11/4/12

Choices and Numbers and a Sydney Story

How'd you like that extra hour of sleep?

Mmmmm.  Goooooood.

I was on Facebook earlier and a lot of my friends with kids were a little irritated that their offspring didn't get the memo, and use that extra hour for resting.

Sydney, on the other hand, can't tell time so she just joins us if we sleep in.

This next story is not the reason for this post, but I just remembered it.

Last weekend, while we were at our Halloween party, my oldest niece (a senior in high school) spent the night at our house because she had to be somewhere early the next morning, and the place she had to be happened to be super close to where we live.  And she is NOT a morning girl.  So she stayed with us. 

Seeing as how we were off to a Halloween shindig because we're such party animals and would not be home until at least 10:30pm, we left her a key in a secret hiding place.  Gave her the alarm code.  Changed the sheets on the guest bed.  Told her where our Halloween candy stash was located.

And then we wondered (for a just a few seconds, mind you) if Sydney would be okay with my niece coming in.  They know each other.  But my niece doesn't live here.  And it's not like we were here to let her in.  

We decided all would be fine.

Here's what happened to my niece.  We'll call her Ashley since that's her name.

Ashley found the key in the super secret hiding place.

But she couldn't get the door to unlock.  Turns out I'm not the only one in the family with key issues.

In the meantime, Sydney was barking up a storm.  WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!

(Good dog!)

After a few minutes of looking like a criminal, (in our neighbor's eyes anyways, because they texted us and wanted to know if it was okay if someone broke into our house by way of the front door) Ashley crawled through both doggy doors.  (By the way, that's how I first told her she should come in.  She wasn't too keen on it.  I don't get it because I have had to do it on several occasions.  It's fine.)

The entire time, Sydney was barking.

When Ashley got inside and came around the corner, Sydney was facing the front door, barking like a perfect watch dog.  On point.  Woof, woof, woof!  It didn't matter that Ashley was no longer on the front porch.  

(You go, Syd!)

Ashley came up behind her to say hi (Sydney is also hard of hearing, as I've mentioned before.  So Ashley had to touch her.) and Sydney FUH-REAKED out.  As I would have -- imagine facing the front door because you hear an intruder and then said intruder sneaks up behind you.  People, this is the beginning of a horror movie that I would never watch.

Ashley said Syd jumped, shook like a leaf, and ran upstairs to hide.  She found her in our room, curled up in a ball.

Like mother, like daughter, I always say.

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I'm really here to write about my non-existent Math Picture Dictionaries.

Let me tell you -- I tried.

But once I started, I felt like I needed to back up.

So what started out as a Math Picture Dictionary turned into more of a . . . well . . . I'm not sure what you'd call it.

Hence, I have a really long title for it.

I'm calling it Numbers 1 - 20 Anchor Charts and Student Books in Color and Black and White You Choose It's Only Fair.

Or something like that.  You get the gist.

Besides backing up and starting out with number sense, rather than here is a picture of a ruler and a fraction and a number line, I also couldn't decide on the formats.

So I offered a lot of choices.

(Shrug shoulders.  It's fine.  I'm fine.  This is all normal, I'm sure.)

Basically, this is what it looks like.  Sort of.  But with more choices.  This is basically the Hometown Buffet of my TpT products.

 Black and white.  For a small student book.
Or to have a book at each table group.
I also have a whole set in color.
Just in case you're rich and you
go for the extravagant lifestyle.


Anchor charts for around the room.
Or to have in a big book.
Or to put on rings.
I also have a set in black and white.
Just in case you're thrifty.
Or just in case your husband always
whines about the cost of ink.



Student pages to assess number sense.
Or to use for homework.
Or as a warm up.
Or as a center (my kids are finding the 
matching anchor chart around our room 
and filling in this page).
This one is not offered in color.
It didn't make the cut.
The Miami Housewives were too important.
I mean, grown men were thrown in a pool and
there was a cat fight, as well.
I'm sure you understand.



If you're interested, check it out {HERE} or click on any of the sample pages.  And if you'd like one for free, leave me a comment with your email.  I will choose 3 winners by random draw and announce it by . . . oh, let's say Wednesday.  I'll choose 3 winners on Wednesday.

