Saturday, January 21, 2017

Five for Friday Babeeee!!

Can't tell you how glad I am that this little gem is still going strong!  If you are new to blogging and trying to figure out where to start, this is a great spot!  It keeps you accountable and is an easy way to create content each week.  

So excited about this new addition to our classroom!  
Public Montessori kiddos occasionally need down and dirty fill in sorta stuff.  This was one of those times.  I noticed that many of my kiddos wanted to learn time and although there are many Montessori lessons that fit the bill, sometimes you need a constant reminder.  They are loving telling me time at any given moment in the day and it has become a great teaching tool as we walk out the door to various places in the school.  Follow this link and grab the freebie

I was scrolling through Instagram the other day and Queen of the First Grade Jungle had posted a picture of work her kiddos were doing from Teach Outside the Box. unit Storybook STEMs January.
It is absolutely worth every penny!  My kiddos are loving it!

Last week we worked on Martin's Big Words.  A great book about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his impact on the world.  The STEM activity was a big hit and really gave me some great insight into the cooperative learning abilities of many of my kiddos!

My most favorite Christmas gift yet!  
Its an inexpensive bluetooth speaker that my Big Punk gave me and I love it!  I carry it all over the house so I have music with me everywhere I go!  I am really thinking about buying one for my classroom as well!

Sometimes life throws a lot at you.  Too much in fact and it's hard to catch your breath.  But then one day it starts to get easier again.  And it even starts to get good again.
I'm glad to be at good again.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Doozie I tell ya...

Sometimes life throws you for a loop.  For me, that means a lot of God stuff.  It means I have to lean in hard to Him and trust that, in the words of my pastor, Greg Surratt (Seacoast Church), I need to "not lose faith in the end of the story.

2016 was a very rough year for my family and I.  Divorce, a move and crazy immediate family drama are all part of the storm that I have traveled through in the last 365.  It's been hard and it's been sad and it's been yucky and it's pushed me to be all in with God or hang out on the fringe.

It's funny how when you are all in with anything, it goes a lot better than when you give it a half-assed effort. :)  Most days...well at least 75% of the time I've been all in but I've noticed the last few months I've been skating on the edge and it's been tough.  Yesterday's sermon was a great reminder to get back in the game.  Part of that "game" is this blog and you guys and my profession that I love.  So, here I am!  You will start seeing me again every Friday for sure and I am working on other ideas for posts during the week.

But for today, if you are still reading...go easy on yourself.  Don't lose sight of the end.  Good or bad story, you will make it!
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Five for Friday...WHAT, WHAT!?!

WOW!  It's been quite a long time since I've posted and I am so sorry for that!  I've missed sharing every Friday with all my internet teacher friends!  Life has thrown me for a loop and a new school year in a brand new school with a brand new teaching adventure ahead means I'm getting my groove back!  So stinking excited about all of it!

So, let's get this party started!

Lower Elementary Montessori!  WOW!  The beauty and amazingness of kiddos who have lived and learned together for at least 3 years but for some as many as 5 years...that's a really good thing!  I started this job just a few days before teachers reported to school and hit the ground running.  I met my kiddos on Monday and the only newbie to the group was me!  These kids rolled in and sized me up and over the last 5 days have tried a few tricks but overall, we are going to have a great year!  They are brilliant and funny and energetic and I am so glad to be on a new professional adventure!!

This right here...
Looks so simple but is absolutely glorious when it comes down to it!  Right before school started I visited one of my former student teachers who is now a LE Montessori teacher down the road from me.  In a short hour I ran around her room taking pictures and asking questions.  She filled me with great stuff and I smiled at some great things that I taught her many years ago and she is still doing!  The above picture was one of the many genius things I have already implemented in my room!
Each student has a stack of notebooks and each notebook has a color.  (She is a highly organized genius!)  The picture below shows you what each notebook holds.

The journals are language, reading response, home connections, science, culture, math, incredible equations and spelling.

We started using them on the first day and they are a big hit!  Montessori can have a lot of recording so it is the perfect way for the kids to keep track of what they are doing.  And if you are searching for the colored tape, I found various colors at Walmart and Target but then found this gem on Amazon!

The biggest issue for using this system to keep up with kids work is finding space!  More on that next week when I do my classroom tour!

I had to take a few weeks off from running this summer and a few short days ago I was back at it!  
Never been happier to run!

And this is one of the things I love the most about teaching Montessori.  My classroom consists of kids aged 6-9.  This opens up so many possibilities both learning and socially and emotionally.
These kiddos are 6 and 8 and he really wanted to hear the story and she decided to read it to him!  Good, good stuff!

It's been a tough couple of months but this quote couldn't have come at a better time or be more perfectly put!
Here comes the beauty!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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