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Five for Friday



What a week I have had…
it always seems like I am having a cray week…
and this week didn't let me down!!!





 I was contacted by ThermoWorks to try out their TimeSticks…
of course I said yes…
LOVE them…
they made my week way less hectic!!!
I will have a special BLOG POST on these awesome timers very SOON and the great peeps from ThermoWorks are going to partner up with me for a GIVE AWAY!!!! what what



 If you can say your numbers for 0-100 with no mistakes… you make the 100s Club
If you can identify all of your letters… upper and lower… you make the A to Z Club!!!
We are so proud of him!!!


 I am home today with Bub…
Hubs and I are tag teaming to stay home with him…
He is not itchy anymore and probably has only about 10% coverage
where Tuesday and Wednesday he was more like 80%
so after 3 meds… and 3 dr visits we have some progress…
his vitals have always been GREAT and he never ran a fever… so it is a mystery!!!
They think it could be a virus or a reaction…
I just want him to be better… bless his heart!!!


It never fails… as soon as I pass out the test
and believe me I have gone over the directions… 
and I have asked… are there any questions??? 
and I answer those (yeah right there are never any questions after that question)
and then I go to my small group table to do oral admin to some kiddos
and no sooner is my toosh on my cush…
I have hands up in the air or a line of kiddos 
wanting to ask A QUESTION!!!
SERIOUSLY!!!!
so here is my solution…
I bought a big ole bag of plastic bugs… 
(ignore the fact that my jar has lizards…
Dollar Spot had reptiles in the bug bag… last time I checked… they are not BUGS but hey it was a BUCK...)
so make sure you have BUGS and enough bugs for everyone
so right after I ask… are there anymore questions…
I pass out a BUG to every single kid…
I explain…
they are allowed to BUG me once…
they can use their BUG to come up to me and ask A question
once they ask a question they must turn in their BUG and they will have to continue the test without being able to ask any more questions
I encourage them to skip questions or problems that are stumping them… and then come back to them
after they have finished the test… go back and try the ones they skipped
and then use the BUG on the one question or problem that BUGS them the most!!!
If a kiddo finishes the test without using the bug… they get a couple of bonus points.

I have used this system for a few years now…
I like it because it forces my students to try and do it on their own.
It also teaches them good test taking skills to skip and go back.
You will still have the kiddos that immediately want to use their bugs… and I sometimes remind them they still have the whole test to do… and some still insist on BUGging me
usually they learn their lesson…
when later in the test they come to another question that is buggier than the first

and if you want to be really mean… you could take their bug away for asking to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water… that is a question… just sayin

 I posted this on instagram …
I LOVE this…
we use this everyday as our math warm-up and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it
the kids love it too
we do 4 problems a day and then when we go over it… I project it on the dry erase board and the kiddos do the teaching… I interject if needed but for the most part… they are the teachers!!!
it comes with a weekly assessment…
so what we do is 4 problems a day… that means we are done with it on Thursday…
they take it home on Thursday to study it…
and on Friday they are tested on it!!!
I only grade the assessment!!!
click on the pic to go and get it…
I am a TEXAS teacher and we don't do Common Core…
BUT I still LOVE IT!!!
all the problems fit into our TEKS and if not (hasn't happened yet and I am going on wk 9)
it is still good for them to know...
Math is Math!!!
I am pretty excited about this…
I made TASK CARDS…
there are 20 cards in all
and I have an ink friendly version included… just in case :)
it also includes a picture prompt answer sheet that when copied correctly with the title page and conversion chart will turn into an answer booklet… kinda love that!!!

anyways… these are thought provoking… you have to THINK
my kiddos… well some of them… just want to rush in and answer…
UMMM NO… they don't really read what the questions asking…
these will help them practice reading and understanding the problem!!!
covers all operations and has one. two, and multi-step problems

TEXAS TEACHERS…
I modeled my questions off of the released Math STAAR Tests for 4th grade.
I used the same question stems and tricks…but I put a Farley and Halloween twist to them.

even though these are geared towards the STAAR test…
lots of non Texas teachers have bought this and love it…
problem solving is problem solving…
math is math

click on the pic to go check it out


I love doing the 5 for Friday and I think for the first time in a really long time… I am actually getting it done on FRIDAY!!!
thanks so much to Kacey for always hosting this fab linky!!!


