Thursday, April 17, 2014

One of the hardest decisions.....

I am soon going to be faced with one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. I distinctly remember about 6 weeks after I had my daughter, calling my mom upset about whether to continue breastfeeding my daughter or not. I felt horrible but it was just too hard on us both. I remember her telling me...this is one of the MANY decisions you will have to make for her, Sarah. You just have to use your best judgment and do what you think is best for her.
Well, now it's time to make a decision that I'm really struggling with. You see. My first (and only) child turns 5 in 3 weeks. She will be entering Kindergarten. You know....the grade I teach. I teach in a really rural school with only 3 kindergarten classes. I will be taking her with me to school. I registered her on Monday and cried. Yup. Like a baby. While I am ready for her to be at my school, I am NOT ready for her to be at my school. You get that right? Here is my dilemma.
Do I place her in my classroom? I have prayed, and prayed, and prayed about this. For a year. I go back and forth. I've weighed my pros and cons.
Here they are:
She will be with me all day. I'll get to watch her grow and learn. I'll never had this chance again. I think I'm a pretty good teacher. I can tweak and guide her to make the best decisions this first year.
Will I be to hard on her? Will she be able to go from me being her mother to her teacher? Will it strain our relationship?

I know she would be excellent for another teacher. (BTW...I love both of my teaching partners.) She's so good at her preschool. I crack up when they go on and on about how sweet and perfect she is. Like any child...she's worse around us (her parents). She is a good girl. She just tests us and whines more around us.  She's not a leader. She's a follower by nature. She's smart. She's my life.

So, I would LOVE to hear your feedback. Have you ever had your child in class? How did it go? Do you regret it? What is your advice or experience?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five for Friday and New Blog Design

I am finally linking up for Doodle Bug's Five for Friday Linky Party!
Can you guess where I am????? It is FINALLY my Spring Break and I am in the good ol' state of Florida.
Specifically in the Rosemary Beach/Santa Rosa area. I LOVE this area. It is so quaint and southern!
Speaking of Southern. I saw this on a tea towel in Seaside. I die. Love it.
We are working on long vowels, specifically long e using this unit. Anywho....the students were to read the word and draw a picture. My teaching partner brought a student's paper over cracking up! Funniest thing ever!
We are doing our Easter theme next week. We will be doing this craft I blogged about here. Is it an egg or a bunny? You can grab your free one here. on to the exciting news. Do you LOVE my new blog design??? I do. Parker created it for me and he was so wonderful to work with! He worked and worked until it was just what I wanted. I still have a few pages to update, but I am loving my new design! I'm thinking I feel a giveaway next week (after my vacation) to celebrate! Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring, Spring Break, and Other Exciting News

We have been knee deep in Spring in the classroom. I created and finally upload my newest unit......

We finished up these literacy and math centers last week. They had a lot of fun! Here is a glimpse of what you get in this unit with 6 Literacy and 6 Math centers.

 Unscramble the Sight Word
Syllable Count 
ABC Order 

Digraph Write the Room

Also: Long Vowel/Short Vowel Sort & Rhyming
Greater Than or Less Than

Ordering from Least to Greatest

Answer and Read Reviewing Different Skills
 Tally Count (I have no idea what is wrong with this picture.)
Also: Base Ten Counting
This unit is up in my TPT store and you can grab it here. I put it on sale through tonight so grab it at a discount!
We are all loving this Spring-like weather we have had. I love these kiddos writings:

(Writing paper from here.)
We are FINALLY on Spring break. My little booty is headed to Florida on Tuesday. After this horrible winter, my toes are DYING to be in the sand. Even though I'll be gone I have something exciting going on. I'm getting a new blog design on Wednesday. I LOVE it!!!! I'm off to enjoy this day!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

We have a winner!

So sorry for the late post! I have a winner from my giveaway that ended on Friday. Congrats to Jillian Wilson! I have sent Kim your email and she should be getting you the Sight Words Tri-Fold unit!! Thanks to all who entered!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sitch Fix #1 - My Thoughts and Reviews

