Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thankful for an Award Nomination!

I was nominated for a Liebster award! I received this award a few months ago, but I hope it's okay that I accept it again! The rules given to me are different than I had before, so I thought it would be fun to participate again. It's always fun to meet new bloggers!

The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated and to help spread the word about new blogs.

Thanks so much to Kristen from Kinderpillars for nominating me for this award! It was a nice surprise!
The Rules:
~ You must post 11 random things about yourself.
~ Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
~ Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
~ Choose 11 blogs you love with less than 200 followers and link them in your post.
~ No tag back is needed, but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Leibster post so I can learn more about you!
11 Random Things About Myself:

1. I am a Christian and can't imagine going through this life without my faith in God!
2. I am very happily married to my husband Tony. He's perfect for me!
3. I have two grown children, Clayton & Jessica. Also, my husband has 2 grown daughters.
4. I am blessed to have grandchildren! It's fun being a Nana!
5. I am 50 years old!
6. This is my 9th year as a certified teacher and I love teaching!
7. I have lived in 7 states, Japan, and England. I currently live in Missouri.
8. I love cats! My cat's name is Molly.
9. I enjoy playing the piano, reading, watching movies, and blogging.
10. I love Pinterest!
11. My favorite TV shows are Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy, and Private Practice.
Here are questions asked by Kristen:
1. What grade do you currently teach?
I teach Kindergarten!
2. Where did you grow up?
Cabot, Arkansas ~ I lived there the longest while growing up.
3. What is your favorite color?
4. What is your dream vacation?
Traveling around the USA with my husband!
5. What is your favorite school break?
Summer break is the best!
6. Who is someone you look up to?
I look up to my mom. She has always been an inspiration to me. No matter what comes her way, she always stays strong and relies on God to help her.
7. What did you do before you started teaching?
I was a secretary, handled accounts payable/receivable, payroll, legal secretary, family day care provider, and Head Start teacher.
8. What do you like to do in your "spare" time?
I love spending time with my family, camping, hiking, reading, and of course blogging!
9. Where is your favorite place to shop?
Hmmm, this is hard to answer! I like a few places like Christopher & Banks, JCP, Target, and Hobby Lobby.
10. Do you drink coffee?
Yes! I usually drink a cup or 2 in the mornings. Occasionally I'll drink it with a yummy dessert too.
11. Are you a morning person or night owl?
I'm definitely a morning person. It seems the older I get, my bedtime gets earlier. I usually go to bed by 9:00!
Questions for my nominees:
1. What grade do you currently teach?
2. If you could teach a different grade/subject, what would it be?
3. How many years have you been teaching?
4. Give your teaching philosophy in one or two sentences.
5. Name one of your favorite children's books.
6. How many students are in your class?
7. Have you started a new "program" in your school this year? Please explain.
8. What is your favorite candy?
9. Do you use Pinterest and have you created anything inspired by Pinterest? Example-recipe, craft, school decoration, posters, etc...
10. Do you have a pet? What is it?
11. What do you like to do in your "spare" time?
Here are some blogs I am nominating for the Leibster Award:

http://cathedralkindergarten.blogspot.com/ - Charlotte’s Clips and Kindergarten Kids
http://misschambleeskinderfriends.blogspot.com/ - Miss Chamblee’s Kinder Friends
http://theteachersbackpack.blogspot.com/ - The Teacher’s Backpack
http://cobbkindersprouts.blogspot.com/ - Mrs. Cobb’s Kinder Sprouts
http://kindergartenkidlets.blogspot.com/ - Mrs. Mindy’s Kindergarten Kidlets
I'm looking forward to learning more about these bloggers! Thanks again to Kristen from Kinderpillars for nominating my little blog! :)
~ Lisa

Friday, November 23, 2012

Stone Soup and Turkeys!

Hello! It's hard to believe how fast this month is going by! I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and has a nice break from school! I am enjoying the time off and spending time with family. I am so thankful for the blessings in my life! Of course, this time of year most of us reflect on things we are thankful for, but wouldn't it be nice to count our blessings everyday?  Psalms 92:1 says, "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord..." The last day before our break, I asked my students to tell me and the class something they were thankful for. Their answers were so cute! I almost cried when some said they were thankful for "ME"! :)

Here are a few activities my kindergarten kiddos enjoyed last week:
  • Stone Soup - Our kindergarten classes got together for our annual Stone Soup day on Monday. We read aloud the book Stone Soup, watched a video, and made a graph of all the vegetables used for ingredients to make the soup. The soup cooked all day and everyone had the opportunity to taste it during our snack time in the late afternoon. It tasted so good!
  • Here's a link to a summary of the book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stone-soup-marcia-brown/1100222926 The children really enjoyed the story and all the activities. Here are a few photos.
Marlana, from http://lilcountrykindergarten.blogspot.com/ is one of my co-workers. She is so creative! She made our "Stone Soup Evaluation" sheets and an emergent reader for our kiddos!

  • Turkeys - I read lots of books about the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, Native Americans, and of course turkeys! The kiddos really enjoyed making turkeys out of their hand prints! I encouraged them to add details to their pictures and they were so creative! I'm not sure who the author is for the poem attached to their artwork, but I thought it was cute! It's probably a familiar poem to many of you too.


I would love to hear about your lessons/activities you had with your students! It's been fun being a part of the blogging world and I am thankful for the opportunity. Of course, I still have lots to learn and maybe someday will create products like so many of my friends on TPT! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, products, activities, and ideas with me!

~ Lisa