July 23, 2018

Behavior Management Star Cards

As I plan for the new school year, I want to share my behavior management plan with you all! Let me begin by saying that every teacher uses what is best for his or her students, so even my plan right now will most likely change once I meet all my kiddos. So feel free to use my system and make changes based on your group for the year. This is for my 1st grade classroom, but again, you can modify it for your age level however you'd like!

July 22, 2018

Back-to-School Rustic Door Decor

Summer, you have been too fun and I'll miss you dearly... BUT thinking about classroom setups and the theme for a new school year brings a whole new level of excitement. I absolutely love the rustic and cactus theme and decided to make a printable door decoration kit for you all!

June 12, 2018

Post-Lumpectomy Lower Body Workout

Too many women know the terrifying moment when a hard lump is felt during a self exam. As a 24 year-old teacher, I was devastated to feel this after getting my first lumpectomy at the age of 21.  Weeks later, which seemed like years, doctors gave me the option of taking out a small piece of it to biopsy, or getting a second lumpectomy. Everyone has their own preference, but no part of me wants a lump hanging around in there if is has any chance of being cancerous. The surgery went by in a blur and I woke up to the surgeon telling me they removed the mass and found another one they were able to biopsy. The week to follow was filled with several Netflix marathons and plenty of worrying, but the doctor called with great news... The biopsy results came back as benign tumors, also called fibroadenomas! These are fairly common in younger women and sometimes need to be removed, but always need to be tested to make sure they aren't cancerous. I am unbelievably grateful and will forever have the scars to remind my loved ones (and all you wonderful teachers reading my blog) to do your self exams every month. You are your own best advocate! 

January 21, 2018

Engaging Weekly Routine to Practice Sight Words

It is crucial for kindergarten and first grade teachers to include sight word practice in their weekly small group routine, but it can be difficult to find the time for effective implementation. I found a daily schedule that is very simple to prepare and has helped my students remember those tricky sight words all year!

January 14, 2018

Oh no! You have LICE... Now what?!

The worst three words a teacher can hear... "You have lice."

If you are in this situation, fight back the tears and read my tried and true tips to get rid of the bugs once and for all. But if you're a teacher or mom and haven't had lice, save this post by pinning the picture below to your Pinterest board so you have it if you ever need it. You'll be glad you did!

December 28, 2017

6 habits of a healthy teacher

Our days as teachers can be so hectic and overwhelming that we sometimes come home and realize we neglected ourselves all day. We are so busy taking care of our little ones that we forget about our own health and this can quickly lead to a burnout. Here are 6 habits you can start now to have a healthy year. Begin to find ways to embed these tips into your daily routine and each day, you will come home feeling more energized and much less stressed.

August 08, 2017

10 space savers for a small classroom

Last year, I walked in my classroom for the first time and immediately thought to myself: "Where's the rest of it?!" I was given the smallest classroom in the school and had a hard time adjusting to the lack of space when the kids arrived. I saw adorable Pinterest classrooms and wanted to try all of their cute ideas, but it wasn't functional in my room and only made it more crammed. In my second year setting up, I was determined to create a practical space utilizing every inch of my classroom. These 10 space savers are useful for any teachers looking for cute AND effective setup ideas!