29 December 2014

Happy New Year! (well...almost)

Happy almost New Year!

I'm so bad at making and keeping resolutions...so I typically don't make them.
But when I was introduced to the idea of a One Word resolution....
I thought that was something I could do!

I didn't have too tough of a time thinking of one word that would resonate throughout 2015.
My one word is:


I want to do so much more this year.
More patience.
More exercise.
More kindness.
More hopefulness.
More eating....
More love.
And most of all more tutus!!

I'm not very good at resolving to work out more..or eat better or be more organized.
I do think I can resolve to do more of the good things in life.
More of the things that will make me happy.
More of the things that will make me a better daughter, teacher, wife and friend.

What is something you want to do more of?
What is your one word resolution?

15 December 2014

Take a Closer Look at my Snowy Day resource

Hi everyone!

I am teaming up with some great teacher bloggers to bring you another Take a Closer Look blog hop featuring one of our favorite December/Winter Themed productsWe want to give you a closer look and a FREEBIE from the unit to try out with your class.

I wanted to give you a closer look at my Snowy Day .

a snowy day

How much do you love the Snowy Day?  It's one of my favorite books and fits in so perfectly during our Winter study unit.  These New England students can really relate to all the fun Peter has in the story.  We read this book as part of our Ezra Jack Keats author study.  Peter is a character that appears in many of Keat's stories and the Snowy Day is a perfect introduction to his character.

Here is a Closer Look at the Unit!

These are the snowball sounds activities...Students match the picture to the beginning letter sound on a snowflake.  There is also a recording sheet included.

This is one of three word searches included in the packet.  They range in difficulty so you can choose the one that suits the needs of your students.

This is a sample of the vocabulary cards/puzzle that is included in the packet.  The cards include words featured in the story and work as a great vocabulary reinforcer for our ELL population.

This is a sample of one of the graphic organizers included.  This is to help students describe Peter.  This works perfectly as a character study.

Like it? Love it?
Gotta have it?

And now, I'm sending you off to another amazing freebie!
Hope on over to my my pal Angela's blog at The Daily Alphabet.


08 December 2014

Happy! Happy! Happy!

Hi y'all!

Let me just say,

I'm having a sale!
Today I'm celebrating one year of marriage to my AWESOME husband.  I can't believe it's been one whole year. Time goes by so fast...I can't wait to see what the next year holds in store for use.

I want to share the love with you all so my entire store is one sale for today only.

and in other news...
Yesterday was kinda of awesome...
What the what!
That's me in the TpT newsletter.
I'm still not over this giddy, exciting feeling!
Thanks everyone for your continued support! It really means so much to me!
Love, love, love

29 November 2014

Cyber Monday Blog Hop Stop #6

Hi Y'all!

Thanks for stopping by! You've landed at stop #6 on our little blog hop! We have teamed up with Go Noodle to bring you our favorite ideas for using GN in your class! Of course, there are also lots of giveaways! 

If you want to start at the beginning, head over to sweet Molly's blog by clicking her button! 

Lucky to Be in First

Today, I'm going to tell you all about how I use GoNoodle for indoor recess.
Lord knows that here on the East Coast we have all KINDS of weather.
Between rain all day and freezing temperatures (yes this Texan defines freezing as anything under 40 degrees), it's not always easy to go outside.  
These past couple weeks have provided ENDLESS hours of indoor recess.
Seriously...I was dying!
It is truly important for little 5 and 6 year old bodies to get lots of opportunities to run and jump and play...and dance and sing...and create.
Thank goodness for GoNoodle.
They really make it easy for us indoor bound teachers.

One day it rained ALL DAY.

There was no way we were going outside, so I wheeled out the projector and we got our GoNoodle on!

I LOVE Koo Koo Kangaroo.
Seriously, I love them so much.
My kids love them too.
We had so much fun we didn't even care that we couldn't go outside.
We worked for about 10 minutes on high energy activities and then cooled down with a little calming yoga with the amazing Maximo.

Maximo is awesome. Mostly because he is a blue monkey who does yoga but also because he really does help the kids calm down.
We worked on breathing deeply and transitioned right into our Fundations work.

The kids were focused and engaged during our phonics lesson and I promised to reward their hard work with a little extra GoNoodle time!
They were so excited!

Of course I went to my good ol' Koo Koo Kangaroo for a little Hopscotch!

Look at those little feet fly!!! I couldn't even get a non blurry shot of them.
They were so happy.

 GoNoodle really helps turn our rainy days into rainbow days!

