Friday, July 27, 2012

I Recommend Friday!

"...why take when you could be giving; why watch as the world goes by?  It's a hard enough life to be living; why walk when you can fly!" ~ Mary Chapin Carpenter

I feel like I'm flying today.  I realized today just how extra lucky I am.  I'm so proud of my friends, of my school, of my family, and of all those things that I truly recognize as little blessings like that rainbow I saw on my way home tonight!  Take a look and see what you can see!

I've got two resouces that I've been using all week that I'd like to recommend:
Recommendation One - Lettering Delights! I've spent a great deal of time today making all those most necessary labels that make my classroom feel a bit special.  I've snagged them up at Lettering Delights for pretty cheap if you are just using them for your classroom.  If you use them commercially they are a bit more.  The website is:  I've been using the Silly Snowman Font...super cute...very loud...sounds like me!!

Recommendation Two - Okay, I'm kind of silly.  This has absolutely nothing to do with my third grade class and as I type this I think, "oh yes it does!!"  I run:  for pleasure, for ideas, instead of doing something else to relieve stress...and I am totally in love with my BROOKS SHOES!! 

Adrenaline ASR 8

Check out my fabuloso shoes at
Remember to do something everyday for you.  It's not's necessary.  Blessings to all of my new friends and to everyone for your love and support!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thanks for the Award!

Thank you to my new friend Amy at Adventures in Teaching for this fun award. 


Here are my 7 random facts about 'lil old me:
1)  I have three grown children ranging in age from 27 to 21 and am the proud "little grandma" to one fabulous 4 year old grandbaby Kayla;
2)  I have been teaching my whole life but have had my own classroom 7 years.  I have a special son who taught me that it was better to stay at home and figure out this thing we call Autism before entering the teaching was something that I learned the most from and would never change;
3)  I have an imagination that never quits.  I swear my brain never truly goes to sleep...creating is my passion;
4)  I'm deathly afraid of stuck 3 times...3 strikes your out;
5)  I "met" my husband years before I met him...I was working in a nursing home in a total care unit while going to school and one of my darling residents kept yelling "Teed".  I always wondered who/what that was until years later when I met and married Mr. Teed;
6)  The mantle that we have above our fireplace was from my kindergarten teacher's husband knew my kindergarten teacher and her family...spooky isn't it...I think it was all in God's plan;
7)  I am a champion polka dancer with my little brother...yup...we can still kick up our heals!

Now to some newbies...Not necessarily new blogs but new designs for sure...check them out!

Honey Bunch Blog Designs newest member!!






Check my new friends out!!  Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Happy Wednesday!

"Fill your mind with truth.  Fill your heart with love.  Fill your life with service."  ~Thomas Monson

I spent some good, quality time with my grown son today.  It makes me appreciate time...time to just take a breathe and sit with the people you love, time to reflect, time to challenge, time to learn, time to teach, time to just allow yourself the pleasure of sitting.  What a magnificent morning!

I headed off to school after my nice morning to, hopefully, make a difference in someone else's life.  What we do as teachers is for the betterment of our students.  Always in my mind is the thought..."they're gonna love this!" or "I can't wait for them to see this..." or "This is going to help them make those important connections...".  We do it for our students out of love for them.  I call that service.  I hope we can all spend sometime reflecting on giving back to another...for me there is nothing better than that.  Blessing to you my friends!

P.S.  Here are a few snapshots of my room as it unfolds!  Enjoy!

 Thanks to my dear friend Nikki at Melonheadz Illustrating for making these fabuloso makes me look so good, Nikki:).

Friday, July 20, 2012

I Recommend Friday!

"...Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life.  Each year has grown better than the last one."

