November Favorites

December is almost here! Yikes!  I’ve got a quick post for you tonight with some of my favorites from November.

So this guy joined us this month.
Our poor old lady dog, Judy, went to the dog park in the sky some time ago.  I was not convinced we needed another dog as the one we still had is 60 pounds of love.  My husband insisted Ruby needed a buddy, and he was right big time.  While there is a little difference in size (understatement of the year), they are best buds and the perfect match.  We our loving our little Murray.

I love a good pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, but my waistline does not.  My mom introduced me to this, and it is awesome.  I'm already panicking because it's a seasonal item.  Wonk wonk wonk.

This coat.  Awesome.
I wanted something warm but still cute.  This fit the bill perfectly, and at 40% off, the price was right.

No, I did not just discover Mr. Clean.  I did discover a new use for it that has rocked my world.  See that big black dog above?  She sheds like crazy all over my couch.  I used to take the cordless vacuum to the couch and call it good.  We got a new couch, and for some reason, her fur sticks to it like velcro.  We were using those roller things, but it would take 5 or 6 every time to clean the fur.  Gross.  A damp Magic Eraser wipes that fur right up.  It’s the little things like a defurred couch that make me happy.

This snuggly sweater scarf from Eddie Bauer is my new favorite.  We’ve had some unusually cold days for Texas in November.  This scarf was more than I like to spend on a scarf, but it matched 4 of my puffy vests, so I new it would be put to good use.  I was right.  I’ve already used it a bunch.

Hope you had a wonderful November!

Home Mom Failure

So, I'm kind of failing at the stay at home mom thing right now.  I quit teaching full time this year.  The plan was I'd sub a couple of days, work on blog designs, run after everyone, and maybe do a load or two of laundry.

I was offered one of the tutoring position at my school but said no.  It's actually an awesome job.  Four days a week from the beginning of October to the end of April, 3-5 kids at a time, no meetings, conferences, etc.  Not teacher pay, long term sub pay, but it's still a great job.

They haven't filled the position yet.  Seems strange, but it's hard to find someone willing to work permanently for sub pay that you're willing to turn your weakest babies over to.  So, I took it the job for two weeks until they found someone.  Until.

Fast forward, the two weeks were up, no one had taken the job yet, so I agreed to continue 3 days a week until they found someone.  And I'm loving every minute.

The "dark side" of tutoring is that you get a tiny planning period.  30 minutes a day is not a lot for Kindergarten, 2nd grade reading, 3rd grade reading, 3rd grade math, 4th grade reading, and 4th grade math.

That's why I love having this resource so much.  I first found it when I taught fourth grade.  I use it with my ARI groups.  It's hard to find something that struggling readers are excited to read.  (Can I get an Amen?)  But they love these and continue talking about them long after we're done.Which makes this worth it's weight in gold.

Presenting . . . .

Each box is $20, which is steep, but you're getting four weeks worth of lessons.  Each box contains 4 articles, with 6 copies each.  The folders the articles are in are for the teacher.  There are vocabulary words with definitions and parts of speech, prereading questions, questions for during reading, more questions for after reading, and a graphic organizer.  I supplement with some STAAR type questions are we are golden.

Here are some more pictures from Lakeshore's website:


Buried treasure, a blind guy climbing all seven summits (for real, awesome!), poisonous snakes, they will be interested.  I love this resource and feel so lucky to have it read to go each week.

Do you have any small group go to resources you love?  I'd love to find more!