Of course, Go Noodle has a special surprise for you! 
Starting on Cyber Monday, GoNoodle is also offering all Primary Powers readers 30% purchases from the GoNoodle Shop through December 8! Use the code POWERS30 at checkout to receive the discount PLUS a special gift from GoNoodle and Primary Powers. In addition to new t-shirts, tumblers, and other goodies for GoNoodling teachers, you can purchase affordable, pre-wrapped gift packs for students to bring a little GoNoodle love to your classroom this holiday.

And now for the fun part! I have a super fun giveaway for you! I get to give some sweet fan a classroom set of headbands!
Really?! How awesome will your class look as they rock out to Koo Koo Kangaroo in some awesome headbands!
I'm so jealous.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to check out the GoNoodle Facebook Fan Page
And now...let's keep hoping! Each blog will have some more swag you can win, and at the end you can enter to win a year's subscription to Go Noodle Plus!! :)

Click the picture to head over to Jaime's blog, Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

23 November 2014

Weekend Warriors: November Necessities Day 2

Hi y'all
It's day 2!
And I'm here to tell you everything I need for the classroom.
And it's a lot.
I need a lot.
I'm needy.

If you read yesterday's post...you know I can't live without coffee. So my NUMBER ONE need is my classroom Keurig. It's a lifesaver when I need that little extra surge of energy during the day.
I purchased this little gem on Amazon a few years ago...but it's still going strong!


I love pretty things.  And one of the prettiest things I've ever written with is a Flair pen.  It's so perfect and wonderful and colorful...I buy a new set every year even if I still have pens from the previous year. I use them when I'm planning or writing notes to students.  I love them.

So beautiful.

Each morning, my kids stagger in at various times.  Most, if not all my kiddos ride the bus to school and they arrive within 5-10 minutes of each other.  In order to keep myself sane be able to take attendance, read notes, or help kiddos as they start their day, I needed something that would keep students who already arrived focused and engaged.  I worked to develop my Morning Work to use in the classroom each morning.  Each kiddo has their own set of pages (something I started this school year).  The pages increase in difficulty as the month moves on.  This Morning Work is great to use  as a quick assessment and a way to record student work over 25 days.  You can find my Morning Work here on TpT and you can download the first three days for free for each month!! It really is a life saver and I couldn't function without it.

Woop! There it is!

Lastly, I could NOT survive without my kiddos!
They are so sweet and loving and kind and wonderful.
And they really do make the job worthwhile.
I love their hugs and their funny/not funny jokes.
I love the pictures they draw for me and of me.
I love the stories they tell me even when I'm busy doing 100 other things.

Oh yea! That's me inside a locket of one my kiddos.
Seriously? I love them.


22 November 2014

Weekend Warriors: November Necessities

Hello y'all!
I know many of you don't have to go back to school next week! You are so lucky...
We go until Wednesday...but have an early release that day and I can't wait!
I love Thanksgiving...
The food, time with family, fall weather....and the food....really make the holiday special...
but I think I really love Thanksgiving because it provides a much needed (and earned) break!
So in the sprit of thankfulness and giving...this post is all about what I need to get through the day!

1.  Coffee
I can't live...if living is without you...
I live on coffee.
First, it's delicious...creamy, sugary deliciousness.
Second, it really keeps my energy up.  And by midday...with 21 five year olds...my energy is gone.
I love coffee so much I own two Keurigs!
One for the house and one for school.
It's an addiction.

2. My students
I know.
I know but really...
I do love these kids.
They exhaust me and make me want to simultaneously scream and cry but...
they give great hugs...and sing silly songs...and will dance with you in the middle of a lesson...and randomly come up to you and ask you if you farted.

3.  Clothes, shoes, and bags
I have a serious problem with shopping.
I can't not buy things that are adorable.
There's something wrong with my synapses because if I see a cute dress my brain says "do it" and then it's in my hands and I'm buying it.
Really...I don't give purchases too much thought.
But I love clothes and shoes and bags.
I'm not sure that counts as a necessity but I find it necessary to look as adorable as possible at all times.
Follow me on Instagram where you can check out my fashion obsessions.

4. My husband
I did not know I was going to grow up and be a girl who loves being in love and loves being married and having a husband and spending time cuddling but..
here we are.
I do love that man even though he drives me crazy.

5.  Sleep.
Seriously, I cannot operate on anything under 7 hours of sleep.
I'm like a giant baby.
I go to bed each night around 9 or 9:30. It's kind of sad but I just like to sleep.
Sleeping's my favorite.

Check back tomorrow to see those items I just can't live without in my classroom!!
And check out the other Weekend Warriors necessities!

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