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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, July 15, 2012

Celebration Updates and Timber!!

Happy Sunday Friends!

Terri's (First Grade Princess) package from Hawaii didn't arrive this weekend but we're expecting it in the next day or two!  I can't wait to see what she has added to my giveaway!  This means you still have time to enter and I will give a "Last Call" once it's arrived and then I'll choose the lucky winner!
Click here to enter my give-away!
Speaking of Celebrations...Marie from The Hands-On Teacher in First is celebrating reaching 300 followers!  She is totally amazing!  If you aren't following her blog you really must go and do it now!  I love reading about what she's up to!
Click here to visit her blog and join her celebration!
And one more...ummm...with my whole birthday celebration I've jumped super close to 200 followers...I'm seeing a 200 follower giveaway in my future...and I already have an idea for that one!

I ended up spending a few hours in my classroom this afternoon...and TIMMMMMBERRRRRRR!

Yeah.  My heart stopped.  We have limbs everywhere friends which means they were either taken of with gentle loving hands or they snapped off in the move.  (My dad and I drilled those suckers into the trunk...with big screws.)  Either way, it's still my fault.  I was told that everything was going to come out of my room...just wish I could have had a little heads up when it was my room's turn to be cleaned because I would have come in and moved it out for them.  Poor tree.

Then I found one of my bookshelves...
It's one of those cheap ones and it was getting a little wobbly by the end of the year, but I didn't think it was this wobbly.  Cue the hammer and nails.

So today I was Miss Fix-It...and learned several things...

1. Nails are different sizes and types for different reasons...of which I do not know yet.  My book shelf is nailed back together for the most part and I still have all of my fingers...good day.
2. Red spray paint will still get on you even with a gentle breeze.  Next time, I need to assess the wind direction before going crazy with the spray can.  I had pink spray paint (I think the red blended with the sweat...eww!  Gross!) all over my right hand and arm...and a nice pink spray paint line on my leg.
3. Chalkboard paint still splatters.  I now own a pair of paint shorts.  Geesh!  (I'm turning my brown chalkboards to black so that it goes better with my colors!)
I have two boards like this...hope it works!
 4. Using paint thinner to get the paint off of your skin works, but you'll smell like...well paint thinner for awhile....even after a good washing.

My chalkboard paint needs to dry for a good 24 hours so I'm going to try to recruit my sister (yep, you...Tricia) to come in and do the second coat for me this week sometime.

Whoa!  6 Sundays from today will be my First Day Eve!  YIKES!


  1. Oh no, your poor tree!! It was windy when I spray painted my rocking chair and I ended up with purple paint all over.

    Lovin’ Kindergarten

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  3. Oh no! I'm so sorry about your tree! I have a homemade tree for my classroom too & I know how I would feel if that happened.
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. I loved your tree! So saaaaaad. I love your blog. So sweet.
    Second Grade Sunshine