Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Currently

It's that time again :) I am linking up with Farley over at

for September Currently

Listening: Love that quiet early morning time with my coffee. Best part of my day :)

Loving: My family! They were a little neglected last week, but they get it. This week I have prepped dinners for the week, caught up on all laundry and shopping too! We spent the day at the pool and movies this weekend. I know week 2 will be MUCH better!

Thinking: My brain never stops!! What to print, get ready, plan. Sometimes I wish I could just switch a lever and make it shut off for just a few moments.

Wanting: While I love to cook during the year, I never have enough time( we all say that I am sure)
The best meals are ones that I just have to heat and serve. My favorite place to find meals like that is Trader Joes! If you have one , you know what I mean. I could spend hours walking up and down seeing what they have to offer. I get out to mine about once a month so I realllly stock up when I am there. We have some yummy meals coming up this week! One other item I have been really wanting for awhile now is my own projector for my classroom. My school only has a few and we can only rent it for the day. It's hard to always count on it being available so, I am starting to research one to purchase. Anyone have one they love and can recommend??

Needing: I bet we all say this, more ink! It seems my list of things to print never gets shorter..lol

Loving: My new set of Kinders! I have 20 students with a part time aide. They are soo well behaved and really enjoy learning. It makes my job so much fun!

Well that is it for now. How is your class this year? How many students do you have?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Classroom reveal, first day of school and more!


I made it! The first day of K has kicked me down! My calves are killin' me!! Even though this was my 21st year of teaching it never gets easier! You totally forget how young the students are and how you have to model EVERYTHING! From standing in line, to how we eat lunch! 
This year I was lucky enough to get BRAND NEW FURNITURE!! I have been at my school for 8 years and it was always grab what you can and make it work! Not this year :) I am in love with what they picked out. Here are a few pics






These are the tables for the kids. I LOVE how it has the indent for each chair and that its done in purple! It's like they knew what I would love with out asking!

more tables and my teacher area









There are 4 tables, my kidney table and the black thing by my tables is a HUGE rolling cart! I have no idea how I am going to utilize that yet. I am hoping to get a projector and leave it on that with my laptop.
Here is a closeup of the cart



calendar area

white board and first week books.
The walls are still a bit bare but give it a few weeks. It will look different for sure!

So this year I wanted to try a new approach to making classroom rules. I started with these adorable pictures

I then showed each one to the kids and had them come up with a rule we should use for our classroom! They did AMAZING with this!! Seriously, I was blown away with the words they used. Of course, I forgot to take a pic of that so I will post it on facebook tomorrow. These rules are available in my store


                                 Classroom Rules- Posters/Anchor Charts

As much as the first day stresses me out, I am glad there is 364 more days til I have to do it again ;) 
How was your first day of school??

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boost Sale!


  Have you heard the news??? TPT is throwing a 1 Day boost sale. How super exciting! This is a great chance to get all the back to school items you missed at the beginning of the month. Here are a few items that will be 20% off and if you use the code: BOOST, TPT gives you another discount.


I have these set laminated a ready to go for Monday! Make sure you also follow these tips to get credits for all your purchases



                                 Don't forget to use the code BOOST!
                                                See you at the sale.








Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meet The Teacher Blogger- Linky Party!

                             Hey everyone! I am linking up with Stephanie from

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                                           for a fun Meet The Teacher Blogger!

My name is Carrie. I am a wife, mom, teacher and blogger! This is my 21st year teaching!! I have taught 1st grade for 3 years, 3rd grade for 2, was in admin for 3 years and now back in my most favorite grade Kindergarten! This upcoming school year will be my 13th year in K :) That is truly where my heart is.








I just celebrated 18 years with my hubby Mike!
We haven't aged at all ;)
I have 2 wonderful boys


                             They keep me busy and are my pride and joy!
                                   
We also have 1 cute dog named Cubbie


So now lets get to the

                                    

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
Coffee, shopping, going to the movies, spending warm sunny days at our pool, reading a good book and watching TV.

IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
I can't imagine doing anything else BUT teaching. Seriously! I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in first grade! I loved my teacher and she had just sparked something in me. Ever since then I knew what I wanted to do!



THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Smiles, caring and loyal. 

 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
I love sitting in PD for 3 weeks instead of working in my room, SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!!!!!

 

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
Well, anyone who knows me can tell you how much of an 80's fan of music I am. I have had a HUGE crush on Rick Springfield since I have been 11 ( you know that guy that sings Jessie's Girl!!) So, if I can invite anyone that is who it would be...along with all my friends and family. I have met him a few time( ok more than a few..lol) and he is really such a sweet guy!
This was from 2010 :)


Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
The crazy fun adventures of Carrie.

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
I would love to be able to time travel. How cool would it be to go back and visit and time frame you wanted to??!!??

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
Fabulous!

 
Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
ummmm Jessie's Girl!!
told you I was an 80's chick!



 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Morning...all the way :) Alarm goes off and I am out and moving.

 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
I have to say my Early Finishers Task Cards
  This is such a great resource to have with those students who ALWAYS finish their work and scream" I'm done, now what?" Also another great thing is they work for many grade levels!


Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 
I am originally from Chicago and moved down to Dallas, Texas in 2006. My family is so important to me and I miss them all the time. We try and go back home 2-3 times a year to see everyone and of course EAT! There is no food like Chicago deep dish pizza. mmmmmm. 
We were so lucky to take a HUGE family vacation to Mexico last year and, as a thank you to my parents we had a photo session on the beach. These pictures are all over our house and always bring a smile to my face


So that is a little bit about me. Now go visit Stephanie's blog to go read about some more amazing bloggers!




Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back To School Sale!!

Have you heard?? I know August just started but some teachers are ALREADY BTS!! Everything in my store will be 20% off on August 4th and 5th. Then if you ALSO enter the code BTS14 at checkout you could save even more$$!

My wishlist has been filling up for weeks! I have a new clip art addiction( doesn't everyone??haha) plus, I have had my eyes on some great products. Here are a few of the items I have been looking at
                                    


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Do you all know Lori from Teaching with Love and Laughter? If not you MUST go check her out. Her items are amazing! Last year I purchased the Let's Build Words- 1st grade edition and she just came out with this!        
                                    Let's Build Words- Kindergarten

My students LOVED these! I can't wait for them to try out this version too :) Click the title above to see what the unit looks like

Another one of my favorite sellers is The Moffatt Girls Her no prep packets are a LIFE SAVER!
This is the latest one I have my eye on
                                                       Simple Fractions No Prep

I have all her 1st grade one and some others and can't say enough good things about them!!

Of course I have many BTS items for sale too! Here are just a few that my students will be working on
                                                        Back To School Centers
                                                        








                             Back to School Word Work









Make sure you check out my store for many other great deals!
TPT store

Happy Shopping and wishing you all a great school year!

Friday, August 1, 2014

It's August Currently!

It's August! Boy, did that summer vacation go by FAST! I have linked up with
for my August Currently.
 I am worn out from this week so I am keeping it short and sweet


Lots on my mind these days. What are you up to these last few weeks of summer?
                                       

Back To School Blogger Swap!

Hey everyone! Well that time of year is here...BACK TO SCHOOL!! While I do love my summers, when Target gets those brand new boxes of crayons out I just love to get some! I do looooove to shop!!

This year I have joined up with quite a few bloggers for a BTS swap. There are so many amazing teachers over on TPT! The wonderful Cara at
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is hosting this years party!! You can start on her blog and see all the wonderful teachers that are participating. I was lucky enough to get matched up with Stephanie Chambers from

One item I am always looking for is morning work. My Kinders come to school and they are just ready to go! I love to have some type of activity out for them every morning that they can work on. Stephanie has a great pack out there!
Back To School Word Building Printables

This set is just perfect for my brand new kiddos! Take a look at what is inside


                                                         Awesome word boxes which my students loved last year!
                                                       word searches...another favorite activity
                                                         
                                                        Mixed up words

                                                ABC order too!

These are they types of activities that are self explanatory and easy enough for students to work on independently.  Stephanie even has these worksheet for the entire year! I highly recommend you check them out! 

Click below for some more great BTS ideas!


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