We were also graced with the appearance of Rachel Lynette. She drove up from Seattle to be with us.
On Saturday, 9 teacher bloggers met up in Vancouver. It was so exciting to get to see the people behind the names and the blogs that I had been following. Last year I met some of the teachers and they became great friends. I was so thrilled to be able to see them again.
We were also graced with the appearance of Rachel Lynette. She drove up from Seattle to be with us.
Don't we look like a fabulous group? Thanks to Shelley Rolston for setting this up and for Adria Williams for picking such a great location for the meet up.
Rachel was so much fun to have with us. She is so easy to talk to and she makes everyone feel special. I was so happy to spend time with her. Check out the coins she is holding for the parking meter. It was her second batch so that we could continue meeting even longer.
Amanda over at the Primary Gal is celebrating her birthday with a dollar sale. Many different teachers have joined together and put products on sale for $1.00 for Monday and Tuesday to help her celebrate. Head over to her blog to check out some of the great products on sale. The products below are on sale in my store.
Check out this Halloween blog hop and giveaway. You are sure to find some treats here!
Several teacher bloggers have joined together to participate in a Halloween Blog Hop. We are sharing some Halloween freebies and other Halloween products to engage and delight your students. Links to the different blogs can be found at Second Gradealicious. We hope you will enjoy trying out some of the different activities and that they will be engaging for your students.
Here are my contributions.
This is a collection of Halloween themed 100 charts using the Notebook software. It works for Smartboards and for anyone using the interactive software. The pages can also be printed out for paper and pencil use.
These are different tally charts that use fall and Halloween themed clipart. My students enjoy doing games using dice and number cards and learning about probability of odd and even. These charts allow them to do the same activities several times without feeling like they have already done it.
This is a set of several different Math activities that can be used to practice different basic skills. It is available for 50% off for the weekend.
It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and some of my Canadian teacher friends have gotten together to celebrate by having a Thanksgiving sale in our TPT stores. Check out the links below to see the details for each of the sellers.
I will be out of town celebrating with my family, so I have decided to keep my sale on until Monday. All items in my store will be 20% off.
Have a wonderful weekend, and if you are Canadian, have a blessed Thanksgiving.
For all my teacher friends that I have met in the blogging world, thank you so much for being you. I have been truly blessed to have stumbled across TPT and the world of blogging. It has led me to YOU!
Today is my day for posting over at Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals. Hop on over and see what is happening over there. For 3 days you can get some of my Thanksgiving products for $1.00 each.
This has been an emotional time for many as we have waited for a decision in the job action that has been happening around our province. Teachers have anxiously waited to begin the school year, while taking a stand for students in this labor dispute.
We are finally heading back to the classrooms and to what we love doing...teaching! I can hardly wait to see my students and hear about all of their adventures.
I am linking up at Doodle Bugs Teaching for another five for Friday before I head into the classroom to prepare for next week.
It has been a difficult few months, but I am so happy to be able to get back into my classroom and prepare for next week's start up. It is also a little scary, because there is no easing into this year. We start full on Monday morning and hopefully we will have our new classes organized by the end of the week.
Whenever we were feeling discouraged, we just needed to think about these little ones. They came regularly with their mom and the other 2 younger siblings to visit us, bring us baking, share their hugs and support, and just remind us of why we were on the picket line instead of in the classroom.
I am feeling so grateful for all the support from the community and from other unions. We also received tremendous support from teachers in other provinces. Thank you to everyone who took the time to let us know that you understood and supported our cause.
I spent some time working on some new Dolch sight word sets during the past few weeks, and they are finally ready and posted on my TpT site. They are available for 50% off until Saturday night.
I made a bundle for the Chinese zodiac. The bundle includes 13 different sets. I know, I know, there are only 12 animals in the zodiac, but sometimes people use sheep, and sometimes they use goat, so I made a set of each. Each of these sets is also available by itself. They would be great for people studying animals or the farm as well.
I also made a pumpkin pie themed set and a solar system set.
The renovations are coming along, but we still don't have a sink, so we are doing dishes in the bathroom and the laundry room. Check out the supervisor. He needs to make sure that I am getting them done! How do you like his throne?
One way to burn off stress is a workout at the gym. Now that my daughter-in-law is living here, I have a workout partner. We took advantage of that this week to do a couple of sessions at the gym. Grandpa watched the boys while we were away.
Red is feeling comfortable as he makes sure to stay close to me wherever I am. Right now, he is my pillow as he is propped up behind me on the back of the couch.
I am linking up again with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky party. It has been awhile, but life has been anything but normal lately.
This has been a crazy month and it has been one full of happy moments, anxious moments, devastating moments, and fulfilling moments. It has made me appreciate my family and friends and it has taught me to avoid dwelling on the negative so that I can allow the positive to happen.
