Showing posts with label father's day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label father's day. Show all posts

June 1, 2014


Um . . . excuse me, June??  Really??  This blows me away.  I have no idea where April and May went, but I sure ain't complaining ;)  If you are still at it (I have 9 more days . . . but, who's counting), you are most likely working your tail off to "keep the lid" on during this final run.  Lord knows it ain't easy this time of year.  

One of the things I always do to fill an afternoon is work on a Father's Day present.  Dads typically get the short end of the stick when it comes to school coverage, so I try and slip it in before we break for summer.  If you are looking to do the same {in an oh so easy way}??  Well, this packet may be just what you are looking for.  

I am all about simple when it comes to crafts.  So, I came up with two that not only celebrate dads, but also require very little prep and few copies.  

The first gift craftivity is called Dad Jokes.  We were always about stupid jokes in our family.  I swear my pop has told me one in particular at least 200 times in the past 34 years . . . A horse walks into a bar and the bartender asks, "Why the long face."  Despite it's overuse, this one still makes me giggle.  With this said, I decided to roll this silly humor into a fun project that kids can really get behind. Students write three things that dad can do and one they can't {the wilder the better}.  This is then attached to a crazy paper tie that the kiddos create.  Oh, and I tend have lots of sweet students with "family issues" every year, so I tossed in joke templates for dad, grandpa, uncle, and special friend.  I don't want to single these little babes out or leave them feeling left out.  

The second craft is called Fix It Kit . . . it's a activity centered around a time when daddy "made things better."  Templates for alternate male figures are also included.  
This packet includes a multitude of other goodies . . . a few centers, a reading response activity (Mercer Mayer), and a free MP3 of Dear Old Dad from Ron Brown's Intelli-Tunes.  Click here to check this easy little packet out in more detail - I put it on discount for the rest of today and tomorrow :) 

Alright, that's it from little old me.  I am off to work on those fun report cards a bit more :)  Catch ya later, gang!

June 2, 2013


Hey y'all . . . I've missed hanging here.  We are officially into single digits now (NINE more to go), but who's counting??!!  In these last two weeks it's gonna be all about keepin' that lid on.  I love how excited my babes get every year, but keeping them engaged can bring about a whole new ball game.  With this said, I am going to use Father's Day to help me occupy some time in a meaningful way.  

This holiday can be easily overlooked with all the end of the year chaos  (I know I have totally ignored it in past years).  Last June, I put together this Dear Daddy packet and it totally helped fill a couple days . . . craft projects for dad, centers, book review, etc.  I'm totally gonna run with it again toward the latter part of next week.  The kids seem to dig these activities!  

I do have a sweet kiddo with a "daddy issue," but she does have a wonderful grandfather in her life.  So, I am going to run with the idea of important men in our lives.  The main focus will be daddies for most, but I know I can market this to my class a bit differently to keep my little sweetie from feeling angst.  This pack already has alternate templates (grandpa, uncle, and blank), so I am good to go.  

What do you have your kiddos make for their dads . . . if anything?  I am going to run with this Dad Jokes Tie that I made up last year, but I'd love to have something to go with it.  Suggestions??

Are you all doing a special event for dads (boy . . . I am full of questions today)??!!  If so, what are you doing?  I just can't swing it this year (we have a field trip this week that kills everything), but I'd love to get some ideas to put on the books for next year!!!  

If you are having an event, have you heard Ron Brown's Dear Old Dad song? It's the sweetest of songs.  A little bird told me that he wrote this song with his own father in mind.  (He was such a genuine and kind man . . . I miss my grandfather.)  

I wish I had the time to have my babes perform this one for their daddies . . . sigh . . . next year.  This song is included in my Father's Day pack or you can listen to and/or snag an MP3 copy of just the song here.  

Well, I can't have you leave here empty-handed . . . I just can't . . . especially after wading through all my rambling.  So, how about a little Daddy Day freebie? Here's a quick and easy flip book for you to roll with (I whipped it up this afternoon).  I plan on putting this in a center and using it to tie in a last minute adjective lesson.  CLICK HERE to add this ditty to your files!

Please excuse my scary as all get out art abilities.
I always tell my kiddos that I try my BEST :)

Alright, I am out of here.  If you want to read more about or pick up my Father's Day pack, click here.  It's on sale through Tuesday.  I better get to lesson planning and report cards (I am a third of the way there, but I'd like to have at least 2/3 of them done by this evening . . . it'll keep the blood pressure down a bit). Thanks for visiting and I'll see you soon.  Hugs gang!

