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Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekly Common Core Spiraling Review Freebie in one download!

Happy Monday almost Tuesday!

I've been truly enjoying summer break and have been slack on all things school related!  I LOVE being a teacher, but really think I needed a mental break for a few weeks before considering looking at anything school related!  Over the past couple of weeks I've been a workout machine, pool regular, Pinterest chef/baker, and household organizing fanatic!  While doing everything mentioned above, I've been enjoying our little nugget and ALL the extra time I get with her in the summer months!  There's still tons to do and play dates to host; however, I'm ready to look at and think about school again a few days a week!  

Several people have requested the morning work spiraling review be located in one central spot for an easier download....your wishes are my command! ;)  You can download weeks 1-12 by clicking the picture below.  I don't have past week 12 because I ran out of time this past year.  I'm also not sure how I plan to use them this upcoming year or if I want to try something a little different...more to come on this!  Leave a comment if you like my work or have suggestions for other items you would like to see. Until next time....

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

End of Year Awards (Freebie)

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday was our last day of school!  It was a bittersweet day for me because I really LOVED my class this year!  My class was incredible and it was definitely hard to see them off after the 5th grade celebration. :(  Before our celebration we had a mini celebration in the classroom and handed out class superlatives.  This is a first for me, and I'm so glad we did it! It was so much fun and the children enjoyed their certificates because they were chosen/voted on by their peers secretly.  Normally, I do the candy bar awards; however, the lower grades are taking over those awards so I needed something different and fun to mix things up.  The idea for my certificates was created from a TPT seller, but can't find a blog name for her.  You can check out the sheet that inspired me by clicking here.

The certificates are simple, but I'm loving them because of the chevron print and Dr. Seuss font (goes with our classroom theme).    Click on the picture below to grab your free copy if you choose.  They are really cute when printed in color.  Have a great week until next time! :)))

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Back from a LONG Hiatus!

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I'm back from an extremely long hiatus!  I apologize to all of you wonderful followers on my blog slacking.  Life has been BONKERS!  My husband's travel schedule was insane to say the least and life as a single working mom when he travels is exhausting!!!  We are almost done with this school year (only 1 1/2 days to go with the children) and I'm extremely bummed out!  I have LOVED my class this year!  They will always have a piece of my heart!  I haven't counted down the days until summer because I'm not ready to let them go to middle school! :(  Don't get me wrong...I'm super pumped about summer time with my own little nugget, but I wish I could keep the same class next year!  They are incredible!  Since I last blogged, I've set up an Instagram account and would love any followers (click on the button at the top right of the page to follow me).  I'm thinking it will be easier to show what's going on more quickly than the blog on occasion as well as provide a window into what I do when I'm not in the classroom. ;)

I leave you today with a picture of our family from April and an easy/quick classroom behavior management idea inspired from a Pinterest post.  More frequent posts to come!  Enjoy the weekend! :))

Our first family photo session since the newborn/family session 2 1/2 years ago!  The loves of my life! :))

Paint bucket from Michaels stocked with fun writing tools for students to use when they are working quietly and are on task.  The bucket has gel pens, erasable colored pencils, sparkly crayons,  and sharpies.  I go to students demonstrating desired behaviors and ask if they want to "trade" their pencil for one of my writing tools.  Of course they ALWAYS say yes and they get to use the chosen tool for the rest of the day.  If they get off task, then I trade them back and the tool is lost for the day.  At the end of the day all children return my supplies back to the bucket and we start over the next day!  It's AMAZING what they will do to use "teacher writing tools".