Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's time for a BOOST sale!!

Happy Wednesday!!
This week, hump day is being made even better by the folks at TpT!!

Today they are hosting a huge one day sale!!
I know you might be thinking- "Another sale?? Why?" 
While I can't tell you an exact reason, do we really need one?
I mean really...a sale is a sale! 
And what teacher doesn't love a good sale?

This way, teachers who start school soon can stock up on any items they may still need and those teachers who have already started school, can now get anything else they realized they forgot at the last sale! It's a win/win for everyone!!

I just finished {like last night before I went to bed} a unit all about letters! 
{I am in LOVE with the cover!!!}
Take a look at it here:
 Here is the big preview:
 And here is an example of each activity that is included::

Letter sorts- Students match the capital letter, lower case letter and a picture beginning with that sound.
 Letter font sort- Students match up 6 letters of different fonts. This can be easily differentiated. 
 Beginning sound- Students mark with a dry erase pen (or a clothes pin clip) the correct beginning letter for each picture.
 Make, Trace, Write- Students will make the letters with the help of the arrows either with their finger or with a pen, then they will trace the second set of letters and lastly they will make their own capital and lower case letter in the boxes. 
 Letter books- Students will make little letter books for each letter. They will color in the bubble letter, trace the next letter, color in a picture that starts with that letter then they will practice writing their own capital and lower case letter.

I also recently completed another unit that is perfect for back to school season in Kindergarten!!
{I also LOVE this cover too!!}
Take a look:
 The overview:
 Yes/ No colors
 4 square color match up
 Bubblegum number counting
 Pencil counting
 Ten Frame counting
 Beginning sound match up
 Capital/ lowercase match up
 Shapes yes/ no
 4 square shape match up

My entire store will be on sale for 20% today!!!
Click here to view it now!

Don't forget to add the code: BOOST for an extra 10% off!!
That's 28% off total!!

Happy shopping!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This Year Is Different...

Let's be real here.. 
We all have our days, don't we? 
Those days when you're kinda down, not feeling 100%....those days when you can't see the bright side of things {though I know I have a lot to be thankful for}, those days when, well, quite frankly, you feel like life sucks!! 

Today is one of those days for me....

Ever have one of those days when you want something so bad, you'd do almost anything to have it? Those days when you are thankful for what you are blessed with, but you are so sad because you feel like you are missing that ONE thing in your life. 

We've all been there, right???

I recently came across this quote..
How true is this? 

The quote above can relate to anything in life--be it education, jobs, a significant other, children, money, happiness, etc.

At this moment, this quote speaks to me.
 And it's this time of the year, I feel it the most.

See, today is the 1st day of school for my "old" school.

As school is starting back, I feel lost. 
This is the first time in years that I haven't set up a classroom, I haven't been organizing like crazy, I haven't had a to-do list a mile long, I have lost sleep thinking about my new students.....

I haven't done any of those things because this year, I don't have a teaching job. 

You know my story...I left the United States 4 months ago to come to the UK, courtesy of the United States Air Force. We got orders to move last year and we finally made the big move at the end of March. I had to say goodbye to my sweet students 2 months early...which, as you can imagine, was devastating for me personally. And now, months later, when everyone is gearing up for back to school, I'm not!

I spent a while telling myself it was the best choice to leave early...maybe it was, maybe it wasn't, I'll never know. But what I did know was at the end of the day, I had to be with my family on this journey across the world. 

I've looked into getting a teaching job over here but jobs are hard to come by! It's hard to get in to a school if you aren't a familiar face to them. They don't have many openings and what openings they do have, they fill with others who have subbed in their school before. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not over here twiddling my thumbs away....
I have 2 kids, who will be starting school soon themselves, and I'm working on my Master's degree. Both of these things occupy my time, so I keep myself busy.... 

But dang it, at the end of the day, I just want to teach!
I love teaching!
 It's my passion, my life, my calling. 
It's what I went to school for, for so many years. 

I want to make a difference. 
I want that sense of family back with my coworkers.
I want to surround myself with others who share my same passion.

I just want to teach.
Bottom line!

I guess I tell you all of this, to again remind you of that quote from above.  
As you are heading off to start another school year, be thankful. 
Be thankful for your job, be thankful that you get to make a difference, be thankful that you were chosen to touch lives.

Because halfway through the year, when everyone is stressed, complaining, and ready for school to be over, there is someone out there who is praying for their time to come. Be passionate and don't take your job for granted!

I wish you all nothing but happiness for the upcoming school year. 
Go forth and make a difference in as many lives as you can.
You are a teacher and you are making a difference!