May 19, 2012


Morning all . . . happy Saturday.  I have had an interesting morning thus far over in Cali.  I woke up at 5:04 to the lovely sound of the cat throwing up.  And, we aren't talking one throw up . . . we're talking 4 times in different rooms.  Thank heaven for hardwood, but good grief cat!  I tried to go back to sleep but the Hubs was snoring something fierce.  After laying there for 10 minutes, I decided to brew up some French Roast and get to gettin' on my computer.  

I got to thinking about my Father's Day Tie project and I realized that it is right up my alley (silly as all get out), but it might not be for everyone.  Therefore, I came up with an alternate gift idea.  My dad is so great at helping me fix things and not just things around the house.  When I have a problem or am down and out, my dad is right there to pick me up.  With this in mind, I came up with Dad's "Fix It" Kit.  This cute toolbox craft is easy and will allow for a more heartfelt message to daddies :).

This project has been added to my Father's Day TPT packet.
On a final Daddy Day note, I have one last freebie for you all.  It's more of a fun "Good Morning Work" or filler page, but we're pullin' all we can out of our hats this time of year, right??!!

Thank you Scrappin' Doodles
Licence #TPT52127
I also ran across the Linky Party hosted by Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher and I just had to join in.  I was really moved my Amber's idea to do some serious reflecting on the year . . . the good, the bad, and the downright UGLY!


MY CLASS - I have 20 wonderful 1st grade babies this year.  It's one of those crews that only comes once or twice in a teaching career.  I rolled with 11 of them (up from Kinder) and the new kiddos we landed were absolute dolls.  We are one big happy classroom family :)

THE DATA - Holy Smokes . . . these kids have been on fire this year and the data shows it.  This is by far the highest class that I have ever had and I am tickled with their progress.

COLLABORATING WITH MY TEACHIN' BESTIE - it's a delight to work with a wonderful grade level team, but for that awesome team to also include your teaching "bestie" . . . well, now that's a rare treat.  We blog stalk for hours and share our finds, "pin" and "repin" like crazy, and chat it up and plan out things each week.  Court . . . I heart you girl.


NARRATIVE WRITING - for some reason teaching narrative writing is so hard for me.  I have expository down pat, but when it comes to stories I am not so hot at helping them find their "inner voice."  This seems crazy to me, because I have such a kooky imagination and I LOVE to tell stories.  But . . . alas . . . this has not helped me in any way.  My goal this summer is to find some awesome narrative writing packets on TPT and map out a plan.  Any suggestions (I teach first grade)?

MY DELAYED RETURN - this is more of a personal gripe.  I went out on surgery leave on February 13th and have not made it back in the classroom yet.  I was expecting a 6 week recovery and complications have turned my leave into almost double that.  They say this can be expected when you are dealin' with a bowel resection (pretty sexy topic, huh).  With this said . . . remember what I said up top . . . this class is to die for.  I am still prayin' that I make it in for that very last week.  Mrs. D. needs to love on her kiddos and get some "closure."

My hubs loves to take pictures of me at the "BEST" times :)
Now that's downright UGLY!
CLEANING UP - I promised myself that I would be better about making piles this year.  You know . . . when you are just too tired at the end of the day and you don't put everything away.  I like to fool myself into thinking things are nice and neat because I make tidy little piles on my desk.  When the piles get too big I put most of it away and then start the process all over again.  Do you all do this too?  Don't get me wrong.  My room is very clean and it doesn't look awful, but it just ain't right.  The whole process is such a ridiculous time waster.  Here it is folks . . . you are my witnesses . . . I VOW TO PUT ALL THINGS, CENTERS, AND/OR WORKSHEETS AWAY EVERY DAY NEXT YEAR.  Oh yeah . . . and I do this at home too (in my office).  I am not making any promises here, but let's just say that I will try my best. 

See . . . neat little piles.  This is on my desk at home.
WOW . . . that was a long one.  I just love packin' it in to each and every post. Have a great weekend friends.  See you tomorrow.

