Friday, July 25, 2014

Friend"SHIP"s Activity Freebie

We are working hard to prepare some character education lessons so that they are ready to go and can be pulled out once a week when we have a couple of minutes here and there.  Our plan is to focus on friendship here in the beginning and then as they grasp that we can add things in later. 

This is an activity for students to build a friendSHIP! Students have to sift through a pile of puzzle pieces and together in small groups decide which words or phrases are characteristics of a good friend.  Once they have those pieces, they can build their friendSHIP!


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6J0ik1ko6DJTWtmc0NRVXpkYjg/edit?usp=sharing
Click here to get your copy!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Preparing for the New Year

So we had our first curriculum meeting this week.  It is going to be such a fun year!  This year I am working in a team teaching model and there will be 3 of us teaching our K preppers!

Our year is divided into a different Habitat theme each month.  We are starting with the pond habitat which will be so fun!  I am in charge of science and art small groups, planning the academic free centers, and doing a total revamp of our classroom library! 

So in order to get started with my planning, I had to make my new teacher binder for the year.  I just love my new cover for the year!  I used backgrounds that  I got free from Melstampz, aren't they so cute?!?!? 
 
 
This is my weekly planner.  I have a spot to jot down plans for morning meeting, what I will be teaching in small groups, and a spot for any random notes such as special events that day, any lead teaching notes, etc.

Then I made a monthly planning sheet.  A place to jot down notes for the next month's small group plans and holidays and events as well as birthdays.  Most importantly here, I have a place to plan my centers for the month! 


Since this is so specific to my needs, I didn't add a link for you to download and use, but if you think this would be great for your use, please comment with your email and I can send you a copy! 

Hope everyone's planning is going well... it's getting close!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made it for the Home

 
So I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for a Monday Made It!  I have been quite the productive mama today.  Still not working on school stuff as our first curriculum meeting isn't until tomorrow.  Being at a new school and in a co-teaching experience is making me a bit tense these days trying to figure out what I will be doing and what I need to prepare but hopefully after our meeting tomorrow I will have a better idea!
 
So today's craft project was a DIY photo canvas.  We recently moved... OK we moved last November, but we just have not gotten our acts together on getting things done around here!  Well that is changing! I have been dying to put a big giant canvas family photo above our bed but man they are expensive!  I found some online and to have a 24x36 print done it cost between $120 and $150!  Heck no!  I remembered hearing from a friend that you could get large prints made in black and white at Staples for very cheap!  Sure enough, I got a 24x36 in print for $3.50!!! Heck yea!  I ran to Jo Ann Fabrics and got the same size canvas originally $28 but used a 40% off coupon and my 15% teacher discount and got it for about $14!!  I already had Mod Podge and the brushes so I was able to complete me project for under 20 bucks!!!  Now that is what I am talking about!
 
 


I love when projects don't need a lot of materials!  It makes me so happy that I don't have an hour of cleanup after I finish! 
 
 
And the final product...
 
 
It has a few more bubbles than I am ok with but Mod Podge and I have a LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP! So all in all I am pleased with it!  Plus once it is on the wall, you won't be able to see them at all.... now if only my husband will get home and get it hung!! 
 
That's all for today, hopefully I'll have a school related Monday Made it next week... I may start going crazy if I don't!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five for Friday

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So I have attempted to make a come back a couple of times and it really just hasn't stuck.... Yep, I'm a crummy blogger!  I do love it though and would love to get back to it consistently so here's another go at it!

1. I was offered a new job and will be teaching Pre-Kinders next year in the cutest little school ever!!!  Seriously, I am so excited and cannot wait to get in there and started on figuring out what I will be focusing on as it is a co-teaching experience!  I will get to have a classroom, see the same students every day, plan fun, cute, exciting activities and I am so thrilled!!!

