Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Fun 2016

If you are looking for some new activities to do this Halloween in your classroom, check out my Pinterest board. There are some fun activities pinned there. As an added bonus, many of them are free too!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hooray For Fall!

I don't know about you, but I am super excited that fall is here! This is my favorite season of the year. I love the cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves, football, and pretty much everything else about fall. Unfortunately here in South Carolina, we don't get too much fall weather until late in October or even November, but I soak it up as much as I can.

Usually each October, my mom, Miss M, and I travel to the mountains of North Carolina to see the beautiful fall leaves. This year due to damages from Hurricane Matthew and some sickness within our family we will not be able to make our annual trip.

As a tribute to my favorite season, I thought I would share some of my fall favorites with you. Some these are freebies I have created while others are paid products. All my fall products in my TpT store are on sale for 20% until Wednesday.

Fall Counting Activity Sheet (Up to 20 objects)
This is a free counting sheet that makes a great morning work or homework sheet.

In Fall Emergent Reader
This is a simple emergent reader for your students. It prints 2 books per page so you just copy and stack them on top of each other. Then cut them in half to make the books.

You can also find some other freebies that I created early in my blogging days by going to this blog post.

Please leave me feedback if you decide to use any of these things in your classroom. Your comments and feedback make me so happy!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Alphabet Emergent Readers Bundle - A Work in Progress!

I haven't posted in a while I know. My personal life as well as school life has been crazy busy since school began. My grandmother fell the week school began and fractured her pelvis in several places so we have had weeks of hospital and rehab. She came home 3 weeks ago and we have been taking turns staying with her as she cannot be left alone. This has meant less creative time for me, but I have managed to create some alphabet emergent readers. I am planning to make the entire alphabet, but have uploaded what I have finished so far.

Each emergent reader has 8-9 pages with two books per page. You can copy and lay them on top of each other and cut on a paper cutter. These are super simple to assemble and print in black and white to save on ink. My kinders loved coloring and reading these! The bundle is currently on sale for $3.00 until it is complete and then the price will increase to $6.00.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Summer 2016 Bucket List Update!

Well I shared my summer bucket list with you on the first day of my summer break and I have neglected my little blog since, but I have been busy with my little family! We have spent lots of time together this summer and it has been wonderful. So here is my update on how I did with my list:

My Summer 2016 Bucket List
1) go camping at Lake Moultrie
We only got to go once, but it was lots of fun!

2) take Miss M to Tweetsie RailRoad to Day Out with Thomas
We went and had a wonderful trip! It was so much fun to see the excitement on her face. She loved it and definitely worth the trip!

3) clean out my closet
Oops! This didn't exactly get done this summer! :( Hopefully I will get to it during the fall.

4) meet Dorothea Benton Frank (again!)
We did get to meet her again and it was FABULOUS!! She is such a nice Southern lady! I bought her new book and she signed it for me which was a great treat as well!

5) organize my pantry
I did this on the first week of summer vacay and it looks so much better now that everything is organized again!

6) go to the beach with Miss M
We did get to go to the beach several times this summer (living only 45 minutes away has its advantages!). Miss M loved playing in the sand and jumping from the waves. Neither of us are fans of swimming in the salt water though!

7) organize the files on my school computer
Actually I started on this one before school got out and was able to finish it pretty early in the summer which left lots of time for playing and doing fun things as a family!

I got a lot of summer reading done as well. Here are some of the books I read this summer:
  • Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans
  • Grace by Richard Paul Evans
  • The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
  • The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe
  • The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe
  • A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe
  • The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
  • Swimming Lessons by Mary Alice Monroe
  • Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe (I'm actually finishing this one up now!)

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer as well! I have been back at work for a week now and tomorrow morning bright and early I start the new school year with my 2nd graders. Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Summer Break is HERE!!

YAH!!! Yesterday was my last day of school for the 2015-16 school year and I am proud to say that I am officially on Summer Break! As a tribute to my summer vacation, I am sharing my summer bucket list with you.

My Summer 2016 Bucket List
1) go camping at Lake Moultrie
2) take Miss M to Tweetsie RailRoad to Day Out with Thomas
3) clean out my closet
4) meet Dorothea Benton Frank (again!)
5) organize my pantry
6) go to the beach with Miss M
7) organize the files on my school computer

My Summer Reading List
1) See Me by Nicholas Sparks

2) The Walk Series by Richard Paul Evans

3) All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank

I will let you know how I do on accomplishing these things as I get a chance to do updates this summer. I know I won't be checking in often because I will be spending time with Miss M! I hope you have a wonderful summer as well!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Only 2 More Days of School Year 2015-16!

As I sit here reflecting on this school year, it has not come without its share of challenges. This was my first year teaching 2nd grade in my teaching career. Changing grade levels this year also meant changing who I was working with and losing my wonderful TA who was like a mom to me at school. My class has been rather challenging as well. I have had a very active group with some challenging behavior issues. I loved them all very much, but I am very ready for a break this summer.

In my reflection to this school year, I have composed my #teacherstats and posted this to my Instagram account as well. 

I have taught for 10 1/2 years. I graduated early from college in Dec. 2005 and managed to snag a teaching job at a district about an hour from home for the rest of the school year teaching a first grade class. Then I went back to the school/district where I student taught to teach kindergarten for 2 years. Finally, I came to my current school/district where I have been for 8 years. While I have been here, I have taught 1st grade for 3 years, kindergarten for 4 years, and am now in 2nd grade. It has been a whirlwind and definitely CRAZY at times, but I love teaching my little people!

