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December 25, 2015

Christmas Week Pictures!

I had to work for three days this week. Yes, there were concerts and parties, so some of my reading classes were interrupted. It was a nice three day week with the kidos. They were excited about Santa coming! 

Here are a few pics of some things I did this week: 

 My first and second graders loved hearing this story!
 One student's writing response to "Grumpy Santa" 
 My third graders did a scavenger hunt!
Thank you SuperTeacherWorksheets !!
 I used my TPT product with my 2nd and 5th graders.
They now want one for a snowman! 
Here is the secretary gift I gave this year.
If you live in the NY - you love a Tim Horton's card!

 Santa stopped by on a firetruck!
One of my kidos gave me this gift that her mom made.
I just LOVE it !!! 

I hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas Day!
I am off to read my holiday book: 

while I drink some Christmas Blend coffee! 
Happy Reading! 

December 20, 2015

Picture Time

I have three more work days! I am jealous of all those teachers who get two weeks of vacation. My district stopped doing that about ten years ago. I miss it!

Here are a few random pictures from the week:

I finally laminated this and put 
it on the back wall. 
Working on consonant clusters. 
We highlighted the blends first.  

A fun read aloud 
A student written retell. 
Not bad for grade one! 

This is the best retell one of my kidos has done! 
He has made such great progress!

Here's the best picture of all: 

 I went to see The Force Awakens Friday!
It was Awesome! 

Happy Reading! 

December 13, 2015

Weekly Pictures

I had a busy week, One day I had to substitute teach in the 5th grade class that I push into, so that was interesting. I also had a day off. Not a lot of pictures this week in my classroom.

Here are a few:

 We are now working on using text evidence. 
 Vowel Patterns in Grade 1 
Using the LLI Reading Kit 

I challenged kids this week to come up with words using vowels. 
We also have done consonant blends. 

This week I am finishing up the nonfiction text - If You Lived in America as a Slave. The kids are going to make small posters. 

More work on building fluency in grade 1. I think I have a student that is going to move out of my group! I made some response prompts for the book The True and False Book of Dogs for my grade 3 reading group.  I have a big unit I am working on for Jan. with them, so for the next  classes, my focus is reading and developing more word attack skills. 

I hope everyone has a nice week. Some of you lucky teachers only have a few days left. I work until the 23th! YIKES! 

I am happy to say that two people bought my new TPT product. It is a mad lib type Christmas Eve Story: 

That was the first picture of it. I updated the product since then. Check it out here: 

Happy Reading!

December 6, 2015


I try to take pictures, but sometimes I forget. Here are a few from last week.
I am on a roll - I taught everyday!

We finished out Magic Tree House book and the kidos tried to write Haiku just like the Basho from the book:

I made a three day unit for my TPT store. Here is the student poster from my Day One lesson:

 Check out my unit here on TPT:  My Store - Reading-Really-Rocks

We are working on the short /u/ in grade one. Here is my page:

 Here is one of my students: 

Here is one of my students: 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. 
Happy Reading! 

December 5, 2015

Currently... A Few Days Late

I am behind with my Currently, but here it is:


I love the music from Once. It is a nice way to enjoy a Sat. Night by watching the movie. 

We had had warm weather this fall. I am happy to put off snow as long as possible. 

I still have gifts to get and I am really hoping I am not running around like a crazy person on December 24th!

I am looking forward to a break when I have nothing to do! 

I need more time. I put up a few TPT products and now I want more time to work on them. I want more time to relax, more time to teach my kids to read better, more time for my family, husband, and friends. 

I have a Faux tree. My Dh had it before we married. It's perfect! 

Go check out other currently's: 

December - Currently

Happy Reading!

November 29, 2015

Sunday Night !

Happy Post Turkey Weekend! 

Who else is tired from Thanksgiving? I had my turkey and pumpkin pie. I celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday! I shopped, and shopped, and shopped! I bought some holiday gifts and some new slippers for myself. I visited with my cousins which was an unexpected treat!

