My Classroom 2011-2012


I have always enjoyed looking at other teachers’ classrooms online and now it’s my turn to share. I don’t have many pictures and they aren’t fabulous because I took them on my phone but here they are. :)

I teach 4th grade in a very very very small and old school. I have beautiful wood floors in my classroom! I took over as the 4th grade teacher at Westview Elementary on November 1st. I replaced another teacher who need to get out of teaching as quickly as possible. (Personal reasons)

The first picture up is a picture of our CAFE board. (If you are a teacher and you have no idea what I’m talking about…check out The Daily 5 and CAFE by Gail Moser and Joan Boushey) The circles are pizza pans that are spray painted and the students place their goal magnet. They have a goal each week. under one of the four headers: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanded Vocabulary.)IMG_0652

Next up are the handy dandy pencil sharpeners. You can’t tell from this picture but the blue paper is glitter paper. I LOVE glitter. Love. Love. Love. We have a pencil procedure in our room. Sharpen two at the beginning of the day. If you break both during the day you can put the dull one in the “Sharpen Please” cup and grab one from the “Ready to Write” cup. This means that we don’t hear that annoying pencil sharpener during the day and it doesn’t interrupt teaching or learning. (Although I have found the best and most quiet pencil sharpener EVER…google classroom friendly supplies and it should pop up saying something about home of the quietest pencil sharpener!)IMG_0653

Then we have a picture of our classroom calendar. When students get older you don’t spend time “doing” the calendar so the days are always up and the students have now learned how to “read” a calendar. (Not just looking for the last number that was put on that day…)IMG_0654

I love all the turquoise and polka dots. I believe I got all this cute stuff from Creative Teaching Press. I made my own calendar headers and numbers. I wanted simple and easy to read. The next picture is a picture of our IPICK sign. Courtesy of Cara Carroll at The First Grade Parade.IMG_0656

I love finding great ideas online. The best thing about blogging is that most teachers are doing it and we love to share/borrow/steal ideas! I love our whole group behavior incentive.I have used several cookie sheets in the classroom. I found them at the Dollar Tree for $1.  I found the Brownie Points idea from What the Teacher Wants.To the left of the cookie sheet are the subject headers. I write the students’ goals under each category for that day. IMG_0657

I love organization. In this next picture you will see many things. My students make their lunch choice on the cookie sheet (another spray painted item) and then the Lunch Count helper tallies up the choices and sends the sheet down to the office. We also have a take home filer. Each student has a file and every day the student puts their take home folder in the file and leaves it there until the end of the day. I will file their homework in the files and I also have a student who is the filer. That student files graded work into the files at the end of the day. They have to be pretty trustworthy! ;)IMG_0658

This blurry shot is just a shot of my whole classroom. It’s pretty small but I only have 12 students so it’s perfect for us!IMG_0660

One of my favorite items! I found these baskets in the dollar section at Target. LOVE LOVE LOVE the dollar section at Target! Well I got some blue SOLO cups and each student has their own cup at each table. The charts on the table are the students’ behavior charts. These were working pretty well but I found it difficult to mark their behavior in 3 different spots. So they no longer have these charts but it was worth a shot! IMG_0661

Our individual behavior incentive is called “Sweet Behavior”. The students earn “sweet treats” which are actually those colored fuzzy balls. The students earn so many fuzzies and can then purchase a reward from the Sweet Behavior Catalog. The students get to chose every Thursday afternoon and then get their reward on Friday. All of the rewards are free rewards and I got the idea from First Grader…At Last!IMG_0665

This last picture is the only picture I got of the room before I started tearing down the awful, boring décor. If you even want to call it décor. This is just one of the bulletin boards but the whole classroom was covered in this newspaper print and everything was black and white…not cute black and white…like boring black and white. I am too bubbly and fun and outgoing and I LOVE COLOR! So it had to go but just thought I would share a before. :) Before

I hope you enjoyed a little tour of my room. It looks different now because I have added anchor charts and so much more since November but it’s a little peek into my occupation. ;)

Four Wheeling Date Day



Saturday January 14th my husband decided to take a day off from work for our Four Wheeling date. A little background…

My husband and I met on a blind “date” set-up by our friends. We went bowling and that was about it. Our first real date alone was the two of us four wheeling at Mill Creek.

So four wheeling has always been something special for us but also one of our very favorite hobbies!

This trip we went back to Mill Creek (first date site!) and had so much fun. The weather was just about perfect (a bit chilly but not too bad!) and we enjoy going with some of our favorite friends! {The Bumgarners}FourWheeling9

We enjoy getting dirty, getting stuck and winching out. We also enjoy the beautiful scenery. Arkansas really has some beautiful scenery and that is why we are the “Natural State”. FourWheeling1

We can usually spend a whole day riding but of course we make stops and play around! Here is a picture of Shelby being VERY dangerous. We don’t do these type of stunts. FourWheeling2

My husband is the king of winching. He LOVES using the winch and pulling people out of the mud! Here are some pictures of him in action…FourWheeling3FourWheeling4FourWheeling10FourWheeling11

As for me on the other hand…I enjoy just riding. No crazy stunts like winching myself up a huge rock wall. FourWheeling6FourWheeling7

I like riding through the mud pits. And of course if I get stuck then I winch myself out. :)FourWheeling13FourWheeling14

We enjoy riding and viewing all of God’s wonderful creations. Most of the time I stare in awe being blown away by his creations. How amazing is He. FourWheeling5

We love our special days together. Just the two of us.FourWheeling8

Oh and just because…a cute picture of my husband. He’s like a kid playing with his toys! FourWheeling15

