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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Currently & Some Valentine Freebies!

Okay, so I'm late.... allright, WAY late for this month's Currently.
9 days to be exact, which is just ridiculous and shameful, but here I am. :)

Listening...to some cheesy chick flicks. Sunday is the best day for these. I'm always finding some random girl movie to get sucked into while I should be doing other, more productive, stuff. But, what can I say? They make me happy. Sappy, unrealistic, and wonderful. Yep, I love them. And, I'm "ADD"ing it up by flipping back and forth between these and the Olympics. I'm AMAZED at these athletes!  I pat myself on the back when I get 30  minutes on the treadmill without hyperventilating or passing out, so they are super impressive :)

Loving... that it's a 3-day week for me! We get our "winter" break Thursday, Friday, and Monday, and I'm Ready, Freddy! And I love that the next week is only 4 days, too! I really think the whole 5 days on, 2 days off system is for the birds, and we should go to 4 and 3 :)

Thinking,...that while I'm pumped about winter break, I can't decide if I'm loving the current forecast. We just got over the "SnowJam 2014" here in Atlanta, where the entire city was shut down for DAYS, and now they're calling for more snow, freezing rain, ice this Tuesday and Wednesday. I can't decide if that would be AWESOME SAUCE or not so much. I don't want to make up any days, and so far, we're in the clear with the 3 we've already missed. I feel like we may be pushing our luck if we're out any more. Hmmmmm......

Wanting...this nasty cold to just go...away!  It was below freezing for two weeks...now it's 64 degreees...and then, like I said, we're looking at snow. Until Mother Nature gets her act together, I think I'm just gonna have to learn to live with the crud. Boo. 

Needing... to grade papers. Ugh.  Does anyone else hate grading papers as much as I do??  As a kid, it was my most favorite thing in the world. My teachers would let me grade papers after school (GASP! This was the 80's!), and I thought it was so cool. Now, I think I''ll find just about anything to get out of it... anything.  Case in point - I cleaned out the pantry & the fridge today to avoid doing it.  Yeah, I hate it.

2 Truths & a Fib...
  I do LOVE me some Walking Dead & can't wait for it to come back on tonight.  I haven't watched it from the get-go, but last year's snowstorm had us on the couch watching the first 2 seasons in 3 days on Netflix, and we've been addicted ever since.  Love. Love. Love. But, I do not love scary movies. Seriously, I'll sleep  with the lights on, or just stay up 'til daybreak after watching one if I'm by myself. I'm such a dork.

 I DO NOT love to cook. Nope. I lied.  I wish I did. I truly...honestly...genuinely WISH I loved the cook. I'm jealous of all these people that can whip up some yummy fabulous meal, and I'm here like "Yeah, well, I can make a mean grilled cheese, so there!". Yep, that's about the extent of my culinary skills.  I can bake like crazy, but cook. Nope. Just completely suck at it. :(

  I DID want to be a pilot. If the whole teaching thing hadn't worked out, that's what I wanted to do.  I'd still like to get my pilot's license one day, but it's just so darn expensive....and a tad bit scary. It's amazing to me how fearless you are when you're young, and how age makes you that much more afraid of stuff. haha :)

So, that's it for me!!
Oh, and I wanted to share some math freebies with you. We're working on double digit addition and subtraction this week (IF we have school), so I made these cute valentine worksheets to reinforce our learning. Feel free to grab them!! Just click either picture :)

Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

TBT & A Valentine Mental Images Freebie!

Happy Thursday, Friends!
    After 3 snow days last week, we have been working hard to get back into the swing of things in first grade. And, we have a 3 day break coming up next week, so I'm not sure we're going to return to normal anytime soon. Add to that the super cold temps (read: no recess), and it's just been NUTS!

   So, we've been doing some fun things with mental images to get the kids engaged & create a little laughter, too. I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE teaching mental images or visualizing to the kids.

  First graders already come equipped with some amazing imaginations, so that just lends itself to some fun times and some great lessons, too!

   This week, we have been doing our mental images unit that I talked about a while back... so, I thought I'd do a little Throwback Thursday post. 

     Each day this week, we read a different poem and work on making "pictures in our brain". My former post that includes those poems can be found <here>.

   One of our favorite activities is with Deanna Jump's cute little freebie with My Neighbor's Dog is Purple.
(Super cute printable poem by O "FISH"ally a First Grader)

If you've never done Deanna Jump's activity, you should definitely check our her post  <here> and you can also grab her FaBuLouS freebie that I use with my kids.

My firsties absolutely LOVE this!  Of course they do - it's Deanna Jump!

Anyway, I cover up the last stanza of the poem & just read the first three parts. *MOST* of the kids have their eyes closed, but you know some of them are peeking out, so that's why I cover it up. 

The kids have to illustrate their mental image at the beginning of the poem.  Then, I uncover the bottom, and we read the whole poem together...and they illustrate their mental image at the end of the poem. The illustrations are absolutely precious and the kids always get a kick out of how the meaning of the poem changes from beginning to end.

So, since we had so much fun with Deanna's activity, I thought we'd keep going with the same idea and incorporate some Valentine's Day fun into it.

I found this super cute poem by Kenn Nesbitt, and knew it would be a perfect fit for our mental images unit.

Once again, I only read the first three stanzas to my kids, and had them illustrate their mental image.

Then, I read the last part, and they illustrated THAT mental image.

Of course, we did a lot of talking about how the poem changed from beginning to end, as well as how our mental images help us remember what we have read or heard.

This poem also includes some awesome vocabulary, so we spent a little time doing some "word talk"... enfold, smother, persisted, resisted.  Oh, how I love words!

The kids loved it & the porcupine talking to a cactus was hilarious!  Don't you just love the porcupine illustrations??  Too cute!

If you'd like the copy of the poem and the mental image sheet FREEBIE, just click the picture below...

So, there you have it.. A little Throwback Thursday, and some Valentine fun! I hope you can use the freebie, and your kids love it as much as mine did.

Next week, we're continuing our use of poems to assist us in reading while we work on FLUENCY!!  Eeek!  Just a three day week, so I'm hoping to make it fun and educational, too... wish me luck! :) Oh, and it's observation time, too.... we have 6 a year, and this will be #4.  You would think at this point, it would be "no big deal", but I still get the nervous tummy every. single. time.

So, for some positive thinking and all that good mojo that we all need sometimes, I just have to share another gem by The Kid President. This little guy makes my heart sing, and this video in particular is one I think we all need to watch... maybe more than once.. Enjoy & Happy Thursday! :)