Sunday, July 27, 2014

Zulily has teacher supplies??

And Who knew that Zulily had teacher supplies?! I have shopped Zulily many times for my two year old daughter, and love it! They have great products with amazing prices!! I never really thought to look at them for things for school! Look what I found! 
These blocks would be great in an early childhood classroom! 
And look at these! I know kids in grades k-2, especially boys, would love to read these fun books by National Geographic! 
And look at these phonics word hunt books! My kiddos love word searches, I think these would be a hit! 
I bring a large insulated cup filled with water to school each day... How cute are these???? I could always use a new one!!

You can also see what their upcoming sales will be!! I can't wait to shop the Vera Bradley sale for a new school bag, and the Time for Class sale looks like it has some cute items as well!! 

Just click this link to check out these great deals!! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five for Friday!

I hope everyone has had a great week! Here are five things I have been up to this week! Be sure to check out to see what others have been up to! 
1. Jimmy Buffett concert! He's my favorite- always so much fun!! And- that hat on my head was my aunt's Buffett hat from when she used to regularly attend!!

2. I signed up for my first wine and canvas event! It's on August 12th- I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out!! :) 

3. We are doing a super hero theme at school this year! I'm so excited to use this cute super hero clip art in my classroom! Aren't they adorable?! You can find them here:

4. We attempted to take my daughter to her first movie... It was a free movie, so at least we didn't waste any money... She loved the popcorn, but was not very into Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2! 

5. I was able to attend a Harry Wong workshop with the other 1st grade teachers I'll be working with this year! He was SO good! I highly recommend seeing him if you have the chance!! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hi, again!

Hi friends!
It has been SO long since I have written a blog! 😁 my apologies! I hope you are all enjoying your summer!! Here are a few things I have been up to:

This girl has been in our backyard in her little pool or at the neighborhood pool almost every day! She loves it... And so do I! :)

Vacation near Tampa Fl... My aunt lives there, so having a place to stay is wonderful! This was on Caladesi Island... My favorite place :)

My husband Henry and I had a little adventure around Washington Park and Over the Rhine in Cincinnati to celebrate our four year wedding anniversary! 

We celebrated Amelia's 2nd birthday- Minnie theme- her absolute favorite!

We also had to transition to a toddler bed! 😳 after she jumped out of her crib twice, I knew it was time! She has thankfully done great about staying in her bed when it's bedtime- thank goodness!!
This girl also is POTTY TRAINED!! My biggest accomplishment by far this summer! Here she is enjoying a potty prize :) want my advice? Go cold turkey no diapers... Clean the floor A LOT for a few days.. Reward each time the kiddo makes it to the potty, and TADA! Haha :) she does wear a diaper at night, but that's it... No pull-up AKA glorified diaper! 

I am a huge parrot head! Here we are with friends at the Jimmy Buffett concert!! 
Who knows who this is? It's my fun first team posing with Harry Wong, his wife Rosemary and their guest speaker!! Such a great workshop! If you have the chance to see him- do it!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale

Happy Friday Eve! My goodness I'm having a hard time getting back into the swing of working 5 days without a break from the s-n-o-w! I can't even say the word after our 22 snow days this winter! It isn't quite as bad as it sounds- our last day with students will be June 6th. I am very over winter and ready for SPRING! So, to enourage it to actually start feeling like spring, what's better than a little Spring Cleaning Sale?! I'm linking up with Valerie at Georgia Grown Kiddos for her Spring Cleaning Sale! I hope you are able to check the 20% off sale at my store as well as all of the amazing products other teachers are putting for sale as well!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dress like a book character (Read Across America Week)

I'm linking up with Primary Chalkboard again for their Read Across America Linky

We aren't doing a lot with Read Across America at my school- due to 22 snow days! But I have a couple of characters I have dressed up as in the past!

Can you guess??  Haha One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish of course!! This was from our Dr. Seuss night a school a few years ago! Each grade level chose a book, and an activity to go with the book. The other kindergarten teachers and I made a fun game where the kids were "fishing" for rhyming words! So much fun!

The next picture wasn't for Read Across America, but for our Halloween Carnival a couple of years ago. Can you guess which book character I am dressed up as? 

My favorite kindergartner (or first grader) Junie B. Jones of course! :)

So much fun! I hope you all are having a blast during Read Across America Week!! Be sure to check out Primary Chalkboard's Blog to find out what other teachers are up to this week!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Read Across America Linky Favorite Children's Author

I'm linking up with Primary Chalkboard and their Read Across America Linky!

My top pick is the wonderful Barbara Parks. I love Junie B. Jones as do my kindergartners! It saddens me greatly that Barbara Parks passed away recently- but I am SO very grateful for her leaving us with Junie B.!
My next pick is Victoria Kann. If you haven't read her Pinkalicious stories- you need to! She is more loved by my girls than the boys, but still so much fun!

Another favorite is James Dean! You have to love Pete the Cat! I also love that you can go the publisher- Harper Collins website and download the songs that go with the books! They are so much fun!

