Sunday, June 1, 2014

Currently June and where have I been?

I'm linking up with Farley from Oh'Boy4th Grade

Where have I been??? Let's just say I had a very busy last semester of school and I thought a social media break was a good thing!
  • Listening: I bought my husband Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U for his birthday and since I stink at video games, I'd rather watch than play! 
  • Loving: This summer break is truly a summer break for me! The last two summer breaks I partnered up with the local university and did summer trainings so this is a nice change for me.
  • Thinking: If you read below, you will find out I'm in for some big changes next school year.
  • Wanting: I had my first foot massage recently and it was pure heaven! I could have stayed there all day!
  • Needing: Yes, I do live in the southwest desert but it's WAY TOO HOT! I will become nocturnal the next few months. 
  • My summer bucket list: 
    1. I really want to eat cleaner (less process foods which probably means I need to cook more)
    2. I will be going to Carlsbad for a week and I want to walk on the beach at sunset each day we are there. 
    3. My Dad's health isn't all that great and my sister will be visiting for a month with her kids so I just really want to enjoy the time with my family all together this summer.
After 8 years at the same school, I decided it was time to leave. It was a difficult decision because I have worked with some really great people and the students are fantastic but I was driving 38 miles a day and after 8 years the drive was really starting to get to me. Also, my daughter is in a different school district and this past year our breaks were different which made things challenging. I have also been out of classroom the last two years and I realized towards the end of this year that the work I've been doing lately just wasn't why I went into teaching to begin with. 

I'm happy to say, that I will be back in the classroom next school year. I will be teaching fourth grade. I will be working at the same school district as my daughter and I'm much closer to home. The school I will be working at is very close to the high school that my daughter will be attending so it really was a logical choice. 

Saying "Good-bye" to my co-workers on my last day was really tough! They really are the people I spent most of my time with 9 months out of the year but I know I made the right decision. Although there were many times I second guessed myself. 

Here are some pictures of my new classroom. I will probably paint at least one wall (Yippee!)

The school I'm at is considered a "Green School". It's very industrial looking. Did you notice I don't have ANY counters?? 

I am excited to share my journey back into the classroom. I really feel like I'm starting over since I got rid of most of my things. I will be recreating and creating a lot this summer.

Thanks, if you are still reading. This ended up being much longer than I anticipated. 


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.