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February Currently and a Freebie

Happy February everyone!!  I'm linking up with Farley for this month's currently:

My Lhasa Apso cracks me up.  When he wants something really badly, he doesn't whine like a normal dog...he meows like a frickin cat!!  I wish I knew how to leave a recording of this on my blog, because you would die is a perfectly formed "Meeeooowww!"

I am so darn happy lately, and I don't even have a really good reason.  I just feel content with the simple things in life....homemade soup, comfy jammies, cute puppies.  Kinda pathetic and sickening, I know, but it really is true.  I have had some struggles the past few years and things have just smoothed right out and I couldn't be happier with life!

I am excited to be doing students book clubs for our next unit in reading.  I put together some resources for my kiddos to use that are also now available on my TpT store (hate to throw in a sales pitch in the middle of my Currently, but hey...its MY blog!!).  I love being part of a book club as and adult; especially a teacher book club!  I am hoping that my students get to experience that special kind of connectedness you feel when you're part of a book club.  We will be doing Mystery Book Clubs, which I think they will really find fun!!

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Wanting...nothing really!!

A snowy, slushy mess is predicted for tomorrow morning.  I am hoping that the God of Snow Days smiles down on us here in Southeast Michigan and grants us the most awesome thing every...A SNOW DAY ON FRIDAY!!  I love my job, but an unexpected reprieve is a blessing now and then!

I know I am not alone when I say that Tattling drives me BANANAS!  This year I am following the Conscious Discipline formula for building classroom community and managing behavior and I have found a magic cure for tattling.  When "Little Miss Priss" comes over to deliver the news that "So and So" isn't doing what I told them to do I simply and so, so sweetly say..."Are you telling me to be helpful or hurtful?"  Oh boy...that gets them really thinking!  You can get a variety of answers to that question, but either way a teaching moment is created and "Little Miss Priss" learns a great lesson about how to be more helpful without tattling.  For more information, visit Becky Bailey's website on Conscious Discipline.

I'm ending with a freebie.  In preparation for our Book Clubs, we are revisiting "Stopping to Think" when we are reading and when and how to use a sticky note.  I put together this reference sheet for my kiddos and a cutsie sticky tracker.  It is also included in my Book Club Guide.  Click HERE to get them!

 Love and Peace,


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  2. Hi Kathy! I used to teach in Oxford Michigan! I went to MSU! :)

  3. Your dog is sooo cute! Thank your for the book club freebie. This is the time of year that I begin them also. We started Magic Tree House and A-Z Mysteries clubs. I like your blog and am a new follower. Keeping my fingers crossed for a snow day here in Ohio also. :)

    The Balanced Classroom

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am wanting to start book clubs with my kids but I have NO CLUE how to do it or what to do. I have some pretty low kids that can't read at a comprehension level without a lot of support.

  5. I love your happy go lucky, loving life attitude:) I am a half glass full kind of girl and always try and see the best! Your book club unit looks great and I am going to use the freebie with my firsties. Thanks for sharing:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  6. Hey Kathy! I found your blog through Farley's February Currently. I am slowly going through all her linked blogs looking especially for Third Grade friends. It's the best grade ever, but a challenging one. I love finding new ideas! Visit my blog when you can!

  7. We got that snow day, happy girl!!!!!

    See you Monday!


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