As for me, I'm off to do a little blog stalking.  And Pinteresting.  


And PS.  Here is my Melonheadz.


See my watch dog???  :)


84 comments:

  1. Looks great Kristin - crossing my fingers! :)

    Thanks,
    Cathy VerSteeg
    cathy@missversteeg.com
    www.missversteeg.com

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  2. Oh, I really like it. Love the dictionaries. My fingers are also crossed. Thank You!

    Venus (venusj9@gmail.com)

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  3. Love, love, love the math dictionaries!
    Call me maybe!
    cjgeorge5@msn.com

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  4. I would love to have this for my classroom!

    Teresa
    tmburgess@roaneschools.com

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  5. UGH...I just left this very long comment and lost it. Sorry, too tired to retype, the gist of it was that I opened my school e-mail *why did I do that???* and with 27 new e-mails, your post e-mail was the only one I opened. :)

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  6. I would absolutely love to see someone crawl through a doggie door! Pretty sure I would snort/laugh at that! :D

    Anyway, I would love to win this picture dictionary for math - this is something we could really use in room 26!

    You're the best! Your stuff is the best! Your blog is the best! Love it ALL.

    Kris

    kristine.ball@boiseschools.org

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  7. My dog would have totally invited her in! He is not a watch dog at all, more like a go with the flow dog!!! I love your math dictionary! Very cute idea!

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  8. Gotta love more doggie door stories......

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  9. This looks fabulous...as always! Hope I'm a lucky winner!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  10. This looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Michelle
    mcoop1125@gmail.com

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  11. Looks great! Love the Sydney story.

    higgystyx@yahoo.com
    Heather Shelton
    Mrs. Shelton’s Kindergarten

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  12. This would be perfect for a few lovelies of mine.

    Booth.kimmy@yahoo.com

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  13. I would love to have this. I actually just started creating almost exactly the same thing only I haven't gotten too far. You have saved me a ton of time, Thanks!
    amber.grenz@gmail.com

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  14. Oh my gosh! These anchor charts are just what I need! I can't seem to make things look cute enough and these are cute and perfect! I sure hope I'm having a lucky day on Wednesday! :)

    Taryn
    Taryn.Ryan@fairfieldsfuture.org

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  15. I'd love to have this for my little kiddos Kristin
    Shelley
    Freemansweazey@Rogers.com

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  16. Very cool see you are my hero and here in Okie land we'd just leave the door unlocked! LOL
    Tammy
    First Grade @ Storybook Cafe
    dtklinger@gmail.com

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  17. I love your Melonheadz! It looks just like you! I'd love to win your pack too! :o)

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  18. Love these! If I don't win I will have to buy a set. Love reading your blog you always make me laugh!

    Sarah
    clearlykindergarten@gmail.com
    Clearly Kindergarten

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  19. This looks great!
    krishankins09@gmail.com

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  20. So many options! I would love to win a copy.
    Jennifer
    loularkin@comcast.net

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  21. What a great idea! Love it!
    bdicicco3@me.com

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  22. Love these! What a great resource.
    kelly_burnard@hotmail.com

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  23. Winning would make my day, no my week, maybe even my month! Thanks for sharing!

    jskimom1@shaw.ca

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  24. I, also, would love to win! You really make me laugh! Thanks!

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  25. Looks great! I'd love to snag a copy!
    Colleen :-)
    colleendembs@yahoo.com
    Fun and Fearless in First

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  26. These look wonderful!! Would love to win a set!

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  27. Looks like you've been sooo busy! Love the options, teachers are full of them! Nice job, friend!

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  28. Poor Syd! Love your books with the long name.

    Lisa (lisa_sardinha@hotmail.com)

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  29. These would go nicely with my math journals. The kids would love something like that, especially if it was all done for them! :)

    On a different note, we joke that one of my dogs sees zombies outside. She will want to go outside at all hours of the night, but then will scratch (and ruin) my door frame on the front door and push and fight to get in. I feel bad for her that she sees the invisible, but it's kinda funny...or at least that's what I tell myself at 2am when I am up for the 4th time with her!