OCTOBER CURRENTLY

Holla...
can you believe it is already OCTOBER...
OH my gosh...
I know retailers skip right over October and go from Back to School
straight to Christmas...
BUT NOT ME!!!
We celebrate all the months here...
so let's get it started!!!

thanks so much to this month's sponsor


A Grace-Filled Classroom


I have to admit... I filled this out last night...
I knew I was going to be at my grandparent's house tonight and I wanted a little head start...
I LOVED the wedding on Little People... Oh MY GOSH 
That was a perfect wedding... just my style!!!

I am also LOVING Bub's Fire Prevention Poster...
I LOVE that my kiddo now gets to participate in this HUGE tradition at our school
I teach in a small community school and it is in a small city... with a VERY SUPPORTIVE 
Fire and Police Department... 
every year they throw a Fire Prevention Poster Contest 
this tradition is so old... I won it when I was in FIRST Grade there!!!
anywho... I am thrilled Bub gets to enter this year...
there are 1st-3rd place trophies in every grade k-5
and then there is a GRAND CHAMPION...
I think we might have a winner on our hands...
I might be biased... BUT you take a look...
this year's theme is Check Your Smoke Alarms...

I am BEAMING that my kiddo came up with this idea...
it did take some arm twisting to convince him GHOSTBUSTERS are not spokes people for 
FIRE PREVENTION... they make fires... 
BUT after that... his little wheels starting spinning...
He was watching a cartoon... I think Dora or something and they twisted the tune 
to Old Mac Donald... and that was that...
he turned to me and said...
his little slogan!!!
we were at my mom's and mom and I were both... in awe!!!
mom even ran and got a notepad to write it down so we wouldn't forget
HA HA HA

BEAMING!!!
Like a true teacher's kid... I made him do a rough draft... and we watched videos on how to draw a barn, cow, flames, and water!!! 
The only thing I did on the poster was a drew straight lines for his words... 
THAT'S IT I SWEAR!!!! 
I think that is why I am soooo proud of him...
I will admit to HOVERING... and telling him continuously to take his time or color in one direction or pay attention... or DON'T GET SHARPIE ON MY TABLE!!!
BUT it is 100% HIS...
BEAMING... ok maybe 99% his because I did draw the guide lines...
BUT those got erased after the sharpie...
so we are back to 100%.... right!!!!

BUT come on... look at his cow...
and his duck pond with a fish
and the sad Old Mac Donald 
ok so of course I will update you if he wins anything...
fingers crossed
and I KNOW I KNOW... winning isn't everything...
it's the only thing

all the other things are self explanatory on my CURRENTLY
except... TRICK OR TREAT...
I am doing a treat!!!
I am putting my
BRAND NEW...
like I just made it TONIGHT...
right now...
might be why I am soooo late in posting this....
BUT here is a TREAT for you!!!!
FREE for the WHOLE MONTH of OCTOBER 2014

so when you do the TRICK or TREAT on your CURRENTLY...
you can do whatever treat you want...
FREE or on SALE... it is up to you... it is your TREAT...
or tell a good TRICK you use in the classroom!!!
TRICK or TREAT... get it!!!

ok your turn...
about time HUH???

and the rules...

okie dokie...
let's get this PARTAY started





Urinalitis, Killing Crayons, and a party for a spider

It is Saturday...
and WHeeeeW
what a week it has been!!!
CRAY to the Z
CRAZY

what better way to recap my week than to join Doodlebugs and her

I am pretty sure Kacey will forgive me for posting a day late.





So if you follow me on instagram... 
you already saw this
but my kiddo decided to play in the urinal last Friday...
and he got in trouble 
apparently he did this disgusting thing several times throughout the day 
UNTIL he finally got tattled on...
so the next morning he woke up with...



 Hubs and I had discussed the night before
what we could do to make him not do this again...
so bring out the purple eyeshadow and whaa law
I got up early to perform this clever trick
 and as I was in my final swirl of purple eyeshadow on my fingertip... in walks Bubs...
ahhhhh soooo plan B
I walked up to him...
purple fingertip hidden and said
OH MY GOSH WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU...
and proceeded to touch his face randomly with my purple finger as I said...
YOU HAVE PURPLE DOTS ALL OVER YOUR FACE...

ah ha... it was a success
he ran to his bathroom and screamed...
what is this... what happened
I went in there and took this pic...
I told him to go show his dad-oh
who was still asleep...
Bub runs to our bed and comes back out...
Dad says it is URINALitis... because I played in the urinal...

