October 7, 2015

Winner Wednesday

I am linking up with A Dab of Glue Will Do for Winner Wednesday!
Unfortunately, I do not have any authentic pictures of this resource being used yet!
This product includes graphic organizers for all of the reading skills we teach from Reading Street in first grade.
-story elements
-story structure
-cause and effect
-main idea
-sequence 
-compare and contrast
-drawing conclusions
and more!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

September 6, 2015

Back To School Linky

Even though I've been back for four weeks already, this looked like a fun link up to join! It actually won't let me link up, but... check out the original post at The Primary Pack!


September 5, 2015

Currently: September

I'm a little behind, seeing as it is now the 5th of September... but I am excited to link up with Oh Boy Fourth Grade for Currently September.

Is this supposed to be about school? Somehow it ended up being all about college football.



I created some cooperative learning mats:

I think this one might be my favorite even though it doesn't match my room.

I feel like everyone is just now starting back to school, but we have been in full swing for 4 weeks! Thank goodness for a long weekend! :)
Happy Labor Day Weekend, y'all!
Enjoy the first Saturday of college football season!!!





August 21, 2015

Five For Friday

Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. 
Read (or skip) to the end for my "big news!"

1.
I have linked up with anyone in quite a while since I have been so busy with back to school stuff, so I am going to include this link up as one of my 5 things! :) I really don't know how teachers are still blogging, scoping, creating while going back to school! I feel like I "quit" everything else and just went full-force into school mode.

2.
This was our second week of school! I am loving getting to know my new babes! However, I forget how hard/exhausting/crazy the beginning of the year is! They come in acting like they have never had to follow a rule before in their lives! HAHA! They are so sweet though, and I am looking forward to a great year!
3.
One of my teammates asked me to create a "babysitter info" page for her since she has a baby at home. This is what I have so far. Suggestions?

It's hard to know what to include when I don't have kids myself! She told me what information she was interested in.

4.
My teammates and I are getting along so well! It has been such a joy to work with them so far, and I can't wait to grow closer to them as friends and coworkers. Working with positive people makes school such a happier place to be! :)

5.
My big news is that I typed up all our first grade sight words for my word wall. They match my blog because after Blogs Fit for a Queen designed my blog, I became obsessed. My whole room actually matched my blog now, too!!! (Am I crazy?!)



So they are now in my store! I figure this will be a useful resource! I am happy to customize them to fit other color schemes as well! :)


August 15, 2015

First Week of School

I can't believe summer has already come and gone, and we have had a full week of school! My lack of posting is definitely due to my lack of free time now that I'm back in the swing of things! Probably won't be blogging too often during the year since the majority of my time will be spent with my new babies! And when I'm not at school, I have to pay extra special attention to my puppy who is feeling neglected and my husband who probably feels the same way!

 Although I took pictures of all my students, I don't have any of their work, etc. So I will leave you with a picture of my word wall. I think it's my favorite part of my new classroom. Can't wait to put it to use!



I am excited to be back in school loving on 1st graders, but boy am I exhausted after this first week!! 

Have you started back? What is your favorite part of your classroom this year?

August 2, 2015

Currently {August}

Sorry I have been MIA lately! I was at the beach with the in-laws and didn't have time to blog or work on school stuff. I go back TOMORROW, so I was a little nervous that I would be stressed the whole time I was at the beach... but thankfully there's something about the ocean that is even relaxing enough to destress the week before BTS!

Now the stressing begins! I feel like I still have SO much to do! Thankfully I have until Thursday before Meet & Greet, but I won't have a whole lot of time to work in my room. It will get done (at least that's what I'm telling myself)!

What better way to get back into blogging than by linking up with Farley for Currently August.


Time to get to work on the things I can do from home... a.k.a. sorting through all the TpT items I've bought and deciding what needs to be printed ASAP! :)

July 23, 2015

Flipping for First's Giveaway

It's Day 4 of the giveaway over at Flipping for First, which means that one of my items is being given away! 

Go check it out!!!
There are tons of great items to win!

July 20, 2015

NEW BLOG DESIGN (and a puppy pic)!

GUYSSSS!!!!
I don't have much to say, but...................
MY BLOG DESING IS FINISHED, and I couldn't be more excited! Let me know what y'all think! :)

Also, check out Flipping for First for her Vacation Giveaway all week!!! My item/store credit will be available on Days 4 and 5, so keep checking back!

Today Neely went to the school with me for the first time. My classroom is finally ready for me to set up, but little miss was TERRIFIED of the sound of furniture dragging being gently moved across the floor... so needless today, I got hardly anything accomplished.


July 18, 2015

Flipping For First Giveaway

I am excited about this! Heidi over at Flipping for First is having a vacation giveaway starting Monday. She will be giving away awesome products each day, so be sure to check it out! My item will be available on Day 4, and credit to my store will be available on Day 5.

July 17, 2015

Five for Friday

Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you go here and link your blog post up at the bottom of the post in the linky tool. Grab the button above and link back on your blog.

I am in the process of getting my new blog design! I cannot wait for it to be installed! I have seen the proof, and it is PERFECT for me! :) I LOVE IT and hope you all do too! Check back soon to see it!!!

I finally went back into my classroom this week- there is so much to do! Since I am moving rooms, I have to redo all the bulletin boards and everything. Our furniture hasn't been cleaned yet, so since I couldn't arrange it, I just spent a lot of time making BTS copies with on of my teacher besties! Can't wait to get my room done!!!

Today we had a first grade planning party and a team member's new, beautiful house! We got to meet our new team member- we actually have a few additions to our team, but the other ones we already knew! In my opinion, we have a pretty great team of first grade teachers! :) I'm excited to work with everyone!

Our puppy is getting so big, and it is making me so sad!

I am excited to be making new bloggy (bloggie?) friends! Can't wait to start collaborating with new people like Mrs. Moore.

Teaching in Bows, Pearls, and Glitter
Be sure to check out her blog!

When do you go back to school? When can you get in your rooms (I know a lot of you already can!)?



July 15, 2015

New Product!

I have a new product for sale on TpT, and I am excited about this one! It is graphic organizers that can be used with a bunch of the first grade reading skills that I teach! It includes graphic organizers for:
-character, setting, plot
-main idea & details
-sequence
-compare and contrast
-questioning
-cause & effect
-drawing conclusions/inference

I hope that you will check it out! :)

I have finally joined bloglovin... :)

<a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14247185/?claim=w3e9v8e3tmp">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

I decided it was probably time to link my blog to my bloglovin' account since I have been following a lot of blogs on there. Maybe now I can gain some followers too! I've got to figure this whole thing out... Thanks for bearing with me while I do! A new post to come later about a new product I have on TpT!

July 14, 2015

Two Link-Ups, One Post

FIRST:

I am linking up with Chalk One Up for the Teacher for 2 For Tuesday!

I have decided to join in on all the fun over at Sun, Sand, & Second Grade and offer these 2 for Tuesday items FREE for an hour, and then discounted the rest of the day. If you download them, please leave some love! :) 
(I am not actually participating in her fun freebie game, but I wish I had known about it ahead of time and I would have!) 

*** Ahhh! For some reason Blogger will not let me upload pictures right now. So I will just post the links and come back and make it prettier later. :( ***

My first item is for SRSD Opinion Writing. Our school adopted SRSD as our writing program last year, so I made some resources to go with it! We use TREE as our acronym for opinion writing- this product includes graphic organizers and a rubric.

My second item is a main idea product that I used with Reading Street's "Get the Egg," but it could be used with any bird/rooster themed story! It includes a "main idea nest" with "detail eggs" and some items that I used to make sentence strip headbands- a "main idea rooster" with "detail eggs."  It turned out pretty cute when the students wore them all day!

SECOND:

I am linking up with I Heart Grade 3 for The Best Trip of My Life.

Again, this is going to be boring without pictures... I apologize!

Also, it's hard to pick a favorite trip for me! It depends on the "kind" of trip I'm picking.

For example, the trip that changed me the most as a person and was an incredible experience was my trip to Zimbabwe with YoungLife where I got to train YoungLife leaders and love on kiddos. We did home stays with the leaders there, and I always say that if I had known what I was getting into I probably would not have gone. I am SO thankful I didn't know, so that I did go! Haha It was truly a life-changing experience to get to live like they did for a few days. We stayed in big homes, small homes, and huts that you could barely call "homes" where you had to travel nearly a mile to find the nearest creek to gather water. A humbling experience for sure. God worked in my heart a lot on that trip, and I can't wait to hopefully go back some day!

My favorite childhood trip would have to be my trip to the Atlantis in the Bahamas for work with my dad when I was about 8. I just remember having SO. MUCH. FUN!

I took a "Battlefields of Europe" trip when I graduated high school. I think I would appreciate it so much more if I could go back now. It was so surreal to be in those places that I had only heard about. I feel like before I saw these places in person and learned more about the history it all just seemed like a story. It makes it seem like more than just a story when you see the graves, the museums, the beaches.  Normandy was my favorite place that we visited on that trip. It was absolutely beautiful, which made it hard to imagine that it was the same place that Saving Private Ryan took place! I felt like that was where it really sunk in that all of those things really did happen- I was a pretty naive high schooler! :)

Lastly, I also LOVED taking my first real trip with my husband! We waited for 7 months until school was out to go on our honeymoon, so the only real place we had traveled together for our mini-moon was Asheville. It was SO nice to get away with him for a week in paradise (Dominican Republic) and not have to think about school at all. Plus the fact that people were brining us pizza and drinks in coconuts on the beach wasn't too bad either! :)

I love traveling and can't wait to do more of it! :)

July 12, 2015

Collaborating in Kinder

Through one of the TpT facebook pages, I was connected with Natalie at Collaborating in Kinder. She was looking for someone to edit this resource for her. You HAVE to check it out! It is adorable! She wrote the story herself about these super cute little monsters who all wanted to be alike, but one by one they started to realize it was okay to be different! What a great little lesson! :) AND it comes with SO many activities and resources about colors, color words, graphing, and more! It is seriously the cutest!


You can read more about it on her post!



Go get it!

July 11, 2015

Follow Frenzy

I've recently started a lot of new blogs, instagrams, facebook pages, and tpt stores thanks to the #tptsellerchallenge! Here are some blogs I have been exploring:
Moore to Learn (a fellow TN teacher!)

and I also have to give a shoutout to The Tennessee Classroom, a dear friend that I was already following! Even though we never see each other anymore (we were in all our college education classes together), I still feel like we are in this together! :)

Check out these blogs!

July 10, 2015

Five for Friday



1. My classroom is not yet ready for me to get into, so I went to help one of my best friends get her room ready yesterday. Her classroom has a camping theme (SO CUTE!), so I made a tree out of butcher paper, sorted through her pencil holders that are made out of tree limbs, cleaned out under the sink (yuck!), and organized her library. It's hard to tell other people what you need done in your classroom since you have certain expectations, so it's great to have teacher friends who understand your need for perfection. It made me really excited to get back into my own classroom! I hope it's ready soon!

2. We had a Hawaiian themed couples' small group last night. The idea stemmed from my husband's collection of Hawaiian shirts (WHY?).

3. I went to one of my former student's swim meets and took the pup. (She is one of those students that you wish you could have 20 of in your classroom! So precious and so helpful!)
(Thanks to Polka Dots Please for the clip art.)

4. We went to the lake with my dad and sister, their two dogs, and our pup. The older dogs were so annoyed with Neely. She did not understand that they did not want to play constantly.

5. I FINALLY started a facebook page for my "store." Please check it out if you are interested! I have a feeling it will take a while to gain "likers," but this whole process is a slow one... So I will be patient!

July 8, 2015

Make Your Masterpiece #tptsellerchallenge

FINALLY finished with my "Masterpiece!"
Since I am still pretty new to this, I am not sure how great this will be compared to everyone else's masterpieces... but I am pretty excited to share it! I hope you all enjoy it, too! :)
This includes resources for a questioning lesson. It has mustache "props," bookmarks, a page to place sticky notes with before, during, and after questions while reading, and a question sort for "good reader" questions vs. "needs improvement" questions. You could also have your students make the "needs improvement" questions into new "good reader" questions. I would love to see how you all use this in your classrooms! 

Thanks to my partner for looking over this product and noticing that some of it could be made more printer friendly! And thanks to this challenge for making me be creative and come up with a product quickly! :)

July 7, 2015

2 for Tuesday

I am linking up with Chalk One Up for the Teacher for my very first 2 for Tuesday

My two products that I am going to showcase are my TpT Seller Challenge Masterpiece (20% off until tomorrow!):

and my "Henry and Mudge" cause & effect matching activity (20% off for 24 hours):

Let's unpack "I Mustache You A Question:"
This comes with 

detailed instructions

mustaches to be glued on popsicle sticks as a prop

independent work: write questions on sticky notes while reading,
then place on this page, write answers underneath if they find the answer(s)

bookmarks for asking questions while reading silently

a good questions vs. bad question sort-
students could come up with their own, or sort the ones provided in the product


The Henry and Mudge activity 
goes with the story "Henry and Mudge and Mrs. Hopper's House. This can be used as an individual activity, partner activity, or a center game (laminated for longer use).


July 6, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge: Week 3 "Flash Freebie!"

It's only week 3, and I already felt stumped on this one! Honestly, I didn't know if I was going to get it done in time. I could not think of anything to make. So I started making anchor charts... and eventually I will finish those. But while making anchor charts, I somehow got inspired (to make something completely unrelated). Now I am just waiting on someone to look over it! :) Right now you can get it for FREE while it is being reviewed. It will be free for 24 hours!

It is a lesson focused on asking questions while reading. I made it for my first graders, but it could definitely be used in other grades as well. If you download it, please leave feedback! Enjoy! :)



July 3, 2015

Five for Friday

My first "Five for Friday" link-up! :)

ONE.
"Don't let this picture fool you, we're actually really bad!"
We are puppy-sitting this week, on top of having a new puppy that we own... and oh my goodness, it's almost not nearly as exhausting as teaching, but still wearing me out! They play hard all day long, and I constantly have to break it up for fear of them getting too rough! 

TWO.
Everyone is posting their pictures of Target Dollar Spot finds, but when I went yesterday they were out of everything. :( I will just keep going back and buying more things I don't need! :)

THREE.
Tonight we are going to our neighbor's house for dinner to say goodbye to another neighbor who is moving to Florida.

FOUR.
The power went out as I was typing this, so there was a delay. It gave me something else to say.

FIVE.
I put in a request for a blog design today. I cannot wait to see it once it is done and I finally have a pretty blog!!! :) I wish I didn't have to wait...

July 2, 2015

TV Shows

Linking up with Hailey from The Third Grade Nest for the first link-up that she has hosted!

I have to preface this by saying I hardly ever watch TV during the school year, and during the summer I kind of just watch whatever is on! I definitely don't have ten current shows that I'm watching, so I had to fill in with a few that I have watched on Netflix that I loved!

Some of these are embarrassing and will warrant an explanation! Haha


1. Modern Family- This is the funniest show on TV! I absolutely love it and am pretty sure I've seen every episode. We watch it any time it's on and record it in case we're not home.
2. Scandal- It's actually pretty scandalous, in more ways than one... but I've watched it from the beginning so I can't stop!
3. Pioneer Woman (or anything on Food Network)- To be honest, the hosts of these shows drive me crazy most of the time, but I love getting new recipes!
4. The Voice- I love it, but it's not actually on right now! I don't watch it regularly, but if I see that it's on... I do! (My husband used to work night shift, up until about a month ago, so I had to watch happy/not scary shows when he was gone!)
America's Got Talent- It's entertaining!
5. Chrisley Knows Best- I'm so embarrassed to admit that I watch this, but my mom told me how funny it was... When we were on our honeymoon, there were only a few channels in English. One day when it rained all day, there was a marathon of this show on... We got hooked. It's so dumb, but so funny.
6. The Tonight Show- I LOVE JIMMY FALLON, but I am hardly ever awake past 10!
7. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives- Like I said, I love Food Network these days, and this is one that my husband will watch with me!

***These last three are not currently on TV:***

8. Parenthood- If you haven't watched this, WATCH IT. NOW. And have tissues on hand for every episode (or maybe that's just me). 
9. Hart of Dixie- This is one that I watched while Dane was working nights because it was light and funny. It's silly, but I ended up liking it!
10. One Tree Hill- Okay, this is so middle/high school... but I watched it from the day it premiered. It will always hold a special place in my heart! 

July 1, 2015

currently

I am so excited to link up with Oh Boy Fourth Grade for my first ever CURRENTLY post!


Listening: I am currently listening to Guy Fieri talk about Arizona BBQ on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" and the puppies (we just got a puppy and are currently puppy-sitting for a friend) chew rawhides, while my husband is researching the new Nike UT Gear (we already watched the hour-long reveal, that was enough for me but not him). 

Loving: I will always love me some summer time. Although I do think year round school would be beneficial for the kiddos, I am (secretly) thankful that the superintendent voted it down. I need this time to regroup, reenergize, revamp, and RELAX.

Thinking: Since I am participating in the TpT Seller Challenge, I am frantically trying to think of what my masterpiece is going to be! I am so intimidated by all these people that have already finished theirs or have been working on it for months... YIKES! I need some inspiration (that should've been my "needing!").

Wanting: I am currently always wanting ice cream, BUT...

Needing: ... I need to eat something healthy (like a piece of lettuce) because my husband and I have eaten out the past THREE meals! So, I'm also needing to go to the grocery store! (I need a lot of things!!!)

All-Star: It's hard for me to think of things that I am good at doing, and especially hard to post it somewhere! I wanted to put "puppy mom" because I feel like we're doing a pretty good job of training this precious girl:

She looks sad because her mommy was out of town.
She's spoiled rotten, I promise. Honestly... she doesn't know
how good she has it! Summer is the perfect time to get a puppy!
  
but I don't know if I'm quite at all-star level yet since she's still going potty in the house... so I asked my husband what I'm good at doing and he said being sweet... 

There ya have it! My first currently!


Charlottes Web Giveaway

I can't pass up a chance to win an entire TpT store! I have hardly even had time to check it out, but it looks awesome! 

Go enter for yourself!

June 28, 2015

Advice to First Year Teachers

As I was commenting on this blog post by Teaching with Crayons and Curls, I began typing a novel... so I decided I should just link-up and do a post myself! A lot of my advice is similar to hers, but I will try to elaborate differently!


I am not too far removed from my first year... last year was my second year, so I am nowhere close to knowing everything... but I also remember exactly how that first year felt. I don't want to scare any of you who are in your first year, but I want you to take comfort in knowing that you are not alone if you feel like you are treading water, on the verge of drowning, all. year. long. Also, take comfort in knowing that the second year is so much easier! [Side note: my second year was REALLY hard because I had a lot students with specific needs and behavior issues like crazy, but the teaching aspect was easier!]


The DOs:

1. Do know that it is perfectly fine to borrow things and steal ideas from your teammates, friends, mentors, etc. Teachers that have been teaching for years do this too! It makes your life so much easier if you have people to help you think, plan, and create! However, my first year, I didn't have much to give... I just did a lot of taking (and that's okay!). You can make up for it later! :)

2. Do save (almost) everything you use! Start getting organized! [I hate file folders, so I am switching all my files to binders this year.] You will reuse a lot- even if you don't want to do the exact same thing, you can use the same ideas or revamp prior activities. It is always good to have something to fall back on just in case you are pressed for time!

