Monday, May 18, 2015

There's a test for that...

Hey Hey Hey!  It's that time of year again!  Let the countdown begin... 10 more days until SUMMER BREAK!  (insert applause here) This time of year is always stressful, there is so much to do as the school year comes to an end and this year is no different... we have testing, testing and, oh wait, more testing! Our poor little ones are taking test after test... two weeks ago they took there big end of the year assessments in Science and Social Studies (that was new for our county this year).  Last week that took there end of year assessments in special areas like PE and Music... yes, I know, they are even paper/pencil testing PE now (whhhaaaatt!)  And this week, Melissa and I will be administering our end of year assessments in reading, math, and writing.  Like the common phrase "there's an app for that"... it seems like we can safely say "there's a test for that" these days!  It's been down right CAH-RAY-ZEE around here folks!  In lieu of all this testing, Melissa and I tried to come up with some extra fun (even more fun than our everyday kinda fun haha) activities to end our year with a BANG!  Here is a glimpse at some of the activities that we are planning...


Although we are both looking forward to relaxing a little bit this summer, we were also picked to be the lead teachers at a summer camp being offered by our school this year.  Thankfully, this is not your "everyday summer school".  Our 1st through 4th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on, STEM related activities like building rockets!  How cool is that!?!  I can wait to see the expressions on our kids faces on the day we actually get to launch those rockets!!!  That's going to be priceless!!!

With that being said, we need to go make sure that our No. 2's are sharpened and ready to go for tomorrow!  I hope you are all enjoying fun activities with your little ones as the year comes to an end and are not bogged down with too much testing!  I know this post was short and sweet , but we will post soon with pictures of these events!    


Monday, March 2, 2015

"I'd love to go to an inservice," said no teacher ever.


Hey there frugal followers, it's been a minute or two since my last blog post!  I honestly don't know where the time goes!  Melissa and I thought last year was crazy and we were both looking forward to the 2014-2015 school year for things to slow down a little bit.  Boy, were we wrong!  Things are just as crazy as ever between me trying to balance being a new mom and Melissa being a new home owner and all the fixins' in between.  Time seems to be flying by faster than ever these days!  We actually had a break from our little ones today and got to attend a day of professional development provided by our district.  As always, there are pros and cons to these in-service days... I always try to go in with an open mind and a positive attitude (which I always find once I reach the bottom of my ice coffee from Dunkin Donuts) in hopes of actually learning something that I can take back with me and implement in my classroom or some new strategies that will help me become a more effective teacher.  With that being said... I needed more coffee!  The line at the drive through should have been a dead give away at what was in store for today! 



The best part of today was getting to see some friends that I haven't seen in a while from other schools in our county... and of course being able to grub out at one of our most fav lunch spots!

Don't get me wrong, today wasn't a total waste!  We actually did get a few things from today.   We finished Ellie!!!! Check out Britt's adorable creation! You can get our new Ellie the Equal packet at our TPT store! It's on SALE until Wednesday!  Just click on the anchor chart.

Click on picture to download on Teachers Pay Teachers!

We hope everyone has a wonderful week!



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ellie the Equal is HERE!

Hi Friends!! We can't wait to introduce you to our newest addition the the Math Family...


Ellie the Equal
Click the picture above to download packet at our TPT store. 

Our first graders had some big MISCONCEPTIONS about the equal sign (It doesn't mean the answer is...) this was shocking news to our kiddos. We decided to create a new sign anchor chart to help them understand the meaning of the equal sign. They loved learning about the math brothers, Gus the Plus and Linus the Minus so we knew just what we had to do...  add a little sister to the family! Inside this packet you will find many different activities to help your students better understand the meaning of the equal sign along with a new anchor chart poem to introduce, Ellie!

We hope you will agree that---- Teaching the EQUAL sign is way more FUN with Ellie!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year and our annual foldable freebie

Happy New Year Frugal Followers! 2014 was so good to us!!! Wedding bells were ringing, a handsome little baby boy joined our world, and first homes were purchased! We were two very lucky ladies!

I'd like to apologize for the lack of blogging we've been doing lately but we finally have internet in our new home so we'll be making a lot of updates very soon!
DON'T WORRY… ELLE the EQUAL is on her way! We promise she's worth the wait!!!

For tonight, here's a freebie! We've made one every year… why stop now???

Click Here to download!

Hope everyone had the happiest of holidays!! We know this boy did….




                    Isn't he perfect?

Good night, friends!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Did someone say SALE???

We won't be blogging tonight... we are too busy CYBER MONDAY shopping! We are hard at work on our Ellie the EQUAL packet, too! Stop by our store tomorrow and snag it during the sale!! 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Please meet, Ellie the Equal




Hi fabulous friends! We are so excited to share with you something we've been working on!

 Meet Ellie the Equal...



We love our Math Brothers (Gus the Plus and Linus the Minus), but we realized that something was missing from this math family and it was the Equal Sign! Thus, Ellie the Equal, the little sister was born! We've been working on a new packet to go along with Ellie the Equal, to help student's understand the meaning of the equal sign! Stay tuned!!!!

We are almost done with the packet and can't wait to fully introduce our new math family member! She's already a big hit with our students! :) 

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's fall Y'all!

Hi Friends! We've been busy as ever these last few weeks but that doesn't mean we haven't stopped to have a little fun!

We celebrated fall with with our annual Pumpkin Math Day! We had so many pumpkin donations this year that every child got their very own pumpkin! It was A.W.E.S.O.M.E! It was also the first year that we didn't leave saying, "We're never doing that again!" It was a success and didn't completely drain us.

We also had our annual Literacy Celebration on Halloween Day! Brittany and I dressed up as Miss. Nelson and Viola Swamp! We tricked our students by dressing up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 at the beginning of the school day. After specials I changed into Miss. Nelson and read the story Miss. Nelson is Missing to both of our classes. After reading the story I stormed out because they were not behaving during my story (even though they absolutely were behaving!) Brittany came in ruler-smacking and all dressed as Viola! She read the story Miss. Nelson is Back.  Last year, we all laughed because she suddenly started speaking with a british accent and had to keep it going for the ENTIRE story!  This year she just sounded like a mean substitute. This made for a much easier read aloud :) The kids are still not sure if she was actually Viola Swamp or not, but "we'll never tell."
Wish I snapped a picture of Viola Swamp but she had
to change back into Thing 1 before anyone realized it was her! 
Last week we took our first field-trip to Ocali Days! We are so lucky our rural town puts on such a fun event! Our kiddos had the best time petting animals, ringing the old school house bell and going on a scavenger hunt through the history museum! It was a great time!

On another note, Brittany's been busy cuddling up with the cutest little 3 MONTH old boy.  I'm a little jealous she gets to go home to this adorable face each and every night!
Meet Tyler 
As you can see our days have been filled with lots going on at school and a whole bunch of sweetness going on at home! Here's a sneak peek at our December plans…


What are you doing for the holidays in your classroom? 
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