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September Currently

I am linking up with Farley from Oh’ Boy 4th Grade to share my September Currently. We are in our 2nd week of school and it has not slowed down yet! Some days I feel like I am swimming upstream.

I do love my kids though so that makes the day a little easier. I was lucky enough to loop with  my kids from 3rd grade to 4th grade, and it was the smoothest start I have ever had.

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listening: I am sitting with daughter while she watches Strawberry Shortcake. I love that they focus on friendship and doing the right thing. Hopefully some of it is soaking into my 4-year-old.

loving: I love snuggling with her at night and wind down after a long day. She tells me, “Momma,  I wanna snuggy with you!” I can never get enough of it!

thinking: I’m thinking of all the great fun we are going to have camping this weekend at Splashway Waterpark. It is our favorite place to go. We go every Labor Day to end the summer.

wanting: I’m so excited that our house is almost done! This has been a year-long ordeal so I am so ready.

needing: I really have to get my lesson plans done tonight for next week. Our copy day is tomorrow so I need to get my copies turned in.

goals: 1. trust: I need to trust that God has a plan in everything and I just need to trust in His timing and be patient.  2. breath: When I get frustrated I need to stop and breath before I react. I do this sometime but I really want to do this all the time!  3. enjoy: I really want to enjoy the everyday moments. I want to enjoy looping with my kids and enjoy teaching them. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful class. I really want to enjoy this year.

I am really excited about this month and all the wonderful surprises and challenges that are headed my way. I hope you have a great September! Make sure to go check out the other bloggers and see what they have going on.

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Classroom DIY- Monday Made It

I have been busy doing some classroom DIY lately so I decided to link up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.

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I wanted to choose a different classroom theme this year since I was switching classrooms and grade levels. I am looping with  my students from 3rd grade to 4th grade. I really wanted to do a theme that my class would love. After a lot of thought I decided to do a Texans themed classroom. I live in Houston and we are a huge football city. My students are huge football fans. Most of my boys play football and many of my girls are cheerleaders. So I began getting my decor. The problem is I have to make a lot of it myself.

Button 1The first thing I made was a paperclip holder. I was able to buy many of the desk supplies with the Texans logo but not a paperclip holder.

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I bought the supplies and stuck the magnet to the cover of the jar. I then stuck the sticker tattoos on the jar and put the paperclips in the jar.

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Oh so easy and cute! This could be done with any theme.

Button 2So I am not a seamstress by any means. In fact one of my best friends (who is a fashion designer) would cringe if she saw these pictures. I do not sew but I do have an heavy duty glue gun! You would be surprised what you can make with some material and a glue gun. A couple of years ago I made some monster pillows for my classroom with felt and a glue gun. They lasted two years. So I decided to make some Texans pillows for my classroom library.

texans pillowI bought a twin sheet set. The set came with a pillow case so I just put a pillow in the case and glued it shut. That was super easy. Then I took the sheets and cut out some of the material, turned it inside out, and glued two sides together. I then turned it back the right way, put the pillow in, and glued then end shut.

small texans pillowThis is the end product. Not too bad looking.

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Button 3I also made some Mod Podge Items.

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I bought some Texans gift wrap and Mod Podged it to pencil box and a chalkboard frame. I really am pleased with how they turned out.

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So I hope this gives you some ideas of how you can make some items of your favorite theme in your classroom. I will be posting some pictures of my classroom soon.

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Sub Plans- Ready for an emergency

Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am.  You have been up all night with your 3-year-old daughter because she has been throwing up all night. You are worn out and your daughter is laying on top of you in your bed because you haven’t changed her sheets yet. You can’t send her to daycare sick so you call in for a sub and go back to sleep. Wait! That’s not what happens. Let’s try the scenario again.

Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am. You peel your sick daughter off of you and wake up your husband (who had no idea what was going on). You tell him you have to go to school to get ready for a substitute because you have to stay home today. “Watch our daughter while I’m gone and I’ll be back as soon as I can.” You put the clothes you had on yesterday and head to school. You get into your room and have no idea what you are going to leave for the sub. You stare at the your plans and realize there is nothing you can leave for the substitute to do.

frustrated teacherHave you been in this situation before?

I know I have. Well I have a solution for you. Invest in a sub tub. This is a folder or a tub you have ready for emergencies. Inside the tub are activities that can be done with the class in case of an emergency. All you have to do is call a teammate to go in your classroom and put the sub tub on your desk and you are done.

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It does take some preplanning on your part but, it is definitely worth it in the long run. I have used these before in my room and my teammates have been using these for the past 8 years in their rooms. It is a huge time saver. I even have it set up for two days of activities in case I am out more than one day.

day 1 sub plans        day 2 sub plans

These are examples of what my 2 days of plans look like. I have all the materials needed for the 2 days in a container with the directions and activities attached to that day’s plans.There is a class list, schedule, and any other important notes that I normally leave for a sub.

