I am throwing a Fall Sale Tuesday, September 23rd to celebrate fall.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
I'm alive! I have been overwhelmed with a new baby in the house, a new school, and a new grade level to teach! I promise you I am here and I haven't forgotten about you! I have to make all of my lesson plans from scratch so that is taking up any extra time that I have when I am not snuggling The Little Man. Did I mention we already had conferences? Yikes!
Monday, August 18, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
I know, I know, it's been over two weeks since I posted, but I promise I have good excuses.
First, let's talk about the fun stuff. TPT is hosting the annual Back To School Sale today and tomorrow! Make sure you stop by and get 20% off my store plus an extra 10% off by using the code below for a total of 28% off the original prices!
So in the last two weeks...
1) My mom came out for a week long visit.
2) Wyatt ended up at the hospital twice and the doctor once because he was too weak to nurse.
3) Mom and I took a whirlwind three day trip to IL so my grandparents could meet their first great grandchild.
4) And I was offered and accepted a job teaching third grade!
What?! Yes, last Friday I received information about a job that is 2 miles from my house instead of 45! I had all of my copies done for first grade, all of my lesson plans, everything. But, more time with the little man is the most important thing right now. Goodbye hour long commute, hello 4 minute commute.
I feel beyond overwhelmed and exhausted! I have to come back from maternity leave early and everything. There is no way I can get everything done by Thursday when school starts, but I am sure trying.
Here is the pile of stuff from my old school.
Here is the little man helping us load it all into the truck.
Monday, July 14, 2014
The Little Man is asleep on my lap so I thought I would sneak in a little blogging.
I made these copy slips and put them on brightly colored paper. I paperclip them to my originals and keep them in drawers like the ones below, sorted by unit. It makes copying so much easier! Volunteers or teammates can grab the copies from the drawer and know exactly what needs to be done. On the "Number of Copies" line I use terms such as class, partners, 1/4 class etc. so that I don't have to change the slips every year. I use the "Special Notes" section for things such as "staple", "card stock", "yellow construction paper" "cut", "fold", etc. Click on the picture below to grab your own copy.
I am venturing into the world of classroom decor. I couldn't find one that was exactly what I wanted, so I made my own. Leave a comment below with a theme or color combination you would like to see and I will start working on it.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
I have been working on this post all day, but then Wyatt would squirm, or smile, or just be completely adorable and I would get distracted. (For the record, I don't care what "they" say, a smile is a smile.) The hubster and I have become "those parents" the ones who are completely obsessed with their new baby and can't stop staring at him or stop kissing him. This summer is going to fly by and I want every second of snuggling I can get.
Ok, ok Book Talk Tuesday...this week is all about Zoom. Wordless picture books make your kiddos seem and feel so smart! They are a major confidence booster especially at the beginning of the year. We use wordless pucture books several times throughout the year. At the beginning of the year, we use them to emphasize the strategy "look at the picture". The kiddos are amazed that they can "read" the book. Later in the year, we use them for main idea. Main idea is a scary topic for firsties, but put a wordless picture book in their hands and suddenly they can tell you what it's all about. Even if you don't care for Zoom, try to work wordless picture books into your units, you will be surprised how helpful they are.
Here is a child playing with a town.
Wait, that's just a picture on a magazine.
And that boy, holding the magazine, is on a cruise ship. That cruise ship is an ad on the side of a bus.
The book continues to "zoom out" farther and farther. Nothing is as it seems.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Even though I love everything to be neat and organized and perfect, there is something busy and imperfect about David Catrow's illustrations that I just love!
Alex is at it again! Instead of an iguana, he would like a new room. He is sick of sharing a room with his little brother and would like a place to call his own. He writes letters to his mom and dad trying to convince them that he needs a new room. They always have a come back for his creative ploys. This book is a great way to introduce the concept of persuasion. It is so hard for my little firsties to understand persuasion, but books like I Wanna Iguana and I Wanna New Room help them grasp it a little bit more.