Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back to the Beginning!

Let's go on a magic carpet ride back to Meet the Teacher. Hey, that’s ME! I always puffy heart love meet the teacher.  Oh, it gives such insight to my new little friends. Granted, this happened four weeks ago but hey, this chickadee has been busy.  It's not easy to be the ring leader and lion tamer every day. Our job is not for the faint at heart fo sho! 

When students come in (for MTT or the 1st day of school), they will find several crates and boxes to sort their supplies. I will eventually put their names on their scissors and crayons if they haven't but really everything is community supplies in my classroom. This makes my life so much easier. It already takes an act of congress trying to figure where to stash a billion tissue boxes and germ gel (also known as hanitizer) bottles so having them presorted makes this circus act go by much faster.  

I cannot for the life of me remember where I got this freebie. I looked on TPT and pinterest to provide credit so if you know, let me know so I can give credit where it is due. I have given this cute little glow stick gift at Meet the Teacher the last two years. It's cute, easy and the kids love it. 

Outside my door, I label file folders with each student's name. This helps me to figure out who doesn't come. In the folder is all of the paper I need parents to fill out. If possible, I ask them to fill it out before they leave that night. 

Here are my directions. Don't laugh! "Find your child's folder. Read the directions on the front of the folder and follow them." Easy enough right? You would think. :) Isn't the melonheadz clipart the cutest? I just printed, cut and taped this stuff to an art easel. Easy peasy. 

Moving on. Picture it. The first day of school. Controlled chaos is not enough for me. It should also be known as my BIRTHDAY! What? At first I was bummed about this situation. When I was younger, we weren't in school on August 25th so I always had a "summer birthday". Then, I became a teacher and it's always the first week of school and I am too exhausted to do anything. But, this year it was fabulous. My husband sent me beautiful roses and my parents sent me a mixed bouquet of flowers and balloons. Y'all, I felt so fancy. My room smelled fabulous too. 

In true husband form, he sent my team gift for the first day of school. I was curious what he would do since he has already done flowers and cookie bouquets. This year he had these Survival Kits made for us. So stinking cute. The funny thing is that I did almost the same thing for my team the night before. It must of been Jesus planting a seed, knowing that we would need TWO survival kits. I bought us mason jar cups (Thinking our year was going to be Ah-Mason. Ha!) and filled them with aspirin, gum, rolaids, etc. So, people. We are ready to survive. We have a glass and a box full of crap sure to make it happen. Haha! 

Here is the Welcome to Kindergarten sign that my teammate painted. Isn't it presh? We used it for our 1st Day of School pics. This is one of my cutie patootie students. Her mom works at my school so I luck out and get to post her pics on here. You will probably see her a lot this year. :)

Moving on. First day of school. Oh the anticipation. Luckily my own children's school district did not start for another week so I was able to get to school super early EVERY day that week. I was only slightly, ehem, bitter that they were still sleeping when I left. Anyway, I put that jealousy in a bubble and blew it away. Haha! 

Here is how the tables were set up when the littles came for the first day. They had their name tags and a coloring sheet waiting for them in their spot. 

We all survived the first day. We accomplished coloring the sheet above, making the Pete the Cat hat that my little friend is wearing above, and learning the rules of play dough. That's about it. I forgot how long walking down the hall or going to the bathroom takes. Oh, and of course I read some books to them. They loved Pete the Cat. 

Oh, and recess was their highlight. I think I said, "Rocks stay on the ground!" about five hundred times. I bet by 823 they will get it. Haha! 

I did have a little friend cry at the end of the day because "we didn't play with any toys." Bless his little heart. We didn't. Honestly, there wasn't enough time. Everything we did took an hour. I made sure that we "played" with manipulatives on day two. It's tough being little! 

At the end of the 1st day of school, Nick, our kids, my parents and my sister's family took me out to eat for dinner. I insisted that we meet for dinner at 5:00 p.m. because honestly, who really has energy to hold a fork on the first day of school? I thought asking someone to feed me (even if it was my birthday) was pushing it so we had to make that happen before the sun went down. When the sun went down, so did this very tired teacher!!! 