I am heading off to see our high school graduation this afternoon. The valedictorian tonight was one of my kiddos that I babysat when I was in school and is super precious to me. I am so proud of her accomplishments and can't wait to see her receive her diploma. I would love to hear all about your #teacherstats as well!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Happy Fri-YAH To You!

Happy Fri-YAH to you! We survived another week at this CrAzY time of the school year and for me that means I only have 9 more school days left! YAH! I am super proud of how much my 2nd graders have learned this year, but I am so ready for the summer break to spend with my little one. She is growing up much too quickly and I want to soak up every minute!

As I promised, I wanted to give you a peek at Miss M's 3rd birthday. She chose to do a Thomas the train theme. He is her FAVORITE character!! I went to work trying to come up with some ideas for her party, so here are some pictures of how it turned out. I think it turned out very well if I do say so myself!
Railroad Crossing Signs

Thomas and his snack cars


Drink station

My girl with her birthday cake

Opening her presents
My little family after the party!
Hope you enjoyed this peek into my home life! Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Lots of Learning about Lifecyles

I love teaching about life cycles every year! This year since I am in 2nd grade, we have lots of science standards that focus on lifecycles. We are currently in the process of growing our caterpillars. My students are excitedly watching them grow daily from the itty, bitty caterpillars that came into our classroom a week ago. They are writing about the lifecycles in their science journals and are so excited to see them create their chrysalises.

I always enjoyed doing these life cycles in kindergarten as well. I was looking over some of the emergent readers I made when I was in kindergarten and decided to give them a face-lift. I think they look much better with the new clipart from Creative Clips. I have posted them in my TpT store for $1.25 each, but ALL of my emergent readers will be on sale this weekend (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) for 10% off! Click on the links below to purchase:

These books have also been added to my Kindergarten Emergent Readers bundle and the price has increased to reflect these additions. If you purchase this bundle now, you will receive all future updates for FREE even as the price of the bundle continues to increase!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

This Wednesday, I am sharing my most favorite part of my life: the little one who made me a "Mommy!"

Miss M and I were "twinning" for Mother's Day on Sunday!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Currently #5 of Sweet '16 & a TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Well I missed the April Currently linky because of such a hectic schedule! So now I am joining the FINAL May Currently linky with Farley! I am so sad to see it go because I have met some awesome people through it, but I totally understand! So here's mine:
I can't believe that in 2 weeks my baby will be 3! I am working hard to plan her 3rd birthday but there is just so much to do!

Today and tomorrow TpT is celebrating US as teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week! Everything in my store is 20% off and with the code CELEBRATE, you get another 10% off! Now is the time to clear out some of the clutter in your wishlist! I am working on cleaning mine out! Click on the picture below to head over to my store:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Top O' The Mornin' To You!

Ok, so technically it is afternoon, but I wanted an Irish saying for my blog title! I am currently trying to finish up my grading for the 3rd nine weeks, but I wanted to pop over and share with you some fun activities I have created over the years for my kindergarten class for St. Patrick's Day. You may be able to use them tomorrow or file them away for another year.

Leprechaun Color By Sight Word Sheet: FREE
This is a sheet I created to have my kinders review the sight words with, she, make and good. It is a great morning work activity.

Leaping Leprechauns Unit: $2
This is a unit filled with St. Patrick's Day activities. For ELA, there are activities practicing syllables, sight words, and CVC words. For math, there activities practicing numbers, ordering by size, and addition. It is normally $5 but I have it on sale through tomorrow afternoon for $2.

What's In the Shamrock? CVC Sheet: FREE
This is a sheet I created where the students have to write the CVC word for the picture in each shamrock. It is a great independent activity to see what they know.

Shamrock Syllable Sorting Game: FREE
This is a game I used in small groups to practice clapping the syllables in a word. I printed the cards on cardstock and laminated for durability. Then the kids used them by identifying the picture, clapping the syllables and putting the card under the correct number. There is also a FREE recording sheet.

This sheet is a quick way to informally assess counting up to 20 objects.

I hope you found something here you can use for tomorrow's fun GREEN day. Don't forget to leave me some feedback & comment LOVE if you download any of these and wear your GREEN tomorrow! Happy St. Patrick's day everyone!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Read Across America Week 2016

This past week was one of my favorite weeks of the school year. I simply LOVE teaching about Dr. Seuss and all of his wonderful books. He makes me want to read more to my students and this week we have had so many read-alouds.

My class did our first directed drawing of The Cat in the Hat from First Grade Blue Skies and they were so excited. I think they were precious!

Our school also participated in Read Across America Week 2016 by having 3 school spirit days starting on Dr. Seuss's birthday on Wednesday. I got some birthday hats from Dollar Tree for my students to wear and another wonderful teacher friend of mine made these adorable shirts for us to wear. She made our panda mascot wearing a Seuss hat and she put a different Seuss quote on the back of each person's shirt. I LOVE mine and I can wear it every year!

Thursday we celebrated Fox in Socks by wearing silly, crazy socks! I wore these silly apple socks! I rolled up my pant legs so you could see them better. I posted this picture on Thursday on Instagram which I am LOVING using since I can post it quickly!

Friday we celebrated our favorite Seuss characters. I dressed as The Cat in the Hat and my kiddos LOVED it! I had a couple of Things show up for school along with another Cat in the Hat. I also had a Sneetch and a couple of Foxes in Socks. They were precious!

Hope you had a great Read Across America week! Have a great rest of your weekend!
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