I have made several sub tubs with my favorite classroom books. My newest sub tub goes along with the book “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka.

I just love this story! I made sub plans for the upper grades that can be used for 2 days with this one book. Here is a preview of what is in the sub plans.

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day 2 of sub plansIf you would like to buy it or read more about it you can check it out at my TPT store by clicking on the picture below.

the true story of three pigs_Page_01If you would like to try out one of the activities for free click the picture below to download it. Let me know what you think about the activity.

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Currently July

I am linking up with Farley from Oh’ Boy  4th Grade to share July’s Currently. I can’t believe it’s already July! June just flew by. I hope you are enjoying your summer. I have had a great summer so far.july currentlyListening: I am watching the Today Show. I never get to watch morning television because of being at school or my daughter watching her cartoons. So it’s nice to watch some adult tv in the morning.

Loving: I love to see my daughter playing with her Barbies. She was so excited to get a new one last night and she couldn’t wait to play with it this morning. I always loved playing with my Barbies when I was young. Now I get to relive my childhood through her. So much fun!

Thinking: I have started thinking of everything I need to do to get ready for Vegas. I went last year with a friend and it was great. This year I am going with my husband so, I will be going to all the TPT conference sessions by myself. I am very nervous because I am a shy person and it frightens me to be there by myself. I know that it will force me to get out there and meet new people. I am excited to meet some of my blogging buddies.

Wanting: I really want to start buying some furniture for our new house! The problem is I don’t know when we will be moving in. It is still being built and won’t be ready until August or September. We already have everything else in storage and have no more room so, I guess I will just have to wait a little longer.

Needing: I really need to get motivated to exercise! This is so hard for me. I seem to come up with excuse after excuse. I’m either too busy, too tired, it’s too hot, or it’s too late. I’m really good at making excuses. I need to just do it and stop making excuses!

All-star: I am definitely good at being organized. I can’t stand clutter everywhere. Everything has it’s place and that’s they way I like it. My coworkers would definitely tell you I’m a little OCD about my desk. I just can’t function when there’s stuff everywhere. It drives me crazy! It’s ok if it’s someone else’s room. I don’t feel the compulsion to organize their stuff. I just need to have my room organized.

I hope you have a great and relaxing summer!

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TPT Seller Challenge Week 2: Dare to Dream

I am linking up with some great bloggers, Third in HollywoodPeppy Zesty Teacherista, Teach Create Motivate, and Sparkling in Second, for week two of the TPT Seller Challenge. This week the challenge was to reflect on our goals and dreams for our TpT business.

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New Home: We are in the process of building a new house. It has been a long road but, it is finally getting started. There is no way we would be able to get everything we wanted if it had not been for the extra income from TPT. There is a lot of new things I want for the new house that I will be able to get because of the extra income. I have been working on TPT for 2 and 1/2 years and the extra income has helped to make this dream begin to come true.

Disney World:  My daughter is 4 years old and I would really like to take her to Disney World when she is 5. My niece will be 13 years old at the end of this year and she has not been to Disney World yet either. My parents have been telling me for years that they want to go with us to Disney World so they can experience seeing their granddaughters enjoyment. It would be a huge dream of mine to take my whole family to Disney World in March for Spring Break. Paying for eight people’s flight, hotel, and tickets to Disney will be very expensive. It definitely is a great dream to have!

Be a Better Teacher: I think the most important dream I have is to become a better teacher. I definitely believe the TPT community of teachers is amazing community to be a part of. I have made new friends and learned so much from teachers that I admire. My teaching has definitely improved from being part of the TPT community. My dream is that I become an even better teacher for my future students.

Teachers Pay Teachers has definitely changed my life in ways that I didn’t even know was possible. I’m very excited to see what the future holds!

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Summer Saleabration

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Time to celebrate summer with a fun saleabration! I am teaming up with Melissa at Teacher Treasure Hunter and some other great teachers for a awesome summer sale.

We are going to offer you savings all summer long. Each week we will put a different item on sale. The item will only be on sale for a week. The next week each of us will choose a different resource from our store to offer at a discount. You can search TPT for saleabration to find all of the items that are on sale for the week.

This week I am putting my Superhero Book Bin Labels on sale for 50% off. Make sure to go by my store and the other teacher’s stores and see all the great deals you can get this week.

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Make sure to check back each week for a new sale item. Go by the Teacher Treasure Hunter to see what other great deals you can get or search saleabration on TPT.

