Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Flip Flop Kindergarten playing Tic Tac Toe

I am linking up with Flying into First Grade and playing Tic Tac Toe, what fun!

So here's how it work.  Choose 3 in a row across, down or slant.  You know, play tic tac toe to win.  I chose the row across the top.  So here it goes!

1. I went to Oakland City University, the Mighty Oaks.  I majored in Elementary Education and Vocal Music.  The college was about 12 miles from where I grew up.  I really ventured out didn't I.  My best friend from high school went with me.  The school was known for educating teachers and preachers.  So guess what?  Half way through my freshman year I met this guy, yep you guessed it...he was a preacher.  We hit it off and a year and a half later we were married.  Want to know the scary part?  I was 19!  My grandma almost couldn't handle her baby getting married, but it must have worked out ok because we have been married for 27 years.  Here is another little tidbit, he is a teacher now too, and we work at the same school.  How crazy is that!

I also went to Trevecca Nazarene University.  I received my masters in English Language Learners.  Yes there is a need for that in Music City, USA.  Who would have thought.  I love, love, love it!  It is a far stretch from where I grew up in southern Indiana.  There is nothing more rewarding than a child coming to you in kindergarten not being able to speak English and leaving reading.  I love my job!

2.My favorite subject to teach is reading.  I love being able to tie in several standards at once and have them get it.  Kindergarteners are like sponges.  I have taught up to 5th grade and each one has its fun aspects, but I love the little ones.  I love being able to make a lesson seem like they are going on an adventure.  They dive right in and follow with eyes wide open.  They love the songs we sing to learn the sounds and sight words. The games we play, that never seem like they are learning.  And the joy on their faces when they read you a book.  Nothing like it!

3. My dream vacation would be anywhere on the beach.  There is nothing more beautiful and relaxing to me.  Early morning walks, hot days wading in the water, sunsets on the water, sand between my toes...I could go on and on!  My classroom has the beach theme, I bet you could almost guess that from the name of the blog, hehe.  I have threatened to but a tub of sand under my desk to sink my toes into, but haven't been brave enough to do it yet.  My co-workers think I am crazy, for sure.  Oh well!  But I love looking around my room when it is 20 degrees outside and dreaming.

My last trip to the beach was during spring break and the high was in the 50's, but I bundled up in my sweat shirt and hit the beach each morning.  My family thought I was crazy.  Hey, I wasn't about to waste that view for anything.

See how cold it was!  No I wasn't in flip flops here :(

But look at that it!

Well there is a little about who I am.  I hope that helps you to get know this new blogger some.

On another note, I love this freebie I found on Pinterest from Make, Take and Teach.

She found the watering cans at the Dollar Tree!  I can't wait to make these up for the little fish.  We go back on August 1st so it will still be summer...I am thinking...I can still use these for the first month.  Too Cute!  Go check them out.

I had fun posting today, and I am amazed out how fast this blog and all things tied to it are growing.  Keep swimming out there!


  1. My favorite subject to teach is also reading! I teach fourth grade and about that age either they love reading or see it as a chore. My goal is to make reading enjoyable by approaching teaching the skills in a fun way. Love your blog! :)

    Grooving Through Fourth Grade

  2. I looped up with my third grade class to forth and had so much fun. They were a great group. I must say, I think Kindergarten is where I belong. Thanks for sharing Stephanie!


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