Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year in Review

okay, so I am addicted to Linky parties! Here is another one by A Teeny Tiny Teacher . Check her out!

Here is a review of my thirteen favorite things from 2013. I cannot wait to see yours.

Well, my husband knows all too well that my favorite thing to wear is pajamas. Granted I cannot wear them out, but as soon as I get home from work or shopping, I slap those babies on. I am especially loving these that I bought recently at Old Navy. So comfortable! 

Besides pajamas, my favorite real article of clothing that I can wear to work or out in public is definitely my blue jean jacket! I wear it all year and it goes with everything. I even bought a matching one for Kinley. 

Seriously?! I am a movie watching fool. My favorite thing also happens to be going to the movies. Can I just give you a list of a few of my favorites that I saw in theaters? Please? 

These are some of my favorites that I watched this year. Leonardo DiCaprio is the best actor of our generation. Charming and believable. Amazing. 

Since I make up my own rules around here, I think I should be able to put down two series: one that I enjoy by myself and the other I enjoy with my husband. It is sad that I have a lot of shows that I watch by myself and a lot that I watch with my husband but the two that I am going to list are my two favorites. I have re-watched the series a million times and never get tired or bored. 

I just cannot help it! I want to know who A is. I cannot believe I am admitting this but my sister and I read theories and clues as to who A is and then we re-watch episodes to try and pick up on the clues. It is ridiculous, but I cannot stop. It is my guilty pleasure. 

My husband and I watch Doctor Who together. Eric started watching a long long time ago and then I started maybe almost 4 years ago. We have re-watched it two times and cried recently when Matt Smith was regenerated. :( Well maybe I was doing all the crying. He was definitely my favorite of them all, but I am excited to see what the 12th doctor will bring. 

UMMM I almost forgot to add my last favorite show that ended this year... BREAKING BAD! I was/am 100% obsessed and hooked on this show. My brain would constantly wonder what was going to happen. LOVE IT!! 

My favorite restaurant is a local Japanese place called Zen. I eat there every year for my birthday and when I was pregnant with Kinley, I ate there 1-2 times per week. There house dressing is delicious. AHHH. 

Before the break, I have tried to give my students some exploration time in the mornings before we start calendar. I will have an activity to explore on the tables ready for them to experiment with. I have not wanted to try this before because I was scared it was going to be a disaster and then two weeks before the break I decided "to heck with it" and did it. The students enjoyed it and I will continue it once a week for the rest of the year. 

Here are the two things I did:
1. Put out several gingerbread cookies and several cups of water. Had them touch and feel the cookie before putting it in water. Then I had them drop it in water and watch. After a few minutes, they were to feel how it changed. It turned "smooshy" as they liked to call it.
2. The next thing I did was I gave them all a candy cane and a cup of water. They were to drop it in and see what happened. Spoiler alert: it disappeared right before their very eyes. 

These were great because it sets the students up to be able to predict based on prior experiences on the future. With these two activities, my students now have built knowledge that water can change the texture of an object. Based on this, you are now able to do small group experiments and predictions with other objects and water. 

My favorite gift this year was the gift of a wedding. My parents were so lovely and paid for everything to be exactly how I wanted it. My mom worked so hard making everything beautiful and saving her money to make it happen. Couldn't have done it without you! 

There she is waiting to give me away!

I pin so much...mostly hair that I like and classroom ideas. My friends probably hate me. LOL

I pinned this during the summer and actually used it for my classroom. I use it everyday as a reminder on how to be a good listener while at the carpet. It works like a charm every time. 

well seeing as I am the worst blogger ever, I do not have many to choose from. I do have one, however, that I do enjoy. It was a great activity for our book of the month. Check it out! 

This is a hard one. This past year has been a busy one. If I think about it, the best accomplishment that I achieved this year would be getting A's in my two Master's classes while getting married and going on a honeymoon (and working). It is a huge deal because I am a procrastinator and I actually got it all done without missing any huge assignment. Y'all, I am growing up. 

