My dad went to work every day.
Dressed in his suit & white shirt
( that my mom ironed..I know ..with an iron & ironing board! )
And my mom worked a self-owned business,
was ALWAYS there when we got home form school,
and helped us with EVERYTHING we ever did ( sports, clubs, school, etc).
And I never asked HOW?
How do you do it ALL?
And now this….
Both my GMA & My MOM canned fruits, made pickles, and baked goodies!
Now I don’t bake ( leave that gene to my sister, Susie).
I have NEVER made pickles..& probably won’t..BUT
I CAN FRUIT!
I CAN FRUIT, A LOT!
I remember walking into GMA’s garage & seeing shelves FULL of canned goods.
I grabbed bottles of canned fuits from my mom’s shelves in our garage.
Peaches, pears, cherries, etc, etc, etc,, whenever we wanted!
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
It didn’t matter…it was always there.
I never asked.
So now..I apologize to GMA & MOM.
I should have asked to help you peel, or slice, or wash, or……..or….or……
But, I cannot take it back.
I will follow in your steps.
I will teach MY DAUGHTER to can!
And my granddaughters!
I will continue the family tradition.
Only…we will use the recipe on my laptop.
( I know GMA & MOM didn’t do that!)
So here was my day TODAY ( from start to finish ).
Wash the jars ( hot water & heated dry) in dishwasher.
Wash..rinse…BLANCH ( Boil whole peaches, then put in pan of ICE WATER!)
Their peels just slide right off!
Slice, Slice, slice!
Too hot to cook inside!
Set up our campstove OUTSIDE!
Pan on the left is a sugar/water mixture.
Cook the peaches in for a short time, then pour into jars!
Hubby is sooooo good at this!
Boil in a water bath ( 25 minutes ) to seal.
There we go!
11 quarts of fresh canned peaches!
They will be sooo good this winter!
(Daddy gave us more peaches
…so I am thinking peach cobbler for dinner!)
I SHOULD MAKE JAM!
Gma made jam……so did MOM….WOW!
This is HOW!
I should THANK them. 🙂
Here are some more posts to help me “get it all together!”
Have I mentioned…
I LOVE FALL!
I live in NORCAL.
We don’t have the TRADITIONAL
DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE 4 ????
Summer ( 90-100 degrees )
Fall ( 80-90 degrees)
Winter ( foggy… 60-70 degrees…sometimes cooler )
Spring ( 70-90 degrees )
It’s OK…I LOVE my HOMETOWN.
And so on.
SO now that it’s 80 degrees & FALL..
What’s UP in ROOM 3??
We use Brag Tags on rings during the month.
They earn BRAG TAGS
following classroom / school rules
At the end of each month…
They transfer their earned BRAG TAGS from RINGS…
To string necklaces.
They get to wear their necklaces ALL DAY AT SCHOOL
( Parents are told at BTS night to
REWARD their kids for necklaces
at the end of the month!) 🙂
English Language Arts
Word Sorts…NO GLUE!
Pick 3 crayons.
Color the words according to the KEY!
Back from 2 week vacation.
TEACHER…..CLEAN YOUR TABLE!
I don’t have a teacher desk. #bestdecisionever
Reading ROCKERS! #alternativeseating
On each student’s birthday ( or close to ),
We make a class BIRTHDAY BOOK!
We do these during MUST DO TIME!
We have a “FRAME” style we use.
Everyone makes a page.
We STAPLE together and VOILA!
CLASS BIRTHDAY PRESENT!
We sing and dance as we PRESENT ( haha ) it to the birthday student!
LAST..( whew..what a week !)
My newest & favorite time of the day!
We are doing
MATH MUST DO’s & MAY Do’s
( Same format as ELA centers in the AM )
KEEP YOUR ROUTINES THE SAME!
We go the the MATH Calendar ( next to ELA Calendar )
After we go through the “math board”…
We NOW ( Quarter 2) do MATH MUST DO’S.
( Approx. 45 minutes )
#1 MATH JOURNAL
Story Problem with illustrations & number sentence.
#2 Math Paper
A Workbook Page FROM YESTERDAY ( review )
#3 MATH TUB (center) with a PARTNER
I do the whole class MATH lesson BEFORE centers.
SOMETIMES we do the workbook page together…sometimes they do.
Depends on the Lesson. We have a district curriculum to follow.
( Approx. time 45 minutes )
What am I doing?
GUIDED MATH GROUPS!
I meet with 2-3 kids at a time.
We work on a STRATEGY.
They need to have independent strategies to do ON THEIR OWN!
I can’t take the assessments FOR THEM!
Here is what’s UP in room 3 in the FALL?
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So my October dilemma.
We have a two week vacation
from Sept. 29-Oct. 14, 2018.
(NO COMPLAINING HERE!)
We return on Oct. 15.
16 days (exactly ) until…
YOU KNOW IT
WEDNESDAY, October 31, 2018
Kids who can’t wait to get home ( highly DISTRACTABLE!)
(some schools…not mine….)
So … My October dilemma.
When we go back,
Do I put out HALLOWEEN themed centers?
Do I keep it OCTOBERish with Columbus, Halloween, Fall, Pumpkins,etc?
