Saturday, August 18, 2012

So this is EXCITING and I DO NOT Even Want to Tell You About it.

You all know those fancy-schmancy laminators everyone is talking about?
Well over at

you can happily enter to win one! Isn't that cool? I of course do not want hope you head on
over and enter to win RIGHT NOW!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Geez oh Geez, Where Do I Begin? and a Linky or Two.

So I have been super busy in my classroom. Everyday this week. Four days this week, one day was a beach day! I have a few pictures for you, well two. I went crazy shopping at the TPT sale earlier this week, way too crazy. I hope to do a more appropriate shout-out soon. If the students were to enter the room tomorrow (I know it is Saturday) I would be alright with that. I need to start writing things down. Doesn't somebody have a linky for that?
Here is my word wall, well at least the beginning of it, it is now finished but I did not photograph it.

And the math Common Core on ribbon that is all over Pinterest.

A lot more has gone on in that room of mine, will take some photos on Monday. We are meeting as a fourth grade team Monday. Then it is off to meetings for me! Students return the 28th!



Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

ALL About the Giveaways This Weekend!

Just in case you haven't been over to Teaching, Life, and Everything in Between stop by, she is having a great math giveaway!
She also just opened her TPT store, so go and check it out!
Have a great Sunday everyone.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Another Giveaway at Tonya's Treats for Teachers!

Tonya over at Tonya's Treats for Teachers is having another SUPER fun giveaway!
Make sure to check it out before tomorrow morning.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Another Busy Day...classroom rug, photo updates, and cool products! (And a few shameless plugs.)

My classroom is beginning to feel like a classroom, many thanks to my husband (Super Hot Peppers), and a few more thanks go out to our fantastic custodial crew!
Here are a few pictures to update you all on the progress:
(If you want to see a before, you could peep a few of the photos in a prior post.)
Our meeting area. My friend over at Fair Weather Furniture is going to help me make
a bench and a couple o' stools. One of the amazing custodians grabbed
that wonderful longish-tallish bookshelf for me.

This is a shot towards my desk. I love the round table in the center of the room,
 it was the hubster's idea. Orbiting around the center table are 6 groups
 of 4 tables (I currently have 23 students.)

As I am sure you all know, hanging items on walls can sometimes be tricky.
That is all I am going to say.
I did pick up the carpet/rug at Home Depot--not a bad price either. I like it.

I also would love to take a minute to thank Tori over at Tori's Teacher Tips for the
fantastic Animal Election and Math Daily 3 bundles. I have looked them over and can hardly wait to use them in my classroom!

I was also lucky enough to grab Writing Task Cards from Tonya's Treats for Teachers, you should make sure and check out her almost 500 giveaway!

I am also anxiously and patiently waiting to hear from Creating and Designing for my new blog design--I can hardly wait!

Well, I need to buy some printer ink.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Day of Work and Tonya's Giveaway!

OOOOOPPPPHHHHH, I am pooped. My husband and I spent the day arranging furniture in the classroom, it looks amazing!
I will grab some photos tomorrow. Right now I wanted to share some exciting 500 follower news over at Tonya's Treats for Teachers make sure to check it out!

I must get to TJ Maxx, Kohl's, and Home depot!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Just Found Out About This...

I just found out about this cool giveaway over at Yay Third Grade! I didn't even know these amazing planners existed until about 20 minutes ago, I sure hope I win. I want you to go check it out and enter (sorta)!
Here is the Erin Condren link Erin Condren Planners.

Another First for Me!

Joinin' up with Farley's Currently at Oh' Boy 3rd Grade.
I am SUPER happy that I figured this out. I usually get frustrated and just give up--yay me!

So here it is:

My First Fabulous Find Friday!

I am excited to join the Fabulous Find Friday!
Joanne Fabrics is having a HUGE sale, 70% off fabric remnants--ALL weekend!
All of their organizational items are also on sale (50%)--the wonderful things to help keep everyone in the classroom organized.
Classroom and teacher items are 50% off too!
I got pretty lucky, I also had a 25% off coupon which led to me saving $26.47! Sweet!
Here is the fabric a grabbed for my bulletin boards


the boarders I grabbed for bulletin boards--they are kitty approved!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Another moving day!

Hello All! I just wanted to let you all in on an amazing giveaway happening over at Tori's teacher tips

She has created two super cool and relative units/activites for you and your students to enjoy!
Make sure to head on over and check it out!
Tori's Teacher Tips, you can tell her I sent you!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Whoa, I didn't even think about teaching today...wait, that's not true.

What a busy day, it is moving time here in college land. Many of our friends are moving to new places, some just up the street, others to new cities--how exciting.
One of our friends just finished her PhD and is heading onto a new teaching adventure, sad for me, but also very lucky! She was getting rid of many, many items that will be incredibly useful in my classroom. I will upload a few pictures of my haul tomorrow. I am planning on heading into my classroom tomorrow to do a little work.

