Monday, September 29, 2014

September Favorites (A Monthly Linky Party)

Blogging on a Monday night? What is this world coming to? 

During my very limited downtime from teaching, I have taken a liking to watching YouTube videos. One of the very popular video series is a "monthly favorites" review. I have decided to bridge the gap and bring the monthly favorites party to the teaching blogosphere. 

The concept of the linky party is very simple. At the end of the month, reflect upon your favorite school and home favorites that you couldn't live without. Link up using the monthly graphic provided and share your favorites with others. I know that without my teacher friends I would never have gained an unhealthy and slightly stalkerish obsession with the Target Dollar Spot! Thanks ladies and gents!

Here are my September favorites:


School Favorites

Scholastic is so near and dear to my heart! I could not wait to get the book club up and running in my classroom. When I saw the amazing bonus deals for September I could not wait to hit the ground running! We ended up crushing our $300 goal with less than half of the class ordering! I seriously have the most amazing parents! If you haven't started a book club in your classroom what are you waiting for?

I will be the first to admit, I was a bit skeptical of the write the room idea. Giving children access to roam around the classroom in groups seemed like releasing the floodgates. However, after testing it out in my classroom, I couldn't have been more wrong! Instead of children roaming the room aimlessly, they are 10,000 times more engaged! They are learning to collaborate, be self-sufficient and have fun while learning so much! My kinders have been obsessed with Lori's Write the Room pack. Like we literally have to have this as a center option every day or they will big time pout! If you are looking for a new center activity, Lori's product is where it is at!

This one I can 100% blame on my fellow blogger buddies! We are lovers of all things Scentos in kindergarten! From anchor charts, to correcting papers, to art projects, we cannot get enough! They don't just have markers though! Oh no, they have glitter glue, stamps, and highlighters! I think every child has gone home with 12 dots on his or her nose from smelling the markers since school started! Who can blame them! Those Scentos makers sure know how to make the most amazingly accurate scents! You better hop on this "scent"-sational product train ASAP!

Home Favorites

As a first year teacher, pretty much everything in my life is school related. I do however have a couple of home favorites this month. 

My ultimate September favorite was the premiere of #TGIT on ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder? Could television get any better? I think not! This is the one night a week I will stay up past my "teacher bedtime". Have you tuned in? What were your thoughts? I have been a fan of the two others, but I think Shonda has got a big hit on her hands with How To Get Away With Murder! It was so intriguing!

While curled up on the couch watching #TGIT, I am wearing my second favorite item. Standing up on your feet for 8 hours a day quickly takes a toll on your body. I just love coming home and putting on my fuzzy aloe infused socks to rejuvenate. It makes the endless laminating and cutting a lot more
manageable!

So there you have it, my September favorites in a nutshell. Hopefully I inspired you with a couple new item or two. I can't wait to see what you have to offer up as your favorites! 

Here is the template for the September favorites:

Background by Teresa Lewis
Apple Frame by Loreen Leedy
Doodle Frame by Aim Less Daze
Font by Vanessa Bays

Just edit the template with your favorites and put it in your blog post. Come back here and link up with your blog post. After that, check out some of the other link to find new favorites that might change your teaching for the better! Enjoy!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Kinder Kid Said What? Five for Friday!

I have made it out of the back to school kindergarten abyss alive! Honestly, it has not been anywhere as tiring and stressful as I thought it would be. The only downfall is that there is never enough time in the day and I can never get ahead on anything! This is pretty much the story of my life now! 

http://www.someecards.com/usercards/viewcard/MjAxMi1lMGVmYjM2YmFhYWJhYjc5

This week has been full of assessments, assessments, and more assessments! Since that's not nearly as much fun to share in a Five for Friday post, I thought I would share five of my favorite kid quotes of the week. These kids keep me laughing on an hourly basis and make coming to work so much fun!

Khrys of Keepin' It Kool in Kinderland has this fun linky party going on and I couldn't help but link up! When you combine it with Kacey of Doodle Bugs Teaching, this linky themed post is so much fun! 

http://keepinitkoolinkinderland.blogspot.com/2014/08/kinder-kid-said-whaaat-new-linky.htmlhttp://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2014/09/five-for-friday-linky-party-september_12.html








So seriously though, do kinder kids not say the most adorable things? If this was part of your job, you would absolutely love it too! Go link up with Khrys and Kacey and share your happenings this week. I can't wait to read about your hilarious moments soon!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Show Us What You Bought

Let me break this down for you...

First year teacher + 28% off = excessive TpT spending!

I am not ashamed to admit that I went extremely overboard during this sale. Annnnd, I was only truly purchasing for up to November since I am already anticipating what I will buy during the Cyber Monday sale when the paychecks start rolling in. 

Things I told myself to sleep at night:
1. I had a gift certificate.
2. I used soooo many TpT credits for extra savings.
3. I did set a limit and did not break it. Victory! 
4. Everything can be re-used year after year.
5. It's for the children!

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' to show you all what I bought.
 Note: All glitter frames are courtesy of Glitter Meets Glue Designs.

http://imbloghoppin.blogspot.com/2014/08/show-us-what-you-bought-linky.html

I was very strategic in my purchasing aiming for the most bang for my buck. I also wanted to cover every aspect of teaching from morning work to classroom management. I think I was pretty successful!

Here are the 22 things that I ended up with broken up into categories...

