December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!

November 25, 2015

RACK Calendar and Elf on the Shelf

So, this post really has nothing to do with the classroom.

Every year, my family and I do a little RACKing (Random Acts of Christmas Kindness) during the month of December. I decided that I needed to be a lot more organized with it this year, so I made a little calendar to use throughout the month. (Click on the picture below to download a PDF version of this calendar as well as a blank printable calendar, RACK cards, & Elf on the Shelf notecards)

And here are the little RACK cards that we will be handing out as we do each of our RACKs throughout the month.

My family also does Elf on the Shelf every year. Our elf's name is Buddy the Elf and he is very funny. This year he's going to be leaving a little note card with himself every morning as his communication with the kids. He's also going to be helping out with some of our RACK ideas as well. Here are some of the note cards he will be using:

Remember to click on any of the images above to get your FREE PDF printable to use. I really hope this helps make planning a lot easier for others this Christmas!!!!

GOD BLESS! And remember the REASON for the SEASON is Jesus Christ, our LORD and SAVIOR!

October 25, 2015

Sharing Sunday - November

The FUN teacher authors over at the Primary Peach have started a blog link-up called Sharing Sunday. For this series, the teachers will be sharing TONS of resources that they are PLANNING to use the following month. Here are my plans for Sharing Sunday (click on any of the pictures to view the PDF with clickable links to take you to each of these files):

 Inferencing is a great skill to cover over and over again for 2nd graders. These riddle cards are great practice. Of course fluency is something that I'm constantly pushing this part of the year as well.

 My ELA workbook has made planning for ELA sooo soo easy. I have all of the practice activities stapled as a workbook for my students. I also have all of the tests that are included in the packet already copied for the entire year. 

My Fall pack includes lots of fun activities that are not Thanksgiving related. I love doing the Thanksgiving stuff the week of Thanksgiving, but I want all other stuff to just be Fall related. The Thanksgiving freebie has lots of fun writing ideas for Thanksgiving. 

 For math I'm using my Fall Pack to review problem solving with my math groups. These are already differentiated so I can just grab the color cards that I need and get to work. 

The Find, Tally, and Graph is a great review for graphing.

We are teaching addition with regrouping now and will be teaching subtraction in a few weeks. These regrouping bookmarks are great for quick reference. 

 During the week of Thanksgiving my class will do all of these fun Thanksgiving themed math and literacy centers. We only have 2 days that week, so this gives them plenty to do during small groups.

For unit in November, we are teaching The Creek and Cherokee Indians and in science we will teach Matter. These are some GREAT resources to use.

See anything you like??? Anything you want to use in your plans??? If you click on any of the pictures or just click HERE, it will take you to the pdf that includes all of the clickable links that will take you STRAIGHT TO each of these documents to download for yourself. I hope this makes planning a little easier for you next month! Come back in December for another SHARING SUNDAY!!!

And don't forget to head over to The Primary Peach Blog to check out the other teachers' plans!

October 23, 2015

Fall Freebie at the Primary Peach

Head over to the Primary Peach today to check out a fun Fall Freebie that I'm sharing! Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway over at the Primary Peach!

October 7, 2015

What the Teacher Wore Wednesday

Hey teacher friends! It's another Wednesday and I'm here to show my outfits from last week, but also to blog about my VERY FIRST STITCH FIX BOX!!!!

So I heard about Stitch Fix a while back, but finally decided that I would give it a try. I signed up and made sure to put that I wanted to lowest prices on everything! The day my box arrived it felt like Christmas morning!!! I love mail, but I ESPECIALLY love mail with clothes. And it was a surprise!!! A stylist picked out everything for me based on my style profile and my Pinterest board. How cool is that? And there's not any obligation to buy anything!!!! I could've sent everything back if I wanted to.

You do have to pay $20 for a styling fee when you schedule your box to be shipped BUT if you buy ANYTHING from that box, your $20 goes towards the item/items that you want to buy.

Another great perk is that if you buy EVERYTHING in your box, then you get 25% off the total.

Here is what my box looked like the day I received it.

Box when I opened it (top middle), my outfit inspiration and letter from stylist (top right), how neatly my clothes and jewelry were folded (bottom right), all my goodies on my bed (left).

I decided to keep EVERYTHING inside of my box!!!! So I got 25% off of the total cost.

Here are my outfits from the week (I included my Stitch Fix items).


Top - Stitch Fix (super lightweight sweater)
pants - Old Navy
Sandals - Sam Edelmans
Watch - Michael Kors
Necklace - JCREW


Blouse and pants - Stitch Fix
Shoes - Ralph Lauren
Watch - Michael Kors
Necklace - Forever 21


Cardigan, pants and top - Old Navy
Shoes - Ralph Lauren
Watch - Michael Kors
Necklaces - Christmas gifts from local boutique


 Cardigan - Stitch Fix
top and pants - Old Navy
Sandals - Sam Edelmans
Watch - Michael Kors
Necklace - Forever 21

And… I chopped my hair off on Thursday!!! This is SHORT hair for me! I got about 7 inches cut in all. 

