Thursday, July 25, 2013

summer! & place value update!

I know many of you are getting ready to go back to school, but I have just finished school 2 weeks ago, so I am finally getting to rest and relax! 

Here's what I'm up to...I would love to hear what you did this summer!!!

1. Museums

 2. Parks
3. Cooking
 4. Bible study & Book study
 5. Anything! 
Thank you letters, teaching resources, skype with family and friends, coffee with friends

Finally finished this!!!

So tell me about your summer!

Oh and did you see this?

Kelli xx

Friday, July 19, 2013

sweet award

Thank you so much to Becky at Musings from the Foreign Teacher, and Michelle at Big Time Literacy, for nominating me for the Liebster award!! I am so happy to be recognized (especially since I feel like I've been away from blogging forever!)

To accept the nomination I must:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated me.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posted for me by my nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about myself.
5. Create 11 questions for my nominees.
6. Contact my nominees and let them know I nominated them.

OK, I will probably just pick a few questions from each person so it's not too many for you to read. 

Becky's Questions:
1. Why did you get into teaching? I got into teaching because a) I had an awesome time in school myself. Loved the structure, loved the specials, loved the social time. Love. b) I'd rather hang out with kids than adults. I am quite a big kid myself.
fond memories of listening to the librarian
2. What is your favourite age to teach? Why? Oohh. Tough question. I've spent a lot of time in kindergarten and first grade, but in the last couple years I've stretched myself with fourth and fifth grade. I'm pretty smitten with uppergrade now. But I still love K-2 as well.
3. What was your favourite subject in school? Spelling! Man I could spell! Science was my worst.
4. What type of music do you like? Lots! Temper Trap, Gotye, Rhianna, Coldplay, Regina Spektor. All over the place.

5. What is your most annoying habit? I put things off. Then I feel like everything comes at once. But really I should prioritize better.
6. What is your favourite word? Right now it's Muggins. This comes from a (not-so-nice) British word 'mug' as in stupid or gulliable (example: 'Don't be such a mug!' Or,' You're muggin' me off in front of my mates!'). Anyway, my husband and I think it's funny and we say Muggins as a nicer way of using it in public and we work it into any sentence. Silly. (have you heard this word Becky?)

Michelle's Questions:
1. When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? Probably in high school when I worked in a daycare. It felt very natural.
2. How long have you been teaching? I've lost count with all my moving around. 11 years I think. Can't believe it!
3. What subjects/grades have you taught? What is your current position? I've taught (through a variety of full year contracts or maternity covers), K-6, 3-5 gifted, Reading Specialist (Literacy Lab) and a New Arrivals Programme (English and Math to refugees and immigrants to Australia). The last was my absolute favorite.
English Language School in Australia
4. What is your biggest accomplishment as a teacher? Creating a safe, fun, positive atmosphere in the classroom (I try anyway!)
5. Any special summer break plans? Make the most of London! Museums, parks, beach. And rest.
Natural History Museum in London
6. What is your secret super power? I have endless enthusiasm/energy when I teach lessons, regardless of how tired I am. 
Random Facts (I'll keep it short as I feel I've made this really long):
*I have to work SUPER hard at all things technological. It is all very foreign to me.
*I don't like scary movies. At all.
*My husband and I got married in a hotel in Wimbledon.
*I don't watch sports (except the Olympics) which is surprising as I grew up playing sports! I don't mind rugby though.
*I love hot chai tea lattes. Yum. 
 Blogs I nominate and love:
Off to bed!!
Kelli xx 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Birthday SALE!!

 Hope you're having a great day!!! A sale in honor of my birthday!! Click here for the sale!

Remember, you're only as old as you feel! Be silly and have some fun today!

Kelli xx

Friday, July 12, 2013

Kdg Counting and Cardinality: Part 2!!

I am relaxed already on day 2 of summer break!! Hope you're enjoying your summer!

I have finished Part 2 of my K.CC for math journals pack (K.CC.4/5/6/7)...take a look if you enjoy using journals in your class!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

School year of firsts!

I made it!!! Last day of school! 

In some ways it was super easy (the kids), and in other ways it was a lot of work (new curriculum). There were a lot of FIRSTS!

What will I do first tomorrow??? I'm thinking London Science Museum or book in the park! So excited for the summer!

K xx

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Been almost finished!!!!

Wow!!!!!!! I've totally neglected my blog in the last couple months. It's good to be back. How have you been? What have I missed? What's bloglovin? I've seen this mentioned but not sure what it is.

Anyway, I have 2 and a half days left of school!!! British school year: Sept-July...can't wait to start living again. I have barely been existing since I returned from my trip 3 weeks ago. I feel like the worst wife, daughter, sister and friend ever. Lucky students seem to get everything I've got and then I go home and collapse. Big play production? Check. Parent conferences? Check. School carnival? Check. Prize giving ceremony tomorrow night and Year Six Leaver's BBQ Tuesday night then finished Wednesday!! I can almost touch it!!

Just finishing a gift for the class:
Anyway here's some photos from trip to see family in Illinois and relaxing time in Florida. There's also a sneak peek at a K.CC journal printables pack I'm working on (can't wait to get back into creating!)

Can't wait to catch up with everyone's blogs this week!! 

K xx


The latest journal pack (picture the pages on the left and middle to be a foldable type):

Have a good one!!