Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Show and Tell Tuesday: A Free Valentine’s Font

I was reading blogs this afternoon and I was disappointed because I didn’t think I had anything to share for Valentine’s Day.

Then I remembered this font I’d started a few weeks ago.
Sully Class List Cover

That was the push I needed to finish it up!

I plan to use the font for my the class list I send home before Valentine’s Day. It is just a little something fun. Enjoy!

Join in the fun at Sunny Days in Second Grade!

It is a little late, but here are the results to my mini-giveaway.


The Irishman is soundly snoring next to me, so Random.org had to do instead! Congratulations to Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties & Catherine at The Brown-Bag Teacher! I’ll e-mail you (Math) Operation Snowball Fight tomorrow.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Five for Friday

I'm linking up with five random things from my week:

1. Date Day with the Irishman
My husband and I were both off on Monday. We don’t have family or babysitters around, so we try to go on a daytime date on the two or three days a year that we are both off and the day care is open. We splurged on the new movie theater with the recliners. Such a treat! We saw Les Miserables – I loved it! My sister-in-law is coming to visit from Ireland next month, and my husband has already decided it should be his pick for the movies. Nothing says,”Happy Valentine’s Day” like the latest Die Hard movie!

2. Division Strategies
I had this popcorn clip art and wanted to find something to do with it. I came up with “Poppin’ into Division.” We used popcorn as manipulatives and recorded multiple division strategies. We are fortunate to have a color printer at school.


We also have a giant printer. I sent it off to the right person and had posters printed for my bulletin board.  I love the way it came out. I hope to have the activity pack posted to my TpT store next week.

3. Balance
I was talking to a second grade teacher this week who said, “I don’t know how you find the time." I’d been sharing something I created for our “Revising Knowledge” deliberate practice group, so I thought she was referring to time in the classroom, but she meant home/work/etc. Most days I feel like I am just getting by. If I’d been quicker on my feet I’d have given a more honest answer. My house is a mess and I have been known to skip a shower on cool days in exchange for time to sleep. Funny how that would have seemed a crazy idea before I had kids! The things you do as a mom...

4. (Math) Operation Snowball Fight
I have had this planned for a few weeks now. I put in in my plans this week so that I would have to get it finished.


After spending the last few months on multiplication and division, my students are trying to multiply or divide every word problem that they come across. I wanted to create some mixed operation word problems to get them thinking.

Operation Snowball Fight

There are two versions included – one with QR codes and an recording sheet for the cards without QR codes. These Florida kids were happy to have a snowball fight, even if it was just math word problems!

For my first little mini-giveaway I'll give away two copies of (Math) Operation: Snowball Fight to lucky readers who follow my blog and leave a comment on this post with an e-mail address. The Irishman (my husband) will pick a pair of random numbers on Sunday night.

5.  Giving it up
My student teacher is at 50% next week. It is always at this point that I struggle to hand over a subject. I’ve had some amazing student teachers over the years, but each time I reach that point. Do I give up my reading block? Do I want to have her introduce fractions to the class? Decisions, decisions!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 4, 2013


Santa brought me a new phone for Christmas. My last phone was the Irishman’s hand-me-down. I am loving my iPhone and found an app I like to allow me to read my Google Reader on the phone. One of my favorites to read are all the Currently Link Ups. I’ve decided to join the fun this month:


Listening: Okay, so I paused it to work on this, but this is what I have been listening to all day. I recently discovered that I can play audiobooks from the public library on my phone. I discovered audiobooks after my first was born. I was too busy to read once I went back to work, but I still had to drive to and from work so audiobooks became my go to. Now that I can listen to the books from my phone, I am no longer limited to my car. Better yet I can download the books from home without going to the library and they automatically return so there is no late fees. Love it!

Loving: Each afternoon this week I have taken the kids to do something special. Wednesday my daughter and I went bowling. Thursday I took the two of them to the pet shop. All we did was walk around PetSmart for 40 minutes. They shrieked with delight! Today is my son’s turn for a solo date. I’m thinking we’ll try the indoor playground. Special times!

Thinking: I should be working on something else. Due to two personal days, the ASCD Common Core Institute in Orlando, and then getting sick I was only at school for 7 days in the month of December. Considering we went through the 21st, that was a lot of days out! It wasn't suposed to be that way! I designated three days this week for catching up. I spent hours just cleaning! I *should* be working on an award application. Blogging is more fun!

Wanting: The Irishman and I both had two weeks off for Christmas. Unfortunately they were not the same two weeks! I much prefer the week before Christmas off. This week after because all about catching up. Haircuts, doctor appointments, cleaning, and more. It is all needed, but not fun. I’m ready for another break already!

Needing: I know what I want to do. I know what I need to do to get it done. I just can’t find the time to do it all. I need to stop being so hard on myself. That is easier said than done!

OLW: Balance. I feel like working full time with two small children is like juggling. Most days I am just trying to keep all the balls in the air before they fall and hit me in the head. My goal this year is to work on balance. It might be letting go of some of the balls, or asking for help. I don’t know yet, but I’m hoping to figure it out!

That’s it for me! Head over to Farley’s blog to join the fun!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year, New Fonts

Happy new year! I am still on break and trying to fit in as much family time as possible. I can see the end of the break looming ahead.

New Years Eve we went out to eat as a family and treated the kids to ice cream. The Irishman and I debated whether or not to stay up for midnight. By 11 he was dozing on the couch next to me so I decided to try the app I’d been eyeing for a while now.

I brought in the new year by creating my own fonts. To be fair I did shake my husband awake before the ball dropped. I *might* have then stayed up another hour getting things just right.

The next night I was again up past midnight figuring out how to download the font and post it to my TpT store. They are freebies – be sure to check them out! I have a heart themed font in the works I hope to post in the next week. I think I found a new hobby!

Here is the first one I did:
My second attempt:SullyNewBeginnings

You can click the pictures for the link to my TpT store. Check them out!