Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Caramel Apple Dip


September screams APPLES to me.
My dear friend Michele shared her caramel apple dip recipe with me years ago.
I always pull it out this time of year.
It's a winner...
only 5 ingredients, 
1 pan 
and super delicious on apples, ice cream (or straight on the spoon ;)

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fast and Fluent Readers





We've been working in our Fast and Fluent books the past few weeks...
 and I must say they are doing a great job. 
 They love the speed thing and the timers are just an added bonus.

FYI... I bought these timers at Walmart in the kitchen area for $6.97.
They are fabulous... easy to use and handle and durable with a
 big magnet on the back to hang on the board.


I've taught my kiddos to sit knee to knee (to make a square).
That helped with body management and noise.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spiritual food for thought

Girlfriends have always “found spiritual strength in each other’s love and compassion. … As they suffered trials of illness and death, they prayed in faith for each other and comforted each other. ‘The love of God flowed from heart to heart,’ wrote Helen Mar Whitney.
In my church, all the ladies receive the opportunity to serve, love and visit 2 other women in the ward (congregation)... we actually call it VISITING TEACHING.  Basically, we watch out, help and friendship these ladies.  Everyone has someone to love 'em and watch out for them.  If a meal or a ride to pick up a repaired car is needed... we can call on each other.  It is also delightful to receive a spiritual message, friendly hello and sweet hug at least once a month.   We report and share our findings each month to the presidency make sure everyone is getting seen.
attached to PEAR hand soap from Joann's ($1 each)

As I was creating a goodie for this month... I thought... why not post these for my lady friends in blogville.  We don't all need to be member of the same church to serve and show kindness to another lady at work, in the neighborhood or next door.  We could all use a little love and appreciation.   So... if you can think of a 'sister' that could use a simple pick me up and hug... print off the tag... grab something 'pear'ish and spread a little love.
Elaine L. Jack, the 12th Relief Society general president, said:
 “In visiting teaching we reach out to each other. Hands often speak as voices can’t. A warm embrace conveys volumes. A laugh together unites us. A moment of sharing refreshes our souls. We cannot always lift the burden of one who is troubled, but we can lift her so she can bear it well.”
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Johnny Appleseed Day - Sept 26th

Coming soon...  GRADE 3 October Math Stations

September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day.
I'm not one to cook apples and make applesauce however, 
I think it's a fun day to read a Tall Tale...
...do a bit of:
 graphing, 
tangrams,
 life cycle
 and story problems
 (using Apple Jacks as manipulatives) and...


...continue our writing skills over a cup (or box) of apple juice.







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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Root Words, Endings and more

We are starting our 4th week of school Monday...
I can honestly say, I feel like it's coming together.
We have started a routine... the schedule is sure and the expectations are clear.

My fabulous team (I love my girls) are working on the new reading program together.
We are finding things that work, things to tweek and things to skip.
It's a process (an exhausting one at times) however, I feel like we are making progress...
and progress is good!!

Homework is working (I posted that a couple weeks ago).
Spelling and vocabulary tests are finally figured out.
I wasn't sure how the best way to assess the vocabulary was... but this 'form' has worked for 3 weeks now.  The kids 'get' it and it's easy to correct.



Reading Skills (homework) is bound, handed out, taken home and beginning to be mastered.  It is fabulous!!  If you have not checked it out... you really should.
Michele has created a fantastic step by step reading structure for kids.
This file is all you need to construct a solid reading packet for each of your students to review OR master OR learn.  It is valuable for all 2nd graders.
I appreciate how it is ready to place in the copier and create!!!
No fuss but TONS of phonetic opportunity for the little ones.


I created a couple mini lesson packets to go along with our language arts (specifically our new reading program).  They've been very helpful for the weekly instruction.





Next up is Number Bonds.
Have I mentioned how grateful I am that my math isn't changing this year!?!?


Math Helps - Number Bonds


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 11th


It's a day I'll never forget...
I was in Newport Beach on vacation with my mother, sisters, nieces and nephews.
We were planning to take the kids to Disneyland that day.
I turned the news on while getting ready only to view the horrific scenes on the TV.
We couldn't believe our eyes and yet couldn't pull ourselves away from the television.
We stayed close to the condo that day and hugged each other all day!


My little 2nd graders weren't even born yet...
however, I love to use this day to remember the many heroes, blessings and opportunities we have of living in the United States of America.



Sweet and talented, Nikki  (Melonheadz) created these beautiful images to help us remember and honor our heroes.  I printed these pages back to back and let the children color them while I read the picture book above.  These became a special page in their portfolio on this patriotic day.


I'm Proud to be an American!!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

DOUBLES and NBT Task Cards and FREEBIE


This week it's 2.OA.1...  DOUBLES!
I just finished up some posters, cards and student booklets... 


Have you seen this Doubles Rap... hilarious...


I have task cards all over my computer right now.
I posted the NBT Task Cards today... G, MD and OA should be posted in a day or two.


I made them very generic so that I can use them a few times throughout the year...
as a pre and post assessment and review for the end of year.
There are 9 sets (of 12 cards + recording sheet) for each standard.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

No David!!


 Our class reviewed rules and behavior using NO DAVID books and Angie Neal's adorable
 NO DAVID craft.  They turned out darling.  Thanks Angie!!


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