Last post of 2014

Last day of 2014. Eerie? Not really. I'm not really big on the New Year, but with all the hype it's hard to not be excited for newness.

I can get in on that. I never really change though.

Change comes when I feel that I need it. No matter what day of the year it is.

It is great to reflect back on the year that is leaving. So much happens in 365 days.

Enough of all that- here's my link up with Farley with January's Currently.


Listening: I have become obsessed with Rhapsody. I don't have to use space on my phone any longer to save all the gazillion albums/songs/artists that I simply adore and love.  Music is huge in my world. It totally helps me get through the day, get started for the day, and to FIX my day. Any of you feel that way about music?

Loving: I was all ready to go to New Orleans with my sister and her bf and this morning... I changed my mind. She wants to go for the Alabama game and mostly for the crowd of people. I'm not an in the crowd type of girl. I'd rather spend my New Year's Eve and Day vibing out to music with the rest of my family. Am I becoming that girl? Maybe it's the getting older.

Thinking: I have felt so standstillish (totally made that up) with my life lately. I feel like I get up and do the motions each day and nothing productive is happening. I'm sure it's because I've turned 30. I have friends with kids, friends getting married, friends with new relationships and then there is Keri. Is that just a part of life to feel like life isn't moving anywhere? Oh well... hopefully this next year will be the EYES WIDE OPEN year.

Wanting: I love my kiddos, but I WANT one more week off. I need a week to relax from all the fun.

Needing: Food. The End.

I wish: A girl can wish right? If only I could win a few million lol...

Click the image above to take you to the link-up. If you haven't checked it out already, my store is on sale for the New Year. Everything is 20%. If you follow me on facebook, I'm having a giveaway later tonight.



Be safe tonight no matter where you are! Cannot wait to see all the greatness to come in 2015. <3 all.="" p="" you="">

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Winter Freebie from me and my friends at EE!


Hey friends!

I'm here with my friends from The Elementary Entourage. My freebie is a super FUN one. In October, I made this Monster Feed Me.

I'm working on an Arctic packet and this thought came up. Grab this Puffin Vowel Sort. While you're at my store, check out some of my other resources. Have a HAPPY HOLIDAY!


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Unwrap a Gift



Hey friends!!!

I’m back with a super FUN and super helpful link-up. I’m linking up with the wonderful and extremely creative Amanda over at The Primary Gal. We’re here today bringing you low prep December fun for your kiddos.

December seems to go by SO fast for me. With Christmas programs, assessing, gift buying/giving, parties, elf mischief, and the normal buzz of the month – it seems like I get zero breaks in between all of that. So, I decided to offer my Printing Made Easy {December} as a sampler with this linkup.

My kids are loving the ease of all of these December themed black/white sheets. We RARELY have no prep anything and I’ve decided that this month will be super laid back on me AND on them…

Interested? Here’s a looky!




We wrote our Christmas List out to Santa since TWO elves came from the North Pole to visit our classroom. I’m sure Santa will get something from this list for us.


Who doesn’t love coloring by sight word? My kids did a SUPER job on these. I was very impressed as this was the first time we’ve done color codes.

Need some easy peasy no prep pages this month? Get it by clicking on the cover.



Here’s a few more pictures for you of what’s included in the entire pack.


Be sure to head over to The Primary Gal’s page to find MORE freebies for this month.


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December Currently

OH. MY.

It is December already.

Seriously?


Well I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade.


Listening: I'm listening to Rhapsody. My sister told me about it the other day. I remember using it YEARS ago, but now you can download unlimited songs/albums for one price a month. UM, yeah. I spend this much on one CD. It's currently and UNshamelessly playing Chris Brown. LOL. Yeah... moving on. 

Loving: I just finished putting up our Christmas tree at school. I love it. Every year I love it. This year it's just as beautiful as before. I can't wait to add the kids ornaments to it. Excuse my messy table. Apparently, some of my kids brought me birthday presents and other things when I skipped out on them last week. EEK!



Thinking: I am so tired. I just drove 4+ hours back home and came straight to school basically to take down Thanksgiving decorations and put up some Christmas things. I'm exhausted.

Wanting: My TPT wishlist is OUTTA control. I want everything on it. What I was really waiting on getting on TPT, I bought before the sale because it was SUPER discounted. Now, I have no idea what all I might purchase. Clipart CRAZY Keri might come out tomorrow.

Needing: So... I bailed on school Monday and Tuesday and started my vacay early. I didn't do ANYTHING the entire week. Lesson plans? What are those?

