Saturday, September 2, 2017

1 Small Change and 1 Huge Transformation

I'm excited to show you some more great pictures of my classroom. As I've said before, I moved from Kindergarten to First grade this year.... which means a new room. I was super excited that Carson Dellosa had sent this amazing pack of goodies at the end of the school year:

I have used it to create some of my favorite bulletin boards ever. These are super eye-appealing and functional as well. Check out this beautiful-ness:

Please just ignore the LARGE and IN CHARGE A/C unit... ugh

I have other little touches here and there from the Aim High line that Carson Dellosa released.

But my favorite part of my room? Is my desk this year!!!!

This was a shot from my 'set-up' phase this summer... But seriously, I love this! And I have SOOOO much stuff under it that I didn't have a spot to store anywhere else in my room. I will be sharing a video tour of my room in the coming week where you can see it all!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Oh wow! Let's see a show of hands if you watched the solar eclipse yesterday! Oh man, was it awesome or what?!

I actually took the day off to go see it in the totality zone. Yes, I made sure my students were in the very best hands possible. Here are some awesome pictures from where we were at:

I loved the display at the Walmart we were at. Can you see the 'solar eclipse' in the boxes? They even made a solar eclipse in the corner!!

This was our setup for the day. It was perfect and we were surrounded by the nicest people!

My kids loved checking it out all day :)

Back at school I left lots of fun activities. One of them was to have the kids draw and write about the solar eclipse after they went outside. My students love drawing and writing so it was definitely a hit. How adorable are these pictures?!

(This was definitely my favorite representation of the eclipse!)

What did you do with your kids yesterday?

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Monday, July 10, 2017

New Room Sneak Peek!

I have been in my room only a few times this summer. Mostly I've been cleaning out and reorganizing what was left. Today I finally started putting away my own things.. and I think I'll be cleaning out more of that too! It's crazy how much I have accumulated over the last 10 years!

I'm really excited about my new theme for this year. If you follow me on Facebook you already got the sneak peek before anyone else. Follow me here to keep up to date!

As a Carson-Dellosa ambassador I get to try out some of their goodies early and goodness I am in L-O-V-E with their new line! Check out these amazing goodies:

Click the picture and it takes you straight to this gorgeous collection on their site. The collection is called Aim High.. it's perfect for the Growth Mindset philosophy.

The only thing I didn't have was the border. My new classroom has a HUGE bulletin board so I swung by the local School Box and grabbed two packs..... and a few other essentials that I can't wait to show you. But seriously, check out this border:

How beautiful is that?! It's a coral red, mint, gold, black, and white. I am going to have SO much fun decorating with these beautiful colors! Have you picked your theme for this year yet?

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Need Motivation?

Somehow we are halfway through summer... I'm not quite sure how that happened. Seriously!

I've wound down with my Specialist program this summer and am excited about several of the things that I've been working on and can't wait to show you!

One thing I have been working on that I can show you now is this cute shirt for our Fitness for Teachers group! Come join us and get a jump on your fitness goals! We are a strictly no advertising group- motivation, advice, and questions answered by other teachers.

Click the picture to grab your own :)

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

It's Finally Here!!

Oh my goodness... sometimes y'all I think May is the longest month in the entire year. It just seems to stretch out and the to-do list gets longer and longer. Thankfully we have finally reached summer vacation.

**For my teacher friends who haven't yet, hang in there!! **

I'm excited with all the adventures that we have planned for our kids this summer. Camps, new experiences, and lots of memories to be made!

On top of that we already kicked off the fun...

A little shopping at Barnes and Noble had me eyeing some of the cutest little stuffed creatures!

I'm working hard at losing weight that I've put on. It's so darn hard to get it off once it's on! But I'm going to work at it day by day. Here's hoping my clothes fit a little looser by August. 

(Btw... I have no idea where Country Club Estates is at... but apparently my app thinks I live near it)

If you need any motivation this summer, come check out my Fitness for Teachers facebook page for motivation! It's a completely no-advertising kind of place.

What are you doing this summer? Leave a comment below and let's catch up!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Goodies!

About a year ago, I was excited to become an ambassador with Carson Dellosa. They have such amazing things for teachers! I feel honored to be able to get to try things out as a real teacher and give feedback. Usually my teammates like to try things out too ;)

This last time they sent me this amazing Instant Assessment book that is perfect for all grade levels. They have it broken down by grade levels so it's perfect to have on hand. I've used several of the assessments for letter recognition and beginning sounds. They have been super informative!

(Click the picture to check it out on their site.)

They also sent me this adorable bulletin board set:

(Click the picture to check it out on their site.)

This set is adorable and I plan to put it up in the fall. I have to be honest... I didn't know that the Growth Mindset was a thing. I am apparently behind the times on it. Thank you Carson Dellosa for helping me learn something new! I have since looked it up on Pinterest and have been reading up on it quite a bit. This will definitely be going up in my classroom in the fall. 

I can't wait to see what I get to review next for you all!

