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CURRENTLY November

Halloween week is over…
with Red Ribbon Week and Trick or Treating… it was a crazy week for sure!!!
even today was a little crazy so that is why the Currently is just now being posted…

thanks to Kelly for being this month's sponsor
An Apple for the Teacher


LISTENING
I've said it before and I'm sure I will say it again… 
I love the Today Show… I record it every single day 
all 3 of them and I watch them when I get home…
I don't really watch them watch them… I really kinda have it on as background noise…
and I know I have a problem when Bub says… 
is Matt Lauer over yet???

HA HA HA 

LOVING
a cold front came through and it is perfect….
last night Trick or Treating was amazing…
no sweaty dripping stinky kiddos… I mean parents…
it really was the bestest Halloween weather I can ever remember…


Here is Bub in his Anakin costume… he is SUCH a Star Wars nerd… 
he was getting upset because people kept calling him Luke Skywalker
and they called his light saber a sword or flashlight…
OK people I can understand the Luke for Anakin… BUT come on…
a sword??? or flashlight??? 
I helped him understand that we have a lot of older people living around us
and they don't really understand Star Wars… 
that argument didn't work because he informed me that his MeMow (great grandma) 
knows it's a light saber and she is in her 80s… ok point taken… 
Game Set Match

THINKING
I had my spots checked on Thursday… and my lovely dermatologist
likes to practice carving on me… not really I really LOVE HER…
but she thought some of my spots needed to be removed…
OUCH… one vacancy is on the back of my left leg… upper thigh…
yeah well it hurts… and then I have 5 stitches on my right BUTT cheek…
yeah that's nice… so sitting is not easy… and neither is sleeping… 
OUCH OUCH OUCH… but it is a necessary thing to do when you are fair skinned
and full of freckles and moles

WANTING
new boots…
cool weather… means new boots right!!!

NEEDING
Bub's hives have JUST now gone away… 
if you didn't know…
Bub had hives for almost ALL of October… YAY… NOT
after several Drs visits and a few specialists later… we have it under control…
but while he was hive-n out… I could NOT let him get over heated… 
HELLO I live in TEXAS… central TEXAS… it is HOT ALL the time…
well not right now BUT while he was a giant HIVE it was HOT HOT HOT…
and that kinda eliminates our walks…
I walk with him in a big jogging stroller… 
he couldn't even ride in a Costco cart from the parking lot to the entrance 
without looking like a polk dotted patootie…
and now that his hives are on the outs and the weather is cooler… 
I can't wait to dust off the stroller and WALK!!!
and I need to pack…
not going to talk about that 
it stresses me out…
but it relates to the BIG FLOOD of the summer and 
us having to move out while our house FINALLY gets fixed… 
hmmmmm enough about that

READING
My favorite book right now… 





If you are looking for a book 
that can help you incorporate valuable virtues into your child's life, this book is for you.
Not only is my Bub excelling in October's focus virtue of being humble… 
but he is also living it… he is practicing it… he is DOING IT!!!
I have seen a HUGE difference…
FOR EXAMPLE…
a few weeks ago
he didn't win the Fire Poster Contest…
he wasn't even in the top 3… 
I know I know… I was surprised too… but that's how life goes…
well… he just lost it… he didn't win… the world was going to end… 
I started practicing some of the ideas from this book
and implementing them into our daily discussions
and this week when he won 3rd place for his Pumpkin Book Project… 
the first thing he did was congratulate his Buddy for winning 2nd…
I was a very proud Mamma…
I know if I had not seen this book
bought it
and started using it…
he would have had a VERY different reaction because he didn't win 1st!!!
I am soooo excited to read this month's chapter about having gratitude!!!
and I am also thinking about practicing these virtues in my classroom…
goodness gracious having gratitude and being humble is a lost art… right???
Ok now for the rules…
For the READING section…
what are you reading right now???
professional, personal, for fun…
what is it???
do you like it???


and now it is your turn…




Halloween Week… full of thanks and themes

 do you ever have an idea pop into your head and
you just hope and pray it doesn't leave you…
this is how these tags came about…
I have had this idea swirling in my head for a few weeks now and
after our carnival… I had to do it…
we often overlook our custodians during the busy days at school…
they have to put in extra work on our party days, festivals, and any other school function that produces extra trash and clean-ups
but before I show you what I came up with...

