August 2012 | Peace, Love, and First Grade


It's 11:31 am on Thursday, and I'm at home.
It seems our tropical friend Isaac decided to visit today.
I use the term "friend" loosely.
I think most would tell you he's overstayed his welcome!

Well, at least he's kept the lights and air conditioning on this time.

Seriously, though, I can't imagine what my neighbors on the coast and in Louisiana are feeling today.
We, in Jackson, were spared the worst of it. We still have homes.
Some of our coastal neighbors' homes are completely underwater.
In Plaquemines Parish, LA, the flooding is worse than when Katrina visited.
And we all remember that.

A little geography lesson for those who are interested:
Jackson, MS sits in the south-central part of the state. A little to the west.

We are 3 hours from the MS Gulf Coast (depending on who's driving).
We are also 3 hours from New Orleans (again, depending on who's driving).
Some would say we are 2 1/2 hours from both.
On the eastern side, we are 3 hours from Mobile and 4 hours from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
When a hurricane hits the Gulf Coast, we feel the effects!
But not nearly as much as our neighbors to the south.

Please keep them in your prayers!

So on this Hurricane Day, I actually awakened at 6:30 and got out of bed around 7:00. 
Why? I don't know. 
But, I've been able to get some work done this morning,
in my pajamas.
I have 6 activities I'm working on right now. 

This is my progress:
Activity 1-complete and ready to print
Activity 2-complete and ready to print
Activity 3-complete and ready to print
Activity 4-75% complete
Activitiy 5-50% complete
Activity 6-Mostly in my head, about 5% complete.

Here is a peek at what I've been doing. All 3 of the following packs include a Sight Word game with the first 200 Fry words AND the directions and recording sheets for a Musical Words game.

These three have been uploaded to TpT.  They're $3 each.

I'm working on Thanksgiving and Christmas now, too.
When the creative thought hits, you run with it.

You can purchase the bundle of 4 at a discounted price if you are interested in that.
I'll try to do that this weekend.

I hope your Thursday is a sunny one!!


Hellooo, Bloggy friends!!
I have just completed the 12 days of B2S!
You know what I mean.
You get home from school, and all you want to do is sit and stare...
or lie down and sleep.
FINALLY, I feel like I can type a somewhat sensible post.

My camera has been a little ill lately,
 so my classroom pics are at a minimal.
 I hope to post a tour soon.
 Until then, I'll show you my label makeovers.

My room is blue and green this year,
and I wanted my labels to match.

Old Labels- So Sad!!
These are what my old labels looked like. Oh, my!

I wanted something new and fresh that matched my color scheme.
I decided to shake things up a bit and put my labels on sticks.
I tried dowels, but they were a bit large.
A friend suggested chopsticks-such a great idea! 

They worked perfectly!

Here are some of my labels now! 
You can find my UPDATED labels at TpT. Click the pic to take a peek.

New Labels-So Happy!!

Classroom Supply Labels
 I attached the chopsticks on the inside of the pails and
back of the labels with clear packing tape.

Classroom Supply Labels

Classroom Supply Labels
I like my warm colors and cool colors separated...I know...

Classroom Supply Labels
 The extra markers go here.

While I was at it, I made new Days of the Week
 and Months of the Year cards.
Classroom Supply Labels
You know, we are all about Peace and Love in my classroom!!

Classroom Supply Labels
Obviously, the months are seasonally based.

Classroom Supply Labels
I made Focus Wall cards and Writer's Eye cards, too!
My little Purple Cow was busy!!!
 I do love the way they turned out, though. 

Classroom Supply Labels

Once my camera is feeling better, I'll take classroom pics!

Have a great day!