Another wonderful day.  This has just been a great summer.  Today I was part of a great Teacher Appreciation Day given by Nasco Corporation. (   It is a world-wide company and I'm proud to say that it was founded here in Wisconsin by a teacher!  The day was absolutely unbelieveable; a great time to talk among some great teachers, learn about new products, and receive oodles and oddles of fun things.  I have a new product to pass along as well as a few things I've created that you may want to take a peek at.
 1)  Recommendation One - Smart-fab.  This is a disposable fabric that can be used in oodles of ways in your classroom.  It's colorful, durable and easy to work with.  You can use it again and again.  It is a cross between cotton fabric and paper...sort of reminds me of landscape fabric.  I found out how great it looks on a bulletin board but can be used for many, many crafty projects in your classroom.  I got a sample at the Nasco Teacher Appreciation today!  Check it out.
2)  Recommendation Two - Rocks...Love them!  A little story...My grandbaby Kayla got out her favorite book yesterday, she's four, and sat down on a rock to read outside my house.  When I asked her why she was reading on a rock she looked at me sort of dumbfounded and said, "little grandma, this is my reading rock!!"  What a great idea.  My fabulous hubby came up with the slogan...Be a rock solid reader and taadaa...It's my new reading rock for the Daily Five!

3)  Recommendation Three - Mod Podge...Okay you probably already know about this fabulous product but I took a few minutes to create with it yesterday and it's absolutely wonderful.  Mod Podge is a medium like glue but it also contains some lacer for a soft finish.  It is a permanent medium.  I actually adhered the label on my rock with this product...just brush it on!  Check it out at

 Mod Podge
                                                                  Here's my creation:

It's made from a wood walk-way that I purchased for really cheap at Menards, where else?!  I made the words on my computer, stained my board with very strong tea, positioned my words and colored paper and done!  I'm going to keep this in my classroom and refer back.  The ideas with Mod Podg are endless.

Thanks for reading, friends!  Hope everyone has a great, safe, fun weekend!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Star is Born!

      "Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." ~Harriet Tubman

Another day of working in my classroom.  Today I decided to work on a project near and dear to my star students.  I am a believer in the importance of making each kiddo feel special and for that reason I have the Star Student for Two Weeks.  This year my STAR is going to sit in the star desk; a desk designed just for the star.  I found this fabulous friend on the side of the road...matching chair and all.  I didn't need to repaint but just added the stencil stars to it.  I put my star chart on the front of the desk and created new names and labels to go inside.  Each student who sits at this desk will fill in the chart by answering the questions about favorites.  Answers are put on individual stars that I will pick up soon at my favorite teacher store (these large stars are made out of cardboard and can be used for bulletin boards).  The star chart will be filled with pictures of that student.  Each star student gets a special bookmark and pencil, gets to write in our new journal, gets his/her favorite snack, can sit in the desk when free time permits, and during the Daily 5 is able to sit at this desk to read.  I took a few pics so you could see the finished product.  I think it looks pretty spectacular!  What about you?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The New School Year Makes me Giddy...

"...happiness is found in the little things...take a look around you...what is it that you see?  There's someone who makes those little things possible...BELIEVE!" ~ anonymous

Amen...thank you my Lord for watching out for me and truly knowing what is right for me.  I am blessed.

I am an extremely blessed teacher.  Sometimes when things get challenging both in and out of the classroom it's hard to realize those blessings but ultimately I know that I am loved and cared for.  Nothing makes me happier than the start of a new school year.  The signs of school are in the air all around me and I'm a nut about new crayons, new notebooks, and all those crazy fun baskets I just think I need to have.  My head goes crazy with the promise of a new year, all those new, fun ideas and of course creating a room that will invite my thirdsters in!  I took a few pics of some things I'm working on in my room...what do you think??!!

 My new wind chimes from Menards for my Daily Five!  I love the stand and of course the sunflower.
 My new listening and writing area along with my new writing board made from that write-on contact paper.
 This is my writing center and my Word Work area...the cheap shelves compliments of Walmart!
My little park and read area.  Got the "fake tree" from the local St. Vincent store.  The fun orange watering will be a Word Work game...A Sprinkling of Words. 
Like I said...I'm loving the prep work for the new year.  Thanks for all your inspiration my teacher/blogger friends.

