Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Currently

It's almost July! We go back for pre-planning at the end of July. The summer sure is flying! Anyway, Farley over at Oh' Boy in 4th Grade is kicking off the July linky party with an early start and I'm linking up.

I'm enjoying having a quiet house for a little bit and I'm loving having free time to just have fun with my kids, reading, and relaxing. Summer rocks! 

Since we go back for pre-planning the last week of July I am starting to think about the school year. (Yes, it's super early...I know!)  I'm a resource teacher and will be teaching multiple grades. That means I've got a lot of planning to do. Thank goodness for all the fun learning ideas on Pinterest and blogs.

Summer is more than half way done and I want to make sure I am having fun with my girls. Leave a comment and tell me some of your favorite ways to have fun with your kids.

As always, thanks for stopping by Grade School Giggles. 

Made It Monday -July 4th Edition

It's Made It Monday over at 4th Grade Frolics. I'm linking up with something a little different this week because it's summer and I am home with my two precious daughters. So, I hope you don't mind that this post isn't classroom related.

 This hairstyle was inspired by a picture on Pinterest. I would love to show you the inspiration, but it was one of those frustrating pins on Pinterest that lead to nowhere. Even after a Google search I couldn't find the source or directions on how to recreate it. So, I came up with my own version. Here it is.

Since my daughter isn't home right now I am using her American Girl doll to show you what I did to her hair.

Once you've made all the ponytails it's time to start twisting. Even though this hairstyle has a lot of steps it is actually a lot easier than it looks once you know the steps.

On my daughter, I braided her hair at the end. However, her doll didn't have enough hair for that. Everything else is the same.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Five For Friday

Wow! It's already Friday. That means it's time for Five for Friday.

This week has been a new experience for me as a mommy. We finally let Sweet Pea, who just turned 6, go on a trip with out us. She's visiting her grandma. I know she is safe and having fun, but boy do I miss her!
Sweat Pea surprised me this week. She has always been terrified of bugs. She will come running in from the playground set outside screaming because a fly got too close. So, it was a big surprise when my mom sent me photos of her collecting insects. Apparently, they had an entomologist visit vacation bible school and the real-life learning experience was so much fun she got over her fear of bugs. At least some of least for now... Seeing those pictures of her listening to the entomologist and engaging in some fun, hands-on learning reminded me how powerful fun learning experiences can be.

Back at home, I've been working hard to get my desk organized. I really want to focus more on blogging and that requires a good work space. I'm blessed with a sweet husband who made me a desk and installed some hanging magazine racks for me. I use the racks to hold my binders and file folders. I love how cheerful they are.

Speaking of focusing on blogging, I want to share two great resources with you. The first is this excellent post about how to harness the power of Pinterest by Debbie Clement. I've been following her suggestions and really seen a difference. You can read her post here. The second is Teaching Blog Traffic School by Charity Preston. When I started blogging, I knew pretty much nothing about blogging and I am still learning. Teaching Blog Traffic School has walked me through from the very start and is still a source I rely on to gain new knowledge and grow. Check out this amazing program here.

Teaching Blog Traffic School

Also related to blogging is the fact that Google Reader is disappearing. Please subscribe to Grade School Giggles by using Bloglovin' so you don't miss out. You can follow with Feedly on my sidebar if that's your preference.

Finally, I wanted to throw in a freebie in honor of my daughter's fun learning experience with insects at vacation bible school. So, here is a cute writing set about insects. Just click on the picture to download it.
More Freebies!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Made It Monday With A Freebie

It's Made It Monday time again over at 4th Grade Frolics and I'm linking up with my latest project.

Maybe it's just me, but I always seem to have a ton of plastic grocery bags. There's lots of reasons why I keep the bags around, but they can easily get out of control. So today's project was a cute way to store my bags that would keep them accessible while hiding their ugliness. I think it turned out great.

It started as an empty antibacterial wipes container. I peeled off the label. Thankfully, it came off really easily. Then I hot glued a ribbon around the top and bottom. I added a bow to the top.

Next, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the word "Bags" in black vinyl. After I stuck on the vinyl it was ready to go.

