Monday, January 4, 2016

January Freebie Time!

It's official. Winter break is over. I have truly enjoyed the past two and a half weeks at home with my own kiddos. in my PJs til noon (sometimes all day). naps. using the bathroom whenever I want. watching movies. Ahhhh I loved it! Well, its a good thing that it has ended cuz those sort of days can be pretty addictive! And as much as I fantasize about a break that never ends...IT'S OVER Y'ALL! Time to set the alarms & put away the yoga pants. I've actually spent a little bit of my break working on some school stuff (I know, I know but I just can't help it!) I get to spend the next 2 days logging a few professional development hours and then on Wednesday I will be greeted by my 20 smiling kinders! I loved my break but I also missed those cuties! I've been trying to tweek some of my center activities a little bit & I just finished up these playdough mats to practice sight words.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Snow-Much-Fun-PlaydoughLiteracy-Center-472917
 
You can download the entire set of sight word mats from my TpT shop for FREE this week! Check it out by clicking on the pic!
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Snow-Much-Fun-PlaydoughLiteracy-Center-472917
 
I hope you love it! Happy January-let the countdown to summer begin!
 
 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

H.E.L.L.O 2016! This is why we teach...


Happy 2016 y'all! I just have to share a bit of my New Year's Eve celebration with you. It was truly the inspiration that I needed to begin 2016...
First of all, I would like to say that I love my job. I love teaching. I love seeing children grow. and smile. and learn. I truly love it... BUT...there are days that I feel overwhelmed, underpaid and unappreciated. I'm sure y'all have experienced similar feelings also. So here's my lil New Year's Eve inspiration story:

We had not made any "big extravagant" plans to ring in 2016. So, at the last minute, went to dinner with friends. Nothing crazy. Dinner at a local family-run restaurant (which I have to say was DELish!!!) After dinner I was approached by a former parent. And by former I mean that I was her son's teacher about 15 years ago so it has been quite sometime since I have seen him (or her). She began by saying, "I have always wanted you to know..." and then she quickly became very emotional & covered her face. A million things ran through my mind. Was she upset? Was she happy? Did I do something that I had not realized? What? WHAT was it??? A few moments later, she looked up, wiped the tears from her face, grabbed my hands, and then began again, "I have always wanted you to know how much of a difference you made in my son's life. I was not a good mom. I did not have my priorities straight. He loves you. I love you for everything you did for him & for those words. Those kind words that you always said to him."  As you can imagine, tears streamed like a river. And for the next 30 minutes I listened to her story. Words cannot describe how I felt. My heart was overflowing!

As I reflect back on our conversation, I am again filled with emotion....I had no idea of this child's story. As teachers, we all have children that we worry just a little bit more about & wonder if there is more to their story, but this wasn't one of them. I am so grateful for this experience. It was truly a blessing of inspiration for the new year. So when I return to school next week to a classroom full of lil faces, I will remember these things:
1. Behind every face is a story-perhaps a story that we will never know.
2. Kind words & gestures DO make a difference.

And THIS, my friends, is why I teach!!!

Have an awesome 2016 y'all!





Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Elf on the Shelf Has Arrived!

Omiword! That tiny lil elf sure does cause a ruckus in the classroom! The kiddos were really excited but....my oh my did that inspire some awesome writing! I made these cute little journals for the students to keep track of our elf activity for the next couple weeks.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B345tcyP_s9yRnoxTTJJdElrdUU/view?usp=sharing
If you would like to download a FREEBIE copy of My Elf on the Shelf Journal, just click {here} or on the pic above. Feel free to PIN and share a lil love! I can't wait to see where our little elf friend is tomorrow! Happy elf-hunting!


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cyber-Smile Sale

It's time for a lil cyber sale! Many TpT sellers are running sales for the next 2 days PLUS TpT is offering an additional discount when you enter the promo code: SMILE at checkout. Everything in my lil shop is on sale so head on over and check it out!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/First-Grade-Fever-By-Christie
 
Happy shopping!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Just in time for Thanksgiving! {FREEBIE-LICIOUS!}

Well it's the week before Thanksgiving and I finally finished revising my Turkey Time Fun unit. Woo-Hoo! So...if you had previously purchased this, please download the new update!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Turkey-Time-Fun-Math-Literacy-Unit-167713

It's packed full of 68 pages of learning fun for your kiddos plus I have included a lil freebie in the preview. "I See A Turkey" is an emergent reader that reinforces color word recognition. I've got mine all copied and ready for this week!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Turkey-Time-Fun-Math-Literacy-Unit-167713
Click here to see a previous post about activities in this unit that I have done with my class.
Hope you love the turkey fun & freebies!
 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Little Peek at my Classroom

Here's a few pics from my classroom. After a few weeks in school, I'm finally getting around to posting them. (I'll have to say...the first few weeks of kindergarten are a doozy! Whew!!! H-E-L-L-O exhaustion!) After moving my classroom last year, I found myself packing up & moving again (groan)-that's 2 years in a row! Don't get me wrong, I was super excited for the opportunity to move to kindergarten but....all that packing!!!...the only good thing about moving classrooms is the opportunity to throw away some   a LOT of the "treasures" that I have collected. Aghhhh! How does one accumulate SO much stuff?!? Well, anyway here I am! And I love LOVE it!
LUV my chevron rug!


Lunch Choice & End of the Day Transportation Board
 
view from inside my classroom

peeking into my classroom (it looks so quiet!)

Hallway Bulletin Board
I hope that everyone's school year is off to an amazing start! Happy fall!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

More LOVE for Back-to-School Sale!

Whoop whoop! It's another quick sale day...August 19th! Check those wish lists and get your shop on! Lots of great sales...plus enter code MORE15 at checkout and receive an additional 10% off!#bestyearever
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/First-Grade-Fever-By-Christie