Friday, July 13, 2012

I Recommend Friday and Where Has the Week Gone?

"...But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them..."~Jim Croce
My fabulous staff and I have been in class all week learning about the Daily Five.  We've learned so  much and it's truly made my mind spin...My apologies for not having done any blogs this week.  That won't happen again (at least that's my plan!!)
Here are my recommendations for the end of the week:
Recommendation Number One - Play store!  This is my seventh year of teaching and even in year one when things were all scrambled in my brain I knew I wanted to play store in my classroom to practice addition and subtraction skills as well as do some fabulous creating and writing.  It continues to be a highlight of my year as my students get their own checkbook and create a store that others shop at.  Here's how it works:  I introduce the idea of creating their own store and we brain storm about possible store ideas.  The sky is the limit on this.  If they want to have a store that contains only guinea pig things that's fabulous.  It doesn't matter.  Once the ground rules are set I send home the document below as homework.  They return it the next day.  During math time I give everyone a store, another students store paper, and scratch paper.  They "shop" at the store by deciding what they want to buy, adding up the purchase on the paper provided and ....the best part ever...checking their math skills on our very old vintage REAL cash register that gives them their own receipt.  They check to see if their answer matches the receipt.  If their answer is wrong they need to correct it.  If they have the correct answer they have the option of making another purchase with this store or changing with another student to do more shopping in another store.  They don't realize how much fun practicing math facts can be!  Weeks later, when we are very proficient at the store system I introduce writing checks with their own checkbook.  When they make a purchase they write out their own check and subtract their purchase from their balance.  Again, such great fun and what better way to practice these skills than to shop!!
Science Gr 3 Cootie CatchersRecommendation Number Two - Fortune Tellers/Cootie Catchers - Have your student used Fortune Tellers (also known as Cootie Catchers) to practice math facts, vocabulary words, parts of speech...the list goes on and on.  If you haven't here's a great book at a low price to help you construct them: 
Take a look!
Recommendation Number Three I don't know about you but I can always use shelving.  That can get expensive and it can also be hard to find just the right shelf that has the right dimensions for your space.  I recommend making a quick and easy shelf using cement blocks and prefinished shelving.  I got mine at Menards. I spray painted my cement blocks to give them a bit of prettiness.  The nice thing about these shelves is that they can be moved quickly and put anywhere in your room.

Here is a picture from Pinterest that shows  the block and shelves. 
Cinder Block Shelf

 Thanks for reading!  Next week is a new week filled with lots of new opportunities and a time to make what's wrong right, to learn and grow and love.  Happy Friday, everyone!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

It's the Little Things....

"...Life is too short to be anything but happy!"'

I'm SO happy today!  First, it's a lot cooler.  Second, I found a few things for my classroom at Dollar Tree and Target.  Third, I just downloaded Casey Abram's new album (Get Out is currently on the radio) and it makes me so happy, Fourth, my Daily Five class starts tomorrow and I spent some time in school getting ready for it.  I realized how the simple things really make me so happy.

I found these cute little plastic bins at Dollar Tree. I'll be putting math prompts in them each day. My students will glue them into their new math journals and solve the prompt. I will have a note on the board to indicate how these prompts will be solved: individually, twosomes or perhaps small group depending on the prompt. Love the little bin and the design on the journals. Take a peek...
(I got the fabo font at )

Find the Casey Abrams CD at and itunes.  Join him on Facebook too!  So cool...okay, okay, I'm done talking about the CD ...did I mention it's go great especially if you like upbeat Jazzy music:)...okay, okay, I'm finally done!

Don't forget about my 'lil old sale at Teachers Pay Teachers; 15% off through tomorrow:   Have a great night everyone.

Friday, July 6, 2012


"If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours!  Live simply.  Love seriously.  Care deeply.  Speak kindly.  Leave the rest to God."

