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Thursday, September 18, 2014

can you help me put my socks on?

I've got 8 weeks to go and then....newborn time! We're just pluggin along and awaiting baby #2...I'll be sure to keep you all posted when it gets closer :)

It's been awhile, so I'm doing a quick link up with my favorite linky!

Our desks have been jam packed for the last couple of years. We have been using Math in Focus for 2 years now, which includes 2 books per student (a workbook and textbook), and we switched from Storytown to Reading Wonders this year, which includes a whopping 3 books per student! And because I'm not about to waste any of my own cabinet/cupboard/shelf space to store things like this, we had to figure out a way to fit it all in a desk. So...this well help keep the desk fairy happy!

I made these visual direction cards to help list the steps after giving them verbally. I HATE repeating myself #teacherproblems and love being able to point to the board anytime 
 Click below to download this FREEBIE!
Every so often, I get an email from Shutterfly with a special code for FREE stuff! I just have to pay shipping (about $5) and that's it! I ordered some thank you cards to use this year :)

Cheeks popped in with my mom the same day we had school photos being taken. So...of course he got his taken since he's not camera shy AT ALL :) He flirted with the camera lady the whole time haha!
A quick clipart dump for the week!

Now quick! Go link up with Doodlebugs!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

stitch fix for a growing tummy

My 7th Stitch Fix arrived today and I thought I would do a fashion show for you all!
So, for those of you who don't know already, Stitch Fix is a monthly subscription for clothing and accessories. It hit the teacher blogs by storm last year, so I'm guessing you have heard of it if you are reading this :) If not, read below:

Basically, you sign up by filling out a pretty comprehensive quiz that identifies your style, sizes, and all kinds of preferences you probably never really have given a lot of thought to (if you're like me...a "legging/yoga pant/jeans" if you make me sorta gal). After the quiz, you're sent a box with 5 items within the price range you set during your quiz. You try it all on, decide what to keep (and if you keep anything at all, your $20 styling fee disappears...magic!), send back what you don't like in the handy dandy already addressed envelope bag, pay online for your keepers or let the company know which ones you are sending back.

So, let's get started! Here's what the box looks like when you open it. A personalized note from your stylist and a style guide for each of the items included, as well as a price sheet so you can decide whether or not a piece is "worth" keeping.
And here's the big return bag. Did I mention how convenient it is to not have to label it or go find my packaging tape?! Love this!!!
Everything is nicely wrapped up in tissue paper with these green Stitch Fix stickers holding it together. 
And folded into a neat little bundle...ready to try on!

Piece #1: You can't really tell from the light in this shot, but it's the same blue in the above photo with tiny white hearts. Super cute blouse, royal blue, see through with an attached cami underneath. Matches excited toddler #stitchfixforbabiesneedstohappen
Piece #2:
A comfy, yet lightweight sweater. I'm not super excited about the location of the strings #dingleberries, but the fit and feel are perfect for this fall weather
Piece #3:
A light and airy blouse with a cute pattern and keyhole opening, but a little short for this growing belly! Maybe with a tank underneath though!
Piece #4:
A thin blue sweater. This was a little too tight for me, but I loved the casual style!
Piece #5:
Polka dot canvas bag--not my style, but I do like the bright color and polka dots!
You can click here if you're interested in learning more or signing up for your own Stitch Fix!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

playing catch up

I had a student who's first day was today, which unfortunately for her meant catching up on all of the beginning of the year assessments. So....the rest of the class worked independently in centers! Woohoo! Here's a glimpse at a few literacy centers we did today:

These are all included in my Back to School Centers bundle, which I just put on SALE! Click below to check it out and see what else is included!

Monday, September 1, 2014

fan only FREEBIE

Want to snag this cute raccoon FREEBIE?! Make sure you follow my TpT store and he'll be in your TpT inbox within a few days!

Click below to head to my store to make sure you're already a follower!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

dirty dibeling

We are in our second week of school now and I am feeling super excited about this year! We've played the gettoknowya games and are all "communitied-up" and ready for the year! So, what have we been up to?!!  A lot!

1.) I did another fingerprint tree (these are great keepsakes!) and made one for you to use as well (click below to grab this FREEBIE!):
2.) We went over our classroom rules (another FREEBIE!) and I framed this chalkboard classroom rules poster to coincide with my current chalkboard and burlap obsession:
3.) We arranged our desks into table groups and set up a reward system (this is super helpful if you can get peers to remind each other to be on-task---one less reminder from me is always a good thing!) and put it in my lil store as a FREEBIE for you!
4.) And one of the all time favorite games (my go-to for Sub Plans)...Coin War! Click below to download this FREEBIE!

5.) We are in our 6th year of PBIS, so I didn't waste any time introducing this Behavior Matrix (click below to check it out) and of course, Think Time (an integral part of our behavior system):
6.)  Soooo now we're on to assessments (side note---a friend of mine pointed out today that dibeling sounds like a dirty word...she's sooo right! doesn't it?!).  So, I got my Back to School Centers ready and after a quick intro to each one (I keep them in binders and put a binder at each table group of 4-5), the kids were eager to get goin and I was able to get a TON of assessments done (a teacher's dream, right?!)! Here's a sneak peek of a few of the math games they played today (sorry for the glare in some of protectors don't photograph well but they sure work well with dry erase markers!):

Click below to get a glimpse of what else we've been up to!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

just a freebie alert

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Friday, August 22, 2014

freebie and a chalkboard and burlap classroom...again

First week of school? Check. Great class? Check. I have a feeling this is going to be a GREAT year. Seriously. Maybe the best ever. Ever. I got bored watching a movie with Mr.Craftypants, so I made this little sign to go with my chalkboard and burlap decor. Click to download the FREEBIE!

Pretty pretty please be kind and leave feedback though!
Here's a peek at what my room looks like now....the inside is exactly the same as last year (you can see that post here).

I updated my hallway bulletin board to match my little decor thing going on...I found the white fabric roses and little wood chalkboard flags/jute string at JoAnns and used a liquid chalk marker to write student names. 
As you can see, I left up my schedule, chalkboard quote globe, turn-in box and burlap bulletin border, but it appears I need to tighten up the fabric backing of our word wall :) I'll get right on that #promisespromises
And I framed this printable (that's not burlap--it's digital burlap paper...yes!) I made to go outside the room:
I'm finally embracing my boring self and although I really like seeing so many colorful and bright classrooms, this is really my style at home, so why not bring it to work? I'm there We'll see if it stays up and for how long...who knows! If you are wanting a chalkboard theme room, click below to check out what I used:

Check out the linky below for more classroom makeover ideas!