Do I just “touch” on the “HOLDIAY” stuff…and Promote the FALL stuff?
Do I add THANKSGIVING?
Should I keep it ALL going until THANKSGIVING?
What to do? What to do?????
BTW… I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE FALL!
I love October!
My favorite season.
CONTENT is EVERYTHING!
My students MUST take a BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT in December.
I want them to do well.
( I don’t think there will be a HALLOWEEN question on it.)
Unless it’s about
HOW MANY CANDIES DID YOU EAT ALL TOGETHER?
So ..what to do? What to do?
I must teach SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES!
( Living things…life cycle…Plants/animals…Lifestyles Long Ago..)
So here is MY October plan:
- Nonfiction about pumpkins, apples, plants
- Biographies about Christopher Columbus, Squanto
- Fiction about Fall, Halloween, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving
I am checking my district curriculum
( yes, we have one )
for REQUIRED (Tested ) Skills & Strategies for this quarter.
As we delve into our reading…I make SURE to incorporate TESTED strategies.
Questioning? Sequencing? Retelling? Etc..etc…
Vocabulary? Again…check NECESSARY vocabulary for success!
I spend A LOT of time on necessary vocabulary. I have 10-12 English Language Learners.
They need visuals, modeling, & practice before they can “TAKE ON” the new information.
Phonics? Spelling? Grammar?
Required phonics skills for this quarter.
What to use for Spelling?
Required spelling skills AND thematic vocabulary words.
Because…I want them to have some INTRINSIC vocabulary to use easily in their…
I want MY Mummy! 🙂
Sorry…. couldn’t resist.
- “How To”..grow..carve…etc… about pumpkins, apples, plants
- “Informative” about Christopher Columbus, Squanto, Pilgrims
- “Narrative” about Fall, Halloween, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving
- Thank You cards, Invitations, Lists, Etc.
Again…I am checking my district curriculum
for REQUIRED (Tested ) Skills & Strategies for this quarter.
Whatever our REQUIRED writing prompt will be
( I already know mine is INFORMATIVE)
We will practice, practice, practice!
I won’t skip the other genres.
Just FOCUS on the INFORMATIVE!
I want crafts! I want CUTSIE! I want products!
I Love October BOOKS!
And so…we will make CUTSIE lapbooks, paintings, charts, stories & crafts
Fall, Halloween, pumpkins, apples
, plants, Christopher Columbus,
Squanto, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving
DON’T tell our FIRE MARSHALL.
I might HANG THINGS UP!
I won’t tell if YOU won’t tell.
- addition / subtraction
- missing addends
- place value
- story problems
And October MATH??
ALL ABOUT THEMES!
How many apples, pumpkin seeds, candies, turkies, indians, etc, etc.
(Math Journals are GREAT for this!)
I will need to keep it going until Thanksgiving.
And I will need to use EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY!
And yes… it will take planning, and prepping…
Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!
I WILL LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
FALL IS MY FAVORITE SEASON OF THE YEAR!
Don’t you just LOVE OCTOBER?
To those of you who hung in there to the bottom of this LONG POST…
A FREEBIE FOR YOU!
“GROWING READERS in a Balanced Literacy Classroom” – Blog Series – is COMPLETE!
The blog series can be accessed HERE.
Finally, I hope you have learned a little, enjoyed the collaboration, and found some new tricks & tips to use in YOUR classroom!
I know I did!
YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!
In addition to the blog series
to keep the celebration going…
I am having a SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY!
I am giving away 5 of my
WHAT IS A BALANCED LITERACY CLASSROOM? packets!
This is a HUGE Resource BINDER!
(Binder NOT included) 154 pages are in a zip file.
All of the pieces needed to create a BALANCED LITERACY classroom are included.
Descriptors, samples, pictures, and resources.
Printables in color and B/W.
Balanced Literacy consists of:
Modeled / Interactive Writing
Guided Writing (Writer’s Workshop)
All of these are resourced in a BINDER format. Components are defined for collaborative discussions, suggested uses for the classroom. and examples for adding to YOUR own lesson plans. Daily use of elements through curriculum integrations ensure consistency for students.
The Spooktacular Giveaway starts Sept. 21 and winners will be chosen Sept. 29.
or click here…
Can I really play a FUN game to ASSESS?
We have been playing ( YES…PLAYING)
fun games this month!
And guess what?
I can use them for assessments!
( Do I hear OH YEAH!)
Sorry …my WBT is going to my head!
My new SEPTEMBER game is both.
It’s a game & assessment.
I use the foldable game cards as a
I start the month with the cards to see what my kiddos know…
DO I HEAR KWL???
Then I can plan for the month depending on what they DON’T KNOW!
At the end of the month..REASSESS!
Use DATA for review in small groups.
(WOW!!! I think I am getting this down…sarcasm)
It’s only taken me 27 years..sarcasm
( Some of us have been teaching this way for years!)
Shhhh…don’t tell anyone
Those “young PHDers in Education” may feel sad.
They think they have created something new..
The education pendulum has swung again!
Smile, nod your head,…and teach!
Do I hear an “OH YEAH!” 🙂