April 14, 2012

Long Time Coming

It's been a while... a little too long if you ask me but (I'm sure like most of you) my life has been insanely crazy for the past month or so.  Only 30 something days of school left and I'm packing in all that I can.  I don't even want to begin to think of when my kiddos will move on to 3rd grade.  I feel as though they teach ME something new every day.  I'm soaking it all in!

It's hard to believe that it is April but here is the "Currently" from over at

Seriously.  I strongly despise cutting things out.  I'm  OBSESSED with laminating... if only I could just cut it out automatically.  That would be awesome!

So I applied and have been accepted to a Summer Writing Institute.  I'm stoked!  We have had "Pre Institute" days to prepare for this summer and I've already gotten some really great ideas for my classroom.  I'm such a stickler for routine in my classroom.  I like to be in control of what is going on throughout my room and everyone writing something different has always scared me.  I've been researching and thinking and brainstorming how to ease (myself) into this whole giving my kiddos a choice of what to write.  I came up with a choice board that gives my kiddos some examples of what they can do.

I also created a box of magazine pictures that they can go to for inspiration if they are stuck.  It's the first week that I have not only implemented this but The Daily 5 as well.  It really went well and I am  looking forward to digging even deeper with my kids in the weeks to come. 

Smiles and Snapshots,


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your pictures from your classroom! I have a slight obsession to The Hunger Games. I also have a crush on Josh Hutcherson ( even though he is not even 20 - YIKES) !

  2. Love this! Thank you for your great ideas! I am new to blogger and having a blast! If you are interested in integrating technology into your classroom, maybe stop by my blog!