Fabulous Friday Favorites to Wrap up the Week!

Happy Weekend!  It's my favorite part of the week, and that means it's time to link up for:


With The Blended Blog


Incorporating Math Into Morning Meeting

I do love checking out Checkiday every morning upon arrival at school to see what's on the calendar for obscure days.  Last week this holiday was on their web site so I used it to compose that day's Morning Message:

Celebrating Johnny Appleseed's Birthday ~ Directed Drawing Style!

September 26th is Johnny Appleseed's birthday.  Just in case you didn't know, he is also the State Folktale hero of Massachusetts.  To celebrate we completed these fun directed drawings:


Click here or on the above picture to check out this free activity!

Introducing Story Elements

In Reading, we started learning about story elements, and of course, I reinforced the concept in our Morning Message:

Next week we'll continue on with problem, solution and main events.

I used this Pin to make my Morning Message:


Have a wonderful week ahead, and as always, thank you for visiting the blog today!


Autumn Arrives Along With Friday Favorites!

Hello there!  Thanks for visiting today!  Although I'm happy to say good-bye to weather in the 90 degree range, I'm sad to let go of summer and have to put away my "Endless Summer" pillow.  In the meantime, it's time to share my weekly news and link up with Jan of Laughter and Consistency for Saturday Sum Up and:

The Blended Blog for and:

Erika,  Narci and Andrea for:

,  Erika,  Narci and I

Learning About the Constitution 

Last Monday we learned about the U.S. Constitution which was signed on September 17th!

Place Value Math Game Using Playing Cards

I saw this adorable game on the Mailbox Blog (I tried to find the original post but couldn't).    We played Place Value War on Friday using scissors to show the greater than/less than ~ the BIG mouth eats the BIG number.  Next week we're going to play again making 4 digit number instead.

Pumpkin Themed Morning Message

I write my Morning Messages every day when I arrive at school.  Click here or on the picture to read how I make the most of my Morning Messages.


BEST and CUTEST Designs to Check Out!

I was out and about today in Wakefield and visited one of my favorite stores in town:  Create: Artisan Studio when I stumbled upon the most adorable cards ever!


You can check out Regina Martine Design here  or by clicking on the above picture to see all her amazing work!  I fell in love with all her work because it's colorful and whimsical.  If you check out her site, please let me know what you think!

Happy Autumn!  Thank you for checking in today!


Fridays & Weekends Always Make Me Smile!

Happy Weekend!  Thanks for visiting the blog today as I link up with one of my favorite bloggers, Jan from Laughter and Consistency for Saturday Sum Up
and The Blended Blog for Friday Loves:


as well as ErikaNarci and Andrea for:


Remembering September 11th

We started off the week learning about Patriot Day in our Morning Message:

Later that day, we followed up with a non-fiction book written by Maira Kalman about the John J. Harvey Fireboat that came out of retirement to help out during 9/11:


International Chocolate Day ~ September 13th or Any Day!

Every morning I head over to Checkiday to ensure that I don't miss out on any important holidays.  I'm still celebrating International Chocolate Day as I bought three candy bars from the local Cub Scout Troop!

Back to School Night = Success!

Last Thursday was Back to School Night, and my students especially enjoyed these Parent Night Quizzes from Rachel Lynette:

I also love how the parents can leave a note, too!  I'll definitely be using this "quiz" every year!

Back to School Bulletin Board = Complete and On Time!

I'm such a creature of habit ~ every year my student make an apple and pencil book for Back to School Night:

J. Crew Factory Skirts For The Win!

I find that I've been purchasing many of my clothes from J. Crew Factory like this skirt that I wore for Back to School Night:


Plus, they're always sending me coupons so everything I buy ends up being on sale!

I hope you're enjoying your weekend and getting to relax!  Thank you so much for visiting today!  

Also, please try to link with with Jan from Laughter and Consistency as she creates a new link-up:  Saturday Sum Up!


And Just Like That ~ We're Back to School!

Happy Wonderful Weekend!  Thanks for checking in to see what we're up to as I link up for:

  with Erika, Narci and Andrea for:


Classroom Open For Business!

After much cleaning and organizing, my classroom came together just in time for my students to arrive last Thursday:

Getting Right Back to Business!

The kids got right to work on the first day by completing a vacation report.  After morning exercises, we had our first Morning Meeting!

 Play Doh = Beginning a New Tradition!

After reading many blog posts about giving students Play Doh at the start of the school year, I decided to try it out!  I bought a 20-pack of Play Doh at Walmart for $8.40.  The kids LOVED creating with their Play Doh for the last half hour of school on Friday.  Check out some of their creations:

New Blog Post at Conversations from the Classroom

Check out my new blog post about getting off to a good start every day by clicking here or on the picture:


I'm so glad that I have such a great group of students this year, and that we are off to a great start to another great school year!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Currently It's Sensational September!

Hello there!  Currently, I'm back to work as the summer just flew by in a blink of an eye!  This means that it's time to link up with Anne in Residence for:



 I'm officially starting school.  My students' first day is/was Thursday, September 6th.  I've been quite busy getting my classroom all clean and organized.  My goal ~ as always ~ is to remain organized and to keep my desk clean.

This is the view of the classroom from my newly cleaned desk.


I've been buying some seasonal, autumn scented soap:


I really LOVE this quote that I saw on Instagram so I'm sharing it here:


Right now I'm reading a historical fiction/love story novel:


The author rotates between current times and pre-revolutionary times.  The story takes place on Long Island.  Click here or on the book cover to read more at Amazon.


I'm an on-demand person so I never record any TV programs.  Right now I'm watching the new season of Ozark.


Have a sensational September!  Thank you so much for visiting today!

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