28 February 2017

Book Review: Sneaky Spinach

I love books. I love picture books. I love BRAND NEW picture books.

Enter: Sneaky Spinach!
Each year, we spend about a week talking about making healthy food choices - you know...being able to tell the difference between healthy food and junk food. The problem, is that I was missing a really good quality read aloud to go with our healthy food study.

Enter: Sneaky Spinach. Again.

Sneaky Spinach tells the sweet (and fairly common) story of Nick, who doesn't like to eat his veggies.  Fortunately for Nick, his spinach leaf friends come up with a sneaky plan to help him eat healthy, and feel better!

Check out these sneaky SUPER spinach leaves:
This books lends itself to some really awesome concepts:

  • Sequencing - The story is told over the course of a week. Each page turn is essentially a new day, and there's new effect of the sneaky spinach and Nick's healthy choice.
  • Cause/Effect
  • Counting - Each day one more spinach leaf is added to Nick's smoothie.
  • Healthy Food Choices
  • Taste Testing - The book actually includes a smoothie recipe that would be so much fun to make and then taste test with your class! We have don't this yet, but it's definitely on my list of things to do...SOON!
You can read more about the book HERE.

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31 December 2016

Another Childless Year

After a year with many doctor's appointments, enough blood work that I wonder how there's any blood even left in me, and more negative pregnancy tests than one should ever have to see, it only seems fitting to end 2016 with a follicle check and blood work.
The doctor's office this morning was filled with women and couples who all glance around with the same blank, hopeless stare.

No one makes eye contact. If you make eye contact, you might have to smile, or worse, talk to someone. And, yet, as I wait for my name to be called, I wonder about these women. These couples. I wonder what their story is. What tests have they had done? How long have they been trying to conceive? The questions go on and on.

We all have something in common though. As we ring in the new year tonight, we are hoping and praying that 2017 brings a positive pregnancy test, a full-term pregnancy, a happy, healthy baby. We're hoping that we've spent our last Christmas without a child of our own.

We're hoping that our infertility journey is over.

Infertility is not an easy walk.

It can feel very lonely, and incredibly desolate.

What's easy is to type up a list of all the questions and wonderings, and complaints about how life isn't fair. Because you know what, it's not.

As I think about the end of another childless year, however, I can't help but remind myself of all the things I'm thankful for, and for the reminder that God's plans are not wrong, and they don't forget.

Friend, there is hope. This could be your year. The year you become a mama.

When you're feeling your worst, jot down a few things your thankful for. Pray someone else.

I'm praying for you, and I wish you well in 2017!




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23 December 2016

The Mom Life Forgot About Me

You've seen them. Shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, memes, magnets...the message is the same:

I didn't choose the mom life, the mom life chose me.

But what happens if the mom life didn't choose me?
This would be so much easier if I told you I didn't want to be a mom. But that's someone else's story.

Yesterday, was Christmas Eve Eve. I spent my morning having an "Ovary Check" done to make sure I was ready to start another round of fertility treatment. At this point, they're routine for me. My husband came with me, which is a rare treat. Usually my appointment are schedule when he's working, and because there's so many of them, he isn't able to come.

My ovaries proved ready, and I was on the way to drop off my Letrozole prescription, listening to my new favorite Christmas CD #pentatonixcanibeinyourgroup, and I burst into tears.

This Christmas marks 6 Christmases together with my husband. It also marks 5 Christmases that I've spent not holding my own precious gift. Five Christmases when I would gladly give up all the presents in the world, to be holding my own bundle of joy.

I would give up my silent nights to hear the crying of a child who would one day call me mom, mommy, mama.

Why me? Did the mom life forget about me? Am I not good enough? What mistakes have I made that meant I was undeserving? Why can't I be one of those women who doesn't want to be a mom?

My infertility story, is riddled with questions, and not so many answers. But you know, what? I'm not alone. There are more couples than care to admit that they are also in the ever emotional boat.

Friend, if you are in this boat, please know that you're not alone.

Somewhere there is a woman who longs to have the mom life choose her.

She wants to gift her husband the news of telling him he's going to be a dad.

She wants to know what it's like to have a baby's first Christmas ornament hanging from her tree.

She wants to buy  jammies that say adorable things like "Santa's Little Helper" or "My 1st Christmas."

About a year ago, I stumbled upon Waiting for Baby Bird and Elisha has so many good posts that speak right to my heart!

One of my favorites is her Guide to the Holidays - she has some great tips for helping navigate the infertile waters at a difficult time of year.




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28 August 2016

Come On In to My 1st Grade Classroom

Come on in!!! I'm so excited you're here, and I'm even more excited to share a space that is near and dear to my heart...my classroom!

My husband and I moved back to Florida this past summer, so I'm at a new school, and in 1st grade!

I hope you'll stay awhile, and enjoy your look around my first grade classroom!
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
Since I am at a different school this year, I feel like it took me FOREVER to get things set up, but I'm pretty pleased with the end result. I should also mention that I had LOTS of help from my family, and beyond thankful for their time!

The inspiration for my classroom this year came from my favorite colors, and the borders below!
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
Below at the outside of my door, as well as my door open looking in.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
The view from the door. After several requests for my classroom rules, you can grab them HERE.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
To left of the door are my computers, work on writing, and word work areas.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
I really my alphabet to be simple, and cute. I went with a white background for the very first time, and I love the way it looks! You can find them HERE.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.

A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
One of my favorite places in my classroom is the classroom library!
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.

A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.

A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.

A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.

A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
I've used community supplies since I first started teaching 7 years ago, and I love them! Here's how I organize most of the supplies, store book boxes, and label pretty much everything!
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
I use one side of my white board to display standards, our schedule, and the calendar. Below the calendar is our special's rotation, as well as how I keep track of team captains.
The clips below that hold the dates on my calendar are beyond amazing! I use them for everything! They're called Stikki Clips and you can find them HERE.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
I always have an area in my classroom dedicated for "taking a break." Sometimes students need a minute or two away from the rest of the class to calm down, gather their thoughts, think about something, and/or refocus. The signs below are from Teaching in Progress.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
Outside of our classroom is a large bulletin board where work will be displayed. In the meantime, I used THESE signs so that it wasn't just a blank bulletin board. The labels are from Lucky Little Learners...you can find them HERE.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
A detailed picture tour of setting up, organizing, and decorating a 1st grade classroom.
Thanks for spending some time in my first grade classroom! I'd love for you to check out my friends' classrooms too!


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28 July 2016

Open House Made Easy

Looking for way to make your open house/meet the teacher/sneak a peek even a bit less stressful?

I'm over at The Primary Peach today sharing how make open house a breeze!
Looking for a new Back-To-School read aloud? Find them HERE.


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