Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Classroom Pictures: Day 1 and 2

I wanted to take a minute to post a couple pics from my new classroom.   So here are some pics of my first 2 1/2 days worth of work.



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Clip Art Freebie

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all doing well.  I am trying my hand at making clip art for the very first time and I am in need of your assistance.  I have an owl clip art set up on my TpT Store right now and it is FREE (for a limited time).  I am just trying to make sure that the file is set up in a way that is easily downloaded and that the graphics are usable.  Please do me a huge favor (if you are a fan of my Owl Theme products) and download my owl graphic and let me know what you think.  If you love them, please give them a 4 star rating.  If you have any problems, please let me know here on my blog so I can work out any kinks.  I want to make sure that the file is 100% perfect before I start charging for the clip art.

Thanks for all your input!  Click on the picture to download my Owl Clip Art (absolutely free through this weekend).



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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Exciting News!

I'm very thrilled to say that I have just accepted a kindergarten teaching position.  I am completely over the moon and I can't wait to start this journey!  I'm filled with nervous excitement...kindergarten is it's own special level of crazy.  I will certainly be searching the blogging world and combing through Pinterest to find ideas.  I have two kindergarteners (oops, they are now firsties) at home already...having a classroom full of them is going to be a challenge.  I'm confident however that I will do fine.  I certainly know that my 7 months teaching severely autistic children has given me a new way of looking at things and more patience than I ever thought possible.

I am truly blessed.  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Reflections

Here we are at the end of the school year and most teachers are counting down to the last day of school.  I wish that I was in the same boat.  My favorite part of May was always planning out my classroom for the next school year.  I'd think about what worked out well and what didn't in regards to classroom setup, behavior management, and lesson planning.  I'd start making lists for what I needed to purchase for the upcoming year and my favorite...drawing sketches of my classroom.  Yes, I was the teacher that made detailed drawings to scale of every corner of my classroom right down to the labels on the buckets.  I'd take pictures of everything to use as reference during the summer while the building was closed and I had no access.  Then on the first teacher workday I would be completely prepared and know exactly how I would organize things.  Setting up my new classroom took half the time.

But now at the end of this 2013-2014 school year I sit with a heavy heart.  All of my teaching things are boxed up in the garage, where they have been since I moved back to Texas mid school year 2012, patiently waiting for the day that they can get some good use.  Divorce changes your life in ways that you'd never expect.  Unfortunately the breakup of my 12 year marriage also put my teaching career on hold.  I identified myself as a teacher, a mother, and a wife...and suddenly two of the three were missing.  Teaching was never just a job or even a career...it was and still is my passion.  In losing it, I lost a piece of myself and I know I won't feel whole again until I find myself in the classroom once more.  So many of you have emailed me saying that you've missed my blog posts and freebies and have asked for suggestions and ideas.  Honestly I found it hard to even look at my blog without crying.  It was a bitter reminder of everything that I loved so much and poured my heart into but that I no longer had.  I felt like a failure that had not only let myself and my family down, but also let down my readers and followers. Life seems to be coming full circle though.  Instead of spending May comfortably closing down my classroom, I am spending it looking for a teaching position for the upcoming school year.  I'm a bit more positive than I was before and I'm really looking forward to a teaching job fair that I'm attending tomorrow.  I don't expect to walk out with a job, but if some interviews come of it, I'll feel like one happy camper.

So what have I been doing in this time away from teaching you might ask.  Well, I spent some time as a substitute (which is certainly a very hard position and I am so thankful that as a teacher I was always very thorough with my sub notes...I can guarantee you it is very helpful to subs).  Unfortunately there is not a huge demand for subs at the beginning of the school year so I had to find something else to pay the bills.  I found myself in a teaching position that I never would have imagined.  For the last six months I have been working one-on-one with autistic children.  I have definitely learned a lot there that I could use in the regular classroom and ideas that I would love to share with all of you.  But that my friends will have to wait for another day.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you!!  Enjoy the weekend and the end of the year!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Quick Update

Good morning everyone!  I know it has been months since I've updated...life has been CRAZY but things are JUST NOW starting to fall into place.  Thank you for all of the well wishes and emails.  Y'all are so sweet to me!  :)

I just wanted to throw some quick links on here.  I've gotten literally well over a hundred emails asking for Parent Contact Cards and Important Information Calendar.  I have very quickly uploaded those to my TpT store so that you can have easy access.  The links provided go directly to the item on the store and they are the exact files that I would otherwise email to you.

Click on the link for your FREE copy  :)
(Please leave positive feedback...gotta love the stars)



I am aware that the blog is looking a little run down and pictures and links are missing.  I will be working on it this weekend and next week to try and make sure that everything is up and running on my end.

Have a great Friday everyone!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Update

Good afternoon fellow teachers!  I hope that the end of the school year is treating all of you very well.  Obviously I have not been updating very often and I sincerely apologize for that.  I'm going through a very hard time in my personal life and updating my blog and adding new products to my TpT store is just not at the top of my priority list right now.  I hate not having the time to update or to add new things.  My inbox has been filling up and I sincerely apologize to anyone that has been emailing me.  Most folks have been wanting my spelling activities or folder covers.  Just click on the links and you can download them for free from my TpT Store.  If you are interested in the Daily 5 lessons, Parent Contact Cards, or Calendar please email me but know that there will be a delay.  I'll *try* to fill requests once a week, but I cannot guarantee that at this time.  I hoping that since summer is upon us you will be a little more forgiving of me.

Thank you all so much for your understanding.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

TpT Sale

Well friends...I'm still dealing with limited internet access hence the sporadic blogging.  Just wanted to throw it out there that I am having a Super Bowl Sale on my TpT store on February 3rd.  Just click on the picture below to jump to my store.  I'm taking 15% off of everything in my store and TpT is taking off an additional 10%...so 25% off of everything.  :)



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