Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I LOVE Mo Willems!

Yes!  I am happily married to Mr. Husband, but I still love Mo!

My students have been hard at work learning the routines of first grade!

The beginning of the year can be daunting with all of the training and procedures, but this year has been rainbows and butterflies thanks to Mrs. Cooley!

Last semester I purchased her Mo Willems author study on TPT.  I tried it out with my kids at the end of the year, and we L-O-V-E loved it!
(He's the Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie author)

I decided to begin my year with Mo.
My dream was that my newbies would fall in love with reading his books!

I have never seen students more engaged in a read aloud than when they are reading a Willems book.
And the activities in the pack are so much fun as well!
Our Thinking Caps from Hurray for Amanda and her Alligator

Straight from Mrs. Cooley's website:

The wondrous pigeon items included in this activity pack:
Paper pigeon craft-tivity idea (pg. 1)
Dear Mr. Bus Driver (pg. 2)
Speech bubble fill-in (pg. 3)
Pigeon Pictograph (pgs. 4-8)
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive...{class book idea} (pgs. 9-10)
Pigeon & Duckling mini stick puppets/large cut outs (pgs.11-13)
Which Type of Hot Dog Do You Like Best Graph (pgs.14-18)
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy think aloud suggestions, graphic organizer, writing paper (pgs. 19-21)
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late: P.J. Party Invitation and Coffee Cup (pgs. 22-24)
Giant Pigeon for bulletin board photo and descriptive word idea (pg. 25)
Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator Thinking Caps (pgs. 26-27)
Where is Knuffle Bunny Pop-Up Class Book idea with washing machine printable (pgs. 28-29)
Knuffle Bunny Art and writing activity idea (pg. 30)
Knuffle Bunny comparison chart (pg. 31)

If you haven't purchased the author study, you should! It's only a click away!

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, August 13, 2012


I have been MIA for a while, but I've got a good reason!  

I finally got to move into my new school last week.  

In Service began on Wednesday.

I am in the process of presenting two Professional Development sessions for my district. 

We had meet the teacher night tonight!  

(I am already loving my students! I don't want to jinx myself, but as of right now, I have ten students in my class.  I always say, the more the merrier, but bring on the one-on-one instruction! TEN! Can you even imagine?)

Here's a look at what I've been up to!

~A week in pictures~

Teacher's Heaven!

Exciting and exhausting!

What it looked like when I left that night. YIKES!
Work in Progress
Yes, the big blank wall is going to have a white board soon (I'm crossing my fingers!)
Teacher desk, cafe menu, and calendar wall


What'd you think?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Attention Texas Teachers

Howdy Bloggers!

Do you drink coke instead of soda or pop?

Are you fix'n to go to the store instead of fix'n things that are broken?

Do you wear cowboy boots and wranglers?

Do you find yourself saying Yeehaw and fine tooting?

You weren't born in Texas, but you got here as soon as you could?

Does the word ya'll roll off the tongue?

Do you have a cousin, brother, nephew, and uncle named Bubba?

Do you eat dinner for lunch and supper for dinner?

Are you a teacher in Texas?

If you said YES to one of the above questions (preferably the last one) LISTEN HERE:

Diane over at Teaching with Moxie is putting together a 
Texas Teacher Blog List!  
Click here or visit her blog for more details!


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