Oh, how I love this man!! 

Now y'all, I have blogged three times this week. Don't go getting used to this craziness. You know my life is a big ole hot mess and I fight squirrels every other minute. The struggle is real people. Haha! 

I hope you are having a great week. Love and virtual hugs. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Classroom Pics...Finally!

I have finally gotten around to uploading some pictures. The last three weeks have been a doozy. Whew. It’s all a big blur.  Thank goodness I have my iphone and teacher planner because I wouldn't know what day it was or what on Earth I was supposed to do without them.

I’m super happy how everything turned out. I especially love all of the lamps I added this year. We haven’t had our big classroom lights on much. The lighting is so much better and it seems to help us feel more relaxed too.  I hope you like taking a peek into my room. Feel free to ask any questions too.

Love and virtual hugs!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Future Me...

Greetings friends. I just finished my third week of kindergarten. Can I be honest and tell you that I feel like I have done week one three times now?  I don’t like leaving the classroom because I never know how it’s going to go down. Some days, man we are on it. Other days, I open up the door and they run out like they are escaping the zoo..meanwhile I am running behind them telling them to stop running {and screaming}. That’s normal right? I mean, there is no tired like first week of school tired but this is like Groundhog Day people. (I do not love that movie by the way.)

Luckily I see huge potential and know it will get better. It just has to. This is the pep talk I have with myself a thousand times a day. They really are a sweet group and have such fun little personalities. My teammates and I keep asking ourselves… “Is it like this every year and we just forget?”. How is that possible? And then we eat brownies. Lots of them. 

I'm always willing to embrace my hot mess self with humor so I thought it would be fun to write a letter to my future self. I am printing it out and putting it with my back to school file.  Apparently my memory and brain escape me each August and I simply forget.  I’m walking the plank here and trying to stay afloat. I am filled with hope though. I know we will get there. Baby steps.

So, here’s your chance to join in on the fun. Write a letter reminding you what the beginning of the year is like. Share something funny or memorable. “Remember that day that kid peed on the tree on the playground? Yeah, let’s hope that doesn't happen this year!”.  There are no rules except to post your letter, the button, and link up. Please do not include any products in your post. This is just for fun!

Here is my letter and the templates. Simply right click on the picture you want and save it. Then, open it up in powerpoint and add text on top of it. Easy peasy. 

I can’t wait to see what advice you will give yourself for next year.  I may even attach a gift card to my letter to the store where I buy my wine, I mean brownies, for next year. Haha! 

I hope your year is going great and if you are on the roller coaster with me, hang in there and press on!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

An AWESOME Gift Card Giveaway!!

I’m so excited to be teaming up with my favorite freebie-friends for a BIG giveaway to help get you going this school year! Over at the Freebielicious blog, we’re giving away a BIG, GRAND PRIZE (scroll down to the bottom of this post to read all about it!) and right here on my little blog, I’m giving away a $25.00 gift card to my favorite home decor and gift store, PLUM.  They carry the best candles and cutest stuff EVA.

Here are a few pics of my favorite PLUM finds. 

Please enter with integrity, using the Rafflecopter below. I’ll choose a winner a week from today.

But, wait! That’s not ALL!

The Freebielicious ladies know how much of your own hard-earned money goes into buying supplies, tissues, books, and classroom décor to get your classroom “kid-ready,” and we want to be able to put some of that money right back in your pocket. Over at the Freebielicious blog, we are giving away a $300 Visa gift card! YES…YOU READ THAT RIGHT! $300!!!

To enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, click HERE or on the button below!

Also, while you are there, be sure to check out what the other Freebie-ladies are giving away. Be prepared for some AMAZING prizes. Take a peek at some of them below!

The giveaways end September 13,  2014. Hurry & enter all of them. Lots of awesome gift cards to win!!