Thursday, May 29, 2014

Love Awards Day

To tell you the truth, I'm really terrified of public speaking.  I find myself getting more nervous than I have to  be, and I can always depend on my voice cracking in the middle of my sentences.  While I love Awards Day and being able to recognize my sweet students for their accomplishments and hard work all year, I always dread having to stand up on the podium and speaking in front of adults.  I know it might seem weird since I'm a teacher and teachers are always speaking in front of the kids.  But somehow it's so much more different in front of adults! (hahahah...)  Good thing this year my principal did all the speaking, and I could just stand, smile, and congratulate the kids!  (Dream came true!)

After the ceremony, I always invite the parents to go back into our classroom and show them a video montage of our classroom pictures throughout the year, and this year was no different.  It's hard at the end of the year to do one more thing, but creating the video has always been one of my favorite things to do.  I love reliving the good memories in our classroom and reflecting on how far and how much my kids have progressed since the beginning of the school year.  I love watching the parents' and kids' reactions as they see the pictures and of course, there are always tears of joy and pride for the kids.

Seeing the parents so happy and proud of their kids is one of the reasons why I love being a teacher. I also love meeting and getting to know so many parents along the way.  After the ceremony today, I got an email from a parent with a note and this sign attached.  It was so sweet, I had to share. :)

So happy my 'babies' are now moving on...and I will definitely miss them.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My New Reading Corner

My sweet husband was kind enough to take down my worn down reading hut and helped me convert it into a new reading corner. I know we're at the end of the year, but I couldn't bear another day looking at the old reading hut. :)

The best part is that the kids absolutely love it and are even more excited to go read there. They said they loved the reading hut, but this is new and super exciting for them.  Love making reading more fun for them even if we only have 7 more days to go.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!

Last week was super busy, crazy, and fun for me!  Not only was it Field Day at school, but our family also celebrated our son's second birthday, our 7th year Anniversary early, and visited Sea World for our long 3-day Memorial Day weekend.  All in all, I had a wonderful time and so happy that my sweet baby got to meet two new friends at Sea World. :)

I can't wait to get back to school tomorrow to hear all my first graders' stories on how they celebrated Memorial Day and continue to teach them about this special holiday.  So grateful that I was able to spend time with my family on this holiday because of all the great sacrifices that such brave men and women in our Armed Services have made.  

If you are interested in the resource that I'm using to teach about Memorial Day, please click to the link below.  I have combined my Memorial Day materials (also featured in my Armed Forces Packet) along with resources for Flag Day and Independence Day into the packet below.  Thank you for stopping by, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hi, friends! I'm celebrating 250+ units sold on TPT, so come on by my store and check out my Summer Fun Freebie for your sweet students! If you like what you see, I would appreciate your feedback and rating! Hope you have a wonderful week! Let the countdown to SUMMER BEGIN!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Celebrate Armed Forces Day!

Armed Forces Day is this coming Saturday!  Celebrate the great men and women who work so hard to protect our freedom with this engaging English/Language Arts and Social Studies Armed Forces, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day packet!  My sweet students are working on it right now in class, and we are having so much fun!

Armed Forces/Memorial Day/Veterans Day Packet

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I'm loving my new Ready for 1st Grade and Ready for 2nd Grade Summer Packets!  I've always wanted something to help my students practice what they have learned during their summer vacation.  So glad that I made these and can share it with other teachers.  You can click to the links above to check them out in TPT store.  :)


I'm so happy to jump start my blog again!  Thanks to a sweet friend (TuckerTechTalk) and more resources available to me now, I'm feeling a little more confident about taking on the blogging world.  And did I also mention?  I love my new background and banner!  A great, BIG hand for The Cutest Blog On The Block! They do have the cutest blog designs on the block.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope to update as much as I can, as I have been very busy on some side projects that I would love to share with you! :)
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