Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rethinking Priorities

I've been struggling to find the words for this post. If you've followed my blog you've realized that I haven't been actively blogging in a very long time. Over the last few years we have dealt with some major health issues in my family. Thankfully God has been good. Health has been restored and I now have the time to return to a my blog.

Over the last year I really struggled with my priorities. I realized that work was squeezing out everything else. My time and energy went to school first. My students deserved no less than my best, but I also found that by the end of the day I didn't have as much time and energy left for my family. So, I made the decision to leave teaching, focus on my family, and get back to blogging and focus on working from home.

My oldest daughter wanted to be able to spend more time with me. My husband, my daughter, and I spent a lot of time talking about what to do with her since she had been commuting to the school where I taught with me. We thought about sending her to our neighborhood school, but ultimately we decided to try homeschooling. So far it's been a blast.

So, there it is. That's what's been going on and why I've been MIA for what seems like forever. I will be posting again soon and sharing some of the activities that I've been doing with my girls.
 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Snow

Man, it has been ages since I have posted! Although I love blogging and have really missed it, I have had to take some time off of it. My adorable daughters and work have kept me crazy busy this year. One of my major goals this year is to get back into the swing of things and blog regularly again, so stay tuned because I am back.



As anyone who has seen the news lately knows Georgia was hit hard with snow this week. A forecast for snow here usually means someone somewhere in the area might see a snowflake or two fall before the day is through. Maybe. Not this time. Nope.


We got a whopping 3 inches. I know that doesn't sound like much to those of you up North, but the temps were above freezing when it started so the first part melted on the road. Since the roads weren't treated and the temperature was rapidly dropping the roads turned into ice sheets topped with about 2 inches of snow. It's hilly here and most of our roads wind. So, needless to say the roads were less than pleasant. My 20 minute commute turned into 3 hours and I was one of the lucky ones who was able to get home with my kids. Once we were home the snow was a lot more fun. Check out my oldest. She's loving it!


These 3 inches caused a half day on Tuesday and snow days for the rest of the week. What is it like where you live? What does it take to have a snow day at your school? Leave a comment and let me know.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thanksgiving Bump

Whoohoo! (How do you spell that anyway?) It’s almost Thanksgiving. We get a whole week off around here. I love that about my district. It gives everyone enough time to travel to see family. We are lucky though that both my husband and I have our families here. Literally both of our parents are within 10 minutes from our house.
The best thing is that there are never any arguments about whose parents to visit. Since I am an only child and his family is bigger than mine, so my mom just joins us over at his folks’ house. I also love it because I don’t have to cook or do a ton of dishes. That’s just not really my thing. We do always bring something though & I try to help with the cleanup because it just wouldn't be right not to at least help.
 Since Turkey Day is on everyone’s mind around here I made a little Bump game for my students to play. Click on the picture if you would like a copy. Directions are included. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Classroom Schedule

With my older daughter  upstairs playing with a friend and the baby  asleep, it's the first time in months that I've been able to sit down at the computer long enough to write. My blog has been terribly neglected in these first few months of school. I've missed it and I've missed you all.

My schedule is packed this year, both at school and at home. I know many of ya'll are in the same boat, which is why I love the link up about schedules going on over at Thank God It's First Grade. I'm always curious about what goes on in other classrooms and schools.It's been really interesting to see how different classroom schedules can be.

7:15-7:45 Homeroom
(Since I don't have a homeroom, I have duty. On Monday I have bus duty which starts at 7:00. From Tuesday to Thursday I have car duty. On Friday I am duty free.)

7:45-8:00 Announcements and Morning Work
8:00-11:15 Resource reading/math/language arts for 4th and 5th grade
11:20-11:50 Lunch (Duty free)
11:50-2:00 Resource reading/math/language arts for kindergarten and first grade
2:00-2:50 Planning & consultations (Students are dismissed during this time and my daughter comes down to my room.)

Leave a comment if you link up. I'd love to see your schedule.
 

Monday, September 16, 2013

EN Family Spin and Graph

Here is another short e word family spin and graph sheet. This time it is for the word family -en. 
Starfall also has a short activity (click here) that deals with the -en word family and a story too (click here)! These can be used as centers on the computer or they are great to do with your whole group using an interactive whiteboard. 
You could also put up this video clip on your interactive whiteboard and practice blending together. It doesn't have any sound but it is perfect for having your students practice sounding out words.


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Friday, September 13, 2013

ED Spin and Graph

Here is another Spin and Graph. This one is for the -ed word family.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Big Sale!

It's that time of year when many of us are back in school and others will soon be following. Thankfully, it's also time for back to school sales.
Teachers Pay Teachers is holding their annual sale on August 18th & 19th. Everything in my store will be on sale for 20% off. You can get an additional discount by using the code BTS13 to make it 28% off. Here are some of my best items for the back to school season. Just click on a picture to find out more.

 




 


Please take advantage of this opportunity to save yourself time and money while getting the products you need to get off to a great start this school year. I know I will be taking advantage of the sale.

Friday, August 16, 2013

AM Family Spin and Graph

This is the last short a word family spin and graph sheet that have made. I hope you enjoy it. 
Here is a video clip for -am family words. 
Kidz Phonics has a game that can be used to review short a CVC words. You can check it out here.

If you have any other free online resources you use for teaching short a CVC words I would love to hear about them. Let me know.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

AN Family Spin and Graph

Today I have another Spin and Graph sheet. This one is for the -an word family.
I also found this little video that I thought would work well with this word family. Starfall also has a great interactive story (click here) and activity (click here) that are great for the -an word family.

What are your favorite activities for teaching short a word families? I'd love to hear about them.
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Friday, August 9, 2013

AD Family Spin and Graph

Today I am sharing another Spin and Graph Freebie. This one is for the -ad family. You could pair it with the book "I Was So Mad" by Mercer Mayer and maybe have the kids draw or write about a time they were mad.