Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thank You, Thank You Very Much!

And the award goes to..............................Mrs. Rhodes' Scholars!
I am so very honored to have been nominated for this award by

Thank you Lori!!!

Ok, Ok!  I know I have the 50's on my brain.  I have been working in my room for several days and it is slowly starting to transform.  But first ....

Random FYI about Me:

1.  I was not even alive in the 50's so I have had to use my parents and the internet as resources for ideas for my classroom!  
2.  I have taught every grade level from Kindergarten through 8th grade at some time during my teaching career.  For part of one year, I actually taught 6th, 7th, & 8th grade math in the morning and Kindergarten in the afternoon.  (This could explain my craziness, you think? LOL!)
3.  I LOVE math!  I have a specialization in math.
4.  I LOVE art and crafting.  Most of my college electives are actually in art.  Many people don't understand my love of art and math, but art is really just math used in beautiful ways.
5.  My favorite authors are Tony Hillerman and Patricia Cornwell.  I love mysteries and the logic of solving them.  I enjoy Sudoku too.
6.  I use lots of music in my classroom!  I try to find songs that teach whatever concepts that my students are learning.  They remember things in songs so much easier than if it is presented in any other way.  My favorites are Jack Hartmann, Dr. Jean, Ron Brown, and Joe Guida.  Now that I teach 2nd, I tend to use more of the Ron Brown music because he has songs for more advanced levels.  I actually visited with him at KTOT's (Kindergarten Teachers of Texas) State Conference the year I was  in 6th, 7th, and 8th about songs for Middle School.  He was so gracious and helpful.  Gotta love him!
7.  I love to go "treasure" hunting at second hand stores.  I have found so many items for my classroom there.  I can't really go here where I live since we don't have any good ones, but when I go to my parent's,  I go on a "tour" of all of the wonderful stores near them!  My mom loves to join in.  She is a former teacher so she "gets it"!
8.  I live on a farm with horses, cows, cats, dogs, and lots of John Deere green!  My husband is a farmer and rancher who operates a farm with his identical twin brother and mother.  I LOVE the peaceful country life!  I couldn't make it in the big city.....too noisy for me.

And Now the Nominations Are:

I would like to nominate the following 16 blogs for this honor. (I just couldn't stop at 15!) They have provided me so much insight and they truly deserve recognition for their wonderful ideas!   I know that many have probably received this honor before, but I wanted to let them know what an inspiration they are to me!  So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for sharing your ideas!

1.  Jessica at Dandelions and Dragonflies
2.  Amy at Step into Second Grade.
3. Brenda at Primary Inspired 
4.  Misty at Think, Wonder, & Teach
5.  Amanda at Reaching for the Top
6. Emily at 2nd Grade Mon-"Stars"
7. Lory at Lory's Page
8.  Kelley at Teacher Idea Factory
9.  Kylie at Down Under Teacher
10.  Inspired in Second
11.  Donna at Math Coach's Corner
12. Nicole at Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade
13.  Teri at A Cupcake for the Teacher
14.  Mrs. Sheehan at Learning in Wonderland
15.  Heather at Heather's Heart
16. Amanda at Teaching Maddeness

To accept this award you must:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you on your blog. 
 2. Include a link to their site.
 3. Include the award image on your blog.
 4. Include 7 random facts about yourself. (I did 8.)
5. Nominate 15 other blogs for this award ( I nominated 16.)
6. When nominating, be sure to include a link to their site.
 7. Let bloggers know they have been nominated. (I am leaving a comment on the most recent post on each of the 16 blogs!)

Again, thank you Lori for nominating me and please visit all of these wonderful blogs for ideas to make your teaching even more phenomenal than it already is!
Thank you, thank you very much


  1. Thanks so much for the award and your kind words! I'm truly honored! I am so jealous that you get to live on a ranch! I would absolutely love that. I grew up in the country and definitely miss it. I'm hoping to retire on a ranch someday? Although my boyfriend has dreams of a high rise apartment downtown... somehow we'll compromise? :) And mysteries has to be one of my favorite genres too!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  2. Thanks so much for the award, Jayne! You are too sweet. Your blog is sooooo cute and I love the name of it! ;) I'm your newest follower.

    Teaching Maddeness

  3. Awww...that's so sweet of you! I'm so flattered! I'm also your newest follower!

    Primary Inspired

  4. I also love art and math. Art is just fun, and I love the fact math is either right or wrong. Something I didn't like about English classes, one teacher says A+ and the next said B-? So frustrating,

    Congrats on your award and thank you so much for thinking of me! I'm your newest follower :)

  5. Thank you for the award. I have given you one too!

    2nd Grade Mon-"stars"

  6. Congrats on your award! I just found your blog & am now following you! Can't wait to see more ideas!


  7. Jayne, thank you sooo much! I really appreciate it. I love all of the tabs you have at the top of your blog - super cute. I'm your newest follower!
    Hope you are enjoying your summer. Take care.
    Amanda Inspired in Second

  8. Thank you for the award Jayne and sorry it's taken me so long to pop on over! I'm your newest follower!

    Down Under Teacher