Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"I Get To" Tuesdays and a Plea for Time Management Tips

"I Get To" Tuesdays
The thought behind this is to list a few things that could come under the category of "Ugh...I have to (you fill in the blank)". However, Leslie at Writing for the Lord (click on the title to go to her blog)
wants us to look at these "have to's" as blessings of "I get to". We all take for granted such things as our health, jobs, family, friends, etc. and sometimes don't appreciate them or see them as blessings as we should. So here are a few things for me this week.
I get to meet with parents and grandparents who do care enough about their children to come meet with me, a teacher.
I get to take time to eat lunch with a student, when his paraprofessional is not there. I often don't stop to eat lunch. I really do feel better, when I do take time to eat a little something, and especially feel better after taking the time sit with this very thoughtful student.
I get to walk a fairly long distance from one end of the school to the other end and back, an average of 4 times a day. At least I am walking some and getting some exercise. I'm thankful that I can walk.
I get to spend some one on one time with my students testing them. I don't like being out of the classroom teaching for any reason, but I do like being with my students one on one. I don't really like testing, but I do want to learn more about where each of my students are in their learning.
What are your "I get to" blessings this week and also. . .
would you please take time to share with me some of your time management tips--teaching, homeschooling and homemaking.
I would really appreciate your comments.
Thank you!

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Jen at Following the Footsteps, http://shaemata.blogspot.com has given me this award! I only have 4 followers to this blog, and only 15 on my other one at http://sandys-scriptureandprayer.blogspot.com
I am so grateful for this award.

Here's what I have to do!
It’s not as easy as you might think. Thought I could do it without the hyphens, but I couldn't.
Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on.
It’s quite tricky to use only one-word answers!
Once you have filled it out ~~~ be sure to pass it on to 6 of your favorite bloggers and alert them that they have been awarded!
Have fun!
1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Your hair? Straight
3. Your mother? Servant
4. Your father? Sensitive
5. Your favorite food? Strawberries
6. Your dream last night? School
7. Your favorite drink? Strawberry-Lime-Dr. Pepper
8. Your dream/goal? Legacy
9. What room are you in? Kalyn's
10. Your hobby? Blogging
11. Your fear? loss
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? following. . .
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something that you aren’t? Skinny
15. Muffins? banana
16. Wish list item? house
17. Where did you grow up? TexasandOklahoma
18. Last thing you did? Pregnancy-Center-Open-House
19. What are you wearing? skirt
20. Your TV? on
21. Your pets? none
22. Friends? Christian
23. Your life? Blessed
24. Your mood? Happy
25. Missing someone? Kalyn
26. Vehicle? New
27. Something you’re not wearing? Shoes
28. Your favorite store? Cato's
29. Your favorite color? Green
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday
32. Your best friend? Jeff
33. One place that I go to over and over? School
34. One person who emails me regularly? Alyssa
35. Favorite place to eat? Texas-Roadhouse

Thank you, Jen!! Your blog is definitely Over the Top too!!

Now I am going to pass this award on to:

Keelie at Red Writing
Sasha at Lemonade Makin' Mama
Diana at To Everything a Season
Norma at Norma Jean's Journaling
Collette at Jesus Loves Mums
Pam at You're Gonna Miss This

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I promise this wreath will look a lot better on my classroom door, or my bulletin board or somewhere in my classroom, than it does on Kalyn's closet door. I just had to go ahead and post it tonight, to get it in for Keelie's Fall Wreath Party at
You still have maybe 44 minutes to hurry and join in on the fun, too!

I was so happy that I had just enough of both of the Sunflower ribbons left to make this.

On this wire hanger wreath, after shaping the hanger, I first wrapped it with the off white ribbon that I got at a Garage Sale for 10 cents. Then, I hot glued the off white Sunflower ribbon all around it. Next, I weaved a Sunflower garland that I already had all around it. Then, I made a bow with the transparent gold Sunflower ribbon. Last I made a hook with some of the off white ribbon.


P.S. I think I just decided that I'm going to switch this with the one that I had hanging in my Sunflower bathroom that has Fall leaves and a pine cone, along with Sunflower ribbon, and take it for my classroom, so that the students can see the Fall leaves.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

No More "Morning Meeting". . .Gotta Teach 'em to Read!

Well, the Morning Meeting was fun while it lasted. It was good in a lot of ways, but it was time to discontinue it, and begin immediately starting in seperate Reading Groups.
The school that I am now teaching at is a Reading First school. We use Harcourt Grade Level Strategic Intervention Series.

Have any of you used this with your special ed. students?

Monday, September 14, 2009


Just some quotes that will hopefully make you smile:

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought--that is being educated.
Edith Hamilton

The teachers who get "burned out" are not the ones who are constantly learning, which can be exhilarating, but those who feel they must stay in control and ahead of the students at all times.
Frank Smith

We teach what we like to learn and the reason many people go into teaching is vicariously to reexperience the primary joy experienced the first time they learned something they loved.
Stephen Brookfield

TEACHING: the earth doesn't move every time, but when it does, what a RUSH!
Cameron Beatty

Students learn what they care about . . .," Stanford Ericksen has said, but Goethe knew something else: "In all things we learn only from those we love." Add to that Emerson's declaration: "the secret of education lies in respecting the pupil." and we have a formula something like this: "Students learn what they care about, from people they care about and who, they know, care about them . . ."
Barbara Harrell Carson, 1996, Thiry Years of Stories

This post is to celebrate Teri Lynne's 100th post at http://pleasingtoyou.blogspot.com