Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day - May 26th

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 23, 2014

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. May 23}

WooHooo!  It is that time again to link up with Doodle Bugs!

Oh Yeahhhhh!  My Summer arrived TODAY and school is officially out except for Post Planning!

We have had a FUN week in first grade for the end of the year!
My Room Moms did an awesome job of making it fun for the kiddos.  We made pudding cups with crumbled up vanilla wafers.  The vanilla wafers were the beach and we added gummy bears.  To top it all off we added a cute umbrella so that the gummy bears didn't get too much sun!  he he he…

Good grief that is a pile of gummies isn't it? Oh and you can't do a post on gummy bears without the gummy bear song, right?

For the last day of school I created this "bag tag" for my firsties and put some of those delicious swedish fish in them.  SO YUMMY!

At Midway we have an ageless and timeless tradition for our fifth graders every year.  It is called the "Fifth Grade Final Walk" and I have witnessed many of my students that I had in kindergarten and first grade do this walk.  I can tell you it is such a huge bag of emotions.  I am excited and feel such joy for them to accomplish this part of their education.  I am always so sad to see them go because I have watched them grow up before my eyes.  It's like saying goodbye to my own children and wondering what life will hold for them.  
 This year I walked out with two of my little girls (Heidy and Joselyn) and I have walked them out to the bus every single day.  I wasn't prepared for what was about to happen as I walked them out for the last time.  As the three of us walked together holding hands, Heidy looked up at me and said, "This is our final walk isn't it Ms. Thomas?"  Folks, I totally lost it and cried and hugged them so hard.  Oh gracious, I didn't see that one coming at all!

Fifth Grade Final Walk

Last but not least is our joyful and emotional goodbye as the buses drive out of the parking lot.  This is also another Midway tradition and this year I actually held it together enough to take a movie of it.  It might not mean much to others, but it sure means a lot to me.  It is the closing of another chapter in a book and doors opening for them that they can't even begin to imagine.  

Final Goodbyes 

Well, that wraps it up for me for this week and I am so glad it is a three day weekend because I need to be renewed over the weekend from this emotional week!

Have a GREAT weekend everyone and here's to new beginnings filled with joy and wonder!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bright Ideas Blog Hop! YEAH!!!

YEAHHHHH!!!  Another Bright Ideas Blog Hop and I do look forward to these each month!  

I have often wanted a place on the internet that I could go and share pictures, messages and events with my parents.  I wanted something that was private to all participants and free, well it was a nice thought anyway, right?

Well, I found this great article on Classhubz!  I was surprised that it met all of my requirements and more.  If you haven't checked it out you really should.  

Yes, you will have to register but it only takes a minute of your time.  You then create a Hub and invite your parents, students and more.  In Classhubz you can upload photos, documents and there is even a calendar to schedule events, conferences and more.  Trying to get that school supply list out to all of your parents?  Problem Solved!  Trying to share photos from the classroom? Problem Solved!  Wanting to share an important event on the calendar?  Problem Solved!  

 Click the Image to go to the Website

For MORE BRIGHT IDEAS from 150 different
bloggers, please browse through the link-up
below and choose a topic/grade level that
interests you. Thanks for visiting!   

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Booking Across the USA" With Charlie!

Traveling Along with "Growing Book by Book" Blog

click here to travel to Jodie's Book by Book website!

Another Great "Booking Across the USA"

Charlie is at it again and this time he's headed to the South!  Catch him if you can as he checks out the geography of the southern United States and learns about the cities, sites, products, and history that define the South.  Using the search-and-find format, Chuck Nitzberg has hidden Charlie in a series of wacky and colorful state maps. Among each state's major cities, monuments, natural resources, and historical figures, the careful reader can find Charlie before he races off to the next location. This unique combination of I-Spy, geography lesson, map reading, and trivia is jam-packed with information. Where will Charlie go next?  States included: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West and Virginia.

Publisher: Blue Apple Books

Georgia Flag

Did you find Charlie?  I did, but I had to look really hard to find him on the Georgia page in the book. 

Do you know where the Okefenokee Swamp is?  Do you know a place to pick Georgia peaches?  Can you locate a BIG cake?  Have you been to Jekyll Island and walked the beach?  Come discover Georgia's rich and captivating history through this book.  

One of the landmarks of Georgia that I view as instrumental in changing world views is the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King.  I have created a mini-book for children that you can download for free below.  It is a book for the children to add their own pictures.

Click Here to Download

I am so glad that you dropped by and I hope that you enjoy your free mini coloring book about Dr. King.  

Thank you Jodie for inviting me to participate in this project.  Please travel to Jodie's page to view the "giveaway".  Her page is in the post above.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Teacher's Appreciation Week!


TpT's Teachers SALE!  Come join us and empty out that "wishlist" that you have been saving!
The sale is May 6th and 7th of this week.  Remember to use your Promo Code TPTXO! 

Friday, May 2, 2014

"Currently" with Farley at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade!!!

I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for "Currently".

When I get home every afternoon I love to hear all the birds in my backyard going to all of my feeders and singing to say "thank you"!

That spring finally is here but so is the pollen.  I was so sick of winter and it felt like it was never going to go away, didn't it?

It's time to go canoeing out on the lake while the guys go kayaking.  

I am so anxious for school to be out for the summer.  Not that I won't miss my kiddos because I will.  I just love having summer to catch up on all of those TpT products I didn't get to make during the year.

I want the V.A. to pay my son what he is fairly due for serving his country and being disabled.  It will be five years in August and we are still waiting.  UGH!

Our Field Day was a complete success and the kids had so much fun today!

It's Friday and hoping everyone has a great weekend!