Monday, December 10, 2012

A sick (yet productive!) day

Well, I thought I was actually going to make it to Winter Break without using a sick day this year.  Would’ve been the first time in my three years of teaching full-time.  So much for that – the hubby and I are both home today with strep throat and bronchitis!  BLAH.  We went to Wal-Mart to pick up our prescriptions and bought these things…. cough drops, ibuprofen, chicken noodle soup, oatmeal, ice cream, 7 Up, and tea.  I think it's safe to say we’re now prepared., lol.  Despite all the icky, germy miserableness, I found three positive things about today….

1.  I got to eat ice cream (twice) without feeling guilty.
         2.  We were able to watch the daytime episodes of Saved by the Bell and Boy Meets World. YES!
.        3.  Being stuck on the couch all day, I got caught up on some TpT things!

So, I finally finished my second set of Write around the Room Activities.  You can now have a set for nearly every season and holiday.   My kids just LOVE this activity, no matter what their writing ability!  I hang the posters in hiding places around the room, and the kids grab their clipboards, search for the posters, and record the seasonal words.  And, I’ve discovered that they also totally dig the game 4 Corners, and these posters can be reused to make that game seasonal!

Click the pictures below to purchase Set 1 (back-to-school, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) or Set 2 (winter, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, spring and summer).  Each set is 32 pages of posters and recording sheet.  I hope you find them useful!

Tomorrow is another at-home day (doctor’s orders!), but Wednesday I’ll be back at it with my firsties (and scrambling to catch up, of course).  Have a great week!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Goodbye Miss Green!

Last week, we said goodbye to our field student Miss Green, who has been visiting us twice a week all semester.  We prepared some gifts for her (it was also her birthday!), and we partied the afternoon away on her last day.  I totally love buying personalized things (I know I’m not the only one!!), and this gave me a perfect opportunity to do that.  Check out what we gave her…

We made this book of advice for her.  The kids each wrote what a teacher should always do and never do.  Hilarious and heartwarming!  I'm kicking myself because I forgot to take pictures of my most favorite responses, but here are a few:

A teacher should always be my best friend.
A teacher should always be a good helper.
A teacher should always learn how to work the SmartBoard.

A teacher should never stop being active.
A teacher should never be fake sick.
A teacher should never let kids act bad.

If you'd like to make one of these books for a student teacher, click the picture below to download the book cover, poem, and writing response page for free!

 And here are the lovely personalized gifts I also gave her:

The notepad, sticky notes, and note cards were made on Vistaprint.  LOVE this website - so many options for personalized items, practically for free!
This key chain was purchased from Button It's shop on Etsy.  Click the picture to visit her shop.  I'm in love with this thing - I totally want one for myself now! 
That’s all friends!  I’d love to hear your ideas for teacher goodbye gifts!