10.30.2011

Report Card time again

Well, it's that time of year - report cards.  We have completed 12 weeks.  12 weeks!  Where did the time go?  Report cards will go homeon Friday.  I have been sitting in front of the computer all afternoon working on them.  And they are almost done.  I have a couple things to fill in, but otherwise they are complete and ready to be printed! 

I don't know about you, but my report cards don't tell the parents anything.  They are really a waste of paper and time.  We would like to make changes, but they tell us it would cost too much money to have the company fix them.  And with the Common Core Standards coming into play soon, they will change them when it's time for those, but no sooner.  So, we do crappy report cards that mean very little and then I write a small novel in the comment section. 

Now that report cards are done, it is conference time.  I am envious of those of you that have time for them during the school day.  We are given next Thursday as a teacher work day to do conferences.  The next day is a holiday, so no one wants to stick around town.  I plan on doing mine over the next few days after school and hopefully will meet with most parents before the teacher work day.  I want to use my work day to work in my room and get my mind wrapped around what I am doing. 

Speaking of wrapping my head around what we are doing...I started my science unit on weather, but it has been a bust.  There are 3 days left in my plans to do weather, and I have about 4 weeks worth of teaching/learning to do.  I am thinking of putting it on hold and revisiting it in January, when we may have weather.  Sounds crazy?  Stupid?  Unplanned? I think I would rather spend the next couple of weeks doing something educationally fun with corn/scarecrows/thanksgiving.  I'm gonna do it...throw caution to the wind and just plan it.  This isn't my best year in my mind, so why not keep it up, give me something to work on and do something fun for a change that the kids might be able to learn from. 

With that in mind, I should start working on it and getting my butt in gear.  Tomorrow is Pumpkin Day and then Tuesday will be November.  We will have exactly 12 days of school between Halloween and Thanksgiving to get it all in and learn something!  Yikes!  Happy Sunday!

10.29.2011

Rewind...a week in review

Woo-hoo!  I am posting on a Saturday night!  That's a whole day early for me.  I just plopped down in front of the computer and thought I would post about the week.  Or Friday, really.  Friday was the day where we did our "fun", so that's all the counts!  :) 

A quick recap from 2 weeks ago...we had read some Huggly books by Tedd Arnold.  I had bought them years ago, read them a couple times, didn't care for them and left them in the bookcase.  I pulled them out this year and read them and loved them.  My kids absolutely loved them and were so excited each day when I would read to them.  Last Friday we did a directed drawing of Huggly.  I am trying my darndest to get more art into my week, but dang it if those weeks don't just fly by!  Here are some of their works of art...Huggly art. 




  There is a wall in the library that these are hanging on.  The librarian has opened it up for others, but no one has given her anything, so I will keep it decorated as well as I can! 

Yesterday, we did Spider Day.  We spent the week leading up to Friday reading the Miss Spider books by David Kirk and also doing some spider problem solving.  I was trying to get some "fun" in and make it educational at the same time.  We learned all about spiders within the 4 hours or so that we had.  We may not have learned it all, but we had fun in the process.  And the kids were so good all day, considering they were slightly crazy on Thursday.
We started by reading Spiders by Gail Gibbons.  I love her books.  I would like to do an author study, but they are so themed that it would be hard.  I just love the illustrations and the fact that they are non fiction.  We then filled in the chart above and then the kids filled in their papers below. 

 The students did this reading comprehension page and drew a spider.  After this, they were drawing spiders on everything they could find! 
 I found the cutest blog all about using toilet paper rolls.  I have to find it again, as I lost it (along with my mind!).  I saw these cute spiders and we had to make them.  Luckily I have been saving tp rolls all summer and beyond and have plenty.  If I have time, we will make a pumpkin on Monday!  Too cute!  I think their spiders turned out so cute, especially with the googly eyes! 
 This one is a Black Widow.  The little girl took a lot of time to get it just right.  Then the eye came off right after I took this and it was "ruined".
We marble painted webs.  They turned out better than mine last year.  This year, I used silver tempra paint on the black paper.  I love the silver and may look into buying the gold one, too! 


