July 15, 2015

Oh, Snap! It's almost August!

Hi Friends! 
I'm linking up with the Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals linky!  
Honestly, this picture couldn't say it better, right?! 
How is it almost August??


I have been busy prepping for back to school and trying to get my math stations in order.
One of my students' favorite math stations is the measuring station. I completely updated my Magnificent Measurement pack!



It it appropriate for up to two months in a math station or tub (August/September). The measuring mats are filled with fun, back to school items!

 It is so important that students begin exploring measurement at an early age and have access to different manipulatives to do so.

My pack includes 20 measuring mats, with arrows to show the students how to measure (length/height).



The recording sheets support measuring with 3 different units (unifiix cubes, bears, and a ruler for inches) so that you can choose what is best for your kids!


The unifix cubes are great for students just learning about measurement. I always start the year off using the unifix cubes with my kinders!


Later on, some of my students are ready to begin using a different unit of measurement. I move those students on to using the bears. The bears are more tricky to manipulate because they only have one flat side and they don't line up as neatly. 


Every year I have students who have already had many experiences with measuring using non-standard units of measurement. It is so important that those students are able to further their learning too. The inches recording sheet is perfect for those who are just beginning to learn how to use a ruler.

You can grab this pack on sale today through Friday, July 17th for $3.00! 
AND
Be sure to check out the linky and stock up on all the great deals! 


Have a HAPPY week! 

July 13, 2015

Viva Las Vegas! TPT Conference!

Hi Friends!
I can't believe I'm already writing to tell you about the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference in Las Vegas! The time came and went so quickly! But I am so grateful to have had an amazing few days to learn and spend time with so many wonderful people! I've linked up with the Elementary Entourage to share a little about my experience!


I arrived in Vegas on Wednesday morning and was greeted by my sweet friend Elyse from A is for Apples, and  then spent some time at the pool with Ashley from One Sharp Bunch and Gina from Miss. Peluso's Kindergarten! They are all in The Primary Pack with me, so it was so nice to meet them in person!


My roomie for the trip was Gina from Miss. Peluso's Kindergarten!



We went to dinner and the BIG blogger meet up later that evening. When I say BIG blogger meet up, I mean BIG. Like 1,000 people BIG. 
It was a bit overwhelming. 
I was so grateful to have these ladies by my side during the whole thing!







However, I went to bed feeling like, "Oh my goodness, what did I get myself into?!" 
I was hoping that I would wake up on Thursday feeling refreshed and not so "overwhelmed!"

Guess what?!
That's exactly what happened!
Thursday was a lot easier.
The crowds were smaller and the conversations came much easier. I'm going to blame Wednesday on jet lag and that 3 hour time change! 

I was so excited to meet some of the other bloggers that I've followed forever! 
Here I am with Hadar from Miss. Kindergarten and Maria from Kinder Craze



And then there was Caitlin from Kindergarten Smiles and Mary from  Sharing Kindergarten


I was so excited to meet Tara West from Little Minds at Work!



And, Kristin from A Teeny Tiny Teacher!


We had so much fun during the "bonus" networking time! It was so much easier to engage in real conversations during this time because we were grouped by grade level. There was a much smaller crowd and more opportunities to talk with everyone!



I was so, so, so excited to meet Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies. She is just as nice in person as she is online! I loved how humble she was with her success. Her story of hard work really touched me, and I'm so thankful that I had the opportunity to spend time getting to know her. I seriously cannot say enough good things about her!
 I mean she asked to take a selfie with us...
I mean come on! 


Oh and I don't want to forget about our friend Meg from A New box Of Crayons! She wasn't able to come to the conference...so I made a Meg-on-a-stick!
Meg had a lot of fun! She's hanging out with Alisha from Missing Tooth Grins and I during one of the sessions! 




Gina and I had a few minutes between sessions to run up a few floors and visit the SDE booths! 




On Thursday night, a bunch of us gals from The Primary Pack went out for dinner and then got together to stuff swag bags for our meet up on Friday! 
If you're not sure what swag bags are, you can read my definition below:

 Swag bags:  giveaway bags that are full of all kinds of goodies! (ps. I'd never heard this term til Vegas!)

