Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Take Me Back Tuesday

Hello, Friends!

First, I need to say WAHOOO for finally being on Thanksgiving break.  I am in need of a break. I love my little friends, but I need a few days to just do nothing.  Absolutely, nothing. :-)

Also, Brayden is feeling much better today.  Thank you for all of your sweet comments. The winner of my Money Lap Book is Mrs. McNatt.  You didn't leave me your email address, so make sure to leave me a comment with your email so that I can send it your way. :-)

I am linking up with the fantastic Hope from 2nd Grade Shenanigans for her Take Me Back Tuesday.  





It is FREEZING here in good 'ol South Carolina. It is currently 45 and raining.  It was quite a yucky day.  So, I was looking back at my old posts and found one titled "Baby It's Cold Outside".  Perfect!  I'm getting ready to pull this packet back out.  

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Hello, friends!

It's cold here in South Carolina.  No, it's not snowing.  But, I am FREEZING!! Being from South Carolina, I get cold VERY easy.  It is currently 43 degrees and I am freezing.  The strong winds isn't helping the situation either. So, Brayden and I are wrapped up nice and warm and currently watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, his favorite.  Since I was cold, I began thinking about my next packet and I can't wait to use it when my kiddos return in January.  I finally finished it this morning. :-)

My students watched Frosty the Snowman before we left for Christmas break and I heard them talking about how "cool" it would be to make a snowman come to life.  Hence, my inspiration for my writing packet.

Here is a preview of everything that's included in the packet.

 




 


 

















The packet includes two writing prompts-'How to Build a Snowman' and 'How to Make a Snowman Come to Life'.  Click on the picture below to download it from my TPT store. 



And...the first two people to tell me what they are looking forward to most on Christmas will get my packet for free.  I am most looking forward to watching Brayden on his first Christmas and figuring out what my husband bought me for Christmas. 

Lots of love,

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sick Baby Means Finished Money Lap Book

Hello, Friends!

I can't believe Thanksgiving is this week.  It has already been an eventful week and it has only begun! 

Well, we were suppose to have a two day week this week. Brayden ran a temperature of 104 on Saturday night.  We got his temperature down before bed and he woke up on Sunday with a temperature of 103.6.  Took him to the doctor (by then his temperature was 98) and the doctor said that he had a sore throat.  Sunday around 7 o'clock he was burning up again.  Took his temperature and it was 104.6.  SCARY!! So, we took him to the emergency room.  He had a chest x-ray, RSV test, and strep test.  All came back negative.  He just has a sore throat and a virus that is raising his temperature.  Friends, a temperature of almost 105 is super scary.  Glad nothing major was wrong, but hate that he feels awful.  

So, I had to stay at home today.  Brayden is better, but still whiny.  I won't know if I can go in to work tomorrow until we take his temperature in the morning.  Pray that my sweet boy is all better. One minute he's smiling and happy and the next minute he wants to be held and crying. Breaks my heart!




















A sick baby means lots of free time while he sleeps.  So, I cleaned the house (sorta, I'm so tired) and finally finished my next lap book. It's been finished for about 2 weeks and I just haven't had the motivation to finish.  


If you want to win your self a copy, leave me a comment telling me your plans for Thanksgiving. I'll pick a winner sometime tomorrow night!  Good luck!

Lots of love,

Monday, November 11, 2013

My Truth Monday-Celebrity Crush

Hello, Friends!

I actually had a great day.  We got a lot accomplished even with ITBS testing this morning. I'm linking up with Denise from Sunny Days for her My Truth Linky.


This week, it's all about the celebrity crush.  Oh, boy! This could be bad. ;-)

First, my husband is my first love.  We've been together for 10 years and there is no one hotter than him.  He is the sweetest and best gift that I could have ever received from God.  God knew what he was doing when we met in high school.  Love that man beyond words.

But, I have to admit that I do have some (or a few) celebrity crushes.  It's okay to look.  He has some celebrity crushes too.  One of his is Carrie Underwood.  Can't blame him there.  She is gorgeous and have you seen her legs?!?! 

So, I could not choose just 1 celebrity crush.  I choose two.  Here they are:

First up is Gerard Butler.  I've been a fan for a while.  There is something about his Irish accent that just makes me melt.  Plus, he is H-O-T, hot, hot, hot.  I actually watched Olympus has Fallen with him in it last night.  He can play the bad boy or the sweet boy.  It doesn't matter as long as he has short hair.  I'm not a fan of the long hair.  He is a talented actor who just happens to crank my tractor.  

Second, is a newer celebrity crush.  I started watching The Vampire Diaries last year and fell in love with Ian Somerhalder.  He has that bad boy persona which is hot.  Plus he is downright attractive.  And...he's a Southern boy.  There's nothing better than that.  

So, there are my celebrity crushes.  I'd love to hear who yours is! 

I hope that everyone has a great Tuesday!

Lots of love,
Jeannie


Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Game Plan for the Week

Happy Sunday, Friends!

It's been a busy day of loving on my precious niece, tending to a sick child (whiny, wanting to be held) and lesson planning. Hoping my munchkin' feels better in the morning.  I hate when he doesn't feel good. :-(

So, here's the game plan for the week:

Reading:

We are digging deep into informational text this week.  We will be learning all about space this week.  Such a fun topic!

