Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Is it really September? It is definitely hot. And so the air conditioner is a "nice" sound to listen to.
Yesterday was Labor Day and I did no labor! Enough said.
My last uncle passed away on Saturday. He was getting ready to watch the Tennessee Vols play and suffered a major heart attack. My aunt had passed away ten years ago so he was ready to see her again.
I am enjoying reading on my Ipad. Can't get enough of reading! But I am always searching for the next book to add.
Tomorrow I will take care of the mani and pedi. It's been four long weeks and my hands and feet are embarrassing!
I am going to Vegas "baby" in a week. I've never been to NYC and am really wanting to make that trip. Anywhere with a beach, blue water, and sand is always great also!
Monday, September 1, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
I am linking up with Farley's August...
I am listening to HGTV. Needless to say sometimes it makes me feel better and sometimes ready to throw up my hands and say "I forget this!".
Who doesn't love the lazy days of summer--sleeping until I decide to awaken! Sitting on the screened in porch! Listening to the birds chirp!
I am thinking about our trip to Vegas next month. I guess I better save my $$$! But wanting to go back to the beach too! I would love to live close enough to go to the beach any day of the year!
I need to get up and water the flowers so that they will survive!
And I just retired so I am feeling a bit lost! No room to set up. No drive by to Target dollar spots. No searching for baskets, tax free buys...
Friday, July 4, 2014
Hours, hours, hours are spent setting up a classroom (in the summer on our own time--right?)
This summer our school is having renovations so we have no access to work, change, clear, organize--you get the picture. So my planning is done in the back--very back of my mind.
Last year I changed the decor to chevron and I still love that part.
The desks arrangement were a trial and error. I must have moved those desks 1,000 times at least. The issue was accelerated by a larger number of kids than I expected.
16 became 21 and with that came little bodies and more chairs and more desks.
This original plan was to use the end of the groups of desks to house their book baskets, water bottles, etc. Those baskets tipped over...constantly...many times the contents made a domino effect. So I tried a different approach:
I purchased the inexpensive bookcases at WalMart and used Chevron fabric on the back. The problem with this was that the book baskets were too tall to place on both of the bottom and top shelves.
Finally I just shoved the bookcases against the wall and the kids had to actually walk TO the bookcase to gather their things. I could put four, five, or six desks together in table groups. Win, Win.
I set up a nice area for the kids to choose their Daily 5 station. Epic fail. The way the district was setting time requirements
made lead me to set up a streamline approach to moving the kids due to RTI changes. Next year it will change again so maybe this would work.
Then there was the issue of a meeting area:
1: No rug--kids were everywhere.
So, I'll keep thinking in the deep spaces of my mind as July moves along!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
February = another chance for sweets (think chocolate candy!). It just works out fine for my word study this week (ea, ee).
- I try to have something for my Word Work station that is a little "special". I made this little activity to give the kids a chance to think --figure out what some of the pictures really are. Therefore I hope they will actually work as a group. After they match the pictures to the words the recording sheet makes them accountable. Well, it probably makes the high fliers more accountable and the others better copiers!