first let's talk about our carnival…
we are a very tiny school
about 3 teachers to a grade
some have 4
but when it comes to carnival time…
it takes all of our efforts to try and throw something fun for the kids…
most of us… take on our own booth…
the more the merrier RIGHT!!!
my booth was
Meet and Greet with the
TMNT
 It was a blast to have the
TMNTs at our school…
the kiddos LOVED it!!!
Our carnival is our number one
fundraiser and the TURTLES
helped get 4th grade's funds filled up!!!
CoWaBunGa DuDe!!!
anywho…
it takes a lot to set up and even more
to tear down…
most of it we, the teachers, do ourselves…
BUT when it comes to moving tables before and after
and cleaning up spills and the aftermath mess
of hundreds of festival goers…
our night shift custodians do that…

don't get me wrong…
the teachers did what we could to help clean up and tear down…
but there are some things we can't do
like use their really cool floor mopping machine…
which I am sure is not so cool to them after a carnival

anywho… here is what I did


 the options are
a delicious treat… what if you don't want to give an edible treat
a little treat…. maybe you want to give a gift card
and then there is keeping our school neat… instead of room neat…
anyways… they are all available to you :)








 I put the Mummy Tag in its own freebie pack
find the links at the bottom...



ALRIGHTY….
that is it in a nutshell!!!
So here is what you are waiting for…
the links to the freebies…

click on the pic to take you there...


***PLEASE NOTE***
these will be free… until November 1st…
then they will only be available in my TAGS BUNDLE!!!


***** while I am self promoting my products…
let me show you what I am doing this Halloween Week in my classroom!!!

ARGHGHHHHH
the stupid link thingy is NOT working on these…
so I am SO SO SO sorry!!!
I will try to come back and see if I can get them to link up…
AHHHHH
anyways
all of these are available in my store…
I don't get it… why can I link the above… and NOT THESE!!!
anywho… here they are
I LOVE doing a themed week with my kiddos!!!

 challenge your students with these word problems

full of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and some fun themed word problems
 this is always a good review..
naming and ordering decimals
 PILE IT ONs are always good for a fun math review…

there is an extra special Halloween Currently in this pack
so you can do an October one and a Halloween one

Five for Friday



What a week I have had…
it always seems like I am having a cray week…
and this week didn't let me down!!!





 I was contacted by ThermoWorks to try out their TimeSticks…
of course I said yes…
LOVE them…
they made my week way less hectic!!!
I will have a special BLOG POST on these awesome timers very SOON and the great peeps from ThermoWorks are going to partner up with me for a GIVE AWAY!!!! what what



 If you can say your numbers for 0-100 with no mistakes… you make the 100s Club
If you can identify all of your letters… upper and lower… you make the A to Z Club!!!
We are so proud of him!!!


 I am home today with Bub…
Hubs and I are tag teaming to stay home with him…
He is not itchy anymore and probably has only about 10% coverage
where Tuesday and Wednesday he was more like 80%
so after 3 meds… and 3 dr visits we have some progress…
his vitals have always been GREAT and he never ran a fever… so it is a mystery!!!
They think it could be a virus or a reaction…
I just want him to be better… bless his heart!!!


It never fails… as soon as I pass out the test
and believe me I have gone over the directions… 
and I have asked… are there any questions??? 
and I answer those (yeah right there are never any questions after that question)
and then I go to my small group table to do oral admin to some kiddos
and no sooner is my toosh on my cush…
I have hands up in the air or a line of kiddos 
wanting to ask A QUESTION!!!
SERIOUSLY!!!!
so here is my solution…
I bought a big ole bag of plastic bugs… 
(ignore the fact that my jar has lizards…
Dollar Spot had reptiles in the bug bag… last time I checked… they are not BUGS but hey it was a BUCK...)
so make sure you have BUGS and enough bugs for everyone
so right after I ask… are there anymore questions…
I pass out a BUG to every single kid…
I explain…
they are allowed to BUG me once…
they can use their BUG to come up to me and ask A question
once they ask a question they must turn in their BUG and they will have to continue the test without being able to ask any more questions
I encourage them to skip questions or problems that are stumping them… and then come back to them
after they have finished the test… go back and try the ones they skipped
and then use the BUG on the one question or problem that BUGS them the most!!!
If a kiddo finishes the test without using the bug… they get a couple of bonus points.