We put the spiders on their webs!

We ended the day by making our own paper spiders with the accordian legs.  It would have been easier to just watch a movie or do centers, but no, crazy teacher decided to do one more projects!  What was I thinking?  I was so tired after yesterday, but it was a good tired.  We then had the school carnival/festival/beg for money thing last night.  I made $68, which is good considering I normally make $20 if I am lucky.  I charged 25 cents per game, which was fair for candy (which I got all donated by parents!!!!).  Some crazy teachers were charging 75 cents for dumb games, but the kids were paying it.  I way low-balled my game.  Whoda thunk it? 

I left the carnival at almost 8pm with a migraine.  I came home, collapsed in bed (with my clothes on from the day) and laid there, hoping to not be sick.  Luckily the migraine went away a little bit later and I slept like a baby (thank you, Tylenol PM!).  

Today I had such big plans, but in the end, they didn't happen.  Hubby and I spent the morning at soccer, looking at a travel trailer and then debating on the trailer.  It's used, it's in pretty good shape with some minor repair work and I think it'll be ours tomorrow if the fridge, A/C and water heater work.  Camping here we come!  I did manage to clean my daughter's room, which is a feat in itself!  Her room is a mess almost all the time.  I guess I suck at parenting that way!  Then tonight, we went to Hobby Lobby!  I can say that now!  It opened yesterday down the way from us!  I could have been there for hours, but they were getting ready to close.  :(  I bought some cute owl stuff for my home, a couple things for my daughter and then we came home.  But I will be back.  Maybe next weekend...:)

I should be working on report cards, but that will be for tomorrow.  Once I get working on them I can get the done quickly, but I need to finish grading before I can actually do report cards!  I think I will get my daughter to bed, go to bed myself and sleep for the night.  Tomorrow will be a busy day!  Happy Saturday!

10.27.2011

They have lost their minds!

Oh. My. Word. My kid have lost their ever loving minds. A few days before Halloween and our school carnival and they are nuttier than a squirrels stash. I will be so glad when Monday is over, and even happier come wednesday when the sugar wears off!

I tried to do some fun crafty projects with my kids, but didn't turn out so hot. As a whole, my class forgot how to think today. It was bad. They were nutty, I was grumpy; not a good combination at all. I had such high hopes for today and it was such a disappointment for me.

Tomorrow will be spider day. We will learn as much as we can about siders in one day. Great teaching method? No, but it's what's gonna happen this year. And Monday will be pumpkin day. Same idea, different subject. I haven't quite managed to get into a groove this year and I don't know why. It makes me feel crappy, but I am trying to get over it and make the best of it and do what I can to wrap my ind around things. It seems like everyone has it all together and I am floundering. I am shooting for January to get it all together and have it make sense.

Enough of my pity party. I am gonna lay on the couch, watch The Big Bang Theory and doze off to sleep. A full day of teaching and a carnival tomorrow are in my future. Happy almost Friday!

10.26.2011

Whirlwind days

Like very day this year, the days go by so quickly. No matter how well I have planned the day, there are always things I still needed to do. I don't know why that is this year, but it's how it's going for me. Hum.

Today we had an assembly. We have it every year. It's a good assembly and the kids like it, but it makes them a little nutty after. We had to change recess time today to go earlier, then we had to cancel focus time. We don't do well with change. I liked it, but my kids were off. To top it off, it was one of the kids birthdays, so we had to cram in math to have his "party" since it was minimum day. we get out right before 2 on early days, so there is less, time to think.

