Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bright Ideas- Recess Buckets

I am so thrilled to be joining the "Bright Ideas" blog hop this month! I'm sure you have seen this blog hop over the past few months and goodness gracious it has had some amazing "bright" ideas! Today I am going to share my "bright" idea for back to school!
Have you ever been on the playground and realized you didn't have a bandaid for that scraped knee? Or a pen to fill out a nurses pass? Well here is something that will eliminate your worries when you are on recess duty! These are great little gifts to give to your team at the beginning of the year as well!
I found some adorable tin cans at Hobby Lobby and packed them full with some fun goodies after writing my team members names on their bucket!
The buckets include a pen, a soap dish to carry band-aids (from Walmart), and a squirt bottle. You may ask, what is the squirt bottle for? Well I live in Texas and our recess time can be pretty hot at the beginning and end of the school year. By having my squirt bottle, I can spray the students faces to help them cool off a bit! It really helps cut down on students asking to go inside for a drink of water. I tell them to just open their mouth :) They love it!

And of course if there is anything else you might need for your recess bucket, throw it on in! Every grade level at my school takes a walkie talkie out to recess so that also gets thrown into the bucket. And so I don't forget to take my bucket when I'm on recess duty, one of my classroom jobs in recess helper. They love getting to grab the walkie talkie off my desk, put it in the bucket, and carry the bucket to and from the playground.

I hope this post was helpful to you and you can use this idea for your recess duty! Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you have a happy back to school if you haven't already started!

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

BTS Sale 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Time for the BTS sale on TpT! I have been leaving feedback on my purchases like a crazy person and can't WAIT to start shopping tomorrow!!!
And the best part is I'm going to keep my store on sale for 20% through Wednesday, August 6. So go on ahead and keep on shopping!! You know you want to!

Here are some of my units that are perfect for BTS. They want to be in your cart. Just sayin'!
perfect back to school activity for your students to get to know one another! Not writing intensive so any ability level can do this!

Are you ready to start calendar time in your class? This resource is what you need!

If you are looking to launch reader's workshop in your classroom, this resource will be guide!!

 If you are looking to launch writer's workshop in your classroom, this resource will be guide!!

Great centers for back to school!

They even come in 2nd grade!

For my Texas teachers here are all of the ELAR TEKS in check off form! Great way to keep track of what your students have mastered!!

It is also available for Math as well!

And if you want both, I have combined them just for YOU!

If you are still decorating your classroom, here are some adorable classroom jobs to spice up your classroom! They come in chevron and polkadot!

I'd love to hear what products are already in your cart and ready to be purchased! Have fun shopping!
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Friday, August 1, 2014

August Currently

How is it already August?! It doesn't even feel like August in Texas right now. I'm from Dallas and the high today is 82. Umm say what?! I'll take it though! This has been the mildest summer we've had in FOREVER! And being full term pregnant for most of it, I gladly welcome it!

Well it's time for Farley's monthly currently. My favorite time of the month to update all my readers with what's going on in my life!

Well this currently is going to be ALL about our newest addition, Raegan Phair!! She was born July 26 at 2:36am weighing 8 pounds and 2.3 ounces and she was 21 1/2 inches long. We are so in love!!
Listening: it's what's playing in the NICU waiting room. Too tired to change it.

Loving: I can't believe the amount of love I feel for our sweet girl. I could stare at her all day and not get bored. For real!

Thinking: Our sweet girl was born with a cleft palate. Thankfully it very small and mostly on her soft palate (easier to fix). It will require surgery when she is around 3-4 months and again at 18 months, but we will deal with that later. Unfortunately, the cleft palate makes it very hard for Raegan to get a good suck so she struggles with eating. She is in the NICU learning to eat with a special kind of bottle, and until she learns and can sustain her weight, she is a on a feeding tube.

Wanting: This is pretty self explanatory. I'm a new mom. You do the math.

Needing: PRAYERS! Pray our sweet girl can learn how to eat from her special bottle, pray she starts gaining weight instead of losing it, and pray for Kyle and I. The hospital is about 45 minutes away from our house and the commute is hard. We are exhausted and just want our baby home with us!

This year I am not going back to school. I will be staying home with my sweet girl and I can't wait! Maybe one day I will go back, but for now, I am raising our family!

What are you up to?
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