I also wanted to share a little freebie with you today. Since it is summer time I made some bucket stationary. You could use it to write about a trip to the beach, a summer bucket list, or use it with a classroom lesson on bucket filling. Just click on the picture to download your free copy. If you want to find even more freebies you can stop by Manic Monday over at Classroom Freebies.
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Five for Friday, a Flood, & a Freebie

This crazy busy week started out with a bang. I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday linky party to tell you all about it and I'm sharing a freebie too.

Sweet Pea, my oldest daughter had a sleepover. I took the girls for mani-pedis as a special treat.  While we were soaking our feet both girls started yelling, "excuse me." Just as I was starting to hush them I saw why. The water in their chairs was pouring onto the floor. Seriously, they were sitting in the middle of a flash flood.

While mopping the floor with towels the employees assured me that the girls had not somehow managed to break anything. It turned out that a fuse had blown during the storm we had the night before that controlled the automatic shutoff on the machines. The rest of our mani-pedi treat was much calmer and now our nails are sparkly and pink.

While Little-Bit, my youngest, had to miss out on spa time, she did learn how to smile for real this week. Check out her toothless baby grin. So stinking cute!

Now that I've talked about my darlings, I'll get on to talking about teaching stuff. First off, Google Reader is about to end. Yikes! I know a lot of you are switching to Bloglovin, but I am torn between it and Feedly. Help a girl out and leave me some suggestions if you've found the perfect reader for you.

Next up, I've just started a new book. It's called "The Together Teacher." So far I am only on chapter two, but so far it looks like it's going to be good. Have any of you read it?

I saved the best for last. If you've made it to the end of this long post be sure to grab this freebie. It's a poster of question words. My younger students often don't know the difference between questions and statements. A list of question words to refer to really helps them. I'd love to hear any tips you have for helping your kiddos distinguish between the two.

As always thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. I've linked up this freebie with TBA's Freebie Friday. Stop by to find more freebies.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Made It Monday...On a Tuesday

I've been seeing all these fabulous classroom ideas on at the Made It Monday linky party (not to mention Pinterest). Feeling inspired, I decided to take on a few simple projects with my Silhoutte Cameo. Awhile ago I bought some vinyl but I've been to chicken to try it out. So, I thought this would be a great first project.

Since I needed something simple I decided to make a hand sanitizer bathroom pass. Even though I picked a super simple project I wasn't able to finish it on Monday. Just in case your wondering why I couldn't manage to finish such a simple project I will set the scene for you.

(She is sleeping this morning. Not so much last night!)

My oldest daughter, Sweet Pea, was having a sleep-over. So picture two very excited girls who I finally managed to wrangle into bed and get to sleep around 10 o'clock. Add to that mix a newborn baby, Little Bit, who has not learned to sleep through the night. Little Bit woke up just as soon as I started the project and would not go back to sleep until 1 o'clock. By then I gave up. I was too tired to finish the project.

Anyway, the project was super simple and I finished it this morning. I love how the hall pass came out. Since I teach a small group resource room I don't need a boy and girl pass. One will do just fine. The students will put it on their desk when they leave. When they return I can remind them to get some sanitizer. Yeah! Less germs!

Monday, June 3, 2013

June Currently

I have been MIA from the blogging world for way to long due to a serious lack of energy during this pregnancy and adjusting to being a mommy of two princesses. With summer officially here I am ready to get back to blogging with the monthly "Currently" linky party from Oh' Boy 4th Grade.

Listening: My littlest is just over a month old now. I've been spending a lot of time listening to the sweet newborn sounds she makes. She doesn't cry very much but she makes a lot of cute little sounds. I love just sitting there listening to those noises.

Loving: I took about 5 weeks of maternity leave and I am loving that since school is out for the summer I have another 8 weeks to spend with my two little princesses. See them both. My biggest is so excited about being a big sister.

Thinking: As much as I am loving being at home with my girls, I am already starting to think about next year. I miss being in the classroom and seeing my students. Plus, the more I prepare now the easier it will be to balance my time as a teacher and a mommy once school starts back.

Wanting: Like most new mothers I really want more sleep and a clean house. I am still working on getting into a routine and getting everything done. 

Needing: We need clean laundry around here. More specifically, we need the laundry to get ironed and put away. 

3 Vacay Essentials: Seeing as I have a newborn, we won't be going on any big trips this summer. Swimming at the pool is about as big as vacation is going to get around here for a while, but really a good book and a cool pool on a hot day is a wonderful thing.