Friday, April 10, 2015

Hello Sunshine

Hello Sunshine!

Today I am excited to announce that I have teamed up with 11 amazing bloggers to bring you a collaborative teaching blog called Hello Sunshine. We are all Arizona bloggers who  are passionate about teaching and sharing with others. 

We are kicking off this weekend with a giveaway you won't want to miss. 

Along with this HUGE giveaway, we have a hop set up for you to give you a chance to win a gift card from each of us.  Don't forget to visit the Hello Sunshine blog when you are finished visiting each of us to enter the big giveaway.  You don't want to miss out on the chance to win $100 to spend at TPT.

Today I am giving away a $10 Starbucks card and $10 to spend in my TPT store.

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Now you should check out Pam at Little Bird Kindergarten to enter another giveaway.  Remember to complete the hop so that you can enter the final amazing giveaway at the new Hello Sunshine blog!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Celebrating Easter

The last few days have been filled with conversations about Easter and Christ's resurrection. I love talking about this with first graders. They have such open hearts and tend to be very passionate about their faith.

One way we talked about it, is by reading The Legend of the Easter Egg. I love these stories. They turn every day objects into reminders of God's amazing love. This story uses an egg to remind us that Jesus broke free from the tomb and gave us new life just like a bird breaks free from a shell with new life. To go along with the story we made the project you see below. They had a lot of fun with their pictures and they are now hanging in our classroom.

These will be a nice reminder in our room of God's love for us as we finish out our school year.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Currently - April

Hello Everyone! I can't believe today is April 1st. Time seems to be going by so fast at some moments and at others it seems to be moving at a snails pace.

We have made it into the home stretch for our school. We have 35 more days and it seems like there is so much left to do. We will see how much I can fit in before I say goodbye to my little first graders.

So today I am trying something new. I am linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade for her Currently. This will be my very first link up. I am very excited to be learning so many new things in the blogging world. Here we go...

As I started working on this I was listening to Curious George tunes. My sweet girl loves to fall asleep snuggled with mommy or daddy and listening to the music from that show. There is something about that show and its music that is calming. My first graders love watching the TV series on rainy days or days that we have to eat in our rooms. It is about the only time my room is quiet. I am blessed with a very expressive group of kiddos this year.

The first graders that we have had the last year have had such a wide range of abilities in reading and math that we have decided to restructure for next year. That is one of many reasons why I love working with two of my closest friends every day. We sat after school today and designed a plan for next year and brainstormed all sorts of cool ways to make learning more effective and exciting for our kiddos.

However all that planning makes me think about my sweet girl. I am so excited to spend the next four days with her and just be a mom. I have stayed up way past normal the last few nights to make sure that all I have to do is be a mom for the 4 day weekend. My teaching hat will be hung up for the weekend. Which is probably good since now I really want and need more sleep. Hopefully my sweet girl will allow for an extra hour and a midday nap.

Well tomorrow my room will live up to my blog name. We have our Easter activities, a Fun Run with K-2 grade, a movie, and math tests. Our room is going to feel a lot like a jungle. When we have this many special activities and tests in one day my kids tend to lose control a little. Thankfully they will get to run a little energy off at the Fun Run.

Well I seem to have made it through my first link and currently! Yah!!

Have a great day!