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Sunday, February 20, 2011


Thank you Mrs. Harris  (  http://adventuresofroom129.blogspot.com  ) for honoring me with this award!

Here is what you need to do to keep the award going:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Award 5 recently discovered great bloggers

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award

Hmmm..... 7 things about me:
  1. I have two wonderful daughters (ages 15 and 4!)

  2.  I was a classroom aid for almost 12 years before I took my leap of faith into having my own classroom. Best leap ever!

3.  I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in second grade. 

4.  All our pets have the middle name of James - Bentley James, Oliver James, and Dexter James!

5. I lived in Queens, NY until I was 7 then we moved to Leeds, Maine! I went from a tar playground to a school in the middle of a corn field!

6. I love horror movies! For some reason when people hear this about me, they are shocked.

7.  When I look at where I was in my life just seven years ago, I think of the old cigarette add: "You have come a long way baby!" I could not have made this journey without my best friend, my Ed.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Yesterday we started working with Homophones. I had one of those right - before - the - lesson - brain - cramps and decided to start my lesson a different way. Instead of me telling the students what homophones were I gave each student a card with a homophone pair on it. Students then got EEKK (elbow to elbow, knee to knee) with a classmate and talked about what they noticed about the words. Then we discussed what they noticed. This is what they came up with:
   * They sound the same ( with a little coaching from me... they wanted to say they were just the same)
   * They are spelled different.
   * They do not mean the same thing.

I was amazed and a bit proud of them ( well... and myself!)

We then listened to the homophone song and students had to highlight the homophone pairs in the poem.

Today they took a homophone pair and used a graphic organizer to draw a picture of the word, and use the word in a sentence. We are going to make these into a class book.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow day Frustration!

So.... home all day due to "Snowmagaden" and thought I would bake. Went to the fridge to get the ingredients for some peanut butter cookies... No eggs! UGH! Decided to do some updating on the blog - still having issues with Google Docs. For some reason, I can not get the link to show on the right side so I can embed my documents! One more frustration and I may just have to go outside and shovel!