Sunday, June 30, 2013

Favorite Things Linky ~ I'm late!!

The Favorite Things linky started on Thursday. Normally, I would wait until the next link up, but I loved this past Thursday’s topic, Beauty Basics! I’m not really sure why I got excited over this topic because I am still an amateur when it comes to make-up, but I do have a few favorite skin products. 

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#1 – Aqua Glygolic Cleansing Skincare Kit
It comes with the cleanser, toner, and repairing lotion. I have really oily skin and I had a terrible amount of blackheads. This is the only thing that I have found to clear up my blackhead issue! I am in my mid 20’s, but it still made my skin look more youthful, too! I have been using it every other night because it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

#2 – Oxy Acne Medication w/ 10% Benzoyl Peroxide
This stuff is awesome! At age 23, I began breaking out on my back. Crazy body changes!! I tried this and my back cleared up in about 2 weeks! I also use it on my face in the mornings along with a lotion. I wasn’t kidding when I said I have oily skin.

 #3 – CeraVe AM Face Lotion
I use this after using the Oxy cleanser. Using these products eliminates the oil production, so I use a lotion to keep my face from totally drying out. I love this lotion. It doesn’t feel greasy or heavy on your skin, and it doesn’t cause breakouts. Plus, it has sun protection (SPF 30). There is also one for PM. I haven’t used it, though.

#4 – Avon Pressed Mineral Foundation
I have been using this for a while. I love mineral make-up. It feels really light on your skin and it doesn't come off easily. From my understanding, mineral make-up is supposed to be better for your skin, too. I haven’t done a great deal of research on this, nor do I know if one line of mineral make-up is healthier than another. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Anyway, my biggest reasons for buying the Avon brand are price and it’s pressed! How many lines of mineral make-up do you see that are pressed? I don’t like the messy powder.

I am still on the hunt for a favorite lotion, eye liner, and hair products. I am not sure if I’ll ever find favorite hair products! I think my biggest challenge is finding these things on a budget. My husband and I are working hard to pay off our school loans, so I have to be careful. I would love to hear what others use, especially if it’s reasonably priced!

Don’t forget to enter my Bloglovin giveaway! It has one more day left! 
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

It's Currently Time with Oh' Boy 4th Grade!

It's time for the July Currently with Oh' Boy 4th Grade!

Listening: I absolutely love Kari Jobe! She is the best! A lot of her stuff is slow, but the words are so encouraging. I used to really dislike the style of contemporary christian, but was forced to listen to it at an old job. Now... I don't listen to anything else!! 

Loving: Yesterday I received my room keys! I am super excited about it. I went in for a few minutes, but did not stay long. I was meeting with the other sped teacher, and afterwards we went out to eat with some other co-workers. It was nice getting to know some of my new employee buddies!

Thinking: Okay, so my June goal was to finish a fractions unit I was working on. I am over half way through, but I am so not done. With Bible school and common core training days, it just wasn't meant for me to finish. I'm still working on it, though!! 

Wanting: I feel like I desperately need a new teacher wardrobe. I know what I like when it comes to separate pieces, but to try and put things together is a struggle a lot of times. It doesn't help when you are on a budget! :-) I would love any advice someone could give me on this! 

Needing: Since I did not stay long yesterday, I need to go to my classroom at the first of the week. There were several filing cabinets in there that I need to go through. I am sure there will be some useful info in them to help me learn about my students. 

Tips: Okay, I know this is one we've probably all heard, but it's true! It's easy to forget this tip when you are having a bad day, but smiles are contagious and usually you will be smiling in no time if you force it at first! **Smiling at you!**

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bloglovin Giveaway!! Say Goodbye Google Reader, Hello Bloglovin

I have no idea why, but Google Reader will be shutting down on Monday. That means you will no longer be following the blogs that you are following now! There is a simple solution to this. It takes about 3 minutes to make an account at (if you haven't already) and begin following your favorite blogs there! When you create your account, it will ask you if you want to import the blogs you follow. Click import and there ya go! 

I'd like to do a giveaway for new and current followers that swap over to Bloglovin and begin following me there! 

