Friday, April 11, 2014

Five for Friday

I am happy to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday post!

1.) This arrived for me in my school mailbox!  In my first years of teaching I was nicknamed "Super Teacher" for being the annoying teacher who made others look bad by being fantabulous  for always going over and above with my students in my classroom.  One of my team mates sent this to me and it made my week!!!!  Thanks Shannon for sending this sweet note and shirt over.

2.)  We went to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC this week.  My Firsties LOVED it!!  We have been studying how animals communicate, so it was awesome to see STEM in action!  Spring has sprung and the animals got the message loud and clear!!    When we walked up on these tortoises one of my innocent sweeties said, "Mrs. Haywood, that big turtle is on top of the the small one!"  My response: LET'S MOVE ON! 

3) April means its time for the annual Egg Hunt!  The girls seem to really understand the concept this year.  It was tricky when they threw in, they could only find 8 eggs.  Telling a 3 year old they can't pick up every egg they see is VERY difficult!!!!

4) The Kindergartners and First Graders are putting on a mini Broadway Musical of A Year with Frog and Toad.  It.Is.Adorable.  We were asked to choose the lucky kiddos who would play Frog and Toad, and hot dog, they are both from my room!!  Watch out Hollywood, these guys are coming for you!

The Birds, Bees and Pond Creatures

 5) My Firstie Friend, Faith, is having an awesome giveaway over at her blog 1st Grade Fantabulous.  She is offering a DVD bundle from The Learning Station.  Head over there and enter to win!

That's my week in a nutshell!  One more till Spring Break!  I think I can, I think I can!  Head over and link up!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Sale

I love when it's Super Bowl Sunday! Food, funny commercials, family and friends getting together. Oh and there's football....which I can take or leave haha! To celebrate all the fun I'm going to have tonight, I'm throwing a quick sale! Head over to my TPT to get some new stuff at a discount!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Five for Friday (or Saturday!)

I actually blogged....GASP!!!!!  This hasn't happened since October, and I feel horrible.  I am having a FAB-U-LOUS year in First Grade, but it takes all my spare time to make sure I am doing it right!  Let me tell you, there is NO pressure like teaching kids to read! Ok, ok, I know that every grade has their pressures, but I have a new found respect for primary teachers.  I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky party.

Here are my five things that have happened to me this week:

1. Crazy Weather!  Here in the south, we are NOT prepared for winter weather. We don't usually get much, but what we do get shuts down everything!  In a 5 day week, I taught 1 full day!!!  We dismissed early on Tuesday, were out Wednesday and Thursday and had a delay on Friday.  I will admit I loved being home with my sweeties playing in our minimal amount of snow.  They still had fun, and let's face it, down here we don't know that having the grass stick up through the snow isn't normal!

2. The circus is in town!  My girls love the movie Dumbo and when I told them we were going to the circus, they immediately asked if Dumbo was going to be there.  We saw clowns, tigers and of course elephants.  The girls were so excited to see "Dumbo", but they did ask where the baby was!

3. We have been working on our nonfiction How To pieces in writing.  I had the opportunity to have my amazing Instructional Technology Facilitator, Sandy, come into my class for 2 days this week (the only 2 we were actually in school!)  We used Little Bird Tales to publish their writing.  It was so fun!  The kids took pics of their drawings using my iPad, then we uploaded them, and Sandy had the kids type in their writing.  Their favorite part was using the microphone to read their tale.  If you haven't used Little Bird Tales I highly recommend it. And the best part is, its FREE!!!! Click on the picture below to see the tale. logo

4. I have a Student Teacher this semester!  I have never had one before, and it is so exciting!  She has been adding on different subjects each week since coming back from Christmas break, and next week she takes over FULL TIME!!!  It is so weird to be in my classroom, but not be teaching.  She is doing great, but I thought this comic pretty much summed up Student Teaching!

5. I am spending my Saturday at an Emmaus team meeting.  Emmaus is a Christian movement where men and women commit to spending 72 hours with God and other believers.  It is a great time to remove yourself from the distractions of this world, and focus on all that God has given us.  I attended my original walk in 2005, and have been blessed to be chosen to work on several teams since then.  My faith is a huge part of my life and I am excited to spend time with God today, remembering the multitude of blessings He has given me.

Make sure you head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Trick or Treat!?!?!

Several of my firstie friends are throwing a Halloween sale, so I am jumping on board!

Thanks Becca for such a cute graphic!

My entire store is 20% off for the next two days!  Make sure you head over and stock up on your must haves!  I am in the midst of my pumpkin book reports coming in right now and will be posting about those later this week!  I love this time of year!  

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Good Teacher...Bad Blogger

The past 2 weeks months have been a complete blur!  I worked on and off most of August on school stuff, and thought I was in a good place, but when the first workdays hit, I realized how much I needed to accomplish.  Being at a new school added a whole new layer of extra 'to dos'.  I had to first figure out the way things were done in my new school, then had to come up with a plan to get orientation worked out.

I used Reagan's awesome packet to help organize my Orientation into stations.  It worked amazingly.  I did have a presentation going in the background, but I was able to actually talk to parents without feeling I hadn't covered everything.  Coming from a Title One school I wasn't prepared for all the supplies I received that night and I have the sweetest class ever.  I even got my first teacher gift of the year!

 After Orientation was done and over with, I had 3 days to make sure my room was 100% ready to go.  I am finally ready for the reveal, even if its a week months late!   Throw in a Disney trip in Sept, and I am really behind!!!

Front of the room

Side of the room

My Owlsome Library!  

My calendar area

I can't believe I've been a first grade teacher for a little over 2 months now!  I am LOVING all the extra sweetness the primary grade brings!  

Hopefully I will now get back on my regular blogging schedule!  I never realized how tough changing grades and schools would be!  Thanks for sticking with me!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sale Time....Finally!

Yay!  The TPT Back to School Sale is finally here!!!  I am enjoying my final weekend before summer is over. Doing a little blog stalking, laying around on the couch and of course stocking my cart!  My cart is full and I can't wait to start shopping!  I'm linking up with several of my first grade friends to make sure you don't miss out on a single item!

Check out these awesome first grade friends and their awesome stores!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The BIG Day!!!

Today is the day my mama and sister have been planning for for over a year now . . .  It's my little sister's wedding day!!!  Its going to be beautiful and it WILL.NOT.RAIN. To bad there is a 50% chance of rain all day :(  Her venue is gorgeous so I am hoping she gets to enjoy it rainfree!

My twins are the flower girls in the festivities and here is how I think it will go for them: They will come out of the house, head down the stairs (maybe) and take a leisurely stroll down to the meadow for the ceremony.  They will get freaked out by all the people and have to be removed after approximately 3.5 seconds.  I will update this post to let you know what really happened!  I made their "dresses" which are really a white tutu with a leotard under it.  I must say they are pretty cute!

I also wanted to let all my awesome readers know that my entire Teacher's Notebook Shop is on sale for the entire week!  You can enjoy 20% off all the items in my shop.

Thanks to Shuna over at Pocket full of Kinders for this adorable button!

Head over and check out all the great items on sale!  I'm off to get ready for the excitement of a special wedding day!  Congrats Caitlin and Joe!!  


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