Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Writing centers up the WAZOO (plus a FREEBIE)! and SCARY 6th GRADE!

Good Evening, blogging buddies! Kerri here...

Whoa! I think I may have discovered my kryptonite today. Like, for reals. A while back, I shared with you that I always tell my kids (while I am putting on my lipstick in front on them, which has to happen, or else I CANNOT teach. Call me vain. It's true!) that I am like a super hero and lipstick is my source of power. They totally BELIEVE me. One time, a little cutie found my lipstick bag (yes, it DOES have it's own special bag, along with my gum, which is my other source of power), and as she brought it to me she said (direct quote), "Here is your source of power!" I. DIED. It was the best moment ever!

Back to my kryptonite...6th graders. They are soooo scary to me. Taller than me, raging hormones, bad hygiene, curriculum that is WAY over my head, you get the picture.
One of my teacher friends called me today and asked if I would pretty please watch her 6th grade class because her daughter had an earache, and all I would have to do is teach them a math lesson and take them to P.E. Ummmmm, did I hear her right? TEACH THEM A MATH LESSON??!??? As in, TEACH. 6TH. GRADE. MATH.??? Is she out her flippin' mind?? Does she not realize that 

A) I teach children how to add and subtract, not do direct proportions where n over whatever equals something or other?  

and B) 6th graders scare the CRAP out of me??

Well, I seriously started to have a panic attack. Do I bring over my manipulatives? Teach them a proportion song? Have them sit in a circle on the rug and use their wipey boards? WHAT THE HELL, PEOPLE? I was seriously freaking the freak out. 

To make a long story longer, I put on my big girl panties, said a prayer to the 6th grade math gods, and made my way ALLL the LOOONG WAAYY across campus to the 6th grade wing. When I got there, I think she sensed the UTTER TERROR on my face because she told me I didn't have to teach the lesson (bless her), and the kids were going to work the whole time, which they did, quietly, on task, like little worker bees. I was B.O.R.E.D! When I left, I told them they weren't as scary (or smelly) as I thought they'd be, and one of the girls said, "See? We're not that bad!" True dat! HOWEVER, they still are my Kryptonite!

WOW...that was the longest tangent ever.
 The real reason for my post is to remind you all, or maybe fill you in for the very first time, and let you know that I have over 40 writing centers in my TPT store available for purchase, and they are only $2 each! I have like EVERY SINGLE topic you can imagine. Each pack includes 2 types of paper to use, the themed writing mat, and a cute cover if you want to make a mini-book.

I pulled them all out yesterday, threw them on the floor, and let the kids each pick one to use when writing a story. THEY WERE SOOO STOKED! It was literally like Christmas morning in my room. One of my littles even told me, "I can't believe how much I wrote!" HEE HEE!!  

Here are some pictures of their writing in action...

Wild Wild West

Arctic Life

Once Upon a Time (FREEBIE!)


Things That Go!

Super Heroes

Here is a picture of the left over writing centers that didn't get picked this time...

These writing mats can be placed in binders for the kids to use when they are writing in their journals or put in hanging file folders on the this...

 You can get any and all of my writing centers individually, or you can buy my writing pack bundles at a discounted price. They are bundled by theme. Here's a little sneak peek...

And, finally, your writing center FREEBIE! My Fairy Tale Writing Center! All for you...for FREE!! Click the picture below to access this file via Google Docs!
Have a good one, Peeps! Survivor is on tonight...Happy days for me!
XOXO Kerri B

Friday, February 22, 2013

Five for Friday- New Orleans Style!!

Let the good times roll, Peeps! Kerri here...

It is Friday, so of course I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday Linky! I am uber-excited tonight because I get to show Five for Friday all about New Orleans!! Whoo hoo!

And, just because I am oh-so-clever (NOT!), all of my Five will start with the letter F! I know, right?? 

First up-FOOD! I told you a couple of days ago that they were going to have to roll me out of here on Saturday, and I was NOT LYING! I have felt on the verge of hurling for 4 days straight (too much info?? Sorry, Peeps! Just keeping it real!) AND, I'm a vegetarian, so it's not like I'm eating what everyone else is!! But, its the desserts that are KILLING ME...
Cannolis! We have 4 of these in our fridge right now, and the thought of them makes me feel sickish! They are delicious though...

A praline covered King Cake for Katie's 10th birthday! This thing was GINORMOUS!!

She found the baby!!

Coffee and donuts from Cafe Du Monde! 
BBQ Shrimp in creole sauce. My hubby was all over this one...
Old fashioned shrimp and crawfish boil. This one made me gag just looking at it. But everyone else LOVED it!

Seriously...that little dude is staring right at me! Blecch...

Number 2: FUN!!
We went to Mississippi yesterday to visit relatives and they had a WICKED zip line in the back yard, plus lots of other cool things to play on. They even made ME go on it, and this girl DOES NOT do anything remotely scary (BIG. FAT. CHICKEN), but I did it, just one time...
Don't judge the completely TERRIFIED expression on my face!!
Third up...FREAKY!
Is this not the most completely creepy??