Literacy Centers:
We will be doing lots of fun Thanksgiving activities and space synonyms. Click the links below to check them out.
Freebie From Me


Space Syonyms-My Packet
Thanksgiving How To-Lisa Richling
Math:
We are finishing up our money unit this week and heading into mental math. 


All of these are in my TpT store.  Gobbling Up Mental Math is a freebie. 
WORD:
We will be learning all about Bossy E and how he changes the way a word is read. 
Bossy E from Sarah Cooley
Science:
This week is all about insects!  We will be researching and learning all about the characteristics of insects.  My boys will just love science this week. :-)
Animal Unit from Teacher's Clubhouse

Busy week ahead with lots of fun!  I hope that everyone has a terrific Monday!

Lots of love,
Jeannie




Saturday, November 9, 2013

Thanksgiving Freebie

Friends,

It's been quite a week in my little ol' room.  My little ones took the ITBS test for three days this week and it just drains us.  I like to stick to a schedule, and felt off all week.  Two more days and then we can get back to our regular routine.  

First, I want to share that my niece arrived yesterday.  She is just perfect.  She was a week early and weighed a whopping 5 pounds 12 ounces.  TINY, TINY, TINY!  It's hard to believe that my little one was once little.  She seems huge compared to Brayden's weight of 6 pounds 11 ounces.  LOVE her to pieces already and can't wait to love her on some more.  

Here she is, friends.  Lindsay Hunter-Grace Mejia

I have some serious baby fever right now.  Hopefully, holding her will fix it.  We aren't quite ready for another one yet.  

I am so thankful to all of you.  November is the month where everyone shows how appreciate they are.  I don't just appreciate all of y'all in November.  I appreciate y'all all the time.  I've enjoyed meeting and making new friends.  I just love y'all to pieces.

I made a Thanksgiving Making Words Freebie for you.  Click below if you can use it in your room.  My little ones absolutely love making words out of bigger words.  So much fun! 


Getting ready to head back out and love on my new niece.  There's so football today, so she has all of my attention. :-)

Lots of love,
Jeannie

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Recap of My Week

Friends,


I need to play Catch-Up time! 

We've had tons of fun in my classroom, but I haven't been able to look at a computer.  It's been a horrible week in my head.  On Sunday, I had a headache.  Nothing out of the ordinary, but just an annoying headache.  I took some Tylenol and it didn't help.  Monday morning came and my headache was still there.  Let's fast forward to Friday.  I still had a headache.  Nothing was making me feel better.  So I went to the ER to find out what was wrong.  I then learned finally after a few hours of waiting that I had a sinus infection in by brain.  How in the word does that happen!?!?  The fluid in the sinus cavity in my brain had become infected and couldn't pass into my nasal cavity.  Yuck!  So, I'm on lots of pain killers an antibiotics to knock this junk out!


If you were working with me last week, you would have never known that I was hurting.  Only my closest friends knew there was something wrong.  I muddled through it and made sure that my 20 friends had fun and learned all week long! 


So let's recap all of the fun learning that went on in 2nd grade.

We've been learning about life cycles.  Last week was specifically mammals and their characteristics (new packet coming soon).  We made mammal life cycle hats.  Check out our apparel (not all of my students were here this day or they were being pulled).  I always start with mammals because it's the easiest for them to understand and relate too since we are mammals. 


I really have a terrific class this year!  LOVE them!

Next up, we learned all about synonyms.  We sang a synonym song to learn all about synonyms and what that hard word means.  Click here to get a copy of the song from www.canteach.com. 

To keep learning about synonyms we played the two games from my latest packet, Out of this Word Space Synonyms. 


Space Synonym Concentration


Synonym Recording Sheet and Matching Game



We even made synonym asteroids.  Their finished work came out so cute!


I promise that we did more stuff this week, but I didn't take pictures of anything else teaching related.  Sinus headache...remember...

Halloween was this week and my team decided to dress up as Disney Princesses.  It was so much fun.  I had my cousin hem my dress and it was still too long.  One of the disadvantages of being 5 foot 0 inches. One of my co-workers told me that I even was walking like a princess because I was having go pick up my dress as a I walked all day long.  The kids LOVED it though.  My students who didn't dress up became my little dwarfs. Why, oh why, didn't I get pictures of them!  Oh well! :-(

My co-workers took the following pictures below of us.  Aren't we ADORABLE!  

I was Snow White. 


My fabulous team
Snow White (Me), Princess Belle, Merida from Brave, Princess Tiana, and Pocohantas

With a pounding headache, I still managed to take my son trick-or-treating.  He dressed up as a convict.  Last minute costume choice, but he was still adorable. 
He didn't understand trick-or-treating.  He got the hang of out and wanted to stop at EVERY one's house.  He didn't understand that if their light wasn't on then he couldn't go.  He may have pitched a few small tantrums but luckily stopped quickly. He LOVED it.  I am so glad that I made myself get up and take him.  It was worth it!

So, if you would like to win a copy of my latest packet, head on over to my Facebook page.  I'm having a little giveaway over there.  Click here to go visit my Facebook page. 

Click the picture below to take a look at my synonym packet. Don't forget to head on over to my Facebook page to win a copy! :-)



I hope that everyone has a WONDERFUL Sunday!

Lots of love,
Jeannie