Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Happy Thanksgiving! 
from our family to yours :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

So Thankful!

I certainly feel like I have been very blessed...I have a long list of things I'm soooo thankful for...but I'm going to keep it pretty simple today. The sweet ladies over at What the Teacher Wants are having a little "I'm Thankful" linky party...and I thought I would join and share my thoughts with y'all!


1. What are you most thankful for in your classroom?

My students are by far what I'm most thankful for in my classroom! They are sweet, funny, hardworking, and adorable! This has been a great year so far...and we have accomplished so many wonderful things...I am sooo proud of my little firsties! On a more superficial note..I am thankful for my document camera and projector...I use them every day...and I truly don't know what I would do without them..ha!

2. Who are you most thankful for? 

Definitely my children and husband...God has blessed me with a wonderful family...they light up my life! :)

3. What 3 blogs are you most thankful for?

Ahhh....this is sooo difficult! I don't think I can narrow it down to 3...I am really thankful to these bloggers because they have really helped me to grow as a teacher. They have transformed the way I look at instruction and have helped me create fun and meaningful activities for my firsties. These ladies have inspired me to be a better teacher...and for that I am super thankful! I am so blessed to have found these fabulous blogs!

I am so thankful for sweet Abby over at The Inspired Apple...she's funny, creative, artistic, and oh so generous! She has a bubbly personality that comes across her blog...too sweet! She always has great ideas that I LOVE to implement in my own classroom! Of course my anchor charts never come out as cute as hers...but I'm learning to be a bit more cutesy with my charts! Abby is truly a super teacher! 
I am sooo thankful to Rachelle over at What the Teacher Wants. Her blog was one of the 1st ones I started to follow and I LOVED everything...I remember going back and reading every single post...and downloading ALL of her freebies! Rachelle is also one of the few bloggers that ALWAYS has a nice comment for everyone. Thanks Rachelle for being so sweet and generous! You're fantabulous! ;)

Sweet Michelle over at Fabulous in First has the kindest heart and sweetest personality! I LOVE her creativity and fun activities! She is also a super teacher! Love her!
Kristen over at Ladybug's Teacher Files is so sweet and generous! I love her kind spirit and bubbly personality! And those creations....FABULOUS! 

The fabulous Sarah over at First Grader...at Last! is one of the reasons I started blogging! She is creative and her activities are always darling! Thanks Sarah for being an inspiration!

and last but certainly not least is Cara over at The First Grade Parade, she has a heart made of gold! Her blog has changed the way I look at curriculum...I now know how fun it can be to teach first grade! She has the cutest activities...and is definitely an endless source of inspiration! 

Thank you ladies for inspiring and challenging me to be a better teacher!

4. What guilty pleasure are you most thankful for? 

Hello...my name is Gladys and I am a Pinterest-aholic! I'm definitely addicted...and need help!

5. What are you most thankful for?

I am thankful that God has blessed me with 4 wonderful and healthy children. I am thankful for my sweet husband, he is my BFF and I LOVE him with all my heart! I am thankful for my wonderful parents and in-laws (they have truly embraced me as their daughter..and for that I am so grateful!). I am thankful to my readers who leave me such sweet comments and make my days a little brighter. I am grateful to Jesus Christ who died on the cross for us, so that we could live a life full of grace here on earth. Thank you Lord for my many blessings. 

I cannot forget to mention that I am also thankful for a few frivolous things..such as: Coke Zero (refreshing!), Subway's Tuna sandwich (yummo!), chocolate chip cookies (double yummo!), and of course Starbuck's coffee! Love!

Okay...so that was a loooong post...but thanks for sticking with me. ;) Now go and link up with Rachelle and Natalie and tell us what you're thankful for! 

Have a blessed week everyone!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Hey all! 
Happy Wednesday! 
Here is what I'm loving on this beautiful day...

I'm loving that Breaking Dawn is only 1 day away...and I have tickets to the midnight show!!!
I'm sooooo excited...I can't wait!!!
I'm loving that my Thanksgiving break starts on Friday at 3:30 p.m.....wooohoo! 
I soooo need that mini vacation!

I'm loving that my brother is coming home from Boston...and will be down here for 2 whole weeks! I miss that man dearly...and can't wait to spend time with him! 

I'm loving these Pinterest finds:

What are you lovin' today?

Link up with Jamie and join the fun!

Toodles!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Classroom Update

My Firsties have been working soooo hard...all while having a blast learning...thanks to my bloggie friends and their fantabulous ideas! Seriously...what would I do without you guys?!

A couple of weeks ago we learned all about pumpkins...we described, charted and sequenced the lifecycle of a pumpkin...here is the one picture I took...sad I know...but I've been terrible about taking pictures! Ugggh!
We also read these books to learn more about our Veterans...my kiddos were in awe at how brave they are and how much our service men and women sacrifice for our freedom...I think they have a new found respect for our military families. 

Of course after reading all about our Veterans we had to do some writing...
My veteran was inspired by Cara at The First Grade Parade. Love that girl! She always has FABULOUS ideas!
 Isn't first grade writing just adorable?! Love those little soldiers!

My darlings have also been learning about skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's...when I saw this post from Ms. Simoneaux at First Grade Fresh I knew we had to do this activity...so stinkin' cute! My kiddos loved it!
I'll leave you with a sneak peak of our soon to be pie graph...I can't wait for next week! 

Well that's it...hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! 
Until next time...toodles!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday ya'll! 

Today I'm linking up with Jamie for WILW
I'm loving that today is my anniversary...we had a quiet evening at home...some t.v. watching, some Chinese takeout...it was perfect!
I'm loving that this week is flying by...and you know what that means, right?! Soon we'll be out for our Thanksgiving break! Woohoo!

I'm loving these Pinterest finds: 

I'm loving my new clipart from KPM Doodles
Aren't these teddy bears so stinkin' cute?!

That's all I have for today folks...
What are you loving today?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Favorite November Books

I can't believe we only have 2 weeks left before our Thanksgiving break! Where did the time go?! Not that I'm complaining or anything...but I don't know if I'll have time to read all of my favorite November books or finish all those cutie ideas all my bloggie friends have given me...
I. NEED. MORE. TIME!! 

Oh well...I'll just do what I can...I'm sure my Firsties will have fun even if we don't get to finish everything that's on my list of activities. 
On to the books...here is the loooong list of favorites. 


And last but certainly not least...my all time favorite Thanksgiving book...if you don't have this book...I recommend you get it...it's such a sweet story.

What are your favorite November books?