Homemade First Grade

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Okay, I am linking up with a new linky party. I have found that this is a good way to get others to see your blog and hear what you have to share with the world. So go over to Step into 2nd Grade and link up to Tell Me More!

1. My favorite movie is "The Wizard of Oz". I used to drive my mom crazy and watch it every time it came on.

2. I am a Krispy Kreme donut junkie. I love those things (especially when the hot sign is on). My car just automatically drives in.

3. I love to dance. I mean break it down. I love to pop and lock but won't do it in front of anyone but my kids. (No pic of this)

4. Pickled corn is my favorite food. LOVE IT

5. I was suppose to marry Patrick Swayze and become a ballerina according to my senior friends. Didn't happen.

6. I was in love with Bo Duke!

It's okay my husband loved Daisy Duke, the new one and the old one.

Monday, July 23, 2012

I'm a blog hopper. Go link up at the blog hop. It is wonderful to share with other blogs.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Caring and Sharing Award

I have created a new award for teacher blogs. It is called the caring and sharing award. I have created this award, because I have seen so many great blogs and advice for teachers.I believe that these teachers deserve some recognition.

Click here for the rules RULES

My first nominees of this award are:

Primary Possibilities

First Grade Parade

Teaching Chick

The Teacher Wife

I am linking up with The Teacher Wife linky party. My top 5 picture books. What! I can only choose 5. Well okay, I probably have a million favorites because I am a book LOVER.

This book is hilarious, the kids love it and I love doing the voice of Braid Beard.

Another book that I love to read. This book is so much fun to do the voices. I might do a drama about this one.

This is a Christmas must. I met Gloria Houston and she is a very neat person. I love her writing. I can not read this without tearing up.

This book is such a beautiful book. The story is wonderful and the pictures are fantastic.

I remember this book from my childhood. It is one of those books that you take with you. The imagination factor is something many of my students are missing. I love to read and share this book because it meant so much to me as a child.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Totally Terrific Teaching is hosting a linky party about grading.

I can not stand grading. This is a downfall of mine and I pledge to do better this year. I want to be better organized and self disciplined to get this done. I use percentages to grade papers. This is the policy that our county uses. I do my spelling tests a little different though. I give the test by calling out the words first and then I collect those and give a multiple choice test. I give 1 point for each word correctly on the multiple choice and I add this to the other test. This helps me know if they can read the word. I really like what Michelle at Teach 123 had to say about homework grades and giving them points for having their name and other things listed. This trains them to put their name on their papers, which we all know we as teachers get so frustrated with. Go over and link up with Totally Terrific Teaching and share your grading strategies.

I hope this gives you some ideas!

Friday, July 13, 2012

These are the following sites that I nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award

1. Kinder Friends

2. Fourth Grade flipper

3. Mrs. Mindy
4. Not Just Child’s Play

5. Musings of a primary teacher
6. Herding Kats
7. An Apple for the Teacher
8. Thinking of Teaching
9. Sugar and Spice

10. Buzz Buzz Buzz
11. T is for Teaching
12. Think Wonder and Teach
13. Rainbows Within’ Reach
14. Always a Lesson
15. Mrs. Rhodes
Thank you Mrs. Jones, for my first blog award.

Mrs. Jones' Junction gave me this award visit her here.

Here are the requirements for accepting this award:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. Thank you Mrs. Jones link above.
2. Include a link to their site... see above.
3. Include the award image on your blog...Check done that
4. Include 7 random facts about yourself: (I did nine)

1) I am a first grade teacher. I was a teacher assistant for 8 years before getting a teaching job. I worked on degree while working. This is my second year as a teacher.

2) I sing and write Christian music. You can see my My Space and listen to some music here Lori Roberts My Space. Leave me some feedback on my music. I need more friends. I haven't promoted it much.

3) I have two girls ages 18 and 14. I am going to be a Nana soon. Skyler's due date is August 31st.

4) I collect nativity sets. I want to learn how to carve so I can carve one some day (in all my spare time)

5) I love to dance. We dance alot in my classroom :)

6) I have just begun running, I want to feel better and I have been walking but I really enjoy running it makes me feel good.

7) I love to what crime shows. I like both the real investigations and the drama's. I love The Closer. I am sad that this is the last season.

8) I love to shop thrift stores. I didn't get into this until I planned my daughters wedding and she wanted a rustic country theme. We decided to go look for sheets to cover hay bales at thrift shops and I fell in love. You can get some great deals at these places, plus help many needy causes.

9) I love to do Drama. I teach a drama workshop with Kindergarten and First Graders. I love it and it is so much fun.

5. Nominate 15 other blogs for this award ( I am working on this and will include them in my next post.)

6. When nominating, be sure to include a link to their site...see above.
7. Let bloggers know they have been nominated. I am leaving a comment on the most recent post on each of the 15 blogs!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

10 Tips for Pinterest. I love pinterest that is why I want you to know that
To link up with Lasso the moon and read 10 Tips go here

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Go to the classroom theme linky party here.Surfin' through second! I have decided to do a candy theme for the beginning of year theme. It all started with this bulletin board idea from pinterest.
I ran with it and got more idea's from pinterest to do. This is a long vowel game I found from The First Grade Sweet Life.
I plan on doing a counting activity with this gumball machine craft from 4 Crazy Kings .

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hello, everyone it is a nice sunshiny day in NC. I am enjoying my summer, I hope you are too. I have a new stickerbook I want to share. You may go here to my TPT store to download. I hope you find it helpful. All of the things I have created are free because I know I have to spend so much on my classroom and I am sure you do too. Somethings just should be free. So go download it.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Well it is certainly hot enough in Murphy, NC today. I keep thinking about all the things I need to do and how much time I have to do it in. School starts August 1st for us teachers. Well I have made a few more sight word sticker books that you can get below. I also have been buying things at The Dollar Tree which I love very much. I got lots of borders, magnets, stickers, and more.
Click Here to download sticker book.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Things have cooled down here in NC thank the Lord. I have been busy this summer working in summer school. We are using a pirate theme for the summer and the kids are having fun. We are working on the reader's theater for the book
How I Became a Pirate
by David Shannon.
We are working on making a ship and costumes. I have created a pirate sight word game for students you can get for free.
Pirate Sight Word Game
Go to Oh' Boy 4th Grade to link up! Another linky party link up here to share what music you use in the classroom. I work at a brain based school and part of our everyday music is baroque music. Brain researchers have learned that if this type of music is played at a quiet level that both the left and right brain are engaged! When we have 3 minute dance parties to give the kids a break I like to play kidz bop. We also do Just Dance for kidz on You Tube.

Monday, July 2, 2012

I have made the following sight word sticker books.I have been using them in the summer school program I am doing to help students with reading. Click here to get them. Hope they help your class. My students love doing them.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Well it is so hot here in North Carolina I am sitting creating things for the classroom.  I hope to have a head start for the beginning of the year. This is a free sight word game I created click here to get it.