Monday, July 23, 2012

I've done a little shopping...

I've done a little shopping around town this past week. Made a few stops at Target, Michael's, Kohl's, and Office Depot. Here's what I found:

More zebra print--table cloth, lunch box, pens, the 'M' is a magnet, and the glasses are purple/black zebra print too. I think I might let the kids wear the glasses when they're sharing their writing with the class.

I found these at Michael's. They're hand tattoos. I want to use them for a greater than/less than lesson. I bought 6 packs; they were on sale for 79 cents but I got 25% off my whole purchase! yay!

Can never have enough wiggly eyes! The ones on the left have sticky backs, so I think I'm going to use those to make reading pointers (put one on the end of a colored craft stick).

Stationary, mini gift bags, and duct tape!

This was a total surprise to find in a bin at Michael's. It's a cute story! I love all the "Old Lady" books.

Also from Michael's--basket. I think I will put my monthly read-alouds in this.

These are from Kohl's! I thought I was the last one to get these but I guess I was wrong. :) $5 each! The bumble bee is so soft!

I have yet to set foot in a teacher store...that's coming! Just don't tell my husband when I do! Haha!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Must Have Picture Books Linky Party

Lindsey from The Teacher Wife is having a "Must Have Picture Books" linky party. I'm a little late but I'm joining the party!! 

 Here's my top five favorites (sooo hard to narrow down to just 5):

1. Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino is a cute story about a pug who learns 2 things: 1)that he is lovable just the way he is and 2)the true meaning of friendship. My students LOVE the surprise in this story!

2. Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch is about a girl that likes to have her own look. So when her classmates begin copying her ponytail, she finds increasingly outrageous ways to wear her hair until she outsmarts the copycats. My students always wonder what Stephanie will do next!

3. I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufan Orloff is about a boy named Alex. He is trying to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so he puts his arguments in writing. So funny! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE David Catrow and his illustrations!

4. My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza. A hungry fox is sure that it's his lucky day when a delectable-looking pig knocks on his door by mistake.

5. Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell is about a little girl who embraces her differences and stands up to the class bully. She doesn't let anyone get her down. A great story for teaching children acceptance and self-esteem. Once again, David Catrow does the wonderful illustrations.

Those are my picks and you can find a TON of others if you go check out the linky party!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Awards...Thank You!!

I've been away from my computer this past week. GASP! I know! Been trying to enjoy the last of summer vacation. Can't believe how fast it's starting to fly by!

I was awarded the Liebster Award by two blog friends -- Christa from Sweet Life of Second Grade and Emily from 2nd Grade Mon-Stars. THANK YOU ladies for recognizing me and my blog!!! If you haven't stopped by their blog yet, please check them out!

This award highlights blogs that have under 200 followers. Here are the rules for it:
1. Copy and paste this award on your blog.

2. Thank the giver and link back to them.

3. Reveal 5 other bloggers and let them know by commenting 
     on their blog.

I am happily awarding the Liebster Blog Award to:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Say what?! A Teachers Inky Linky Party

So this is a whole new different kind of linky party...and I like it! Josh from Mr. B's Beach Brains is having a non-school related linky party. He wants you to share your teacher tattoos or just any tattoos you might have. I know there are a lot of hip teachers out there on the web, who probably have some cool let's see it!

Here's Josh's RULES:
1. Please use good judgment when posting pictures of your tat. If  
    it's in a place where we have no business looking at it, then 
    please don't. If it contains profanity or other vulgarities, please 
    do not post it.

2. Please DO share your pic and story as to why you got it and what it symbolizes. 

Here's my tattoo that's on the inside of leg, just above the ankle.  
It's not as bright and colorful as it used to be...when I was 21! I wish I had some cool story about why I chose it or how I got it but I don't. 

I was going to school at Cal State Long Beach and my boyfriend (now husband) and I were going to visit his brother at UCSD. We were in his brother's dorm room, trying to think of something to do before we went to Tijuana for the night (that's where college kids drink beverages...and have fun). I was looking in a phone book and saw ads for tattoo places and one stuck out in particular--The Avalon. So, we decided to check it out. Little did we know that you had to have an appointment (we were so naive) but we were able to get in. I had no clue what I wanted to get. At the time I thought a dolphin would be cool (soooo glad that I didn't get that!) but the dolphins I saw there were all scary looking or had mean, snarling faces. Yikes! So at the last moment, I saw the daisy design and  liked it. (See no special significance or awesome story! Totally random!) I was first to get a tattoo, my husband went next, and his brother just watched. haha!

