Wednesday, November 30, 2011

november 28

shirt: LOFT (November 2011)
necklace: J.Crew outlet (February 2011)
pants: Anthro AG Stevie cords in navy (March 2011)
shoes: Target (August 2010)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

november 20

Sunday. Church.
black dress: BR (2008)
cardigan: Anthro Ambrosial (August 2010)
belt: Anthro (November 2010)
black tights
shoes: Miz Mooz Soho (October 2009)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Day!

I've been with these guys all break.  It's been so much fun.

My cousin took these pictures in my parents' backyard before we sat down for our feast.  Family pictures always draw some tears from adults and kids.  Luckily they were only from the kids this go round. :)

 There are 6 kids in my family: 5 girls, 1 boy.  I'm #5.
 Do we look alike?

Did you score some Black Friday deals?  My sisters and I went our local Anthropologie, which is 5 minutes away, at 5:45 a.m. to try and pick up a few things during their 50% off special.  (It helped that we dropped by Wednesday to scope out the scene and for me to return a couple items.)  We were able to snag one shirt each for myself, my sister, my cousin, and my mom.  My little sister got a pair of shoes, a couple shirts, and a dress.  It was a successful visit.

Hope you've had an enjoyable break!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Break!!

I hope y'all have a wonderful holiday!  I'm flying home in a couple of hours...yay!

Here's my November classroom.
 I have 28 students, but with them being pulled out and absent, I don't always get work from everyone.
 After 5 years of teaching, I finally made a how-to-use-the-listening-center sheet.  It has made all the difference.

 My students earn table/row points.  In November at the end of each week or day (depending on how I'm feeling), the row that has the most chooses a feather.  Each feather has a different reward: sit by a friend during DEAR, get a cold drink in the hallway, get a cougar cub track, etc.
 Like I bet a lot of you, my students make a turkey in disguise.  The paper attached is their letter to Farmer Brown (we read Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type) persuading him not to eat them for his Thanksgiving feast.  My friend Danielle's are so cute; hers may be a homework assignment.
{P.S. I'm grateful for naps as well.  I wish I got to take more of them.  Funny 3rd graders.}

Our pumpkin information and similes.  (Idea from Cara at The First Grade Parade.  She's darling.)

 Our Veterans' Day art and thank you letters.  (Idea from Abby at The Inspired Apple.  She's so creative.)
 A mom sent these in for our Thanksgiving treat.  Too cute.
Hope y'all have a terrific turkey day/weekend!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

november 16

shirt: LOFT (August 2009)
skirt: BR outlet (May 2010)
shoes: AE (November 2009)

Tomorrow I have district training.  Yeehaw!  I get sleep in AND wear jeans.  Life is good.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

november 15

sweater: Anthro Waterfalls? (April 2011--2nd cut)
black pencil skirt: BR outlet (July 2010)
black tights
black t-strap heels: Steve Madden (2008)

I attended the viewing of one of my coworker's sons tonight.  I haven't been to a viewing/funeral in a very long time.  What made tear up was seeing her 4th grade son so devastated and upset.  Oh man.  It was heartbreaking.  My coworker was very composed.  I know she has the faith that she will see her son again and that he is in a better, more peaceful place.  That is what gets you through times like these.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

november 14

Monday.  Just a normal, busy Monday.
tee: Old Navy (November 2011)
skirt: Anthro (March 2011)
boots: Anthro (April 2011)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

november 13

Sunday.  Church.
sequin tank: LOFT (July 2011)
cardigan: BR (September 2010)
skirt: Anthro Tomato Picking (November 2011)
shoes: MIA Gigi (March 2010)

Monday, November 14, 2011

november 11

Friday.  11.11.11.  It was a big day.  Did you go to some fun parties?  My friends and I just went to the opening of H&M and shared a piece of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake.  That's all.
tank: Anthro (October 2011)
cardigan: BP Nordstrom (June 2009)
jeans: Anthro AG (August 2010)
shoes: Target (August 2010)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

november 10

tank: (Megan's closet)
cardigan: (Megan's closet)
belt: F21 (September 2011)
skirt: (Whitney's closet)
black tights
boots: Target (August 2010)

Some mornings I eat my cereal in the car during my drive to work.  I had JUST backed out of my driveway when I spilled my ENTIRE bowl of cereal and milk all over myself and my car.  I tried to wash my skirt when I got to school.  It made a little improvement.  I smelled like milk all day long.  Bleh.

Friday, November 11, 2011

november 9

tee: Target (October 2011; probably the most COMFORTABLE tee ever, I want one in every color, only $8)
cardigan: J.Crew Dapple Dot (March 2010)
necklace: LOFT (August 2011)
black skinnies: Old Navy (November 2009)
black sequin flats: Target (January 2011)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

november 8

cardigan: AE (September 2008)
belt: F21 (Megan's closet)
skirt: Anthro Tomato Picking (November 2011--2nd cut)
boots: Steve Madden Intyce (October 2010)

Today felt a lot like Wednesday for some odd reason.  Even a few of my students asked if today was early out day, haha.  Apparently we're so close that my thoughts are becoming their thoughts. ;)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

pumpkin day!

Over the summer on Tanya's blog/TPT store, I saw she did a pumpkin scmath activity.  I really wanted to try it in my classroom this year and DID.  The students had SO much fun with all the activities.
I dedicated last Friday to all things pumpkin.  October was a CRAZY busy month with parent/teacher conferences, fall break, common core training that my team and I taught, district literacy specialists in my classroom for a week, report cards, and Halloween; I'm sure your month was very similar.  Needless to say, I didn't get around to doing the pumpkin activity in October.  It actually worked out better that way because I then got the pumpkins for FREE.  I stopped by the local pumpkin patch after school on Thursday.  I told them I was a teacher and was wondering if I could buy some pumpkins for a classroom activity.  The guy said I could have as many pumpkins as I'd like at no cost.  So VERY nice of him!

Anyway, here was our pumpkin day!

 (pretty fall colors along the back road I took home from the patch)
 (my trunk full of punks)
The students brainstormed adjectives that described pumpkins and then wrote similes about pumpkins.  I got the idea from First Grade Parade.
 Pumpkin Scmath.  Now the fun part...counting the seeds.  I think next year I'll invite a few parents in to assist.  The students were actually very good and on task, but it never hurts have a couple extra pairs of hands. ;)

 I toasted some pumpkin seeds the night before and had the students try them.  I got this idea from The Inspired Apple.  This is the recipe I used.  Very easy and tasty.

If you want a fun and educational seasonal activity, try out any of these!  We had a great time.  It's not too late... :)

november 7

shirt: Anthro (February 2010)
belt: Anthro (November 2010)
skirt: Anthro Thousand Days (August 2009)
boots: Hunter (October 2011)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

october classroom

Here's my classroom, haha!

 We wrote BOO jokes.  The punchline of the joke had to have BOO in it.  The kiddos were clever.

I accidentally deleted the picture, but on the other wall of the hallway, we did The Teacher Wife's Even and Odd Street and The Inspired Apple's visualization of "My Neighbor's Dog is Purple."

So, I've been wondering what to have my students give their parents for Christmas.  In the past, the students have illustrated and rewritten in cursive "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."  Each stanza is its own page, so the book is 14 pages long.  My students and I get very tired of it halfway through.  Anyway, I'm looking for a new idea.  Any suggestions of things you've done or that your own students have brought home?