Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Getting Ready For A New Year..

One of my favorite things to to..to get ready for the new year,
 is find a really AMAZING calendar!
I usually put  personal stuff like my appointments, kids school stuff, and birthdays on my cell phone!
Then I like to find a really unique one for the house.  I was so happy to find so many gorgeous  hand made calendars on etsy..So hard to choose just one.
planner 2012
2012 Calendar - 12 Original Hand Printed Designs
Etsy.com This is my favorite so far! 
Birds in the Tree Calendar 2012  printable PDF files
2012 Watercolor Calendar
Linda and Harriet.com


Thursday, December 22, 2011

My 3rd grade team decided to watch
                 The Polar Express       
tomorrow with our students in our Pajamas, have chocolate milk, and eat some cookie trains with marshmallows & whipped cream..
           I can't wait..
We even have a little "bell" for each one of them (thanks Susan)
                                  How stinkin' cute is that?
...I finished all my lesson plans for the week we return already!
 I'm set, now I just have some last minute things to get, tons of wrapping to do, and about a dozen people to visit..aahhhhh.
There is one thing lingering on "my to do list" and its BIG, its IMPORTANT and I need some help...My little girl is turning 8, 
.. I'm going to celebrate her birthday with her in her classroom! 
So far, so good, right??
well.... I have to read a book to her class (2nd Grade) 
Which book do I choose?
 I want the book to be perfect, funny, cute, ...
 (I cant believe I'm stumped. I read books aloud all day every day.)
What do you think? What is your favorite read-a-loud?

and...does anyone else invite parents in to read stories for birthdays? Such a GREAT idea!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

what i'm loving..

            Just a few things I'm loving this Wednesday!
            All photos are added from my Pinterest Board
            Dear Santa....hint hint!
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

whoooo, hoooo!

This is a very sweet award. Thank you Miss T @ http://journeyofasubstituteteacher.blogspot.com/
The goal of the Liebster Award is to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers. 
The rules are:
{1} Copy and paste the award on your blog.
{2} Thank the giver and link back to them.
{3} Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Charmed in the Third Grade 

Third Grade Rock Star



Adventures In Teaching

Monday, December 19, 2011

Elf Lesson Plans

Here is the link to the lesson plan page (its a little hard to find) ..
Click on the schoolhouse!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Elf On The Self


If you are enjoying 
Elf on the Shelf 
at home or at school, 
you have to check out the adorable website! 

It is full of grade appropriate lesson plans for math and literacy, plus there are the cutest activities and puzzles.
(who knew??lol)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What does Teaching Fashionista want for Christmas?

While pinning and stalking and searching for the perfect Christmas gifts! 
I made a new friend and found the ULTIMATE friendship bracelets!
Monika makes these adorable handmade friendship bracelets!
                               I'm in heaven..
On her blog, The Doctor's Closet you'll find all the latest trends 
(great gift ideas,handmade jewelry, )
Her etsy shop is  BFrend. Here you can purchase all of her amazingly trendy handmade, stackable bracelets!  They  come in a variety of colors & STYLES!  
Did I mention...
 how terrific these little "jems" look on the wrist stacked up with your chunky watch?? 
I'm thinking turquoise...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

S u n d a y: S p l u r g e OR S t e a l

Hey all! 
It is MariaMaria 
and I don't know about you, but 
my Classic Uggs are still my 

Whats not to love?
>>>>Comfortable (Love that furry lining)<<<<
>>>Functional (Did I mention that lining? Keeps feet warm & toasty)<<<<<

Each year the Australians find a way to tweak their classic boot 
and pairing them with a leg-warmer!? 

