Monday, February 28, 2011

My Favorite Things

With being the blog stalker that I am, I saw that there was a Linky Party going on and I wanted to play along!  Check out to see who else is playing.  So here is my list...

1. My Keurig

This is the best!

2. My Nook Color

One of the best inventions ever!  I can not only read books but I get magazine subscriptions on this and can surf the web.

3.Hobby Lobby

What teacher doesn't love some Hobby Lobby?  I can spend hours in this store!

4. Diet Dr. Pepper

A little bit of this during the school day makes me a very happy Kindergarten teacher!

5. Panera

Love, love the Asian salad here!!!

6. Glee

I am a Gleek!!!

7. Flair pens

A teacher's all time favorite

8.  Celebrity Magazines

After a crazy day in Kindergarten, I love to read some fluff that I don't have to think too hard about!

Okay blog friends!!! What are some of your favorite things?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

George and Abe


My class is now learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  There are so many wonderful resources out there to teach the kiddos about these famous fellows.  One of my kindergarten team mates shared these great links with me today.  My kinders really enjoyed the videos.

After reading different books about the former Presidents and watching the above video clips, I had my students use the template below.  Students colored and cut out George and Abe.  They were given a wide popcicle stick.  George was glued on one side of the stick and Abe on the other.  Once the stick puppets were complete, we gathered on the carpet and I read different facts about each President.  Students held up which president the fact was about.  They loved this activity.  I will post a picture of the stick puppet soon.  I left my camera at school.

Let me know how this lesson works out for you!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Favorite Children's Books

I thought I would share a few of my favorite books to read to my class.  I love books that get the kids involved or that I can use different silly voices.  In a age full of technology, it is so nice to have the kids asked me to read an extra story on the carpet for them.  :)
Here are just a few of my favorites:

*Any of the Junie B. Jones books (Barbara Park has the voice of a kindergartner down to a science), I always use Junie B.'s behavior as a way NOT to behave.  :)


 *This a recent find.  It has a great beat and great for introducing your kids to adjectives in their writing.

*This is a great book to teach kids about point of view.  Older students can even hold a mock trial of the Big Bad Wolf to plead his case.  The kids love this one!

book cover of 
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs 
Jon Scieszka

*Sweet story about accepting all kinds of people no matter what they look like.  It is also great to teach the stages of the butterfly.

***What are some of the books you enjoy using in your classroom?  Let me know, I would love to hear about them!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Dr. Jean Cheers

What kindergarten teacher doesn't love Dr. Jean?  My husband thinks I am crazy when I practice doing some of her cheers.  If you haven't used them in your class, you should!  The kids love it!  Here is a link to show you the cheers led by the wonderful Dr. Jean herself!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Meet the Teacher!

The First Grade Parade
This is a great idea from 
Let's get to know each other!


Hello to all!  My name Cristy and I am a true southern gal!   I have taught Kindergarten for 14 years.  I LOVE my job! Luckily, I have the best team of teachers/friends that anyone could ask for.  My friends always say that I should be an actress (I'm quite a ham).  So if I can't be in Hollywood, I will take my acting ability into the classroom.  It is not unusual to come into my classroom and find 'Mrs. Wishy Washy', 'Zero the Hero', Cruella DeVil (101st day), etc...

                                                                        My family

 My wonderful husband, Bryan, and I have been married for 14 years.  We were high school sweethearts.  God has blessed us with two precious sons, Gus (11) and Ethan (8 1/2).  Last Christmas, we added another member to our family.  Charley is our Labradoodle.  He is spoiled rotten! 

                                Some of 'the girls' enjoy a night out in Charleston!

When I am not with my family, you can find me stalking other teachers' blogs.  Deanna Jump, Babbling Abby, and The Learning Parade are my heros!  They are the ones who inspired me to start my own blog.  If you ladies meet for lunch, I so want to be there (not to crash your lunch, but I am pretty fun!).  Finding new ideas for the classroom is my passion.  Now that my boys are a bit older I have just been accepted to begin working on my masters.  Pray for me!!!   My faith is VERY important to me.  I LOVE JESUS!!! Thankfully, most of my close girlfriends attend the same church I do.  Speaking of girlfriends, there is nothing better than some time with the girls!  Be it a weekend or just a fun dinner, I treasure the time to bond. 

I look forward to making new friends and sharing ideas.  Thanks for visiting my blog!  Now for a few more details about me:

Now for the Q & A

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?                                             
A:  I would love to be either an actress or an entertainment reporter (think E!)

Q: What are your hobbies?                                                                                    
A:  Let me see...I LOVE to read.  My hubby surprised me with a Nook color in December and it is wonderful!  I am a part of a monthly book club which is so fun!  Also, stalking other teacher's

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?                     
A:  No doubt, a teacher!  I played school all the time.  My younger brother was always made to be my student.   
Q: What are your guilty pleasures?                                                                 
 A: People magazine,  any of the Real Housewives shows, Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha, and La Crema Pinot Noir.

Q: What is your biggest fear?!                                                                      
 A: Something happening to my hubby or my sons.

Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?                                  
 A: Any beach where I can put my chair at the water's edge and read a great book.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?                                                   
A:  Go out into the world and be the hands and feet of Jesus or as I say be Jesus with skin on.

Q: What do you value most in others?                                                                   
A: Honesty, kindness, and a sense of humor

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?                                                                                                        
A: My out going has been said that I have never met a stranger.  Funny enough, my sons are on the shy side like their dad.

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?                                                                                                              
A:  Jesus or my Granny.  She passed away 11 years ago.  She was an amazing woman. God fearing but could tell a dirty joke too!  She was the perfect example of a true Southern woman, beautiful and graceful.  I miss her so much!

Now tell us one random thing about yourself:
I was an extra in the made for TV movie 'The Ryan White Story'.  It came out in 1989.  I also won a Jello eating contest in high school.