Friday, July 12, 2013

My 1st Award!

I am extremely excited to have been nominated for my 1st award.  Thank you to my wonderful, dear friend Amber from Synonym rolls & Antonym Moments for nominating me.  I am blessed to have you in my life and am thankful God helped bring us together.  He always knows when we need a special friend to help us through the difficult times in our lives.

Blogging is so exciting and am looking forward to learning more about the fun and fabulous aspects of blogging.  I hope to become inspired to post amazing activities/creations for my fellow teacher "blogging" friends.

I accept this Liebster award from Amber with honor.  In doing so, I must follow these specific guidelines she has set:

    1. Link back to the blog that nominated me.
     2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
     3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator
     4. Share 11 random facts about yourself
     5. Create 11 questions for your nominees
     6. Contact your nominees and let them know you nominated them

I want to make sure I follow these expectations as this is what I expect my students to do in my classroom.
#1 Check out Amber's blog at: Synonym rolls & Antonym moments.  She has amazing ideas and is very talented.  She has been a great help to me in setting up my blog!  Thanks dear friend!
#2  Nominations:
#3  Questions from my nominator
                 Question #1 What is your favorite childhood memory?
  Hmmmmm....That one might be hard to answer because that has been too long ago.  LOL 
I think my favorite childhood memory is of my grandma helping me learn how to sew and cook.  As a young girl, I lived next to my grandparents on a farm.  My grandma was the typical housewife.  She always had lunch on the table at exactly 12:00 for my grandpa each day.  Their house was always SPOTLESS! (wish mine was)  And....she loved to sew!  She made many of her clothes and many dresses for me to wear to school.  It was her dream for me to love to sew.  I hated disappointing her, so even though I didn't really want to....I tried for her. She was so patient and would just smile or give a faint little giggle when I became frustrated.  
 Even though I never grew to love sewing, I will never forget the time we shared together.  Oh how I wish that I still had her to share those moments with.  I can't wait till the day I am reunited with her in Heaven!  This memory is even more special to me as I remember her because yesterday would have been her 97th birthday!
                 Question #2  Least favorite teacher
I would like to say I never had a least favorite teacher, but unfortunately that was not the case.  There was one in High School!  However, I would rather tell you about one of my favorites!  Her name was Miss Mott!  The reason she was my favorite was because she went above and beyond to show compassion to me throughout some difficult times in my life.  She encouraged me when I had difficulty giving speeches in class (still do not like to speak in front of peers/adults, but am better at it) and had a way of making class fun and interesting.  Miss Mott is not the reason I wanted to be a teacher, but she did inspire me to be that compassionate, understanding, and dedicated teacher she was.

                 Question #3 What is your dream teaching job?
My dream teaching job would be in a classroom that focused on the developmental needs of children and did not put so much pressure on how well they do on an assessment.  With all the demands of CCSS and state assessments, social interaction and dramatic play have taken a back seat.  I feel that these two things are crucial for our young learners.  I love teaching, but feel for my kiddos and all the pressure they are under even as 5/6 yr olds!

              Question #4  Would you want to be an administrator?  Why or why not?
Absolutely not!!!!!!!! I have never had the desire to be an administrator.  I am too much of a softy!  Would not be able to handle all the stress and I would much rather be in the classroom.  

              Question #5  What was your 1st car?
Chevy Caprice Classic that was handed down to me from my grandparents.  It was blue!  Not a very fun car for a teenager, but it got me from point A to point B

             Question #6  What was the name of the last movie you saw in a theater?
Oz, the Great and Powerful in 3D.  Great movie...very intense at times in 3D.  I will admit I jumped a couple of times as the flying monkeys flew toward me!  

              Question #7  If you have kids, how did you come up with their names? Something you liked, family significance, etc. If you don't have kids, what would you want to name them if you ever did?
Levi, my oldest was named by his dad.  I had no choice!  He had picked out the name Levi Lane even before we began dating.  Levi was after his mom's dad and Lane after the famous bull rider, Lane Frost.

When my I became pregnant with my 2nd child, I told my husband that I was picking this name.  I never imagined that I would need a girl's name so I didn't have a definite name picked out until I saw her for the 1st time.  She was beautiful and just looked like an Isabella.  Her middle name was one that I had on my list, but had originally paired it with Victoria Hope.  She just didn't look like a Victoria, so she instantly became Isabella Hope.  Had she been a boy, she would have been Noah Allen.  Allen after my dad and Noah to continue names from the Bible!

              Question #8  Tell me about one lesson that went wrong...just didn't go right
Most of the ones I put deep thought into seem to be the ones that aren't as good and feel need tweaking.  Some of the best lessons are ones that I think of at the last minute.  One particular lesson I can think of that went wrong was a sunflower measuring lesson.  The students were to measure the area around a sunflower using sunflower seeds.   What went wrong?  A....the seeds would stay straight   B.  A girl apparently was allergic to the seeds and began itching terribly (a teacher's nightmare)  C.  I used too many different sizes of sunflowers for them to measure at the same time.

             Question #9  What do you do to relax?
Relax...what's that!  I would I love to go on a long vacation to Costa Rico or Hawaii to relax, but thats only in my dreams.  I try to relax during the summer, but my mind doesn't seem to shut off.  

            Question #10  What was your most memorable vacation?
I have only had 2 real vacations in my life.  To Colorado and South Dakota!  Both were great because I was with family.

             Question #11  Coke or Pepsi person?
Diet pepsi!!!!  Used to be regular pepsi and I know I should not drink any.  Trying to do better at that and drink more water

Random Facts:
I don't know if there are 11 random facts, but I'll try.
1.  I would secretly like to be an interior decorator
2.  I love chocolate, but try to avoid it lately
3.  I have a birth mark behind my knee
4.  I was born during the year of the big flood
5.  I wear an 11 wide shoe

Well, thats five!  Going to have to call that good.

Questions for my nominees
The questions are the ones I answered above.  Instead of your worst teacher though, please state what or who inspired you to become a teacher.

And the nominees are:
1st nominee is my fellow Kansas Blogger Miss Martin at

2nd nominee is another one of my fellow bloggers.

3rd nominee is Mrs Krol at

4th nominee is Sara at

5th nominee is

All these blogs are from Kansas and they have great ideas.  Check out their blogs.



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Calendar Routines

Question for my fellow bloggers?  I want to hear from everyone about your calendar routines.  In the past, I have used a wall calendar with a variety of songs.  I find that it is not engaging and would like to find something new and exciting for students this year.  I do not have a promethean board or smart board, but have a way to project onto a screen using my computer or iPad.  Does anyone have a great idea?

 I have seen many great calendar notebook ideas on TPT, but am looking for a way to make it interactive and modeled.  (not just the kids filling in their notebooks, but meaningful activities).

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  I can't believe it is already July!  Not ready for summer to be over!  Have been learning so much about the CGI math strategies this week at a workshop.  I am excited to see where this adventure will take my little kindergartners.  I wish this method was around when my son was first in school.  Would have saved a lot of heartache and frustration for him:(