Thursday, August 22, 2013

Keeping Busy!

I am still waiting for school to start. Our start date has changed a few times as our NEW school is still being built!

So in the meantime, I have tried to keep myself busy by completing some projects that got set aside after my dad past away.

Here are some pictures of things I've completed in the last few weeks.

Teacher Toolbox

Teacher Binder


Word Work Bins

Word Wall Headings

Student Numbers

Pointers to Read
So here's what I've managed to complete. It's not much but it's kept me busy. I hope that those of you who already started are having a great time with your new students.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Can't Stop Thinking of Him

June 4 was my last day of school. I was so excited. My family and I had plans to go to Disney World. We wanted to take my parents with us. Then 2 days later I find myself heading to Las Vegas instead. Not what you're thinking. I wasn't there to have fun. My father's job relocated to Vegas about 10 years ago. I went to Vegas because he was hospitalized. First they thought it was pancreatitis. Then they thought he had stones. Either of these would have been fine. My dad past away 7 days later. On the day he died, we found out he had Lymphoma. It was the WORST day ever. We had NO clue. He had lived with Lymphoma Non-Hodgekins for over 10 years. When he died, he had  a HUGE stomach. The cancer had burst and spread all over. 

I usually don't share personal information like this on the internet, but I can't stop thinking about him. Those days I spent with him in the hospital. It was HORRIBLE to see him like that. I won't go into details, but it was so sad and painful to watch what he went through. I keep having flashbacks of those days.

And now it's time to get ready for the new school year and it's SO hard to concentrate. I am extremely anxious as I will be teaching a new grade level and I feel completely LOST! To top it off, our school is being built and its completion has been delayed. We were suppose to start on the 19th of August. Now we will start on September 2nd.

Thank you if you got to the bottom of the page. I guess I needed to get it off my chest.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Back to School Exclusive

Head Over to Teacher's Toolkit to learn about this awesome Back to School Exclusive. Lots of FREEBIES!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I. Am. Done!

 I am officially on vacation!

Today was my last day as a first grade teacher :( I now get to plan for 2nd grade!!! I am so excited!

Monday, April 22, 2013

31 Days Left

Can you believe it!?!?! I only have 31 more days of school left!!! I am so EXCITED!!! This has been the TOUGHEST year ever and I've been teaching first grade for 11 years. Let's just say 1 student can CHANGE everything.

I guess it's time to start thinking about a new "name" and look since I will be teaching 2nd grade....YIKES! Any ideas for a new name? I'm stumped.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

2nd Grade!!!!!

So I recently found out I will be teaching 2nd grade next school year! Say what!?!?! I have been a first grade teacher for 11 years. That's ALL I know and absolutely LOVE it. But I think it is time for change. New curriculum and new team. I am so NERVOUS but also super EXCITED! My brain is already going crazy and the OCD in me wants to start prepping for next year. CRAZY, I know! I still have to finish this year. And to top it all off, I will be moving schools. Well, our school is technically two schools on 1 campus. We are year round, but will become traditional. So K-2 finally found a new campus. It is currently being built and hopefully will be done in August/early September. So I need to pack, finish the year, do report cards, CUMS, and prep for a new grade!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Astronauts and a FREEBIE!

I will be teaching Unit 5 Week 1 of CA Treasures in a few weeks. Here are two thinking maps I made to go with the week's theme.


I haven't decided which of the two I want to do, but either one will help students with their writing. One of these thinking maps will be attached to this cute craftivity.

It is a craft from Abby Mulins at The Inspired Apple. I LOVE her stuff! You need to check out her website if you haven't already.

Click on the thinking maps above for your copy!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Frog and Toad

I can not believe how long it has been since I last posted. Life has been so busy with two girls, work, and a house to manage.

Here is something I wanted to share. I teach CA Treasures and will be reading The Kite next week. We also use Thinking Maps at my school so I made this flow map to go with the story.

The students will first sequence the pictures. Then will write about what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story. This is my sample.

UPDATE: I no longer have this map saved on my computer. We have been given new computers and I had to get rid of all my 1st grade files as I moved to 2nd grade and the new computer has less memory :(