Thursday, May 31, 2012

? and a Linky

So I had a really cute background from Designs by Dani, but it disappeared (as well as her button). Does anyone know why?

UPDATE: So I managed to create something similar (I'll play with it a little more this weekend), but I would still love an answer to my question if you have one! And it's back (that's all right, now I have a vague idea on how to make my own if I every want to change it)!

Anyway, I am linking up with Kelley from Teacher Idea Factory on things that I couldn't live without.

1) Chart Paper and Mr. Sketch Markers...I write a letter to my kids every morning love using the different colors! It is also good for anchor charts :)

2)  Post-its! I use these a lot to write little notes to myself (as well as putting on our copies for the volunteers to do), and I teach the kids to use them while reading to hold their thinking.

3) Scholastic! I LOVE books and not only am I a voracious reader, I try to encourage my kids to read as much as possible (although I think some of them are payback for I was a student and read through the teaching...some of them are doing it to me now! ;) I also have a subscription to Scholastic Printables, which I think is WELL worth the price...I use it almost every day to supplement (Plus, you get 500 Bonus Points for singing up and who doesn't want that!?).
I also love binders and pages protectors, and everything is organized through that...but more on that later. :)

Smiles and Sunshine,

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Reading Linky

So I thought that I would link up with Clutter Free Classroom for summer reading! Now, I read an excessive amount already (romance novels, anyone?), so I'll focus more on professional reading.  I thought that I would spend some time rereading these....

This is the 2nd Edition...I have the first :)

I'll also probably reread my Debbie Diller books as well. Also, countless romances will be downloaded to my Kindle for reading pleasure...:)
Also Every New Beginning is having a Target gift card giveaway (something that will come in handy since I have virtually NO kitchen stuff), so stop by!

Smiles and Sunshine,

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Beginning

Well, after stalking for almost an entire school year (it all started with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics ), I decided to start my own blog in hopes that the blogging world can learn something from me, since I have learned so much from them.

So, about me. Right now I am a 4th grade teacher in a town near my home. However, I heard those dreaded words that no teacher ever wants to hear  non-renewed, that a maternity leave was coming back and I was out of a job. I was hoping that I could stay, since every year that I have been out of school I have been in a new district working with kids in some form (subbing, long-term, continuing, paraprofessional and finally...teacher!). Well, lucky for me (amazingly!) I have already found a job (4th grade again!), but it is in a town further away, and I need to move. Fortunately, I get to stay in state. :) I am really looking forward to my new adventure and chapter, and I would love for you to come along! Welcome!

Smiles and Sunshine,