Tularosa Route Detachable
TULAROSA $250 @ Ugg

or try something a little different, 
Steve Madden's take on the Ugg
Ace Boot (Tan)
Steve Madden ACE $49.95 @ DSW

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

mitten notepads

We have started making some
CUTE holiday crafts!
This one was very simple...
Cut out and trace a mitten
on hard card stock.
Let your students
decorate & color.
Put a few magnetic sticker strips
on the back.
Add half pack of mini post-its!
P-E-R-F-E-C-T gift!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

S u n d a y: S p l u r g e OR S t e a l

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas... but def NOT feeling like Christmas here in NYC with temperatures still rising into the 60s. 
"Let it snow Let it snow Let it snow"

This in-between-weather has me pulling my lightweight jackets back out of the closet (ok, it is really an excuse to shop for a new one!
Check out mariamaria's new fav. 
Would you splurge or steal?
Burberry Brit Toggle Front Duffle Coat
Mid-Grey Melange 

SPLURGE - Burberry Brit Toggle Front Duffle Coat
@ $895 def a splurge - just touch the super-soft wool! Find it at Nordstrom.

Merona® Wool Toggle Front Coat - Assorted Colors.Opens in a new window
Dark Heather Gray
STEAL - Merona Wool Toggle Front Coat
@ $41.99 def a steal! - must check out the details inside & out! Find it at Target.

Have You heard About the Christmas Pickle?

The Christmas Pickle

The basic premise is this: on Christmas Eve, you lay out the pickle ornament in front of the tree with the milk and cookies for Santa. Then, Santa hides the pickle ornament. In the morning, the first person to find the pickle ornament receives an extra present from Santa! (candy,book,ornament)

Pin, Post, and Poem all from a super blog:
 la buena vida!
                                           I have seen Pickles at: Target - Pier 1 - Macy's!
To start a tradition that will surely last,
here's the story about the pickle of glass.
The night before Christmas it's hung on the tree
Santa does it secretly.
And on Christmas morning when you arise,
the first to find it gets a sweet surprise.
A family tradition for all to share,
you'll look for the pickle year after year

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Check out what all of these AMAZING bloggers are doing!
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We love Mo Willems..

My son (5yrs old) loves Mo Willems..
Actually, I do also.. We recently FOUND the
mo willems website & blog..http://mowillemsstuff.blogspot.com/
 Check out all of this awesome stuff? http://www.areyougame.com/images/large/lg01347.jpg

My FaVorIte has to be this...OMG!  A mo willems app..YaY!

YOU make up your own stories and learn to draw the Pigeon with Mo!
And don't forget to SHAKE THE PIGEON!

Currently available for ipod touch, iphone, & ipad here.

3rd Grade Book Projects

Book Projects ( Book Reports) can be creative and fun for all students.
For many kids, they are dreaded and tedious. It doesn't have to be that way! 
I have found ways to give them a love for reading and evaluating their books without the stress of
it feeling like a drag to them. Through the years, I have found new and exciting ways to bring books to life, especially through reading and writing projects. First, I make sure they choose a book that interests them.
It needs to be appropriate for their grade level, a book too hard will be frustrating for them, and a book too easy will be boring and not as educational. Each day they read a certain amount of the book at home/school. Upon completion of the book they start their project, everyone is working on different things at different times which is OK! The project must be done by MY assigned date and ready to present for the
BOOK PROJECT GALLERY. (usually one months time)
Hands on activities allow for their multiple intelligences to shine through for those kids who need more kinesthetic activities. Asking them to apply something out of the book to what they know in life teaches them to read between the lines, so to speak. If the opportunity is there, some might publish a review on line,or write to the author. The possibilities are endless. I try to add things to the book project list that we have done in class, or cool things depending on the genre or even time of year! If you have students who hate book reports, don't call it that. Call it something else. They can do "book exploration" or "reading projects".
It really is amazing, you will see how wonderful the reading discussions become as they share their projects, get ideas, and connect to literature. My favorite thing to see is a book project that is produced after literature circles, 5-6 students use the same book but the different projects they choose to make show off their talents and interests so wonderfully!
Teaching kids to read and analyze information is vital to their understanding in the real world as adults.
They will benefit from it for a very long time.
 My next attempt will be to try 10 technology book projects this looks AMAZING!!
I will be sure to post about it!!
Here are some pictures from the Book Project Gallery: