Saturday, September 20, 2014

Five for Friday {September 19th}

Okay, so I know it’s Saturday, but I am still going to post my Five for Friday. It was kind of a hectic day yesterday! Better late than never I suppose! And...I was excited to share my week with you!

I was so excited to decorate my house for fall. This is my most favorite season. So this week, I spruced up my front porch and added some festive fall d├ęcor to our living room!

Here's the insert I used for my Fall frame if you want to use it too! 

I’ve been posting to my new blog, When the Baby Naps. I have a few DIY projects I created and the instructions on how you can do it too! Check it out!!

I am still going to the gym this week! LOL!
I am very proud of myself. I am very sore and tired, but I think it will be worth it in the end! Thank goodness my husband was home this week to help me with Baby Jake! If he wasn't here, I wouldn't have been able to go work out!

My little man is growing up! He’s been holding the bottle on his own, but this week he actually took the bottle and fed himself! I didn’t let it last long. It makes me nervous, and I love holding him. Just can’t believe he’ll be six months next week. Time goes by too fast!

I posted a new FREEBIE to my TpT store. It’s a fun FALL FREEBIE you can use with your kiddos. Frankenstein!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Check out the other wonderful posts on Doodle Bugs Teaching’sblog!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

You Oughta Know About Student Treasures

Good morning! I am linking up today with Mrs. McClain for her monthly You Oughta Know blog linky!

Well, I think you oughta know about Student Treasures Publishing!

Getting your students super PUMPED about writing will help them become better writers. They'll be more interested and show more enthusiasm when writing. Their creativity will blossom and their imaginations will take off on the page.

There are several strategies to help get your students motivated and excited to write. Brainstorming, autonomy in writing ideas, writing partners, writing conferences, and the list goes on and on. There is ONE strategy, however, that motivated my students to the extreme: Student Treasures Publishing.

Student Treasures Publishing is a FREE way to professionally publish your students’ work. I found this company a few years ago when I received a letter in the mail about their mission and purpose. At first, I was a little hesitant to try it because it was FREE and it was super simple to get my students started. My skepticism kicked in and I automatically thought…this is too good to be true!

After some research on their website, I decided to give it a try. After all, it was FREE and simple, so why not? Boy oh boy! Am I ever glad I did it! My first year using this company to publish my students’ writing was a success. My students LOVED it! They got to write their stories and create illustrations that accompanied their work. They were so excited to write their “final drafts” and couldn’t wait to see their work in a professionally bound book.

The next best part is for the parents. There is no obligation to purchase a book as a parent. All you have to do is send home the cute stickers and order forms for parents to order their child’s work. If they don’t want to order a book, that’s fine! Your class gets a FREE book to keep! So parents can come by and check out their child’s work from you class copy. If parents do want to order a book, all they have to do is pay about $25!

There are many options to choose from as a teacher for your class book. Students can publish individual books, class books, and eBooks. There are writing ideas and the customer service is impeccable!

I used Student Treasures every year I taught before staying home with my baby. My students were in awe of their priceless, published work. It was so amazing to see their faces light up when they shared their stories! AND...students and families have a precious way to save their children's work! :)

A fun way I helped students show off their published work was by hosting an Authors’ Tea in my classroom. I usually had the finished books arrive around April or May and I held our Authors' Tea around that time. I made sure each student had a book. If a student’s parents did not order a book, I used the awesome coupons from Student Treasures to buy them a book to have for the Authors’ Tea. I asked parents to bring finger foods and juices. Students were able to chat, eat, and display their published stories. I also set up an “Author’s Chair” so students could sit at the chair and read their stories to the class. Parents were also invited to the Authors’ Tea to take part in their children’s successes.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this publishing company! Check them out and see for yourself how awesome they are! Your students will thank you!

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Five for Friday {September 12th}

Happy Friday everyone! I am linking up today with Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday. Yay!!

We are finally getting around to painting our master bedroom and bathroom. I am so excited! I love decorating and now I get to redecorate our room!! We also decided to take down our large bathroom vanity mirror and replace it with two separate mirrors. We are still in the process of painting and redecorating. Here's the current status:

Since I have been home with my little baby boy, I've tried to get more involved in crafting and DIY projects. Especially now since he's finally on a napping schedule (hope I didn't jinx myself :D).  I decided to create a new blog specifically about DIY projects I can accomplish when my baby naps. I have a few posts pending that will be up soon. Check it out and craft along!

I'll be linking up with Mrs. McClain's You Oughta Know blog linky for September! Stop by my blog on Saturday to read about what you "oughta know" and get the link to see other teacher bloggers' awesome posts.

My mom had given me a massage gift card for my first Mother's Day this year. Well, I finally used it! My sister went with me and we enjoyed some time at the spa. It was much needed!! 

So...I haven't been to the gym since I found out I was expecting. That was back in July of 2013. I was a pretty avid gym goer before my pregnancy, but with the morning sickness and body/hormonal changes, the gym was the last place I wanted to be when I was pregnant. To be honest, I would have rather been ordering a Double Double at In n' Out. Haha! Anyways, for my health and self esteem, I finally went back to the gym this week. I'm definitely way out of shape, but I felt really good getting back. I hope I can continue this streak. 

Head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and read about other teachers' weeks. 

Have a beautiful weekend!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11th {Never Forget}

It is the 13th anniversary of September 11th today. On this tragic day, many lives were lost, a city’s buildings were destroyed, and fear encompassed our country. As a nation, we came together and supported one another to make sure that we rose above the events of this tragic day. Our country stood tall and united, and many heroes were, and still are, honored for their bravery and self-sacrificing actions to ensure our freedom and safety. 

It’s strange to think that many of our students weren’t even born when this event happened. They are so young and don’t fully understand the events of this day. It is hard to explain to our little ones why “bad guys” do this to other people.  As difficult as it is to explain this tragedy to our students, it should not go unnoticed.

In my opinion, it may not be appropriate to explain the specific details of the event. Instead, explain the importance of what we have learned as a country. For example, explain to students how our heroes showed (and continue to show) strength and bravery. Explain how our country is resilient and how we continue to thrive even in the wake of tragedy. Explain how nobody can destroy our culture and take away our freedom.

Celebrate America and honor our American heroes not just today on Patriot Day, but everyday!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m linking up with Doodle Bugs this week for Five for Friday!

My poor husband broke his toe at work this week! It was an ugly sight! He dropped a steel deck right on is foot! He’s wearing this boot until his toe is “heeled.” Pun intended! HAHA!

I’ve been pinning some great DIY home projects for fall. Pinterest has some of the cutest ideas. I can’t believe fall is almost here!

Did you know there are only 17 Fridays until Christmas? I started my Christmas shopping list this week. I can’t even believe it! This year my goal is to do my shopping from now until Christmas. I’m hoping this method will make me feel better about the amount of money I am spending.

This week I spend a lot of time on the Seller’s Forum of TpT. I enjoy collaborating with other teachers! It’s a great way to be a part of pinning parties and see upcoming linkys.

I spent a lot of time blogging this week with Blog Hoppin’! Check out my posts

Today is WHAT Friday! Hop on over and join the fun!

Have a great weekend everybody!

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