This picture was taken around January. My mom and I were shopping and could not find Kinley. When we looked at the mannequins, we hardly noticed Kinley because she blended in so well with them! We did not ask her to pose, she was standing like this when we saw her. LOL This makes me chuckle every time. What a goof!

PS: You're welcome for not putting another wedding picture up here. I thought you might have needed a rest. 

Obviously my wedding is my absolute favorite of this year. So much love and fun going around, but I get it...it has been written about above and below (in my past post) so I will share my second favorite memory. 

Kinley is a pretty shy little girl. She loved Ariel, the little mermaid, and so for her birthday I called Ariel and asked her to come surprise Kinley at her third birthday party. We opened presents and ate cake when there was a knock at the door....Ariel walked in and I was worried how Kinley would react (with her being deathly shy and all). Kinley saw Ariel, opened her mouth wide and ran to give her a hug! It was the most precious thing I have ever seen. 

Also, Ariel was my favorite princess so I was super star struck too! Crying and all...what a weirdo! 

Well what do you know, I already made a blog post about this. It has very very good goals for the upcoming year. 

Let me check off number two there for being better prepared because I already got this done. 


This word is a word that I need to remember every day. I seem to lose mine quite often. I want to remember this word and hold on to it in the new year. When dealing with four year olds all day and then coming home to an almost four year old makes you want to rip your hair out sometimes. Now when I feel like I am going to explode, I will pull out my special word and remember to have a patience. 

I cannot wait to see your 13 favorite things! Link up with Teeny Tiny Teacher! 

New Year Promises

OH wow!!! So I have not blogged since September but it really does not feel like it has been that long. When you have a wedding to plan, a honeymoon to go on, a Master's program to complete, conferences & "progress reports", and end-of-semester-craziness to finish, the months just shoot right on by. 

But I am back, baby! I still have my Master's program and general work stuff to do but the wedding and honey moon are done! Whew! 

What they don't tell you about a wedding is how fast it is over with. It seems as though you spend countless hours and an embarrassing amount of money for something that is so beautiful and over in the blink of an eye. Needless to say, it was totally worth it. I wish I could suspend time, though, and stay in that moment for a little longer. 
I will give you a little treat of the loveliness captured by Haley Sheffield. *Sigh*



After the wedding, we went to Universal Studios for five days. Boy! Was that fun. I finally was able to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We also went out a few times and had lots of random fun. 

But on to what this post is really about...
The new year seems to be all about starting over and coming up with resolutions and promises to be a better you. I see a lot of memes over social media that are giving a huge eye roll about this. I have to admit, I sometimes agree that it can be annoying and pointless to see the same resolutions over and over again but it is fun. Here is my list of cliched resolutions that I hope to fulfill in the new year. 

This is not my photograph, I found it on Tumblr and could not find the original source.

1. Obviously, I need to be a better blogger and at least post weekly! I also want to start posting more things that are meaningful to you teachers. Things you can actually use and implement in the classroom. So here is to hoping. If you have any advice or feedback, let me know!
2. I am a procrastinator. I will admit it. That's the first step to admitting you have a problem, right?! I would like to be better prepared in all aspects of my life: as a mother, a wife, and a teacher. I feel as though I am always one step behind. It is due to my laziness and procrastination that I do this. I will wait until the last minute to clean up, give K a bath, do my lesson plans, or even my school work. So this is it...the year I am going to be better prepared. I think I will start tomorrow. ;)
3. Here's the old cliche resolution. I want to be more active. I am not saying I want to start getting fit to the point where I am competing in competitions or anything (which is awesome btw), I just would like to move more and get outside more rather than sitting on the couch like always. Maybe learn how to hike and be one with nature? Maybe.
4. I love my friends, I really do. I just feel as though I am stuck in content zone right now. I would like to get out of my comfort zone and meet new people who I have not given a chance or a second thought. It also would be nice to have a few new friends that are not just mine or E's. Maybe friends that are ours.
5. Now this one is just silly. But seriously... who is A? I am watching PLL for the *cough3rdcough* time and there are so many clues and details that I am starting to think I am A. Give us some answers, darnit!

