Wanna Play? Tag! You're It!

I've been tagged.  TWICE!  Thanks to Miss Foote from Chickadee Jubilee and Shawna at The Picture Book Teacher's Edition.

The Rules:
1) Post the rules.
2) Post 12 things about yourself
3) Answer the 12 questions sent from the person that tagged you.  Then create 12 new questions for the people you tag.
4) Tag 12 people and link them to your post.
5) Let them know you tagged them.
1.   I wear black or gray almost everyday. It is my go to color scheme.
2.   Somedays, I wish I was 2 inches taller.  I'm only 5 feet.
3.   I'm taller than my mom!
4.   I can't sing, play an instrument, or dance!
5.   Not many people know that I blog.  
6.   I stop by Starbucks for a grande coffee which I sweeten and add lots of half and half.
7.   I worked at a museum briefly before teaching.  
8.   I love spicy food; mostly Thai dishes.
9.   I'm a minimalist when it comes to classroom environment.  You won't see much hanging up because I find it distracting.  But beware of my closets.  They are packed.  I need to organize that space better.
10. I get up automatically by 6; even on weekends.  
11. My son makes me the happiest.  
12. I really want to visit DisneyWorld. 

1)  What blog do you most look forward to new posts from? I have so many favorites.  My favorite once a week posts comes from this blogger and this one.  
2)  What is your favorite teaching topic/unit? Wow!  That's a hard one!  I love to teach any content which makes my students look forward to learning.  Sometimes, I will plan a theme based on their interests.  I really don't like teaching the same things over and over again. I'm always tweaking.  
3)  What is the 1st thing you do once all your students are gone? Check email and tidy up my desk.
4)  What one thing would you buy for your class if money weren't an issue? A SmartBoard.  
5)  What is the best thing about your classroom? The students.  
6)  What is your favorite movie? I'm not a big movie watcher.  I like romantic comedies.  
7)  If you had to choose one book to REread, what would it be? As a teenager, I read Roots many times.  I haven't read that in decades.  So, perhaps, that one.
8)  What are your favorite shoes, for school? Anything comfortable.  Today, it was boots.
9)  What is your "go to" school lunch? Whatever is in the cafeteria. I never have time to make lunch.  :(
10)  What is your best childhood memory? Visiting my grandmother in Texas.  It was like being transported to a different time.  I can still remember waking up in my grandmother's bed with ranchero music in the background and the scent of fresh tortillas being made for breakfast. It was magical.
11)  How did you come up with the name for your blog? Kinda obvious.  A little boring, though.
12)  What is your favorite canceled tv show? Lost.  I hated to see that show end.  One of the few I watched from the first episode to last.

The 12 questions for my 12 picks...
1. Are you a reading workshop school or do you teach using a reading series? Reading series.  We are about to adopt CA Treasures.
2. What are your school hours? Kids 8:25 to 2:50.  Me: 7:30 to 4ish.
3. What is your favorite subject to teach? Social studies and as of late, math.
4. What is your favorite picture book to read to your class? It depends on my mood and theirs.  I try to find books that fit "our" personalities.  We are just getting into the Pig and Elephant series by Mo Willems.
5. Why did you start blogging? It started out just as a new thing to try.  It's turned into a lot more.  :)
6. How many students do you have in your class? 22
7. What is a typical lunch that you bring to school? I usually don't bring lunch.  I grab something from our school or pick something up.  Bad, I know.
8. Do you watch the presidential debates? Nope.
9. Coffee or tea? Coffee.  Formal tea with girlfriends 4 times a year.
10. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character? Why? Snuffy.  I love his eyelashes. :)
11. Would you rather get roses or daisy's? Yellow roses.
12. Salty or sweet? Umami.  I love the taste of salty and sweet together.  

Many blogging friends have been tagged already.  Here are a few I'd love to hear from:
6.  Frog Spot
12. YOU!!

1.   What is your favorite outfit to wear to school?
2.   Would you rather cook or go out to eat? Why?
3.   Do you have a favorite blog post?
4.   Do you read blogs before school?
5.   What do you love most about the school you teach at?
6.   How long is your commute?
7.   What is one area you would like to improve in your teaching?
8.   Are you a morning person? Or night owl?
9.   What is your favorite day of the week?
10. Is teaching your first or second career?
11.  How tall are you?
12.  Do you have a color scheme for your class? 


  1. This was so much fun! I LOVED reading about you! And I must say that yo are so sweet and such an encourager Mrs. Parker:)

  2. Hi, Mrs. Parker!
    I wish I could post stuff like that on my blog, but my husband and I have decided that it's important for our business to stick to the basic education related topics.
    Thanks for including me, though! Here are my answers, for what they are worth!

    1) What blog do you most look forward to new posts from? I really enjoy reading the posts from A Teeny Tiny Teacher. She writes in such a comical way that I find it really entertaining!

    2) What is your favorite teaching topic/unit?
    I LOVE my unit on zoo animals. I also love hatching chicks- although I really hate it when one of them dies. It's terribly sad....

    3) What is the 1st thing you do once all your students are gone?
    Take a deep breath, and TRY NOT to sit down- otherwise I don't want to get up again!

    4) What one thing would you buy for your class if money weren't an issue?
    Great question! A class set of iPods- hands down!

    5) What is the best thing about your classroom?
    I have a teacher's bathroom right there in the hallway, and tons of storage, plus a kitchen. AND we have a loft. I have a HUGE room. I can't complain at all!

    6) What is your favorite movie?
    I love to watch "A Christmas Story" every year!

    7) If you had to choose one book to re-read, what would it be?
    As a child, I re-read the book "Heidi" dozens of times! I would still love to re-read the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Those were always my favorites.

    8) What are your favorite shoes, for school? Tennis shoes!!!!

    9) What is your "go to" school lunch?
    Rubios! I love fish tacos and veggie burritos!

    10) What is your best childhood memory?
    Playing Leisl in the Sound of Music

    11) How did you come up with the name for your blog?
    My husband did it! He also came up with the name of my business! I wanted it to be Kindermusic. But he created the website one year and gave it to me for Christmas, and voila! I was in business. There have been times that it has been so much work that I have felt that I wouldn't do this to my best friend!

    2) What is your favorite canceled TV show?
    Big Love! I must confess that I just loved that show! But I only watched it on DVD, because we don't get HBO. So I just waited for the season to end and for it all to come out on DVD, and then watched the whole thing. :)

    Heidi Butkus

  3. Hi Mrs. Parker! Thanks for tagging me! Your blog is one of my favorites! Looks like I have a lot of questions I need to sit down and answer. Hope you and your kinders are having a great week :)
    Keen on Kindergarten

  4. Mrs. Parker, it was fun getting to know you better! I, like you, cannot sing, play an instrument or dance...the funny thing is my one daughter is in advanced jazz playing the clarinet and my other daughter is a dancer...they certainly didn't get it from me!

    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  5. Your post is great. I like getting to learn about everyone. Thanks for tagging me. I have posted mine!
    Hope you are having a good week.


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