July 31, 2013

Liebster Award~ What an honor!

We just discovered we've been nominated for a blogging award!  We have to give Ms. P at Fourth Grade Eyes a HUGE thank you for the nomination.  What a super sweet surprise!  Thank you so much Ms. P for nominating us!!!  Go and check out her blog today.




In case you haven’t  heard of the Liebster, it’s an award given to blogs with fewer than 200 subscribers that are worthy of more recognition and link love.
Which is why it’s called the Liebster Award — liebe is German for love.
  

To accept the nomination there are a some things I have to do:
1.  Link back to the blog that nominated me
2.  Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
3. Answer the questions posted by my nominator
4.  Share 11 random facts about myself
5.  Create 11 questions for my nominees
6.  Contact my nominees to let them know I nominated them


 Here are the great blogs I am nominating:  

Questions from Ms. P

1. Why did you start blogging?
We started blogging to share ideas.  We have been teaching a combined total of 40 years & have so many ideas and materials to share.  We should have started sooner, but have been way too busy having families and being the best teachers we could be.
2. What do you find most rewarding about being a teacher?
We love when that little light goes on & the feeling of pride each child has in their successes.  Our main focus is the child as a whole not just the learner. 
3. If you could go anywhere, where would you choose?
Karen:  “I would go to Disney. My husband says I live there in my head anyway.”
Alison: “Anywhere tropical!”

4. How do you spend your free time (outside of the classroom)?
Karen:  “I spend the time with my family.  Being that I am a poor teacher … we stay home a lot.”
Alison:  “With my family.”

5. What book/movie title best represents your life?
Karen: "I would say, Twister. My life is full of chaos ... nothing stays the same there is too much change!"  
Alison:  “Gone with the Wind because I can identify with Scarlet O’Hara.”

6. What one thing is a must to make it through the school day?
Karen:  “If you asked me a week ago … I would have said Diet Coke.  Now, I have no clue.  I am finally off of Diet Coke, Yahoo!”
Alison: “My coffee in the morning.”

7. Name a famous person (past or present) you would like to meet. Why?
Karen:  “I would like to meet (wow … who to choose??? Beautiful men are popping in my head ... hummmm) I think I would like to meet Betty White.  I think she is very funny & a brilliant actress.
Alison:  “Ronald Reagan because he is the best President we have had & he was great in film.”

8. What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Karen:  “Guide of the Week & Workshop Presenter"
Alison:  “Spotlight Teacher 2012-2013”

9. What do you like best about the age group you teach?
Karen:  “I have no clue since I have never taught this grade level before.  I really love Kindergarten!!!”
Alison: “Kindergarten is my favorite grade because I love getting the kids from the beginning of their school career and mold them & watch them grow.”

10. If money were no object, what is one thing you would get for your classroom?
Karen:  “A loft … how fun!  I can just see the kiddos hanging out and reading up at the top & working in a station on the bottom.”
Alison:  “I would want my classroom to be just like the one in Kindergarten Cop!”

11. Who is one influential person in your life?
Karen:  “I would have to say … my parents.  I know it says one, but they are AMAZING & I would not be where I am without them.”
Alison:”My mom & dad!   They have always been there for me and my life would not be how it is without their love and support!”




11 Random Facts About Us:
1. Karen was Alison’s student teacher & we have been friends ever since.
2. Alison is addicted to Twilight!!!
3. Karen will stop the car & pull things out of the trash for her classroom.  She is very Earth friendly!
4. Alison enjoys scrapbooking & reading.
5. Karen enjoys crafting and hates to cook.
6. Alison loves to travel and spend time with her grandson.
7. Karen uses Twizzlers to drink with at the movies.
8. Alison loves little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls!              
9. Karen loves the movie … How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days!
10. Alison is the 8th generation of Mary as her 1st name.”
11.  We both LOVE happy faces and have tons around our classrooms.

11 Questions For Our Nominees:
1. Who was your favorite teacher growing up & what grade did he/she teach?
2. Where did you go on your last vacation?
3. What cartoon character is most like you?  Why?
4. How many years have you been a teacher?
5. What was your favorite subject growing up in school?
6.  What TV character do you relate to & why?
7. Do you hoard school materials?  If so, what do you hoard?
8.  What made you decide to become a teacher?
9. What do you do to relax after a hard day?
10. Do you teach in open concept or closed concept?  Which do you prefer?
11. Do you have a comfort food?  If so, what is it?

OK.  I hope you learned a little about us & want to stick with us on our adventure & we did not scare you off.
We are off to surprise our nominees. Happy Teaching!


Time Warp Wednesday!


