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1st FULL week of school VISUAL PLANS
School has begun!!!  We had 3 days with students last week, and I was completely, and utterly exhausted.... as always that first week.  It was also an emotional week for me as a Mom.  My oldest began high school and my youngest started kindergarten.  I'm no...
School has begun!!! We had 3 days with students last week, and I was completely, and utterly exhausted.... as always that first week. It was also an emotional week for me as a Mom. My oldest began high school and my youngest started kindergarten. I'm not sure if I am ready for this or not. Sigh!
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Back To School Paper Bag Projects
Have you used paper bags in your classroom recently?  As most of you know... those brown lunch sacks aren't just for lunch anymore.  Ever since I attended a workshop a couple of years ago in which the presenter gave me a glimpse of the possibilities of thes...
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With this post, I will be wearing my heart on my sleeve. It's so near and dear to me, and something I've been struggling with as a Mom in some aspects. It's that darn Mother's guilt. I contribute it to some of the reasons why I've been so quiet on my blog awhile. My hubs and I have spent a lot ...
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Wonders Pacing Guide
Hi Dear Friends! If you've been following this little ole' blog for awhile now, you'll know that my school district adopted the McGraw-Hill Wonders curriculum last year.  Now that I have one full year with this series under my belt, I feel better prepared f...
If you've been following this little ole' blog for awhile now, you'll know that my school district adopted the McGraw-Hill Wonders curriculum last year. Now that I have one full year with this series under my belt, I feel better prepared for what I NEED to do/ WANT to do with this series to help ...
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A Little Secret About my Classroom Reveal.... A Welcome banner FREEBIE
Hey Dear Friends!   Since it's just you and me reading this post.... I have a BIG Secret to tell you.     * I didn't redo or change my classroom this year.*   I JUST couldn't do it.   1.  It gets too EXPENSIVE to change everything. 2.  Too time consumin...
Too time consuming. ( Seriously.... why didn't I listen to my family and friends who said that when your kids get older you actually have LESS free time than when they were younger. It's TRUE, I tell you! I'm in the middle of finding that out now. I have 2 teenagers, a 9 year old, ...
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Five for Friday... AND You're invited to a party in which you could win it ALL!
Hi Sweet Friends! I really wish the summer would just SLOW down!  I know I've said it already, but goodness time does fly!!  Our first day of school is August 13.  Anyone else begin a new school year around then? I couldn't wait to link up with Doodle Bugs ...
I've heard so many awesome things about this program, that I thought I'd give it a try. I'm on day 5, and I LOVE it. Summers get so busy that often I forget to eat, and then I'm starving and reach for food I shouldn't be eating. Especially this summer... I had braces put on at the end of the ...
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DeClutter Your Classroom
Hi Dear Friends!  It's Back to School Time for me!!  AND you know what that means.... time to get that classroom ready.   Something that I spend some time on at the end of the year and sometimes at the very beginning of the year is streamlining my classroom...
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Time Saving Tips for Using Lap books in the Classroom
Hi Dear Friends! Today, I wanted to share with you some tips on using those lap books and interactive notebooks in the classroom.  I ABSOLUTELY love the end results of lap books and interactive notebooks!  It's the process that can sometimes be frustrating ...
Today, I wanted to share with you some tips on using those lap books and interactive notebooks in the classroom. I ABSOLUTELY love the end results of lap books and interactive notebooks! It's the process that can sometimes be frustrating and just plain time consuming.
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So near and dear to my heart..... Journey with Sensory Integration
Hi Dear Friends!! With this post, I will be wearing my heart on my sleeve.  It's so near and dear to me, and something I've been struggling with as a Mom in some aspects.   It's that darn Mother's guilt.  I contribute it to some of the reasons why I've been...
With this post, I will be wearing my heart on my sleeve. It's so near and dear to me, and something I've been struggling with as a Mom in some aspects. It's that darn Mother's guilt. I contribute it to some of the reasons why I've been so quiet on my blog awhile. My hubs and I have spent a lot ...
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Creating a digital Danielson Evidence Binder
Hi Dear Friends!!! My school district is embracing the Danielson model of teacher evaluations.  There is still some dispute in our district on what types of items should be included for showing student growth, so that part is missing right now.  This year o...
My school district is embracing the Danielson model of teacher evaluations. There is still some dispute in our district on what types of items should be included for showing student growth, so that part is missing right now. This year our school district was simply asking for volunteers that ...
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2 Stars and a Wish.. A Little Back To School Classroom Organization
Hi Sweet Friends! If you are like me, you are gearing up for another school year. I couldn't want to link up with Mandy's Tips for Teachers for I'm ALL about staying organized in my classroom.  I feel like I teach better when my classroom is organized and r...
I'm ALL about staying organized in my classroom. I feel like I teach better when my classroom is organized and runs efficiently. SO I wanted to share with you 2 things ( my STARS) I feel help me stay organized and something I wish I could do better. ( I'm hoping you all will have some tips to ...
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Ramblings from a Teacher on summer vacay AND a FREEBIE
Hey Sweet Friends! Welcome to my Tuesday ramblings...... During the school year I NEVER seem to have time to simply browse, look, read blogs and etc. online.  I think I am FINALLY caught up this summer on all of this or so my hubs hopes as another package a...
Have you heard of these bags? They are totally too adorable! These AMAZING bags caught my teacher eye right away. There are several different styles to choose from. The bags have built in compartments to put photographs of your family, fur babies, vacation destinations, and etc.
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