Saturday, August 29, 2009

May I Help You?

I can not stop laughing at this picture of my niece that my brother sent me:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Class! Class! Yes? Yes?

And that would be how I get my students attention at school. However I say "class," they say "yes." If you haven't checked out "whole brain teaching" formerly known as "power teaching" you should! That is where the Class/Yes and many other forms of classroom management in my class came from. There are also a lot of great clips on youtube. Here's the first one I ever watched:

This week has been fast and furious filled with rules and procedures. The students have been catching on really well. They now know all of their rules (or, as we call them "responsibilities") along with the appropriate hand gestures. I am so proud of them! Today we wrote our "Class Promise." The kids came up with everything to say on our Class Promise. I just put it together in paragraph form. Way to go young learners! And, here it is:

Monday, August 24, 2009

One Day Down...

I am not sure how I have the energy, time or brain power to write this, but I want to. Today was Day 1 of school and it went great. Full of shy laughter, awkward smiles, quiet answers, and an unwillingness to be the first, 21 of 21 of my kiddos showed up this morning and got home safely, I'd say it was a successful day. The energy it takes to make decisions for 21 kids while being "on stage" all day long is quite demanding. Therefore, please forgive me if I fail to blog for a little while. My body must again become adjusted It is going to be a great year! I can not wait to see the progress my students will make. :)

Chad is great....This is what I "came downstairs to" for my first day back. (It wasn't until I had been down stairs for about 10 minutes that I noticed them. Chad got quite a kick out of that.) I was pleasantly surprised. :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Best Friends Make the Best Food!

Yesterday was our last workday without kiddos and the first grade team's BEST friends (Connie and Kristi) wanted to make lunch for us. I was so excited when I heard they would be visiting and bringing lunch. As a teacher, I was thinking something quick, easy, maybe pre-packaged? Not these teachers! They made us a beautiful (and yummy!) lunch with individually wrapped sandwiches, yummy snacks, the most delicious snicker-doodle cookies and the best fresh-squeezed lemonade I had ever tasted. It was the best food by the best friends. Thank you ladies!

The set up:My Plate:

And, to top it all off, they made these sweet prayer boxes for us to put all of our cares inside of during the school year. They were each decorated differently and guesses were made as to who would choose which decorated box. Their guess was right, I walked away with the green and white box. ***Pictures to come.
***Finally....Here's a picture of my box:
And the sweet note inside:

Friday, August 21, 2009

Great Ending to a Great Night

With a rating of 6.5 stars on IMBD and 58% on Rotten Tomatoes I thought surely 17 Again would be one rotten tomato. However, I LOVED IT!!! Despite being exhausted after one long week of meetings, planning, meetings, preparing for Meet The Teacher and meetings, I stayed up through the entire movie! (And I'm glad I did!)

Here's my ratings:

Laughter: * * * * *
Deeper Meaning to the Story: * * * * *
Entertaining for Adults: * * * * *
Entertaining for Children: * * * * *
Love Story: * * * * *

All around: 5 STARS!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Just for "Licks"

My brother sent me this tonight. A-DOR-A-BLE.

Let's Get This Party Started!

Tonight was Meet the Teacher from 5:30-6:30. I met 16 out of my 22 kids and now I am so excited for school to start!! My kids seem so sweet and I believe it is truly going to be a great year. **Best part of the night: Past students coming to visit. Bittersweet, I wish they were still in my room!

The first thing you see:

All of my kids' names again:
sheet, Bus Routes, My Info Sheet, Supply Lists:
Where the kids place all their supplies:
The balloons are here!!! How exciting :)
What was found at each desk. AKA: "Homework for parents":

Monday, August 17, 2009

Everyone Should Shop at Macy's!

This summer our school librarian traveled to New York on vacation. On her list of places to visit was Macy's.

Upon entering, she was amazed to find that all of the decorations in Macy's matched our school's groovy 60s theme: "Peace, Love, Bassetti." She quickly found the manager to see if any of the decorations were for sale, seeing how PERFECT they would be hanging in our school.

As she explained who she was and why she wanted to purchase these decorations, the manager of Macy's pulled her aside and asked for her email address. He told her that he would send them to our school once they were finished with them. WOW!

Low and behold, she heard back from him shortly after their trip, and now, the decorations are beautifully hung around our school halls and library! Thank you Macy's for your generous donation!!!!!!

And THAT is why everyone should shop at Macy's! :) Pictures to come!!!

(There were a lot more photo opportunities. But, I felt one gave you the idea!)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Top 10 Events of This Summer

To be noted: these are in no particular order....

10. Swimming

9. Being LAZY!!

8. Vacation to Sea World

7. Visiting Friends & Family in Dallas

6. Remembering my Grandmother

5. Mother-in-law Visiting

4. My Family Visiting

3. Playing with my niece

2. Fishing

1. Spending an enormous amount of time with Chad

The Jesus Book-Thomas Nelson Book Review

This book is summed up as "The Ultimate Who, What, When, Where, and Why Book." Inside you will find that their are color tabs to divide each of these sections (The 5 W's). It gives you Scripture references as it sums up in child friendly language with great illustrations. This would be a great book to read to a child to help them understand the life of Jesus. Bonus**CD is included with 30 songs. Great to sing-along to in the car!

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The Big 2.4. Celebration!

Recently was Chad's birthday. On recommendation of a friend and co-worker, I surprised Chad by taking him out to The Beehive in Albany to check out their Thursday special. ALL YOU CAN EAT SHRIMP NIGHT! It was wonderful! The food was yummy, the staff was great, and by the end of the night we were STUFFED!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Summer is Ending. School is Near.

With a little help from a lot of people, my classroom is now 98% complete (all but a few more labels/titles). And, it is longing for kids to gather inside for many times of laughing, talking, making messes, helping friends, experiencing life lessons, reading, writing, and most of all LEARNING! I am ready to meet those sometimes-challenging, very-creative and never to forget-humorous young minds. Bring it on school year 09-10!