I would like to say I stay after and get a lot done, but I don't. I would like to say I come home and get a lot done, but sadly, no. I guess I waste a lot of time on minimum days. I did get my writing graded for report cards, so that was something. And I had a parent conference, so pretty good today. And at home, I got my dishes put away(they were a pile) and got the counters cleaned, so that was progress. I lost all motivation when I had to call parents to cancel soccer practice and then go sit and the field for those who didn't answer their phones. I guess they got the call since no one was there. I was a little pissed that I woke my daughter to go to the field, but we then went to get dinner. Eating dinner and then bathrobe and there goes my night. Bit, I did get my toenails done, so it is safe to wear sandals again! So for those of you having the threat of snow tomorrow, we will be back to sunny and
warm!

Tomorrow will be a busy project day at school. I'd like to say we are doing halloween stuff, but we are not. That will be saved for Friday and Monday. My kids are so lucky, huh? But, we have been busy learning, testing, testing and testing. Good times in my class!

Happy Wednesday! I see the weekend in sight. I hope to stay home and rest and relax and attack the pile of laundry!!!! I hope I am not alone in my lack of laundry motivation!

10.25.2011

Tuesday

I couldn't come up with a better title for today. Nothing exciting, nothing fabulous, it was just a Tuesday. A good day, but Tuesday.

I did get all my testing done for report cards. My kids were pretty good, letting me test instead of teach. It's my leastbfavorite part of teaching. I know it's beneficial and useful, but it's so time consuming and there has got to be more to life than testing, testing and testing. But, it's done. Now comes the fun part of putting it all together and start report cards. They go home next week and then it's conference time. Ugh.

Today was a chilly day. It was cloudy and cool today and yesterday, after being in the 90's over the weekend. We had rain yesterday, which made my kids nutty. Today was just cloudy and cool, and tomorrow will be similar, I think. We were a bit chilly today, with highs in the 60's. It's fall, y'all. At least for a couple more days til we warm up again. Makes the kids go absolutely nutty.

It's red ribbon week this week. The kids get to dress up each day. Today was hawaiian day and yesterday was crazy hair day. I don't dress for the days, as I have nothing or I don't want to look goofy when I go home. Tomorrow is wearing red and we have an assembly, which will make the kids go nuttier than yesterday. Teaching what after? Hahaha aha!

12 weeks are almost behind us. I can't believe the year is a third of the way over. I feel like there is a group of kids who need so much more help to be able to catch up and get to where they need to be. I hope we have time and can make some more meaningful time in the next couple months to get them where they need to be. t leastnthey are hard workers who try hard. I just hope they can make it!

Here is a funny from today. One of my kids was trying to tell me about the people in Japan who had the tsunami damage their land. "mrs. Teacher...in Japan, they had a really bad thing happen. They has a big salami that made a big mess.". I bet they wish it was just a salami. I told her it was a tsunami and she said, "really, a tsunami? I thought that was something you eat!". Smetimes I just love 6 year olds!

Happy Tuesday!

10.23.2011

Problem Solving unit with eight legs

So, I sat down and quickly wrote my problem solving questions out for the week.  Since we will do spider day on Friday, I made them all go with spiders.  We will work these out in our math journals while I am busily assessing on the million and one things I need to have done by Friday!  Yippee!

If you would like to use these questions, please do, but please leave a comment.  I makes me feel warm and fuzzy!  Thanks! 

Spider math problem solving can be found here!

Contraction page

I did something today.  OK, tonight, but I did something.  I made this little contraction page to use in class this week since we are going to start diving into the world of contractions.  I am a little shocked that we are already there in life, but it is the 12th week of school after all.  What was I expecting to happen? 

In our reading program, Houghton Mifflin from many years ago (this is year 10 on this program...CA is poor, remember?), we will cover r blends this week along with contractions.  I am not prepared for the blends this year, but contractions here we come! 

The holidays, or major fun times in the year have come up and slapped me in the face.  I am not prepared.  I am not ready for them to be here.  And heaven help me that it's almost Thanksgiving.  Oh crap!  I am not ready.  So, I made my little contraction worksheet a little, teeny tiny bit related to what we will be doing on Friday (AKA Spider Day)! 

