15 January 2016

Aharwell The Teacher Mom: I'm sooo glad that I didn't win the POWERBA...

Aharwell The Teacher Mom:






I'm sooo glad that I didn't win the POWERBA...
: I'm sooo glad that I didn't win the POWERBALL!  I just heard that 75% of the winners lose their money within a year (or s...







I'm sooo glad that I didn't win the POWERBALL!  I just heard that 75% of the winners lose their money within a year (or something like that.)  That's all I needed to hear.  And now there's a creepy 20/20 story on the how winning isn't always a positive life changing experience.  Oh dear. 
That being said, I would totally take a few hundred thousand, just nothing over a million.  :)
ALTERNATIVE SEATING in my classroom!!
I did it!  I lowered a table and made 2 of them standing tables!  I got the idea from 
GREG,at The kindergartensmorgasbaord!  His blog popped up on my Facebook newsfeed, so I hopped on over and checked out his amazing page! He doesn't know it, but we're best friends now!  I don't know him, haven't met him, but he has super great ideas for the classroom.
I don't even have a picture of it.  Ugh!  So just imagine a table without legs.
I went to Walmart and bought cheapie little bathmats.  They're light blue and soft, so the kids love them too!
I let the students choose a seat for now, so I can get a chance to see who gravitates where. They LOVE LOVE LOVE the lowest table, where they can sit on the floor.  I mean, I know I couldn't sit still in a regular chair all day!  
I'm still working out the management side, so if anyone has tried it and has tips, I'd love to hear about it!
When I thought about writing this blog, I said, Angie, don't you dare write about work, TPT, etc.  Keep it light and fluffy.  
'Breezy' to use a word from Nate Berkus.  
So here's my new secret little obsession.  I want to look like these girls and live like them. They live in California and own this awesome business and basically wear yoga pants all day.   
The only problem is, they're 20 or 30 years old.  So, I think I'm old enough to be their mom...??  Anyhoo, I begged my husband to buy me the TIU (that's code for tone it up), nutrition plan.  I printed out all the materials that I paid to download.  The meal plan looks...well, sparse....so I thought I'd supplement it with my own meal plan (for now.:) However, I am LOVING!! the workouts.  I do the Kettle bells with Katrina.  She's on the beach in her bikini, and I'm in my living room in my mom uniform (black capri sweats and a tank top.)
But after 20 minutes of sweating with these girls, I'm pretty sure I'm starting to look like them.  
SICK DAY
This is my cute little daughter, Faith.  This is a picture of her on the day that I stayed home with her because she was 'sick'.  Actually, she had a fever on Monday, so she stayed home w/ my husband that day.  Tuesday she was fine and went to school.  Tuesday night, slight fever and headache.  So, I reluctantly put in for a sub on Tuesday night.  Wednesday, all better!  It was like musical fever.  Either way, it was nice to spend the day with her.  She did need the rest and it was a great day for Punky Brewster to wear winter boots and a sleeveless dress.  :)
I'm ending on a happy and peaceful note. 
It's been a long week, so I need to remind myself that the fruits of the spirit are:  Kindness, faithfulness, patience, joy, peace, gentleness, love, goodness and self-control.  

And lastly, thank you to this man for being an inspiration to all. 



Thanks for joining me tonight!  And a special thanks to:
for letting me link up with you!  
~Ang







18 December 2015

Aharwell The Teacher Mom: Aharwell The Teacher Mom: Well it's not really Fri...

Aharwell The Teacher Mom: Aharwell The Teacher Mom: Well it's not really Fri...: Aharwell The Teacher Mom: Well it's not really Friday anymore...but this wee... : Well it's not really Friday anymore...but this wee...

Five for Wednesday  Friday!!

Soooo. I'm so very tired and feel like I'm going to pass out...so I figured I'll start my 'Five for Friday' on Wednesday.  Yes.  Today is Wednesday.  It's quiet for a minute.  The kids and husband are not home and all is quiet.  And nooowwwww. the animals are fighting.

Super!!
There they are.  Brothers from another mother.  Cute.  But I need quiet.  It's been a long week.  Also, my air conditioning unit stopped working tonight.  Yes... my air.  I live in Florida.  We don't celebrate snowstorms here.  So, I must sit very still at my hot laptop and not have to get up to break up fights.  Thanks Chewy
 and Finn! 
I adore my students.  I really do.  However, some of my students  just do not remember how to follow rules during this festive time of year!   Grrrr..  
Certain ones struggle with, how to listen for more than 2 and half seconds and think it's okay to shout out everything that pops into their head!  
January = start RULES from scratch.  I may be adding some new rules....like, DON'T PICK YOUR NOSE WHEN I'M LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU! ;)
or better yet, get a tissue!!  We could even throw in, And don't even think about eating it!!!!  



