Friday, October 18, 2013

Five for Friday with a Fantastic Giveaway!


 It's that time again!  I missed last week because we've been crazy busy.  Who hasn't, right??  I know.  But I'm back this week!  Stick with me until the end for a chance to enter my HUGE birthday bonanza giveaway!


I've been working hard on getting my Guided Reading binder all together.  I bought this fabulous kit from Caitlin over at Kindergarten Smiles.  You can find Part 1 and 2  HERE in her TpT Store.  It's so fabulous!  I have it pretty much ready to go.  It's helped me organize my small groups SO much!

We did the fabulous picture sort this week.  My intervention specialist is a TpT/blogging nerd like me.  She made this N/M picture sort for me to use.  As soon as she gets the link up, I will be sure to let you know because she's doing a great job with the picture sorts.  Check her out over at The Phonics Phenomenon!

Tuesday was my birthday.  I've been wanting red Toms forever.  When my mom said, "Buy something you want for your birthday," I knew right where to go!  I wore them for the first time today and I'm in love!

It's fall in Ohio!  Nowhere I'd rather be.  It's beautiful where we live in the fall.  We are actually one of the largest tourist areas in the state because of our fall foliage.  This is just down the road from my house.  The trees probably have another week or two of fall beauty and then they will be bare.

As I mentioned, Tuesday was my birthday.  I put together a HUGE giveaway to celebrate.  You won't want to miss it!  Some of my blogging IDOLS were kind enough to donate!  Run, don't walk!  Click the image to take you over to the blog post with the Rafflecopter.  Hurry--it ends tomorrow!!
Have a great weekend, everyone!!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Birthday Bonanza Giveaway!

I know I've been slightly absent from this blog lately, but I have been trying to keep my head above water both at school and at home!  There's paperwork and more paperwork at school on top of actually preparing lesson plans and teaching.  There's soccer and more soccer at home! 
But enough about that.  Today's my birthday!!!  I know as we get older we aren't supposed to like to celebrate our birthdays, but not me!  I love my birthday and I want everyone to know!  So I put together a super excellent giveaway event to celebrate!  When you see the bloggers below who have donated to help me celebrate, you won't be able to click all those rafflecopter buttons fast enough to enter!  I'm so excited for all of you!  Check this list out!

I told you it was an amazing list!  You're looking for the rafflecopter already, aren't you?!  I know I would be! Now go enter below, but do it quick.  I'll announce a winner this weekend!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for helping me celebrate!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's Currently October--My Favorite!

Yay for October!  It's my favorite for many reasons.  I love fall weather and the sweaters and boots.  I love watching football all weekend long.  I love watching the leaves turn color.  I live in a very spectacular area that draws a lot of fall tourists just to look at our leaves.  They are just starting to turn so be watching for pictures!  I love pumpkins.  And, maybe best of all, my birthday is in October and I love my birthday!  I know, most people don't love their birthdays as they get older, but I sure do!  I'm hoping to put together a little birthday giveaway in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned . . .
Anyway, now that you know my love for October, you could probably imagine how excited I was to see the October Currently from Farley show up in my blog feed.  Well, here it goes . . .

I'm listening to my morning silence which I treasure!  The hubs is already gone for work, my daughter is already on her way to school, and my son isn't up yet.  I get about 45 minutes of ME time every morning!
I'm loving that it's October--no explanation needed if you read the beginning of the post!
This morning, I'm thinking about my awesome parents.  I'm lucky enough to still live in the same town as my parents.  They help us out so much when it comes to getting the kids where they need to go!  My daughter is on student council at her middle school and their meetings are at 7:15am every other week.  My terrific father volunteered to come pick her up at our house and take her to school those mornings so I didn't have to get my son out of bed and ready for school so early.  Tonight my mom is helping with shuttling kids from school to meet my hubby to take the kids to soccer practice because I have an after school meeting from 4-6pm.  They are the best and I'd be lost without them!
I really want a day off of school so I can catch up on all the blogs I follow and make all the ideas floating around in my head a reality!  I seriously don't know how some of you do it!  All these great products and posts keep coming up in my blog feed!  I have some great ideas, but between school, soccer, dishes, and laundry, I'm exhausted by 9:30 each night and I'd fall asleep on my laptop if I tried to do anything then!  Sadly, we don't have a day off until Thanksgiving so I'll just keep writing all my ideas down and get to them when I can!
I need to go shopping.  I know we all say that, but I think the situation really is dire.  I have like two pairs of pants that are school worthy.  It's time . . .
And, now my favorite part of this Currently--the trick!
Maybe you've already heard of this app--I think I may have even blogged about it before, but I really love it and use it a million times a day!
This app allows you to create multiple lists.  That's what I love about it.  I can pick who gets to use the iPad, partners for activities, errand runners, etc. and never use the same set of sticks.  That allows me to keep track of who hasn't had a turn yet.  It also allows you to give each student a level and then it will create question starters for you using Bloom's.  I've never messed around with that, but it might be something you're interested in!
Now, head over to Farley's blog so read all the other Currentlys!  There will be a trick or a treat waiting for you on each post!  How fun is that!?!?
Oh' boy fourth grade
Happy October everyone!