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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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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My First Currently w/ Farley

Good Morning Friends!
I decided to FINALLY figure out how link up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade with her July Currently Linky Party!

OMG!  Farley is such a hoot!

It was one of the things on my "learn how to do it" list and I think I did it!  Here it is~

Just gave myself a little pat on the back!  :)  My all time favorite read aloud for the kiddos is Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume.  I love the language and the family structure in this book!  I don't read it to my first graders because I think some second and third grade teachers read it with their students and I don't want to step on any toes...but it's so fun!  My all time favorite go-to book as a teacher is Spaces and Places by Debbie Diller.  I love finding new ways to set up my classroom...each year I try to tackle something new!

So I made a stop at school this past weekend...just to check on my room and measure my bulletin boards so I could order my borders from MPM.  It hadn't been touched.  I have to admit I was a little bummed, but then I took it as a sign that I needed to enjoy a little more of my summer before switching to "serious" school mode.  AND...all of the floors are being stripped in our building this summer so our custodians have their work cut out for the heat...kuddos to them!  The last thing that they probably want is some anxious teacher in their business so I'll stay away a little longer!  :)

Did you hear that??
Was that thunder???
Is it raining???
YES!!!  Rain!!
Guess where I'm going today....a field trip to HOBBY LOBBY!  I think the nearest one is an hour away!  I've been reading about all of the goodies you have found at Hobby Lobby and have been so envious of all of your's my turn!!!
But wait.
I will have control.  I will not go crazy.  I will be smart and savvy.
At least I hope I will!

Have a great day!


  1. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Can't wait to celebrate it with family & friends. If you come up with something wonderful to take to your picnic make double so I can take it to ours. lol Happy 4th!

    1. Ha! I'll post what I'm making in my next post...easy and yummy is my motto when it comes to cooking!

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    1. Oh my goodness...tell me about it!

  3. I'm your newest follower and found you off Farley's linky!!!
    I'm just like you in wanting to get my classroom organized....but our building is closed! I woke up in a panic this morning thinking I was late for school and my room wasn't ready! (Nightmare!)
    I'll have to check out the Debbie Diller book you mentioned!!
    Have a wonderful 4th!!
    Stop by my blog and check me out when you get time!

    1. Hi Kim! I became your newest follower this morning! Cute stuff!

  4. I am going to check out Debbie Diller's book. I am all about changing the classroom and how to make it more organized. I am thankful for my teacher aide who helped me organize so much last year. Love your blog. Check me out sometime. Homemade First Grade

    1. I think you will LOVE Debbie Diller's book...lots of pictures of cool things to do in your classroom!

  5. I was at Hobby Lobby today for like two hours today! They had all of their Christmas stuff out already?! WHAT?!
    And, I'm very jealous that you have access to your classroom over the summer. I would love to already have my room set up. {sigh} We aren't allowed at school until the week before school starts.

    Rowdy in First Grade

    1. I can't imagine being only allowed in the week before school starts! I mean, I'd make it happen...but I kind of like to work my way back in gently! :)

  6. I'm your newest follower....found you through the Oh'Boy Fourth Grade linky party. I also nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. Come on over to my blog and pick it up!

    1. Oh...Thank you! I'm heading to your blog now!

  7. I love Debbie's Spaces and Places book. I am redoing my color scheme of my room this year and going by her rules!
    I just finished teaching summer school, so I have been able to be in my room working a little, but now I am waiting on the floors to get done too! I am very eager to start setting my room up this year. I am your newest follower.
    Mrs. Shelton’s Kindergarten