My First "Back to School" Purchases for My New First Graders!

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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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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I'm Bloglovin'

I made the transition from Google Reader to Bloglovin' this morning and it was pretty simple!

I have to admit, when the word was spreading about the death of Google Reader, I may have had a bit of anxiety over the whole thing...I mean, I've found some great friends through blogging and I thought I was going to lose them!  So I started to "Follow By E-mail" but even that was hard to manage and make sure I wasn't forgetting anybody.  I then heard about Bloglovin', so I made the switch and I don't think I lost any of my blogging friends...whew!

If you haven't made the transition to Bloglovin' go ahead and do it!  It only took a few minutes!  I put their button along the right side of my blog so it should be easy for you follow me again in case you lost me.  :)

I've been busy working on school things...but on my own time...which I love!  I've updated my classroom website so it's ready for my new first graders.  Although there's not a lot on it yet, you can check it out by clicking here if you're interested.  My district is adopting Fundations K-1 this I've been comparing Kindergarten and First grade word lists as well as Dolch and Fry lists to see where everything falls.  Anyone else using Fundations/Wilson Language Basics as their core phonics program?  I'd love to hear how you use it and the changes you've seen in your students' development. to get an oil change...I swear it's like a doctor's appointment for my car!
Have a great day!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy Summer!

Finally!  Summer is here!  Well, actually...I'm in my 3rd day of summer vacation!  Our last day of school was May 31 and I have to admit, it was time.  I was exhausted!

This morning is the first morning that I've been able to sit and catch up on all of the blogs I follow.  I've really missed doing this during the school year.  It's amazing how we're from all over the world, yet all kind of in the same boat when it comes to "school stuff."

So I'm having a little fun on Etsy this morning searching for some new clip-art that I can use in products to sell or make into freebies.  I'm capable of reading acceptable use policies, but I still question myself...I would never intentionally use someone's art inappropriately.  If you know of anyone who creates digital art for teachers to use however we see fit, please share them with me.  Although my clip-art file is enormous, I'm always looking for new art and love purchasing directly from the artist.

I'm pretty excited about a little idea that has been in the back of my head for a few years now and the stars have finally aligned to make it happen.  I'm going to be leading a little story time at a local coffee shop this summer.  This coffee shop does poetry readings, music, etc. for adults, but I wanted to do something with kids.  So I got in contact with them and they're cool with it too!  I set it up that I would do story times every Monday morning from 8:30-9:00.  I sent home invitations to the kiddos from my three reading classes with their report cards and have heard some positive comments about it!  Yeah!

I'm hoping to be a better blogging friend this summer than I am during the school year!  Hope everyone is well!