I was SUPER excited to get my 1st Stitch Fix today. Yep. I said 1st because I will definitely be doing it again! :) So much fun! If you haven't heard of Stitch's the jist. You sign up at and create a profile. In your profile, you answer questions about which type of clothes you like. (They give you pictures and you respond with how much you like/dislike the outfit.) You answer questions about your body type and how much you prefer to spend on items. Then for $20, you sign up to get your first fix. (The $20 you spend will go towards any piece you choose to keep.) You choose a shipping date and it's done! A personal stylist will choose 5 pieces and they deliver them to your door!! It's that easy! So when I got home, this was on my doorstep!
Okay. I'm a sucker for cute packaging! Look how adorable the inside of that box is!!!! Can you see that style card? Stitch Fix will show you the 5 pieces they chose for you and ways to wear them. Brilliant right? here is my review of the 5 pieces I received.
#1 - Kensie Jeans - Johnny Skinny Jeans - $88
Let's me honest. I have a weird shaped body. I gain ALL of my weight in my stomach. So when I saw Skinny Jean on the list of things they were sending my way, I laughed out loud. Ain't no way they are going to get that right! Wrong! I love! They are dark denim and very stretching. They are fitted in the all the right areas.
Verdict: KEEP
#2 - Collective Concepts - Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse - $54.00
When I pulled this piece out I didn't think it would work. I wasn't crazy about the color. It says Fuchsia, but it is really maroon to me. I like tops like this to wear under cardigans at work, but this isn't one I would have pulled off the rack.

Verdict: KEEP
#3 - Mavi- Kalie Denim Jacket - $98.00
I kind of knew I wouldn't keep this piece before I opened it up. I already have a few jean jackets and $98.00. Uh. No thanks. It helped me confirm that decision when it didn't fit. Too tight around the waist and too long in the arms. Yuck.
Verdict: RETURN
#4 - Tart - Vida Zip-Up Cardigan - $78.00
I LOVED this. As soon as I pulled it out, I was in love. I love the thumb holes, the gray, the stripes. LOVE. And in all honesty I think I would get a lot of good out of it. However, I cannot justify spending $80.00 on a sweatshirt. I just can't. Plus...I didn't like it zipped up. The band across the waist was not flattering.
Verdict: RETURN
#5 - Rikka - Betty Chevron Infinity Scarf  - $32.00
Super cute and who doesn't love a chevron scarf, but I have about 6. Got them on for super cheap so I just didn't need it.
Verdict: RETURN
All in all, I'm very happy with my first Fix. Here is what I love about it:
1. They do the shopping for me.
2. They choose pieces that I would never pick out, but may (and did) like.
3. They have pieces you can't find near my hometown.
4. I'm not really out anything but $20 IF I choose not to keep anything.
If you want to try it out, I would love for you to click here and use me as a referral! Let me know if you try it and like it. Oh...and I'll be scheduling my next fix this weekend!!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dr. Seuss fun and a GREAT GIVEAWAY!

Well, our week full of Dr. Seuss fun turned into 2 days! We got ICE and SNOW last Sunday and were out Monday-Wednesday. On Friday we had GOOD KINDER FUN! (Like the old days.) After reading Bartholomew And The Oobleck....we made Oobleck!!! So fun!

The sounds that came from those sweet mouths when they stuck their hands in were the best!
They each got to take some home!

We also made Green Eggs and Ham of course. We mixed the yellow eggs with blue food coloring and ate up!

Before we ate, we predicted if we would like them or not, then after we ate them we graphed our results. (I forgot the picture of the graph). This response was one of my favorites. She is one of me ESL students. LOVE!

We also made this ADORABLE Lorax picture I found on pinterest!

We haven't added our eyes or mustaches yet because it was crazy and we had to wait for them to dry. That was an independent center (except for the handprint). I LOVED the different ways they made their truffula trees!

At last, I took their pictures for their scrapbooks. Seriously? SO cute!
Okay, I know. You are really just here for the giveaway! One of my colleagues just posted these ADORABLE Sight Word Tri-Folds! I DIE over them!!!!
AWESOME right? I cannot wait to use them this week!!!! She has graciously agreed to give one away to one of my readers! Yup! You can win one! It's easy....just enter below!
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

RTI for Tier 3 and Tier 2

Do you have some kiddos who are still struggling with letter and sound identification? I always have 1-2 students who still need that letter and sound awareness. Typically these are the students who are in Tier 3 or Tier 2 and students I hope to retain. I found that I need something for those students to work on that was consistent and allowed them to work independently. Last year I created my RTI units for each letter of the alphabet. My little one is 4 and starts Kindergarten in the fall so I thought it would be fun to start doing these with her. She LOVED them and insisted on doing them all in 1 night. (Think she might be a teacher one day????) They were very easy for her, but she knows all the letters and sounds. She was SUPER excited to read the little reader! (Excuse the was a snow day. We wore those ALL day!)  Here is what is included in each unit:
Circle the letter, identify the correct beginning sound picture, write the letter.

Color the letter, identify the correct beginning sound picture by writing the letter.

Cut and sort capital and lowercase letters.

Color the path of the letters to get the object to it's home.

Identify the pictures that start with the letter, color, cut, and glue in boxes.

Color, cut, and read predictable text feature 3 different sight words for each letter! (This was her FAVORITE!)


There are also 2 review pages (of all letters) included. A cut and paste (similar to above) and the one below.

Do you think this is something you could use in your classroom? You can grab them by letter in my store or save $ and buy the bundles!