Sharing my LOVE of Literacy!

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November 26, 2012

A nomination

A nice blogger gave me an award! She is over at Curious Firsties ! GO check out her blog. (Just click on her blog name).

She gave me "The Liebster Award" It is an award that is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated and to help spread the word about new blogs.

Here are the questions she asked me:

1. What wakes you up in the morning?  This really annoying alarm. GRRR. Sometimes it's my DH.

2. Do you have a hobby that you enjoy? Swimming in the summer, reading when I can, scrapbooking after a trip.

3. Do you have a recipe that you can't live without? I make homemade banana muffins. I love to grab and go them in the AM!

4. What is your favorite movie? I have a few! I love Sleepless in Seattle, Dead Poets Society, Pretty in Pink,It's a Wonderful Life. 

5. Why did you decide to start blogging? I had to make a blog for a grad school class and I never stopped after I created it!

 6. If you weren't teaching, what would you do instead? I cannot see myself doing anything else. I would love to be a writer.

7. How long have you been teaching and in what grades? I was a classroom teacher for 8 years. Then I was a substitute for a long time ( too long). I have also been a reading specialist. I currently teach grade 2 as a long term substitute.

8. What is your favorite household chore? I don't mind doing the laundry. I love to garden in the summer - I don't really see that as a chore, though.

9. What is a holiday tradition that you love to do each year? Just the whole long weekend of Thanksgiving, from eating with family to shopping with my Mom on Black Friday to tree decorating on Sat. I also love going to Christmas Eve mass with the husband,

 10. Where do you like to shop? Target, Kohl's The Loft, Ebay, Barnes and Nobles

11. What is your favorite pin on pinterest? I have a few teacher pins that I like that are related to writing ideas!

I will finish this up during my next post, when I have to nominate some bloggers! (Not enough hours in the day!)

Happy Reading

November 24, 2012

Inference

I just started teaching Inference in the classroom. I looked on Pinterest for some clever ideas. Here is what I came up with:


I told my students they are going to be reading detectives as we read. We talked about how the clues come from the cover, the title, pictures, and the text. This coming week, I will model inference for word meanings.

I think I need to work on my chart paper writing. I love how it starts out big and gets smaller as I run out of room. LOL !

Happy Reading!

November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving & Black Friday

 

I have been so busy. I forgot what goes into working in a classroom. It has been a wonderful time for me, but also keeping me away from blogging! I forgot how much I missed having my own room (even if I am just borrowing this one for now!) 

I also hosted the in-laws for Thanksgiving. It was a success! I cooked a turkey breast and pasta for the non-turkey loving family members. I made too much food, but everyone seemed to enjoy the dinner. I also now have a new appreciation for my Gam who use to cook for 12 every year! I only had to cook for 7. 

On that note, I am joining a thankful linky party.. (even if I am late)


Here's the link:  Thankful Linky Party


I am thankful for:



1. My husband!

2. My family!

3. My health
4. My home!
5. Teaching
6. Friends! 

The blog's questions and answers for what I am thankful for: 

1.  What are you thankful for in your classroom? The computer which is hooked up to a projection screen. I love showing videos and books on the big screen! 
2. What person are you most thankful for? See above. I have more than one! 
3. What 3 blogs are you most thankful for? A few second grade blogs have been my lifesaver during the last month! 

Success in Second Grade
Sunny Days in Second


4. What guilty pleasure are you most thankful for? Starbucks Pumpkin Lattes
5. What are you most thankful for? The present! I have had a rough time with a few things, so right now I am just happy with the way things are right now.  

On to BLACK FRIDAY: 



After a successful Thanksgiving, I went Black Friday shopping on Friday with my Mom. We go every year. I found some great deals! I bought some holiday gifts with my coupons. I am always sad when this weekend ends because it is my favorite time of the year!  I was looking for a new top to wear to a party in December, but had no such luck. Maybe I will get a chance to go to another mall before the weekend is up.

November 11, 2012

Big News !!

I have been working in a grade 2 classroom. It has been WONDERFUL !! I want to thank all my fellow bloggers who have been sending me job dust prayers! I will be in this classroom until the end of Jan. It all happened very quickly and I am thrilled !

Here are a few pictures of lessons I did this past week.

The students researched spider facts before I arrived, so I closed the unit with a fun activity. The students made spiders and wrote the facts on their legs. Here are 2 pictures:





We are teaching editing during writing. Here are a few posters:


 

Students have literacy stations in the classroom. I am learning all about them. One day they were working on predictions and  I thought this was cute. I guess the student really understands sounds.

  

I was a reading specialist for a year, and teaching second grade is new to me! I forgot how hard being a classroom teacher is, but I am loving it ! 

Happy Reading !



November 4, 2012

Currently...

It has been a busy two weeks for me! I should be in bed, but I had to post this month's "Currently"

Here is mine:


I love when teachers use music for Transitions. I never did it when I was in my 4th grade classroom. I love how it works with those primary kidos!

Be sure to go link up at Farley's Blog:

Click Here: November's Currently