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AL Bloggy Meet Up

Hey guys, how's it going?

Well, yesterday was our Alabama blogger meet-up, 

and let me tell you, we had an absolute blast!!!

First up, we met at Chuy's at the Summit, and I love that Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom!!

They really thought I had made up the dish, but it's real I tell ya!!

Jennifer is so awesome, she had all of this ready for us!!

The lovely gift below had a pointer attached to it!!

As you can see, we ate good!!

Vickie, Jennifer, Me, Sarah 

Dana, Katie, Linda

Vickie later convinced us that we absolutely HAD to go to Steel City Pops,

and I'd never been there, so I was game!!

And I must say, Vickie, you were absolutely right!!!! The watermelon popsicle was to die for!!

Linda, Vickie, Dana

Sarah, Katie

Then, it was time for a trip to teacher's paradise, Hobby Lobby!!!

Y'all, don't get me started on Jennifer and this chair that she

just had to have, and get it she did!!

She had the entire store cracking up!!!

Here are a few things that I bought....

Now, Vickie has me hooked on this sign for the first day of school pictures,

but I'm waiting on her to do a tutorial,

because without any guidance, 

I will definitely fudge it up, if you know what I mean!!!

I don't know what I'm doing with Mod Podge, but I so want to use it!!

Always need some brushes!!

And I'm so crushing on the glitter clothespins that Greg from 

I may not know what I'm doing, but I'm definitely going to try!!

If you don't follow these awesome ladies, you should head over right now!!!

Sarah Cooley is totally cool & sooooo sweet!!!!

Jennifer called me tech savvy, but she is tech saavy as well, so I'm naming her TechDiva#2!!

Vickie's got it going on in her classroom!! And she loves popsicles!!

I love Linda, she has such a sweet soul!!

Dana is tha!!!! She finds out if it's a boy or girl very soon!!!

Katie is my homegirl, who's also having an awesome giveaway right now!! 

I entered, did you?

Susan has taught the longest amongst all of us, and I love that she still has her 

passion for teaching. She is a great example for all of us!!

I hope you enjoyed the long post, talk to you guys later!!!


July Currently

Hey guys, how's it going?

It's that time again, I'm linking up with Farley for this month's currently!!!

Listening - I love Sherlock Holmes...really in any form...Robert Downey, Jr., Elementary on CBS, and 

I LOVE Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock on BBC!!!!!!

Loving - Ok, so what happens when you pay a car off?!?  That's right, the bottom falls out!

My car is like brand new, it has a new transmission (costly little bugger),

new engine mounts, front brakes replaced, new drive belts, you name it,

it has it!!

Thinking - I haven't done as much cleaning as I had hoped this summer......

in my defense I have a few more weeks!!

Wanting - I'm still on this extra bedroom/office!! Do I want to keep the bed or take it out?!?!

Just go full office!!!! I mean, have you seen 

Lindsey's office at The Teacher Wife????

You really should check it out!!

Needing - To say that I have a mountain of clothes is ridiculous!!

It's like Mt. Everest!!

Tips, Tricks or Hints - My motto actually comes from a rap just do you, and I'mma do me!!

Never try to compete with someone else, or feel as if you aren't up to their level.

Every one of us has strengths and weaknesses, and I know for a fact that you

can do things that other people can't!!!

Just do you!!!

Come on over and link up!!

Oh, and hopefully you've heard that Google Reader is shutting down on July 1st, so don't forget to
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Belk Day At Our School!!!!

Hey guys, how's it going?

This year, in celebration of their 125th year,

Belk is doing 125 days of service, such as community service!!

Yay for us, because they came and did a few things at our school!!

They painted a lot (of course I didn't get pictures of everything!!),

and they also put together bookcases for everyone, put picnic tables together for us,

and they painted lots and lots of murals that we can put up!!

In addition to all of this going on, registration for school was going on, and the PTA was there,

and below are our beloved office staff, they are totally awesome 

(though they'll kill me if they find out about this picture!!). 


We have a winner!!!!

Hey guys, how's it going??

We have a winner!!!

Ok, I was feeling giddy, so we now have 2 winners!!

Look for an email from me ladies!!



New Blog Design and a giveaway!!!!!

Hey guys, how's it going?

I woke up to a new blog design, once again by Alicia from Dreamlike Magic, 

and it made me so happy that I am going to have a giveaway!!!!

I thought and thought about what to give,

and then it came to me!

We have so much extra time in the mornings, 

so I created morning work throughout the year,

and I'm even thinking about using it as homework this year.

With the new year coming up, I know that you could use it also!!

That's right, 10 months of morning work, all bundled together!!!

I'm so excited for you!!!!!

All you have to do is enter the raffle!!!!

The contest ends Monday, June 24 at midnight, so don't be late!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Talking Writing Drawing Chapter 3

Hey guys, how's it going?

I had so much going on last week, 

and I didn't have a chance to post on chapter 2.

But I'm ready to go with chapter 3!!!

Chapter 3 is all about drawing.

I know, I know exactly what you're thinking!!

This is supposed to be about writing!!!

Remember, the book is titled Talking, Drawing, & Writing.

I think that sometimes we get so focused on the writing part,

that we totally forget about everything else.

A lot of times, especially as children enter Kindergarten, drawing is the only thing

that they can do, the only way that they can express themselves.

I'm reminded of a time that I sat in with the my student's during an extra art class.

Our art teacher, by the way, is totally awesome!!

During that 30 minute period, every child was an artist,

simply because of the way that she teaches.

It's important that my students feel the same way about writing,

that they are all writers.

