St. Patrick’s Day

We had an exciting “day after St. Patrick’s day” this year in first grade! The last day of the week prior to St. Patrick’s day we spent the majority of the day discussing Ireland.  I love that Scholastic News corresponds so well with world events and holidays.  We learned all about Ireland and discussed what made us feel lucky.

With St. Patrick’s day falling on a Sunday this year, I planned on being a bit sneaky on Monday.  I had a colleague take my students to the restroom after our special for the day.  My high school intern and I went to town messing up as much of my classroom as we could in the 3-5 minute time.

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When the students returned from the restroom, I was expecting screaming and a riot but I didn’t hear a single word.  They slowly walked back to their seats and just gazed around.  They were in SHOCK. I immediately became dramatic demanding to know who ruined my nice clean room.  My firsties immediately started saying it couldn’t have been them they were out in the hallway.  We determined there were lots of clues we could use to make some conclusion of who or what it could have been.

We created a chart to help organize our thoughts and determine the culprit.



We concluded it must have been one of those sneaky Leprechauns leftover from the previous day.  tricky, tricky

We’ve also been learning about adjectives for the past few weeks.  I found a cute activity on a blog.  Each student had their own “Adjectives that describe ______” paper.  Students took turns rotating around the classroom writing down adjectives that described that particular student.  They really enjoyed it.  It was so sweet watching boys write beautiful on my little girl’s papers.  A few boys got a few handsome, too!

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Well I’m off to make some Blender French Toast for dinner! Decided to go “crazy” with Breakfast for Dinner. 🙂

Happy First Day of Spring!




Two weeks ago I planned a mini-unit on clouds.  I thought spring would be coming soon but I was very wrong. (lame) My firsties loved learning about clouds and I think I learned just as much as they did!

We started our mini-unit with a KWL chart about clouds.

We read Shapes in the Sky: A Book about Clouds.  I created a few different cloud graphic organizers to show the different types of clouds and the characteristics of each.  Students worked on their mini flip chart about clouds.  We used cotton balls to represent each type.  I found the mini flip chart on The First Grade Parade. (I love that blog!)


The next day, we read The Little Cloud by Eric Carle.  We discussed how clouds could look like different things.  Students created clouds that looked like different objects.  They loved it!




Love their creativity!!

On Friday, we were going to go “Cloud Watching”.  However, the weather did not cooperate with my lesson plans! Boo!!! Hopefully the first spring like day we can be out identifying types of clouds and using our imaginations seeing different things.

We concluded our mini unit by finishing up what we learned on our KWL Chart.



Spring Wreath

I made a wreath for Valentine’s back in January.  It took FOREVER but it was ooohhhh so relaxing! I now see seasonal wreaths in my future for a long time.


103 place to be (my hubby refers to our condo as that) had to have a spring wreath! I went to Hobby Lobby (the best place ever!) for the supplies and I had to pick up an extra item that was on sale. (picture below)

It was half off and the perfect size for our entertainment center!


Crock Pot Chicken-n-Dumplings

While I am enjoying our surprise snow day in MARCH, I am wishing I had saved this recipe for today instead of this past weekend.  It is such a warm, simple, cozy meal! 

Crock Pot Chicken-n-Dumplings

4-6 Chicken Breasts

1 tablespoon butter

2 cans cream of chicken

1-2 cans of chicken broth

1/2 diced onion

1 tablespoon dried parsley

4 grands flaky pillsbury biscuits

ImagePlace everything in the crock pot except for the biscuits and cook on high for 4-6 hours.  After this time, I added my second can of Chicken Broth because it was a bit too thick but that is your preference. 


After 4-6 hours, cut 4 biscuits into 9 pieces.  Drop the pieces into the crock pot and cook for an additional 30-45 minutes.


And the final product 🙂 I take a dumpling out to check and make sure it isn’t too doughy before eating. 




Yum! So easy and definitely wishing I had some right about now! 

Beautiful Things

I am so thankful for this truth this morning. With all the sadness and heartache in the world, I am so thankful that my hope and trust lies in Jesus Christ. He is so gracious and I am so thankful for the truth that He makes beautiful things out of us.

1 Corinthians 1: 26-31: “For consider your calling, brothers; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God, And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to use wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord’.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “Be he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, the I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”