Friday, October 24, 2014

Mom Life & Halloween Freebie

Well my life has been busy feeding this sweet baby girl, along with diaper changes, diaper leaks & constantly getting spit up on. I'm still on cloud 9. A VERY tired cloud 9 of course. I can't believe Raley is already 6 weeks old. Now I understand why parents are always amazed at how fast their children grow.
I feel like the days just fly by. We usually spend our days relaxing at home or on the couch trying to sneak in naps when she takes a nap. Something that's pretty awesome is that 4 other teachers at my school as also on maternity leave & had babies so us Mommas get together with our wee ones once every other week to chit chat.
Here's Raley with 2 of her gal pals. There are 2 more than were just born that will be joining us shortly.
It's also nice having little cousins to hang out with. I can't wait for Raley to be old enough to play with them.

As you can see I'm getting hardly any work done but I did manage to put together a Halloween Read It, Stamp It, Write It. It's FREE for you to snatch up TODAY! I've been working on finishing my Fall/Halloween Unit. Obviously it's been a very slow process but I guess it'll be ready by next Fall. Lol
Click HERE to grab this Halloween freebie!!! 

Other BIG news! After a long talk with my principal I decided to take my full year maternity leave that we get here in Canada so that means I won't go back to teaching until August next year. It was a very hard decision since I thought I could handle going back in January but I think it's the best decision.
In celebration of me getting to spend the remaining school year cuddling and cooing with my sweet baby girl my TPT Store and TN Shop will be marked down. So go stop by & check out any goodies you may need.

And I'm sorry but I must show some more photos of my princess. ;)

We are SO in love! Happy weekend y'all! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My new little bundle of joy & exhaustion

My sweet baby girl, Raley Anne finally graced us with her presence on September 10th. After over 30 hours of labour & 2 hours of pushing we finally got to meet her. I'd say she's pretty stubborn. She weighed 8 lbs & 10 oz and was 21 inches long.
I've obviously been very busy as a new mom which is why I haven't really blogged this month. I'm still not used to getting very much sleep. Running off of 3-4 hours of sleep has this girl worn out! 
We are so in love with this funny face making little girl that seems to have the appetite of her daddy. Since I'm going back to work early (in January) & not taking a full year off I plan to spend all that soaking in quality time the days I get to spend at home with my daughter. Please excuse my absence from the blogging world for the next 3 months as I most likely won't be spending much time on here or creating new products. 
I'm off to enjoy these 1st few months of motherhood. :) Happy Tuesday y'all! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's a Push Sale

Snow in September?! Say what! Yes, it snowed here today. Can you believe it? No wonder my baby doesn't want to come out of my belly. I can't blame her. It's suppose to snow tomorrow as well.
I must have one stubborn little girl on my hands. Her due date was September 2nd & she still has not arrived yet. I have been impatiently waiting. The day has come to where I will have to wait no longer. YAY! Tomorrow morning I am evicting this stubborn girl & am getting induced. So in celebration of FINALLY being able to meet this princess I am having a Push Sale!!!

Head over to my TPT Store or TN Shop to get 20% off the 9th & the 10th!!!
I hope y'all have a happy Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

False Labour & Freebie

My school started back on Tuesday & it was a bitter sweet day as I was wishing I was able to be there on that 1st day of school with my grade 4 kiddos. I  love the first day of school & think it really sets the stage for the rest of the year. Most of all I missed shopping for my 1st day of school outfit. I can't be the only one?! This past weekend I went with the hubs to J. Crew so he could get him some new work gear & I found the perfect 1st day of school dress that I would've totally worn. It was rural blue dress and the sleeves and bottom were a scalloped cut. And best of all... it was 50% off. I should've just bought it for when I return to work but I knew that would only make me more sad. Plus I might look funny buying the dress with my big 'ole pregnant belly.
Yes, my due date was yesterday & I am still pregnant! :( This baby is playing mean tricks on my body. Last night Early this morning I had a false labour. I woke up about 12:30am with contractions 1-2 minutes apart that lasted until after 4am. We finally went to the hospital around 3am because they started hurting a little and I was worried with them being so close together. Apparently it was just a false alarm since I wasn't dilated enough. It's just a guessing game. Being a teacher I find this difficult. I like to be given a date and time. Oh well...
Oh behalf of a false labour and little sleep I have a freebie for you. I had someone request the Teacher Planner in a black & white version for a ink friendly version. So here it is! Grab this freebie while it's available.
Hopefully in the next few days I will be showing off our little bebe if she decides to come out & play. :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Supply Labels & Schedule Cards Freebie