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  30. Great story, as usual! And I love your super long title product! You rock!!

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  31. Love reading your blog!! Your new product looks adorable - would love to own it!
    Julene Hoffman
    jhoffman143@yahoo.com

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  32. Looks great; my kids would love it!
    Liz
    Teaching in the Valley
    teachinginthevalley@gmail.com

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  33. Your numner books look great and I LOVE your Melonheadz!
    Jenn
    Finally in First

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  34. You are so talented! I found your blog tonight and love it! You're Ghost Halloween story is hilarious! Every teacher should read that!!

    missmelissaj.preschool@gmail.com

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  35. I am keeping my fingers crossed. This looks to be perfect for our new math unit.
    Terry
    THYordan@aol.com

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  36. I would love to win a copy. This would tie in very nicely with our number sense unit.
    Linda
    lott@telus.net

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  37. I love your blog! Looks like lots of fun. I just found your tonight. I'd love to score a copy! Cutzietoo@yahoo.com

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  38. The sheer fact that both of you are skinny enough to fit through your dog door cracks me up. (Although we have been known to crawl through our bathroom window growing up...and it is about eye level. (Mine, not yours, probably!) And it is not a big window!

    Your Melonheadz is just as cute as you are!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  39. too funny. at least your neighbors are looking out for you. love the packet and your melonheadz.

    lorinademello@hotmail.com

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  40. hehe - LOVE syd!
    And I love your super long name prduct!! I have some kiddos that STILL really need that! ah!!

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  41. Awesome product! Love your stories! I too am tiny (well maybe not tiny, but short) and was pushed up a laundry chute many time when I was younger and we locked ourselves out.

    Thanks for all your hard work to make our jobs easier.

    dsherry2011@gmail.com

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  42. Hilarious! Poor Ashley may never come again! If that we're my dog he would have left a little present on the floor!!

    Love the anchor charts!! Great job!

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  43. Sydney sounds like a sweetheart- and I'm pretty much a cat person. But I do appreciate a good dog story every now and then;-) I seriously *LOVE* your anchor charts and number books and would be honored to win a set!
    Jan
    jcatotti@aol.com

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  44. I love the idea of an anchor chart and matching activity sheets! This would be great for some of my first and second graders (resource room)

    Valerie

    zputty@gmail.com

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  45. I LOvE the Housewives!!! All of them...I mean, I don't LOVE every woman, but every show! :0)

    Whitneyrippy@gmail.com

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  46. I would love a copy. And you are too funny! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Rebecca
    rstilz@ccs.edu

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  47. Kristin,
    First, I love your melon head. So cutsiefied and perfect for you.
    Second I felt I sd for Sydney.....poor thing....at least you know you are well protected when your husband is way on trips......sort of....
    Third, your niece must be as tiny as you to be able to fit through the doggie door!
    Fourth, I continue to read your posts. They re the best thing to read while having my breakfast. So much better than reading a cereal box!
    Fifth, this activity looks wonderful. Isn't it fun creating things?

    Patty
    2ndinline.blogspot.com

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  48. Loved the story about Syd! I've always had the feeling that my dog, if anyone ever "broke in," like Ashley did, would simply roll on her back for a belly rub...

    Love the number book and poster! Those would be perfect for my firsties!!
    Shellbelle76@hotmail.com

    Michelle

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  49. Love your blog and your creations! Thanks for adding giggles to our mornings! :)
    The anchor charts are awesome and already on my wishlist for my next TPT shopping spree!

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  50. This looks great! Loved your Sydney story!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  51. This os wonderful, I would love to have it!! Also, a great Sydney story!
    Barbara
    happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com
    meadowt@comcast.net

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  52. I love the story, as always and would love the math project! :) Lisa quiltwoman0@gmail.com

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  53. No matter how many emails are in my "in-box" yours is the first one I read... I literally sit here and laugh out loud! I would love to win the math charts/books/thingies... :) Robin
    ilovetotchkinder@aol.com

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  54. I would love to win this math set. Your stories are always so fun to read.
    Karen
    kdhooper@earthlink.net

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  55. The number book/dictionary/anchor chart would be great for my Kindergarten class!
    Tracy
    tracymolina36@gmail.com

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  56. Always entertaining. Love to read your blog.
    Liz
    Lamoya41@gmail.com

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  57. Love your blog!!
    Brittany
    bmabe@ovcapatriots.com

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  58. How adorable! My son is in first grade and I would love to give these to his teacher! Michelle. michelleeberly@yahoo.com.

