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We have over 287 different teachers' blogs linked up at our joint "Terrific Teacher Blogs" link up. If you are looking for some new blogs to follow head on over there. It is sooooo big! :)
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Longest Week Ever...

I try to keep my blog on the positive side! 
Ever since I started writing, I really tried to leave the negative at school and away from my blog, but seriously, ever have ONE...OF...THOSE...WEEKS?
That would be me, it is Say No To Drugs Week, and we have been allowed to wear jeans all week! Oh, man do I ♥love wearing jeans, it makes life so easy! Well yesterday was Wear a White Shirt Day and my friends and I were quoting Penny from Big Bang ~ "I never entered a wet t-shirt contest, I only spill when I'm drunk." We can't help it, we LOVE that show...OK, most of us love that show and the rest of our friends tolerate our memorization of it! :) Well sure enough right at 8:30 in a comedy of errors, I spill an entire cup of cold, old coffee down the front of me....I do one of those strange bending-over-dances so I wouldn't drip on my jeans, and I start walking down the ramp of my friend's portable. Another friend sees me and yells, "Are you OK?" Well I didn't think, I yell, COFFEE ALL OVER ME! She's ready to call 911 because I left out the all important word, COLD coffee! We use the term "Hot Mess" a lot at school, but yesterday I was a Cold Mess! So even though I only live about 5 miles, I clean up and get a "Jump Rope for Heart 2010" t-shirt from Coach....and I smelled like coffee all day, but it was just easier to stay at school! The kids kept saying, "Ummmm, you sure do smell good." "You smell like my kitchen." Even, "You smell like Starbucks!" Yep, that was my Wednesday!
So today I start out, new, refreshed, clean and showered! Wearing one of my hubby's Florida State University shirts 'cause it is team day for Say No To Drugs Week and the HUGE Florida vs. Georgia outdoor party is this weekend...Google it, I'm not kidding, Gators and Bulldogs live for this weekend....I am proud to be a Seminole in an outnumbered Gator school! Our school mascot is even the Gators! I have my Intel Math Workshop all day tomorrow, so I wanted to leave my room High and Tight with terrific plans for the sub. 
Wrong again! 
Long story short very short, I end up at the Workers Comp Doctor! 
All I could picture was this scene from Monsters, Inc. 
 Before the Code 2319
After the Code 2319
Poor Monster!
When I got back to school and finished doing my room and leaving the sub plans, my co-teacher buddy and I were walking out. My principal, who I adore, called me to follow up on me and I flat out told her...I'm seriously thinking of this whole Florida Virtual School! She knew I was joking, but there are days when it is a wonderful fantasy! :) 
{Side Bar....hubby didn't want/need his shirt back!}
Don't forget, tomorrow is Freebie Friday at Teaching Blog Addict! I write that post/linky party and it is not only a wonderful way to get freebies, it is also a terrific to way to bring traffic to your site if you are a blogger...the last few weeks we've had some Fridays get over 5,000 views and some have had over 70+ links to teaching freebies... 
 How about you? How was your week?!?
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Sarah, Plain and Tall

 
"Did Mama sing every day?"
Caleb asks his sister Anna.
"Every-single-day," she answers.
"Papa sang, too."
I read this part and I about started boo-hooing! 
Do you have a book that you know you should have read as a child or as a teacher, but never read?
Well, I had never read Sarah, Plain and Tall. I was in one of my friend's classroom on Wednesday and saw it and asked if I could borrow it. I finished it that night! {Wooo-hooo, way to go Fern, you finished a 3rd grade level book in one night, my mother would be so proud of me!} But it was terrific, I couldn't put it down. If you have never read it, it is about a motherless family living on a prairie and the Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from one Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine! The Papa, Anna and Caleb write back to her and she decides to come out and give it a try for a month....that's it, no more, I have a tendency to give away the entire book! :)
I was even reading some of the parts to my husband, since he grew up on a farm and could relate to parts of the book! I teach Third Grade Math and Science this year, so I don't teach Reading. But I have great files, because as a Navy Wife, you never know when you have to change grades, subjects, schools, etc. My hubby is retired now, but you never know.... here is a terrific FREEBIE I have in my files from TeachersPayTeachers that have been made by The Wise Guys.
Guided Reading Tips, Hints, Strategies, Activities, and Ideas FREE!

 Click here if you want to see all 125+ items for sale at TPT!
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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! {Well....WINNERS!}

 Our First Dynamic Duo Double the Fun Giveaway 
Is Over & We Have Four Winners!
Yipeeeeee! I Giveaways!
  Congratulations to Fabina, Susy, Jeanie & Maegan! Your prizes have been emailed to you by my partner, Michelle at Teach123!
Come by next month, we'll be giving away two more items to four more winners in November!
Does anyone know where the expression "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner" comes from? I don't and our family actually had Chicken for Dinner tonight! :) 
I'm such a geek, I love knowing stuff like this! 
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My Saturday ~ First College Tour Day!

The Above Picture is From the Kindergarten Yearbook a Zillion Years Ago!
My daughter Heather and Brittany, were alphabetical in the line up....
The picture below is today, we took our first college tour at UNF, a college close to home and right by the beach, a big selling feature. I think my hubby and I enjoyed the tour more than the girls! I loved the big dorm rooms and was ready to check in!
We are a Navy family and have moved, moved, moved...it is so cool that Heather and Brittany went to high school together when we retired back home! It is also a GREAT THING that no one in my fam reads my blog :) She would die, but I was a picture takin' fool. She kept walking away from me when I was sneaking pictures during the tour! 
I went to UNF for one year and was a founding member of Alpha Chi Omega. 
I couldn't stop saying, that wasn't here when I went there....BIG DUH, I went there 25 years ago! :) So today I was showing my age! 
Enjoy your kindergartener today if you have one, you will be touring colleges in a BLINK OF AN EYE!
Love, Fern
PS....stay tuned, we'll be touring FSU soon and I know I will drive her crazy...5 1/2 of the best years of my life! {It is the long term plan when you fail the first semester!}
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Debbie Clement is Having a Terrific Giveaway ~ Signed Books!

On the 13th of every month my Bloggy-Friend Debbie has a great giveaway! 
Head on over there and tell her Fern sent you!
The monthly prize is always a set of picture books:  
signed and personalized!
 RainbowsWithinReach
 Here is her Linky Party for Primary Pinterest Fans to find new boards!
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Tips For Top Teachers is a New, Terrific Site!


So Bloggy-Friends, I'm an author at a new site, Tips for Top Teachers: A Smorgasboard of Teaching Resources. It is a play on words from our Pinterest Board ~ Top Teachers Smorgasboard! Head on over there, check us out ~ I wrote my first post tonight, and it includes all my current Halloween classroom items, Fern Smith's Halloween Items & a Freebie or Two!
 Tips for Top Teachers: A Smorgasboard of Teaching Resources
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