It’s gross…I’m not kidding either…


I can’t believe I’m even about to show you this. Don’t judge. Maybe we haven’t all been here at one point but I’m going to be honest. Staying busy with a husband, two kids, a masters degree in progress, and twelve 4th graders leads to……


a very disgusting, filthy, nasty shower/tub that needs some TLC. It’s rather embarrassing. Who would want to shower in this mess? Well my husband and I were…daily. I decided I could NOT take it any longer. (Oh and in case you are wondering, we are clean people…just not our tub.) IMG_7179c

I tried cleaner after cleaner after cleaner. I was running into the same wall each time. A room, actually SEVERAL rooms filled with fumes from poisons that I would spray on the tub/shower. What was the result of that? A tub/shower that would still not clean no matter how much elbow grease I put into it and damage done to me and my family. IMG_7184c

Note that this picture looks brighter…because I decided to use my flash, it is still dirty dirty dirty. IMG_7193c

Again…another bright picture but look at that filth piled up on the side! Eeeewwwww!

IMG_7188cThen…I found Shaklee. Amazing products. Natural Products. Products that are safe to clean with. This Scour Off is made from cherry pits! It’s natural and it smells fabulous! I actually enjoyed cleaning my tub. I was so excited! I must be crazy!IMG_7182c

Here is a picture of the tub in progress. Look at how clean the left side is! I didn’t even have to “scrub”, just wiping it down and it broke free all the scum!

Check out these pictures of my tub and shower now, after using Shaklee’s Scour Off:










Here is a before of that corner and an after of the corner. CLEAN! I love it y’all!

IMG_7191cAgain, here is the Scour Off…my new favorite cleaning product!

I got so excited about my tub that I decided to clean the sink too! I didn’t take a before picture but just imagine tooth paste spackles everywhere! :) See below of the clean beauty!IMG_7210cIMG_7211c

Here is the best thing about Scour Off is that it works on lots of other things! “Scour off is made from natural ingredients that remove the toughest dried-on splatters and spills, burned-on grease, baked-on food, and sticky messes without hazardous chemicals or toxic fumes.”IMG_7206cBecoming a member allows you to get the products at a discounted price! Ask me if you want more information or just visit the link below to check it out!


A Step in the Right Direction


How are you meeting your New Year Resolutions?

Remember this post about my New Year Resolutions?

Well…I have found something amazing to help me achieve both of them.


I have desperately wanted to create a healthy household and I am taking steps in the right direction. I firmly believe that changing brands is changing our lives.


I have goals and dreams for my family and I’m going to work hard to get us there! So I decided to start my business with Shaklee.

I don’t know about you but I get SUPER excited to get mail. So I was even more excited to receive my boxes of Shaklee products!

IMG_7073cShaklee- Creating Healthier Lives

IMG_7080cCongratulations! It felt so good to read these encouraging messages.

After my helper (Tryp) took out all the new products he went to bed and I went around the house collecting all our old cleaners. I put them in a box and threw them out. They are gone and it feels so good. I now don’t have to worry about Tryp grabbing a Clorox wipe to clean his hands and face instead of a baby wipe. (Yes, this really happened once!) IMG_7095cIMG_7097c

I have learned so much about how my old products were so bad for us and I had no idea.

Do you ever hesitate cleaning because you are afraid to clean around your kids because of cleaning residues and chemicals they can breathe in while you are cleaning?

How good is a cleaner if it is also a POISON? (Have you ever thought about that?  Did you know that real clean has no smell?)

Can you comfortably let your baby crawl across your floor and then put their hands in their mouth without worrying about possible toxins, carcinogens and other harmful chemicals they are placing in their mouths?

I know that now that I’ve switched to Shaklee that I don’t have to worry when Audrey does start crawling!

Shaklee products are naturally safe and proven effective.

Just Some of Shaklee's NO List:

  • NO Parabens

  • NO Triclosan

  • NO Phthalates

  • NO Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

  • NO Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES)

  • NO 1,4-Dioxane

  • NO Propylene Glycol

  • NO Volatile Organic Cleaning Compounds (VOCs)

  • NO Hydrochloric Acid

  • NO Ammonia

  • NO Sodium Hydroxide

  • NO Butyl Cellosolve

  • NO Formaldehyde

  • NO Bisphenol-A

  • NO Petroleum Distillates

  • NO Toluene

  • NO Chlorine Bleach

  • NO MSG

  • NO Dyes

  • NO Trans Fats

  • NO Artificial Sweeteners

  • NO Toxic Inks

  • NO Banned Substances

Check out Shaklee’s products! I’m confident you will love them as much as I do!

Pillowcase Dress


I have met some of the sweetest people in bloggy world. Seriously.

I love meeting other moms that have kids the same age as my own so we can share ideas for how to do things. IMG_7057c

I met a sweet gal, Jessica, through twitter actually and then found her cute blog. It’s adorable, she writes letters to her kiddos. Go check her out! She has kids that are close to the same age as mine and she is also a fourth grade teacher. We have a lot in common!

I am working on her blog design and as a thank you she made Audrey the sweetest pillow case dress. It fits her pretty good right now and will be adorable for Valentines. Jessica is a perfectionist and the dress is absolutely PERFECT! I need to talk her into making them to sell. I love the idea of sewing and love making cute things with a sewing machine but I’m starting to realize that I’m just not very good at it. I would rather pay talented people like Jessica instead!


Thank you so much Jessica! Audrey looks so cute in her dress and I’m going to try to find some pink or red leggings to go with her dress for Valentines!