Enter the giveaway by following the instructions below. I will pick 1 winner at the end of the giveaway. They will receive a very cute, handmade lanyard!!  I have said before that I am no photographer. I apologize for the poor lighting and background.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now it's time to go see other Bloglovin giveaways! Check out I {heart} Recess's blog to see her giveaway and others that have linked up!
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Made It Linky

Hello everyone!! Friday was the last night of Bible school. I can finally breathe....maybe!! I start common core training tomorrow and I have a meeting with some of the school staff, so this will be another busy week. I was hoping to finish my fractions unit by the end of June, but it's not looking that way. I've not completely given up hope. We'll see.
Again, this isn't much, but I have a reason for making this little picture. I am a chronic worrier and I worry about what others think a lot of times when it shouldn't matter. I felt like I needed to make something to sit on my desk as a reminder. It's a quote from Beth Moore. If you haven't heard of her, I hope you look her up. She is an inspiration to me!! I would love to share one of her amazing stories, but I'll save it for another day.

Let your light shine today, but let your personality blossom, too. You don't have to be a people-pleaser, just a people-lover. ~ Beth Moore

I love love love this quote! I am going to have to run to Hobby Lobby and find a pretty frame to put it in. I will post another/better picture when I have it framed. I am considering making one for my sped friend that I'll be working with, too. She has been so helpful this summer, and she says she is a chronic worrier, too!! 

I hope to start sharing some classroom made its after this week. I am starting at a new school and I will know more about my room and such this Friday!! 

I got this cute free frame from Jessica Stanford's TPT store. You can also visit her blog at Mrs. Stanford's Class

Enjoy your week! 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Reading Without Limits Book Study ~ SQ4R: Strategic Reading Video

I am a little behind on the book study! I've mentioned before that we've had Bible school this week, so I am just keeping my head above water right now. :-) One thing I wanted to share was a specific reading strategy. I love the strategy SQ4R. It breaks each step down so simply. Here is a great video that demonstrates each step. I also found a very helpful website: SQ4R Reading Method. Jennifer at Charts N Chit Chat is doing an awesome job on this study if you want to join in! 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Over 100 likes on FB!! Freebie Through Saturday & New Teacher Tips linky

I am so excited about having over 100 likes on facebook! I felt like I would never get to 100. I'm celebrating by having a free download. Until Saturday, you may download the "Gathering Time" packet for free from my TPT store. It includes weather cards, month cards, and days of the week cards. You will also receive a template for yesterday was, today is, tomorrow will be, the weather is, and the month is. If you download this, please leave feedback! I would really appreciate it

New Teacher Tips Linky by A Special Kind of Class

Well, I am a new teacher!! I know I won't have tons of advice, but I have learned some things I'd like to share. 

1. I've felt this way before I ever considered being a teacher, but I just don't agree with having favorite students. Yes, I know it's easy to connect with some better than others. This doesn't mean we have to make it obvious in front of the other students. They all need to feel accepted and loved. 

2. Do not show your anger/fear, especially to children with behavioral issues. They take this as a challenge and in no time you're in a power battle. Be stern (no yelling) and stick to your classroom management system.

3. Be consistent! Do what you say and don't go back on your word, especially with disciplinary actions. They need to know you mean business. 

4. Just love them and do your best! We are all going to make mistakes, so learn to laugh at yourself. 

5. This one is for me. BE ORGANIZED!! I am starting a new position as a resource teacher with grades 2-6, and I will have to stay organized if I want to keep my insanity. 

I'd love to hear some new teacher tips from teachers that have had more experience! Please comment! I love comments. :-) Have a blessed week!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday Made It Linky with 4th Grade Frolics

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics!! 

Bible school started last night, so that is all that has been in my brain this past week!! This upcoming school year and everything else has been pushed to the side until the end of this week. I felt lead to direct this year, so I have been in charge of coming up with the curriculum, theme, music, decorations, etc. I also have the responsibilities of keeping up with nightly attendance and that sort of thing. To keep myself organized, I made some forms for myself. I also made our certificates, which I am quite proud of. In the past, we used Lifeway curriculum. This year we have came up with our own way, so that is why I made certificates. Here are some of the forms: 

This helps me to keep up with the attendance each night, so I can easily and quickly add them up at the end and find our average. I also made a place to keep up with our offering each night. Our offering is going to the Gideon ministry this year. It's an awesome organization that raises money to give Bibles. 100% of the money you give goes straight into purchasing Bibles. 

