Monday, May 25, 2015

My Goals for Summer

This week I'm linking up with I Heart 3rd Grade in her first week of the Weekly Summer Link-Up. We will be focusing on our goals for the summer. Feel free to jump in and link up by heading over to her page and adding your link to your blog. 

Get a Hang of this Mommy Thing

My first goal for the summer is to meet my little girl and start to get a hang of this mommy thing! Baby B was supposed to arrive May 14 but we are still eagerly awaiting her arrival. I'm scheduled to be induced on May 28 if she still hasn't decided to make her entrance on her own.

I'm really excited that she will be born in the summer because it give me time to bond with her and my husband without having to worry, to much, about school and my students. I've been on maternity leave since May 6 (thinking she would be here earlier rather than later) and that has allowed me to get a little planning for next year done so I will not have to worry about it once my precious bundle of joy is finally here!  

I hope to have her on sleep schedule by the time work starts back the last week of July. I know I'm probably setting the bar high, but hey isn't that what teachers do?! 

Map Out My School Year

I've seen so many people who map out their entire school year and I'm always so jealous of these teachers! This was my first year as a classroom teacher so I didn't really think anything about mapping it out over the summer. Boy was I in for a mess when I realized how many standards I would have to cover for 5 different subject areas. Not having a clear view of what was to come drove me insane! It was also hard because my team consisted of 6 teachers. Having 6 different classrooms trying to plan and stay on the same pace all year was a nightmare! 

This year I plan on having my curriculum already mapped out! I know my admin expects each classroom to be on pretty common grounds but sometimes you just have to be realistic and know that's not going to happen; especially when they group the classes they way they do: gifted, talent development, special education, ESOL, and behavior problems are all in separate class but the teachers are expected to be mirror imaging each other? Yea, it's a little crazy but I'll just do what is best for my group and go from there! 

The first area I plan on mapping out is my Social Studies curriculum. I am responsible for creating the lesson plans for S.S. so it will be nice to see what is coming up and how long each topic will be give. I honestly can't wait to start working on this!

Here's a couple of different ideas for how to map out your year! (Just click the pictures to go to the links)

Buy a House

My 3rd and final goal is to buy my first house! My husband and I have been looking for over 2 years and just haven't found "the one" yet. We actually put in an offer, and had it accepted, last week only to find that the house had some very serious drainage issues and and it was something that we didn't feel like dealing with. There's another house that we've had our eyes on and we plan to make on offer on this one too. The only problem.... Baby B is due the day that our real estate agent is able to see us! I'm not really sure what we are going to do about that little problem, I may just have to send hubby to her office to get everything ironed out and then see if they can meet me or fax me the paperwork. 

Well, that's it for me! What are your summer goals? Leave a comment or head over to I Heart 3rd Grade and link up. Happy Summer Blogging! 

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day BLOWOUT Sale!

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I have many things to celebrate this weekend and I am thankful that be able to celebrate them.

My brother, sister-in-law, and niece and nephew are making their way down to Georgia from Norfolk where they service in the US Navy. This will be my first time meeting my nephew; he was born on my husband birthday and is now 6 months old.

I'm also eagerly awaiting the birth of my first child! She was due to be here between May 14 - 20 (we were given a lot of different due dates) but has decided that she is perfectly happy in her little home. I will be induced on May 28 if she doesn't decide to come celebrate with us this weekend.
This picture is from a month ago! She was expected to weight 8lbs 3 oz, at the time of this picture. The doc. is guess she will be somewhere closer to 10 lbs by the time she is born.
Baby B's nursery. Can't wait to have her home!

 Well, now on to the part of the blog that you are all waiting for... Memorial Day BLOWOUT Sale!
Click the image to go directly to my TPT store

I'm hosting a 3 day sale, May 23 - May  25, at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. All items that are originally $3 or less are priced at just $1 for this weekend only! Head on over and check out some of the great deals you'll be able to snatch up this weekend only. Here are just a few of my best sellers that are included in the promotion (just click on the image to go directly to the product).

These are just a few of the many great resources you will be able to pick up for $1! Head on over and check out everything that's on sale.

Happy Memorial Day weekend. May your holiday weekend be filled with fun, family, friends, laughter, and memories that will last a life time!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


Teacher appreciation week holds a special place in my heart. I can remember playing school when I was a kid; teaching my stuffed animals and dolls all about adding and subtracting. I can also remember that some of my best role models were my teachers: my 5th grade teacher Miss. Eaglestone, my 6th -7th grade band director Mr. Davenport, my high school biology teacher Coach Whal, and last but certainly not least my mother! All of these people, and many more, have helped to make me the person that I am today. They all had an influence on my life and my decision to become an educator.  

Here are three reasons why I am thankful for educators:

  1. They always put their students' needs above their own
  2. They work without pay just to make sure that their students have the best possible education 
  3. They will do anything to help their students, their communities, and the people that they love
Education has such an impact on ourselves and our little ones. Educents is here to help you pay it forward. In honor of Teacher Appreciation week, Educents & Peekapak have teamed up to provide your favorite educators with a gift basket worth over $40, which includes a FREE $10 Educents Gift Card & 3 months of Peekapak lesson plans (3 digital storybooks, 12 in-class lessons & 12 at-home activities) that teach Character Education and Language Arts.
So, whether it's your mom, your classroom teacher, your neighbors, or another special human being who taught you important lessons, thank them by giving them a FREE gift basket, on Educents!

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