Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Currently ~ * July *

So you like what I did with that title...get it?!?  A little decoration for the 4th of July...Wow, here we are again for another Currently and I am always amazed at how fast each month flies by... link on up with Farley and join in on the fun!

http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.com/2015/06/currently-july-2015.html



So I'm listening to one of the housewife shows

I'm loving that we had the BEST little storm this afternoon here in So. Cal and let me tell you ~ we really are in a drought and it was much needed.  I loved every minute of it!


It was awesome!!!  

I'm thinking we have a little getaway before Vegas so I'm double packing tomorrow.  Gotta be ready for BOTH!!!

I'm wanting: my girl went to Yosemite which she and her friends have jokingly been calling it { YOSE - mite } long /i/.  She went with her BFF's family and I'm ready for her to be home!

I'm needing : I have 2 gift certificates from 2 different places from students that I will be using for my mani/pedi - gotta love a bargain right?!!?

All ~ Star: I was a competitive swimmer growing up and I like to think I still got it...it's actually a real problem people.  When I swim laps ( which I do daily )  I can't help myself...even if it's a 15 year old kid I get all competitive.  Hello - I'm 44 yeah, it's a bit of a problem.  I have to keep up with the young ones or it bugs me all day.  Don't worry I'm working on that... LOL

Can't wait to see my peeps in Vegas!!!!



Monday, June 29, 2015

Looking for the flags ~ *faith*

This morning when I was swimming I noticed something and it stuck with me.  If you look at any lap pool or competition pool there are usually sets of flag markers at each end of the pool.  They notify the swimmer that the edge is near and if you are doing backstroke this is a very important fact to know.  Most elite swimmers know their stroke count and can easily come into their flip turn at the wall.  Well this morning only one side had the flags so I began to notice a pattern while I was swimming that got me thinking.  I can easily apply this to my faith but I'm thinking I can apply this to my teaching year as well.



What I noticed even though I've been a swimmer for 35 years was that when I swam one way I swam with confidence, no dipping my head back under water to look for the wall ( while swimming backstroke ).  I would count my strokes and flip into my turn effortlessly.  But ~ as I went back the other direction somewhere around 3/4th of the way there I would fidget, look back underwater, lose the rhythm of my stroke a bit to see the wall.  I finally decided that I would only swim backstroke one direction and do freestyle the other way for a set.  My first thought was this is so much like my walk with the Lord!
When I'm in His word, commited to my daily devotions, praying for situations and others I am confident not looking back, not fidgety - walking close to my Father.  When I'm not doing these things I'm like the backstroker without those flags.  I question myself more often, I am cautious trying to keep myself safe/protected.
If this doesn't apply in your life you can also compare it to your teaching journey I suppose.  My first year or so I was seeking approval, certainly less confident and maybe at times a bit fidgety or nervous. ( especially when being observed ).  Now after 20 years in this profession I feel like I'm swimming down the side with the flags.  I don't need approval, I'm more confident in my abilities - yet still keep my self in check.  When I swim down the side with the flags I'm not so confident that I swim with my eyes closed.  That wouldn't be smart!  I still look for the flags.  Well as a veteran teacher I still keep myself in check.  Am I needing to call an SST on this little one?  Have I followed through on that committe I signed up for?  Yes I'm able to do my job more effortlessly but I still look for the flags to be sure I'm on track and giving my students or my Heavenly Father the best of me!  Where do you fall in this scenario?  Are you looking back without flags floundering a little, are you so confident your eyes are closed or are you confidently still looking for the flags to guide you as you teach or walk with the Lord?


With all that being said:  Here are my tips for a new teacher:



Link on up with Chandra at 


and tell us your tips for new teachers!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Made It

I'm so excited to be linking up for a Monday Made It ~ it's been a while and I love seeing how creative everyone is...for some inspiration be sure to visit:
Tara at 4th grade Frolics to join in on the fun!

So today I have been stuck at home and made just 1 project but - it will be SO much fun for my kiddos so I'm very excited!