One month ago today, my son and his family arrived in Canada. He has been living in Korea for 14 years and I am so excited that he has returned home. Since he has arrived, it has been like a tornado of activity around our house and his house. (He just took possession a few days ago and is now living amongst boxes and stuff everywhere.) Of course, before he left, he decided to renovate our upstairs, so we are living with things everywhere as well. I finally got the living room and dining room mostly organized again, but we will be without a kitchen sink for a few weeks still. I love that he wanted to do this for us, but it is hard to function with everything happening around us.
My daughter was the victim of rental scam last week. It was devastating for her as we arrived in a new province and found she had no place to live and no money to look for another place. God was looking after us and had a different plan, so we met many people who helped to put the plan in action. She is now in an apartment and it has been furnished and stocked with food so that she is able to move on. She has also discovered that there are many good people in the world and that she can count on them. One family in particular has taken her under their wing and I feel at peace now with leaving her there.
This is supposed to be a week of joy and excitement as we head back to school. Unfortunately, in our province, we are not in school yet. We are on the picket line instead. Hopefully that will change very soon. I am very anxious to get into my classroom and start working with my kids. I have prepared materials for my students and I am eager to get to know them. I must continue to focus on that as we fight for their rights and best interests.
I have decided that I must take care of myself through all the stress and uncertainty that lies ahead. I am going to the gym and working on getting in shape. I am also trying to get more sleep and eat healthier. I have discovered a protein collagen chew that is really helping me with my joints and muscles. It has made a huge different in my mobility and many other things as well.
I am working on balance between personal and professional life and I am focusing on putting out positive energy instead of negative energy. This makes me feel better both emotionally and physically.
I am excited to be part of a special collaborative group of teachers that will be posting dollar deals once a month. My day will be the 7th of each month. Watch for a post about my deal coming up on Sunday. I am also joining in on a linky at the beginning of each month that is being hosted by Laura Graham of Where The Magic Happens. This Saturday, the special will be 50% off of featured items in our TPT stores. Hop on over to her blog and check out the stores that are participating.
Well, there you have it. Just a glimpse into my whirlwind of late. I hope you are having a calmer time wherever you are.
The winners have been chosen for the Diggin' Series!
Here is another chance to get 28% off on products from my TeachersPayTeachers store. For one day everything will be on sale for 20% off. TeachersPayTeachers will be adding to that, so you can save 28% by adding the promo code BOOST.
I have a variety of back to school products that were just added as well as new math products. I also have been working on adding to my ELA and classroom management and self esteem materials. Stop by and check them out.
Back to school time is quickly approaching for those of us in many areas of Canada. As our summer break is nearing an end, thinking about classroom setup, curriculum, special activities, and resources become common for many of us. I think there are some places in the US that are still on summer break and experiencing the same thing. There are sales everywhere and ads promoting back to school supplies, clothing, and gear.
Many teachers that I have been meeting through blogging are also preparing materials for back to school. There are a couple of special blog giveaways that I would like to highlight here today.
Kristy over at 2 Peas and a Dog is having a celebration for her birthday, her blogversary, and back to school. Hop on over to her blog to check out the giveaways. There is something for everyone. Each day a different grade level is featured. You can enter throughout the week.
Getting ready for a new year is always an exciting time for me. Feeling refreshed after a few weeks of sun and relaxation helps give me some motivation and energy to begin planning and preparing.
I haven't really focused on doing classroom themes much in the past, although I have chosen different themes for my welcome bulletin boards or for my first lessons. This year I decided to continue with the color theme that I began last year. I have created some alphabet bunting and some number circles for my bulletin boards. Here are a couple of pictures of my welcome back bunting and the number circles that I made.
I also made some name plates with the same theme and some new number plates for assigning numbers to my students.
Here are some pictures from my class last year. I started to coordinate things and I chose the color bule as my main color. I also assigned numbers to my students and gave them work baskets and bins with their numbers on them. Notice that my guided reading bins are also blue.
I found these great boxes last year and I stored all my different games and themed materials in them. The kids loved getting to sit on them during carpet time. I had 12 boxes and 24 kids, so we alternated odd and even numbers each day to make it easy to remember who got to sit on them.
Unfortunately, some of my grade 3s were too heavy and the particle board in the lids started to break. The boxes still work, but the lids don't work well, so I have moved them under the computer carts and we are back to sitting on the floor.
Well, this is the final week of our blogging about next year. I have enjoyed joining up with all of these wonderful people to bring you some glimpses into our year and what we hope to be doing. Make sure to keep watching as next week we are going to have an incredible giveaway for you. If you want to see more and look at the prizes we have coming, click on the image above and head over to Laura's blog. She has the scoop there for you.