Saturday, February 28, 2015

Why I Teach


Hello friends! I'm joining up with my K-2 buddies for a Why I Teach blog hop. 

I'm so glad to be a part of this group. Our little group has blessed me more than they realize. I really needed to sit down and remember why I wanted to be a teacher. I'm going to be honest, this year has been hard. Even with great admin support, a supportive K team, lots and lots of prayer and a supportive hubby, it has been really hard.

I know this to be totally true:
And, oh, how I've grown this year. 

And this is something that we teachers completely understand:

And it really helps when your grade level is a TEAM.




All that said, I LOVE my job. I know without a doubt God's plan for me is to teach!
I wanted to be a teacher to make a difference. Now that I'm in my 6th year, I see now that there is so much more to it.

I cheer my kinder babies on to do the best they can.


I celebrate each child's success, big or small.

I hug them and love them. They know that we're not just a class - we are family.


I live for those light bulb moments.


I am always amazed at their growth every year.


I have this hanging on my wall behind my computer:


So even when the day, month or even year seems hard, remember why you teach. You never know what each year may bring. And honestly, none of us chose teaching because it's easy. This is a hard job - physically, emotionally and mentally. But it IS worth it! 

I teach for all the little reasons. <3




Next up is Teacher Tam


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chair Pocket Giveaway!!

In honor of my first student birthday of the year coming up and that I am as caught up as I'm going to get, I wanted to have a giveaway! You all have been so incredibly supportive of my ETSY shop and I wanted to do something little to show my gratitude. 
I have loved using the personalized chair pockets in my classroom. I'm also really excited about getting to use my birthday one.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/197321215/happy-birthday-cupcake-balloons-chair?ref=shop_home_active_13
This works just like a regular chair pocket, just special. 
I've made them for special  helper, author's chair and even my computer center.
I have options to create your own or choose your own words to personalize it for your classroom.

Here are some pictures of chair pockets offered:
Red Owl with Gray and White Polka Dots (1 Chair Pocket - You Pick the Wording)      Lime Green Owl with Gray and White Polka Dots (1 Chair Pocket - You Pick the Wording)
Tiger Chair Pocket Blue Chevron (1 Chair Pocket - You Pick the Wording)     Monkey Chair Pocket - Blue Chevron (1 Chair Pocket - You Pick the Wording)
Owl & Chevron Team Leader Chair Pocket (1 Chair Pocket)     Owl & Chevron  VIP Chair Pocket (1 Chair Pocket)     Owl & Chevron Special Helper Chair Pocket (1 Chair Pocket)
Elephant Chair Pocket (1 Chair Pocket - You Pick the Wording)     Zebra Chair Pocket (1 Chair Pocket - You Pick the Wording)
Apple with Gray and White Polka Dots Chair Pocket (1 Chair Pocket - You Pick the Wording)     Special Helper Zebra and Pink Chair Pocket (1 Chair Pocket)
Personalize Your Own Chair Pocket (1 Chair Pocket)
As you can tell, I've had a lot of fun with my embroidery machine!
But, enough about me, let's get on to the giveaway! 
I'm giving away one of my chair pockets - winner's choice! 
{Valued up to $7}
Be sure to SHARE about this giveaway! There will be an extra winner {valued up to $7} for every 100 entries!!


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School BBQ Blog Hop

Hello friends! I'm teaming up with my blogging buddies to bring you the Back to School BBQ blog hop!


I'm here to bring you a fun recipe and a fun product to get back into school!

I'll be honest here, I LOVE to cook but I just don't have or make the time for it. I've read about crock pot meals and prepping all meals on Sunday to get ahead. It all looks great, but I know ME and I know I won't do it. 
So I found this:
Over 65 Back to School Recipes

These look to be about my speed and there are plenty of things to choose from. 


Now to get you ready for the beginning of the year!
 I LOVED using these last year. We discussed the morning message, brainstormed responses and then my kinders were set free to write and draw their response in their journals. I saw tremendous growth from doing this last year.  The August Morning Message bundle has 5 weeks of messages including a week for: All About Me, Colors with Brown Bear, The Kissing Hand, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Apples. 


You can click on the picture or the links to check it out in my store.

Make sure you enter below for a chance to win this bundle of morning messages!!
It's an easy entry, just pin the picture above or use the link given in the rafflecopter to repin!
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Onto your next stop:
Kooky Kinders {Don't you just love that name?!}

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Product Swap - You Have to Check Out the Awesomeness! {and giveaway!}

Hello friends! The awesome Cara from Creative Playground has set up a fun product swap. 
I had the opportunity to be paired with Laura from Differentiation Station Creations. She is such a sweet person and was easy to get to know. Laura comes from a special education background. And, oh, does she really know how to differentiate! 


Friends, I have to tell you, I'm beyond excited to get to use this in my classroom. In kindergarten this year our Math RTI can only focus on counting and cardinality This packet will be absolutely perfect for my littles that are struggling with numbers. AND since it is differentiated it will be great for my littles who already know their numbers and are ready to do more with their numbers. 

Let me show you! 





I love the incorporation of play dough. I already know I'll have at least one kinder with OT issues. With this I can get both fine motor and math together. 
I envision putting the worksheets in sheet protectors so my kinders can get lots of practice out of it and have fun using a dry erase marker.
Another perk to this packet, Laura has directions for everything. There's no wondering if you are using it the way it was intended or wondering what something is for.

Check out her bright and colorful blog to see her review of my sensory tubs!

AND be sure to check out her store to see more of her awesomeness!
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AND the Laura has been kind enough to let me give one of these away!! Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1000 Follower Giveaway!!

Wowie-wow-wow!! I cannot believe that I have over 1,000 followers on TpT! Honestly, it kind of snuck up on me. I have to have a big giveaway, because this is kind of a big deal! Friends, you have  no idea how much it means to me that you follow my little store and my shenanigans on the blog and FB. You all rock!!

So here it goes!

The 1st random winner chosen will get to spend $50 in my store!


 The 2nd random winner chosen will get to spend $20 in my store!

And, finally, the 3rd random winner chosen will get to spend $10 in my store!



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jungle Mania!! {and giveaway!!}

Hello friends! The other kinder teachers and I have embarked on the journey of all of us doing a jungle theme. Let me be honest here, I.AM.CHEAP. We're all teachers here and know how it is. My husband teases me about it. So here are some pictures of how I turned my room into it's jungle craziness for under $100 {plus the rug from kidcarpet.com It was only $279 and I had a weak moment}. 

First of all, I created this:

I wanted everything on my wall to match the theme. So I created all of the posters and then got a little carried away. My printer sure has had a workout!




 For real, you NEED a low temp hot glue gun. I have a high temp one at school that uses the fat glue sticks. I picked the little blue one up for under $3 to keep at home. The low temp one does go slower than my high temp one, but if you get it on your fingers you won't die in agony. Seriously, friends, I have had burns and blisters from the high temp one! 




You totally need crate seats! It only takes MDF board {have Lowe's cut it for you} a drill and zip ties. Then you can staple your fabric to the MDF board. 

 

Friends, I am in LOVE with this theme! It is totally not a theme I would have picked for myself, but I love it! I can't wait for my new kinders to see it!

Enter below for a chance to win my Jungle Decor pack! 2 lucky winners will be randomly chosen!

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Karla - Your email was kicked back to me. Please email me at linds85210@gmail.com to claim your prize!