Saturday, January 25, 2014

Alphabetical order freebie

I've been working with a small group of third graders in preparation for the big state test in April. I thought I'd start with some basic skills. One thing I noticed when I taught third grade was how many students would miss alphabetical order on the benchmark tests. It's an easy skill but students always seem to miss it. I like to use this up with this strategy: read it, stack it, and put it in order

Students read the words first, then they stack the words how it is already written and last they put it in order. For me, stacking the words makes it visually easier to see if the words are in order or not.

My brand new pens (Uni-ball Signo Gel Ink Pens .38mm)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Currently and My Manifesto for 2014

Happy New Year! Last year I made a manifesto for 2013, I thought I'd do another one for 2014.

I think my manifesto for 2014 is self explanatory. My OLW this year is Focus. I seem to get distracted easily lately since there is so much going on. I need to slow down and focus more. 

Now onto my January currently. I'm linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy Fourth Grade

This winter break was much needed. I've been busy, busy, busy with work and home. 2013 was a tough year emotionally with my family. There was a sudden death in the family at the beginning of 2013, I've watched my mother in law forget the people that love her the most because of dementia, my mom had an unexpected triple bypass, and my dad is currently going through some medical procedures. I believe all these things have brought my family closer but it's been a very stressful year.

My winter break memory (the good). This winter break I ate some great food with some great company. Homemade food as well as local restaurants. With my husbands family "it's all about the food". It was slightly out of control for a while but I'm back to my normal eating habits. 

My winter break memory (the bad) - I got severe car sickness! By the way, I've never had car sickness before EVER! We went to visit family 2 hours up north and on the way back the one and only freeway to get home was shut down due to an accident (we took a detour through a small town). It turned into a 3.5 hour drive home and I was sick the entire way. The longest 3.5 hours of my life!! It took me a day to sleep it off. I usually sit in the back seat with my daughter on long drives but not anymore!

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2014!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Favorite Holiday Commercial This Year

I usually don't watch TV but my daughter got me to watch the last four episodes of The Voice. I never would have seen this commercial otherwise.... The first time I saw this commercial, I was crying. Kind of like that commercial from the Superbowl with the Clydesdale for Budweiser, remember???

I spent my night making the holiday paper bag pockets. It seemed like I made a lot more but apparently not!

Three more days until Winter Break! I'm looking forward to spending time with my family and catching up on some reading. My family will also find out more about my Dad's health status in the next few weeks, he's been undergoing tests the past two weeks. I'm trying to stay optimistic but the more I think about it, the "what if's" take over in my mind.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Paper Bag Pocket Tutorial

I had some requests for a tutorial on how I made the paper bag pocket.

I also added paper to the flap part (green patterned paper) and used a a patterned paper punch to get the scalloped edge. I hope the tutorial was helpful! 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Monday Made It!

Hi There! I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics

As I've mentioned in other posts, I like to scrapbook and make paper crafts. Every year, I usually make some type of Holiday paper craft to give out to people at school. This year I decided to make little paper bag pockets to stuff with something. This is made out of a standard lunch bag that you can buy at Target. 


stuffed with a candy bar

There's many possibilities for what you can put in the pocket. A nice note, candy, gift card, etc. SUPER easy to make! I'm not sure if any of my co-workers enjoy my paper crafts but I find the process of making the crafts therapeutic (a good outlet). 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Currently December

I'm linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy Fourth Grade. It's a good thing Farley has this linky every month or I'd probably never update my blog the rate I'm going!

My daughter has a project due on December 17th but because of her good work ethic, she decided to work on it all Thanksgiving break. I must say, I'm fortunate that she's not a procrastinator.

This is my favorite time of year - the holidays!

About three weeks ago, I got that dreaded call on my cell phone from my mom, informing me my dad was in the hospital. He was having a hard time breathing so she took him to the emergency room. He had pneumonia, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and they found a spot on his lung. The spot on his lung is still to be determined since he had the pneumonia. Another follow up CT scan will be done in a few weeks. He has a coronary angiogram this Wednesday, which could possibly result in open heart surgery. It really made me sit back and think about how precious time is.

My favorite tradition for Christmas is Christmas breakfast with my family. There's nothing better than my mom's cooking! We all gather at my parents house and have a yummy breakfast and exchange gifts afterwards.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November Currently

Hi All! I'm linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade! 

I don't like to cook or bake but I often pin recipes of items "I would make if I enjoyed baking" so here it is: 

I wish someone would make those for me - LOL! 

It's a typical Saturday in my household today: cleaning, doing laundry, taking care of all the household chores I can't do during the work week. 

I got summoned for jury duty at the end of the month. I honestly thought I was exempt from jury duty for the rest of my life because I haven't been "summoned" for a LONG TIME! Yes, there is a story..... The last time I had jury duty, I got picked to sit on a jury. The trial was suppose to be short (two days they said but it turned into five). Well, on the third day of the trial I got VERY sick. Throwing up kind of sick. I was looking really green, in fact all the other jurors mentioned how bad I looked. So while we were waiting to be called into the court I thought it might be a good idea to mention to the bailiff that I wasn't feeling so hot and maybe I should go home. 

After I spoke to the bailiff, I was asked to escort him to the judge's chambers - YIKES! I went into the judge's chamber and the two lawyers, the judge, the bailiff, and a court stenographer were all waiting for me. Long story short, I was told if I left they would have to call a mistrial since there was no substitute juror (remember, it was suppose to be only two days). They all agreed that it would be best if I stayed and they would provide me with a garbage can (thanks!) and if I started feeling really bad I had to raise my hand and they would call a recess. I survived the five day trial and honestly have never received a jury notice since. My family has joked with me all these years that I have a flag next to my name. So I was quite surprised to receive that in the mail yesterday. 

My jury duty is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I'm thinking if I happen to get picked, that could really interfere with my Black Friday shopping!?! Oh well!

So, I gave up making coffee about three weeks ago! It was just taking too much time in the morning to make my "special" coffee. I also found that on most days I never even finished drinking my one cup of coffee because I was too busy at work. There have been days, usually on Friday's where I long for some coffee but overall I've been doing well without it. 

I go to the gym three days a week and mainly focus on weights. My husband is the main gym member so I can't go unless I'm with him. As a family we have been consistently working out for three years. My goal is to add more cardio. I had to stop all cardio for a period of 7 months because of a foot injury and I still haven't lost the weight I gained from that. I really need to get moving more. 

Enjoy your Saturday!