Saturday, April 12, 2014


Oops, a day late.

Hope you're happy and healthy today! I'm enjoying my Easter break. Love it!

Here are some book review forms I created for 3-5th grade at our school. I have a few other options too, just have to round them up. I make a bunch of copies of them and  put them in the folder on the bulletin  board for our Reading Challenge. Maybe you can use them!

Friday, April 4, 2014

FREEBIE Friday!!


I am finally on Easter Holidays/Spring Break! It could not come quick enough. 

There is some yucky stuff going down at my school.

I can't say much, but let's just say between student bullying allegations and nearly half the staff leaving at our very small private school (including our Head/Principal) life has been stressful to say the least.

In all honesty, several of the teachers are leaving because of maternity leave/staying home with new baby. 

However there is other crap stuff going on too.

Needless to morale is low.

It's hard to get away from low morale when it seems to be everywhere. Does anyone else feel like this at their school at the moment?

But anyway, we've got 3 weeks off, then 1 term left (schools go til mid/late July here). It is great to change environments for awhile.

Therefore, on a positive note-I've decided to get back into blogging a bit more and am starting with [trying] to post a freebie every Friday! I know that structure might help me blog more regularly like I want to do!

I would like to blog once more during the week. I was thinking Memory Monday or Wordless Wednesday? I think I've heard of those before. What do you think?
So here is the freebie for today! A spelling menu (one for second/third grade and one for fourth/fifth grade).

Now I have a love /hate relationship with spelling lists and spellings tests, but hey. My boss says I have to do it. Now while I do have differentiated spellings lists, I have not been satisfied with the ways I've seen for practicing it. 

I'm not sure how it will go, but I'm going to give it a try. Maybe you can use it too. (We have a spelling notebook/journal for all their spelling homework so it's all in one place. I will have them glue their spelling menu into their notebook)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

March travel and more notebook ideas (of course!)

Well 6 weeks on, here I am again. I've seen a lot of amazing things going on in classrooms around the world...I LOVE YOUR BLOGS EVERYONE!

My life at the moment can be summed up in 4 words: Bible, Dates, Yoga, Library.

This is all I have time for these days. The classroom libraries are done for now though! I updated the libraries (labeled book baskets and all) for Year 3, 4, and 6! I am so excited to see if this help kids to find the books they want and read even more!

As for dates, the latest one (Christmas present this year: 1 meaningful date each month) was a visit to Brighton last weekend!

Here are some notebook ideas for those that do that sort of thing!

I'd imagine that many of you are spring break? I will be on Easter holidays in just over 2 weeks!! The only sad thing is that means only 1 term left with my Year 6's which makes me want to cry. I can't believe they will be leaving to go to secondary school : (   
I still love looping, apart from the fact that I feel more attached.

Have a good one!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Please help! Money to spend for Guided Reading books!!!

Hello! Hope you're having a good start to your week! 

I have mentioned this subject once or twice before, but now I need all of you!

I have the great fortune to spend money to update the guided reading books at my school for Year 3-Year 6 (American 2nd Gr-5th Gr)!!!

I want to get really good quality books and I've been researching this, but sometimes it's so much better to hear from those that have actually used the books themselves.

I'm trying to find guided reading books for all levels. Here's what I purchased already, or am considering: This does not include books we use as a whole class (Charlotte's Web, The Magic Finger, ect).

Thanks in advance for any more book ideas!!

As it will be Valentine's Day before you know it-have a good one!!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January fun AND history & geography notebooks


Well it seems I can only get to this a couple times a month. Ah well. Here I am. How are you? 

After another doctor's appointment for my nose, I've been feeling a lot better in the past 1-2 weeks and have been able to do so much more! I have a CT scan for my nose in February to get more info on that situation. Here's what I've been up to:

I am excited about more game nights with friends and an IKEA & Costco date in a couple weeks (some of my friends have never been to Costco as there's not many in the UK-we're silly! And IKEA-who doesn't love it there?)

Here's what we've been up to in History and Geography at school for those that want any notebook ideas:

why is this spelled artefact or artifacts? weird.

Also I've finished Part 2 for Math Journals: Second Grade Place Value. There is so much packed into second grade addition and subtraction.whoa.

I hope to be back on here sooner than later. Love reading all your blogs. I may not comment on them much (am trying to get better at that) but I am constantly inspired by all of you amazing educators!!

Monday, January 6, 2014


Happy New Year!

I can't believe I haven't been on here for a month! My husband and I have spent the last 2 1/2 weeks visiting family and friends in Phoenix for Christmas. The focus was on loved ones, so no time for lesson plans or journal printables.

Needless to say I'm feeling super behind.

Meetings at work tomorrow. Lesson plans. Gotta get Book Week sorted. Field trip in 2 weeks. Hope the playscript I picked got OK'd. Lesson plans. Eeek.

Anyway the past several weeks:

1) last day of term 2) easiest gift I made for my students
3) Christmas dinner  4) new shoes!  5) hiking in Phx  6) reading

I found some pictures of some kdg/first grade literacy journals back at home for those that want some ideas or are ready to start journals for the first time!

Now, the freebie! Money Printables: Part 2 (for second grade) is FREE until Tuesday 1/7/14! Get it here! is what I hope to be finished with next weekend! 

It was supposed to be Place Value: Part 2 (for second grade), but my goodness 2.MD.5 is long!! So there will have to be a part 3 in the future until I can get it all put together.

Off to bed now for me! Have a great day!