Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chair Covers

Wee-bit Late Wednesday
Today I'm linking up with Tara at
Every year I make chair covers for my classroom.  I tried washing them once, to reuse, but after 180 days of use they just need to be retired.  So, I watch for the 50% off coupon from Joanne Fabrics and spend a day sewing.

Cut and ready to sew

Adding the binding

Almost done

Final product

I have the students put their homework folder, planner, and chapter book in the pocket.  Everything else goes in their desk.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Zippity doo dah, Zippity aye,
My oh my what a wonderful day

Deb at Crafting Connections nominated me for the

What is a Liebster Award?
It is an award given to "up and coming" bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
What does Liebster stand for?
Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.  Wow---I feel special !!
          To accept Deb's nomination, I have to do the following:
1.  Link back to the blog that nominated me.
2.  Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
3.  Answer the questions posed by my nominator.
4.  Share 11 random facts about myself.
5.  Create 11 questions for my nominees.
6.  Contact my nominees to let them know I nominated them.
Deb's questions with my answers
Random Facts:
     1.  I owned a restaurant. (10-12 years ago)
     2.  I sold everything I owned, packed up my clothing and moved to Florida 5 years ago.
     3.  I was all situated in a 2nd grade classroom and BOOM--10 day count--I was forced to pack up, move schools and start teaching a third grade class.  All in 1 week.
     4.  I love to craft and try to do fun things in the classroom.
     5.  I love tools.  There is nothing like cleaning and organizing my toolbox.
     6.  I'm beginning to "flip" my Math class.
     7.  I don't like sweets.
     8.  I sit in the exact same spot every Sunday at church.
     9.  I ♥ the Bachelor and Bachelorette show.
    10.  I have a 22 year old son.
    11.  I use Skittles as a reward in the classroom and am always amazed at what a student will do for one teeny tiny Skittle.
My Questions:
     1.  Are you teaching in the state that you grew up in?
     2.  If you were to change occupations, what would your next choice be?
     3.  How many states have you visited?
     4.  Are you a healthy eater or do you lean toward the junk food side?
     5.  How long have you been teaching?
     6.  What will you miss most about summer ending?
     7.  What piece of technology is your favorite?
     8.  How long have you been blogging?
     9.  How many hours a week do you commit to school work? (Above the normal 40)
    10.  Do you have a favorite quote?
    11.  What is your favorite read-aloud book?

~~~Now for the Nominees~~~

The Science Life by Emily
Lipstick, Lattes, and Lesson Plans by Elizabeth
Dots and Decimals by Candace
First in Fourth by Ellen

While looking through blogs, I tried to find blogs that I personally hadn't looked at before and that hadn't previously received a Liebster Award---I think it is great to spread the word.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Draggo--A Place to Store

This is a really easy site to join, and it's free!! It allows you to save all of the awesome websites that you find.  We all know that as we surf the web or bloghop stalk we find pages or links to places that we want to check out at a later date, but then forget where it was. This site allows you to "save to Draggo" and look at it later (similar to a bookmark)  I decided to create a Math page and use it as a resource for my students to have learning games all in one place.  They can access the page from home or school.
I saw this website on another person's blog, but can't for the life of me remember who (so if you read this and have already featured this website, email me and I will gladly give credit where credit is due)

Here is a screen shot of the Math page I am just beginning to form

If you use this the link below to look at the website and join, I get "bonus" points that help unlock new features--check it out for yourself.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A New Look

                                                                   for the new blog look

I have had a blog up and running for quite some time, but really struggled with keeping it current.  Part of the lackadaisy attitude was because I didn't like the design and I couldn't come up with an eye-catching, heart-pounding name or theme.  Well..........I finally did it!!!!!

                                                 Flip Flop & Hop
Now...of course every part of the title has meaning to me.

              Flip---I started last year "flipping" my math class (more on that in another post)
              Flop---Some of what happens in a 5th grade classroom and in everyday life is nothing, but a flop, I smile and keep going.
              Hop---Frogs are the theme in my classroom and this blog may just hop all over the place.

I'm excited to start sharing my 5th grade adventures with you.

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