If you can use the contraction pages, please do, just show a girl some love...or at least like!  I am going to use the first page as my whole group match up activity and then the other page they can do on their own later in the day/week.  You can get you own copy here since I don't know how to put the cute little picture of it on my blog and you click there (any advice on how to do it would be great!!!

Unplanned mess

I am becoming the Queen of Procrastination lately.  I have not found my groove this year.  I feel like I am flying by the seat of my pants.  And I don't like the feeling, but I am getting pretty good at it.  My plans for the week aren't done at all, though I know what I am doing.  My principal doesn't check lesson plans, so there is no harm if I didn't do them, but I like doing them so I know when I get to work Monday I know what I am going to do.  And I may get to them today.  Or I might not.  I am not sure what I am going to do at the moment. 

I brought home a box of stuff to go through.  A lot of it is stuff that I have printed off from other fabulous blogs and then paper clipped them together.  I want to put them together into sheet protectors, put them in binders and have them organized nice and neat for actual real life use rather than collecting dust in my cabinet. 

Moving classrooms has put me in a rut.  I still don't have everything unpacked, I don't know where everything is and I don't like the flow of my room.  To top it off, I have a ton of assessing to do this week, report cards to start working on and a whole lot of teaching to do, too!  I almost need a sub day but a day where I am at work and the sub is teaching.  I wonder if my principal would let me do that...

I don't know about you, but I am ready for fall.  Today it is sunny and 95.  95* in October is a bit much, even for us.  Thursday and Friday were nice and foggy and cool, but today is HOT.  It's supposed to cool down a bit and then we bob up and down a bit each day.  Yep, that's fall for us in So Cal...very hot to warm to cool to hot...you get the idea! 

Well, I need to get my butt in gear and get something done.  We'll see what, if anything happens!  Happy Sunday!

10.20.2011

A day off and nothing to show

I had a great day being mommy today. I wish my daughters teacher had told us we didn't have to be at school at 7:45, but that we could have just gone to the pumpkin patch by 9am. But we were up and ready to go anyway, so that was good.

We had a nice time at the pumpkin patch and then ran a couple errands. I visited my grandmother, ran to my parents house and managed to get home at the same time that school gets out. So much for getting things done today! Oh well...they will be here tomorrow and the next day...

Today was one of the first sub days where I didn't think about what the kids should be doi g all day long. I didn't care. It's one day.they will survive, they will be fine and the world keeps turning. Tomorrow we will have some fun, learning of curse, but we will have some fun. Or at least all the kids that were good today. I hope it's all 22 little kids, but we shall see tomorrow.

I did finally buy some books from Scholastic. I haven't put in an order in years. I spent a Ron of money today, but I bought some books for me and some for my daughter for Christmas. She loves her books and loves reading. What more could we ask for? We also ran to the goodwill bookstore and got some books for cheap,too. Some are for me,some are for her. Imcant say no to books!

Well, it's almost Friday. It was a long week, but a good week. I met with some parents, felt like I taught my kids something and tomorrow we will have some fun as a class. Life is good! Happy almost Friday!

10.19.2011

50 days!

Today was the 50th day of school.  I have never put much thought into the 50th day of school before, but this year I did.  We are half way to the 100th day.  We are almost 1/3 of the way done with the year.  Where is the time going?  I made a small deal out of it to my kids (compared to a big deal like the 100th day), but decided to have a little fun while learning, just a tad!  I threw together a page to copy at lunch and we made a little cereal collage-like thing for the 50th day.  Sorry I don't have a copy...technology and I were at odds today!

