Libester Blog Award!

Over the busy Thanksgiving Holiday I was nominated for a Libester Award thanks to the Realistic Teacher! I was beyond EXCITED when I read her post that she had nominated me! She is too sweet and I'm so flattered! Here are the rules!
The Libester Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It's to show that new bloggers are appreciated and help spread the word about our little piece to cyber space.
Here are the rules:
1.You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4.Choose 11 other blogs with less than 200 followers to nominate and link them to your post.
5. You cannot "tag back" the other blog, but leave a comment on this post with the URL of your Liebster post so I can learn more about you and see who you nominate.
11 rAnDoM fAcTs about me!
1. I am super crafty! I love to shop around garage sales, thrift stores, and other places, find something that someone else thinks is junk, and turn it into a treasure!
2. I also own my own jewelry company called "Back at the Ranch". I make jewelry that's funky, chunky, and a little bit junky! I love anything BLINGY AND SPARKLY!
3. I'm a total country girl and grew up around rodeo BUT I did competitive cheerleading for 16 years. I also cheered in college. Most people who meet me now would NEVER guess that about me.
4. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dr. Pepper!
5. I'm currently in a  long distance relationship. Jared and I have been together 10 months but been best friends for the past 2 years. He lives 3 1/2 hours so we swap out weekends coming to see each other. It's a lot of work but definitely worth it. He's fantastic!
6. I enjoy working out! I know I must be crazy! My goal is to run in a half marathon one day.
 7. My favorite TV show is Grey's Anatomy. I'm addicted! I also like Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and reality TV such as The Voice, Ducky Dynasty, and anything on TLC or HGTV!
8. I just recently made the switch from having an iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy S III. I've been given a lot of grief for no longer being an apple user but I'm just gonna say it...I LOVE this phone WAY better than my iPhone!
9. I really love to read even though I don't get to as often as I'd like. I got a Kindle Fire for my last birthday so I'm really enjoying that.
10. I love to travel! I've seen 16 states and have been to Mexico and Canada. My dream is to see Ireland, Italy and Germany.
11. Coming up with 11 random things is harder than you think...thinking...thinking...thinking...I've had to teach myself to cook oer the last few years. I use to be TERRIBLE at it but I've gotten a lot better. Its not something that I enjoy so thank goodness for my crockpot!! :)

Here are my 11 questions that I was asked!
1. What is your favorite genre? Does this mean book? Music? I like to read cheesy romance novels (Love me some Nicholas Sparks). I really like all types from mystery, to biographies! I’ll admit that I’m a Twilight Saga and Hunger games fan!
2. Do you parallel park or find another spot? I’ll admit that I have never parallel parked! I’ve never had too. I’ve never lived in the big city except for when I was going to school at Texas Tech in Lubbock and I never had to there.
3. Do you have any tattoos? How many? Of what? None. I’m not a tattoo person.
4.What is your favorite book? The Bible! & Anything by Nicholas Sparks.
5.When did you last laugh?  A few minutes ago at my dog Dakota. She is SILLY!!!
6. Where have you traveled and what was your favorite place? Whoops! I put this in my 11 random facts! I’ve been to 16 states and 2 other countries. My favorite so far has been my road trip to Vegas. We stopped at the Grand Canyon along the way and a ton of road side shops along the way! Plus I just LOVE VEGAS!
7. Do you like to dance? YES! YES! YES!
8. What is your favorite type of music? Texas Country (if you live in Texas or other southern states you’ll know what this is) My favorite artist is Wade Bowen. I'm also OBESSED with Miranda Lambert! I really think we could be BFFs! I love country in general. I’m going to the KING George Strait on his final tour in 2013! I can’t wait! I also enjoy,  pop, rap, alternative, and Christian.
9.Have you ever, or would you ever, go skydiving or bungee jumping? I want to go skydiving soooooo bad! Another bucket list item. I don’t think I would ever bungee jump though. I’ve done the bungee at six flagsdoes that count?!?
10. Do you garden? No! I do not have a green thumb. :(
11. If you could eat lunch with a favorite person who would it be? I know most people would probably say some sort of celebritybut I would say my granddad. He passed away over a year ago and I miss him so much. He was my hero. BUT if I had to pick a celebrity I’d definitely pick Channing Tatum. Who wouldn’t wanna eat lunch with him?!?!?!
Here are the blogs I'm nominating!
WOW! That took me a while BUT it was super fun! Don't forget to leave me a comment on this post with your URL link to your post. I can't wait to learn more about each of you and I hope you had just as much fun creating this post as I did!
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 Have a great day ya'll!



iFriends:A Partner Picking Method!

Have you ever given your kids something and their imaginations run wild and turn it into something completely different? Of course you have! That’s one of the best parts about our job right?!?

