Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Meet the Teacher Tuesday? Peek at My Week AND a Bright Idea Blog HOP!

I have been wanting to link up with The Ordinary To Extraordinary Classroom for Meet the Teacher Monday for a few weeks now...and I never get a chance to blog on Monday nights! I am usually just burnt out. So you're going to learn more about me on TUESDAY! :o)

Meet the Teacher (Monday): FAST FIVE!

List 5 Things You Always Keep in Your Purse: (now, I don't have a designated purse...on week days I use only my school bag and on weekends I transfer my wallet...)
  1. Lady Products! and in the car, at school, etc...
  2. Hand-Sanitizer, usually a wonderful smelling Bath & Body scent to match the season (my favorite has been Autumn Day)
  3. Mints!
  4. Nail file
  5. iPhone
List 5 Things You Love about Yourself:
  1. My messy organization
  2. My creativity
  3. My sense of humor
  4. I am always on time
  5. If I want something...I normally get it! And I mean that in a good way...I'll work for it or make it happen!
List 5 Things You Do to Keep Yourself Busy:
  1. Blog (write, read, browse, stalk...)
  2. Read
  3. Watch numerous awful and some good TV shows
  4. Plan day trips, parties, events, anything to keep the day from being boring!
  5. Spend time with my family
List 5 Things that Attract You to the Opposite Sex:
  1. Sense of Humor
  2. Trustworthiness
  3. Ability to Communicate, or at least try and work on it
  4. Adventurous 
  5. Fun (willingness to do fun things, be funny, silly, sarcastic)
List 5 Things You Want to Accomplish in 2014
  1. Run a 10K
  2. Lose some pounds, gain some muscle!
  3. Move and decorate our new home to feel comfortable
  4. Be more patient
  5. Possibly, maybe, discuss more with my husband about having a second child...we both want to most days...but there are definitely some days when our dear Addy gives us a run for our money...literally, and she will be in K next more daycare payments? Sounds good, but we'll see what 2014 has to bring! 

Could it be? No SNOW DAYS or ICE DAYS or FREEZE DAYS this week? We'll see...tomorrow there is freezing rain in the forecast...but I am convinced that the temperature will not drop low enough for a delay or closing. For those of you having a snow day tomorrow, ENJOY!

It might not be the most creative or amazing idea...but it does save a lot of time untangling headphone cords and dealing with too many students at the listening center. I use individual cd players (I pick them up at the local thrift store for $2-3 each) so that each students can take a bag with one, a book and the CD and bring it to their seat. It doesn't limit how many students can be at listening center as long as you can find a few cd players. I put a note out to parents and they sent in old ones too!

Sterilite Large Clip Box Green Set of 6
Again, not the most complicated and creative idea...but is does make copying a lot easier to manage and carry back to your room. I took this idea from another colleague at school. I keep my copy paper in it and whenever I have something that I want to copy, I will slip it in the bin so that I have everything in one place when I get time to copy. (Bought mine at Wal-Mart, also at Target)

And lastly, HAND SIGNALS! It makes answering questions a lot easier to manage! Especially when I am with a small group, on the phone, talking with another adult, etc. I can just scan the room and see what my students needs are. 

AND FINALLY...(I know, thought this post was never going to end, huh?)

CONGRATULATIONS to Andrea over at Reading Toward the Stars, the winner of one of my February Holiday Packs! I need to get going on a new pack soon!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February Currently and February Holidays PACKS!!

Listening: A friend of mine from NY has a radio show on Sunday afternoons and they play music from documentaries, commercials, and movies. The radio station is WIOX 91.3, but you tune in and listen to THE LISTEN on Sundays from 2-3pm. Today they were playing music from their favorite Super Bowl commercials. 

Loving: Okay, so it's a love/hate thing...but bottom line, everyone likes a day off. We've used 8 snow days and have had a few 2hr delays here in we are supposed to get anywhere's from 2-6 inches across our county. I am hoping they call it today so that we can enjoy the super bowl and the yummy oreo cookie shooters that I made!

Thinking: SPRING BREAK...booked at the beach with a few of our friends. Topsail Island, NC. We've been there several times before, but usually not until mid August. But the Farmer's Almanac says that April in NC should be warmer than usual. Now, I am just hoping that our county applies for a snow day waiver because of this insanely crazy winter we've had and that we don't have to make up all the days we have gone over...because I have a feeling the winter is no where near being over...and we're already on STORM "N". 

Wanting: To successfully complete the 3 week challenge that my hubs and I are going to start tomorrow. For 3 weeks we are going to not drink anything but water (and coffee for me), exercise 3x a week, and eliminate carbs after lunch. Kind of a little detox for us. 

Needing: I found out yesterday morning that I have an ear infection! I went to urgent care and the doctor said it was most likely due to a virus I had earlier this week, which would explain my awful sore throat. I can feel the liquid in my ear :-/

2 truths and a fib: 

#1 YES! I am a wedding planner. During my senior year of college I planned/coordinated my first wedding and since have been doing it as a side job during the summer. 

#2 I WISH! I have not made $10,000 on Tpt, not yet anyways....about half way there!

#3 YES! I have taught all grades from K-6, except fourth. I did work as a TA in fourth grade for about a month, but that's it. 

...and now for my February Holiday PACKS! I created a TpT pack of the 100th day, Valentine's and President's Day a few weeks ago. I haven't sold any yet :o( I cannot seem to get it show up in searches on TpT either, so I decided to break them all up as individual packs and then link the bundle from each. 

100th Day of School Activities

Valentine's Day Activity Pack

President's Day Activities

and here is the bundle

100th Day, Valentine's Day and Presidents Day:February Hol

Good luck to you! Thanks for stopping in...