I made a sheet with 5 circles and wrote "We have been in school for 50 days!  We can show 50 with 5 groups of 10!"  The kids then got to count out 50 pieces of cereal and glue them on, 10 in each spot.  They thought I was the coolest teacher for that.  Well, there was the one kid who got to sit with his head down since he is devious and didn't get to have fun.  My kids thought it was all fun and there was no learning at all!  Ha ha! 

Here is a shot of their work.  I have just one since it was from my phone and my email is not working at top speed today. 


They had fun and that's all that matters sometimes!  They had their regular math lesson after this, so it wasn't all fun and games. 


Tomorrow I will have a sub.  It's the first sub of the year.  I should have posted a pic of my desk with everything laid out.  I managed to keep my plans to 5 pages this time, which is good considering I normally have a lot more.  But the sub is a retired teacher and should know what to do! 

As soon as my daughter brushes her teeth, I am going to bed.  It was a long day and it's almost 8pm and time for a nice, long nights sleep!  Happy Wednesday!

10.18.2011

Craziness

Here's to a Tuesday that can't end fast enough!  I woke this morning, feeling good and had energy.  Took my shower, checked my facebook and e-mail and then went to wake up my daughter.  She proceeded to tell me she threw up last night all over the floor.  Lovely.  So, she couldn't go to school today, which she cried about.  I told her she could go lay in my bed and watch TV.  I found out that my hubby had been up all night long with the stomach bug as well.  Yay, me!  I went to work and let them fend for themselves!

I felt good all day, but I still made lesson plans for tomorrow, just in case.  I am out on Thursday as well, for Mommy day where I get to go on the field trip with my daughter, so I did plans for tomorrow and Thursday.  I figure if I feel fine tomorrow I know what I am doing and also I have my things ready for Thursday as well.  I won't be having to stay late tomorrow after school to get it all done.  I swear it's harder to plan for a sub for one day than it is to plan for the whole year!

I still feel pretty good tonight, but I think I am psyching myself up about not feeling well.  I am so worried about being sick that I might make myself sick.  Trying hard to think of other things, but...Does anyone else do that?  Maybe I'm the only crazy one!  I am so worried about being sick for my daughter's field trip.  I don't want to be sick for that, as every time I have something planned, I end up sick.  Last year I took the day off for her IEP and we were going to go to Legoland and I ended up with a 103 fever and strep throat.  Lovely.  But not this time...I refuse to get sick! 

Time to put my no longer sick daughter to bed.  She was fine all day today and ran around like a crazy baby with my hubby asleep on the couch.  Here's to hoping that the fast and furious stomach bug is gone and doesn't make any more surprise visits.  My kids at school seem all better, so hopefully this is going away fast! 

Happy Tuesday!  Here's to hoping everyone else is bug free and healthy!

10.16.2011

And so ends another week

Wow!  Tomorrow will be the start of week 11.  CRAZY!  I can't believe that we have been in school that long.  It seems like we just started a little bit ago and now I am getting ready to do report cards.   My how the year is flying by! 

This last week was an "off" week.  We didn't do a new story.  There were no new words and no new "learning" for reading time.  Instead, we worked on a writing project to go with the story Seasons  in our anthology.  We made a picture for each season (one per day) and then the students had to write about it.  I will put them together in a book and keep them for Open House.  It seems like such a long way away til May, but hopefully the kids will remember doing them and hopefully they will have much better work to show for it come May.  Some of my kids did a great job on their work and really are working hard to give it 100%.  Others I get scribble and they think it's OK.  And then there are others that I had to write it for them and they copied (their ideas) it so they got something on the page.  It's frustrating the ones who just don't care.  But, I am going to focus on those that do for awhile and get my fix of happiness!

We finally finished up talking about maps.  It was a very long unit that I got bored with.  With all the pressures on us for reading, writing and math, science and social studies get pushed to the back burner.  We have 3 days a week to cover the standards in science and social studies without dipping into the time for the other areas.  After 4 or 5 weeks (it felt like an eternity) I was glad to be done.  We finished this week with a project.  I had bigger hopes for it, but it is what it is. 
We wrote on each one what it was - My home, my state, etc.  I will do it again next year, but make a couple changes, I think.


