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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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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day and a Few Finds

Happy Father's Day to all of those dad's out there!  Went to church and breakfast with the family and then I'm meeting up with my dad for a movie and bite to eat this afternoon.

I was given a gift card to Books-A-Million at the end of the year so I scoured their clearance section and found a few books.

I remember reading somewhere where it was recommended to start the year out with reading Mother Goose nursery rhymes.  I always have the intention to try it, but then I see all of my Kevin Henkes and back to school books on my shelf and dive into those right away.  Since I'm departmentalizing this year and teaching all of the reading and language arts to close to 75 children throughout the morning, I'm really trying to think of how I want things to work for us....still thinking....  :)  Anyway, when I saw these, I thought I'd pick them up and possibly use them during my reading blocks.  Each book has a very unique plot and is filled with rich language so I know I'll be able to use them...I'm just not sure what direction I want to use them yet.  When I figure it out, I'll post about it!

This week I also went through all of my reading files and organized them (okay...they're almost organized).  Whoa!  That is a job!  I pitched a lot but it was hard!

Since I'll "just" be teaching reading and language arts next year, I feel that I want to hold my students and their families accountable for their reading somehow so, I'm creating some reading logs to use as homework with my kiddos next year.  Just when I decide on one format and create it, I think of a different one.  So I'm just going to keep making them until my brain quits thinking about them and when they're finished I'll be sure to post the whole packet for you to download.  I'm hoping that I can work on them this week and share them with you when they're finished.

I'm also seeking some advice...I think I want to make this blog for my students and parents and create a new blog just for me as a teacher.  I really like this theme and since our school mascot is a pirate I think I want this blog to be the hub of information for my students and parents next year. much drama would that be for you to perhaps stop following me here (if you wanted to) and start following me elsewhere?  Would I be able to move all of my posts to my new blog?  Maybe it's not even a big deal...if I do it, I just want the transition to be a smooth one for everyone!  :)  Any advice would be appreciated!

Oh!  One more thing I've been meaning to share...have you hear of this app?
 It's so awesome!  It "stores" coupons for tons of stores....even coupons that you may not receive via email or mail.  You can search for various stores, or you can search by brand.  It also lists the coupons available locally.  Since I live in a smaller city between two larger cities, the app doesn't always list all of the coupons available for every store in my area.  For example, when I click on "Local" Kohl's doesn't appear for some reason (even though there is a Kohl's in my city), but when I click on "Brands", every store imaginable is listed.  You just click on it, show the cashier, they enter the code and viola!  You have saved some dough!  I just wish Lakeshore and Creative Teaching Press was listed!  :)

Have a great day!


  1. Thanks for the heads-up about that app! Awesome

    I'd follow you on any blog :)

    You could just create a new one for your class, it might be easier??? I have no idea.

    Fun in Room 4B

    1. That's what I'm thinking too! Now to think of a name....

  2. I'm asking myself some of the same questions... I'm contemplating having a classroom blog too. But I think I will just keep this one and make a brand new blog for my classroom. I have no idea about transferring your items though. :-)

    1. Thanks! I guess I could delete all of my posts from here...maybe. I just don't want these posts available to my new parents...not that it's a big deal but I just don't think they'd find it interesting or helpful. :)

  3. I'd hunt you down again for sure Jenn . . . you can't get away ;) Have fun with your daddy-o today!!! Whatcha seein'?

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

    1. Hi Kelley!
      OMG! We saw Prometheus...ummm...WIERD! Neither of us are science fiction buffs and I hid in my sweatshirt several times during the movie. It was an afternoon with my dad though and we don't do that enough so it was still nice.

  4. I would say do whatever is the easiest. Those for the info on the app. I can't wait to check it out.


    1. I think that app just might be your newest addiction...

  5. I have to get that Humpty Dumpty book!! I so love nursery rhymes, and if I can add more to it---YAY! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

    1. Hi DeAnne!
      It's a little different...but I think the kids will like it. Humpty Dumpty ends up saving a horse at the end in his what kiddo isn't going to giggle at that?!?