May 16, 2012


Despite a pretty rough start today (my post-surgery body fell apart this morning and I had to make the decision to not return to school on Friday ... lots of tears), I managed to pick myself up off of the floor and I buried myself in the next best thing to being in my classroom - working on school stuff :).  I pumped up the tunes and got busy finishing up my Father's Day Packet.  It was great therapy and I am pretty happy with how it all turned out. My favorite part of this new pack is the Dad Jokes Craftivity/Father's Day Gift.  It is pretty dippy, but it does makes me smile.  

In addition to this silly as all get out tie, the packet also includes the Mustache Mix Up (ABC Order Game), "Tie" It All Together (Fact Family Game), lots of Dear Daddy Ods & Ends (Bubble Map, Can/Have/Are Charts, Word Search), and three different activities connected to Mercer Mayer's Just Me & My Dad.  

As an extra special addition to this packet, Ron Brown's Intelli-Tunes is offering up a heartwarming Father's Day Song (Dear Old Dad) to educators who purchase this packet from TPT or the Intelli-Tunes Web site!  I have attached a sample of this sweet little tune below. 

Dear Old Dad - Ron Brown's Intelli-Tunes
Push play to start and pause to stop.

Want to see more?  Check out my packet preview on TPT.
Well, that's it for me today bloggy friends.  I am off to take a nap in the sun and water the veggie garden before the man gets home (I forgot all about it this morning . . . shhhhh . . . don't tell). See you tomorrow :)  


May 15, 2012


Because I LOVE to write really long posts as of late and time is oh-so precious these days, I have decided to put the Father's Day Freebie up top today.  This way you can choose to snag it and run if you are super busy . . . or stay around to read about some books you just may want to add to your summer reading list! How ya like them apples, folks? 

This mini packet will be available tomorrow (fingers and toes crossed).  I woke up with a crazy Daddy Day gift/craft idea and I have been playing around with it all day.  Check back tomorrow :).  However, you don't have to wait for all of the Father's Day fun!  Snatch a FREE Father's Day Bubble Map down below.  It's a great way to fill time these last few weeks as well as sneak in some last minute adjective practice!  I have included an alternate version for those kiddos who may not have fathers (simply write in grandpa, uncle, or friend)!

Thank you Scrappin' Doodles . . .
I love the instant gratification that comes with ordering from you - no waiting!
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There are so many wonderful Linky Parties going on out there and I so want to join in the fun.  When I saw two of my bloggin' buddies highlighting one of my favorite things on the planet (books), these parties immediately jumped to the top of my "linky list." 

First up, Jessica at Mrs. Stanford's Class is hosting a Good Reads Linky.  This is such a wonderful idea (and it's her very first one)!  With summer right around the corner we finally get to read what we want!  I have already seen a couple of great books on this Linky that I can't wait to sit in the sun and read. Here are the first two that I can't wait to pop open.
I saw a documentary on PBS showcasing the educational turn around in Finland.
It was fascinating (no standardized testing, long lunches, short days . . . yet they are number one in the nation).
 I can't wait to read more about it!
I am soooooo excited for this one.  It is a book just for me (no school allowed)!
This author wrote The Reliable Wife and I have been waiting for his next book for more than a year.
It comes out in June - perfect timing, huh?!?
Mrs. Nelson over at Run! Mrs. Nelson's Got the Camera extended an invite to her All Time Favorite Read-Alouds Linky and I just had to accept.  It fits perfectly with Jessica's party too!  

You will definitely notice a theme in most of the books I love to read to my kids. I am all about silly stories.  There is nothing better than seeing your kiddos crack up on the carpet.  

I am so down with anything from Dav Pilkey.  This guy kills me and the kids always love his stories!  I read both of these every year (along with most of his other books) and I never get tired of them!

Tedd Arnold is one of my favorite authors (notice the pattern forming here). Parts is a little over my first graders' heads, but they still really love the pictures and the overall story. We always read ALL of the Fly Guy books too - one of my kiddos now has an invisable fly named, Buzzy, because of these tales!  He actually brings his "pet" for share every couple of months . . . hehehehe :)

We read this during our Africa Unit.  If you haven't seen it you HAVE to pick it up.  I think it just may be my favorite children's book.  It's totally silly, simple, and kind of stupid, but it's a gem I tell ya!

Finally, MLK books always warm my heart.  I read these two every year and I have a really hard time emotionally.  I always end up tearing up at the end and the kids get all concerned.  These books are great reminders for all of us.

If you made it this far, thanks for sticking around.  I hope you have a magical Tuesday.  See you tomorrow . . . hopefully with a little Daddy Day something!

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