Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013 - Honoring Those Who Served This Great Nation!

On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the west lawn of the Capitol. The concert is broadcast on PBS and NPR. Music is performed, and respect is paid to the men and women who gave their lives for their country.  
For many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands and an overall military theme with the National Guard and other servicemen participating along with veterans and military vehicles from various wars.
Because Memorial Day is generally associated with the start of the summer season, it is common tradition to inaugurate the outdoor cooking season on Memorial Day with a barbecue.
For me personally, Memorial Day is a day in which I do not have to look for a veteran to hug and thank because they are here with me every day.  I am both thankful and proud to say that both of my sons have served our country and they both served during the Iraqi War. Their grandfather, Boyce Thomas, was one of the first to hit the beaches of Normandy in WWII and I typed up his memoirs.  I didn't realize until I read what he wrote what those soldiers went through from a first hand experience.  It is a miracle from what I typed up from him that he came home at all.     
Thank you Justin and Aaron for answering the call to defend this great nation for all of us.  

Friday, May 24, 2013

Five for Friday {Linky Party .. May 24th}

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(1) Well, my week did not start off on a positive note, but it sure had to go up from here, right?  Last weekend our finished basement flooded from the flash floods we were having in GA.  It was 4 AM and we had flash flood warnings and I guess all of them decided they wanted to be in my basement?  We did everything we could to salvage things but it didn't work for us at all.  We have home insurance with Liberty Mutual and they didn't cover any of the damage.  So we are not going to be doing business with Liberty Mutual much longer because they never finished my basement repairs from 2007 when we had a pipe burst under the slab.  Sorry Liberty Mutual but we are no longer doing business with you!  Here is what my carpet looked like and it was a mess.  


(2) On the brighter side, this was the last week of school and my class had a GREAT celebration for the end of the school year.  Yes, today was my last day of school and I am so glad.  

Trying to pick up candy with a straw!

(3) On the last day of school at Midway we have a "final walk" for our fifth graders and it can be a very emotional time.  We see kids come to us in kindergarten and then before you know it they are taking the "final walk" right before your eyes.  Some kids cry when they take their "final walk" and some happily rejoice in moving on.  Where does the time go?

"Final Walk" this afternoon!

(4) I had some wonderful parents this year that took good care of me and gave me some of the cutest gifts.  My sweet Eleanor brought me this adorable polka dot drinking container with the crystal light.  The suntan lotion is something you can never have too much of isn't it?  Oh, it also had jolly rancher jellies and they are all gone!  YUMMY!

Summer Vacay Here I Come!

(5) Today after school I came running in to see how Ashley's fundraiser is going on her blog for the teachers in Oklahoma.  A large group of teachers that I know all came together and donated some of our products to help out the teachers in Oklahoma after their terrible tragedy struck.  Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they piece their lives back together.  If you click on the picture below you too can help out and donate!  If you donate you will receive $250.00 in TpT products free for your generosity!    

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Love To All and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!



Monday, May 13, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted Linky with Flying Into First Grade!

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Linky Questions

1.  What made you decide to become a teacher?
I can't remember not wanting to be a teacher to be honest.  I remember as a little girl I would line up all of my stuffed animals and write on my green chalkboard.  Yep, I am ancient, I didn't have computers, iPads or Activeboards.  We had chalkboards and that is all we had except for old school typewriters.  
2. What has been your most rewarding experience as a teacher?
When I started teaching Special Needs Preschool, I found this to be so rewarding.  I saw children walk, talk and feed themselves for the first time.  The age group for SNP is between three and five years old.  There was a little girl named Maggie in my class that was hearing impaired.  She had never been taught to communicate so she was quite a challenge.  I taught her sign language and she learned to communicate for the first time and I remember it so clearly.  The very first sign she learned was "bubbles" and her eyes got very big and she kept signing bubbles over and over again.  After that she would pull me in the floor and grab my sign book and sign "teach me" over and over.  She is now attending Gallaudet and I told her Mom she would go there when she was only 3 years old.  I am friends with her on facebook now and it is so awesome to see life come so alive for her over 20 years later.       
3. If you were not a teacher, what would you be?
If I were not a teacher I would love to be a Graphics Designer but all I can draw are stick people and they don't sell very well!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Five For Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

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Well, we are down to TEN DAYS and I can't wait for school to be out and summer to be here!  I know that some of you have to go longer and I feel for you.  This was a CRAZY week at school with doing Field Day and the weather was actually yucky.  This was actually the first Field Day that I can remember ever having to wear a jacket because it was cold and rainy.  