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Favorite Chrome App EVER!

Backstory: 4 years ago I left my district near Metro-Atlanta and started teaching closer to my home. I love the school and the community. It was definitely the best move ever for me and my family!

The only teeny tiny downside was that ALL of my files were on Dropbox which is completely and totally blocked at my new district. My new district is a Google Education county. I've loved using Google Drive but I haven't figured out how to move my files. So, instead, I've slowly moved some things over during the past few years usually emailing them to myself or putting on a jump drive... very tedious.

In order to find a solution to my problem, I did what anyone else in my position would do: turned to Google!

I was so, so happy to find that someone else out there has felt the need to create a way to transfer lots of files at one time. Enter:

Through my Chrome tools, I went to the Web Store and searched for the app, set it up in about 10 minutes, and voila! Everything has transferred. So stinking happy!!!

I seriously have tons of files that add up to a LOT of memory and it has transferred it all. You can link different accounts, have them sync one way or both, and even transfer or backup files. My main focus was simply to have my Drop Box files moved to my Google Drive. (Changing grade levels for next year.. but more on that later! Suffice it to say, I need those files NOW!) Cloud HG will also link Evernote, Gmail, Calendars, and Share Point. Plus if you are a business, it can handle all the memory usuage that you can throw at it. It's brilliant!!

This is definitely on the top of my favorite Chrome app list!!

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It's not over yet....

Teacher appreciation isn't over just yet! TPT is continuing the fun with a sale tomorrow and Wednesday. Click on over to start filling up your cart!

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Winners

I hope everyone had an amazing week being treated like Kings and Queens by your students. I am excited to pick the winners of our grab bag winners. I will be e-mailing these winners asap!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

You are one smart cookie! Teacher Appreciation Week Day 4

My kiddos are really loving showering their teachers will little treats. This one is perfect to sweeten the day!

You can click the picture to grab the cute printable. They come 4 to a page and are super quick and easy to cut out. 

Plus, don't forget to enter the giveaway for a grab bag of resources. I'll be picking 5 winners on Saturday!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week Day 3

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Today's goody was one that was mostly hand crafted. I took this cute, cute polka-dot paper to fold over the top of the zip-loc bags. Then I hand wrote the saying onto my cute labels from earlier this week. My kiddos were excited to deliver them today!

Don't forget to enter to win a grab bag of goodies!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week Day 2: Ideas, Freebies, and Giveaway

Oh gosh! Day 2 is already to go and the teachers LOVED them! This is another freebie I found and printed. I made them literally in about 10 minutes this morning while waiting for my coffee to brew. The best thing is that it's totally editable! You can click on the picture below to grab the freebie for your own and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week: Ideas and giveaway

Welcome to May! Can you believe how fast this year has been going? It's already May and we are counting down to the end of the year.... 16 days left! We are in full swing with our Alphabet countdown and loving every day of it!

With May, most schools celebrate Teacher Appreciation day. I have scoured the internet looking for ideas that are cute, fun, and not super expensive. Between my 2 kiddos, I have 6 teachers to do gifts for and I love doing little gifts each day of the week.

I could show it earlier because several of their teachers read my blog :)

Here's what I got for the first day:

I found the cute little tags at Michael's last year. But the adorable circle was a free printable from another page. Click the picture to grab your own!

The end result is adorable, easy, and definitely appreciated by the teachers!

You can check out my Pinterest page for more awesome ideas! 
Also, in the spirit of Teacher Appreciation, I want to show my appreciation to you! I know many of us have hit that 'what am I teaching next year' time of the year. So, I would love to send out some great new resources to people. Enter below and I will pick a winner and announce on Saturday morning!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Real Leprechaun Gold!

Lately I've seen the image floating around of the Wilton gold spray that is edible. Have you seen it? It looks a little like this:

It's an image that pops up on Facebook and on Pinterest... BUT I have yet to see anyone do it or hear feedback. So I am here to try it out for you! 

I bought one can and a container of Oreos. I plan on my Leprechaun bringing enough for my class to have 1 each as a treat. Our little green man leaves treats outside his door. You can see more about the door I use over at Simply Kinder.

To make my Oreos, I laid out a sheet of wax paper and laid my Oreos out in one layer. This way I could spray one side and then the other side.

After covering one side in the spray, I let them dry and flipped them over and sprayed the other side. I did notice that the spray dried faster on food than on the wax paper so I moved them to a new sheet of wax paper for the coat on the other side.

Super simple and sweet!
 Plus, how fun would this be to make pirate treasure! I'm thinking next year that I need to make pirate treasure for my addition unit when I use Harry Kindergarten's Add (or Subtract) Like A Pirate video.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Do you need another reason?

Do you need another reason to celebrate the TPT sale? Well.... how about a giveaway to go along with it? I'm giving away a TPT gift card for someone to use during the sale. How do you enter? Check it out:

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Monday, February 6, 2017

It's coming....

It's here, it's here! My wishlist has been moved over to the shopping cart. Counting down to tomorrow!

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