What are your resolutions? Let me know in the comments or post a link to your site with your list! :)

PS: since it is the end of the year and the end of a reign, let me take a moment to say goodbye to the 11th doctor. Bow ties will forever be cool.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Five for Friday!

OMG! I am so excited that it is Friday! Here is another Five for Friday post!

1. Tomorrow is Saturday and we are headed to Music Midtown! If you know me, then you know that I LOVE Tegan and Sara. I have seen them several times and it never gets old. We also get to see another band that I have been wanting to see for like ever: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Karen O is a dream boat! There are many more bands but I don't want to brag or anything. ;)

2. Yesterday was International Talk Like a Pirate day which I had no idea about until that morning. I dropped all of my plans and threw together some pirate fun at the last minute! It was FUN!!! We read "Pirates Don't Change Diapers", made pirate hats and eye patches, dug for treasure with our special treats, and drew a treasure map! ARGGG WHAT FUN!

To make the snack: get 2 boxes of shape treats (they were $1 at Kroger!), Twizlers, and Oreos. Put two shapes at the bottom, crush Oreos and put them on top, then make an X with the Twizlers. Afterall, X marks the spot.
*This was a great way to teach the letter X, teaching about maps, and we even added a little shape recognition in there.

3. I don't know about you, but my kids were CRAZYYYY this week. We needed a lot of dancing and fun in order to calm ourselves down. I like to show a video I made in college to remind them of making good choices and consequences. It is a song that I wrote with a friend. It is very catchy....you've been warned.

The kids loved it! We  even made our own version for parents with us singing and dancing.

4. We have been talking about shoes this month and one of the quick activities we did was Shoe Graphing. I got out a long piece of butcher paper and labeled three different types of shoes: sandals, sneakers, and slip-ons. We talked about each type of shoe and decided to see what shoe was in our classroom the most! I am going to blog more about it next week so here is a sneek peek!

5. Kinley had a school get together that showed us what she does at school! It was so cute to see all of the fun things she does and what she likes to do the best. She remembered the class rules, how to make a magnet sensory bottle, and hold scissors. AWWW! This makes me happy for next year when she will be in Pre-K at my school. Mom is proud! :) 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Family Fun

At my school we have a book of the month (BOM). This is where a family signs up to donate a specific book to our class. For September, our book was "Bat Loves the Night." I asked the parent who donated if she would like to read and do a quick activity with us. She agreed!

(I have great parents, y'all!)

She read the book to us and the kids really enjoyed hearing someone besides me read! LOL

After we were finished reading, I showed the kids a picture of the LARGEST bat and the SMALLEST bat side-by-side.

*SmartBoard pics are never any good!*
Then I told them that the largest bat had a wingspan of 5 feet! I of course explained that a wingspan is how long our arms are when we hold them out to our sides. Since they have no concept of 5 feet, we measured using rulers. This gave a great visual, counting practice, and measuring activity (all which are important indicators for GA WSO).

Then of course we measured the smallest wingspan (5 INCHES)! This was a great way to show the differences between feet and inches. We discussed more and less as well. 

After the measuring, We took pictures to see if our wingspan was longer or shorter than the biggest bat!

We made it into a fun book! 

The next day we did an activity to where we could get a visual of how many mosquitos a bat eats in an hour. My para was so kind and cut out 600 bugs and then sorted them into groups of ten. This activity was a lot for the Pre-K kids. They needed a lot of help since they are unable to cut and glue very well. This gave them great glue practice. We did this during work time and called them over few at a time to glue. If you are willing to go through a lot of work, this mosquito activity is a lot of fun and looks great when you are through!! 

I loved doing this bat activity! I will have to revisit this book and come up with more activities in October. :)