Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Donuts {freebie}

Hey yall! Happy *almost* Friday!
Tomorrow is our last day of school before Thanksgiving.
In true fashion, I waited until the last minute to make treats for my kiddos.
I had no clue what I wanted to make, but sister is on a budget!
So I knew it had to be cheap and easy.
I walked by the snack cake aisle at my local grocery store and saw those little bags of mini donuts.
Bingo! I snagged 3 bags and whipped up these tags to go with them.
You can snag the tags by clicking on the photo below, if you're a procrastinator like me :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgrammar: Thanksgiving Themed Grammar Stations

Hey yall! Happy Monday!
Only 4 more days until Thanksgiving break...I think I can, I think I can!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I busted out these fun grammar stations for my kiddos. I've just posted them in my TPT shop (procrastinate much???) and they are 50% off for the next 24 hours!
Check 'em out!
Want to win a copy?
Leave a comment telling me what you're looking forward to most about Thanksgiving, and I'll pick 2 winners tomorrow.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bright Ideas Round Up

Hey yall! Happy Saturday!
I know I have been a bit of a slacker lately.
Life has just been busy.
Feel me?
That's why I'm so excited about today's post!
I'm going to recap some of the Bright Ideas posts from this year.
All great ideas, all in one short post!

We started this fun link-up back in February, and I've only missed one month since then.
In February, I wrote about using an interactive word wall. You can read all about that here.
In March, I shared how I organize all the books that I use for teaching. These are for my use only-students are NOT allowed to touch these babies! You can read how I pull that off here.
In April, I wrote about some paper-saving tips for all those on copy lockdown!
Check that post out here.
In May, I wrote about using plastic tablecloths for bulletin boards.
You can see some of my boards here.
 This is my second most visited's a good one!
In June, I blogged about a little game that I use to keep my kiddos quiet in the halls.
Learn about that game here.
In July, I wrote about an easy way to store those playing cards.
Check it out here.
In August, my post was about spicing up those boring bookshelves!
See how I added some flavor here.
I couldn't get myself together in September.
I wonder why...
In October, I shared a trick I used to hang up my anchor charts.
Find out what the trick is here.
Whew! That's a lot of bright ideas!
Ready to see more?
Check out these other amazingly bright ideas from some other equally as amazing bloggers!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Five for Friday: Halloween Edition

Hey yall! Happy November!
This has been one CRAZY week!
Red Ribbon week, real-life fire alarm (not a drill), observations, flu shots, lockdown drill, and Halloween...all rolled into one lovely week.
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I asked my room mom to decorate my door for Halloween. I told her she would probably just need to decorate the bottom half, since my peacock wreath is stuck on there pretty good and I didn't want it to come down. Well, she totally surprised me by making it work! I loved how it turned out.
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One day old and one year old
On Sunday, I got to go to this sweet thing's first birthday party. Sweet Jule is the daughter of one of my closest friends and I've been so privileged to watch her grow!
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This week was Red Ribbon week. It's been nuts! On Monday, we had an unexpected fire drill during lunch....because it was NOT a drill! Something happened to the mechanism in one of our water fountains, so it started melting and putting off this awful black smoke! Thankfully, we were able to get the whole school evacuated in under a minute.
What a way to kick off the week!
Thursday was "Peace out to drugs" day, so I channeled my inner hippie.
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This was my costume for Halloween. I took the top picture there right after we had a lockdown drill.
Yes, on Halloween.
Moment of silence for this teacher, please.
I had actually started out the day with every intention of teaching, but after the unannounced lockdown drill, that went right out the window.
It was all I could do to keep my little monsters in line for the rest of the day.
Apparently, you see I didn't do a great job! They took this teacher hostage, I tell ya!
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The hubs and I on Halloween on, Wayne!
Happy November, friends!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hanging Anchor Charts {A Bright Idea!}

Hey yall! Happy Saturday!
I'm actually in Fayetteville for a regional Jamberry conference, but I couldn't miss the opportunity to bring you another bright idea!

This month, I wanted to share how we are hanging our anchor charts this year.
If you're like me, anchor charts are happening....multiple times a week!
Where in the world are you supposed to put all those lovely charts???
Last year, I hung them up with hangers on a rolling cart.
It worked okay, but they were really in the, big time.
So this year I wanted to designate a specific spot to hang our charts, so I decided to dedicate a whole bulletin board just for our charts. But they needed to be able to be removed or added to, so I decided to use clothespins to hang them up.
However, gluing clothespins to a bulletin board?
Not an option for me.
Instead, I did this!
I hot-glued some pushpins to the back of my clothespins.

Then I just pushed them into the bulletin board and hung up my charts!


Please note:
1) I went back and added the "or" after I took this picture
2) The chart on the right was NOT drawn by me! I asked the para to make a chart about irregular plural verbs and this is what I got...the kiddos didn't seem to mind, though :)
Check out the link-up below for even MORE bright ideas!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Five for Friday

Hey yall! Happy Friday!
Can I get an amen for 3 day weekends???
I sooo need to relax and recharge!
It's been awhile, so I'd thought I link up with Casey today.
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If you teach third grade Social Studies, you have to get this book! It is an adorable little book about Congress and tells a great story on how a bill becomes a law.
Squeaker of the House....ha! 
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 One of my little girls drew this for me at recess the other day.
Is it a bad thing that my kiddos have noticed my addiction to caffeine???
I'm choosing to focus on the fact that I look super skinny and have apparently have impeccable style :)
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Along with our study of the government, we've been talking about the executive branch and, of course, the president. We don't have a ton of time to do fun crafts in third grade, but I managed to sneak in these adorable Obama crafts along with their executive branch writing.
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I am so in love with the new Jamberry styles, yall! Especially the holiday-themed wraps.
Each week in October, I'll be sporting different Halloween nails.
This week....candy corn!
Want to check out all the different holiday styles?
Shop here!
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I got two sweet little gifts today.
One of my sweeties brought me this tiny pumpkin.
She knows how much I adore fall :)
Another sweetie told me she was at Wal-Mart and saw this big bin of duct tape.
"I know you already have peacock duct tape, Mrs. Lemacks, can never have enough!"
Talk about filling my bucket!
What have YOU been up to this week???

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Hey yall!
It is officially my favorite month of the year!
Hello October!!!
I'm so ready for the breezy fall weather, but apparently Georgia hasn't gotten the memo. Its still almost 90 degrees round these parts!
But that's okay, because we had nice weather yesterday at our Mini Greek Olympics.
We've been studying Ancient Greece and the influence it has had on our country for the past couple of weeks.
We talked about their government, architecture, and of course....sports!
As a culminating activity for our unit, the third grade hosted a Mini Greek Olympics.
I decided to go all out and sport a toga for the day.
A couple of my teammates dressed up, too!
We had four events.
Javelin Throw (pool noodles)
Discus Toss (Frisbees)
Foot Race (we did a relay race for this one, but I forgot to snap a picture)
and a Chariot Race (scooter boards)
Our winners received traditional olive leaf wreaths (of course!), but we also had some really cool "medals" that a parent made.
Isn't that awesome? Our mascot is the lion, so he added an emblem to the medal. So creative!
It was such a blast and really brought the Olympics to life for the kiddos!
And I've decided I'm going to wear a toga about once a week from now on...I got so many dang compliments from all the students!
Now I leave you with some pictures of adorable thirdsters in togas...
(on a side note, I am now an expert toga-tier! I tied about 234 togas yesterday :)