For math, we finished up a unit on addition.  My kids "get it" but they don't know their facts.  And I don't know if I want to be the hard ass to make them memorize them.  I have a couple who don't get the concept of +0 or +1, but again, I will focus on the ones who are learning them at record pace and passing their tests!  To end the unit, we did this cute activity from somewhere in bloggy land.  I couldn't find the actual post, but my kids loved it.  If it was yours, thank you!  I don't want to take the credit at all! 


Last week, we talked a lot about fall.  Here are some of the projects we did.  Some are bad pics, as I was taking them on the window! 





The next 2 weeks will be spend on Halloween and pumpkin stuff.  A lot of the kids don't really do Halloween, so we keep it friendly with pumpkins.  I have no plans yet on what I am doing, so that should be fun!  I have to write sub plans for the first time this year!  I am being Mommy on Thursday and going with my daughter to the pumpkin patch with her class.  Should be fun to be mommy and not teacher that day!  And, if I am lucky, I may get to have some time at home to get caught up on things in the afternoon!  :) 

Even though we have been baking in the heat the last week, there are starting to be signs of fall.  Here is proof we have fall in So Cal!  Enjoy our bright blue skies with temps in the 90's!

One of the fruit trees changing color

Little pomegrante losing its leaves.  There are some on the other side of the house...still bright green! 

Here is to a great week!  I have a million and 3 things to do this week and hope to get them all done.  First up...lesson plans!  Happy Sunday!

10.13.2011

Amen for Friday

I wish today was Friday, but it's not. But there is only one more day for this week. Amen. I am tired. Exhausted. Ready to fall over asleep on the couch. But it's hot in my house. It was 103 today and my house was closed with no A/C on. No one was home, so it was off. Now it's after 8 and I am sitting her hot and uncomfortable. Welcome to fll in southern California.

Last week we were in the 60's with the first "cold spell" and this week we are in the 100's. My poor kids are starting to get sick. I had one out yesterday, 2 went home sick and the. 3 were out today. Time to clorox wipe everyday instead of just Fridays. Other than being tired, I have felt pretty good. Eating better and taking a daily vitamin has got to help in some way! One of my students went to the office feeling tired (she said she was up late waiting for mom), but the health clerk took her temp and it was 103! Poor girl! She never comp.aimed about that, just being tired. I hate it when kids are sick...they are just so pitiful and sad looking. Hopefully my own stays pretty healthy! She was ticketed out by 7:45 tonight and already asleep! Yay for little miracles.

Now it is my turn to chill. A little Big Bang Theory, Greys Anatomy, grading a math test and lights out for me. Thankfully tomorrow is Friday. Another busy weekend on tap, but it'll be fun! Happy almost Friday!

10.12.2011

Yay for minimum days!

I am so glad Wednesday's are minimum days. It's a nice little break from my darlings. They are a pretty good bunch, but it's getting harder with a few of them. Maybe not harder, but weirder. Strange stuff lately that makes you go, "huh?"

But, I am home earlier than normal,and getting ready to go on a date night with my hubby! It's our anniversary today (9 years!) and we have a babysitter and are gonna paint the town red. We are going to dinner and a movie and will still be home by 9! We are party animals. And we have to work tomorrow! And it's 102* right now outside at 3:30 in the afternoon. Yeah, we don't have fall. But we don't have snow, so there is a payoff!

Happy Wednesday all! I'm off for the night with my love!

10.11.2011

Still around

I am still around, just haven't had a moment to blog really.  Life is going by at Mach 4 and there is no one to pick up the slack on laundry and cleaning, so that is taking the time away from blogging.  Here is a quick highlight of the last week:

Monday - regular day, nothing exciting.

