Monday, December 1, 2014

currently december

I seriously can't believe it's December! 2014 is just about up and so is half of a school year. I remember going back to work at the end of August thinking my next summer vacation was so far away, and's right around the corner!

Here we are again for Farley's Currently - a great time to get together each month and catch up with all our blogging friends! So here's what's been going on with me over at BigTime Literacy!

Listening to...Christmas Music
Okay so I haven't listened to any really until today...I've been holding out until I was ready to get down with the Christmas season and today is the day. I came home from work today with hopes of starting to get the Christmas tree up, but I really want the boyfriend to come over and decorate with me so I tried to do some Cyber Monday shopping instead. Bought one thing for a friend (and one for myself, too...bad shopper!) Anyways, all evening I've had the tunes going and it's lovely. And a candle that smells like cookies. 0 calories...winning!

best album ever!

Loving my bffs!
They're awesome. Three of them called me today and another one texted. Love them all and can't imagine my life without them!

Thinking about Christmas break...
I've been counting down the days all day - in the form of 'get-ups,' how many days I have left of benchmarking kids in our school in reading, in the form of funny memes. I have break on the brain and doing any work doesn't sound fun at all.

Wanting to put up my tree!
Are you getting the drift here? All I want to do is have fun: tree, make cookies, decorate my house, go to the Christkindlemarket downtown, do Christmas craftivities, visit the Art Institute and go ice skating, go to Zoo lights, watch Elf and Home Alone....I'd be happy to start with the tree though! Crossing my fingers for tomorrow!

Needing to begin the shopping!
It is my personal goal to do all my shopping online this year. I bought one thing this evening, but am hoping to do all the rest online, too. No stores, no waiting in lines, just me on my couch bathed in the pretty lights of my tree. Blissful!

Well, my students will be! I have about 15 student bloggers in a club that I meet with once a week. Some of them are very active (writing almost every other day!) and others are on their blogs once a week. I really want to keep them going - commenting on one another's blogs, so this week, I'm going to have them draw three names to focus their commenting - that way we spread the love all around.

I'm also looking for other student bloggers - anyone out there have student bloggers? My kiddos are fourth and fifth graders, so close in age would be great, but really any audience I can build for them would be amazing! Please leave me a comment or shoot me an email ( if you'd like to get our kiddos in touch via their blogs! You can find my kiddos' blogs off to the left hand side of this website!

Well, that's all for me this month. Have a fab December! I'm running my Letters Linky this coming Sunday if you'd like to link up - check it out! Easy blog to write and super fun! :-)

Merry Christmas!


  1. Hi, lovely blog!
    We just put up our Christmas tree and it always give me allergies for a couple of days....weird! Still waiting to go away so I can enjoy it ;)

  2. I used to blog with my kiddos, but I have a new job now. It was a lot of fun when we did. Good luck with that!

    Adventures of a Schoolmarm

  3. Hi,
    First time reader here and I must say I've really enjoyed reading about yourself and your experiences teaching. I wasn't as lucky as you with online shopping. Had a sinus pressure headache after work, daughter called and of course, rushed off to meet her for dinner and early Christmas shopping. Is it wrong I only bought things for myself? Hey, Santa needs as much help as he can get.

    I love the idea of student blogs. Since I left the classroom and became an elementary school counselor I've been looking for projects to do with my students. Blogging Students just might be the way to go... Thanks for sharing,
    All the best,

  4. Great idea to have your student bloggers comment on each other! It's definitely nice to get those comments and know that someone is out there, reading your little blog! :)

    I am getting excited to get my tree up too! Hopefully this weekend! Merry Christmas!

    First Grade Garden

  5. Great idea to have your student bloggers comment on each other! It's definitely nice to get those comments and know that someone is out there, reading your little blog! :)

    I am getting excited to get my tree up too! Hopefully this weekend! Merry Christmas!

    First Grade Garden

  6. So I really lol'd about your cookie candle being 0 calories!! What a fun way to be festive without the guilt. ;) I'm on the same wavelength with you about having holiday fun and the online shopping. I'm counting down days (and hours) trying to get it all in after work and on the weekends. I hope you find some other bloggers to link up with your blogging club!

  7. Oh, that N'Sync album brought me back! I used to do "blogging" with my students in Blackboard, but I would LOVE to help them actually create sites and do student-inspired writing. It's such a great way to build their confidence, give them the peer feedback they want and need, and establish a community. Can I just be you when I grow up? :)

  8. OK, I agree that time flew by until December, but summer break is still a ways away. :)) I am also trying to do most of my shopping online. Today, my friends at Amazon sent THREE packages to me. Love them!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  9. I commented on a few of your students' blogs. My kindergarten class blogs as a whole at Each day one child gets to type what we learned that day (I do spell for them as this goes out to the world!) while everyone else writes in their person journals about what they learned today. We just started this year, and they love it!

    A Very Curious Class

    1. Thanks for leaving comments for my students! I told them about your kids' blog yesterday but we were running out of time...hoping to show them more specifically next week so they can remember to comment often! :-)


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