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Pool Party Blog Hop

I am joining up with Celeste at Education Highway to celebrate her birthday with this fun Pool Party Blog Hop.

Bday Party Blog HopSo the first thing I want to share with you is a summer craft idea that I plan on doing with my daughter.

Ideas for KidsI found this great summer craft on Pinterest. It is a Suncatcher made with melted pony beads. I have so many of these beads I just brought home from school because I wasn’t using them anymore in my classroom. I was looking for something to do with the beads and  found this great idea!

How-to-Make-Melted-Bead-Suncatchershttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/259097784789209686/

Blog Hop FreebieI have also attached a fun freebie that I always loved doing with my students. This activity goes along with the book Chicks and Salsa. This is a fun book about farm animals that are having a fiesta at the barn. This would be a fun book to read in the summer. The activity that I have attached is a sequencing activity that can be done after reading the story. I hope you enjoy it! Just click on the picture below to download it.

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Meet the SponsorsCeleste has made this great ebook of all the sponsors from her birthday giveaway. Click on the image below to download it.
Now make sure to sign up for all of these great giveaways below!

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Don’t forget to go by and visit Celeste at the Education Highway  and wish her a Happy Birthday! Make sure to visit the other blogs below. 

I hope you find some great ideas! 

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Let’s Plan a Vacation- Math Project

So it’s finally the end of the year! We have learned all the standards and now we need to figure out what we are going to do with the kids to keep them engaged. Well let’s plan a vacation. This  math project is a great cooperate activity to get your kids excited about doing math at the end of the year.

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This math activity is great to do in groups of 3 to 4 kids. A group of students will get a city and a budget sheet to plan a vacation for themselves and a friend. They must pick their flight, car rental, hotel, activities, and food while they are on vacation. They must do it all the activities while staying under their budget of $2500. I love seeing all the kids working together. I give each child a job. There is a mathematician that does the calculating, the recorder that writes on the budget sheet, and the checker that checks all the calculations.

vacationMy students really enjoyed this activity. We spent 2 class periods working on the budget. I am attaching a sample of the project. You can try it out by clicking on the picture below.
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If you like the sample you can purchase the full Plan a Vacation activity with all 7 cities at my store or by clicking on the picture below.

Good luck with the end of the school year. Let me  know if you tried this project with your students.

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What Works Best Selling Products and $1 Deals

Welcome to Day 2 of Teacher Appreciation Week!  If you missed out yesterday, you can check out some great teaching secrets for your classroom HERE.   Also, you don’t want to miss out on the two giveaways we are hosting this week.  If you didn’t enter yesterday, you can do so now.  Make sure you enter for both prize bundles so you have double the change to win!
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Today, we are offering a collection of high quality classroom resources at a huge discount.  Below is a list of Best Selling Resources that have been discounted by 20%.  You can receive an additional 10% off at checkout by using the code THANKYOU.

 

 

 

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We have also put together a collection of $1.00 Deals to help stock up your classroom for the rest of the year and next year.  I know I have added several of these deals to my cart.  Don’t forget to use the code THANKYOU at checkout for maximum savings!

 


 

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What Works! Teacher Appreciation Linky

I am linking up with some great teachers to share how much I appreciate teachers and all they do. I am here to share some of the great secrets that have I learned from other amazing teachers.
Read Alouds– I don’t know how big a secret it is but, it is one of the most important things I learned a long time ago. Reading to students is the best way for kids to become lifelong readers. It doesn’t matter if they are 4 or 14, kids love to be read to. I had an amazing assistant principal that loved books and reading to kids. She would come into the classrooms and read to the students with so much enthusiasm. She taught me to take time to read daily to my students just for fun. This is her dressed up as Cat in the Hat reading to my students many years ago.
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Conscious Discipline– This classroom management program has made a huge difference in my teaching. It has taught me the importance of building a school family. I have learned how to better control my emotions so I can help my students with their emotions. Our district has been a huge supporter of this program. Below are some pictures of my Conscious Discipline classroom. You can learn more about this program by checking out the Conscious Discipline website.
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 The first picture is of my safe place. This is a place for students to go when they are having problems controlling their emotions. The calming lotions are used to help soothe the kids when they need a little extra love. The last picture shows my kids’ jobs for the week. Every student in my class has a job. This is just a sma
So to show how much we appreciate teachers, I have joined with many other teacher bloggers to have an awesome giveaway!  Check out all the great prizes you can win. The more entries you have on the rafflecopter the more chances you have to win.
Just take a look at everything you could win…One lucky reader will win this entire prize package!!!
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Be sure to enter both rafflecopters for a better chance at winning one of these amazing prize bundles!
 
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You won’t want to miss out on all the other great secrets being shared by successful teachers!  Be sure to check out all the other great posts below.

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