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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day, Legos and News About a Friend

So every year I'm always running around at the last minute trying to figure out something unique to do for the 24+ mamas I have in my classroom.  Thank God for the awesome teachers out here in the bloggerverse!  I got tons of great ideas from Reagan's "Oh Momma Mother's Day" unit on Teachers Pay Teachers and Sarah's adorable "Mommy, You're My Everything" book.  They saved the day for me!  I was given 24 photo albums by a retiring teacher last year so I used some of the writing ideas from Sarah's booklet and added a few of our own and had the kiddos illustrate each page for their moms.  You know, the usual...My mom makes the best ________.  My mom loves it when I ___________.  I had to resize some of the ideas I found to make them fit on the pages of the photo albums.

That's me with this cutie's mom and our tech buddy, Mrs. Kania.
This little friend was trying to write "in the car"...but it totally looks like "in the can".
I couldn't bring myself to fix it...too funny!  :)
We then made Reagan's Lemon and Olive Oil Body Scrub.

And designed our own gift bags to put everything in so that it all made it home safe and sound.

Only one Mother's Day gift was left behind at the end of the day ( does that happen?  It was sitting right next to her stuff and everything!  We worked on them all day!) Oh will be a little late, I guess!

Then, because I bribed them so I could finish all of our Diagnostic and AIMS testing this week I brought out the Legos.  (I actually said, "Friends, if you could just keep yourself busy with a game or drawing...whatever you want and you can do it quietly, I'll have a reward for you on Friday."  Yep...I did.)  As part of our Social Studies curriculum and because our school has adopted a bit of a STEM philosophy, we asked for sets of Legos to supplement our community units.  Let me tell you...they LOVED it!  It got a little loud, but I never heard so much collaboration and sharing as I did.  So, I let them build and create for most of the morning.

I'll post their creations sometime this next week.

Okay...onto news about a friend!  My teaching buddy, Allison has opened up her own shop on Teachers Pay Teachers!  She's so excited and since she doesn't have a blog, I told her I'd give her a little shout out!  She has a cute number sequencing activity with a beachy theme that would be perfect for a quick end of the year check.  She also posted her Summer Fun Beach Math Centers.  Cute stuff!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you mommas out there!


  1. OMGosh I just love those albums!! What a cute idea and I am sure there is not a mother out there that wouldn't love them! ps, I am your newest follower!

  2. Love, love, love the photo albums! "In the can." O-my-gosh I laughed so hard!!!
    Hello Mrs Sykes

  3. What a wonderful idea! I love it!

    Lohren Nolan

  4. wow! I love in the can too... hilarious!
    Thanks so much for the shout out and I am so glad you survived making the scrub! :)

  5. Just what I needed to see this afternoon . . . in the can! I am still laughing. I love little kid writing. Thanks for the giggle Jenn!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory