Friday, January 16, 2015

Just Clip It!

Beginning letter sounds and fine motor skills are just something that it seems I always revisit with teaching Kindergarten.  I wanted to create something that would focus on both and also be flexible to be used by students independently and in small groups or for RTI purposes. 

Are your kiddos needing this kind of practice? Check it out in my TpT Store today!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Integrating Penguins

Penguins are always a fascinating animal that the kids enjoy learning about.  They just get so excited!! I mean think about it, how often do they get to see penguins in real life? Maybe at the zoo…maybe.  Other than that, it's like they are some sort of mystical animal that is funny in a movies! :)

The winter time is a fun time of learning about arctic animals and the penguin sits at the top of our list every year.

Here is a peek at how we integrate it throughout our curriculum. 

Want to know about more Arctic animal fun? Head over the Primary Powers blog!

Tomorrow is Friday! I'm catching up on The Bachelor. It's going to be a crazy season, ya'll!! Have a wonderful night!!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Staying Organized

We are almost half way through the month.  A common resolution for the year is always to get organized in one way or another. Maybe it's your classroom, your closet, your bedroom, the garage, or your mail pile--being organized just makes us all feel better!

But staying organized…that's when it gets tough.  I get busy or overwhelmed with something else so I end up ignoring the growing "to file pile" in my classroom.

You get it, right?

I want to share some tips to help you STAY organized in your classroom.

That's right.  Give every item a home.  If you don't have a home for it, get rid of it.  Can't find a place to  store it? Chunk it. Less is more. 

Here is a picture from above my cabinets. Everything had a home. If I didn't have anymore room in the tub for an item that went there, I either chunked it or something else. 

What's in that tub? Can't remember? Can't remember where the home is for that item? Label it.  One of my favorite things to do is put things in tubs and label them. 

Here is a picture of my cabinets in my classroom with everything labeled, even inside the cabinets. 

You organize and try to stay that way to simplify your life, right? Simplify your things, too.   Otherwise we become overwhelmed when we makes things too complicated. We have all been there! (See my One Word Resolution post.)

Create a system and stick to it! The process needs to remain simple. Maybe every Friday you file your "To File Pile", or you always make the copies for the following week on Thursday to help stay ahead and well planned. When you add something, you take something out maybe.  In order for something to stay, something must go.  (I have friends who have that system with their closet.) Whatever your system may be that works best for you, try your best to keep it.  Not only does it feel good to check things off of the "To-Do" list, but you also will feel better because you will remain organized! 

What are YOUR tips and tricks for staying organized? I'd love to hear them!  

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Monday, December 29, 2014

One Word Resolution

I'm linking up with Primary Powers today to share my One Word Resolution.


That's what I want to do this year and in all aspects of my life. 

Blogging. My home. Cooking meals. Spending time with others. 

I tend to stress out about silly little things and if I could just simplify them, they wouldn't be that big of a deal. There is no reason that my blog post has to be extreme.  There is no reason that I have to have all of the clothes, home decor items, or "things" that I do have.  Get rid of "stuff".  There is no reason we can't eat the same 5 meals every week until we are tired of them.  There is no reason that when people come over I have to have a spotless home and dessert made when I could be spending time with everyone instead. 

Simplifying my life is my resolution.  Less stress makes for a happier mommy and wife! 

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Giving the Gift of Time and a FREEBIE

Sometimes gift giving can be a TOTAL blast--you know what you want to give the person, you remember something they mentioned ages ago and you can't wait to see their face when they open the gift, you know for a fact you picked out the perfect gift because let's be honest, you really want to keep it for yourself!!!!

But this isn't always the case.

Sometimes gift giving can be stressful.  They already have everything they want, when they need something they just go out and buy it, or you know they'll like another shirt but you don't want to go buy them another shirt because they have a zillion it seems!

I decided this year that giving people the gift of time was just perfect.  It's something they will love and it's something I can give to them for free.

We decided that we were going to give some of the families that we love and cherish a free night of babysitting.

Investing in their marriage by giving them time together is important to us.  Sometimes finding that time, or making that time is tough.  No excuses now!

Click the image above to grab your printable FREE!

Need other gift ideas for friends and neighbors? Take a peek at last year's gifts HERE.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

A Little Christmas Home Tour

Hi there. I love decorating my home.  If I had all the money in the world, I'd probably pay Joanna Gaines to come decorate my home…that and just adopt all the babies who need a family!

I thought I'd share a little bit of Christmas in my home.  First let me begin by saying that my house is a wreck as we recently painted and I'm taking my time in placing things on the walls. Some things have found a home and others have not.  I have decided to just let it go.  Spending time with my little guy is just more important right now. 

On to some pictures of my favorite spaces…  

I love, love, love getting mail this time of year! I look forward to opening Christmas cards! Every year I save the cards and this year I finally got around to putting them on a ring.  I simply tied some ribbon on the ring to jazz it up!

This is an old window screen that my hubs and I got the first year we were married at an old antique mall.  It has moved homes with us and has held many banners for baby showers and wedding showers in our home. This year I quickly ran to Target after seeing Abby's garland on her mantel to get some for our home! Love it! 
 These gold reindeer…I got them as a gift from someone about 8 years ago.  Gold was not very snazzy at that time in home decor, but I saved them and I'm so glad I did!
 Our sweet little tree was my husband's when he was a bachelor.  I think this is the year I will run out on December 26th and try to find a taller tree on sale.

This ornament is one of my favorites. :)
The nativity.  It's just my favorite.  My dad and brother made my stable and grandmother-in-law gave me all of the pieces one year for Christmas.  Isn't this what Christmas is all about? That tiny baby who came just changed the world.
Merry Christmas, sweet friends!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Let's Chat About Christmas

I'm linking up with Abby over at The Inspired Apple.  (If you guys haven't checked out her new blog design, you are missing out. It's totally presh!)

Anyway, we are talking Christmas today!

Head on over and join the fun! It's a quick and easy!! :)  
Merry Christmas!!

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