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  59. My dog is a terrible watch dog... he just wags his tail and rolls over for a belly rub whenever someone comes to the door. The Number Chart-Student book-Anchor chart-pack looks awesome!

    saramyers0@gmail.com

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  60. Love it! The story & the book!
    Lori
    lorikimball1@aim.com

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  61. Ohhhh....pick me, pick me! I loooove your stories. Your anchor chart pack looks amazing and I would love to win it!

    Jess
    Run529@aol.com

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  62. Looks great and handy for the beginning of the year! I would love to win a copy!
    aconnolly1216@gmail.com

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  64. Looks good! I hope I win! My birthday is Wednesday so that would be awesome birthday luck if I did! :0)

    courtneycanant@gmail.com

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  65. Love it all, you, your blog, your poor Sydney!!!! This was hysterical!

    Your Melonheadz is perfect!!

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  66. I love reading your blog! It makes me realize that when I'm banging my head against the wall and wondering for the 100th time, why is it so hard to JUST WALK back to your seat from an activity, that I'm not the only one. Nope, I actually had a kid roll back to his seat today and I didn't even flinch.
    I love first grade :)
    Jessica
    jess_kat04@yahoo.com

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  67. Thanks for a chance to win. It looks fantastic!
    Marcy
    marcy_sundling@hotmail.com

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  68. Love the idea of starting with number sense. It cannot be overdone in the primary grades! This is the first time I've visited your blog; I'll be returning often.

    Mary K Thompson
    mkaythompson@gmail.com

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  69. Your melonhead is cute....and love the math picture dictionaries.

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  70. I would love this pack! This is actually something I was thinking of making but, hey...you did it for me! :) (Loved the Halloween story, by the way!)

    alanangreen@yahoo.com

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  71. You know I'd love anything you make :-) I'm using the daily language sheets & loving them! Your Halloween dog story was funny- poor Sydney!
    Carol cpolston3@yahoo.com

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  72. I would love this! Thanks for the chance to win! I love your blog! Great Sydney story! Nissa nissacronin@gmail.com

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  73. Looks great! I would LOVE this !!! AnnMarie
    beebeetwins27@yahoo.com

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  74. Your Sydney sounds a lot like my Olive. Except Olive is a cat. And instead of running and hiding, she puffs her tail and stands her ground! A fine watch dog indeed. I would love this! Some of my kiddies really need some extra reinforcement!

    Best,
    Paige

    Paigewilliams1990@gmail.com

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  75. super cute! love the turtles.

    kristin
    mki88@aol.com

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  76. These are adorable!
    sara.e.giovanangelo@gmail.com

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  77. Love reading all your posts!!!! This is GREAT! I'm poor - two in college and two in daycare! Pick ME!
    Shannon

    shannonpiles@gmail.com

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  78. Love your Math chart/book and would love to have it. Even if I don't win I will most likely buy it!!! But I love your blog and your watchdog Syd!

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  79. Love your posts. I'm sitting here cracking up and the hubs is like what's so funny? and I'm trying to explain but ah well he doesn't get it! :) Love your math packet!

    nickithigpen@gmail.com

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  80. I hope I'm not too late! It's only 5 o'clock your time, so maybe you procrastinated and didn't choose yet! I've been a little MIA from bloggy-land...
    pick me! pick me!
    geteacher@hotmail.com

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  81. Hey....tomorrow is my birthday....pick me! Seriously I love your watch dog!

    Terri
    KinderKapers

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  82. These turned out wonderful! We done my friend!

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  83. That was well done. But at this point you know I love a typo, missing word, and an e,x,t,r,a, comma. Have a great long weekend.

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