April 19, 2015

FREE Chalkboard Themed Supply Bin Labels

I posted this picture on my instagram page a few weeks ago and the response was so overwhelming, that I wanted to be sure I share it here as well.

I wish you could have seen the whole picture! There are almost 40 bins on that top shelf, a little OCD you might say!

You can shrink or enlarge these labels in your printer settings depending on your needs. I also included an editable set. Just click in the middle and type away! I hope you can find these useful in your classroom.

April 18, 2015

This just pinned...

I haven't been on pinterest for a verrryyyy long time so it feels kinda good to be able to get back into the swing of things! I recently cleaned out my boards and all I have to do now is make those pretty board covers that I've seen some people have. Aaaahhhh, who am I kidding??!! 
I will probably never get around to making them...LOL! 

Anyhow, I am hoping to make this a regular post and share with you some of the things I find which hopefully, you might also find useful in your classroom as well. 

I absolutely loathe play-doh, but if it gets my kids motivated to learn, I'm all over it. 

Image Credit: mamapapabubba.com

You can read more about this fun activity here: 

I simply adored this picture when I saw it, but even better, it is FREE!!! 

Image Credit: inmyworld.com.au

And finally, some organization tips:

Image Credit: Kindergarten Fun with KFundamentals 

Popsicle trays make great crayon holders. 

And so do diaper wipe containers!

Image Credit: listotic.com

April 17, 2015

Five for Friday - April 17th

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to bring you my 5 for Friday!! 

I definitely need an "amen" for surviving this week!! Although I am on Spring Break until Monday, I have never been busier!! I really tried to stop and smell the roses, but there are just so many things I've been needing to catch up on. 

My blog is getting a makeover!!!! I simply can't say enough about Ms. Gabby from Gabby's Classrooms. She is extremely creative, super sweet, very reasonably priced, and has a very fast turn around date. I am just so indecisive that it's taking me longer than usual to really finalize everything. Here's a sneak peak. There are just a few minor things that need to be tweaked before it can go live. I am like a kid on Christmas morning, I just can't wait. All my past designs have been something that I wanted at that "moment" but this one totally screams me!! She really hit the head on the nail! 

I purged and purged and purged!!! I am happy to report that I have given away almost half of this stuff. Excuse the awful picture, it's from my phone.

I posted this picture on my IG page a few weeks ago, and the response has been overwhelming! I sent it to a few people who asked, and I will be posting it on my teachers pay teachers store for free soon. Again, another awful picture, sorry.

Finally, my upcoming blog design has inspired my new theme for next school year, Neon Lights. I am working on this calendar header set and I hope to have more coordinating pieces available soon! This will be posted in my tpt store this weekend. 

Happy Friday!! 

April 16, 2015

I've been busy....

I cringe, as I sit here thinking it's been five, GASP!, five months since I've checked in!! Well, my friends, I'm going to be very honest when I say I've had a very rough school year. I have a few precious boys with behavior issues, one with very major issues, and each and every single day was a struggle. I did everything I could and sought as much help as I could get, but at the end of the day I felt defeated. I felt so defeated that I would sit at my desk and pray, and cry, and pray again asking the Lord to give me strength. I also told him that I knew I was not put on this earth to just pay bills and die, a little dramatic, I know. I spoke to my administrator about taking the rest of the school year off, but of course he didn't seem too keen on that idea. He did offer to give me more support, and he re-assigned an aide into my classroom for a majority of the day.

I continued to pray and ask God to guide me. I questioned whether this was the job for me. I questioned everything. At that moment, I wanted to kick myself for going into the teaching field. I thought about resigning but wondered what would I do. I love teaching, but that flame was burning out rather quickly. Then one day, before heading home, as I unplugged my cell phone, this image popped up out of no where from my instagram account.

I don't know what it was but it was just what I needed at that time. During my lowest points, I am always quick to forget that the Lord is still with me. While I may not understand his test, whoever said "whatever doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger" was definitely right. You may or may not believe this but two days later, my precious boy transferred. His father got a job in another town and he was withdrawing immediately. It was very bittersweet, and trust me, I felt terrible, but in my heart I knew that God wouldn't give me anything I couldn't handle, and he knew I was struggling. I still have a lot of guilt, thinking I could have done more, or gave more of myself. I gave that boy a big hug on his last day and he will forever have a place in my heart.

I debated sharing this story with you, because I don't want to seem like a Debbie Downer, but I wanted to put it out there in case you have a similar story, and so you know you are not alone. Our job is never easy, and sometimes we don't always get the credit we deserve. Not many people can do what we do, day in and day out. I love Kindergarten, but I've decided to accept my administrator's offer to move to another grade next year. I'm not sure where I'll go, I'd honestly love to stay in Kinder, but I have to keep my faith and believe that everything happens for a reason, and maybe this move will turn out to be something just as great. 

I will definitely keep you posted! 

November 23, 2014

Teacher Laura: Giveaway, Freebies and a Sale

My friend Laura Armstrong is celebrating a TPT milestone! I can't think of someone more deserving and I am extremely happy for her!! Hop on over to blog to read more on her achievement and be sure to check out her TPT store for some awesome products and clipart!!

Teacher Laura: Giveaway, Freebies and a Sale: After a year and 8 months I am thrilled to announce that I have achieved a TPT sales milestone. I have devoted so many hours of my even...