My mom flipped out when she saw it. I thought I could hide it from my family when I went home to visit...WRONG!! She saw it first, called my dad at work, went to the neighbors to tell them what I did, etc. In my family, I'm the LAST one that anyone would've suspected to get a tattoo. Surprise! haha!

As for school and my students, they get a little shock when they see it and say, "Mrs. Tompkins, you have a tattoo?!?" and then that's it. haha! So parents, your children are safe with me! Your first grader will not be getting inked any time soon. :)

Thanks Josh for a different kind of party!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Classroom Theme Change...or Not!

I've been thinking the past few months that I'd like to change my classroom theme to something new and different. For the past few years, I've had a WILD theme, mostly zebra print decor and each year, with help from my students, it's grown. I was almost certain a few weeks ago that I was changing my theme this year. But I couldn't decide on a new theme! There's so many wonderful, creative ideas out there in blogland but I can't narrow it down at all. I realized that I have a LOT of  zebra/animal print things left over, that I ordered from Vistaprint last summer, that I should probably use.

Click here to see what I ordered last summer.

So I'm going to stick with my zebra print one more year and hopefully, think of something really awesome & unique for next year. :)  While I was surfing the net last night, I remembered that Melanie from Schoolgirl Style had some super cute zebra print decorations that would be perfect to add to my room. Even though she calls it her "Rock Star" theme, there's a lot of zebra print cuteness! Check out her store on Teachers Notebook if you're interested in buying anything. 

 These pictures were taken from Melanie's website 
 I need these new book basket labels! CUTE!!

 Wrapping paper instead of butcher paper for bulletin boards...LOVE IT!

With all the black and white, I want to add pops of color. So I might get some of these bright baskets and organizers from Really Good Stuff.

 Since I can't get into my classroom until next month, I have some planning/stalking/work to do. I will share any projects I make to go with my zebra print theme. :)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Thank you blog friends!!

Kimberlee from Two Fulbright Hugs, Mrs. Lindsey from Lovin' Kindergarten with Ms. Lindsey, and Laura from TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students have given me the Versatile Blogger Award! A BIG THANK YOU to you ladies for recognizing me and my blog!!! I appreciate it a lot! Please check out their wonderful blogs. 

Here are the rules....
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Include a link to their site.
3. Include the award image in your post.
4. Give 7 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
6. When nominating, include a link to their site.
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated. 

Here's 7 random facts about me:
1. I come from a family of teachers. My mom taught first grade for 
    34 years and my sister has been teaching for 18 years. 
2. I am a big Boston Red Sox fan! Go SOX!!
3. I studied French and Spanish in high school & college...I can 
    UNDERSTAND more than I can SPEAK. haha!
4. I am married to an amazing chiropractor, who takes GOOD care 
    of me and all my school stress. We met when we were 9 years 
5. I am an avid reader! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read! I have over 
    400 books on my nook (all read at least once!).
6. I have taught both of my children (my daughter when she was in 
    2nd and just had my son this year in 1st). Both times were 
    wonderful experiences for me!
7. I LOVE to stay up late AND sleep in but HATE waking up 
    early. Guess that's why summer is my favorite time of year! ha!

Great blogs I've nominated:
Sweet Life of Second Grade
Just Wild About Teaching
Lessons with Laughter 
Sweet Seconds
First Grade FUNdamentals
Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper
Primary Punch
First Grade Garden
Smiling in Second Grade
F is for First Grade
The Hands-On Teacher
Fluttering Through First Grade
Mrs. Green's Little Green Beans
Lovely Little Learners
More Time 2 Teach

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Vacation and Currently

Just got back from camping in Lake Tahoe for 5 days. I can't really call it "camping"; I mean there was a tent and dirt but there was also a swimming pool, clean bathrooms and showers, a general store, movies for the kids, an ice cream social, and PLENTY of s'mores! My family had a wonderful time at the lake, swimming, hiking, and just relaxing. Exactly what I needed!

This is my second time linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy Fourth Grade... for CURRENTLY. I love seeing what everyone is CURRENTLY doing. :) Check it out and link up too!