I Wrote a Children's Book... Now the Hard Part.... Waiting

I almost didn't write this post because I don't know what is going to happen yet...

That's probably why I am up at 3:28 in the morning.  My mind won't shut off.

Last summer, I finally sat down and wrote a children's book.  (Right now I am keeping it secret because I am hoping it will be published.)   Publishing a children's book has been a dream since fifth grade after my teacher had us write a book in class. 

Why did it take so long to actually write the story?  I think it really comes down to it just wasn't my time.

Right now I have a darling daughter who is so dear to me in so many ways.  The idea of being able to pass on a little piece of me after I am gone is so important to me.

Last March I was in the hospital for a week and it just made me realize how fragile life truly is... I'm fine now.  Thank God!

Also, five years ago, my dearest dad passed away unexpectedly.  Losing him was devastating.  Recently my dad's aunt and uncle (who are in thei…

My Spelling Dictionary

It has been an eternity since I've blogged or made a product for Teachers Pay Teachers.  This morning I got up extremely early and just could not rest.  My mind was racing about school in the middle of summer vacation.  I am a first grade teacher and I starting thinking about teaching writing.  The spelling dictionary I've been using needed to be updated and I decided to make my own using the Dolch High Frequency Words.  I did add it one word "question" so there would be a word for the letter "q" and because it is an important word. 

Every year I use a spelling dictionary to reinforce alphabetical order.  I also teach the children to use it while editing.  I don't like for them to have it out during drafting as I have found some become too reliant on it and use safe writing. 

Every week we add our new sight words to the spelling dictionary.  If they are already in the dictionary, I teach the children to highlight them.  If not, they simply write them in.…

100th Day is Almost Here!

This is what I plan to do in my First Grade classroom on the 100th day of school. Read a book about the 100th day then have the children go on a hunt for 100 words around the room. I asked the children to bring in 100 objects that can be glued down (e.g. Cheerios, goldfish, paper scraps...)  We will make an addition problem with these objects.  60+40=100.  The students will glue them down in groups of ten on a paper to make a model of the problem.  I hope to do the fruit loop necklaces where we put 100 on the necklace (in groups of 10 of course).  Draw and write about when the children are 100 years old.Make 100th day hats to wear.When they are at special area, I will hide 100 Hershey Kisses in the classroom for a Hershey Kiss hunt.  It is kind of like an Easter Egg hunt except each kiss is numbered and when they find one they have to put it on the 100 chart.We might do 100 stamps books.We will write our numbers 1-100.  I am considering having them crumple  up 100 pieces of white scra…

Nautical and Ocean Themed Classroom

This year I will be teaching First Grade after two years out of the classroom.  I feel like a new teacher full of enthusiasm and giddy excitement.  I am on to a new adventure at a new school.  With a new school, there is a new classroom which is my empty palette.  
Here is my new room!

In the past I've done a lot with trees, animals, cows, owls, stars, dots on turquoise, etc.  (I have been teaching about 13 years.)  For some reason though, I am beyond excited about this theme.  I LOVE the ocean / nautical theme.  It is so versatile and has so many cute sayings! 
Once I have my room decorated I will add more pictures.  
In the meantime here is a link to my pinterest board where I am collecting fantastic ideas.
What is your theme this year and why did you choose it?

End of the Year Class Party Ideas

Can you believe it is that time of year again?  Even though I am not in the classroom right now, I feel the energy from this time of year.

This post is dedicated to the End of the Year Class Parties.  I am going to share a few ideas and then I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for you to share more ideas in the comments section.

My favorite party was an indoor picnic.  We moved all the desks out of the way and brought in blankets to sit on.  Parents brought in sliced watermelon and other fruits.  We ordered pizzas and set up an assembly line on the counter.  It was a parent picnic so the kids sat with their families. Afterwards we went outside and did relay races and free time.  The reason we sat inside to eat is because it was extremely humid so we wanted to limit our outside time.  We came back inside to cool down and shared about how our classmates are wonderful.  It was so much fun.

Usually I brainstorm a list of ideas with the kiddos and then narrow it down to the three I am okay with.  T…

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