I did a fun scavenger hunt with my grade 4 reading group. I found it on Super Teacher Worksheets. They loved it. Here are two pictures:

I taped this cards all over the room. 

The best part of this was checking answers and seeing which kids took it seriously and really read the clues to get the correct answer! 

I am looking forward to CyberMonday on TPT. I discounted my items - ALL Three of them! LOL. I just added a new one. I love it! Go check it out: 

This week I am working on the following: 

1. Main Idea and Detail
2. Reading a non-fiction text to learn new facts
3. Short /u/
4. Vowel blends /oa/ and /ow/ 
5. Wrapping up our Magic Tree House text 

It will be a busy week. I have a staff development class one evening, two assemblies at work, and my grad class on Thursday night! 

'Tis the Season to be busy! 

I hope everyone has a great week! 

November 15, 2015

Photos from the week!

Another week flew by and I cannot believe it is so close to Thanksgiving!
Here are some pictures from the past week:

The kidos were challenged by the mystery words.  


 The kids wanted to make their own book about 
some of the characters we have been reading. 

Rhyming words - I think this list is funny! 

More writing about a story

 A few weeks ago.... 
After reading six chapters of the Magic Tree House Book.
I love how the kids changed their ideas. 

Happy Reading!

November 8, 2015


I have been busy in my classroom. I felt like i had a good groove the past two weeks. We have been short subs, but the principal only pulled me once.

Here are some October photos and some from this past week. I hope you enjoy them.

October Fun:

Thank you Super Teacher Worksheets

The kids love reading and writing stories about the books from 
the LLI Reading Kit. 

November Lessons: 

I gave some first graders a spelling test with random sight words and short vowel sounds. This kid did perfect: 

I started a unit on sequence and did some fun activities with the kidos. Here is the chart from day one: 

In grade five, we are reading Pinballs. I used the book last year too. The kids enjoyed the story, so I hope my new class likes it too!
 The kids told me all three characters were in the chapter.
When they went back to close read, they said I needed to cross out one!
I did a week long unit on summary. 
This was the one we wrote together. 
I read the individual summaries over the weekend and this year was the best I have seen from this unit!  

I am preparing for some mystery words for this week. I did mystery main idea a few weeks ago, so this is next. I want kids to start using context clues for unfamiliar words. This is part of the intro lessons: 

I am going to make a sentence or definition card to help the kids
figure out the words. 

I added three products to TPT last week. I am hoping someone will download the free ones and give me some feedback.  Go check them out if you want. I am new to producing products for others, so I am hoping someone will like them. 

Here's the link: 

Happy Reading! 

November 1, 2015


It's already November... WHAT ?  How did that happen?
October was nice, but I really do love the month of November. I am all about being grateful and thankful.

Here is this month's Currently:

I spend my Sundays watching football. 
I am enjoying my job. I do not like when I get pulled to substitute teach. It makes me cranky. I just want to teach reading. 
I feel like it was just Columbus Day. Where does the time go? 
Who doesn't want more time? 
I was having a lot of back issues for the whole month. I saw a doctor and had some tests. I also had a nice massage. I did not go to the gym all month because it hurt just to sit. Things feel better, so I am hoping to get back into my routine. I have been walking with the DH, but I love a good spin class, 

I just love my Mom's pumpkin pie. She makes one every year for me. That's right just for me. LOL ! Yeah... I really need to get to the gym! 

Go enjoy some more Currently on Farley's website! 

Happy Reading! 

October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

Here I am right before my school's monster mash:

I hope you enjoyed your tricks and treats! 

Happy Reading! 

October 27, 2015


Here are some pictures from my classroom.

Writing after reading a text. 

 This is how I motivate my kids!
Everything is a mystery. 
More writing
I love cut up sentences for grade 1
We use "I Can.." statements in my school. 
First lesson for grade 3
Magic Tree House Book 

Look at this cutie I get to teach everyday!
We were rhyming words. 

I hope everyone is having a nice week. I cannot believe Halloween is this weekend. Where does the time go? 

Happy Reading !