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San Jose, CA
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Just a quick note to say that I'm switching my blog to Blogger. I'm not blogging as often (nor am I sewing or knitting) With the kids and work, I'm just not finding the time. My renewal came up for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at Common Threads
Not only did Jordan get a new iPad mini, but I recently got one, too. Actually, I received it on Christmas Eve. We had ordered it from Apple and it arrived a bit early. Unfortunately, the one we received was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2012 at Common Threads
Source: via Jennifer Mathis on Pinterest Wishing you and your family a peaceful and happy holiday! Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2012 at Common Threads
Youre welcome! Im glad that youve found the tutorial useful for many quilts!
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2012 on [3 x 6] Bee Block Star - Tutorial at Common Threads
I finally have some time! A much needed two-week break. I *plan* on doing some sewing this holiday break and some blogging and some relaxing and some reading . . . we'll see how it all goes with two little... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2012 at Common Threads
ha ha ha! Yes!
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2012 on My little helper at Common Threads
I got some sewing time in this morning along with some help from a little person. He helped me decide which scraps to sew together for a couple of scrappy blocks. This held his attention for about 10 minutes, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2012 at Common Threads
Great! Thanks for commenting. Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2012 on Bats! at What I have learned
Youre welcome. It was a very easy an straight forward pattern. Enjoy making it!
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2012 on Passport Wallet at Common Threads
I got some sewing time in this afternoon! Albeit, only about thirty minutes without the baby, then about an hour and a half until the toddler woke up. But, it was some sewing time! We are leaving for an international... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2012 at Common Threads
I've switched to blogger for this blog. There's so much more networking available. So, this blog is now here: What I have learned. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2012 at What I have learned
It seems our kindergarten and first grades focus heavily on spiders during the Fall months. We have a non-fiction book in our reading program that is all about spiders, so I can see the correlation. Since my kiddos have done way too much work with spiders the past few years,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at What I have learned
I'm in the process of making a Place Value 1 - 120 packet, but it's slower going than I expected. What I may do, instead, is make the different pieces available separately and then, when I'm at a point of having enough, put them all together in a package for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at What I have learned
We have a computerized math program at school called ST Math. I love it! It helps students see things spacially before they try to work it out numerically. It has done wonders for our math test scores. I have a few students who, in addition to doing the program during... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2012 at What I have learned
I started it out on the whiteboard, so you could use that and the students could still use their mini-whiteboards in sheet protectors. I love how it reviews and teaches major concepts on an ongoing basis! Thanks for commenting!
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2012 on Daily Math at What I have learned
Do any of you have kids that wake up early? When do they start sleeping in? Mine routinely wake up around 6am. It's Saturday! Sleep in. I'm going through my blog feeds and finding cool stuff to use in my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2012 at Common Threads
Do you have a daily math routine? When I taught Kindergarten, we, of course, had calendar. I would add in different activities to our calendar time, depending on the skills that we needed to review. In my 1/2 combo, I no longer do calendar. I know, *gasp*, but it's not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at What I have learned
We all have English learners in our classroom. I have a particular group of second grade Els who are struggling with reading fluency. They can read the words, but are just not quite there with their accuracy and reading rate. The other day, I noticed that a few of them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at What I have learned
Here's another freebie for you: Math Reflection Sentence Starters These sentence starters help student listen and share their ideas and mathematical thinking with their classmates. They can be used whole group, small group, or with partners. The package contains 11 sentence starters on 8.5 x 11 paper in a range... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at What I have learned
Where has it gone? I have been super busy with work and can't seem to balance life enough to find time to craft. When I have the moment in the evenings, I sit on the couch with a T.V. show... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at Common Threads
I recently saw this awesome post about read aloud texts and the Common Core over on Second Grade Lounge. Go check it out. Then, come back! I love reading aloud to my students. With a 1/2 combo this year, have struggled to find "good fit" read aloud books. I'm pulling... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at What I have learned
I know we all use 100’s charts, but they’ve never really made sense to me, especially having the tens column on the right hand side on the same row as the previous set of numbers. To me, the tens column should be on the other side and students should have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at What I have learned
Our second product is up! This was an easy one, as it's related to our previous product. Addition Fact Strategy Posters These are posters can be displayed in your room to help students remember to use different strateiges when memorizing their addition facts. I still have a lot of students... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at What I have learned
Our first product is up! Well, technically, it's our second product. But, it's the first one we put time and effort into producing for profit. Plus, it's something I can use in the classroom tomorrow! Fact Family Houses - Grouped by Addition Strategy These little houses will help my first... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at What I have learned
For years, I've had a personal blog in which I share about our family, but especially, about crafting. I love to quilt and knit and I blog at Common Threads. I will continue to have that blog and populate it when I find the time to craft. However, now that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at What I have learned