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January Currently and Academic Vocabulary

Happy New Year!!

It has been a while since I've joined Farley for a Currently!!

Hubby got inspired during his vacation and decided to finish our basement....we have two teens so it is a worthwhile project!!  They are already arguing over who will use it when....I'm not cleaning it...EVER...that's all I've got to say!!

School resumed on Thursday and then got canceled on Friday...woohoo!!  It's looking like we might get another day on Monday, with another 6-8 inches of snow and sub-zero temps.  I'm not complaining!!

Last summer we watched all of the Madmen seasons....and I absolutely fell in love with the show!! It's coming back with the final season this month and I can't wait!!  Don him and hate him!!

We have mid-year NWEA testing coming up at the end of the month....and it gives me anxiety!!  I work so hard all year and I really want my students to do well!!  I know "the test" shouldn't matter that much....but let's face matters!!  

I have been on full blown "but it all" and "eat it all" mode lately!!  Time to STOP!!  Time to get back to the diet and the budget!!   

Last month we lost our beloved beagle, Penny.  We adopted her 11 years ago and, although she was a handful, there is (and will be) no other dog like her.  She will be missed and remembered for a long time to come!

 The common core standards are very clear that "academic vocabulary" plays an important role in helping students to do well on standardized tests.  Students need to have a large working vocabulary including Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 words!  I am making a point of using a larger spectrum of vocabulary words when I am teaching and more importantly, finding ways of directly teaching those Tier 3 words!  I put together the following products to help.  Check it out!!
Love and peace,


  1. Hello Kathy,

    Stopping by from the linky party! I also teach 3rd grade. I found your blog to be so well presented and thoughtfully planned.
    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved dog. I know how hard it must be.
    Sending you warm wishes and the best of luck in the New 2014!

    Classroom in Paradise

  2. Hi Kathy. So sorry about your dog. It is a huge loss.

    I bought your narrative writing package recently because I liked the info. writing so much.

    You are very talented indeed.

  3. Hello!
    Found your blog through Farley. I love meeting new bloggers and seeing what they have! We also have 2 beagles we rescued....and have also lost dogs in the past. They are so much a part of your family!

    Please check out my blog as well!

    :) Chrissy

  4. Hey!

    I found your blog through Farley as well. I am a brand new blogger and am excited to start following more teachers!

    Please check out my blog!

  5. Hi! I found your blog through Farley and wanted to stop by and say hi. I'm with you on the needing to get on track with the budget and diet. The holidays are hard with that! Hope you have a good Sunday!

    Team V's Second Grade Fun