To begin this way of thinking, it is important that we not only support

our students as writers, but in drawing as well.

I just feel that sometimes writing isn't a priority in Kindergarten,

and we don't have enough time to truly devote to it!

It makes me so upset because I know how important it is,

especially as they go on to 1st and 2nd grades.

What are your thoughts?

Come on over and link up!!


Alabama Blogger Meet up!!!!!

Hey guys, how's it going?

If you're a blogger in Alabama, it's that time again!!!!

I hope to see you there!!!!


Just in Case Linky Party

Hey guys, how's it going?

I'm linking up with Jennifer over at First Grade Blue Skies for a Linky Party!!!!

Ok,  here we go!!

iPad Cases

I like to use my apple rolly case in the summer and when I go to conferences, and PD,

because the other cases are waaaaayyyyyy too heavy!!!

However, when it's school mode, it's straight Otterboxes,

 because Kindergarteners have loose grips!!

I like the pink and grey one the best!!!!

Phone Cases

Ok, this Tory Burch case is my favorite!!! It's kinda broken, I mean,

it's taken a few hits!!! Now, I only pull it out

when I want to be cute!!

This is my go-to case, the one that I bought

when I first got the phone.

It's still kicking, no bruises, scratches or cracks anywhere!!!

Now this is my functional case, especially when I don't want to take a purse!!

It's made by Incipio, and it's their Stow-away case.

The back opens up, and you can put your license and cards in there!!!!

Isn't that so cool?!?!?!?!

It's also a stand!!!!

Oh, I almost forgot about these!!!

On the left is my Vera Bradley iPad case, and the right is my case for my Nook.

Can you tell I love Vera Bradley, I mean, look what is currently on my couch!!

How many Vera patterns can you find?!?!?

Last, but not least, here is my rubber thingy on my Nook, lol.

Whew, I didn't realize that I had to many cases!!!

Come on over and link up!!!


Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to PD I go!!

Hey guys, how's it going?

By the time you read this, I'll already be sitting in my 

first professional development session of the summer!!!

My school district adopted a new reading series for the upcoming year, 

so I am at an all day training for it.

I'm looking forward to learning a lot,

and also I get to goof off with all of my grade-level pals!!!

This is our new reading series.......

For the past 5 years, we have used Scott Foresman Reading Street, so I'm excited to see what Wonders

has to offer! So far, as I've been looking at it, I absolutely love their small group lessons,

there is a lot of material, AND, there is a lot of ideas for differentiation.

Question: For those of you without an adopted reading series, how do you choose what to teach?

For those of you with one, which one do you have, do you like it, 

and how much do you have to tweak/supplement it?

Also, I finally updated my back to school pack, check it out!!

I'll let you know how the PD went.

Talk to you later!!!


Houndstooth Classroom Theme & Word Wall

Hey guys, how's it going?

I have an awesome friend and his classroom theme is Alabama (Roll Tide!)

He's moving from 2nd to K this year, and I decided that he needed even more!

Voila, the houndstooth classroom theme pack and

 word wall headers, etc., were born!!

Click on the link to check it out!

Talk to you later!!!!


Talking Drawing Writing Chapter 1

Hey guys, how's it going?

As I told you earlier, I'm reading a book along with

Jennifer from Teaching with Grace.

Writing is an area that I have always wanted to learn more about,

because I feel that as a teacher, it is my weakest area.

I get better and better each year, but there is still so much to learn!!

As I was reading chapter 1, I was intrigued into how writer's workshop begins.

Talking!!! I know that we talk a lot, for modeling purposes, but it had never dawned on

me that we should have the first several days of writer's workshop like this.

Previous models that I have seen always talk about modeling, and then

getting that paper and pencil into their hands!!

It is important that we begin by sharing with students that they have stories to tell,

and that these stories open up many possibilities for writing!!!

As primary teachers, we know that storytelling is important,

and it is important that we model this for students, by telling them our stories.

So here's what I learned from the 1st chapter in a nutshell:

1.  Begin with oral stories 1st, for the first several days of school.

2.  We as teachers are storytellers also!

3.  Allow all of the children to tell oral stories about themselves, and at the same time,

guiding them and modeling.

Come on over and link up!!


Currently in June!

Hey guys, what's up?!?!

I'm linking up with Farley again for this month's Currently!!

Ok, here we go!!!

Listening - Just tv's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta......I must admit, sometimes I like to

see the drama.  Once I finish this post, I'll find a good movie on Netflix!!

Loving - I love the fact that summer is here, and like I said, I mean to enjoy it this time.

It's so easy to get caught up into going here, and going there, and before you 

know it, summer's over, and it's time to go back to work!!

Thinking - Continuing from #2, I love the fact that TPT has allowed me to be able to quit

my 2nd job, which is one reason that I was never able to fully

enjoy my summer vacation. It was hard, because I have worked there

for 11 years, since I was a freshman in college. 

But I have enjoyed finding my perfect balance!!

Wanting - Ok, I have what everyone has......that guest bedroom that doubles as an office and 

workspace as well.  I really need to clean up and organize this space, in a way that works for

me. I've been debating about whether or not I should make it one or the other. 

Needing - Yeah, I need to clean up that 2nd room, cause it's truly horrible!!!!

I would show you a picture, but it's quite scary!! Oh, did I mention,

it's also that extra storage area!! Argh!!!!!!!!

3 Vacay Essentials - Gotta have that phone, my nook, because I love to read, and my sunscreen!!

I won't burn and turn red, but I would definitely get very dark!!!!!

Come on over and link up!