The beginning of a wonderful year

Today was the day...the day that makes summer seems like it is almost over.  Today was the day that I went into my classroom for the first time since the last day of school.  It's bitter sweet to think of not staying home with my boys every day, but I must say working with a great group of people makes everything better!  I LOVE IT!  Of course every teacher loves this time of year.  The time where you can walk into your classroom at whatever time you choose, you can leave whenever you choose and you can relax and talk to your friends through out the day.  However the more you talk the less you get done, but I'm not complaining. When I walked into my room this is what I saw...

EEK!  Tables everywhere, boxes stacked up and things randomly placed.  So let the preparation begin for the 2014-2015 school year!  I can't wait to show you the finished room.  I already have the furniture placed where I want it so now let the decorating begin.

On another note, I wanted to share with you my new packet that I'm working on.  It's a Detective mini packet for literacy centers.  It's going to have alphabet and beginning sound matching, letter and word sort, sight word decoding and sentence building.  The little detective kids are so cute, I had to do something with them.  

Keeping my fingers crossed the finished product will be completed soon!


Sight Words complete!

I finally did it...the sight word cards are complete!  It took a little longer then I wanted, but I am so happy they are done.  I made two sets to match each word wall header that I have in my TPT store.  Click each picture to see them in my store.

Chevron Word Wall

Polka Dot Word Wall

Now I need to print my cards out and laminate them. However, I'll have to wait on that until my ink is delivered. I  bought a new printer last summer and I LOVE IT!! It it is the best thing!  It is a hp colored laser printer and I am so happy that I made the purchase.  I like the way it prints and the best part is I am not buying new ink every other week.  The last time I ordered ink was about 7 months ago and we all know how often teachers lover their colored printers!


Oh...and whatever you do, don't look at your calendar!  I did that today and realized that it is the end of July!!!  EEK!  Where did this month go?


Fresh 20

This is off the teaching topic, but I wanted to share something that I have fallen in love with this past month. My sister introduced me to The Fresh 20 meals and it is AMAZING!  It's a meal plan that gives you a weeks worth of meals, prep guide, grocery list and nutrition facts.  Most of the ingredients are used in the same meals through out the week.  The ingredients are fresh and it reduces your grocery bill..BONUS!  I prep all my meals on Sunday and when it comes time to make the meals during the week there is little preparation that needs to be done.  

There's no more what's for dinner questions, no more 50 item long grocery list, no more sitting on the computer looking for 5 dinner recipes, although I didn't really mind that.  However everything is done for you with Fresh 20!

The meal plan has meals for everyone!  You can choose to sign up for dairy free, vegetarian, gluten free, kosher or classic.  I subscribed to the classic meal plan about a month ago and love it!  My entire family is making the classic meals and we love to compare notes and see what we liked best.  I am even thinking about purchasing the e-book for lunch.  It would be nice to have a variety of lunches during the school year as opposed to sandwiches and salads.  

If you try it I would love to hear your review!


Facebook and a Freebie!

I am excited to have my own Facebook fan page! I hope that you join me on this new adventure of mine.  I love making things for my classroom and am excited to share them with you!  If you like my fb page make sure to check out the freebie tab.  There was a lot of hair pulling, annoyed facial expressions and sighing involved, but I am excited to have figured out the freebie tab.  Make sure to snag up my Robot Measuring activity for FREE!  I will be posting fan freebies every once in a while.

Click on the robot picture to take you to my facebook page.


It's July already!

I can't believe it is already July!  The summer is going to fly by now.  My June was rather relaxing and seemed long.  July is going to be over in a blink of an eye...NO!!!  I am going to enjoy every bit of summer that we have left...oh and squeeze in whatever school work I can.  I just completed my first handwriting packet!  I have added it to my TPT store.  If you click on the picture it will take you to my store.  I know my students are going to love this packet.  I plan on starting handwriting early in the year and I'm excited to focus on the motions of writing and not the lines.

Have you all checked out this awesome clip art freebie from Creative Clips?  It is filled with 33 awesome images.  She is wanting to reach 2,000 reviews and she will post another awesome freebie! I have a little clip art addiction...but when you have great clip art there it's easy to get an addiction.