This is the form that teachers use each night to check their class attendance. They can quickly fill it out and bring it to me. This is also my way of getting all the names for certificates! 

I have to make some time to go purchase some nice certificate paper this week!!

I know this isn't anything to get excited over, but it's all I had time for this past week! I felt like sharing because I thought someone else might would want them and it'd save you some time on making them. I have considered putting these forms in my TPT store, but I am not really sure since it isn't "school" related. Does anyone else add things like this to your TPT store? If I decide not to, I still don't mind sharing! I hope everyone has a fabulous Monday! 

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Classroom Management Ideas - I love Pinterest!!

Teaching Blog Addict has a neat link-up idea! You can join various teacher related topics to share your pinterest pins! I decided to do classroom management this morning. I hope to join some other ones later on. 

Even though I am a new teacher, I feel that classroom management is one of my strengths. I'm not saying that I don't struggle or that some kids don't baffle me at times, but for the most part I feel in control. One thing that I feel is very important is to stay calm. Kids have a keen sense when it comes to their teachers' fear and anxiety! We may feel like it helps us gain control by raising our voices or acting out in anger, but in reality, it just makes us look crazy. I promise I am not downing anyone that has done this. I have been guilty of raising my voice before and it's not something I am proud to admit. In saying that, I have learned that you can be stern without being too loud or ugly about it. 

Since I have a new position (resource for 2nd-6th), I found something that I would like to try. I will be in different classrooms throughout the day, and I want to motivate my students and help them to the best of my abilities. To let them know that I notice them, even though I am not with them throughout the entire day, I am going to give out "caught being good" cards at random times throughout the week. After so many, they will get a reward. See pin below.

This freebie is by Making Model Students. I'd love to hear about your classroom management system!
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fun in the Sun and Favorite Things Linky

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I am linking up with Mrs. Russell's Room today! I haven't done anything for myself this week, but my husband and I did go swimming over the weekend! It was very relaxing! I hope to do that a lot more this summer. There is something so calming about being near water. It also allows me to read my books on my kindle without feeling guilty!! 

Actually, I did do something for myself on Monday night. I kicked back and watched a movie! That is something I rarely ever do! 

Favorite Things Linky

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This is a linky party by Across the Hall in 2nd. I decided to do it because it went along with my weekend. Some of my must haves for a pool day are: 

Kindle Fire

COMFY Flip Flops
Beach Bag

(I love anything with a paisley pattern!)

Blogging about this has made me really want to go back to the swimming pool!! I'll be making arrangements soon for this. :-) Right now, it's back to my unit on fractions! My goal is to have it done by the end of June. Making units can be a bit time consuming.

 I would love to hear what everyone else's plans have been this week. I hope something fun was thrown in there! 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

FREE Weekly Progress and Behavior Form - Wednesday Website Link-up & Wednesday Workshop Link-up

Weekly Progress and Behavior

I just began participating in a book study on "Reading Without Limits" that Charts & Chit Chat: Best Practices for 4 Teaching is facilitating. We got off to a great start, and I am looking forward to engaging in this week's post! I am sure she would still be happy for anyone to jump in! 

On last week's post, we began talking a little on the importance of providing feedback to our students. An issue that came up was how we provide feedback to the students, but the parents do not know about the strengths and struggles of their child. Jennifer, from Charts & Chit Chat, and I thought it'd be a good idea to come up with a weekly form to send home to parents. We agreed that it needed to have positive feedback listed first, so parents would know we are truly there for the best interest of their child. After listing the strengths and weaknesses for that week, there is a place to check whether your student's behavior has been satisfactory or unsatisfactory. I know some teachers like to give details each week on the behavior being excellent, fair, or bad. I do not like to include if their behavior has been fair because we are all human, and children shouldn't feel that they have to be perfect (because none of us are). Every teacher has their own way of doing things, though. I don't believe there is one particular right way. How do you keep parents up-to-date on their child's progress? 

I hope you find this form useful. I am not sure why the check boxes are black, but it will not look like this when you go to the google docs. If you have any issues there, you may go download it for free at my TPT store. If you do this, I would really appreciate feedback! :-) Thanks!

Wednesday Website Link-Up by Tales From Outside the Classroom

I am linking up with Tales from Outside the Classroom to share some great websites for students. 

