January 24, 2014

Five for Friday {Snow Week Edition}

I really don't have much school-related to blog about today.  We have been out of school for six days now.  I haven't taught a full week in 2014.  This winter has been tough!  I guess I am enjoying summer break a little bit early. :)  On a positive note, I am getting lots of extra snuggle time in with my own babies.  They are pretty great.

Since we have been off school for a really long time, we are making the most of this time off by POTTY TRAINING!  Oh. My. Goodness.  I have forgotten how hard it is.  We've done pretty well, but geeze... I'm exhausted going back and forth to the bathroom with my little diva. 

When we finally go back to school, we will be learning all about polar animals.  This has been on my plans for three weeks now, no joke.  We will be using this unit to focus our thinking and guide instruction throughout the unit:

We are right in the middle of learning addition, so I found this sweet idea on The First Grade Parade:

Here's my version:

Of course, it may be May before I get to use it, but who's counting? :)

As part of my literacy stations, I have a research station.  Whatever theme we are studying that week, I create a bundle of videos and websites using My Big Campus, create a QR code for the kiddos to scan, and let them find information on what we are learning.  Since this QR code has not been touched yet, I will give it to you for free!

My school district is involved in a grant from the state of Indiana to create curriculum.  I have had the opportunity to write two units so far, and I'm starting on the third.  This one will be a unit on Famous Americans.  Here is a sneak peek of what I have so far:

I have a whole bunch still to do, but this is a start.  I have twelve Americans in my pack, and I can't wait to start this with my kiddos next month!

Thanks for reading!  Please pray for NO MORE SNOW!!! :)

January 1, 2014

Fun and Family

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin'!  

Today's inspiration:  Fun and Family.  This has to be the number one area of my life where I want to improve this year.  We have always been very family-centered, but y'all know how it is.  Teaching is a stressful job that takes a lot of time away from family.  Yes, our jobs go from 7:30-3:00 (that's my day anyway), but the real job doesn't really begin until our little darlings leave for the day.  I wouldn't change professions for anything, but I can't deny that it is extremely time consuming.  Unless you are a teacher (or married to one), you don't really understand! :)

I have ALWAYS loved cooking.  I own too many cookbooks to count.  I have watched cooking shows since I could sit up.  My Saturday morning routine consists of watching The Pioneer Woman and Trisha Yearwood on Food Network.  I could spend hours looking for new cooking gadgets at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  Our first Christmas together, I asked my now hubby for a zester.  No joke.

Life is busy.  Between staying at school some nights until 6, dance class, soccer practice, and just being flat-out exhausted, I don't always feel like cooking.  Four nights a week shouldn't be too hard, especially if I plan ahead and utilize one of my three slow cookers.  Yes, three slow cookers.  I love to have people over.  Or maybe I'm just a hoarder.

Around Christmas this year, we started having a movie night once a week.  I would bake cookies, pop popcorn (okay, the hubby would do that because I always burn it), and we would cuddle on the couch to watch a movie.  All devices were left in another room.  It was glorious.  I think we can carve out time from our schedules to do this at least once a month.

My family is on the run more than Forrest Gump.  Our kids are almost five and three.  What in the world will life be like as they get older and more involved in activities?  I'm exhausted just thinking about it, and my stomach is getting upset just thinking about all of the unavoidable fast food in our future.  The time to enjoy being home with one another is now.  I need to realize that we don't need to always have something to do.  Sometimes the best times are when you are doing nothing at all.  My hope for 2014 is that we have a ton of moments like that!

And I'll leave you with one of my favorite pictures of 2013.  Here are my two favorite little people in the world!  I have a feeling we will be having a lot of fun in 2014!

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