Friday, March 21, 2014

Five for Friday March 21

I've missed a couple Five for Friday's so I am excited to be linking up again with Doodle Bugs Teaching for this week!  


I am "lucky" enough to work with some very talented people and many of these friends are also fellow bloggers!  On Monday we decided to do a giveaway together with some AMAZING teacher must haves.  The giveaway ends tomorrow so hurry up and check it out!  You could win a $40 gift card, Flair pens, Mr. Sketch markers, Washi Clothespins, and cute post-its!!!  

 Recently after looking through our test scores and some data, our team realized that we really needed to work on syllables more so I made sure in my March ELA and Math pack to include some!  The kids had so much fun and I felt like it did help!

At our school, we implement a program called Junior Achievement which included many different skills. In first grade it covers needs and wants, family, and jobs.  We have a volunteer which is a parent from our class that is trained to come in once a week for five weeks to teach the kids a lesson.  Today was the last Junior Achievement and boy is my class spoiled with goodies from Buskin!  

In our core extension group this week for reading we have been having so much fun doing printables from First Grade Nest!  They really seemed to enjoy the activities!

So excited that March Madness has started even though my bracket is horrible already!!!  So far EKU (where I graduated from) is currently winning against Kansas which is unbelievable and my CATS play tonight!!!  So excited to watch the game! Go EKU and Go Big Blue!

Thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for the link up and head on over to check out some other amazing blogs!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lucky in Love Giveaway

What teacher do you know that doesn't love teacher supplies?
That is why we are having a giveaway! 
The girls of Second Grade Nest, Party in Primary, Darlin' in First, and Webster's Little Dictionary are throwing a giveaway! And we would love for you to win! 

We are all four friends who work in the same building. Two of us are first grade teachers, one is a Kindergarten teacher, and one is a fourth grade teacher! It is so much fun to see each other during the school day and get to have a quick chat! Rebecca from Darlin' Little Learners is giving away her favorite teacher must-have:  paperclips covered in chevron Washi Tape! Amber's favorite thing is Flair Pens! She has donated that to our wonderful teacher giveaway! 

www.secondgradenest.blogspot.comJessica is giving away her absolute favorite teacher must-have: colorful Post-It notes! And Mackenzie is giving away a pack of amazing Mr. Sketch markers. Who doesn't love those?!

And we all pitched in for a $40 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers.

To win...
Complete the tasks given in this Rafflecopter.
The more entries you put in, the more likely you are to win! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Liebster Award!

I am so thankful and flattered that Kristin from My Carolina Classroom nominated me for the Liebster Award!!!  I am so new to this and can't believe that I am already finding fellow teacher bloggers out there!  Thank you!!! 


liebster (German): valued, kindest, sweetheart, dearest, beloved, darling

The guidelines are as follows:
#1- Link back to the blog that nominated me.
#2- Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
#3- Answer the questions posted to me by my nominator.
#4- Share 11 random facts about me
My 11 questions from Kristin 

1 - Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because many of the friends at my school were starting to get into it and it looked fun and a great way to meet people! I also started to read others blogs more and more often and thought, "hm I could do this!"   I love sharing ideas and seeing others ideas!

2 - What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love being able to share my ideas with whoever!  I also love the designing part of the blog...they are so cute!!!
3 - Which Linky is your favorite so far?
I love the Five for Friday from Doodlebugs because it is a quick snapshot of five things and I really enjoy it! 
4 - What advice do you have for beginning teachers?
COMMUNICATE with your parents and COLLABORATE with your team!  Life will be a lot easier if you do those two things! :)
5 - What is your favorite part about teaching?
I love when the kids get excited about learning and seem like they are having fun learning. 
6 - What is your ultimate career goal?
This changes pretty often.  I absolutely LOVE technology and the idea of "flipping" the classroom and doing BYOD with students so I think that eventually I would like to somehow be the "technology coach" on how to do this and give guidance to teachers in it. 
7 - What hobbies do you have outside of teaching?
I love shopping and hanging out with my friends! 
8 - If you could travel anywhere, right now, where would you go?
Somewhere...ANYWHERE with a beach!  I am craving the sunlight and warm temps!
9 - What is your favorite restaurant?
Rio Grande..a Mexican restaurant!
10 - If your life could be a TV show, which show would you choose?
New cracks me up!
11 - What is your all-time favorite book?
Okay so I am totally a "teen" reader....I loved the Hunger Games series.... 

11 Random Facts about me:
1 - I am obsessed with my dog Lexi. 
2 - I cry like a baby if an animal gets hurt or mistreated in real life or on tv....
3 - I change my hair color all of the time
4 - I have a classroom pet bunny, Lucy and the kids think we are the coolest class because of her
5 - I have a sweet tooth....Reese cups are my fav!
6 - I am pretty OCD about my classroom organization and neatness but my house seems to always be a mess
7 - I host Trivia with my husband on Wednesday nights
8 - I love technology
9 - My husband claims I buy more decorations and things for my classroom than I do our house
10 - I still cheer at my high school alumni games....sad because I graduated in 2005
11 - I am addicted to Diet's a problem

And now for the nominations!!!!!

Deshae from Primary Talk
Nicole from Firstie Favorites

I love your blogs!
And my Questions for you are.....

1. When did you know that you wanted to be a teacher? 
2. What is your favorite band? 
3.  What is your favorite educational book? 
4. What do you enjoy doing in the summer? 
5. Do you collaborate with your team?
6. Do you have any pets?
7. What is your favorite hobby?
8. What do you hope to improve on this year?
9. How do you use technology in your classroom? 
10. What would/is your favorite grade to teach? 
11. What was your favorite moment so far as a teacher?

Have fun!