July 22, 2015

Kinder Tribe (All About This Kinder Teacher)

I'm so excited to have found my tribe! So many teacher tribes are popping up everywhere with lots of teachers getting together to support, help, and inspire one another. The Kinder Tribe went a step further from the Facebook group and started a blog called Kinder Tribe.

Kinder Tribe is hosting a linky party this week called All About This Kinder Teacher. Here's a little something something about yours truly.
This year will be 5 years in K. I've been lucky to have applied for my grade level, get hired for my grade level, and stay in my grade level. I just love this early childhood age group. I hope to stay in kindergarten for a good while. Eventually I would like to experience another grade level. But for now, I'm very very happy where I'm at.

I CAN NOT live without my MacBook Pro. I went Mac back in 2007 and I never went back! I have years and years worth of pictures, music, and more in my mac.

My favorite school supply would have to be Mr. Sketch Scented Markers. They're perfect for anchor charts, grading, and the occasional "dot stamp" on a 5 year old. My kiddos go nuts to get a little dot stamp on their hand and smell like lemon or grape!

It's hard to choose just ONE favorite kinder book, I have too many to choose. But I will say that I'm a huge fan of Mo Willems books. Every year I do a big author study of just Mo Willems books. We go on a virtual field trip to his website and I share with my students how to access it at home or at a library. There are so many great things about his books. Emotions, speech bubbles, persuasion, etc.

I've been stalking following many many bloggers, hoping that one day I could blog and inspire others like they do. These three are some of my favorites. Yeehaw Teaching in Texas posts so many fun and bright pictures of happenings in her room. She's my inspiration to take more pictures of kids in action in my classroom. Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade, I know is technically not a kinder blogger, but so many of her fabulous products and posts I feel can still relate to teaching K. And Kreative in Kinder is another amazing blogger I admire. I was able to attend an SDE Conference in Texas one year where she was a presenter. She shared so many great ideas!

I love kindergarten because I love to see how much my students grow from the beginning of the year to the end. Especially when some kids have not had any prior school experience. The growth ALL children make is incredible!

If you made it to the end of this post, THANK YOU for reading all about this kinder teacher! I'm off to read up some more from fellow K teachers!

July 9, 2015

Catching Up and Week 3 TpT Seller Challenge

EEEK! I already did what I told myself I wouldn't do...forget to blog! So here I am two weeks later catching up.

Lazy Summer days include going to the gym for an hour in the mornings, binge watching new and old shows on Netflix, and checking out what others are up to through Instagram.

The data nerd in me was excited to see this pyramid today. I love these workouts. It's like I have my own personal trainer but with a group of people of all kinds of fitness levels. I definitely need someone to tell me what to do when it comes to working out.

And this is my new favorite show. I loved it so much after the first two episodes that I sat and watched the ENTIRE season one the rest of the night. I felt like I was BFFs with Jane and Lily!

I've also been busy working on my masterpiece for the TpT Seller Challenge.
I had started my "masterpiece" last summer when I needed a refresher for my monster classroom theme. I never went back to it as the year came and went. Thanks to this challenge, I really felt the push to finish.

The final product ended up being over 200 pages! I was tempted to keep going and make blackline masters but that might have to wait a little longer.
Some favorite printables of mine in this product are the binder cover pages and the school supply labels. They really pop with the super cute clip art and graphics I bought recently.
I also love my updated math wall kit.

That's what my wall looked like at the beginning of the year. ICK! Now I can't wait to add some color and cute monsters to match the rest of my classroom decor.

You can find my 'MONSTAR' Monster Decor Kit in my TpT Store, it's on sale right now too!

I can't wait to print out all of the pieces and laminate them. I've had this monster theme for 3 years now, let's hope I don't decide to pull a 180 and change the theme in August, ha!

Do you have any favorite classroom decor themes?