Monday, September 1, 2014

What's CURRENTLY Going On

I'm linking up with Farley for a little currently fun! It has been quite a while and this is always such a great way to meet other bloggers! 


Most are pretty explanatory, but I will expand more on my 3 trips.

Greece- I always see it in movies and LOVE how beautiful it is! I'm not sure about the weather but I dream that it is perfect!!

The Democratic Republic of Congo- obvious reasons.  I can't wait for our little girl to come home!  (Squeezing this in: Pray for movement in the system, please!!!)

Seattle- Mainly because I LOVE Grey's Anatomy!!!

So that's about it! What's going on with you? Check out the link up for some FUN!! 


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School SALE

I'm popping in to announce the SALE today!!!  My entire store is 20% off! 


Here are some things you may be interested in!





     















Happy Shopping!!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bright Idea for Storing School Supplies

The beginning of the school year is crazy! So much to do. So little time.

Meet the teacher night is always one of the busiest nights!  I've always worked in a Title I school (with the exception of 1 year) and the kids just come and go. New babies to love and care for all the time. Our school becomes a revolving door. Do you know what I mean? Do you work there? It's my favorite kind of school to work in.

And then you have school supplies. They can be so tough to keep up with when the kids move.  Who brought what? What brand did you bring? Did you bring all of the required supplies or just some of them?  If you are like me, you want to send your sweet baby away with EVERYTHING they brought.  After all, you want them to go to their new school and feel like they have everything they need for their fresh little start!

A few years ago a few genius friends shared this idea.

Store each student's supplies in their own baggie. When they move, you just grab their baggie!


It's simple to implement. Here's how we make it work.

At meet the teacher night, the kids are supposed to come with their supplies.  Most of them do just that! I place a gallon ziploc baggie at their assigned seat.  The baggie has their name on it. When the parents and students come in (both during Meet the Teacher and on the First Day), they see a list of things on the board that need to go in the ziploc baggie. They simply fill the the ziploc baggie and close it.  THey leave it on their desks. At the end of the night, or day, I put them away in tubs.



Since I do community supplies, I just pull from bags as supplies are needed.  The best part is that at the end of the year, MOST students go home with almost everything they brought.  I rarely use all that they are required to bring.  We don't use all 25 pencils for each child, nor do we use 3 large erasers per child.  They LOVE getting to take the things home at the end of the year.  It helps moms and dads save some pennies, too! :)


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky

It has been a few years since I have done a little "Meet the Teacher" here on the blog.  I have gained a few followers since then so I thought it was about time!

I'm linking up with Falling Into First to share a little about myself today!



I married my college sweetheart!

Most of you probably already know that I am a new mommy to this cutie!

You have probably seen me write about mission trips. Oh how I'm passionate about missions!

And you probably know that our little girl is "stuck" in the Congo currently. 


 Here are a few more things you may not know about me!


Q& A Session
 
 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

Target. Starbucks. Board Games. My Computer.  My Planner. Cute Sandwhich Shops. Finding "Treasures" at Garage Sales. Reading Blogs. Fixer Upper. 


 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
A Pediatric Dentist. 


THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Sensitive. Empathetic. Competitive. 

 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"It is so easy to keep both my classroom and house clean!"
 

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

Justin Timberlake.  He is hilarious and amazingly talented! 
Oprah.  Only because she would probably show up with lots of gifts. Amen?

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

Treasures, Target, and Jesus.


 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?

I'd love to be able to go invisible instantly.  I'm not a big groups person and I always want to know allll the details.  I could be a "fly on the wall" this way! Nosey Nellie?? Maybe! ;) 


Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

“Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person ever reads.” It gets me every time! 

 

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

First of all, I can't sing well at all.  Only my kindergarten kids think I sing well enough to be the next American Idol! 

But if I had to choose, I would sing "Fancy" by Reba.  No question. 

 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

Morning person by far!! I am much more productive in the morning than I am the evenings.  I fade fast in the evenings and always have! 

 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

I have new favorites all the time! Most recently my "Back to School #selfie".




Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!
 I am THE worst at song lyrics.  Seriously.  I make up words that sound like the real words. My husband always says, "Wait, wait, wait...what did you just say???"  Then I spend the next 5 minutes trying to convince him that my lyrics are better than the real ones! 



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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School #selfie

Hey ya'll! Good morning!! I'm getting in some sweet time blogging while little man is still asleep.  He is growing SO much!! Just LOOK!

Back to school things...I'm so excited to share this little creation! With all the #selfie craziness that there is, I KNEW I wanted to make something that could be used in the classroom during back to school time.

Teaching rules and procedures can get really boring.  You do it once, then again, then again, then again, then you practice one more time.  I do, however, completely agree with taking the time to set these expectations. I just want it to be more fun!

I created some pages that the kids can use to draw a #selfie of them doing the procedure correctly!  Here's a look!






I also created a mini-book that the kids could do individually or a class book that they could all work on together! You can take a closer look, see my other ideas, and peek at what all is included by clicking the picture below! 



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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Preparing for My Long Term Sub and a Giveaway!

As you know by now I am a new mommy to a sweet little guy! When I found out I was pregnant not only did I praise God for the miracle of life he had created, but I also was SO thankful that I wasn't going to have to miss a lot of school.  I like to have control of my classroom (Can I get an "AMEN"?) and letting someone else watch over my babies and be in charge of teaching them wasn't what I really wanted.

I ended up having a FABULOUS sub for 9 days. (9 long days in my mind.)  Preparing for her was tough! She was going to have to go through our Kindergarten Graduation, End of Year Party, Award Ceremony, and deal with crazy end of year behavior on top of all of that.  I knew I had to have it all in place for her.

One of the best tools I created and left for her was my Sub Binder.  (I recently changed it from mint and coral to have a chevron flair, and I love it even more!)

Take a peak!!








Here is the best part of the little update!!



God knew exactly what I needed.  I had my last day with my students and 2 hours later (as I was packing up my classroom) early labor started.  By Sunday night I was at the hospital and our precious Canaan Luke was born!

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