Here is a throw back to several years back in the past!  These were our Kinder rooms of the past!
We can't get into our room, but here are some pictures that show how much we love our smiley faces!  We must apologize for the quality of the pictures ... they are pictures from pictures.

BTW all of the construction tape was put up for a reason ... we're not just crazy.  For "Meet the Teacher" they were allowed to view all of the centers & stations freely.  The 1st day of school the tape was up & the children were not allowed to go into them until the tape came down & we talked about the rules of each station.  It worked really well. We did not have children wondering off to play in a center that was not open or when it was the wrong time of the day.

Flannel Board Station

Alphabet tubs

Pass through to Karen's room!

Calendar, Weather, Schedule, and Helpers 

Science Center


Sports Theme Kid's Work Wall with Ball Clips


Morning Message (Before the age of Smartboards :o)

Favorite Authors, Big Book Holder, Reading Center, & Birthday Shelf

The Listening Center

The Poetry Center
We hope you enjoyed this view into our Happy World!
These barely show any of our "Happy" stuff!

First Grade Books

Karen's daughter wants to read everything that has 1st grade in the title.  These are the books she has found so far:




**  If you don't have them click on the picture and you can find them on Amazon

Please comment with any books her mom needs to go and find.  Thanks so much!

July 30, 2013

First Day of School Frames

First Day of School Frames are AWESOME!

These are everywhere & we do not know who to give credit to but THANK YOU!  We hope ours inspires someone to make one, too.  They are so easy!!!  
First Day of School Frame, Planet Happy Smiles
We got to share this one last year because we were on the same grade level.
Talk to your team/partner maybe you can share the cost and the product!

We started with a frame from Hobby Lobby & those cute little wooden pieces that you do not have to paint.
The letters are from a foam package set.  Lay it out, hot glue it all together and presto!
No mess & no headaches!
A great frame for fun 1st day of school pictures!  

Unfortunately, we have both changed grades since we made this .... so now we are in the same boat of making new ones.  Time to go shopping!!!

We will post our new ones when we get them made!
Happy Teaching,
Karen and Alison

July 28, 2013

Monday Made-it!

Thanks, Tara!

This is our first post for Monday Made-it!  Karen and Alison have been decorating and calling their classrooms “Planet Happy” for years!  Here are some ideas to make your classroom things “happy”
Tape Dispenser, Planet Happy Smiles              
Tape dispenser

Just dress it up with a boa, foam happy faces(from Michaels), and some happy paper strips!




Note Holder, Planet Happy Smiles


 Notes holder

(We got this wire basket from Dollar City)


Add the boa, foam happy faces, and happy strips to this one also!  We will be offering the Planet Happy notes inside later as a pdf.  Keep watching for it!

Pen Holder, Planet Happy Smiles

Pencil holder
(also from Dollar City)   

Boa, happy strips of paper and happy faces on the yellow plastic cup)                                       


Paperclip Holder, Planet Happy Smiles

Paper Clip holder

(Dollar City)


We will be adding the pdf file with the happy face strips and happy faces to use on all these items!  We hope you enjoy our “happy” stuff!  Please keep coming back as we get better at this “blog” thing!  Have a “happy” day!
Happy Face, Smiley Face Desk Set, Planet Happy Smiles


Click on the picture to download your FREEBIE to create your own "happy" accessories!
Freebie, Planet Happy Smiles
Happy Teaching!
Karen and Alison


July 25, 2013

Staff Box Top Containers

Copeland Teachers ROCK!

Check out these AMAZING ideas for Box Top containers from other Copeland teachers!
Way to go ladies!!!

Box Top Collection Container, Planet Happy Smiles

July 24, 2013

Box Tops


Box Tops ~ Our First Blog
Our school is having a Box Top Container Contest.  Each staff member is creating a Box Top container to display in their classroom this year. 
Here are our two creations for the contest:
Box Tops Rock:
Box Tops, Planet Happy Smiles


Box Top Muncher:
Box Tops, Planet Happy Smiles



More pictures of the other Box Top Bins to come!
Stay Tuned …

July 23, 2013

Welcome!

Welcome to our brand new blog!!!
Planet Happy is the place where learning is fun!
Planet Happy Smiles

Hi!  We are Karen Crawford & Alison Wynn.  We were both kindergarten teachers recently moved to 1st & 2nd Grade.  Alison taught Kindergarten for 24 years & is now moving to 1st grade.  Karen taught Kindergarten for 16 years & is now moving to 2nd grade. We have so many ideas to share with you for learners PreK-2nd. 
Please stay tuned for our amazing adventures & our upcoming freebies/products to purchase.
If you would like to donate to our site … just click the donate button on the right.  We are using the donations to buy technology for our classrooms.  Thank you so much!

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