Sunday, July 29, 2012

Talk Point Ideas NEEDED...Pretty Please

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So, to my surprise, I had a set of these in my classroom supplies when I opened my box from School Specialty...

I was a tad excited! 

We were told to order the "bare minimum" but I put a couple of  "wish list" items on there (never hurst, right???) AND... Wah-La!  I immediately took a picture and tm'd my buddy across the hall.  We had just been looking/talking/discussing these at the MO Kindergarten Conference.

Here's my request bloggers...I need some ideas of how to use them w/my lil' love muffins!  I know, in past posts, that some of you had commented on how you use (or would use) them.  I'd LOVE to read through some of those again and hear new ways everyone is using them.   

Saturday, July 28, 2012

While blogstalking...

While I haven't been doing a very good job of keeping up w/my blog, that doesn't mean that I haven't been doing my share of "stalking"!  Here are a few ideas I've come across in the last couple of weeks that I plan on incorporating this year.  Thanks to ALL of the awesome teacher bloggers that have inspired me to BEGIN thinking about that first day!

Great ideas for Writing!

SOMETIMES my kiddos have a hard time thinking of something to write. I will change it up a bit and give them an option of what to write about.
Monday ~ Write about the weekend ~ Who they played with ~ What they ate for dinner
Tuesday ~ Sentence Starter ~ If I was a raindrop I would.. ~ I like to eat..
Wednesday ~ Writing Prompt ~ Do you like birthday cake? Why? Describe your bedroom.
Thursday ~ Shadow Writing
Friday ~ Free Write 

**I plan to type these up and post in my writing area.**

Lining Up Dots

I think I'm going to incorporate Mrs. Maya's "lining up dots" into my lining up routine this year.  My love muffins last year had a difficult time with this.  I think the dots (and LOTS of practice) may be just what we need to make this routine a little less stressful on ALL of us!

Did It Dots!

Lovin' the "Did it Dots"! Mrs. Shelton gave students "dots" when then followed her 5 sentence writing rules...1. Neat Work  2. Finger Spaces  3. Capitals  4. Punctuation  5. Word Wall.

I picked up a few sets of "Did it Dots" at Wal-Mart for $.88 each!!!

Crate Bench & Eraser Glove

I really like the idea of using crates to create a bench w/storage!  I mean, who can't use a little more seating AND some storage!  I plan to creat a bench to use in my carpet/group area.  Not sure what I plan to store in them yet, but I'm sure I'll be able to find something!

The black crates below will become a bench...I look forward to seeing the finished product and LOVE the idea!!! 

I haven't seen the finished bench seat, but here is a pic of her her finished "pee resistant" crate seats.  I plan to redo my bucket seats, and why not make them "pee resistant"?!?!

 Love this idea too...the green "dusting" gloves.  She plans to allow her board cleaner to use them!  These were purchased at the Dollar Tree guess it, $1.00.  I think this would make "cleaning" the white board so much more fun!

Again, a BIG thank you to ALL of the teacher bloggers mentioned above and the rest of you out there.  These were just a few of my favorite ideas...keep them coming!  I'm SLOWLY getting inspired and motivated to get back into my classroom and prepare for my new love muffins! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tell Me More, Tell Me More!

1. My name is Randee Renee.
 When my parents were discussing names, my mom wanted to name me Annie Jo. Thankfully my dad didn't like it (I just don't think I would've made a very good Annie, although I do have the curly hair, hmmm...).  So they settled Randee (Randee after my dad's BF, Randy).  The Renee was after my aunt. I haven't always liked my name...but I've grown to love it!

2. I'm the oldest of three children...36 years old! My brothers are going to kill me, but they were so cute!  They'll probably NEVER see this anyway!!!

Brad and Chuck

3.  I'm an Auntie and I LOVE it!  My brothers (who no longer look like this) have given me the two sisters that I never had, one nephew (Barrett) and two neices (Izzy and Ruthie)!!!

4. I have three FABulous men in my boyfriend Ray and his two boys!

 5. I love hanging out w/my boys during the Summer (and VERY lucky that I get to spend so much time w/them)! We spend a lot of time at creeks, on rivers and lakes, and at the pool. They LOVE to  snorkel and look at all of the critters.
And me...
I'll be on the bank (boat deck or lounge chair) catching a little sun while the boys do their thing. 
I did climb and jump off the tree you see in the top left of this picture!

6. I have ALWAYS loved to dance...still do!

7. My LOVE for dancing and need to get off of the couch, let me to Zumba Fitness!  I'm totally addicted!! I've been instructing for 2 years and will be attending my 1st convention in August. A little nervous because it takes place 2 weeks before school starts!!!!

This is my friend Becky and I and the Gin and Tonic tour in K.C.  Believe it or not, I believe that is Becky bent over in the dance picture of  me above!  We've been dancing buds for over 25 years...CrAzY!!!

8. In addition to Zumba Fitness, I'm addicted to McDonald's Sweet Tea!  I swear it's "laced" w/something!!!

9. So I haven't talked school yet...2012-2013 will be my 14th year in the education.  I've taught at the same, small, rural school and couldn't even dream of going elsewhere!  We have an awesome staff, students, and parents!  I've taught grades K-4 (not in that order).  Some moves were made by choice, others were because of classroom numbers (#'s fluctuate from year to year).  This will be my 4th year in Kindergarten and I still LOVE it and am very EXCITED about my team!  I hold a Master's Degree in Education (no specialty...kinda regret that decision now) and earned National Board Certification in 2009.

10.  If I could have any other job, I think I would want to be a secretary (not a school one)!  One of the many things I LOVE about summer is lunches w/my girlies!  An hour off in the middle of the day is just perfect!  In addition...I also LOVE to talk on the phone, take notes, proofread, and organize meetings and events.

Want to know some more?!?!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like...

 Back to School?!?!

It's been a LONG while bloggy buddies!!!  I haven't totally left you all...I've been doing an OK job of keeping up w/you all by stalking your blogs.  Many of you have been BUSY!!!!  Thank you for all of the ideas and freebies.  Would you believe that I have tried to post something FIVE times?!?!  I have had FIVE drafts.  I considered posting them, but deleted them instead. 

Anywho...I can't believe it is that time of year already!!!  I went to the local Wal-Mart yesterday and to my dismay there were Back to School "signs" everywhere I turned!  (No, this was not my first trip to WM, but the first time I let my cart enter the school supply aisle.)  I guess it's time to start preparing myself (and the boys) for school mode...we have soooo enjoyed sleeping in, going to the pool, creek or river, ballgames, and lounging! Just living up the carefree SUMMER lifestyle! :)  I hate to see it end.

Next week (Monday and Tuesday) I will be going to the Missouri Conference for Kindergarten Teachers in Osage Beach, MO.  It's not Vegas, but usually gets me thinking BACK TO SCHOOL!  I'm excited about aquiring lots of new ideas and just getting away w/my two awesome teaching buddies.  I'm sure we'll have a great time...we always do! ;)

I have nothing of my own to share w/you, but found a Back to School Scavenger Hunt that I will be giving my Kindergarten Love Muffins at Open House. 
Stop by Little Warriors and pick one up for's a FREEBIE!  Make sure you tell Mrs. Mense THANK YOU!!!