Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Back to School maternity leave ended last week and I started back to school on Monday.  Leaving my baby Andi was not my favorite part of being a parent yet but she gets to stay home with Dad so that makes it a lot easier.  The teaching part of school is going really well but the rest of it has been hard to get a handle on.  I was welcomed with stacks of papers to read and sift through and I keep getting handed more by the day.  I'm making progress little by little, day by day.

I don't have much new stuff to share right now however I did whip up this cute Apple Web that we did yesterday.  I don't know about you but I am loving all this Apple/Fall stuff.  Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, it brings back such good memories from my childhood.

Click {HERE} to get your free copy of the Apple Web.  Hopefully it will help you out a bit or at least get your wheels spinning.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Thinking Halloween?

Is anyone else thinking about Halloween yet?  To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.  It can be so much fun and so much work at the same time (oh wait, that's all the holidays!).  I think the biggest thing I dislike about Halloween is our school parade where everyone has to dress up and we parade through each classroom and end in the gym where all the parents are waiting for us.  The kids love it and so do the parents but for me it is pure craziness and I have to dress up!  I actually don't mind the dressing up part but coming up with a costume idea is something I think and stress about all year long.  To top it off, it never fails that I think of a great idea at the last minute and don't have time to pull it off.

Putting aside my ill feelings about Halloween I do have to admit that I love all the cute and fun crafts, games and activities you can do during this time.  With that said,  I have created some cute and fun games and activities for you to share with your class.

Click {HERE} or on one of the pictures above to grab your copy.

I'm always a fan of free stuff and of my readers who have stuck around through my 9 month baby lull. So...the first 2 people to leave a comment telling me what they are going to dress up as for Halloween this year will get this packet for free! (Don't forget to leave your email address!)


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Skill Rings

First of all, it's been a while.  I know, I know, I said that the last time!  My goal this summer was to create, create, create never happened.  I had a few things in the works and then suprise!  My little Andi Joy came 2.5 weeks early, put us in the NICU for a week and now 5 weeks later I feel like my head is finally above water again and I am feeling the urge to create some new things for my class.

Here's a picture of my little miracle.

I am loving every minute I am getting to hang out with her and am dreading the end of my maternity leave (only 2 more weeks).

It is actually weird for me to see back-to-school posts from many of you because that honestly hasn't even been on my radar (except for the calls and emails I'm trying to ignore from school).  Some of me is ready to dive in to another year and the rest of me feels completely unprepared.  If any of you have ever started the school year late I would love to know how it went for you.  This year we have a new principal, one of my best teacher friends that I did all of my planning with moved to a different state, I moved to a new room that is smaller and doesn't have any windows (by my choice, why again?) and we have tons of new curriculum that I have never looked at.  I guess I will enjoy this head above water thing while it lasts because I have a feeling it isn't going to last long.

Okay, enough catching up for now.

I have been wanting to create Skill Rings for 3 years now and have never done it.  All year long my kiddos work so hard to pass off skills like their letters and sounds, colors, numbers etc. and when they do, I don't have any way to celebrate it, that's just wrong!  Okay, this isn't totally true.  I did have a designated spot above my cupboards that said I know my... Colors, letters, numbers, shapes and when they passed those off they got to write their name on a die cut and I stuck it up on the wall.  I did a really good job of keeping up with that 2 years ago but last year about half way through the year there was no more standing on counters for the pregnant lady so the poor kiddos didn't get anything.  With the creation of these skill rings I hope that won't be the case this year.

The idea for the ring is that each kiddo would get a looseleaf binder ring and when they pass off a skill they get that card on their ring.  I think they will be super proud to show off their skills and rings.  I made the cards square so that they would be easy to cut.  My original idea is that each one would be a different shape but who has time to cut all those out?  Not me!

Click the {HERE} or the picture above to check them out!

I hope your school year is off to a good start and just about the time you all have adjusted I will be diving in!