Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Memo

The following is the reason teachers give so much of themselves.

I just love Thistlegirl's artwork!!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday Smiles

So true.                                                                             © Thistlegirl Designs 

Hurry over to Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten's or Learning with Mrs. Leeby's blog.  It's the last day to enter their wonderful give-away.  I'm sure hoping I'll win!!


Here's another give-away you'll want to enter over at 1st Things 1st.  The winner will receive a year membership to Graphics Factory.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

200-Point Treat

This young fellow's hunger for reading paid off!  His 200-AR-point prize was a yummy sundae in the flavor of his choice - strawberry.  He got to eat it right in the room during snack time.  Boy, did that cause excitement!!  Someone pointed out that it wasn't a healthy snack (the requirement for the snacks they bring from home).  I told him to enjoy every bite because he worked hard to earn it. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thursday Tune

My 2ndies tend to confuse apostrophes with commas.  No wonder since they look the same!  I just whipped up a little ditty to help them remember.

Get ready for another  


sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It.

         Apostrophe Song

Apostrophes hang in the air, in the air.
Apostrophes hang  in the air, in the air.
They hang in the air,
Nowhere else but there.
Apostrophes hang  in the air, in the air.

Use apostrophes to show possession.
Use apostrophes to show possession.
For one noun, apostrophe s.
For plural, it must come last.
Use apostrophes to show possession.

There’s an apostrophe in each contraction.
There’s an apostrophe in each contraction.
An apostrophe’s whereabouts
Is where you take some letters out.
There’s an apostrophe in each contraction.

Apostrophes hang  in the air, in the air.
Apostrophes hang  in the air, in the air.
They hang in the air,
Nowhere else but there.
Apostrophes hang  in the air, in the air.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday Woohoo

Roll out the Welcome Wagon.   Another Wagoneer has hooked onto my wagon train.  Hello, Kaylynn.  So glad you joined up.  I enjoyed scoping out your blog, A Teacher Without a Class, and hope the rest of my Wagoneers and Wagon Watchers will check it out.

Hip Hip Hooray!

I'm proud to announce I have another 100 AR pointer.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Linky Party Time

Linky dinky do, will you linky too?  Latoya at Flying into First Grade has a fun new linky.

Topic: Skittles Game

Here's the code:

RED -  Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
ORANGE - Favorite Memory from College
YELLOW - Favorite Sports Team
GREEN - Favorite Fast Food Place
PURPLE - wIlD cArD (Tell anything about yourself)

I'll have some of Oklahoma's own Braum's ice cream, please, in m-m-mint chocolate chip.
I remember having to go down to the first floor of our high-rise dorm during summer school on many June evenings when there was a tornado warning.  We'd sit around playing cards while waiting for the storm to pass.
Although I'm not really a sports follower, I did get to attend my first and only pro basketball game on Christmas evening 2011.  Each year since the Oklahoma City Thunder team was established it honors each top 12 finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year as Teacher of the Game.  We received a very nice pre-game dinner at the restaurant, 2 court-side seats for one of the games, and presentation of a goodie bag shown on the jumbo-tron during one of the time-outs.  It was sooo exciting!
Without a doubt my fav fast-food establishment is another Oklahoma original, Sonic.  Gotta have my sweet tea with Sonic's sensational ice!!
For 12 years I was a professor of elementary education at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I loved my time there and only left because I felt out of touch with what was going on in the public school classroom.

Now it's your turn.  Leave me a comment, leave a comment on the blog of the person who commented before you, and don't forget Latoya who got us started on this sweet Skittles Game!  It's fun to learn more about our fellow teacher-bloggers.  However, my Boni friend, you don't have to be a teacher to share some fun and Skittles with us.   Linky dinky lo, ready, Set, GO!

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Tonight my blog reached its 50th Wagoneer and 5,000th Wagon Watcher--all within minutes of each other!

Here comes the Welcome Wagon to greet Kirra.  She's from Australia, currently teaching in Mexico.  You'll want to drop by her fascinating blog, Teacher Kirra.  I'm curious how you found my blog, Kirra.

It amazes me that 5,000 people from the U.S. and about 20 nations have stopped by my blog.  I'd love to have all these Wagon Watchers pause long enough to leave me a comment.    Thanks, everyone.  Come back again soon.

To celebrate, I've posted a free"bee" below.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday SOS

I need help from those who use BloggerI have tried to load a picture, but it keeps posting upside-down.  Grrrrrr 

Any idea what causes that or how to fix it?

Friday, April 12, 2013

f-ANT-astic Friday

First, I want to congratulate one more of my cherubs who reached 100 AR points.

The Learning Garden (my class) is now the proud owner of an ant farm--actually 2 of them.  Thanks to a DonorsChoose grant, we received ants, ant books, a heavy duty stapler, and a portable projection camera.  We're keeping a journal, documenting what we do to set it up and maintain it and of their observations.  Here are some pics so far.

Note the tubes that connect the two farms.  The ants seem to use the tubes to rest in.

You can make out the beginnings of a tunnel.
Busy, busy workers.  You can see the middle one carrying some sand.
The worker on top is depositing a grain of sand.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April's "Currently" Linky

Here's another fun linky.  Leave a comment on the two links before you and the one after you.  I got the blank form from Farley's blog, Oh Boy 4th Grade.  Grab it, fill it out, and join the linky party! Don't forget to leave her a comment while you're there.

1.  It's really unusual for the wind not to blow in Oklahoma.  That's even more true in the western part of the state.  I live near Tulsa, though.  The good thing is it always provides an excuse for a bad hair day!!

2.  Having a good student teacher is such a blessing.  It provides me more time to work with my lowest students as she takes on more responsibility for teaching.

3.  Paper grading is a necessary evil in a teacher's life.  Guess you can call it job security!!

4.  I have the painting done and now am in the organization-of-materials stage.  It will be so nice to have it completed and have a workspace available with all my craft goodies at my fingertips.

5.  I'll probably forgo the nap in exchange for an earlier bedtime tonight.

6.  All children deserve kindness and respect from each of their teachers every day.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thursday Things

Welcome to our garden of ways-to-write-a-number flowers!

(My banner is a Vista Print.)


I wish I could remember the blog where I craft-lifted this activity.  I'm thinking it was a Kinder or 1st grade blog, but I'm not sure. If it is from yours, please leave me a comment so I can give you credit. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wednesday Work

Today my intern, Rachel Christy, was working with a small group of my Learning Gardeners who didn't quite have a good understanding of contractions yet.  She used a clever activity she found on Pinterest and made this weekend out of paint swatches.  It was a good hands-on way to clear up their confusion about contractions.  

I used paint swatches to make the kids some bookmarks for St. Patrick's Day.  I talked to them about some places in the world where children don't get the chance to go to school and learn to read.

Don't forget what today is:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday Thoughts

I ran across this quote by Aristotle today.

The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference.

It brought to mind another quote that reinforces Aristotle's stance.

Train up a child a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6 KJV

These wise words remind us of the huge responsibility we have as early childhood teachers and as parents.  Because we are establishing the foundation of children's futures, we need to regularly take stock of the habits and values we are ingraining in them through our words as well as our deeds.  Much of what children pick up is caught, not taught.  Here are some of the habits I try to reinforce with my second graders.

1. Common courtesy and kindness
2. Organization of their materials
3. Memory strategies
4. Listening with the whole body
5. Prompt obedience
6. Joy in learning
7. Rising to challenges
8. Delight in achieving

Please share habits you strive to develop in your students or your own children.