November 3, 2012

CURRENTLY + ELECTION CRAFT

How in the name of Milly is it already November?  I am floored.  Absolutely floored.  Last week was a crazy blur and we are already 8 days out from Turkey Break.  My head is spinnin' . . . so little time and a heap to get done.  With this said, I am up early today in good old Nor Cal and gettin' down to business this AM.  But, I had to pause just a moment to take part in my favorite monthly linky from the eva-sweet Farley . . .
Alright, let me explain in more detail for ya.  Most are pretty self explanatory, but y'all know how long-winded I love to be ;)

LISTENING - I have my office door shut so I can listen to my tunes and block out the boy's snoring.  I am rollin' with a moody mix I made a week or so back. It has everything from Sia and Morning Parade to Florence + The Machine and Fleet Foxes.  

LOVING - where would I be without my school crew?  Lost I tell ya.  You know who you are sweet ladies . . . thank you from the bottom of my heart!

THINKING - first grade always puts on an annual Thanksgiving Play for the parents/grandparents.  It's a night performance with readings, songs, and dancing.  Uh . . . only eight days out . . . I haven't assigned parts yet . . . gulp!

WANTING - I am having daily wardrobe meltdowns.  I come home after school to piles of pants, tops, and shoes that just didn't "work" for me as I tried to put together an outfit that morning.  Want.  New.  Choices.  Stat. 

NEEDING - now needs and wants are to VERY different things when it comes to cleaning my office.  However, this need has turned into a necessity right about now.  Don't judge me too much . . . I can't seem to help my "creative" school/TPT messes :)



MUSIC - I am all about Ron Brown's Intelli-Tunes when it comes to learning and standards-based music.  It is fantabulis!  As for background music, Teeny Tiny mentioned George Winston a few months back and I have been hooked ever since.  

Now it's your turn . . . go link up with Farley over at Oh Boy It's 4th Grade so I can read up on your "Current" haps.  



Switchin' gears a bit . . . I have to share our Friday art ditty with ya.  When I came up with the Freedom Flag craft a few weeks ago I had a certain vision that I hoped it would be when the kids finished it.  Do you know what I mean??  Most of the time your vision is dead on, but once in a while the thing crumbles before your eyes.  Well, this one turned out better than I had hoped and I am tickled fuchsia!  


Our big 7th Grade Buddies came, but the firsties did all of the work.
They were there to keep 'em rollin' and to provide good company yesterday :)


When our buddies left, we chatted about freedom and what freedom means to them.
Then my babes wrote about it.
They aren't very patriotic, but they are sweet as all get out.
Even the ones who needed a little extra support in the writing department tried their best for me!
Later that afternoon while they were coloring up their election book,
I pulled kiddos to glue on their writing and add stars to their "flag" . . . they were so amazed by the gold pen.
Ta-da . . . this is our finished product.  I love the wiggly lines and the jagged cutting on the fingers.
It's kid art at it's very best . . . my heart is happy.

If you are interested in trying this craft/write out with your class, it is available in my A Very Patriotic November Packet


Alright friends, I am out of here.  I should be back tomorrow with my latest pack.  It's 2/3 of the way finished and I am all jacked up on coffee.  If I can avoid the early afternoon "crash" I will be golden :)  Hugs! 


24 comments:

  1. I love your freedom craft! It is so cute! Thanks for sharing your November Currently! I love reading what other teacher friends are up to! :) Hope your play turns out AWESOME, and I am sure it will!

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  2. Thanks Lacie ... I need all the HOPE I can get ;)

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  3. Those turned out really cute!! I love them!
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

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    1. Yay . . . so glad to hear it isn't just me. I am a little biased when it comes to my kidlets and their work . . . hehehehehehe ;)

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  4. First, my office/creative area looks just like yours! I constantly straighten up, but it ends up looking like that again. What I need to do is refinish the space above our garage, then I can just close the door and not worry about it!

    Second, I LOVE the flag project! Our school hosts a voting precinct and I think I will make these on Monday to decorate the area where people wait in line. They'll love reading what the kids have to say! Thanks!

    Diane
    Teaching with Moxie

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    1. Loved your comment . . . thanks so much for taking a moment to chat with me. SO glad that my "creative" space isn't alone :) I just can't seem to keep it clean. If you do indeed do the flag ditty, let me know how it goes!! Merry November to you.

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  5. So glad to hear I'm not the only one with wardrobe dilemmas every.single.morning! I would snap a pic of my piles, but I don't want that proof hanging around. ;) Maybe I need to hit the stores tomorrow - thanks for the "nudge"

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness
    PS - Come enter my giveaway for a fabulous Grateful Bag...then you would be stylish not matter the outfit!

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    1. I entered your contest. I do need one of those bags . . . maybe it would help me make some wardrobe decisions in the AM :)

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  6. Your blog is so cute! Love the theme. :) And your patriotic craft was such a great idea! They turned out fabulous.

    And you have great taste in music! I just discovered Florence and the Machine. Love.

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    1. Thanks so much for poppin' in! Florence is fantastic. I have both of her albums and they never get old for me.

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  7. SO glad other people are creative with piles! Sometimes I see people in the blog world that seem to have everything always perfectly organized, and I love that you look like you work like me- a little of this, a little of that, a million ideas at a time. It turns out great, but the creative process always leads to some less-than-organized clutter. It's just how I work, though :) Thanks for making me feel a little better about it!

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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    1. YAY! Hi Jenny! So glad to hear that you are a "piler" too. I don't know how those women manage to keep it all looking so amazing. My office and school desk are both a hot mess. I just can't help myself :) We can stick together on this one!!!

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    1. My pocket book is burning a hole in me pocket as I type :)

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  9. I loooooove your flag craft!! And your office is what my life looks like right now - a big, jumbled, mess!

    Heart ya girl!

    Susan

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    1. Reason 1,289,997 as to why . . . I HEART YOU!!!!!

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  10. Found you on the currently...
    I love the flag craft..we just did a similar activity Friday
    Have you read "I can be President, too"? It's a great book.
    Jessica
    http://tales-of-a-first-grade-teacher.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for swinging in. I loved the kid-cut lines on your writing assignment.

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  11. Kelley
    Seriously you always have SUCH AWESOME IDEAS. . .I've missed reading your blog. Things have been stupid crazy over on my end of the country but I'm baaaack. I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeves. I'll be checking back tomorrow.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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    1. Stacy . . . my sweet friend!!!! Thanks for taking a moment to visit and write me a little love. You are the BEST :)

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  12. Love that activity, so cute:) I have little piles all over my house that I just can't seem to get organized:( Have a fantastic November:)

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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    1. Hello my Hawaii friend. So glad that you have piles too. Mine are neat piles, but they are BIG piles. And, shhhhhh . . . . I don't know what's in them most times. Whoops.

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  13. Oh reorganizing...it's so easy to put if off until tomorrow! I have a whole office like that desk area! Thanks for sharing your activity too!

    Mary Beth
    Run Teacher, Run

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    1. I fixed up that mess yesterday. People are coming over today and it's across from the guest bathroom. Gotta keep up the good impression . . . hehehehehehehe!

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