Wednesday, January 30, 2013

If I Were an Alien...

If I were an alien, I would be able to generate multiple copies of myself! One to teach, one to manage paperwork, and one to constantly create awesome crafts and projects for my firsties! Oh, and one to blog surf!

I almost forgot!
I would be able to burn calories at lightning speed!!!
That way I could eat all the french fries I want ( my weakness)!

Being able to fly would be cool too!

Last week we discussed space and my firsties created these cute mini posters!  I am so PROUD of how much their writing has improved!  These were a ton of fun to do!

Today one of my sweeties said: "Mrs. Forehand, is that coffee maker where your papers come out of the computer?"  My heart mealted! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Be Brave, Be Bold, and Teach on Teacher!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate than with a sweet little freebie!  To all my fellow teachers: I commend you for what you do.  I love you as sister educators.

 It is so comforting to pull up your blogs to find that you too have crazy, hair raising, wonderful days in the classroom! You are encouraging.  You push me to be better. Isn't that what this is all about?  Building one another up to be the best that we can be? It has tremendous wonderful effects on our students. 

Never let anyone make you feel less than amazing.  Each and every day you face a room full of hopeful smiling faces.  Each child has very individual needs.  Somehow, through the grace of God, we meet those needs.  I remember EVERY elementary school teacher I had as a child! I couldn't tell you the name of the last doctor I visited.
 What does that say? YOU MATTER and so does what you do! 

Be Brave, Be Bold, and Teach on Teacher!
Just Because I Love You

This is a page from my Hugs & Kisses For Learning Pack. Check it out! ;)
As a side note:
When I got to school this morning, I noticed my students were not waiting in the hallway for me.  I walked in my room and the lights were off and it was very quiet.  As any teacher would, I felt this huge serge of panic begin to well up inside of me.  WHERE ARE MY STUDENTS?!!!
Just as I thought "Run, get help!" they jumped out from hiding places and shouted "SURPRISE!"
Once the shock wore off and I knew they were ok, my heart swelled!  I love my students!  I just hope they know how much! 
AND!!! One of my sweet girls that was in my kindergarten class brought me tie-dye cupcakes to cheer me on for the Color Run!!! AND!!! One of my boys brought me Girl Scout cookies! 
(Yes, I had to run double time today! It was worth it!) 
Aren't we all the luckiest girls in the world!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Run Forest Runnn!

Hello! Happy Saturday!

Guess what I did? I signed up for The Color Run in Atlanta!  A group of friends/teachers have all signed up.  We even have a team name! We are the "Dashing Darlins of Dothan."  We are so stoked about this 5K.

 I have always wanted to be one of those graceful runners that you see on t.v.
Needless to say, I have never been able to get to the "graceful" part of running. 
I was always the weird girl gasping for air, hacking up a wad of spit,
and near the brink of a most formidable death. 

But, now thanks to the most awesome free app ever (Couch to 5K) I can run for FIVE straight minutes!

To those of you who are avid runners:  PLEASE don't scoff at my meager 5min, it's a MAJOR accomplishment for this girl! 

Supposedly by the time I complete the 8 week app (C25K) I should be able to run the entire 5k without stopping. 
We'll see! Wish me luck!

On another note, I've been a busy little bee teacher! I cooked up this little mini unit in celebration of Groundhog Day. It contains seven activities! You will find math, science, and literacy!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

My little Wicket

Since a baby was out of the question, a puppy was the next best thing! Meet my baby Wicket! He is just a doll! He lets me bathe him, brush him, dress him, and (most of all) smother him with lots of love!
After a crazy day with my fabulous firsties, there is nothing better to come to than a wagging tail and sloppy kisses! Who knew that such a little fellow could have such a big personality!

During the holidays my students shared Elf on The Shelf stories; I shared Wicket stories. We'll just say he has a knack for stealing socks and underwear!
My husbands boxers are quite large compared to this little Yorkie. So to see Wicket tearing through the house at full speed with a pair was quite the show!

Wicket has also developed a love for plastic Easter Eggs! Who knew?!