First up: The Printable Princess. If you are a kindergarten teacher you eat, sleep and breathe The Printable Princess! I totally splurged on her center activities and this portion packed the heftiest price tag. However, I have up until December completely covered with phenomenal hands on activities that the kids will love and as a first year teacher, that is more than I could ask for! 

Next, I purchased a few more colored ink centers that would last me year round. I loved the alphabet bundle because it had everything you could dream for and more for each letter of the alphabet. One of my absolute favorite centers to have in kindergarten is Write the Room because it keeps kids moving. I wanted a year long bundle so I couldn't have to search for different themed cards and this was by far the best deal of all. The cards are so colorful and the coordinating worksheets are so user-friendly. I know this will be a fan favorite! Finally, I purchased the holiday and seasonal literacy centers bundle. I could not turn down this bundle no matter how much my wallet tried to stop it. These centers are a one stop shop that has the entire year covered!

Seeing as I already ran out of colored ink mid way through printing my first pack, I knew black and white printables were the way to go. These printables will last me an entire year and have all my morning work, math and literacy centers covered. I am all about making life easier as a first year teacher and these ladies are making that possible!

I have been planning my first classroom for as long as I can remember. Now, through social media sites, organization and classroom decor has been kicked into high gear. These packs have me covered from everything I need to decorate my classroom as well as staying organized through binders, storage drawers, and posting the CCSS around the room. I cannot wait to see these in action in the classroom! It is going to be so bright and cheery!

Finally, what classroom would be complete without a little management and assessment action? I am officially obsessed with these Keys to Success. I know the kiddos are going to love collecting these tags and they will be great to communicate success with parents. Since my time is going to be so limited in half-day k, I need to make sure that those brains are always learning. These fast finisher sets will be a lifesaver! Finally, I want to check in and see how my kids are feeling with concept mastery. This road trip themed set provides the perfect visuals and is so kid friendly. I know it will be a hit in the classroom and help keep me informed as to who needs extra help.

It has literally taken me all my willpower to stay off the computer today because I know I could easily go buy 20 more things in a heartbeat. How many more days until the Cyber Monday sale because clearly I am counting down the seconds!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Currently: Five for August

It pains my teacher heart to say that August has finally arrived.

http://www.someecards.com/usercards/viewcard/MjAxMi02ZmQ3OGIzODQ5NmMzMmM2

My entire life I have always had two full months of summer vacation: July and August. We have always started after Labor Day. However, this year, my vacation didn't start until the end of the last week of June and I go back in less than two weeks. As excited as I am to meet my first set of my own kinder babies, just a little bit more vacation (to prep of course) would be lovely!

As much as I like to play the what day is it card...

http://www.someecards.com/usercards/viewcard/MjAxMi01YzhiOWFjMzZmYjYwMzBh

My blogging buddies here like to keep me informed. Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching always reminds me when another Friday rolls around, and Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade always gets me on the first of the month. Since these linky parties are my favorite thing, I will suck up my summer sadness and share all my back to school excitement with the Five for Friday and Currently parties combined.

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2014/08/five-for-friday-linky-partyaugust-1.html

In case you missed the memo, I got a job teaching kindergarten! I could not be more excited! As all kinder teachers know, those babies steal your heart in a second!
My little 8 year old cousin is a teacher in the making. When she found out I had a job she could not wait to send me a list of things I need to do to prep. The "beafwear" and "elebetic" charts are my favorites.
This online teaching community has truly changed my life! When I posted this picture on Instagram asking for help, Rebecca Seeley replied in literally seconds and got right to work creating the most adorable labels that were even better than I could have dreamed of. If you need a TpT store to find some deals for the back to school sale, hit up her store by clicking HERE. You won't be sorry!
Speaking of the sale...did I mention that as a first year teacher, I might have a slight addiction to bundles? Once I checked into TpT bundles anonymous, I was able to cut my list in half from over $400 to the $200 range. Where did all the extra bundles go? Onto my wishlist and then some. When does the next TpT sale come around because I will be stocking up big time!

It is crazy to think that I will have been blogging for two years this month! So many things have happened in such a short period of time and I cannot wait to reflect on my journey when the time nears! But for now, I am off to find more items for the TpT sale and hopefully check some things off my to-do list. Lets hope I win some of those TpT gift certificate giveaways because this first year teacher is broke!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kindergarten Here I Come!

I have been anxiously awaiting the day when I could write this blog post since starting my blog nearly 2 years ago. That special day is finally here! I received my official job letter in the mail and I am so very happy to say that I will be a kindergarten teacher this fall!

Never would I have ever imagined that as a college graduate, in one of the worst economic times, that I would have a public school teaching job and even more, actually have to turn down other job offers! There is nothing more I can say than I am truly blessed! I know that teaching is where I am meant to be and I am so happy to be able to fulfill that childhood dream of mine!

I have so much to do to get prepared in so little time! (Hence the reason I have been quite M.I.A. on my blog lately.) I have been making a long list of all the things I have to prep and I have no idea when I will be able to see what my classroom looks like. 

Leave me a comment below with something I must include in my preparation checklist so I don't leave anything out! Also, if you are a kindergarten teacher, leave me a comment with a link to your blog so I can get inspired!

Now I am off to continue my trend of stalking Pinterest and buying from TpT like a mad woman!
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