Giving: I want to give my new blogging buddies over at The Elementary Entourage a HUGE shout-OUT! I seriously LOVE everything that those girls have floating around in their brains. I see big things happening for us. Love them and all their creativity.


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November You Oughta Know


 I'm back with November's You Oughta Know! I'm super sad I missed out last month, but I'm back with a really easy and FREE idea for those of you who are tired of the countless notebooks of papers that you keep saving from year to year. Are you ready to become totally digital and get rid of all those papers?

You Oughta Know about Scanning to your USB from a COPY MACHINE! That's right. You don't need to go out and buy those expensive hundreds of dollars little scanning machines. Use your copy machine at school (if it has the option) to scan all of your papers into a PDF. If your school doesn't have this, I'm sure there is somewhere around that has copiers for public use that has a USB drive. The great thing is that it makes ZERO copies and would STILL be free.

Here's how...

We have had three different kinds of copy machines this year. We finally got the official new ones about a week ago or so. *chime the angels* I like to stay late at school and make all my plans, copies and whatever else. I cannot get it done during the day. SO, I played around with the copy machine one evening and figured out that we had a goldmine. I've never had a copy machine that SCANNED to USB.







O-M-G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It makes it into a nice little PDF file for you. All you have to do is rename it and move it over to your other two million teacher files. You all know what my next free day will consist of. YUP! I am getting rid of all these notebooks that have HUNDREDS of papers in them. This is not any of my TPT related items that I'm talking about. Old copies that I've gotten over the years. DIGITAL. Hand drawn things. DIGITAL. YAY! And it literally took all of 20 seconds for my papers to scan and save to my USB.

I could have NEVER done this on my scanner and be done in a timely fashion. 

Check out the rest of the You Oughta Know Ideas for November.



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Five for Friday {11.14.14}





I haven't linked up with Doodle Bugs in so long! I'm here with what we've been up to lately.


I used Mrs. Dailey's Classroom pack Disguise the Turkey. We had SO much fun with this. My kids don't have to turn these in until Monday, but I just had to share the ones that I've gotten in so far. How cute are they? Her pack includes different ideas of how they can disguise the turkey. I used the parent letter that is included to send home.



Click any of these to take you to her product. She has so maany sheets that can align with many grade levels.

This went PERFECTLY for us this week because we read Run, Turkey, Run. We discussed why the turkey needed to hide from the farmer, what he could disguise himself as and all of the in between. This was a true and FUN discussion. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE all of the writing choices that are included. We are going to work on one when everyone brings in their turkey on Monday. :-) Such a cute and FUN idea.


Tomorrow is the November Facebook Free-for-All. Um, YAY! I absolutely love these. Be sure to check us out tonight at MIDNIGHT.






I have recently become OBSESSED with the Blacklist. Like within the last two months. I don't like winter break for shows. I wasn't prepared for this one. If you don't watch you should totally catch up on Netflix or Hulu. I am obsessed with both of those as well lol. Anyone have good suggestions on shows that have a few seasons out already? I need something new to watch.


AND

I am ready for Thanksgiving Break. I love it. It's my favorite time of the year. It makes my heart happy and my tummy full. And yes...
THAT. IS. ALL


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It's BOO-tacular season!!

My kiddos have been on a roll with everything that I've thrown their way. I thought it was time to introduce some brand spankin' new centers that I've been working on. I decided to introduce write the room, scrambled sentences, and a rhyming center today. They ROCKED out.

 This is one of my favorites for them. They have to sort the pictures by the short vowel sound.

 Scrambled up words. This helps them greatly with sight word practice. They have to read the words to be able to sort them. I also make sure to have more than one person at this game so they can check each other by agreeing or "needing to check"/disagreeing. 

My BOOtacular version of write the room.

Nonsense words and real word sort

Just a few pics of my kids hard at work... who knew I had so many blondes this year? I didn't realize until I started scanning through pictures.



and........... I also showed this game - 



 FEED ME! Their favorite. My favorite. Our favorite.


I put a little tin pail inside of it to keep the bag "open" and to catch everything that our monster needed to eat. LOVE this y'all! New spin on the sound monster.  OMG. You would have thought that I put all you can eat candy inside of this thing. I had someone cry, YES, cry because as we rotated between all of these new and fancy things - it was taking way too long to get to this one. The cry mumbled and jumbled something like "...but I really wanted to go to FEED ME!" Mean Ms. Brown's response was, "Go to your seat and cry." BLAH!




All of these, plus some math games that I haven't introduced to them yet are all included. This pack will be on sale for the next 2 days. It includes everything that I've shown here. Be sure to pin for later, so you can remember some of these ideas.

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