Saturday, January 13, 2018

Moving Up: Elementary Teachers Turned Middle/High

When we started college, we both chose Early Childhood Education as our major. We knew the classroom was exactly where we belonged. We enjoyed student teaching in grades P-5. We are 7 years post graduation and have each spent 3 years teaching in elementary classrooms. Recently, we both realized that we're not in our happy place. So where do we want to be you may ask...

Manda is currently teaching in a special needs pre-k classroom. During the 2016-2017 school year, Manda was given he opportunity to be the assistant coach for the softball team at the middle school at her old middle school. Then this year she was given the head coach position. Through these opportunities Manda realized that she really enjoyed that age group. She has always been drawn to social studies and science, so she has decided to become certified in both subjects for the middle grades.
 For Steph, the journey has been a little different. She left the classroom in December of 2015. She still knew she was destined to teach in some way, but she wasn't sure if it'd been in the classroom again. After a year and a half out of the classroom, Steph realized how much she missed it. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

We're Getting a New Site

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pokemon Go Product

New Pokemon Go Themed Product!

We have enjoyed playing Pokemon Go with our little man. It gave me the idea to make a few Pokemon Go themed activities for the classroom. I love being able to motivate students to learn by giving them activities they would want to do. The newest product is one I am really proud of. It is a packet of different coordinate plane activities. It will help students practice many different skills with planes and graphing.

The little man loved these products! It was great math practice for over the summer!

The packet consist of three types of activities and has three as each type (9 sheets total)

Activity One:
The first activity has pokemon characters spread around the coordinate plane and students must write the ordered pair in which the pokemon can be found. This is good practice for students to write ordered pairs.

Activity Two:
The second activity has pokeballs spread across the coordinate plane. Each pokeball has a letter on it. The bottom of the sheet has pokemon with an ordered pair. Students will need to figure out which pokeball corresponds with which pokeball. This would be a great activity to start with because it gives a students a chance to match ordered pairs and points without having to record them.

Activity Three:
The third activity has a blank coordinate plane and pokemon with ordered pairs at the bottom of the page. Students will place the points on the coordinate plane and mark it with the pokemon's letter. This is great practice for being able to plot points from ordered pairs.

Click here to check out this product!
I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We're on Etsy!

WHAT?!?! Did that really just happen??

Omg guys we are so excited to share this with you! We just opened a store on Etsy!!

We still have our TpT store. We love it, and we're continuing to add items to it as well. But recently we discussed the fact that we wanted to share some of our non-education related ideas with the world too. After some long discussions and debate, we opened our store last week.

We have 2 items on there so far, and we're working on several projects simultaneously. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Etsy Store

TpT Store

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Currently: July 2015

Wow it's already July! It's crazy how fast this year is flying by!! It's time (well we're a few days late) to link up with Farley again!

I LOVE music. My phone has been constantly playing Amazon Prime Music this summer. I love it because I like so many different genres of music. I also like that I can listen to newer and older songs!

Gotta love kitty snores. We're a little pathetic when it comes to our fur babies. We took them on vacation to the beach with us last week! Now that we're back home, they both are curled up sleeping all day. Bella is a little more independent and will lie wherever until she wants to be petted. Percy, on the other hand, is usually less than a foot away if not in my lap.

This summer is passing quickly, but it's been great so far! We have 4 more weeks to enjoy before school starts (I have meetings and pre-planning before that though). I'm just really trying to enjoy this summer some. I know that when August comes things are going to get crazy busy: school/work, grad school, Lil Man's school stuff, Lil Man's dance classes/practices, TpT/blog, baby planning (maybe? hopefully?), moving (we really want to rent a house and get out of this apartment). So yea enjoying the summer...

Although I'm trying to enjoy the summer, that doesn't mean I'm not crazy busy working on things! I personally enjoy working on TpT products, blog posts, and ideas for the upcoming year. We have a few to do lists to cross things off of...We'll get there.

I really wish we could have joined all the other fabulous teacher-authors & bloggers at the TpT Conference in Vegas. I hope we're able to plan to attend next year, but then again I hope we have a squishy baby by that time too so who knows!

I seriously have bad luck with phones! This is the 3rd phone out of the last 4 that I have dropped and cracked the screen. What's so bad is that while we were on vacation, I dropped it, sending it bouncing across the parking lot, and it was fine. The case was a little dinged, but the phone itself was fine. Well yesterday while updating our dry erase calendar in the kitchen, I bumped it off the counter and it fell straight on the screen. This time the case didn't protect it. It's bad...

Yep that's right! I'm an ALL STAR at desiring to be organized. I always have these great ideas, spend time looking for ways to get organized, and spend time attempting to set up a system...I am just never able to stick with it! My ADHD and organization do not get along at all! I'm trying really hard to work on a system that isn't overwhelming and hoping that I'll be able to stick to it!

Well that's all for me, now it's your turn to hop on over to Farley's Oh Boy 4th Grade to link up with the rest of us! 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Epic! unlimited online children's books

A couple of weeks ago, we were looking for new apps for one of my school iPads when we came across a really neat app! It's available on Andriod, IOS, and the web. Parents and families can subscribe for a monthly fee. The best's FREE for elementary teachers and librarians in the US & Canada!! Yep you read that right, FREE!! 

Now let's discuss exactly what the app is all about...
Epic! is an unlimited online children's book resource. Internet connection is needed to stream the books, but they can be saved for offline reading as well. It is designed for ages 12 and under. There are thousands of books available, and they continue to add hundreds of new titles each week! 

The Epic! library includes picture books, chapter books, comic books, non-fiction books, and junior novels from leading publishers including HarperCollins and National Geographic. There's also a huge selection of titles with audio read by some of the industry's most talented narrators. 

Educators can have up to 36 students per account. You can set up preferences and track student progress. Accounts can be synced to multiple devices (including each child's progress). Kids can unlock badges and rewards. It gives extra motivation and allows them to customize the look and feel of the app. 

Promise we're not being paid to rave about this app...we just really love it!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ch-ch-ch-changes, a new product, and a giveaway!

We're working to freshen up our blog! We've already made a few changes and we're hoping to stick to at least one post a week!

It's officially summer break!! But we are working hard this summer! I am going to be doing K-1 Special Ed resource next year.  I'm also planning to go back to school this fall to start working on my Masters!! 

This summer is all about growing professionally and getting ready for next year! 

Summer Plans:
  • Blog posts
    • Lots of ideas floating around! 
  • New products
    • Already finished 1 and have a nice size to-do list! 
  • Read (A LOT) of professional development 
    • Now: Whole Brain Teaching
    • Next: Read With Sarah training materials 
      • This is the guided reading program we use, and I'm not able to attend the training this summer due to a district required workshop. I've used the program and know the basics, but I want to read and grow more proficient in using it. 
    • Then: Any suggestions?!?!
  • Prepare for next year
    • Organize current resources (thinking binders?)
    • Put together my binders (IEP, teacher, and sub)
    • Put together behavior plan, morning work, centers, etc.
  • Prepare for going back to school
    • I don't even know where to begin
    • No explanation needed
What are your summer plans? 


I will be using Saxon Phonics & Spelling next year so I made my kiddos a little book to go along with it. I put the book in alphabetical order, but I plan to use in the order the letter sounds are introduced by Saxon.

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