I pretended to call our Dr
and the Dr said
NEVER FEAR...
your spots will fade away IF
you have a good day!!!



spots were gone by that night...
WHY because we had a party to go to!!!
and when he got a little cray at the party 
I would say
OH NO ... I think I see a spot coming back... and that was that!!!



Every Monday after school
Bub and I decorate this dry erase board in my hallway.
OK really I decorate it because I am a control frAAA REaK
and I tried to let him do some doodles and lines... um it turned into WWE and soooo 
I do the final publishing and he has a little dry erase board that he does the rough draft... 
no more Hulk Mamma versus I Can't Draw a Straight Line BUB

It sits in an awkward little corner...
the board is actually mine BUT in my new room it doesn't have a home soooo...
here it sits...
EVERY kiddo from k-5th comes down my hall throughout the week...
because the music room is at the end of our hallway
and so I THINK... every kiddo gets to see our little board!!!
Bub and I LOVE doing these together!!! 
It makes Mondays a bit happier!!!

I did a sponsored review for BiC a few posts back 
click the pic to go see it if you missed it...
WELL they LOVED Bub's little review so much they sent him some more mechanical pencils...
HE LOVES THESE
his review was cute and TRUE!!!
it was so sweet of them!!!
and
he was so excited to get these...

especially since he was sent home with fever that day!!!
poor guy he is still having fever off and on today... 
Dr. said it is NOT Urinalitis but some virus... 
usually lasts about 72 hours 
so we wait, hydrate, and rest and we are on hour 60 something
fingers crossed this ends soon!!!
note... he hasn't had continuous fever... it goes away for awhile and then BAM... it comes back...
go away fever and stay away!!!




I did this lesson last year... 
and it was a hit
click on the pic to go to the post from last year...

so this year I pumped up the theme...
ALL WEEK we had CRAYON themed readings and plays and poems...
it was a ton of fun!!!
Everything we read was a wonderful example of personification!!!
My kiddos really loved the book 


before I was even done reading...
all the peach crayons in my class were naked...

and throughout the week whenever they had to color 
a lot of them used yellow and orange together because they didn't want them to fight anymore

so needless to say we are super attached to our crayons
SOOOOO when it was time for our science lesson on 
what happens to a solid when heat is applied
I had a lot of...
you are killing them...
what did they do to you...
OH NO... STOP!!!

I kinda felt bad!!!
After the art/science experiment was done...
they thought it was the coolest thing  
and I was back in their good graces 
and was no longer on the Most Wanted List for 
killing crayons

if you follow me on instagram (farleyfarleyfarley) 
you can go and check out a little video clip and hear their comments
it is pretty funny!!!



of course we celebrated Tallulah's Birthday...
what better way to celebrate than with spider cupcakes...

the other goodies on the plate are from our smores solar oven disasters...
let's just say our school yard needs to be sprayed for ants...
thank goodness I bought extras!!!
so Tallulah's Party had extra goodies!!!
my kiddos truly love this tarantula and it makes my heart happy 
I have a blog post in the making that goes into more details bout our little girl Tallulah...
and her scary birthday week... 
I think you will find it terrifyingly terrific!!!
check back in a few days!!!


ok that is my week in a hop skip and a jump...
go check out other peeps' 5 for Friday 
over at...

My Calendar Area... questions answered

 so I posted this pic on instagram..
actually I have posted about it a few times...
when the month changed... and
I probably will do it... again and again...
lol
I love my calendar area...
just absolutely positootley
it makes me HAPPY HAPY HAPPY
so I share my happiness...
and AND AND
everytime I share this pic or one like it...
I get lots of questions...
so I thought I could do a post about my Calendar Area!!!
here it goes!!!!





OK here are the links...
click on pics to go to your desired destination

destination... to Bridget's Lovely Blog

destination...  Bridget's TpT store to see this and BUY IT

destination... this is Bridget's too... this will take you to her TpT store so you can snatch this up

destination... my blog post about this first week activity
BUT really this is a GREAT activity anytime!!!
ok
one last thing before I go...
my friend Aris
over at Sailing into Second is having a HUGE
and I mean HUGE
giveaway to celebrate her blog makeover...
I donated and so did TONS of FABULOUS FRIENDS...
this is really HUGE... go check it out and tell her Farley sent ya!!!
destination.... an amazing giveaway... go enter... go now... BYE

2 VERY random things a winner and a story

First things first... winner

a Rafflecopter giveaway


yay to Monica
you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE your goodie box of BIC products!!!