Field Day at Midway

Yep, this is my dissected Otterbox case for my iPhone.  The charger cover came off and I had to take pics of it so that they would send me a new one.  It is on the way and I can't wait to get it and replace this old one. 

Otterbox Case Replaced

Anna made the cutest Pirate Packet and we took full advantage of the moment.  I ran to Dollar Tree and grabbed the Pirate Hat, Pirate Eye Patch and the Pirate Hook for my kiddos.  I put a picture of an old pirate ship onto my Whiteboard and took pics of all the kids for fun to end the week.

A Mean Pirate

This week was really busy and crazy and the most exciting thing happened.  My little guy (my grandson) had his picture taken with his cap and gown on.  Doesn't he look so handsome?  I love him more then anything in the world and I am so proud of him for being such a super kindergartener!  

Grandson's K Graduation!

So, this is my newest desktop decoration and I love it and my kids walk by and know if it is correct the minute they look at it.  If I come in that morning and forget to change it they hand me the marker to take care of it!  LOL  I think they want out of school more then teachers do?

Okay, I have a bonus for the FIVE FOR FRIDAY folks that is guaranteed to make you laugh and watch it again.  ENJOY!

Okay, time for the weekend and getting some much needed rest and hoping for no excitement for two days!  Have a great weekend everybody!!!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Science Sunday! Get Ready for Some Landform FUN and a SALE on TpT!

To make the volcano just use paper mache.  I use a blender with water and newspaper to make the mixture.  Have them make the landform by hand and let it dry on a surface (I use the small white tubs from Walmart).  Then we paint our volcano with tempera paint and let it dry.  

You can also use clay to make your volcano landform but the paper mache is more fun for the kids and cheaper too.  For the little small container that needs to go in the middle I go to the dollar tree and grab some really small plastic cups or go to any place that still uses film canisters for 35mm film.  You will also need red and yellow food coloring to make the red lava.  The last two items you need are vinegar and liquid dish washing soap.  

The most important part of doing this inside the classroom is to be prepared to clean up someone's overflowing volcano and have plenty of paper towels on hand!  I do this with groups of five children in each group and try to have enough plastic tubs for the volcanos to dry in so that when all the ingredients erupt it stays within the tub.  I also do one group's volcano at a time so that the fun last longer and the attention is given to the group that created the volcano. 


Here we go!  Lets get ready for some volcano fun!

1. Put the small cup or film canister into the top of the volcano
2. Add two spoonfuls of baking soda into the container
3. Add about a spoonful of dish soap into the container
4. Add about five drops of red and five drops of yellow food coloring into the container
5. Add about an ounce of vinegar into the container and watch what the volcano erupt!  It erupts really quick so be ready!

Inquiring minds will want to know:

What if you have more vinegar then baking soda, does it make it better?

What is you have more baking soda then vinegar, does it make it better?

What is a chemical reaction? (older kids of course)

Does the shape and size of my volcano make the "lava" go in a different direction?

Please don't forget that it is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Teachers Pay Teachers will be having a sale this week.  The sale is on May 7th and 8th so come on over and empty out your "wishlist"!!!  


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Currently with "Oh Boy 4th Grade"

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I look forward to coming home each day from school and just being at home.  It is nice to be home and have total silence and not hear 24 first graders saying my name every 30 seconds.  I love them all dearly but I love silence after I get home too. 

How many more days do you have before you are out of school.  I have a picture on my desk at school that is counting down the days for me.  I usually don't even bother counting them down but this year is special.  

I am looking so forward to working on my TpT "DO" list for the summer and getting some products redone that I created when I first began.  I need to write an apology note to those who purchased my first products.  Do you ever feel that way too?

I have not scheduled a vacation to anywhere in specific but it sure would be nice to go somewhere just to bask in nothingness for a long weekend or a week!