Monday, July 28, 2014

Pinterest Party is My Monday Made It!

Happy Monday!

I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for my

Several of my teacher friends and I have Pinterest parties several times a year.  One of the teachers has a pool, so we "saved" her party until the summer so we can enjoy the water along with our crafts!

Debbie, our host, went to Lowe's and purchased an 8' x 4' board and had it cut down to clipboard size.  She had scrapbooking paper and a lot of Mod Podge for us to make clipboards!

Here are my pages for my first clipboard.  Use Mod Podge to cover one side of the clipboard and cover it with one piece of scrapbooking paper.  Fold the edges of the paper over to seal the edges of the board.  Then Mod Podge the front of the board and place the second piece of paper.  For this board, I had the yellow on the back with the plaid on front, accented by the owls.
 I used a scrap from the yellow paper to trim and cover one side of a binder clip.  The clip was then hot glued to the top center to make the clip part of the clipboard!
 My first clipboard.
 The second clipboard has bright blue paper on the back with this adorable owl paper on the front!  Debbie found all different kinds of clips to use and I loved how this yellow one matched a few of the owls.

Have you seen some of our other Pinterest party projects?  Check out the links here!
coaster project - I had extra supplies at home and put these coasters together to take in to school for my desk and reading table

Have a great week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five for Friday {July 18}

It's time for
I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for my Five for Friday

Our 11th anniversary was Saturday!  We celebrated by driving home from visiting Josh's family for 10 days!  With Josh's work schedule, it's been nice to see him a lot more this summer.

I watched our littlest niece and nephews one night this week so my sister and BIL could check out some houses with their realtor.  Micah, the youngest, is having trouble sleeping, so I had wonderful snuggles with him!

Virginia bloggers met up in Richmond on Wednesday!  Here I am with Andrea, from Reading Toward the Stars!

I shopped with my sister-in-law last week at Hobby Lobby.  Since we don't have a HL here, I tried to think through many gifts, holidays, birthdays, crafting projects, etc so I could get what I thought I may need!  One of my favorite purchases is the wrapping paper and bows pictured here!  So festive!

When wandering around Barnes & Noble yesterday, this notebook "jumped" out at me!  Like many other teachers, I have owls all around my room and friends from school have texted me with owl things they see in various stores!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, July 14, 2014

What I've been up to ... and a new product!

I have had a crazy busy summer, even without teaching summer school!  Here's a little of what I've been up to!

We have completed our training and various requirements to be foster parents and are anxiously waiting for that first phone call!

My sister and I took her kids to a nearby farm.  We stopped at a small family owned diner for lunch afterwards!
 My husband I went to Charlotte for a couple of days.
 We visited the Billy Graham Library.
 And went to Sea Life Aquarium!
 They have a tunnel to walk through - we were able to see so many other creatures in there!
 We just got home from an eleven day visit to Josh's family in Indianapolis.  We were there for the fourth and enjoyed our time with family!

 with our niece, Elle

In Virginia, our Social Studies curriculum has us teaching George Washington Carver in our Famous American unit.  Here's some of the pages I just finished working on.

I have this on sale in my TpT store until Wednesday, July 16 ... however, I am going to give away this unit.  Just leave your email address ALONG WITH what you have enjoyed the MOST during the summer!  I will take comments UNTIL Thursday, July 17.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Five for Friday: LaSt DaY oF sChOol!

Oh my!  Today was the last day of school!  The longer I teach, the quicker the year goes by!  I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for my Five for Friday!
Two of our nephews finished their AWANA year this week and we were able to go to their celebrations.  We are so proud of them!
With Memorial Day being on Monday, it was time for Run for the Wall!  If you haven't heard about Run for the Wall, click here to read last year's post with an explanation.  Here are a couple of pictures from yesterday's visit.

Need a last minute gift idea for a helper or teacher aide?  Check out this idea!  I didn't realize until late last night that I didn't have ribbon to match ... oh, well!
Today, along with being the last day of school, was also field day.  Our PE teacher is amazing and I was blown away with how smoothly everything went!  Here's one of the stations she set up - sidewalk chalk and bubbles!  The kids had a blast!
Saying good-bye at the end of the year is hard.  This sweet girl was in my class last year and I can't believe another year has passed!
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Welcome to Virginia!

Virginia Bloggers Appreciate Y-O-U!!

button created by Andrea at Reading Toward the Stars
 A lovely group of Virginia bloggers would like to show our appreciation of you by extending a bit of southern hospitality.  You can follow along the blog hop to visit Virginia teacher blogs for terrific teaching tips and fun freebies to help get through the last couple of weeks before summer break.

I always end the year with a review of some of the more challenging skills for my children.  I try to find various activities and methods to review to keep my children focused and still learning.
Check out my newest review activity - Signs of Summer: Antonyms.
We love using QR codes!  Scan to see two images.  Decide if they are antonyms.  Color in the happy face or sad face on the recording page.
Check for understanding using "I have ... who has?"

or with one of these printables

Have a great end of the school year and a wonderful, relaxing summer!
The next stop on the hop is Hanging Out in First!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week FREEBIE!

Have you heard?  There's a sale tomorrow and Wednesday!  Click here to get to my store.
The 3AM Teacher
Check out the products that are featured in my store - they are great for end of the year or to use in summer school!
Since we have 14 days left of school, we are reviewing some of the skills we have worked so hard on this year with different activities and games.
Tomorrow we are going to review compound words and will play "I have ... who has?"  using this activity.

Click on the link or picture above to grab one of these for your classroom!

Have you heard about the giveaway at The Primary Chalkboard??  3 gift cards - just in time for the sale!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday