Saturday, March 28, 2015

So I posted this image on my instagram today and was hoping to get some interest...I did. Yay! 

It took so much for me to push "share" because I knew once I shared it... it would be out there...... permanently! O.M.G. I did it! In sharing it, I am hoping this will make me accountable. At least I hope. 

One thing in my life that I have always struggled with is my weight. Well, not all my life. Once I hit 30 it all went down hill after that. I never had a weight problem because I pretty much was able to eat what I wanted and never went over 140. I was stick thin in my early twenties but I also didn't eat anything. Do I want to live my life like that? Um, no. I like food too much...obviously. 

I have been on so many fad diets and have joined weight watchers at least 6 times and dropped out. I joined once again but am only using their app. Well, I was up until California. I used to be able to lose 20 lbs in a month without a problem. Well, this age thing is not my friend. Ever since I hit the 30 mark everything is harder. It's harder to lose weight and keep it off. Very hard! 

My husband always tells me that I just need to exercise and it will come off. I haven't found anybody I could pay to exercise for me so I am stuck doing it..ha! I haven't lasted long enough to make it a habit. I will give any excuse in the book not to exercise. By the time I get home from teaching those precious 6-7 years olds....I.AM.EXHAUSTED.

I absolutely love blogging and making products BUT I have put the weight on big time since I started. I just can't seem to find the balance that I need. I am struggling. 

After I went to the awesome meet-up in French Lick a few weeks ago...I have been thinking of an exercise plan. Note...thinking of one. I really....REALLY...hate pictures of myself. I cringed every time I would see a pic pop up with me in it. I shouldn't feel that way and it makes me sad. I have let myself go and I need to stop. 

In order to build up my self esteem and confidence I decided to give #giveit100 a try. I created the following document while I was in California. I hope you can use it!
I will be uploading videos throughout this journey on 
You can make your videos private or public. It will only show the first 10 seconds of your video. I plan on holding up my daily signs for each video. My goal is to walk at least 20 minutes/day for 100 days. 

You can come up with any goal you would like. There is all sorts of goals that people post on It's anything that you want to practice or do for 100 straight days. 

Why did I pick Sunday, March 29th to start??? Because it is exactly 100 days until I leave for the TPT Vegas Conference!!!! Are you kidding me?!?!? When I presented last year, I was so nervous! Especially, about my weight and standing up and presenting in front of so many people. I know I come off as being very confident but in all honestly...I am not. 

So here it is...all out in the open. I hope you will join me! I will not be posting on my blog about this. I will be posting videos to under the name @seusstastic. I will also post occasionally on instagram. I don't think I will daily...but I don't know yet. I really don't want to make any promises and then I drop the ball. When I start posting on instragram I will be using the hashtag #giveit100 and #teachersgiveit100.
I am praying that the sign above will be the one I am holding in 100 days from now! Click on any image to grab this document. The document below is editable to add your very own goal if it is different from mine. Good luck! We got this!
 ***You must have PowerPoint in order to open the document above***

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Human Hungry Hippos & Big News!

So, I have this little FB page HERE and posted a video of an activity we did after school this week. It reached close to 600K people in a few days....what???? #holycrapballs (excuse my language) at least I didn't use the "s" know "stupid" :o)

I work with some fabulous teachers my friends. About once a month we get together to burn off some stress after school. It's always an activity that keeps everyone laughing! Two of our third grade teachers found a video on youtube and said..."What about this?" Yes, please! I was the first one to volunteer my photography & videography services. I was afraid I would hurt myself & I really wanted to sit back the first time to laugh observe.

I'm not sure who blew up the balloons or how many we had...we had a lot! On the left is our secretary counting out the steps and marking each spot so we didn't have cheaters. 
Baskets were from the Dollar Tree and we had the scooters in the gym already. 
We also had a Bluetooth player blasting some 80's music to get everyone in the mood. 
Next, we picked teams. Well....they stood on the black line and counted off....1..2..3..4. Team two won every single game but we actually caught team 1 cheating...ha!

The video we watched had ropes attached to the scooters but we did not play that way. The game literally lasts about 50 seconds. You definitely can take turns on the scooter and pushing the scooter. Thankfully, nobody was too aggressive and nobody got hurt...our stomachs hurt from laughing...that is about it.

This is the first video I have ever posted to youtube! I can't believe how easy it was! Stay tuned for more videos!!!! Uh-oh! You have been warned!

I also wanted to make an official and exciting announcement! I am so honored and ecstatic about presenting in Las Vegas this summer for TPT...AGAIN!!!! I blogged all about my fabulous trip and presentation HERE.

I PROMISE it will be even more EPIC than it was last year. I will be presenting two different sessions!! Yay!!! You can register below! I hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Castle Block Obsession-Lakeshore Review

When Lakeshore Learning contacted me to do a review, I was hesitant to choose these castle blocks. I thought they were too young for my firsties. Boy......was I wrong!!!! They are obsessed my friends!
Immediately, my mind was spinning! How could I use this to bribe award good behavior. You know I am ALL.ABOUT.THAT! I love recognizing positive behavior choices and then the rest of the students naturally follow suit. 
First, I let the first four students who finished their morning work correctly test them out. This was my way of reeling the others in.....the blocks were my bait. 
Then I decided they have to earn the time with the castle blocks. I decided that they had to turn in a "No Morning Work" REWARD COUPON to play with them other than indoor recess.
Lakeshore Learning is offering my loyal readers a 20% off coupon!!!! Hurry and purchase any nonsale item, including these castle blocks by 3/31/15!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

February is Random Act of Kindness month but there is no reason this can't go on all year long. I am one of the teachers in charge of Student Council at our school and we are promoting this throughout our school and home. 

Kindness is Contagious! 
What Does the Principal Do All Day? Class book
Here are some pics from my classroom. The first grade assignment was to write a class book to our principal titled "What Does the Principal Do All Day?" The first grade classes had such a blast writing these. The principal is going to absolutely love reading these books. Out of the mouth of babes! If you look at the above pic take a look at the arrow. I had to leave the room after I saw this pic. He is going #2! I had him leave that part out but I can't wait to show him this pic after all is said and done!
 I provided 8 different book covers (male and female) with full color and black and white options.
 Here is a sample of some of the graphic organizers I included. I left some blank so you can use them with with other writing.
 Here are just some of the writing templates I included. Our kindergarten students are making a class book for our dean of students. I also included one for your vice principal if you have one at your school.
Here is a pic I posted on Instagram and had some emails about it. Hope you follow me!
 There are so many people to be thankful for at our schools....ALL.YEAR.LONG. It's always nice to recognize staff that gets burned out just like we do. 
Each grade level was assigned different staff members to thank.
Kindergarten made a class book for our Dean of Students (included). Second grade wrote letters to our cafeteria staff and nurse. Third grade wrote to our classroom aides, title staff & recess aides. Finally, fourth grade wrote to our custodians and secretaries. 

The first 5 to leave me a comment will get this for FREE. Don't forget to leave your email! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Camp Kindergarten Family Literacy Night

Family Literacy Night Ideas
I am so excited to share some amazing ideas from our Kindergarten team at my school. 

We are lucky enough to have a corporation foundation that offers grants about 3x/year. Our awesome kindergarten team wrote a grant for a family literacy night with the families at our school. They went with a camping theme and it turned out absolutely amazing!
Family Literacy Night Ideas
The team put together the above flyer with directions for the parents that attended. I love how they incorporated technology by using the QR codes! The various QR codes went to various camping songs for the families to enjoy while "camping".
Family Literacy Night Ideas
 They had display signs complete with directions for every activity available. All of the activities had an educational spin to them. This showed our families how fun you can make learning. There was a big emphasis on sight words and CVC words. 
Family Literacy Night Ideas
 The team purchased a ton of Twister games and made them into sight word games. They made the pockets out of sheet protectors so you can slide the words in and out when needed. One of the parents even made these wooden stands to display the directions. 
Family Literacy Night Ideas
To set the mood, all of the lights were off. There was over 200 flashlights available for the families to use at each game. They also had 10 tents that had sight words on stars on the top of each tent! It was absolutely adorable!!! The kids had loads of fun and were learning at the same time! 
Family Literacy Night Ideas
Here is a river walk where they hopped along and read number words. How cute is this?!?!
Family Literacy Night Ideas
Another adorable set up here. This was a "fishing for rhymes" game. They had six ponds set up with different words and the kids went fishing with magnetic fishing poles. Adorbs! 
Family Literacy Night Ideas

Our entire cafeteria was full of games at each table. The "Don't Spill the Beans" game was made into an alphabet sound game. Jenga was made into a sight word game. The others included an alphabet bingo and CVC games. 
Family Literacy Night Ideas

Also included on the tables were various crafts and they even had s'mores to make!
Family Literacy Night Ideas
The families were able to sit fireside to relax and read books. There were a ton of sleeping bags to lay or sit on. The setting was absolutely amazing! 
Family Literacy Night Ideas

Take a look at this homemade fire pit! This looked so realistic!!!! It plugged in and everything! Under the wood was a fan that blew the pretend fire. It was perfect!
Family Literacy Night Ideas

A family literacy night is not complete without a photo booth! 
Family Literacy Night Ideas
This is inside of one of our kindergarten classrooms. The scene has been set for weeks before this amazing night. The stuffed animals even had pretend s'mores around the fire! 
Family Literacy Night Ideas
They also had family literacy night momentum built up throughout our hallways as well. 

I hope I provided you with some ideas to throw your own family literacy night. Our kindergarten team is a very important part of our school and they provide an unbelievable foundation for our kids.