I'm switching from an owl theme to a pirate theme this year and I think it will be perfect for my 3rd graders!  My kids and I love to play a game called Trash Can Spelling. { If you haven't heard of it - I blogged about it here }

Anywho ~ I saw this cute idea on pinterest and knew I could use it along with my Trash Can Spelling game.  

All I needed was a :
* cork board
* black duct tape
* red duct tape
* pirate dress up hooks
* 80's style black rubber bracelets
* glue gun/sticks
* scissors





So I cut small pieces of the black duct tape and made a trail like this:

Then I cut 2 pieces to make the X from red duct tape.  I hot glued the hooks on the trail part and there you go!  Simple, fun easy and a #pinterestwin

How do you like it?!?


I'm sure you can incorporate something like this into almost any theme you have in your room.  It's perfect for those 10 minutes before the bell.  Ask kids how to spell words, answer a math problem etc.  If they get it right they earn the chance to throw a bracelet.  They eat this stuff up!




Saturday, May 23, 2015

So Cal Summer Linky and Giveaway



I'm so happy!!!  First of all it's a 3 day weekend!  Next only 9 days left and...I love summer in Southern California!  So life is good right?!?!  I'm here linking up with some AMAZING and talented ladies that live right here in So. Cal with me!  We are running a giveaway with it AND I've included a little freebie ~ just for you!

So first let's talk summer in Southern California!  There are a handful of places I love in the summer and I have to say my beautiful state is one of them.  Luckily I live about 35 minutes from the beach so I can take my kids often.




I absolutely LOVE to swim and usually get in 100 miles over the summer at the rec pool by my house.  Here the weather is nice pretty much year round but this is an August triathlon.  


Another favorite place of ours is :  Big Bear and Knott's Berry Farm!  I will have a busy summer!




I hope you love my freebie - it is basically a sample from my series of packs:  What I'm Teaching for.... { I have one for every month }.

Don't forget part of the fun is a giveaway:  

Who wants a gift card for some TIEKS?!?!  Hello!!




Swing on by and visit all of us and grab our freebies and don't forget to enter the giveaway.  Tell me what do you love about summer where you live?









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Sunday, May 17, 2015

5 Sanity Savers for the end of the school year

I can't believe it's here!!!  As I seem to say every year:  This year has flown by!  There are times we want to pull our hair out in these last few weeks - we all get it.  Here are some ideas to hopefully help:




I even got in on the action. :o)


I hope these were helpful and if you are interested in the pack that includes a parent letter and ideas for the last week of school with fun printables you can grab it { here }.


xo,

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Currently May

Here we are ~ another month has FLOWN by and it's MAY!!!!
There's a lot going on this month:  State testing, Open House, assignments for next year, etc.  I love linking up with Farley for currently:  Swing on by her blog and link up too:



So here it is:  I love my Lifetime movies on the weekends.  The weather is beautiful here in So. Cal.  I woke up early to get in a long run before it got too hot.  Open House in my new grade level is a coming!  May 20th...things are looking good in my room. :o)  I really want a bathing suit that looks good and is bright and pretty.  No luck yet! :o(  I hate grocery shopping - enough said!  
I'm heading to Vegas, hoping to get in a short cruise and all I ever want in life is a pool in my backyard. :o)
I can't wait to hear what you guys are up to!  
xoxo,


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mother's Day Craftivity

Mother's Day is such a special day to honor the wonderful moms in our lives.  It is a bittersweet day for me though as I wish I could celebrate with my mom. <3
I have a brand new craftivity that I'm sooo excited about to share with you!  It's called My mom is a Queen and it's a fun little craft and card for mom that she will love and keep forever.






I love that these are personalized to each child.  They chose the hair, dress ( scrapbook paper ) pattern.  Some added a necklace and earrings.  The little sash card is so sweet too.  If you are looking for something different this year than this is for you!  Grab it 
{ here }

** Leave a comment for a chance to WIN one ~ winner picked tomorrow night **