3. Do stay positive! This is important. It is really hard to be around negativity in the workplace because it brings others down too. You don't want to be the one causing other teachers to get frustrated, and your kids will definitely catch on if you're not enjoying what you do! 

The DON'Ts:

1. Don't compare yourself to other teachers (this is for any year teacher... and really a rule that girls should live by in general: don't compare yourself to others). It's so hard to see other teachers putting up outstanding, super cutesy student-work in the hall when your kids' work that day looks like you came up with it on the fly (and maybe you did). Obviously teachers that have been teaching for longer are going to have more ideas. You can learn from them! And if this year you did a boring worksheet on contractions, next year you can improve that to sentence strips and macaroni noodles, and the next year make it even cuter! CUTE is not as important as it seems. Trust me, I know that it is hard to have your students' work hanging in the hall next to SUPER TEACHER's work... but that's just it! If it's over-the-top cute, the teacher most likely put in most of the work. My first year, the students' work was for practicality. It helped them practice the skill. Last year, I added some "cuteness" and made it more student-centered. This coming year, I already have most of my ideas for what I want the students to be doing... so I have spent the summer downloading some cute clipart and fonts to spruce these items up. The cute will come later! Teaching styles are different, and that's okay too! You might not teach the same way that your neighbor or your mentor does... don't get discouraged! Find someone you plan well with, use their ideas combined with your ideas, and do what your kiddos need!

2. Don't let it take over your life. It is scarily easy to let your job take over every aspect of your life. Sometimes you will feel like you eat, breathe, sleep school. You need to set limits for yourself. Make yourself leave school at a certain time each day so that you still have time for your family. If you like to take your work home with you (I do), set a time that you have to stop working no matter what. Make one day your "stay late day" to get things done, but don't stay late any other day. Now, with that being said, there are weeks (first week of school, special school events, etc.) that you might have to stay late more than once or stay past your set time to leave. Overall though, you have to make boundaries for yourself or you will live at the school and have no life outside of it.

Advice:

LOVE YOUR BABIES! Your first class will always have a special place in your heart. Even if you feel like you haven't taught them a thing all year, they will remember how you treated them. Teach them love!

June 26, 2015

...dreams...

Linking up with Third in Hollywood for
TpT Seller Challenge Week 2

I'm a little apprehensive about posting my dreams for a store that is just getting started and really hasn't taken off at all. I realize that perhaps it never will, which is fine, because it is just a place to put the products that I'm creating for my own kiddos... and since I've already created them (or will create them in the future), why not share with others?! Especially now that I am finally learning the ropes. Hopefully people will be able to enjoy these products! :)

This blog is also definitely a work in progress, so maybe my first dream for my TpT store should be to make enough to buy a blog design instead of trying to design it on my own. :) This will do for now!

  • My long-term dream would be to be able to stay at home with my (future) children while they are young. Although I absolutely love teaching, it does take at least 110% of my energy and "giving-ability," so it would be nice to have a little more of me to go around when I have kids of my own to pour into! Oh, and I'll need a few extra doses of patience then, too!
  • It would also be wonderful to have enough extra money lying around to help people in some way. I'm not sure what that would look like. The Lord will have to guide me in that... maybe giving to local missions, maybe having a large enough house to let people stay with us when in need, maybe providing meals for those less fortunate... The possibilities are endless (and really get me excited!). 
  • I would LOVE to be able to travel with my husband. I've done my fair share of traveling as a kid with my dad on business trips, was lucky enough to travel around Europe when I graduated high school, got to travel some with Young Life (Colorado, Oregon, ZIMBABWE), and finally went on a lovely honeymoon when school got out this year... BUT I have yet to get to travel with my husband (besides our honeymoon and small day trips), so I would love to get to explore the world with him!
OH and of course I would like to be able to purchase everything I need (okay, want) for my classroom! Including iPads for every student! :)



A girl can dream... RIGHT?!