CURRENTLY! October! Really....

I just got started back to school and it's October already!?!?

Well, that just means......

Thanks again Farley!

to my cat trying to get out the back door…..if only he had thumbs he could turn the door knob! He's a tabby and that means he's a killer and he needs to be outside where the wild things are!
If I don't let him out this is what he will do next:
He gets inside the window blinds...I guess he might be able morph through the window that way....

my new TPT store. Oh my! I finally got it off the ground and have been adding some things daily. Well, that sounds like I have a lot of things, but really it’s only about 7 or 8 now. I have been working on this for a long time, though and it is a great accomplishment.
Here's my favorites:
text features booklet
This is a set of templates to have your students make a non fiction text features booklet. I have used it in my classroom for several years and it's terrific!

This is a set of posters that show and describe ten different kinds of scientists. Very cute!

 about our next STEM investigations. We are in the midst of our second lab experiences. Third grade is testing towels, fourth grade is finding the sweet spots of sporting equipment, and fifth grade is investigating volume and surface area using cereal boxes. And yes, I am working on packets about these labs for my TPT store! In the meantime, I need to be planning new lessons! Here's a few pics of kids at work in the lab this week:

We are building bridges!

new clothes and can’t find ANYTHING. Everything is ugly, too wild for me, or just not good for school. I really am thinking about wearing jeans everyday--- especially since my job now requires a lot of moving around and prep. The lab is a busy place! Not that regular classrooms are not busy places, but I am finding that I need to be comfortable, able to bend, able to sit or squat a lot, and I do get dirty! I did order some things from LOFT while they were 50% off:
Cute, right?? And very teacher friendly. Click on the pictures to get to the LOFT page, but sadly, they are now only 40% off!

a cure for really bad fingernails. I have the worst nails in history! They split and tear all the time. I resorted to nails from a salon for two years and now my nails are in even worse condition. I peeled off all the fake stuff and now I’m trying to nurse my poor little paper thin nails back to health. Any ideas?? I am taking Biotin, B-12, a daily multi -vitamin, and using cuticle oil nightly. I do keep my nails coated with several layers of top coat and strengtheners. I also like a pale pink color, which hides what's underneath. But yuck....and too busy to worry much about it.

Here are a few  really terrific books I can recommend:
First, for your classroom:
This little picture book by Mem Fox is priceless. I use it in so many ways. It makes kids be very observant as the pictures tell the story...not the words! One great idea for you is: read the book and have the kids write the story that the pictures tell.

Here's another great read for your class:
This sweet little book will make you think differently about zoos forever! It would make a great read aloud chapter book!

Finally, for adults:
This book is similar to Hunger Games and The Giver, but is surprisingly well written and good. It has lots more details than Hunger Games- which is a good thing, the one thing that book lacked. Divergent is also part of a trio of books.

That's it for my Currently---off to watch Chicago Fire!!!


  1. Non-Fiction is Fantastic is now on my wishlist! AWESOME!!! :) No tips for your nails...I have a bad habit of biting mine! Yikes!

    The Journey of a Beginning Teacher

    1. Yay! It's a really fun project. I hope you enjoy it when you order it!

  2. Oh my goodness, I need to get some Fall clothes too! Although Fall doesn't last too long here in Texas! :) Good luck with your TPT store! It's one of the best things I've ever done!

    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)
    My TpT Store

    1. My Loft items arrived and they are all soooooo cute! Yahoo!

  3. I'm with you on needing/wanting new clothes. I just can't seem to find ANYTHING!! Yay on having your new TpT store! It's so much fun and totally made me a better teacher! You'll love it!! :)

    Mrs. Hodge and Her Kindergarten Kids

    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging words! And for visiting!


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