The first website I want to share is I love it and so do children! My favorite thing about this website is that you are able to type in the spelling words you all are working on and use them in the games. 


Another website I'd like to share is Whiz Kid Games. It's an educational website for autistic children. There are games to help them improve their ability in things such as how to cope with change and follow directions. 

Wednesday Workshop Link-up by Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

I am linking up with Workshop Wednesday to share a cool idea for my sub folder that I am working on. I was recently a sub, so I remember going into a classroom without knowing a single student! It makes it hard when you don't know names. 


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Link-Ups with 4th Grade Frolics and Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics' Monday Made It and Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road's Eating, Drinking, and Linking Oh My!

I know it's Tuesday now, but I still wanted to link up with 4th Grade Frolics. I really enjoy the Monday Made It link up! It helps motivate me to bring out my creative side! So, this year will by my first teaching position. I am now a LRE-Resource teacher for 2nd-5th grade. Before this new position, I was a student and upon graduating I became a full time sub in an extended resource room. I am so excited about this new position, and everyone that I have met at the school has been so warm and positive. Since I will have several grades to keep up with, I wanted to stay organized with student info, common core standards, and I felt it would be very needful to have a detailed sub folder. I printed off some binder cover sheets and purchased some binders at Wal Mart. When I went to Wal Mart, I couldn't remember the colors in the cover pages. I am kind of wishing I just got blue and black binders now. I'm sure I will find a reason to buy other binders once I get started. :-) Here are my new binders. 

I cannot find the person responsible for making these cute cover pages. If anyone knows, please leave me a comment. I will go back and add their name. I want to give credit where credit is due! 

I haven't printed off the common core standards yet. Does anyone know where you can get them in a straight forward manner? I know they are on the common core website, but I don't really like the layout on there. 

For my sub folder, I made an IEP Summary Form. I'll have one included for each student. You can download this free form from my TPT store. I could not find any IEP Summary's that included notes for individualized behavior management, so that is why I decided to make one for myself. In special education, it's important for everyone involved to know what the kids need emotionally, physically, and academically. If you download this, please leave feedback! :-) 

On to Eating Drinking and Linking Oh My! 

I want to start this section off by saying I love the blog Six Sisters' Stuff. They have tons of quick recipes!! One of my favorite (not so quick) recipes from them is Poppy Seed Chicken. It tastes just as good for leftover nights. Here is the recipe: 

Poppy Seed Chicken
2 cups of chicken, cooked and diced
2 cups of Ritz crackers, crushed 
1 tablespoon of poppy seeds 
(I personally just put how much I want of poppy seeds. I like the crunchiness.)
1 can (10.75 oz) of cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
There are some optional ingredients, but I do not add them. They are:
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together chicken, soup, and sour cream in a large bowl. Add in Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and lemon juice if desired. In another bowl, mixed together crushed crackers, poppy seeds, and melted butter, Stir until butter is completely incorporated. Spray a 9x13" baking pan with non-stick cook spray. Spread chicken mixture on the bottom and top with cracker mixture. Cover pan with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes. Enjoy!

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Peace, Hope, Love, and Kindness Linky Party - Boy With Cerebral Palsy Competes in Triathlon

I am linking up with Ideas by Jivey for the Peace, Hope, Love, and Kindness Linky Party! 

I am so glad to have found this linky party! Life can be discouraging at times, especially with all that's on the news. We need to hear about the positive things still going on in the world to keep us uplifted. What I am about to share is not a recent occurrence, but I was reminded of it this morning and wanted to share it. A 9 year old boy, Connor, has a 6 year old brother with cerebral palsy. It bothered Connor that his brother could not play with him outside. Connor came up with an idea to enter a triathlon together. He told his dad that he would not enter if his brother could not be by his side. They didn't win, but they finished it together. This decision, that may seem small to Connor, has changed his brother's life forever. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Reflection on "Reading Without Limits" Inroduction

Who is Maddie Witter and why did she write this book?

Maddie Witter is a remarkable literacy teacher that also took part in founding KIPP Infinity Middle School.  She has fascinating evidence to back up the elements of effective reading instruction.  In this book, she shares her knowledge about shared reading, guided reading, and choice reading; vocabulary instruction; creating reading assessments; and how to make reading fun. 

