Sunday, January 29, 2012

Snow Much Fun in First Grade!!!

We had our P.B.I.S. grade-level celebration on Friday. Since we had been talking and writing about snow all week we decided to create some "snowy" stations for the kids to rotate through. We had 2 stations in my room and 2 in my partner's room. In my room we read "snowy stories" in one station and made "snow" in the second.

We read the story One Snowy Night  and also the The Missing Mitten Mystery in one of the stations.

This was a big favorite with all the kiddos. One scoop of snow powder, 2 oz. of water, and poof....snow!! See the movie below to see it in action. :) 

Across the hall in my partners room they were having "snow" much fun too!

This is a powdered donut, a valentine candy corn, and mini chocolate chips stuck on with white icing. :)

The other station (that I forgot to get pictures of) was face painting. The students could choose a snowman or a snowflake to be painted on their cheek. :)

We really did have a good time! We have our 100th day of school this Wednesday, February 1st, so look for more photos and hopefully videos of the fun we had.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Awesome weekend and a Versatile Blogger Award!!

What an amazing weekend! It started with Friday when my entire class reached the top of my clip chart to Outstanding!!  We had a short 3 day week last week coming back from winter break. Instead of starting a new story we learned about Penguins. So on Friday, we had our honor's assembly and then watched Happy Feet. We also made a Blubber Glove and got to feel how it helps to protect the penguins from the cold.

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We finished the afternoon off with a penguin art project from the Party with the Penguins unit I bought made by Chrisite at First-Grade-Fever.  They were easy for the kids to cut out and put together and they are absolutely adorable! 

Anyway, the kids were fantastic and it started my weekend off just the right way! After school we headed out of town to "Grandma's cabin" at Kishauwau on the Vermilion.  It was beautiful! My family of 4, my aunt and uncle, and my 3 cousins and their spouses spent Friday night to Sunday morning spending time visiting, playing games and having lots of fun and good food together. Hated to see it come to an end. :(  We are already planning our next trip!

When I came back I found that I had been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by Traci at Dragonflies at First! :)

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. 

Thanks Traci for the award! I checked out her site and it is be sure to stop by and become a follower!

2. Tell 7 things about yourself.

* I was a receptionist at a doctor's office when I decided to go back to college to get my teaching degree. I continued working full time until I was ready for my student teaching.

* I am a technology addict! LOL My new phone is an iPhone 4S and I also got an iPad 2 for Christmas. I also cannot live without my laptop....well maybe I need it a little less now with my iPad. :)

*I have been married for 8 years to the man of my dreams! I was planning our wedding at the same time that I was going to college, working full time and raising 2 kids. I couldn't have done it without him and I love how supportive he was through it all.

* I love to watch my children in their extra curricular activities...this is the start of a busy show choir season for my son and daughter. We also spend a lot of time at baseball and soccer games for my son and swim meets for my daughter.

* After teaching for 2 years, I decided to go back and get my master's in reading and literacy. My husband really wanted me to go for administration, but my heart isn't in that at ALL! So, I chose to get it in something I could actually use. :)

* My husband and my kids both think I spend too much money on my classroom. I love to make it homey because sometimes I feel like I spend more time there than I do at home!

* I like to be involved in everything...I can't stand to have decisions being made about things and feel like I don't have a voice in the matter. Because of this, I am on WAY TOO MANY committees. But, at least I know what is going on and can speak up if I don't agree with something. :)

3. Pass this on to 15 newly discovered blogs  and let them know they received the award. These are a few new ones that I have recently started following! I had trouble finding brand new sites because it is past my bedtime, but I will post more as I find them.  :)



First Grade Glitter and Giggles


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Wow! I can't believe it has been so long since my last post! Between my two kids and my MULTIPLE committees I'm on at school, I have just not taken the time to keep up with my blog. Sorry!!  I am hoping to get back into the swing of things with 2012. :) 

I have a few New Year's I'm sure we all do... first of all, I plan to get my butt to the Y at least 4 times a week even if it seems like there is no way to squeeze it in. I also, plan to get serious about my diet, and actually stick to it this time! lol. To help with this feat, we are going to quit eating out so much, even though it is way easier when you are running late all the time. I also plan to get back to my blogging and work on creating some more items for the classroom. I have been extremely lazy over winter break and I have loved every minute of it! :) 

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Day and enjoy your last little bit of break!  See ya soon! :)