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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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Currently June 2015

We're linking up for this month's Currently with Farley! It's been a while (since we posted much less did a currently), but we're back!! 

Listening--We love Amazon Prime!! Prime Music is the bomb!
Loving--Percy and Bella are glad to have Momma home more!
Thinking--I'm so excited to have the summer to plan this year! We're currently reading Whole Brain Teaching and making plans for next year!
Wanting--They served Blue Bell so they closed due to the recall, but now they have a new brand and will be open this week!
Needing--I really need to clean the house (but it can wait right?)
Summer Lovin'--I love getting to have lazy mornings/days, but this will definitely still be a busy summer. We are looking forward to vacation at the end of June for Lil Man's dance nationals!! And the house hunting has been paused for a few weeks as the last few weeks of school were crazy. We were hoping to be moving about now, but things didn't happen fast enough.

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Products!

Happy Friday everyone! I am so happy to be back and working on the blog and making products for TpT. Today we finished two new products. We have added two new word family packets to our store! The -AY and -AG Word Families! I am planning to add several more soon so we will keep you guys posted!

Our new year has been packed with planning so far. What has everyone else been up to so far?


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year from Rock Stars in the Classroom!! 

We're hoping you'll be seeing a lot more from us this year! We hope that you had a wonder 2014, a marvelous New Years, and that you make the most of 2015! Share your goals and resolutions for this year with us in the comments below!