In the preface of the book, we learn the purpose of the book.  What is the purpose of the book?

The purpose of "Reading Without Limits" is to be a guidebook or map to lead children to their highest level of thinking.  Maddie and other teachers in this book want to create lifelong, independently motivated learners.  They share their strategies with us because they want ALL children to succeed. 

In the preface, we learn what we need to do to help struggling readers.  Choose one to discuss.
How do you or how do you plan to make this happen in your classroom?

I agree with all of the things mentioned to help struggling readers, but I especially feel that frequent and specific feedback are so important. Children and adults alike need to be told on how to improve things that they are struggling with. When we provide feedback, not only do we look at the child, we need to reflect on our instruction.

Here are the research based strategies that "Reading Without Limits" mentions: model explicit direction instruction, create specific knowledge goals, provide frequent, specific feedback, create tasks that are challenging/doable, link learning to real life, teach how to accurately self-assess, give students an abundance of interesting books that gives them some control and choice, and encourage interacting learning.

In the introduction we learn about the components of a strong reading program.  What are they?  Which one are you struggling with?  Do you have a plan to improve it?  Can we help you come up with a plan to improve it?

The components of a strong reading program are choice reading, shared reading, guided reading, and the values.  The values listed are: stamina, joy & rigor, high expectations, and more time.  I am struggling with joy!  I am a joyful person, but I tend to hold back when I am around others.  I want my excitement to show through!  This is something I plan on addressing, but I’m not sure how yet. Please share your ideas!! 

So, there you have it.  This is a little insight into the book study on "Reading Without Limits".  It just started, so you are not too late to join in!  You can order the book through amazon by mail or on your kindle. 
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I {Heart} Recess link up for June Goals

I {Heart} Recess

I am linking up with I {Heart} Recess to share my June goals! I've been seeing the June goals on other blogs and loved it! I finally found my way to the page that does the link up. :-) 

Personal: I hate to say it, but sometimes I can just be plain ole' lazy! I get stuff out of its place and I am bad not to put it back. It's something that I am not proud of sharing! I have been doing better, but I still need to improve some more. Does anyone have any tips on staying organized in your home??

Family: I want to take advantage of the time I have with my husband and dog this summer. I miss that quality time when life gets hectic. Yes, our dog is our child. :-)

Health: I am a chronic worrier. I get mad at myself because I let my mind run away with me. Most of the things I worry over are silly and I have no control over them. Life is too short to be weighted down with things that are going to happen regardless of how you feel about them. This will probably be an ongoing goal, not just for June!! 

School: I need to study up on the Common Core some more. I am a new teacher, and so the language is taking a little while to get used to. Several experienced teachers have told me they've had to get used to the language, too! So, maybe it's not just because I am new. 

Blog/TPT: Right now, I am working on a fractions unit. My goal is to have 30 worksheets in it. I hope I can do it before June is up! 

Read: I have started a book study that Best Practices 4 Teaching has started. She has been super busy, and she hasn't had time to post about any topics yet. I am excited about getting started! My husband wants me to go to the stockyard with him this week, so I guess that will be a good time to get ahead on it. 
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tried it Tuesday - Kindle Planner

I am linking up with Fourth Grade Flipper's Tried it Tuesday! 

     When the Kindle's first came out as a book reader only, I bought one and loved it!! Then, here came the Kindle Fire. I just HAD to have it. Not only for reading purposes, but I thought it'd be great to have a daily planner and budget app on there. I've had my Kindle Fire for probably 2 years, and the only thing I use it for is reading!! I just cannot break free from pencil and paper. There is something about having my notes and to do lists written down on paper that finalizes it for me. Has anyone switched completely over to technology for everything? Are you in half and half, or would you prefer pencil and paper?

Cattle Talk Mobile

     This has nothing to do with teaching, but I want to support my husband and get the word out for his cattle app. It's a great tool for cattle farmers because it pulls the market reports from the USDA. The app for the iOS devices has a calf calculator that will help farmers estimate the value of a calf. Pretty cool, huh!? He's in the process of adding this feature to the Android version, too. If you know of any cattle farmers, please share this with them.

Facebook - Cattle Talk Mobile
Twitter - Cattle Talk Mobile

Cattle Talk Mobile
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