Friday: I wore jeans (nothing fancy worth sharing)… so I'll share Sunday's outfit instead! :)

top, pants, shoes - Old Navy
Necklace - Christmas gifts from local boutique

I hope you enjoyed my "What the Teacher Wore Wednesday"! And you should definitely give STITCH FIX  a try if you haven't already. Click HERE if you want to sign up for your account to Stitch Fix and fill out your style profile to see if this is something you would be interested in. 

I will probably be doing my boxes every other month because I loved it so much!!! I would love to know your opinions on your boxes as well. 

October 2, 2015

Math Facts

So, math is probably my FAVORITE subject to teach. But to me, math FACTS, are NO FUN at all. UNLESS you have some incentives to know them RIGHT!?!?!

So what I started doing last year, was putting students that pass their math facts on the "MATH FACTS HALL OF FAME" in the hallway for the whole school to see. This REALLY motivated my kids. 

This is how it works… In 2nd grade we start out the year by "pre-assessing" our students on their math facts for addition and subtraction to see where they are at. We consider mastery, 20 out of 20 problems correct in 1 minute. 

We start out the year with addition facts for everyone. We give flashcards, we do drills daily to practice in class, and we even have them do a 1 minute drill for practice each night with their parents. 
You can find my Math Fluency Homework in my Tpt store

When they have mastered their addition facts, their picture is put in the hallway on the "Addition Facts Hall of Fame". They get SO excited!!!!

After mastering addition, they get to start doing subtraction drills in class AND their 1 minute homework drill is also changed from addition to subtraction (how do you like that differentiation ;) )

When mastering subtraction, their picture goes on the "Subtraction Facts Hall of Fame". They then start doing multiplication drills in class, they do a 1 minute drill each night for multiplication, along with a 1 minute drill on addition every other night and a 1 minute drill on subtraction every other night. I do this, because I want their addition and subtraction facts to stay fresh since they are completely different than multiplication facts. 

The kids absolutely LOVE to compete with each other and are thrilled when their pictures go up! 

We started using an online program called "Reflex Math" this school year and the students love the games on there. I highly recommend it. 

I hope this gives you some new ideas to make doing those boring exciting math facts even more fun for your kiddos!

September 30, 2015

What the Teacher Wore Wednesday

Here we go again with another What the Teacher Wore Wednesday…

This week I'm linking up with some AMAZING teachers, Caitlin at Teach Inspire Change for Trendy Teachers.


 Dress - Old Navy
Sandals - Old Navy
Watch - Michael Kors
Necklace - Christmas gift


 Shirt - TJ Maxx
Pants - Stitch Fix
Necklace - Groopdealz
Shoes - Target
Watch - Michael Kors


Shits, cardigan, pants - Old Navy
Shoes -
Necklace - Stitch Fix
Watch - Michael Kors


Dress and denim jacket - Old Navy
Necklaces - both were Christmas Gifts
Shoes - Sam Edelmans
Watch - Michael Kors

I didn't take a picture of my jeans day this week… nothing special. Just a t-shirt and jeans. 

Hope your'e having a great Wednesday!!! HAPPY HUMP DAY!

September 23, 2015

What the Teacher Wore Wednesday

Last week, we had a planning day on Monday and Fridays we get to wear jeans if we are part of our school's "Sunshine Committee"… so this week for me was VERY casual :)

Once again, I am NOT the type of person who has a good sense of style! I have a few friends and a sister-in-law that I get most of my styling advice from. I also use Pinterest for my style inspiration. So keep all of that in mind when looking at my pictures :)

Monday-- Planning day
 Jeans - EXPRESS
Shirt - homemade
watch - Michael Kors
sandals - Sam Edlemans


 Shirt - JCREW
Pants - Old Navy
Necklace - JCREW
watch - Michael Kors
sandals - Same Edlemans


 Shirt, Pants (navy color), cardigan, and shoes - ALL from Old Navy
Necklace - Groopdealz
watch - Michael Kors


 Shirt and pants - Old Navy
shoes - Sam Edlemans
watch - Michael Kors
scarf - EEK not sure! 
 Had to show my hair-do cause this will now be my GO-TO on days that I don't feel like doing it! I made my own sock bun and it was SOOOOO easy!!! Just cut off the end of a longer sock (maybe like a calf length sock) and roll it up. Look up a DIY sock bun on Pinterest! SUPER EASY!!!

Friday - Jean day... nothing special

Jeans - Express
shirt - school shirt
shoes - Toms
watch - Baby G Shock

Can't wait to see your "Teacher Outfits"!!!!

September 18, 2015

Moon Phases and Sequencing

This week in reading we have been learning about sequencing and in science we have been working on our Night Sky unit, which includes the phases of the moon. How perfect. 

We started off the week learning about sequencing by using Brainpop. We then read the book "Papa Can You Get the Moon For Me?".

We used transitional words to sequence the story together (quick and sloppy chart!)

Of course in the book, it goes through the phases of the moon. After learning about the phases of the moon, we went back through the book and we talked about which phases there were in the book. 

Then we made our own moon phases with oreos!!! I found this cute FREE file from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.  This printable made it so easy for the kids to look at the phases and recreate each one. 

Then of course when we were done, we had to draw the man in the moon and pretend we were lifting weights. These kids are hilarious!

Don't you just love when you can use food in the classroom? It's so much more tactile for the kids. We had lots of leftover oreos and with Fall right around the corner, I'm sure I can figure something out to do with them!!!

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