I have used this system for a few years now…
I like it because it forces my students to try and do it on their own.
It also teaches them good test taking skills to skip and go back.
You will still have the kiddos that immediately want to use their bugs… and I sometimes remind them they still have the whole test to do… and some still insist on BUGging me
usually they learn their lesson…
when later in the test they come to another question that is buggier than the first

and if you want to be really mean… you could take their bug away for asking to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water… that is a question… just sayin

 I posted this on instagram …
I LOVE this…
we use this everyday as our math warm-up and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it
the kids love it too
we do 4 problems a day and then when we go over it… I project it on the dry erase board and the kiddos do the teaching… I interject if needed but for the most part… they are the teachers!!!
it comes with a weekly assessment…
so what we do is 4 problems a day… that means we are done with it on Thursday…
they take it home on Thursday to study it…
and on Friday they are tested on it!!!
I only grade the assessment!!!
click on the pic to go and get it…
I am a TEXAS teacher and we don't do Common Core…
BUT I still LOVE IT!!!
all the problems fit into our TEKS and if not (hasn't happened yet and I am going on wk 9)
it is still good for them to know...
Math is Math!!!
I am pretty excited about this…
I made TASK CARDS…
there are 20 cards in all
and I have an ink friendly version included… just in case :)
it also includes a picture prompt answer sheet that when copied correctly with the title page and conversion chart will turn into an answer booklet… kinda love that!!!

anyways… these are thought provoking… you have to THINK
my kiddos… well some of them… just want to rush in and answer…
UMMM NO… they don't really read what the questions asking…
these will help them practice reading and understanding the problem!!!
covers all operations and has one. two, and multi-step problems

TEXAS TEACHERS…
I modeled my questions off of the released Math STAAR Tests for 4th grade.
I used the same question stems and tricks…but I put a Farley and Halloween twist to them.

even though these are geared towards the STAAR test…
lots of non Texas teachers have bought this and love it…
problem solving is problem solving…
math is math

click on the pic to go check it out


I love doing the 5 for Friday and I think for the first time in a really long time… I am actually getting it done on FRIDAY!!!
thanks so much to Kacey for always hosting this fab linky!!!


OCTOBER CURRENTLY

Holla...
can you believe it is already OCTOBER...
OH my gosh...
I know retailers skip right over October and go from Back to School
straight to Christmas...
BUT NOT ME!!!
We celebrate all the months here...
so let's get it started!!!

thanks so much to this month's sponsor


A Grace-Filled Classroom


I have to admit... I filled this out last night...
I knew I was going to be at my grandparent's house tonight and I wanted a little head start...
I LOVED the wedding on Little People... Oh MY GOSH 
That was a perfect wedding... just my style!!!

I am also LOVING Bub's Fire Prevention Poster...
I LOVE that my kiddo now gets to participate in this HUGE tradition at our school
I teach in a small community school and it is in a small city... with a VERY SUPPORTIVE 
Fire and Police Department... 
every year they throw a Fire Prevention Poster Contest 
this tradition is so old... I won it when I was in FIRST Grade there!!!
anywho... I am thrilled Bub gets to enter this year...
there are 1st-3rd place trophies in every grade k-5
and then there is a GRAND CHAMPION...
I think we might have a winner on our hands...
I might be biased... BUT you take a look...
this year's theme is Check Your Smoke Alarms...

I am BEAMING that my kiddo came up with this idea...
it did take some arm twisting to convince him GHOSTBUSTERS are not spokes people for 
FIRE PREVENTION... they make fires... 
BUT after that... his little wheels starting spinning...
He was watching a cartoon... I think Dora or something and they twisted the tune 
to Old Mac Donald... and that was that...
he turned to me and said...
his little slogan!!!
we were at my mom's and mom and I were both... in awe!!!
mom even ran and got a notepad to write it down so we wouldn't forget
HA HA HA

BEAMING!!!
Like a true teacher's kid... I made him do a rough draft... and we watched videos on how to draw a barn, cow, flames, and water!!! 
The only thing I did on the poster was a drew straight lines for his words... 
THAT'S IT I SWEAR!!!! 
I think that is why I am soooo proud of him...
I will admit to HOVERING... and telling him continuously to take his time or color in one direction or pay attention... or DON'T GET SHARPIE ON MY TABLE!!!
BUT it is 100% HIS...
BEAMING... ok maybe 99% his because I did draw the guide lines...
BUT those got erased after the sharpie...
so we are back to 100%.... right!!!!

BUT come on... look at his cow...
and his duck pond with a fish
and the sad Old Mac Donald 
ok so of course I will update you if he wins anything...
fingers crossed
and I KNOW I KNOW... winning isn't everything...
it's the only thing

all the other things are self explanatory on my CURRENTLY
except... TRICK OR TREAT...
I am doing a treat!!!
I am putting my
BRAND NEW...
like I just made it TONIGHT...
right now...
might be why I am soooo late in posting this....
BUT here is a TREAT for you!!!!
FREE for the WHOLE MONTH of OCTOBER 2014

so when you do the TRICK or TREAT on your CURRENTLY...
you can do whatever treat you want...
FREE or on SALE... it is up to you... it is your TREAT...
or tell a good TRICK you use in the classroom!!!
TRICK or TREAT... get it!!!

ok your turn...
about time HUH???

and the rules...

okie dokie...
let's get this PARTAY started





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