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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Whew! What a Week!

So, dear friends...I really have had every intent on blogging more during the week but it's been C.R.A.Z.Y.  That's really no excuse...many of you are able to juggle teaching, family, blogging and creating amazing products!  How do you do it?  Is there a secret that I haven't discovered?

This week we celebrated our district's Homecoming.  Each day had a theme and the kiddos were able to dress up to match the them of the day!
Monday was Dress to Impress Day and also our Picture everyone came to school picture ready.
Tuesday was 80s Day...There was a lot of hair!  Me?  I found a Pac Man shirt in the men's department at Target and sported it for the day!  I was going to feather my hair but after doing a little research I found out that the feathered look was more in the 90s.  :)
Wednesday was Olympic Day...We were able to show our pride in our country...or our favorite sport!  Again, Target saved me...I found a USA t-shirt on clearance!
Thursday was Disney Day...Tons of princesses and lots of Disney t-shirts!  I got to wear my Pirate themed mouse ears!
Friday was Black Out Day...Our school colors are red, black and white so everyone wore black.  Almost everyone headed to the Homecoming Parade and then to the football game after school.


So I don't know what dismissal looks like at your school, but ours is a little crazy and it always takes the first several weeks to get the kids in the groove.  Let me try to paint you a picture...everyone has been dismissed from their classrooms.  The cafeteria/gym is filled with kids sitting in their bus lines.  One hall is filled with our friends who are walking home and another hall is filled with those who are being picked up by their parents.  The back parking lot is filled with cars waiting (maybe 4 rows deep) and more cars are lining the streets waiting to enter the back parking lot.  Busses are lining up in the front parking lot.  The kids are a little more than's a Friday, the day is over, and the Homecoming Parade starts in about 2 hours.  Then it happens....the fire alarm.  It's totally unexpected and very this point I'm in the gym with all of the bus riders.  After the initial shock of "Is that the fire alarm?" "Is this a joke?"  and yes....embarassingly...."What do we do?" I looked around and said, "We need to evacuate."  Each teacher grabbed a bus line and we made our way to the nearest exit...which just happened to be down the back hall and into the parking lot where all of the parents were waiting in their cars.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Once we got the all clear, we went back in the building and it was dismissal as usual.  All of the teachers pitched in and stayed around until all of the kids were out the door and on their busses...the teachers at my building really put the kids first.  Love it! share your secrets on how you manage your blogging and creating on top of everything else! Maybe it's because I'm still getting my school groove on, but I really want to learn how to make time for everything...and do it well too!

Hope all is well with everyone!


  1. Our dismissal is a little hectic, too! But we only have two choices: bus or car riders!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Don't have any advice for managing it all!! I am in the same boat that you are in! My blog posts are few and far between!! I have always wondered how everyone is able to handle it all. But I am determined to get a handle on it and blog on a regular basis. We will get there.
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  3. A few years ago a little tiny sibling of a Kindergartener pulled the fire alarm on the first day of school just as everyone was making their way to their new classrooms....I'm guessing it looked very much like your fire alarm. We all looked at each other and said, "What do we do?" then we just jumped into action. Parents lined up with their kids in their class lines and we all headed outside. Talk about a crazy start to the first day of's one I'll never forget!

    As far as blogging, teaching, family, and creating....I'm not able to do it either. I'm certain others must be given more hours in the day than I am :)

    Super Pig and Tyrant King

  4. Oh boy that fire alarm must have made it very hectic!

    I love that you had Disney day! That would be so much fun!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  5. Keeping up is impossible! I don't know how others do it! Katie and I tag team on all things tpt and blog related and still can't get it all done!!

  6. I just found your cute blog tonight! Yeah!! I'm your newest follower! It has been hectic in my world, too! And the beginning of the year is always crazy! We have parent teacher conferences on Thursday and we have to have a beginning of the year report card ready for them....It is definitely a juggling act on my end! Glad I found your cute blog!
    Teaching First