I am also going to try out the Vistaprint stuff tomorrow...maybe I will be able to grab that nice Groupon deal many folks are blogging about.

I  am also pretty excited, I shaved about 50 seconds off my 2.6 mile time (since last Wednesday)!

Many, Many thanks to all of new followers!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Oh and A Busy Day in Blogland!

I can see how this blogging thing can take over my entire day!
What will I do when school starts back up? I think I
am going to have to give myself some rules...

...but for now there is some exciting stuff going on!
Michelle over at No Monkey Business
is celebrating 500 followers with a fantastic giveaway.
She also has amazing ideas and a fun blog, all the more reasons to check it out!
(You will be glad you did!)

If you need a little fourth grade news, head on over to Fierce in Fourth with Ashley Nicole!
She is having an exciting 100 followers giveaway--CONGRATULATIONS!

WOW! Good Morning to Me!

Now that I have my three miles in, I can properly thank and be excited about all of the bloggy love I received while I was sleeping.
Let me start by saying, "What? An award for Back in Fourth? Shucks, thank you so much Miss Doliboa at Fashionably in First Grade. You sure made my morning!"

Here is my very first award

Thank you Fashionably in First Grade for my Versatile Blogger Award!

Seven Random Facts:

1.  I run at least a mile every day. I have logged 486.27 miles so far this year.
2.  I have taught in 4 different states.
3. I love ellipsis...
4.  I am a horrible speller!
5. I have a dog named Gobi (after my favorite Indian food Aloo Gobi).
6.  I have a goal of doing yoga on a stand up paddle board. (soonish)
7.  I think it is really difficult to make words come out of my fingers (writing).

I would like to nominate the following bloggers with this award and you must complete the following:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Include a link to their blog
3. Include the award image in your post
4. Give seven random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award
6. When nominating, include a link to their blog
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated
Versatile Blog Nominations...

I will be letting you all know shortly! I am really excited to share this adventure with all of you!

Monday, July 30, 2012

My First Purchases from TpT

Happy evening to everyone! I just thought I would share my wonderful purchases from the
Thanks to Michelle at Teach 123 for blogging and sharing!

Here are some of the items I received great deals on:
Back to School Book by Ashleigh's Education Journey
Beginning of the School Year Checklist for Teachers  by Scipi's Specials
 Back To School Fraction Blast Strategy Game  by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings   
 Back to School Procedures for Morning Routines
Book Report Trifold Use With Any Novel by Button

Such fantastic resources! There is still time to go and check out the sale!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

First Day Jitters Link Up

How exciting! I think I figured out (finally) how to link up with my fellow bloggers!
Here are my first day jitters: 1. It has been a few years since I have had my own classroom, what if I don't remember what to do? I am already having dreams about this! 2. Fourth grade math--yikes! The majority of my teaching has been in first grade, I have been brushing up on my fourth grade math. 3. What if my meeting area just doesn't work out? It will be in such an odd place. Currently I do not have a carpet--I hope I can get one.

Exciting Shopping to Wake Up To!

I don't know about all of you, but I am sure glad I stopped by creating and teaching this morning. Erin has created some amazing calendar cards, make sure to stop by and check them out!

I sure am glad I did!

I am also doing a CRAZY amount of shopping with all of the teachers in the Lesson Cloud--amazing deals! You all should check it out!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

As I mentioned before, I am very new to this blogging thing. I started my blog just this month.
I look forward to reading more from all of you!

I am joining quite a few folks for the Newbie Blog Hop!

1. what state you are in
2. your current teaching position
3. your teaching experience
4. when you started blogging
5. share a blogging tip / blogging resource

1.  I currently live in Connecticut.

2.  I will be teaching 4th grade this year.

3.  I have been teaching for 12 years, 5 were in first grade, 2 in second grade, 2 K-8 health and yoga teacher, 1 in fourth (long term substitute), 1 K-10 challenge and enrichment teacher, and 1 year out of the classroom as an early childhood specialist.

4.  I started blogging in July 2012.

5. Read many blogs--for inspiration and courage!

Exctiting Classroom Visit

So exciting! I stopped by my classroom to do a little looking around. I sketched out the room so now I can begin playing around with desk and furniture placement. I took a few before photos:

I also got to meet our new principal and see a couple of colleagues--what a great day!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Link up! First Time!

Hello Everyone! I am working on this blog-thing here and I thought what a great idea to link up with Mrs. Lemons and introduce myself. So here we go...

I am returning to the classroom this year, I worked as an Early Childhood Specialist for a year--I missed the kiddos too much!

I have run at least a mile every day since January 1st, 2012.

I want to blog, but I think I am afraid to.

I have taught in Los Angeles and New York City.

I want to do yoga on a stand up paddle board.

I have a super cool husband.

I am really excited to be teaching fourth grade in the fall!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hello fellow bloggers! I am incredibly new to this, I would LOVE suggestions on who to contact or how to create a blog that looks as amazing as some of yours!
Coming soon...