Tuesday - RAIN and my observation.  My principal was 10 minutes late to it and then we were 5 minutes late to lunch.  Crazy!

Wednesday - RAIN all day.  Mind you, the Saturday before was over 100* and on this day it was 63*.  We don't do well with major temp. shifts!

Thursday - No rain, regular day.

Friday - A bit warmer, completed tests and decided to do art.  Dang it if my kids didn't whine the whole time we were doing projects (they had 3 - a tear art...my fingers hurt; leaf rubbings...it's too hard; marble painting a leaf cut out...this is stupid...and then a trip to the office for that little guy!).  I thought it would be nice to have some fun, but they can't handle it too well.  Whoda thunk it?

This week is shaping up to be just as crazy.  We are working on a writing/art project this week instead of starting a new story in reading.  That would have been easier and less stressful.  The kids who are really trying are doing very well, while there are others who don't give a hoot what they do.  So frustrating, but the norm, really.  Between coming home and tackling the weekend chores that didn't get done last weekend and won't get done this weekend, the mountain of laundry (it's folded now), getting in a workout and making dinner and cleaning up from dinner, and getting my daughter to bed, it's all I can do to be done with that by 9:30 and then it's time to hit the hay.  These longer nights/shorter days suck and make me lose all my energy and desire to do more than sleep!

Happy Tuesday.  I hear that Thanksgiving break is coming soon (like in 6 weeks or something).  Maybe I can blog then!  :)

10.02.2011

Picture overload

Here are some pictures of what we have done in the past couple of weeks.  I haven't posted a lot lately, so here is my month in review in pictures.  There are a lot of pics, but they are pretty cute if I say so myself!

We were learning short i words (way back when I think!) and we did a directed drawing of pigs in the mud.  I am glad I took the time to take the art classes in the summer.  It helped me in knowing how to better teach the kids how to make the lines and make their pictures.  Pretty cute!  And it doesn't hurt that this year's group is a little more artsy than last year, either!


We studied patterns.  To end the unit, the kids were able to use pattern block stickers to make patterns.  It was interesting to see some work while others just breezed right through it with no issues.  They were cute when they were up!




To end our science unit on matter, we made a mixture.  We had pretzels, marshmallows, raisins, chocloalte chips and cereal and the kids were able to take some of each to make their mixture.  They thought it was so neat to be able to eat it all together!  Now we have ants.  Yippee!




To celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday, we did a rotation last Friday (9/23).  In my class, we made apple tree pictures.  We used 3 different mediums - paper, crayon and paint.  We glued the tree trunk onto paper (thank goodness we have die cuts), colored the leaves with crayons and then finger painted the apples on.  Messy but fun!



In another room, the kids did a directed drawing of Johnny Appleseed. 


We spend the week reading stories about the Little Red Hen.  The kids colored a little red hen and then wrote about it.  It looked good for visitors. 



This last Friday, we did a directed drawing of Lilly from Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.  They are too cute!  The librarian has them in the library for all to see!  She even laminated them for us!  I wanted to do Chrysanthemum, but this was really cute and fun!  Some of my faves are below!







I have a lot more pics, but they are on my phone and my phone doesn't want to send them to my computer.  Must be a lover's quarrel of some kind!  But, we did a really cute adding activity with die cut fish.  (After 14 years of teaching, I am learning how much fun the die cutter is and how much we can do with it!).  The kids had to take 9 or less fish and then put them on the paper into 2 groups and write a number sentence for them.  They look bright and cheery on the wall! 

Happy Sunday!  I haven't touched my lesson plans, but I have my lesson plan for my observations done and ready to go!  I hate being observed, though I know it will be fine.  I just hype myself up so much and then make myself sick in the process.  Plus, I need to decide for sure if I am gonna do National Board.  My hubby wants me to, I want to (in a way, though I am totally freaked about not passing) and my principal wants me to and will help me 100%.  Gonna keep thinking for a bit!  :)