Saturday, September 13, 2014

I'm Learing A Lot!

Many of you have been back to school for over a month now. I just finished my 2nd week. Whew! I'm tired! I think I have it figured out though. We all enjoy our summer months of doing next to nothing or if we do something it's on our own time frame and we are not watching a plan book or a clock through out our days. We stay up as late as we want and we might sleep in as late as we want. We are totally unplanned. 

And then BAM! BUZZ! RING! DING DING DING! That alarm goes off and life changes IMMEDIATELY! It's not gradual, it's on the spot immediate! What on earth are we doing to ourselves. . . and our kids too. No wonder we are all exhausted, dazed, and sometimes confused. And I'm talking about the teachers too! If we feel this way, then we have to acknowledge that the kids are feeling the same way.

So all that is in the past. Monday is the start of our third week. And I'm ready for a new one and a grand routine. If you have been following me in the past then you might remember that I retired from teaching 2nd grade for 36 years in June. Then my daughter-in-law had her second baby and wanted to stay home for 12 weeks. She also got a kindergarten job at the school that I worked at. To me it was a no brainer. I knew the staff, the routines, the families. I could do this. I was certain that I could do this. With the support of the other staff, I knew that there would be bumps, but I could do this. 

Did I say I could do this? Yes, I did and I am. But I am also noticing my strengths and my weaknesses. Let's be postive. . . I will focus on my strengths. I do know how to love children and to get them to listen to me. Sure I can. But with Kinders, I get one area ready to listen and then the other side of the room is talking. I get them ready to listen and another part starts talking. . . oh geesh!  I really have to keep thinking that each of these children could be my grandchildren who are just learning. They are 5 or 6 and this might be their first time in a group situation.  I  repeat. . . I can do this!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sit Spots Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered in the 
Sit Spots giveaway. I was thrilled to see so many enter. Thanks to Corinna from
she sent a lot of friends my way.

Congrats Ingrid! I hope you are seeing 
lots of spots. . . 
Sit Spots that is! 

And for the rest of you, remember you can visit with Joyce at her Sit Spots Facebook page or go to her webpage. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

$ale Away $ale Away!

We are down to the wire on the $50.00 giveaway for Sit Spots. Be sure to enter if you haven't already. It ends tonight at midnight! 
I want YOU to win it! 
Click HERE to see where the rafflecopter is. 

Maybe you have already started school and maybe you haven't, but TPT loves you! 
So there is another quick and I mean QUICK sale just tomorrow. Go back through your wish list and your carts and see what else you need or want. You'll get 28% off your total if you put the code BOOST in at the end of your shopping. 

One more thing. . . . Have you been leaving honorable and respectable feedback after you buy things? If you have, then you could also have earned some credits. You get to use those credits to make your shopping total decrease. . . Who does not like that?

You just might want to pick up my latest product! It helps your child practice making patterns but in a horizontal, vertical, and diagonal way.

You can click on the picture to see my store or click here

If you are back to school, I hope you have a great year and make many leaps and bounds with your littles!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sits Spots Can Be YOURS!

Have I told you the news? I retired in June from teaching 2nd grade. It was kind of a tough decision, but I'm very glad that I did. Now to sort through my basement full of "stuff" that I brought home!

Like ALL of you, my passion is teaching. So I couldn't quite give it up. . . completely!

My little building of 6 classrooms had some openings. . . well actually a few openings. (Our district so far has hired 23 new teachers and still has 5 more to hire. Plus there are many educational aide openings still to hire!)

My daughter in law has been teaching special education for 6 years. (She just had a baby boy 3 weeks ago!) She too was ready for a change. So she applied for a kindergarten job in my building, and she got it. But now she wants to stay home with this precious little man! (I don't blame her at all!)  Brecken Andrew is a handsome healthy little one.

I offered to do her maternity leave so she could stay home and feel that her students were still getting a good education. I'm excited to do this, to work with kindergartners and learn how they learn. I'm also happy to be able to help out my son and his family. She will take off 12 weeks, so I will be with theses littles until almost Thanksgiving. 
My daughter and her husband had a precious little girl earlier this summer too. Kennedy Jayne is as sweet as they come. We can't hold her since they live so far away, but we do Face-time with them several times a week so we can watch her grow and change.
My daughter is also going to take off 12 weeks to take care of her. I'm so glad that the Family Leave Act was started and that both of my kids were able to afford to do this. 

Back to kindergarten! Since kindergartners come to school with little knowledge of routines, I decided to get myself a set of Sit Spots to help them see where to line up.  Have you ever heard of Sit Spots?
They are this wonderful product made by a past teacher who is now a principal. They are like a velcro product that sticks to your classroom carpet. (But not the commercial rugs that some of you have in your rooms.) They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. 
One of the best things about them is that the custodians can vacuum right over them and they don't move one little bit! This summer one of my teacher friends left hers down and they even scrubbed the floor right over them with water and cleaner and they still didn't move. (In fact she has had hers for almost 2 years and they still look the same as when she first put them down!)

I'm happy to share with you that you could be a lucky winner of a $50.00 gift certificate to purchase your own set of Sit Spots! You can look at her webpage here. Take a peak at all the many kinds of spots that you get to choose from. 

You're almost to the Rafflecopter. 
Read a bit more and you'll be ready to enter to win these.

Here are some pictures of what they look like in my building: 

They will fit on your typical carpeting, 
but not on the fancy carpets like the one shown here.

This shows you the size of the circles.

One last piece of information. When you enter this give away, you may only use one email address. I want this to be a fair giveaway and allow everyone the same amount of chances to win. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

3-5 Giveaway Starts Today!

2 Peas and a Dog
There's a big giveaway going on and I know that you will want to be a part of it.

There are some awesome prizes for many different areas. I hope you win, but you have to enter to do that!

Today's prizes are listed in this picture.
There are 21 things you can win. 
Why. . . that's like winning the lottery!

Don't stop there. Be sure to visit her blog each day this week as there are new prizes daily!