Scary mask,  Cirque Du Soleil style!

Voodoo Dolls!!  One for $2.99, 2 for $4!! What a bargain...
scary, dilapidated houses that should be in a Stephen King novel...

Fourth...French Quarter!The French Quarter is BEAUTIFUL!! I had so much fun taking pictures there! I could have take a thousand, seriously...
amazing houses...

ginormous trees...

fabulous cathedrals...

lovely wrought iron...

big old paddle boats...

Fleur De Lys EVERYWHERE!! This one is made out of corks and I. WANT. IT!

My family and I got to spend so much time together, I am seriously ready for a break!! HAHA. Just joshing...but really, we had a wonderful time and I am so blessed to have my little family...
My two beauties...

My handsome hubby (BTW, Thank the LORD for the retouch button on iPhoto! I had a MASSIVE pimple on my cheek-what the hell, I am 38 for goodness sake! and iPhoto took it away! Bless you, MAC computer!)

mi familia...
Love you, bloggy friends!!
XOXO Kerri B

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Erin Go Bragh...already??

Good Evening, Peeps! Kerri here...

Or maybe I should say "Who Dat??" since I am blogging from my hotel room in The Big Easy! We got here yesterday and we are having SO. MUCH. FUN! This was my favorite picture from today...a bead covered tree at Tulane University!


So, this post is gonna be SUPER short and sweet because we walked about 5 miles today and I am soooo sleepy, plus I am saving all my cool vacay pics for my Five for Friday post-New Orleans Edition!

Before I left for my trip, I busted a move on my latest set of centers, because I didn't want it hanging over my head while I was enjoying my beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde (delicious, BTW!!), so here they are in all their green glory!!

Here's a little sneak peek...

And, here's whats included...8 fun-filled LUCKY centers in all!!

If you are so inclined, and would like to get a jump start on your March planning, you can check these out be clicking the Erin Go Bragh! cover picture above. :)

I'll be back on Friday with my Five for Friday, and I have some super cool pictures to share with you all!!

BTW, it is NOT easy being a vegetarian in New Orleans. I am seriously going to have to be rolled out of here on Saturday...blecch! :)

XOXO Kerri B

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nonsenssical Goodness With Dr. Seuss

Howdy folks! Lindsay here . . .

Well, as Kerri mentioned before, we are on a weeklong break from school here - our "Ski Week" as they call it.

(For the record, I have never actually gone skiing during Ski Week break. Or any other time in fact. Quite honestly, they should call this break "Sleep-in-and-eat-too-many-Girl-Scout-cookies Week" . . . but I guess it doesn't have quite the same ring to it.)

But I digress.

In between boxes of Thin Mints I actually have been finding SOME time to be productive here at home. (Thank you Baby Jack for those nice long naps this weekend!)

In preparing for Dr. Seuss's birthday next week and Read Across America Day I created a new TPT pack called Read Across America {Celebrating with books, birthdays and bunches of fun}. Check it out . . . 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Truer words were never spoken – and that is exactly why every year on Dr. Seuss’s birthday we celebrate Read Across America Day! Help your students celebrate reading this year with books, birthdays and bunches of fun! This pack includes many “nonsenssical” and fun activities, such as:

*Read Across America ABC order
*Real vs. Nonsenssical Words (CVC word practice)
*Rhyme Time (identifying and recording rhyming pairs using literature)
*Cats in Top Hats Sentence Scramble
*Write the Room: Read Across American Edition
*Read Across America: Write, Cut & Glue
*Favorite Nonsenssical Book writing paper

Your kids will fall in love with reading and their favorite silly and “nonsenssical” author all over again! Get your Celebrating Read Across America pack today!

(Sidenote: Yes, I did invent the word "nonsenssical", but isn't just perfectly perfect for Dr. Seuss? I thought so.)

Also in the spirit of all things Seuss-related, I am relinking my Dr. Seuss Favorite Book Graph from last year that is no longer up on TPT. (Click on the reading kiddos below to find it on Google Docs.)

Well that's about it for now! I am off to grade some papers and catch up on The Bachelor (I am WAAAAY behind!) with a glass of wine.

That's right. Living it up Ski Week-style! :)

Have a great night folks!


P.S. Okay . . . feeling like y'all might have the impression that I really am just eating Girl Scout cookies all vacation long! Here's what I'm spending MOST of my day doing!! Yes, kissing those cheekers . . . or chasing Jack around trying to wipe his nose, put his clothes back on, take away sharp objects, etc. You get the idea. :)

Okay. Goodnight for real this time! :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Bodacious Blending at Blog Hoppin!!

Good morning, friends! Kerri here...
I just blogged all about these little babies over at Blog Hoppin'!! 

Hop on over and check it out!!
XOXO Kerri B