Be sure to check out other teacher favorites at The Primary Chalkboard

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Currently March

I'm linking up with Farley at Oh Boy, Fourth Grade with her Currently Linky Party.. Be sure to check out what other teachers are "Currently" up to! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Five for Friday

I'm pretty sure my 5 for Friday blog posts are ALWAYS done on Saturday or Sunday.. haha.. Sorry about the delay! Anyway- I'm linking up with Doodlebugs for their 5 for Friday Linky Party. Be sure to check out what other teachers have been up to this week!!

1. My husband finally (26 days after me) turned 30! :)

He requested a chocolate chip cookie cake. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and I thought it was delicious!  We also went to Bonefish Grill- his request for a birthday date night dinner. We had never been there, but it was so good! We'll definitely make it a place we visit again!
2. Alright, Groundhog...
I made this little Groundhog's Day prediction graph set. You can find it for free at my TpT store- maybe pick it up for next year! My kids were predicting that he did NOT see his shadow... We were hopeful.. I'm just watching and saw that he did indeed see his shadow.UGh. We have had ENOUGH of this winter already.. We may get more snow tonight.. and it was 56 degrees in the Cincinnati area yesterday! :(
I found a cute free Groundhog's Day set at First Grade Blue Skies TpT store and we drew pictures to go along with their predictions!
 3. Teen Numbers Pack

Next week we're going to start composing and decomposing numbers. I'm very excited to use this set that I created. Be sure to check it out at my TpT store
4. Superbowl Commercials
You've probably already seen this... Buuuuut It's adorable! My daughter is obsessed with "doggies" so we have already watched this several times :) You can view it here on  youtube
5. I was able to put Amelia's hair in pigtails for the first time... Too cute not to share :)

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Pray for no more snow for me- 12 snow days  already and it's just February 2nd!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Currently February

I'm linking up with Farley @ Oh Boy 4th Grade! Be sure to check out what other teachers are up to!

Anyone else LOVE getting everything ready for the following week before they leave school on Friday? I'm not a big fan of staying after school, so I usually bring it all home on Thursday and work after my daughter goes to bed.. I'm so glad to have lesson plans ready AND actually feel like I'm starting to be caught up from all my snow days!

Thinking that I have had enough snow days.. 12 is a LOT.. Probably losing the first 3 days of my spring break.. boo... and we're now getting out June 3... I KNOW the end of the year is going to be tough.. but geezal- 4 days this week was a lot to ask! I think we need to ease back in to this working 5 days straight thing! :)

2 Truths and a Fib-
My parents' anniversary IS on Valentine's Day... Sweet right?
My anniversary is NOT! My mom is a teacher too, so I have no idea what she was thinking... haha.. Summer weddings are much more teacher vacation friendly! Agree? My husband and I picked one of the hottest days of 2010. July 16 :)
I married a younger man. Yep. Sure did.. Henry is younger than me by a whopping 26 days..hehe.. I'm just glad we finally got to January 26. Being 30 while he was still 29 was not something I liked to admit! hehe!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Five for Friday

Happy New Year!
Sorry it has been a while.. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are enjoying getting back into the swing of things in your classrooms!
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday! Here are 5 random things from the past week. I hope you'll check out what other teachers have been up to as well!
1. Polar Vortex
How many of you had an extra long Christmas Break, as I did, thanks to the Polar Vortex?? It was absolutely frigid here. Negative temps with windchills around -25 Monday and Tuesday of last week. Due to this, we were off school. Although I have honestly had enough snow days to suit me for a while, I was very thankful that I didn't have to take Amelia outside! Here is one way we kept busy! My girl is not a fan of messy hands that come with finger painting, but she LOVED when I handed her this sponge brush! We had a ball!
2. Fun Christmas gifts
We had purchased a science kit from Learning Express for my cousin Josh for Christmas. It looked like so much fun! I insisted, and his mom appreciated, that he come over to perform the experiments! We had fun making all kinds of gross things like snot and vomit. We started "growing" a brain and also took some germs from my cell phone and put in a petri dish to see how much bacteria we could grow! Here are a few pics of him having a blast!
3. Cricut
I borrowed a friend's Cricut to make a baby shower banner for my friend's upcoming baby shower. She had helped me to make something before, but this is the first time I used one by myself. Such a neat machine! I think I've decided it makes more sense for me to buy a Sillhouette Cameo, but it was still fun to try out the Cricut!

4. Word Families
After we did make it back to school this week, we began working on some Short A word families. Here we were searching for words in the -at and -an word families in our book titled "Zac the Rat." We use Starfall's reading series called "More Starfall" which I truly love- but that's another subject :)
5. Adding and Subtracting
To get back into the swing of things with adding and subtracting, we played this little game with some labeled dice that I purchased from a teacher store. I wrote -1, -2, -3 and +1, +2, +3. Students work with a partner and have a container of 20 counters total. Each student starts with 5 counters and the rest stay inside the container. They take turns rolling the dice, and then adding/ subtracting. The goal is to end up with zero counters. They really loved this! We'll definitely be playing it again!
I hope everyone enjoyed their week! Be sure to check out what other teachers have been up to!