2. We had a very busy week this week and it included 2 trips to the zoo!  We love the zoo and our membership was the best money spent!!
                                      
 
 
 3. I have been working my butt off to try and get healthier and exercise more!  Not even including the zoo, we went to the park and walked twice this week and 1 day we walked almost 4 miles!  Down 2 lbs this week!  Woot!!
 
4. I had my dad build a sensory table for Reagan to play with!  Not only is this great for Reagan but it is giving me some awesome ideas and practice for the school year with my little ones since this will be my first year with youngins!  What do you think of our sensory activity for the week?  The plus: she LOVED it!  The negative: she throws it all on the floor... I'm so tired of sweeping!
 
5. Loving that 5 for Friday is my first post back again.  It reminds me why I enjoy doing this and following all of you amazing teacher bloggers out there!  Have a great weekend all!
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BOO testing... YAY for soon-to-come freebies!

The past two weeks have just been completely packed with back to back testing.  Last week was the regular testing with all of my accommodation kiddos so it was lots of reading, scribing, and extended time!  This week I have a couple of my own students that need make ups but then because we are such a small school, I am the only teacher available to administer all of the make-ups as well so I have 13 students and 28 tests that have to be made up by...umm... the end of the day TOMORROW! goodness gracious it's gonna be a crazy day! 

The plus side... Only 3 of those assessments have to be read aloud which means I get the whole day in between pick ups and drop offs and direction reading to work on lesson plans!! Woohoo!! AND... tomorrow is my last day before spring break! Can you believe it's time for spring break already????


Well, stay tuned because I am going to have some pretty good freebies coming soon to try and welcome all of my readers back to my blog!  There will be a little something for everyone, I promise!!

Taylor

Monday, March 17, 2014

Time to reclaim my love for teaching!

So if there is anyone still out there **crickets chirp**... my last post was a long time ago and I shared some struggles I had been having with my current teaching placement and pure exhaustion from a new baby!  What a year it has been! Reagan is almost one and is growing like a weed!
 
She's so stinkin cute isn't she?!?!?!  Well now that she is getting bigger, things are a bit easier here at home.

Things at school however are not nearly as easy and I have definitely lost some of my passion which I never thought would happen.  I decided that it is time for a change and I will be looking for a new placement for next year.  I am excited and nervous and thrilled and terrified and mostly passionate again!  I am hoping to really find a place that I can fit in well with and feel like I am making a difference!  With that new found passion and excitement, I have decided to try and come back to my love... teacher blogging and where better to increase my passion but with all of you lovelies!  I am hoping to find a new placement soon and get making lots of great things to share with you all!  I am going to be working hard to make my last trimester with my kiddos of the past 4 years be a great one for them and I hope that I have some things to share with you all that you will find helpful!  Can't wait to see what everyone has been up to and I hope that I am welcome back with open arms!  I've missed you all!
Taylor

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New blog...

Hey all....
Man has it been awhile!  I apologize for being away to all of my loyal followers.  So where have I been?  Well ten months ago I found out I was pregnant and everything changed!  I was extremely sick with morning sickness all the way through the pregnancy and between that, being completely exhausted, and having a rough year at school, blogging just wasn't happening.  Some of you know that my current teaching job is not exactly my dream job and I feel very limited in what I can do there.  Following all these amazing teaching blogs and seeing all the amazing things you all were doing was really starting to bum me out so I stopped blogging.

Well now I am a mama to a sweet baby girl and my interests and focus have shifted a bit.


I will still be going back to teaching next year, but at the same school and same position.  Some day I may get back to this blog, when I am really loving the placement I am in, but for now I will no longer be blogging here.

I have created a new blog called It's a Krazy Life where I will be sharing my adventures as a first time mom but mostly it is just a family blog for me to journal and have a creative outlet.  I have missed blogging greatly and so this will be the perfect solution... I think!!  So if you enjoy following family blogs, seeing baby pictures...lots of baby pictures, getting recipes, craft ideas, etc. stop on by!!


Enjoy your summer breaks everyone!!
Taylor