**********ok now the second thing... story*******

Bubs and I were home alone this weekend...
AHHHH the thought...
Hubs had a nerd convention out of town
WAY out of town...
and so he left his little family all alone...(guilt trip ... yes... I am a brat)
ALL alone...
so...
no biggie
I am not a big chicken (yes I am)
I was happy that he got to travel with his
Turtle Crew to the outskirts of Texas
(not really I am selfish and like him all to myself... but I do share with Bubs)
Turtle Crew???... Yep I knew you would ask...
see

he is the blue one...
Leo
see I married a full on NERD!!!
I think it is pretty cool...
he and his buddies made these and they travel all over Texas for all kinds of events...
last weekend they were commissioned to go to Laredo for a collectors event (aka Nerd Convention)
because my nerd loves doing this I had to say
Go Ninja Go Ninja Go (cue Vanilla Ice)
and send him off with his Turtle Crew

so any who... it was just Bub and I...
home alone
and so we decided to watch a movie...
it was pouring outside and watching a movie was PERFECT
so we put in




it was soooooo good...
we were watching every minute of it...
it was hilarious
informative
suspenseful
and THEN...
with 15 minutes left...
right when you find out if the babies live or DIE...
the electricity goes out...
WHAT!!!!
so now I am home alone...
the rain is pouring
and the electricity is OUT...
oh and did I mention my mom and dad who live like 5 blocks away...
well they are gone too!!!
nice!!!
OH and did I mention right before the electricity went off...
I noticed my phone only had... 20% left
TWENTY PERCENT!!!
 I felt like the dumb girl in all those horror movies...
oh and to top it off...
I had to use my phone's flashlight to find other sources of light... (down to 12%)
and
I could only find the lantern... that you have to crank to keep lit... stupid battery free lantern
and then Bub had his giant flashlight from like the 70s...
seriously we found it at a thrift store... and it is so old the plastic (not even glass)
the plastic is yellowed
and even though it has brand new SIZE D batteries... it still only works at certain angles...
so I have a forever dimming lantern... and a YELLOWED sometimes it works flashlight
OH and I am a chicken... a big fat chicken...
so I lit every candle in the house too...
so my house smelled like a bath and body store...
except on crack...
if there was a flavor called cucumber melon vine ripe tomato peach bellini sugar cookie...
that would be my house... it was BAD...
so now I am home alone (ok I have Bub but he is 6)
and the lights are out...
what lights we do have are wonky and stinky
and my phone is now at 7%
I quickly send a text to my hubs and parents...
letting them know of my situation
and knowing they know I am SCURD... really really scurd
no one replies...
NOT ONE OF THEM...
Bub and I play a few board games...
we started getting headaches...
I wasn't sure if it was from our in and out yellow light or from the over abundance of aroma
it had been about 2 hours since the lights went out...
my phone was dead
and so I blew out all the candles
and we hightailed it to bed...
of course we went to MY bed...
all of us...
me, bub, and the 3 dogs...
did I mention my dogs are big chickens to!!!
they should BOCK instead of Bark....
and they were barking at every little noise... thanks girls
and so there we were... laying in bed...
all 5 of us... this is not normal
and eventually we all fall asleep
ZZZZZZZZZ
at about 11:30 (almost 4 hours after the lights went out)
voooosh.... all the things that were on before the outage... come back on...
and it was loud and BRIGHT!!!!
Bub stayed asleep
I got up and went to the front of the house... then I see
headlights... shining down my sidewalk...
and then I see someone walking up my sidewalk towards my house...
MY HEART skipped a beat until I saw a streak of PINK hair...
it was my mom... she and dad were checking on us.
thanks mom... we survived...
I stayed up til like 2 because let's face it I was still a little scared... ok I HATE being home by myself
and I stayed up until I couldn't anymore
the next morning...
BUB finally woke up and insisted we watch the movie again...
and we did...
again and again and again
I LOVE this movie
LOVE LOVE {puffy} heart LOVE it...
I want to show it to my kiddos...
when we cover our life sciences
it is rated G so I could...
BUT there is just one thing...
it shows bear boobies...
big bear boobies
I have no issue with that...
Bub even questioned if that is where the milk comes from...
I was super excited he knew this... YAY Bub
BUT I could just see bear boobies being an issue...
sad BEARY sad
what do you think???

ok so that was very random...
but thought both were worth sharing...

toodles

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