It's still hot today but I'm thinking that in another 24 hours we will all be able to breathe a little easier in Wisconsin anyway.  Now, if only we could get just a few raindrops...Oh step at a time!

I have a couple of recommendations on this fabulous Friday the 6th.  Here goes:
1)  Recommendation #1 - I'm getting obsessed with Fry's Phrases and found a great website that not only has Fry's Phrases but his word list made into flashcards that can be printed out for EACH grade level...woot, woot!!   Here's the link in case you'd like to go check it out:
2)  Recommendation #2 - Last school year I decided to introduce my students to a vocabulary word of the day.  These words were not necessarily third grade words but words I wanted them to remember and hopefully use in their writing.  Each day at Smart board opener I "revealed" the new vocabulary word.  We all have student dictionaries, exactly alike, and we looked the word up together.  We found the page it was found on and answered questions about this new vocabulary word including the guide word on the left and right, column, part of speech, meaning, syllables, opened or closed syllables, and ordinal number position it held in the column.  We put each new vocabulary word into a sentence.  I  wrote the new vocabulary word on my new wipe off board that I made.

I typed out all new vocabulary words and had them displayed around my room to refer to.  It was fun watching our list grow and we used these words throughout our school year.  We started with the word love and ended with the word goodbye.  Such a great vocabulary word journey for sure.

3) Recommendation #3 - I think my brand new lesson - a round flipbook about our world entitled:  Strike up the Band - Celebrating our Earthly Location is truly one of my best yet. celebrate it and the upcoming marching band season I am having a sale this weekend...15% off all my products through Sunday.  Go and take a peek.  Hopefully you will like it as much as I do.  Here's the link:

Thank you for making my first few weeks in blogland a true delight!!  You're the best!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Life of a Refrigerator Repair Guys Wife...

"Hot town, summer in the city; back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. Been down, isn't it a pity;
doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city. All around, people looking half dead walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head..." ~Lovin' Spoonful

Hope everyone had a fabulous July 4th.  My husband and I had an eventful one...he worked and I created on my computer.  Ahhh...the life of a refrigerator guys wife.  When the weather gets this hot and everyones air conditioners, refrigerators, walk-in coolers, fans, etc, etc, go out so does my hubby.  So...I won't complain but rather create.  I discovered lots about Fry's Phrases and got so pumped up about them that I decided to create the whole phrase packet for third grade.  I created them on labels so that I didn't have to fiddle around with text boxes and spacing.  I will give you a sample of my 'lil old creation below via my TpT store.
Those experiencing the excessive heat...please be safe.  Remember that this is a temporary, minor set back and like everything in this world, is a great time to step up, help out, and above all be extra thankful for the blessing we have in our lives.

Monday, July 2, 2012

There's Always Something to be Thankful For...

" it's cold outside..." ~Dean Martin (I'm hoping by typing it that it will come true!)

The entire Midwest is under a heat wave and it makes us all a little testy for sure!  Today was a day to there really anything good about today because it's Soooo hot!  The answer is always's time to help others, take in the cool air in your house, grab a good book or clean that area that you've been neglecting, talk to people on the phone, create some fun things for your classroom, text some of your best buds, and wait for the cool air (AND RAIN) to come in.  We appreciate things only when we don't have them.  Great lessons learned.  I had the opportunity to do a little shopping at my favorite store Dollar Tree today and take in their cool, cool air.  I picked up some wire baskets that I'll be putting in the middle of my new fabo hexagon tables.  I decided that each table will have a basket of extras...pencils, erasers, crayons.  Each table is going to be called some catchy name based on the colors...any suggestions??!!  I thought I'd show you what I purchased!
I also finished my milk crate seats in the super cool of my house...thanks Pinterest!  They were fun and easy to make and yes, yes, yes, Home Depot really does cut your plywood for you (and if you're a goon like me even does some measuring and suggesting!!)  Check this out:
Today was a hot day:  a day to create, shop, read, talk, and thank God for all my blessings!