Well a few weeks ago I gave my kids new book marks. I love the “awesomes” that come out of their little mouths over something as simple as this! Anywholater that day, I noticed that the majority of my class had turned their new bookmarks into cell phones! They folded it in half, added their own buttons and pretended to talk to each other across the room. This inspired me to come up with “iFriends: a partner picking method”!
 iFriends allows your student to create their own cell phone and choose their top 10 favorite classmates that he/she would want to work with. When you want to pair your students up, have them pull out their cell phones and call out a number. Whoever they have listed as their favorite by that number is their partner for that activity! I quickly realized, since I only have 11 kids (they added an extra favorite!) is that if I called out “pair up with your number 4 favorite, that more one person will end up with the same partner. To solve that issue, I will say “the first 5 students to get out their cell phones gets to pick first”, or just pick a few who are sitting quietly and following directions. I then will call on a student and say “who is your number 6 partner” and they pair up, until everyone is happy! This is a great alternative to picking sticks, drawing cards or some other type of method and the kids really like it! They get excited to have their very own “cell phone” all to themselves and they still talk to each other on them, so cute! Click on the link below to check out iFriends in my TPT or TN store!
(I'm having issues hyperlinking my pictures...I've googled it and I can't seem to get it right. Can anyone help me??? If so, please send me an email! THANKS in advance!)

 What are some things your kids have used their minds to change into something completely opposite?

(I'm having issues hyperlinking my pictures...I've googled it and I can't seem to get it right. Can anyone help me??? If so, please send me an email! THANKS in advance!)

Only a few more days until Thanksgiving break! I think I canI think I canI think I canHave a good rest of the week everyone!

Ya’ll come back now ya hear!

Marcy :)

Motivational Monday {Linky} & Some Holiday Cheer

Has it been a Monday for anyone else?? I came into this blog post getting ready to write about kids and their creativity until I saw Sara over at Smiling in Second Grades Motivational Monday post and I just had to change direction and link up. This is exactly what I needed to today. We are 7 ½ *school* days away from our Thanksgiving break and it can't get here soon enough! I hope this will give you that little extra push to !
This has always been one of my favorite quotes.
No matter how many times you say this tomorrow...
always remember
So true

Last but not least I wanted spread a little Holiday cheer! I know its not even Thanksgiving yet but I JUST  LOVE CHRISTMAS! I'm super excited about my new Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Literacy Centers and Activities! It includes 7 activities/centers, 4 writing prompts and a set of word wall cards to be used through out the month of December.
Head on over to my TPT store Saddle Up For 2nd Grade to check it out!
Ya'll Come Back Now Ya Hear!

Hey Ya'll and Our Class Election!

Hey Ya'll! After a  year of being a total blog addict I decided to take the plunge and try my hand at joining the blogging world and I must say I am EXCITED about this new adventure. I guess I should start by introducing myself so....
My name is Marcy Fambro and I'm a 2nd grade teacher in a small rural town in the great state of Texas! So small that I only have 11 kids!! This is my third year teaching. I spent a year in 1st and this is my second year in 2nd grade! I absolutely LOVE my job! I hope to share my experiences and what it is like teaching in a small town.

I was introduced to the blogging world through pinterest which lead me to TPT a little over year ago and of course I became addicted instantly! I joined the "seller" world of TPT at the end of September and it has been on of the best decisions I have ever made. I never thought that someone would spend their hard earned money on something I created. Getting that first "product sold" e-mail has been one of the highlights of this year so far! I am only 10 sales away from one of my goals...100 products sold! Check out my store Saddle Up For 2nd Grade!

 Now onto the good stuff! Yesterday was a big day in 2F....ELECTION DAY! I don't know about your kiddos but mine sure got into some pretty heated "political debates"! They were excited to share their views about "Bronco Bama" and "McRomney"! Oh 2nd graders! Last week our school participated in a district wide election so yesterday we held a mini election from my Election Day Classroom Kit. We created our own voters registration cards and they had to present them before they could cast their ballot.

Please excuse my pictures! They were taken very quickly from my phone!
I called students 2 at a time to cast their vote. Once they presented me with their card, they stepped into our election booth to vote. We had to use our "offices" for our election booth! It wasn't the greatest but it worked!
Once our results were in, we counted our votes and graphed our results. Our winner was....well it ended up a tie!
After our election I had them complete the writing prompt "If I were the President, I would..." and attached them to our election hat craftivity that was included with the unit.
(Their Stellaluna bat were taken down after the picture was taken!) :)
That's our Election Day! What did you do for Election Day?
I'm in the process of updating this unit so that it can be reusable from year to year.
That's all I have for now! Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back with more updates from Saddle up for 2nd Grade!
Ya'll Come back now ya here!
Marcy Fambro


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