Thursday, March 31, 2011

You Know You're a Teacher When...

Abby's having a linky part over at The Inspired Apple, and many of the other blogs I follow are also playing along, so I thought I'd join in too!

You know you're a Kindergarten teacher when...
  • You can turn ANYTHING into a song/jingle without thinking about it, then proceed to use said song/jingle for the remainder of the school year.
  • Dr. Jean rocks your socks off!
  • You love the smell of playdough, crayons, and Mr. Sketch markers.
  • You can read ANYTHING without a single vowel...inventive spellings are your life.
  • Hugs make your heart smile, but you secretly wonder what color paint or food they've smeared all over the back of you. And, for that reason, you rarely wear white.
  • You're more excited about getting new goodies in the school supply section in August than the incoming kindergartners.
  • You respond to the name Mommy (and Grandma) at least 10 times each week.
  • You spend more money on the Scholastic book order than the sum of all the children's orders.
  • You wish you could change your name if only to stop hearing "Mrs. _____?!" 50 million times per day.
  • Your students LOVE school and homework, and are motivated to please the teacher.
  • You know, and truly appreciate, the look on a child's face when he/she finally reads a book independently.
  • Your students are accomplished gold diggers! You all know what I mean...
  • It takes you twice as long to get your kids ready for dismissal in the winter months.
  • All of your students love you...even if you just had to be stern with them 5 minutes ago.
  • Your students have their parents write you notes even if there isn't a bus change just so they will have a note to give you. "_______ wanted me to write you a note today, so he could give it to you. I hope that's okay."
  • Not a single day goes by when you don't snicker or smile to yourself about something silly one of your kids inadvertently said or did.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Scrambled Eggs!

This weekend, I found these at Walmart for $10:
Which is especially exciting because I love to have my kids play various types of "scrambled eggs" games during workshop in April!
Here are some examples:
Math Scrambled Eggs

The kids have to write down the math problem (simple addition and subtraction) and solve it, then they crack it open to check their answers.

Sight Word Scrambled Eggs

In action!
These eggs contain our Open Court list of sight words along with color words. Each egg has a sight word square in it along with the letters to form the word. This can be tricky to keep organized with the letters getting mixed-up into the wrong eggs, but the kids love it!

CVC and other easily read words
These work just like the sight words scrambled eggs (and get messy just like them too!). The kids unscramble the letters to form the word that corresponds with the picture. For a challenge once the kids get the hang of the sight word and CVC eggs, I have them write down the words and sometimes they have to come up with a sentence using that word and write the complete sentence.

I also have some ideas to create a version of scrambled eggs for telling time! What a great find!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Seuss Template Giveaway

Ladybug teacher files is doing an AWESOME template giveaway!! I've been looking for a Seuss themed blog template for my blog, and just saw the giveaway. Perfect timing! My fingers and toes are crossed that I'll be the lucky winner!

The ABCs of Mrs. Cooper...

A- Age: 27

B- Bed Size: Queen

C- Chore I Hate: dishes (thanks to my hubby, I don't usually have to do it though)

D- Dogs: No, thank you. I love my kitties & piggies!

E- Essential to Start my Day: Hot White Tea

F- Favorite Color: reds & purples

G- Gold or Silver?: gold for a color; silver for jewelry

H- Height: 5'8"

J- Job Title: Kindergarten Teacher, Grade Level Rep./PLC Leader

K- Kids: Someday, God willing.

L- Live: South of Rochester, NY

M- My Mom's Name: Tammy, Mom, Momma

N- Nickname: LA, Lee, Honey

O- Overnight Hospital Stay: None!

P- Pet Peeve: chewing with mouth open, arguing just to argue

Q- Quote from a Movie: "A person's a person no matter how small." & "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent." -Horton Hears a Who

R- Right/Left: Righty

S- Siblings: Allison, she's also one of my besties

T- Time I Wake Up: 6:00am

U- Underwear: Aerie or VS

V- Veggies I Dislike: tomatoes & cauliflower

W- What Makes Me Run Late: not much

X- X-Rays: teeth, foot, face

Y- Yummy Food I Make: cupcakes, cakes, any baked good

Z- Zoo Animal: penguins & capybaras