Monday, April 1, 2013

Farley's April Currently, a Freebie and Laugh

Wow! I can't believe it's April already! In Central PA we are still donning our winter apparel, but hopefully warmer weather will be here by the end of the week.  I am fortunate to have the day off, but my summer break doesn't start until June 18th!!! I am on-time for the April Currently, and I added a writing freebie below. I don't know if you've seen the awkward family photos email that circulated a few years back(I'm sure you did). If you're like me, and you find that kind of stuff amusing, scroll below to see an awkward Easter morning photo of my boys-it's hilarious. 

Click this link to be a part of Farley's Currently for April:

I still can't believe I ran into my friend this morning! She lives in NC, and we haven't seen each other for about 5 years. We were hired together, we talked and we just hit it off. Well, our lives took separate turns, and we fell out of touch. When I saw her, I looked at her face and knew it was her. I kind of "whisper-talked" her name just in case it wasn't her, but it was. So, we reconnected and she's even thinking of moving back here to teach. 

Logan's Run (Autism Awareness) is this weekend. Our school's amazing autism support teacher organized a team to run. I happen to be one of the brave souls who signed up. I don't even run!!! I like to spin and do other things, but not run. This is one of those things to cross off my bucket list, so I'm doing it. Maybe I'll get out there tonight to practice.

Here is the freebie I promised. Just click on the image below. These are not fancy, but they have worked wonders in my first grade class. During our Daily 5 time, the students can use these when they go to the writing station. They just pick one up, take their notebook and go. I made my first one back in January, and when a student first used it, I was like, "Wow! These really work!". They've been using them ever since. After each round of Daily 5, we gather for a quick check-in. Anyone who has written can  share their work with the class. Nine times out of ten, their topic was taken from one of these menus. Quick, easy and, most of all, effective...that's my style!!!

And, last but not least, here is the awesome Easter picture of my 3 boys. At least the older two were actually getting along AND looking at the camera. My youngest, Nicholas, was just all-out grumpy. He even chucked his Peter Rabbit on the ground a few times. I was thinking, "Good times ahead since church won't be starting for 45 more minutes....". 

Thanks for reading!


  1. I'm also looking for the housekeeping fairy so if you see her... send her my way! I also love awkward photos... and my 2 boys are more than happy to provide the material I need to take those photos! Hope you had a great Monday... found you via Farley!
    Funky Fresh Firsties

  2. I just found you through Farley's linky! LOVE the Easter picture!!!!! That will definitely be a classic and so fun to pull out when your kiddos are older! My twin girls are 22 months old and they were absolutely disgusted with anything that wasn't candy this Easter! They clapped and cheered for the candy, but threw the stickers etc. on the ground and told me, "NO", when I tried to put it back in their baskets!
    Lisen :)
    Stop by and visit sometime!
    Second Grade Smartypants

  3. Hi! Found your blog through the currently linky! :) I also need to do laundry, but I think I'll save that for later this week. Good luck with your race!! :)

    Smiles from 2nd Grade

  4. Hi Jen!
    So happy to meet you! Your blog is adorable! Found you through CURRENTLY! What a great way to connect with new teachers! Stop by!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  5. I just found out that I am teaching first grade next year. I will definitely be browsing your blog! I am super excited about it and found out I am going to be teaching with an amazing team.

    I'm your newest follower thanks to Currently!

    If You Give a Teacher a Treat