Welcome to my blog!

In my first grade class we would call this page a "Work in Progress" I have recently discovered the world of blogs and I have found it very interesting. I can't believe I am starting my own blog. (I have no clue what I'm doing.") But, I'm very excited. So, for now this is a Work in Progress. Hopefully, you'll come back and check the ongoing progress.

Zero the Hero Day 40

Friday, August 12, 2011

Say "Welcome" to a new Blogger!!

I was so excited today to find out that a fellow teacher at my school is entering the world of blogging. She only began yesterday. Her blog is focused on various regions in South Carolina. She wants to enhance her students' learning as well as share with fellow 3rd grade teachers/classes in SC. Pass the word. Just go to:  Thanks for supporting a fellow teacher and blogger!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Have You Heard About the 14 Days of Summer?

Have you heard about the 14 Days of Summer that the ladies over at First Grade Fanatics are sponsoring? They are celebrating their last 2 weeks of summer by giving a freebie everyday beginning tomorrow. Go read about it! I'm excited and my summer is officially over!! Enjoy!

Time to Check Out a FANtastic Giveaway!

Have you been over at First Grade Fanatics? Well, you need to get over there and check out their plans for a HUGE giveaway. They are planning lots of great goodies as a "Back to School" treat! So, go on over and check it out! Good luck!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Top Ten Ways...

How do you know it's time for school to begin? Well, join the linky party at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits to discover all of the possibilities.
                       Well, here are my...
 Top Ten Ways That I Know It's Time for School to Begin
                                    (image the sound of a drumroll!) 

#10- Boot Camp for the bladder begins. Must train the bladder for those days when you don't know when you're going to get to go.
#9 - Professional Movers becomes another trait for the resume. Move things into the house bought for school. Pack things up in the house to move to the car. Unpack the car at school. Unpack the things from the car into the classroom as well as the things that are packed up in the classroom.
#8- I find myself talking to myself more than usual. Talking to myself in the car, the aisles, at the banking account (I spent what? ), the computer, etc.
#7- School becomes the major topic of my thoughts, 24/7!
#6- I find myself stocking up on yogurt and crackers for school lunches. I begin practicing taking bites between interruptions ("Could you please open my milk carton?"  "I forgot my lunch number."  " I need to use the bathroom." "****** is talking with food in his mouth.") and getting up and down while monitoring six year olds during a 20 minute time period (if I'm lucky!).
#5- I find myself dreaming and sometimes those dreams are nightmares about school. I have double the number of students, they never stop talking, what the classroom should look like, etc.)
#4- Do you find yourself injecting school language into everyday conversations and thoughts? Hmmm...I like the way that car put its' indicator on. (okay...exaggerating).
#3- When seeing friends in the real world they tend to say either, "So, when does school begin?" or "The summer is almost over."
#2- I love to make lists. But, when it's time for school to begin I tend to have a lot of different lists with many things to do. I find myself writing down "things to do" that I forgot to originally write on the list. Then, I have something to cross off! 
#1- And the number one way I know it's time to go back to school is a bittersweet memory of my mother. Every year before I began a new year I would call my mother (the champ of all "list" people) and read her the names of my students. She would write them down. Fourteen years ago I realized I couldn't continue because my mother had died 6 months earlier. So, I called my brother and broke down about my "silly" tradition. My sister-in-law began to laugh because apparently my mother would call them after receiving the list from me and share. So, now I have a new traditon and I call Scott and Laura (note: they don't write the names down.) 
Note: No matter how you know it's time for school to begin it always seems to be right around the corner. I begin tomorrow and the students begin in a week. Have a fantastic beginning to a fantastic school year. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

It's Time for a Back to School Giveaway...

Are you already back in school, getting your room ready for school, or still in the midst of your summer vacation? Well, guess what? No matter your answer you are thinking about the next school year. What could be better than a great giveaway? Head on over to the Clutter-Free Classroom to get all of the details. You can always check out some great deals available at an online yardsale!!  

Monday, August 1, 2011

Are You New to the World of Blogging?

Are you new to the world of blogging? I became a blogging addict and all that it has to offer over the course of my summer. I have had so much fun!! "How is your summer going?" And....what do I reply?, "I discovered blogging and I love it!! I even have my own blog!!" I'm like a little kid!! Anyways, one of the ways I was introduced to blogging was through TBA. Do you not know about TBA? TBA stands for Teaching Blog Addict.  WELL, you need to check it out. It's a blog that's a wealth of blogging authors and ideas. There are giveaways, freebies, linky parties, and more!! For me TBA has been like the terminal that helps direct me to the right flight. So,... if you haven't checked it out, please do. Become a fan and a follower!! You won't regret it.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Need Help Getting Organized? Check out...

Have you been over to Primary Graffiti recently? Before adding the latest creation on TpT Mrs. Saoud has decided to give away 2 of her newly created data notebooks to some lucky bloggers! So, if this sounds interesting to you (and why wouldn't it?) get on over there to see how to enter! Good luck!

Zero the Hero Returns! Day 20