Which leads us to this perfect little freebie.  Here you go... CLASSROOM RULES, (in case you need to review).  ;)
You're welcome.  
There will be many memories made over the break.  My students love to talk about their weekend,  winter break, etc. So why not put it on paper!? 
I have created this 'Snapshots of Winter Break' packet.  It's ideal for grades k-2, but could be used for third as well.  You can grab yourself one here!



This will be perfect when you return after the winter break! (Not that you're even thinking that far ahead!!:)  But...I know us teachers can't go 2 weeks without planning!

FAST FORWARD...
POOF!  It's Friday!  The magic of technology.  I wrote the first part of this on Wednesday and now I'm finishing this off, just in the 'St. Nick 'of time! (cheesy Christmas play on words #exhaustedhumor) 

As a teacher, mom, wife, sister, friend, (the list goes on)...I often get so caught up in getting caught up!!!  So, last night, I got to watch my daughter dance.  (Parent observation week in her dance class.)
 The rat race stopped for a few minutes as I watched her dance to Bruno Mars', Talking to the Moon. 
*sigh* Just precious! Thank you God! 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!  Thanks for stopping by!
Also, a huge shout out and thank you to Doodle Bugs Teaching for letting me link up!  

Luke 2: 1-20


















21 November 2015

Aharwell The Teacher Mom: Well it's not really Friday anymore...but this wee...

Aharwell The Teacher Mom: Well it's not really Friday anymore...but this wee...: Well it's not really Friday anymore...but this weekend is just  one long fall break to me!! Let's get this party started! ...
Well it's not really Friday anymore...but this weekend is just  one long fall break to me!!
Let's get this party started!

I went to Seattle a few days ago and what do I  remember?? The coffee!!  Yes, the Seahawks, Space Needle, rain, all those things impressed me. But, this work of art was as delicious as it was pretty!  #coffeetalk


The Public Market.   Can you even believe that this bouquet was ten dollars!!!??? 
 Merry Christmas to me!! This picture doesn't even do these flowers justice.  It's worth the 5 hour airplane ride just to get these for $10.  


So, I got these cool lasery finger lights for my reading groups!  I will do ANYTHING to make them read!!  My students absolutely LOVED these!!  I bought them at World Market for around $5.  Last month, witch fingers, this month finger lights.   Next month, who knows?? Maybe reindeer paws.  hee hee... 
FEASTMODE!!!

 Every year I push all the tables together and gather my first grade family around for some of 
 Mrs. Harwell's home  school cooking!  I'm telling you, my kids have never looked so happy! 
 I overhear them say things like, 'this is the best day ever!', 'this is like a real family!' or 'this red stuff (cranberry) is disgusting!'   

Last chance to use this Math Thanksgiving Freebie!  If you're lucky enough to be teaching on Monday,  (wink! wink!), or you just want to give your own kids something to do, 
here ya go!!
It's three different pages of addition, differentiated to meet the needs of all your first graders! 

I'm thankful for everyone that took the time to read my blog! Happy thanksgiving! 
Special thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for letting me link up with your awesome blog! 







07 November 2015

I am a day late...sorry I just cannot!!! get a blog out on a Friday.  I don't know how you fellow bloggers do it.  Please message me your secret!  Either way, TFIS!
Here we go. (please forgive me!) 

Thanksgiving addition FREEBIE!  


I 'whipped' up this little resource for, well, whoever wants/needs it!  I am totally using this when I have a sub next week! lol. 
 I don't usually like for the sub to teach 'Investigations' so I leave practice pages.  The seasonal pages are fun and relevant.  
I differentiated these to suit the needs of my students!  Enjoy!



Science rocks.  The kids had a blast  practicing force and motion. Enough said. 
K.I.S.S.  Keep it simple...sweetie

I have to look back at my pictures on my phone to refresh my memory of the week!  Boy, am I getting old or are the weeks getting loooonnnggeeerr?  I  believe it's the latter.  (wink)  I don't have emojis on this keyboard, hence the wink.  
Jackpot!  Now I remember what I just did 2 days ago!  I attended an amazing Younglife banquet.  My oldest daughter attends YL and I just can't say enough about it.  In a nutshell, it's a 'come as you are, accepting, loving, faith based group'. It's nation wide, so check it out if you have teens or just want to volunteer!!  I promise you won't be disappointed! 
'Home grown' table was just gorgeous

Kate, Kristin and me!  (me on left!) 


I'm going to Seattle for the first time.  I hope I run into Meredith Grey or McSteamy.  Okay, I know he's gone, but maybe he is roaming the streets near my hotel.  fingers crossed!  GO HAWKS!
I'm super excited!  

And I will save the BEST for LAST.  TEACHERS.  Yes, I am also a teacher. But I have to give huge props to EACH AND EVERY TEACHER.  TRUE SUPERHEROES.  
  They truly love, inspire, educate, nurse, mentor and push our kids to do their personal best.  
PS.  This is only a few of us, but you ALL rock!   Angels, heroes, whatever you want to call them. Thank you God for our teachers.  

Enjoy this fall weekend friends.