Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Job Share Part 1

Hello!  It has been awhile since I have actually gotten a chance (had the energy:) to sit down and write a meaty blog post.  This year it has been mostly random sale posts!  I've planned this post out in my head several evenings as I am drifting off to sleep, but haven't actually gotten it typed up until now!
If you don't know I have almost 4 year old twin girls and an almost 2 year old son.  They are the most wonderful part of my life and are definitely the apple of my hubby and my eyes! Our world is busy, busy, busy, but so much fun.  There really and truly  is never a dull moment!

The reality of teaching, even after 14 years in the same grade level, is that it is exhausting!  You are just truly mentally and physically exhausted at the end of every day.  Since my girls were born I have been so completely torn.  We couldn't afford for me to stay home at that point, but I came home exhausted every day to newborn twins.  I don't feel like I got to enjoy them as much as I wanted to!  My hubby was able to be home with them 2 days a week and my parents watched them the other 3 days.  So really the only days I got to be mommy 100% was on the weekends.  I couldn't have asked for a better situation than to have family watch them, but I was miserable.  I felt like I wasn't good at anything that I was doing! I wasn't the teacher I wanted to be or the mommy I wanted to be.
Then 2 days before my girl's 2nd birthday we had our little guy.  Now I was a mommy of 3!  Even more exhaustion and mommy guilt followed that first year of his life.  So my hubby and I decided we needed to figure out a way to allow me to be mommy first and teacher 2nd.  We spent the 2013/2014 school year scrimping and saving and following the Dave Ramsey plan so that we could afford for me to be home more.  It was, and still is, a ton of sacrifice, but soooooo worth it!
The timing was perfect because a good friend of mine had come back to teaching fourth grade after spending many years home with her own kiddos.  It was a rough start back to teaching and she was ready to do something else.  We chatted and decided that we would love to job share in second grade!  Our district is very job share friendly and our principal totally supported us staying at our school and job sharing!  We were approved at the end of last year and this has been our first year job sharing.  It has been amazing!!! 
After the first week of school this year I went in to my principal's office and thanked her for allowing me to love my job again.  I was able to be the mommy I wanted to be and also to continue doing what I love...teaching!  I come to work every day excited to see my kiddos and to teach! 
More to come on the logistics!!!! 
Lisen:)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Teachers Are Heroes What's In My Cart Link Up

We are both SO excited for the TPT Teachers are Heroes Sale!  Our wish lists are constantly full of items that we want for our classrooms.  However, our teacher’s salary budget doesn't always allow us to go crazy and purchase everything we want.  Sooooo… we eagerly await the TPT sales to purchase in large quantities from our never ending wish list! I am also having extra fun this sale because I am buying for my classroom and also for my own little girls:)
Here are 10 things on either Katie’s or my wish list that we plan on snapping up during the sale on February 25th.  Don’t forget to use the code Heroes when you check out to make sure you get the whole 28% off!!

  Gina Peluso's Math Journals for the Primary Classroom: Teen Numbers
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Journals-for-the-Primary-Classroom-Teen-Numbers-1682230
 Babbling Abby's Teaching Key Details & Main Ideas
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teaching-Key-Details-and-Main-Idea-to-the-Primary-Student-1576098
Mrs. Balius' Number of the Week
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Number-of-the-Week-Zoo-Animals-Pre-K-Numbers-1-5-1408610
Tiffany Gannon's Drawing Conclusion
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Drawing-Conclusions-Activity-Packet-345491
  Splish Splash Mrs. Lander's Class' Some Bunny is on the Move
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Some-Bunny-is-on-the-Move-Math-counting-puzzles-1723684
 Anna Brantley's H.O.T.S Reading Response Sheets
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HOTS-Higher-Order-Thinking-Skills-Reading-Response-Sheets-131182
The Learning Center's Word Work Task Cards.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Work-Task-Cards-1190169
 The Lesson Plan Diva's How To Informational Writing Pack and Craftivities
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-To-Informational-Writing-Pack-and-Craftvities-332072
The Reading Mama’s Reciprocal Teaching for the Primary Grades
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reciprocal-Teaching-for-Primary-Grades-674230
 The Barefoot Teacher's Alphabet Emergent Readers Bundle
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alphabet-Emergent-Readers-Set-Pocket-Chart-Cards-BUNDLE-500-pages-1336590
Check out some other great wish lists below and happy shopping!!!!
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Stop, Swap, and Roll!!

http://junglelearners.blogspot.com/2015/01/stop-swap-roll-with-giveaway.html
  Hello!  We have been given the chance to participate in another fun product swap.  These are some of my favorite things to do because I always find great new blogs to follow and wonderful new products that I'm not sure how I lived without!
  My swap partner was Amanda from The Take Home Teacher.
http://thetakehometeacher.blogspot.com/
She has some great products in her TPT store.  After a whole lot of looking and hemming and hawing over which product I wanted I finally decided on her Consonant Combos: Blends, Digraphs, & Trigraphs.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Consonant-Combos-Blends-Digraphs-Trigraphs-309363
I chose this product because I have a few pretty low second graders who are still struggling with these and it looked like a fun way to review with them in our small group.  I was definitely not disappointed with my pick! This product is awesome and is jam packed with great ways to help kiddos with this concept. Amanda thought of everything when she created this product and my kiddos definitely had fun using it!  She has a page explaining what blends, digraphs, and trigraphs are that would be perfect to use with parents. She also has several pages of directions on how to use the product which was very helpful. 
 I also found that I was very easily able to use the products one on one or in a small group.  


There are also some great printables included in this product!  
 One of the best parts of this swap is that I get the chance to give one copy of this fabulous product away!  If you would like a chance to win a copy of Amanda's Consonant Combos: Blends, Digraphs, & Trigraphs  just enter below with the rafflecopter.  I will be choosing one winner on February 3rd. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Amanda is reviewing our Valentine's Day Writing and Craftivity Unit .
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Writing-and-Craftivity-Unit-537111
 You can check it out on TPT, where we have it marked down for a few days, or you can head over to The Take Home Teacher's Blog to check out the review and to try to win a copy for yourself!

If you would like to visit some other great blogs and see some product reviews just click below:)








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Monday, January 26, 2015

Trade and Grade

We had a chance to join up with The Primary Gal's Trade and Grade! We were so excited to have the chance to check out a great product and to get to "meet" a new friend!
We got to review Keeping Up with Mrs. Harris' Addition Tic Tac Toe.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Addition-Tic-Tac-Toe-Games-1624801
This is SUCH a great product!  There are tons of different tic tac toe board options to help you differentiate for your kiddos!
We just finished regrouping with addition and are getting ready to move on to regrouping with subtraction soon so this was the absolute perfect fun way for kiddos to review!  The kids had a blast checking their answers with the QR codes too!



 If you are looking for a super fun activity to do with your kiddos you have got to check this out!!  Just click on the cover page pic to head over to TPT and snag this for only $3.00!!!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Festive Friday Deals

 
Head over to TPT to check out some great deals!  We have our It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas math centers marked down.  They are normally $3 so this is a great deal!!
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