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I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in June 2009. I began my wonderful career teaching first grade shortly thereafter, in August 2009. In June 2016, I completed my Masters with the focus in Reading grades K-6th grade. This will be my seventh year utilizing a blog and hope that it will provide parents with another avenue to view their child's accomplishments throughout the school year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Winter Party

Well, we were only in school for two days before winter break, but I did manage to capture a few photos.

Since we ran out of time on Grinch Day, we made these ever so cute Grinch faces (from Deanna Jump) on Monday.  I just love what they came up with!

We cleaned our desks (inside and out) and chairs.
I figured some parents may need to see it to believe it!

Winter Party!
Thank you parents for organizing this wonderful event!
 Bean Bag Toss
 Snow Prints
 Pin the Carrot on the Snowman
Turtle Ornaments

2011 has proved to be a wonderful year!  
I cannot wait to see what 2012 will bring!

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Between our unit Celebrations Around the World and our Holiday Card Exchange, we have 'traveled' to far away countries:  Italy, England, and Sweden as well as within the United States:  Maryland, Florida, Texas, and many, many more.  We also had a great time during Grinch Day!
Here are a few pictures that I snapped along the way.

 Just a few of the cards the first grade team have received.
(Displayed on the bulletin board in hallway across from the 'Blue Room')

Additional cards are on our classroom wall for students to take down and read.

I did not get any photos of our out of the States travels...however, this is the suitcase similar to the one the students made.  After they visited a country, they got their passports stamped and placed the craft they made inside the suitcase.  A great collaboration with Mrs. Langston and Mr. Holden!

Grinch fun!  We also, read the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas, brainstormed adjectives to describe the Grinch in the beginning and then at the end of the story, completed at text to self paper finishing the lines:  I am grumpy when... and I am happy when..., generated words using the letters GRINCH, and watched the Grinch video with the other first grade classes!

 Last, but certainly not least, our Student of the Week!

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Polar Express

Even though this time of year is very hectic, I just love all of the wonderful memories that are created! 
This past week, we traveled to the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, and Mexico.  We continue to receive holiday cards from around the country.  As we receive cards, we collect data and find their location using Google Earth.  On Friday, we enjoyed a fun-filled Polar Express Day!  
Here is just a sampling of our week:

We measured and determined How Big Are Our Feet.

  We visited Germany.  

We listened to The Conductor read us The Polar Express.

 The Conductor punched our tickets before we went aboard The Polar Express.

We did many fun activities; including making our own Five Silver Bells book!

After receiving a special gift from the North Pole (a bell for each student), I read Five Silver Bells as the students rang their bells after each page.  Gave me goosebumps!

Our class in our pjs!  Notice the cute Santas they made last week on the wall.

Our Student of the Week!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Card Exchange and More

It never fails, the weeks between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break simply fly by!  Last week, in addition to our daily curricular activities, we planned then wrote a letter to Santa, made a Santa, looked up information to write in our holiday cards, made our cards, and (thanks to my very helpful family) we were able to better utilize technology using our short throw with the installation of our dry erase board!

How could I forget our new chairs and table?
How sweet do they look?

These are the adorable Santas they made that are now
hanging in the hallway.  I'll post a picture of that next week.

Taking their time as they make the outside of the card.

A look of the inside of a card.
Look at how small they wrote!
I told them they needed to write like a college student!

The front of two cards.
They did such a great job!!!

Our Student of the Week!