Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kids Say the Darndest Things.... Mini Post

My love for coffee is no big secret. I know it, my family and friends know it, even my students know it. I am almost never seen without some sort of coffee cup attached to my hand. Why? Because it lets me do the standing up and the talking and the sense making. Some days I really feel like the perfect storm of caffeine and genetics--these are the days when I feel like I'm at the top of my game....ya'll know what I'm talking about, right? Those days when you kinda feel like you should have a cape with some sort of emblem indicating that you are, indeed, super teacher lady?

Anywho today was one of those days when I stopped by Dunkin Donuts on the way to school and splurged for the EXTRA LARGE coffee (you know, the one that looks like it could serve an entire third world country and have a little left over?).

When I got to school, one of my little sweethearts came up to me and said, "You know today's gonna be extra fun 'cause you got the big coffee."


Love them love them those little kidlets.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

That's Pinteresting Sunday!

Another weekend, another destiny, another time to organize my pins. Here are my favorite teacher finds of the week! Enjoy!!

Activity for a Fairy Tale Unit

This is so fun. This one project REALLY makes me want to put on my creativity pants and get to work coming up with a fun and funky fairytale unit....

Activity for the Holidays...

I do a Reindeer Unit in December and cannot WAIT to implement this into the mix this year.

More Holiday Shenanigans...

Speaking of adorable things I want to do to celebrate the holiday season......maybe with a fun elf-themed book or two?

Thanksgiving Cutesies

I found this and IMMEDIATELY decided to implement it into my classroom. The kidlets are making this adorable thankful cards and giving them to their parents next week. So sweet :)

And just a little bit of sass.

For Real.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Feelin' Crafty??

So this morning I was feeling particulalry crafty (and/or feeling like I didn't want to be hauling this big picture frame around in my car for the next however many months....) and decided to finally make my objective board! Here is the finished result! (please excuse the poor picture quality...)

I'd seen people use objective strips (written and displayed on sentence strip paper) and I'd seen people write their objectives on the chalkboard, but I knew this would not work for me for two reasons:

1. I'm a prissy pants and I like for everything to match. My room is light blue and orange, therefore I needed to display my objectives on something light blue and orange.

2. I'm a sucker for cutesie scrapbook paper.

The best part is that since it's a picture frame, you can use dry erase markers to write your weekly objectives onto the board and then just erase it when you want to change it! Wahoo! The ease of dry erase!!

Supplies Needed:
1) Straight Edge Cutter (or scissors if you've got a steady hand)
2) Cutesie scrapbook paper in a few different colors and patterns

The How To:

I traced the outline of the frame-back onto the scrapbook paper to get the correct size and then cut the paper using the straight edge cutter.

I made subject labels using clip art frames purchased from Print Candee and the font "smiley monster" courtesy of Kevin and Amanda Fonts.

From there, it's just print, cut, and arrange in a way that makes you look at your finished project and smile :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Inferencing Up a Storm!

This week me and my kidlets have been inference CRAZY! We've talked about how making an inference is like cooking up a pot of soup--mixing what you've read (or what you see) and what you already know inside your brainbox to create inference soup!

One of the activities we did involved diving into my purse (Yes. My Real Life Honest To Goodness This is What I Keep My Life In Purse.), pulling things out, and making inferences based on what we found inside! The kidlets. Went. Bonkers. "We get to look though your PURSE?!?!?!?" "Yes! You do!"

Here is the chart we came up with, listing the items that we found and the inferences we were able to draw.

Yes. I do keep a coffee mug in my purse. I may like coffee a little *too* much :) 

It was a fun and different way to approach making inferences--this is definitely an activity I plan to repeat next year. Let me know if any of you out there in blog land decide to try it out!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November Currently!

It's that time again! Farley's November Currently :)

Listening: Imagine Dragons...Go. Now. Go Now and Listen. Seriously, just stop what you're doing and do it. You won't be sorry :)

Loving: I swear, I feel like I have just the BEST friends and family. So thoughtful, kind, giving, and good.....I am truly blessed.

Thinking: I'm thinking about Election Day of course! Our country is deciding as we speak who we want to lead us...how could I NOT be thinking about that?! :)

Wanting: I went to Molly's Cupcakes over the weekend while I was in Chi-Town and holy guacamole! I love love love love LOVE their cupcakes. I have never in my life been so happy as when I am enjoying a cupcake from Molly's.

Needing: Soo...I ran a 15K over the weekend and BOY OH BOY do my knees and hips still hurt. I ran on Sunday. It's Tuesday and I'm still feelin' it. I guess that's how you know you're getting older....

Music: My classroom music is usually some sort of pretty sounding piano music--Helen Jane Long's stuff is GORGEOUS.