Friday, June 5, 2015


Pin It On the last day of school our faculty and staff say many a tearful goodbye to our cute kiddos, lock up the building, and gather at a local restaurant to celebrate the end of the school year.   Part of the celebration includes the introduction of our theme for the following year.  This theme comes from a book that we read together as a faculty over the summer.  I agree with our principal, "There is a great deal of power that comes from reading and discussing a book as a faculty."  Over the last six years, these books have helped to shaped the culture of our school.

I was intrigued when they passed out these vintage Mickey bags.

Inside was our summer read!  
 "The Disney Way"

Our school theme for 2015-16
 “I dream, I test my dreams against my beliefs, I dare to take risks, and I execute my vision to make those dreams come true.”
 -Walt Disney
I'm excited to read this book, share my "light-bulb" moments right here on my little blog, discuss it with my colleagues during professional development days, and implement some ideas from the "Disney Way" in my classroom next fall!   

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Classroom Digs

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 I made it through our first two weeks and 
things are starting to settle into a nice routine.  

 We're "Flying Through First Grade!"
This is the display outside my classroom.  I'm thrilled with how it  turned out.  
I used my panorama function to get the whole wall...
It turned out a little funky...but you get the idea:)

My new Math and Literacy Focus Walls are  
wonderful additions.  They have truly become the focal points 
in our classroom.  My students are constantly referring to and using the resources that are now all located in one spot.  Love!!

The very best thing about this year are the seven extraordinary, funny, generous, wonderful, talented women I work with every day!! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Teacher Week 2014--Who?

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 I am excited to be  linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week 2014!  
I love discovering new blogs and learning more about my favorite teacher bloggers.  

Here's a little bit about "WHO" I am.

I am the wife of this wonderful man.
We were engaged 11 days after we met...
24 years later I can't believe it took us so long. ;)

These amazing people call me Mom.
My oldest is 22 and my youngest is 12...yes...she really is 12.

I live in such a beautiful place. 
This is Mount Timpanogas in Northern Utah.
Simply breathtaking!  

My love of diet Coke is not new info...
Sadly, this is a close to my name as I am going to get.  

I've shared the story of how I got my class pets here.
This summer, when I brought home my little frogs and put 
them in our home vivarium, we discovered we had a breeding pair.  
Now, we have 16 well cared for tadpoles living in the windowsill of my kitchen.   
I have no idea how this happened to a nice girl like me. :)

Well, that's a little bit of how I roll.  
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to School Blast Off Sale

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

All About Nonfiction Anchor/Flip Chart

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Nonfiction text features are something that I am constantly reviewing with my firsties.  I love the way these anchor charts allow me to have examples of them at my fingertips during guided reading.  

The packet includes the following 15 anchor charts:

Nonfiction Definition
Title Page
Table of Contents
Bold Type

Here are a couple of examples from the packet.