Monday, August 31, 2015

Teacher Week 2015: 5 Fun Facts

I'm linking up with Bloghoppin today to share 5 fun facts about myself.

(1) I love white chocolate. There was a room mom when I was in elementary school that made us homemade suckers from white chocolate and that got me obsessed.

(2) I went to France and Germany in high school and the only thing I can really remember is what I ate. Most of my pictures did not survive. I really wish I had a digital camera back then.

(3) I have a new puppy named Toby. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a few photos of him. He's a 5 month-old Beagle mix. I got him for a shelter so they aren't sure what he's mixed with. I'm thinking lab or golden retriever.  

(4) I love sports but I never wanted to play them myself. I am not coordinated enough! I'm so excited for football season.

(5) I just started back to school to get my ED.S. I'm not sure what I was thinking because I had no time anyway. So here's hoping that I can get through the next two years. I finished my Masters a while ago and I'm trying to get back in the habit of writing papers again.

While you're here, head over to my post from Saturday and win some earrings from "The Little Mermaid."  Click here.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Visual Plans (Aug. 31)

Okay, friends, I'm back sharing my visual plans for this week. I just took last year's visual plans for the week of September 1st and added an extra day of activities. Labor Day was earlier last year. I'm really looking forward to that three day weekend next week.

This week, we are working on story elements, subjects and predicates, blends, and subtraction strategies.  As always, you can click on these plans to download them and access the links for books and activities.
 We will also be singing my story elements and subject/predicate songs from my Singing through the Year pack. I forgot to add that into the plans.

If you download these, please be kind and leave a comment. This helps me track if these are actually helpful to post each week.

I'm linking up my post with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten. Check out some other awesome weekly plans at her linky party.

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Trashy Crafter Earring Giveaway

Hello everyone! I am stopping by today to share a fun giveaway with you. I am a huge fan of the Trashy Crafter. She repurposes damaged books and makes them into amazing jewelry.

I have two of her book bracelets and a lanyard. These are amazing and I get compliments on them all the time.
 Kim is the creator of Trashy Crafter. She works with her family and friends to create one-of-a-kind book jewelry because she didn't want to see books in a landfill. In her ETSY shop, she usually has items created from around 50 different books. It's a great gift to give others especially retiring teachers or friends who love certain books. She even uses maps of favorite places to create jewelry.

I really love that she sends her products wrapped in recycled maps and books. 
So creative!

Kim's newest creation are book earrings. Here are a few of her recent creations.

She sent me a pair from "The Little Mermaid" book. I love the colors of these and they look great with so many different outfits. 

Kim has graciously agreed to give away a pair of earrings to one lucky blog reader.
These earrings are also from "The Little Mermaid."


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

An Ode to Back to School

Oh, back to school time. There's no time of year like it! My feet are throbbing and I'm exhausted but it's totally worth it. Here's a little poem I wrote about back to school. Hope you enjoy it! Feel free to share with your friends.

Click on the image to download. 

So what do you think? Anything ring true for you?