Sunday, November 24, 2013

Central Illinois Tornado Victim Fundraiser
As I was sweeping up glass from a table which was shattered last Sunday in the storm I just kept thinking this is such small potatoes in comparison to what my neighboring communities are cleaning up.  It also confirmed how important it is to reach out and help these communities.  Usually tornadoes are spring and summer events, not fall.  So many lost their homes and everything they own and with winter fast approaching offering very little time to recover.  
I felt an overwhelming need to help in some way and decided to contact TPT to see if there was any way they would help sponsor or support a fundraiser for these victims.  They have been wonderful helping me get everything set up and along the way I met two wonderful ladies who had the same thought as I did.  We have teamed up together and beginning December 1st will be offering to you a fantastic opportunity to help as well.  There will be several different bundles of products offered to you for a cost, but in return you will receive some wonderful products donated by many teachers and clipart artists on TPT.  Later this week I will post on my Facebook page, as well as here the store address.  I hope you will come check out our TPT store where these fabulous bundles will be offered for the month of December. 
A special thanks Amanda Pauley, Cindy Feeney who have worked with me on gathering donations and getting the fundraiser organized.  And, I can't thank all of you who have donated enough!!  Your generosity has touched me deeply and I know the victims of the tornadoes of Central Illinois will be thankful for any help we can offer. 
More news to come soon!!
This adorable little graphic was designed just for us by Nikki of Melonheadz!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Yippee! I'm a little ahead of schedule with this week's newsletter. Well, not really. But, it felt good saying I was ahead for once. Hopefully, I will remember to print it off in the morning and get it into your little cowpoke's binder. Thank you all so much for taking time to visit with me during Parent/Teacher conferences!! I am so proud of your little ones! Also, here are 2 Math Talk pictures for the weekend. I just couldn't choose! Have fun talking math together!

Monday, October 21, 2013


 Found this super cute little Frankenstein on Pinterest to go along with our "Frank" Literacy and Math Unit. It was originally posted here.  So glad I found this post.  Don't you think they turned out adorable!?? My little cowpokes painted the tissue paper on wax paper last week during Centers and then we finished them up today! Tell me what you think!!

"Writing the Room"

My little cowpokes this year love writing the room.  They are so sweet going right outside our doorway to write "my" name or one of their little friends names off our spooky jack-o-lanterns.  I found these super cute little "bat" and "skeleton" glasses at Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago.  Check out these fabulous little writers!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Positional Words!!
What an absolutely great day we had today!! We began by working on positional words today while looking at our Math Talk picture about an apple orchard. It was a little hard, but they did amazing!!

One of our Common Core Standards is for the little cowpokes to look at a picture and be able to describe where things are in relationship to other items. For example: the tree is behind the house, the sun is over the trees, or the flowers are next to the house. I will try to post a picture every week for you and your child to talk about together. Here's your first picture!! Have fun!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Cowpokes 2013

I wanted to share our adorable little cowpokes with you.  Our classroom theme this year is "cowboys".  Not, Dallas Cowboys (sorry y'all), but the ride 'em cowboy kind.  These little guys took us 3 days in little spurts to make, but I'm so glad we took the time.  Check 'em out!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Okay, so the little people wanted to see all of their pictures!  :0)
So, I've added them all except for the 2 little sweeties who were absent the day the pictures were taken.  
Our little chicks hatched and our wonderful 1st grade teacher took pictures of all of the little ones with the babies! How cute are these?? This is just a sneak peek of a few of my little people! Love them!