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Monday, August 4, 2014

Back To School Sale and Insanity!

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

Monday Made It With A Freebie!

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

Book Talk Tuesday

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

My Monday Made It Is Better Than Your Monday Made It

My Monday Made It Is Better Than Your Monday Made It
Wyatt 7/2/14 @ 4:53 p.m. 
7lbs. 6oz. and 20 inches long

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday!

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.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Smorgasbord!

Still no baby!  I go back to the doctor tomorrow and we will figure out what the plan is.

We have been working like crazy getting things done around the house this week.  Hubster is also on his summer break so we always use this time to get caught up.  We even got the garage cleaned up the other day.

I trimmed trees yesterday morning by the barn and the little kittens discovered a new playground.  That would be a kitten on the roof of the barn!  I thought maybe they were stuck up there, but the mom has been going up and down and I have seen a few kittens come down so I think they are fine.  They certainly found a cool and shady spot to play.

I have a fabulous teammate!  We normally print the picture dictionaries for writing each month and pass them out to the kiddos.  Well, she decided to print them, put them in page protectors, and put them right in their writing folder this year.  And the best part...she offered to do mine for me too!

We have started using Engage NY for math and it requires a trillion copies!  It is free online or you can buy workbooks that have everything printed.  The district, hears "free", and assumes it costs less to copy than to buy.  Who know what the cost difference is, but I know the amount of time it takes!  Not to mention the fact that our copiers never work.  The district is in the process of replacing all of the copiers, but of course we are at the bottom of the list and won't see them until some time in 2015.  Our principal heard our frustration and made a phone call to the district's copy center.  They made all of our copies, and are sitting in 95 boxes waiting for us.  I consider it a going away present from him to us. (He is retiring next week.)

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