I spent some time in the classroom today adding those supply labels, schedule cards & some bulletin board items that were much needed. School doesn't start for another week but I have done all that I had to  am going to do since technically I wasn't suppose to do any of it. I'm sure the teacher dude filling my spot while I'm out won't mind, right.
You can grab these classroom supply labels HERE for free.
We will receive the schedule for the times we have gym, music & library this Thursday so for now I haven't included the times next to the schedule cards.
You can grab these daily schedule cards HERE for free.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Teacher Week 14': What Friday

It's time for the last day of Teacher Week 14'. Well actually yesterday was but I'm a day late again. I have a good excuse though. We had a false labour alarm so I was in the hospital for a few hours & my brain was not on blogging. I am totally okay with it being a false alarm. I think it made me realize that I can wait another week for the pain and terror of labour. LOL. Can you tell I'm scared to death?
Today's Yesterday's topic is about what you we like to teach. I love teaching everything in general but my all time favourite has to be Language Arts. I love teaching kindergarteners how to read & write. Even when I teach grade 4 next year I think my favourite will be Language Arts but for now I can only speak based on my experience based on kindergarten.
There' just something about a 4-5 year old coming into your classroom barely knowing how to write their name, not knowing their letters & sounds yet they leave reading simple sentences and writing words & simple sentences. It's the best feeling in the world!
When teaching reading & writing these are one of my main go-tos. The kiddos love their weekly sight word reader. They are so proud when they get to bring a new reader home at the end of the week to read to their parents or other family members.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Teacher Week 14': Why & When (Freebie included)

I didn't get a chance to blog yesterday so I'm playing catch up today. My Why Wednesday & When Thursday are in the same post... That's okay right.
I must admit I am way more organized in the classroom than I am at home. In fact it's killing me that everything in my classroom is not labeled right now but with me having another teacher take my place in the classroom until January while I am on maternity leave I didn't want to step on his toes & take over absolutely everything. I will wait until January to go in & label everything.
I wouldn't make it through the school year without my teacher planner. Last year I had my Erin Condren planner & loved it. Since I am not at the school all year I couldn't bring myself to send $100 on a teacher planner that I would only use for 5 months. Yes, $100!!! Unfortunately they charge $40 to ship to Canada (tear). So.... I typed up my own teacher planner which is what I am using this year. I sent it to the print centre this week. And guess what.... You can grab this Teacher Planner for FREE HERE!
This item will only be available FREE today.
Most teachers tell me that one of their least favourite things to do is decorate their bulletin board. I am totally opposite. I love changing my bulletin board & coming up with fun ideas. I also love having different bulletin borders to choose from. Those suckers can be a pain if not kept organized. I keep my border in a border storage. I've had it since my 1st year & don't know what I would do without it.

I also keep any bulletin board décor in my bulletin board storage box. This keeps it all in one place.
Colour coded binders are just the best! Most teachers keep their student files in a large filing cabinet. I actually keep all of my student info. & assessments in a large binder. This allows me to easily bring the assessments home to mark or use for report cards. I keep student info. sheets in one binder & their assessments in another.
This bin with coloured folders keep my guided reading organized. I have the folders coloured coded based on each reading group. I keep any readers, printables and/or assessments that I need to use for my guided reading in this bin. This is also a BIG help when I have a sub & allows the sub to run my guided reading exactly like I want.
So that's just a few of my favourite tools to help stay organized & sane.
Head over to Blog Hoppin' HERE for more ways to stay organized.
Okay so now it's time for When Thursday....
Here's a rough draft of our class daily schedule & when we will do things.
Since school hasn't started yet we don't have the times scheduled for our music, library or gym time. Plus I know after the 1st week of school I tweak my daily schedule to best fit my kiddos.

And I included a glimpse of my 1st day of school schedule because it's always different than the rest of the year.
I didn't include the grade 4 year plan since we haven't met as a team & decided on that yet.

Want to look more into daily schedules & year plans? Head over to Blog Hoppin' HERE to get more ideas!


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