On Friday morning...I struggled.
I was tired. 
BUT, I powered through and drank so, so, so much coffee. 
You do what you gotta do!

We started the morning off by hearing from Amy, Adam and Paul from TPT. We also heard from Rachel Lynette. It was so fun to how she got started with TPT and how it has changed her life! 
Of course I sat with some of the ladies from The Primary Pack
I can't even believe how the five of us pictured below, just clicked. It was so easy and was like we had known each other for years. We had been working together on The Primary Pack for a year but did not meet until Vegas. It made my heart so happy to spend time with people who have the same passions and goals as myself! 
They seriously are the best! 


AND we may have got matching Alex and Ani bracelets! 
One for teaching, and one to remember our amazing trip to Vegas! 




 After the keynote, we jumped right into our sessions for that day.
We had a full day.
One of my favorite sessions was "From Teacher to Teacherpreneur" by Erin Cobb from Lovin' Lit.
She said so many things that I needed to hear.
I've always looked at TPT as a fun, creative outlet (and it is). But she talked about how you have to think of it as a business too. I'm not quite there yet, because my brain doesn't operate like that.
 But I'm giving it a try!
She was also so sweet to give us all planners that she made to help keep us on track and organized!



On Friday night, we held The Primary Pack Meet Up in the Bourbon Room!
We had an amazing turn out!
Be sure to check out all the photos at #primarypackkickback



We are so thankful to all of the bloggers that came! You all surpassed our expectations and we hope that you had a fabulous time!!
We are also so grateful to all of the companies and individuals that donated for our giveaways!
We had a ton of things to give away because of you!!


Our delicious cookies were quite the hit!
#nomnomnom

After a fun night at the meet up, we headed out the strip.
We hadn't been outside in 2 days.
It was just what we needed before heading home!



We had such a great trip and I'm missing all of my friends already! 
Be sure to check out the Elementary Entourage and see all of the other bloggers that linked up! 


Have a great week!!

July 1, 2015

July Currently

Hi Friends!
Can you believe it's July?! I'm slightly depressed because time is moving way too fast! I know when it's time to head back to school I'll be ready, but for now I''m just getting in  the habit of sleeping in past 7! Since it's the first of the month, I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade  for her Currently linky! 


Here's what I'm "currently" up to! 

Listening:
I am obsessed with Rachel Platten's song "Fight Song"! It's one of those empowering songs that just gets me all amped up and ready to take on anything. I'm a sucker for girl power songs! :) 

Loving:
We had 20 days straight of rain in Columbus. Today has been just beautiful! I can't even explain how happy the sunshine makes me. Obviously, I've been outside soaking it up all day! 

Thinking:
I'm a pretty organized person who likes to plan things out really well. However, I'm struggling to get myself organized for my Vegas trip for the TPT conference. It's not because I'm not excited. I am so looking forward to this trip. I think it's because by the time I get back, July is going to be almost half over...and I'm just not ready. I want to soak up as much summer as I can! 

Wanting:
We are adding on to our school and I am going to be moving into a brand new kindergarten classroom this year. Obviously, I'm excited. Except that the completion date has been changed quite a few times.  My classroom belongings are just hanging out in the filthy hallway...
It's killing me not be in there. 
However, I know that it's probably best and I just need to enjoy this time away.
It's just tough!!  

Needing:
In my defense, I already started cleaning my windows once and then...
the rain came....
like 20 mins. after I was done...
Grrr! 
It's fine, it's fine...
not a big deal.
I'm totally lying, it's driving me crazy! But who wants to wash windows twice. 
Not this girl.

All Star:
I'm an all star Helper! 
I love to help others.
 It can be classroom related, or home decor related...really anything. 
Or maybe I'm not that helpful and just like to give my opinion ;) 
That could totally be it too!

Thanks for reading! 
I hope you have a fabulous evening and ENJOY the sunshine if it's shining bright near you!