Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Lord of the Flies and Another Award

It is that time of the year when my children, my most precious possessions, are left to their own devices. They revert back to the tribal ways of our ancestors, scavenging for food, wrapping themselves in strips of clothing, and fighting to rule the house (or what's left of it when they are done). I'm happy to say that 1) the 18 month old has held his own and still remains on top, and 2) they are coming through the ordeal just fine.

Boss in his barn boots. Not sure what he's planning...

If you are not a teacher, you might wonder what is going on at my house, but if you are then you smile and nod. You know, because the same thing is happening, or has happened, at your house.

I'm going crazy trying to pull everything together. The kiddos come back Aug. 8, but work officially starts July 31. I really want my stuff done before the year's to do lists start rolling in. Help!!

I have managed to complete a few projects:

Do you know that Weather Chart that has been going around Pinterest?

Well, I finally made mine with the help of Rowdy in Room 300 (click the picture to grab yours). I also made my own weather graph that matched so my kiddos would have a weather graph in their Calendar Journals. You can grab your copy here. I also put together my Calendar flipchart complete with math stretch templates and problem of the day. 

Then staying on the subject of Guided Math, I created a teeny tiny Guided Math book to keep me organized during small groups on conferences. 

 I've got my Weekly Schedule in there (because I need a little road map when planning), a Quick Planner for Math Workstations, and Guided Math Lesson Plan that I grabbed from Thinking of Teaching. Click on over to grab your own copy! I also made a conference sheet to take with me. I wanted one sheet that could hold all of my students so that I could have all my info in one place. Click here to grab it for yourself. 

Now I'm working on finishing up my Pirate Communication Folders that I grabbed from Jodi Southard from Fun in First. At $3.00 they are a steal and completely editable. She has several styles. My teaching partners purchased the Peace Communication Folder because they liked mine so much. Check them out here

Rumor has it that there is a big sale is coming soon. My fingers are crossed because my wishlist is busting at the seams!

But for the best news...I was nominated for another award. I can't believe it!

Thank you so much to Katherine at Blessings of Teaching for making my day. In all the craziness this was great! This award is named for the German word "liebster", which translates to "beloved" or "favorite" and is given to a "new and upcoming blogger."

Here are the rules:

  1. Link back to the person who gave it to you. 
  2. Post the award to your blog. 
  3. Give the award to at least 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  4.  Leave a comment on the five blogs letting them know that they have been offered the award.
So here are my nominations. These are great blogs. You really should check them out. 



  1. Hi ! Thank you so much for the award, and I absolutely LOVE yours! :) Your writing cracks me up, too...very fun to read. I'm your newest follower! My boyfriend lives next to a cattle farm, and I live in suburbia so I can imagine that adjustment you made to move to the dairy farm. How much fun though! I'm originally from East TN, too... Chattanooga and Knoxville...before moving all over the south. Small world. Thanks again for the award, and I can't wait to read more of yours!

    First Grade Fairytales

  2. Your welcome! I love the East TN area. The mountains are beautiful. I'm a transplant, but my husband's family has been farming here for over 100 years. Can you believe it!

  3. You post cracked me up! I go back on the 1st and kids on 7th! I feel ya, though I have no children! I have 6 four-legged kids if that counts at all AND a husband!!!!!!
    Thanks so much for the award! That's so sweet of you. Your blog is super cute!!

    Ann Marie Smith @ Innovative Connections

    1. Your welcome! Oh yeah the four-legged friends count and the husband counts twice!! I'll be thinking of you on the 1st.

  4. Hi...I just found your blog through the Newbie Blog Hop and am now a follower. I'd love for you to hop over to my blog and check it out.

    1. I sure will. I love the title. Teaching is quite an adventure!

  5. Found your blog through the Newbie blog hop and nominated you for another award! Hop over to my blog to pick it up!

    Crazy Daze in First Grade

    1. Thank you for thinking of me! I'm glad you like my blog!!

  6. I'm your newest follower. I would like to pass along an award to you! Hop over to my blog to claim it.


    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

    1. Thank you so much! I'm headed over there now!

  7. Hi Maggie,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am your new follower. Your voice really comes through in your blog posts. I enjoyed reading them. I grew up in the country in Oregon--lots of dairy farms.
    I feel for you going back to school already. I have a few more weeks.
    Corinna :
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement! You have to love the dairy farmers. They are an interesting bunch!