From one passionate teacher to another,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meet the Teacher Blogger- ME!!

I'm joining Stephanie today for a little 
Meet The Teacher Blogger linky!

So let's get to it!
A little about me:
I'm a 30 year old Air Force proud wife, mommy, teacher by trade, stay-at-home mom at the moment, world traveler! I am a Georgia peach by birth, but currently reside in England, because the Air Force told us to! {And I'm secretly loving every moment of it!!} I mean really, who gets to make weekend visits to visit cathedrals and castles that were constructed hundreds of years ago? And who can hop on a train, arrive a few hours later, and see sights firsthand that most people only read about in history books? It's such an amazing experience!! My 2 kids are filling my days with laughter and working on my Master's degree is filling my nights with studying! {I'm almost done--so close I can taste it.} Here is my wonderful and supportive family:
Us at Stonehenge a few weeks ago!
 Visiting Parliament and Big Ben!
Seeing London Bridge for the 1st time!

On to the questions::

What are a few of your favorite things?
All of these things, in no particular order: 
my husband, my kids, teaching, learning, traveling, friends, shopping, cute sandals, fresh fluffy snow, a good rain shower, a warm bath and pedicures!

If you weren't a teacher, what would you be?
I would probably a magazine layout designer or a sweets baker!

Three little words that describe you?
Loyal. Passionate. Learner.

Finish the sentence, "_____, said no teacher ever!"
"The last day of school is SO easy, said no teacher ever!"
{I bawl like a baby on the last day of every school year! I get so attached to my little kiddos!!}

It's your birthday and you can invite anyone to your birthday (dead or alive) who do you invite?
Probably Channing Tatum... need I say more?
I'd probably most definitely just sit and stare at him!

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?
What an adventure!

You get to pick one superpower, what is it?
To have the strength of hulk.

What's your favorite quote or saying?
"Life ain't always beautiful, but it's a beautiful ride"
"I loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, always will"

If you had to sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
Amazing Grace. 

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I can do both, but my hubby would say more of a morning person! Once I'm up, I'm up and ready to go for the day!

What's your favorite resource that you've created in your TpT shop?
It's a tie between
I used both of them SO much with my students and they learned so much from them!!
{Click on the picture to see them in my TpT shop!}

Share something we might not know about you!
I love both of these...with a passion! 
{It's my inner fat girl--I try to keep her at bay!} 
Don't judge!!! lol...

That's about all I have for today! 
I'll be reading all of the other posts so go do one, if you haven't already! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Goodies From The Sale!

I'm blogging today to show you what I bought at the awesome TpT sale!!!
And I'm linking it up with the gals from Blog Hoppin'!
I couldn't link up until today since I was a last minute buyer. There were so many good things in my wishlist that it seriously took FOREVER to comb through it all! At one point I had over $100.00 in my cart---at which point I had to re-evaluate my situation and return some back to my wishlist...the hubby would have had a complete panic attack had he seen that total!! 

Since I won't be in the classroom as a teacher this year {enter HUGE sad face here} I bought some items I needed to create more fun units for you!! 

I stuck to clip art and digital papers this sale! Looking through my wishlist really got my ideas stirring and I'm feeling rejuvenated to get busy making some new units!!  

Here is what I got! 
I'm feeling a space theme something coming on...
 Zoo animals? Yes please!! How cute are these?!?
 I love bright papers!!
 I love LOTS of bright papers!!
 Okay, I have a problem with bright colored papers....
 Okay, I'm an addict.  I admit it.  I just can't help it!!! 
 I've been wanting to do a movie themed unit for a both of these sets will be perfect!! 
I hope you like what I bought!!
It'll be in a unit near you {soon}! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Back To School Sale on TpT!!

Today's THE day!!

What day, you ask?

The start of the H.U.G.E. Tpt back to school sale!! 
If you're like me and get a little panicked about what to buy {I can feel the pressure} you can relax this time! Shelley at The Write Stuff Teaching has made an awesome linky where sellers could link-up some of their best selling products!

Click here to take a look through the awesome list!!

While we are still on the topic of great selling products, I'd like to show you some of the units that fellow shoppers are scooping up from my store! 
{Click here to go directly to my store!} 

Of course, most of them relate to 'back to school' but I know you will find them useful!

During the first week of Kindergarten, my team always reviews the basics--colors, shapes, all about me info, etc.  Here are the units I have that we pull from!
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Click the picture to view this on TpT!
Click the picture to view all the details!

I hope that you can use some of these units in your classroom!!

Don't forget... my entire store is 20% off and if you use the TpT code, you can save another 10% giving you a total savings of 28%!!
Now get to shopping!!