Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Hey fab friends!! I'm so excited that Christmas break has arrived. The thought of being able to relax and enjoy my time to regroup feels amazing. However, I do miss seeing those cute little faces of my Firsties. Since I began teaching over a decade and some years ago, I have always given my classes a gift before the Christmas break. Just something I always knew that I wanted to do and was going to do. I had the pleasure of working for an AMAZING teacher. She worked with middle school kids with severe behavior problems. I was her aide. It was one of the best experiences in my life. One particular day she had these kiddos create these ADORABLE snowmen and from the moment I saw them I knew that was going to be the gift. That was over 20 years ago. I have posted a two videos of mine from YouTube so that you can see all my snowmen completed and how to create them. Alright my fab friends until next time, enjoy your break!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Teacher Confession...

Hello my FAB peeps! Hope you all had a FAB Thanksgiving break. I must admit, I had LOTS of rest and relaxation. Today's blog post is all about a teacher confession of  mine. The video explains it all. If you don't know this about me by now, I'm a VERY caring, loving, KIND, and compassionate teacher. Always have been and I always will be. Have a FAB week!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

God Knows What You Need

Hey loves! How are you? I'm fine and well. Today was our last day before the Thanksgiving break next week. I plan to rest, eat, and catch up on some Netflix. I will be honest I have been VERY tired all week and today I felt sad and tired. When you become a teacher you either give it your all or nothing. I give it my all!! I truly believe that God knows what you need and when you need it. I received this precious email tonight from a grandma of one my FAB Firsties. Keep swimming everyone, even when you don't feel like it. God is so good. Have a FAB weekend everyone.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Manequinn Challenge Ellen DeGeneres Style

I don't know about you all, but I LOVE seeing all the #mannequinchallenge over the internet and I LOVE me some Ellen DeGeneres! I LOVE how Ellen is such a KIND and POSITIVE human being, She does all that she can to try and help the world and make dreams come true. Oh, how I wish she could make my dreams come true with a new car. That's beside the point! She just makes people happy! The one out of many things about Ellen's show is that she always ends her show with, "Be Kind To One Another." I'm a true believer in KINDNESS and that's something I talk about daily with my little blessings. I truly believe it's the reason why I have won teacher of the year twice in two different districts. I establish a safe, fun, loving, and kind classroom every single year. Lord, knows that as teachers we spend such long hours and money into our classrooms. However, the success of each child is rewarding enough for me. I definitely, don't do this for the money.

I wanted to have my little blessings do the mannequin challenge by promoting being kind to one another. In the video you will see my blessings, hugging, playing Buzzin' With Kindness, giving high 5's, holding signs that say be kind to one another, and Filling Buckets by writing kind notes. These Firsties ROCKED it! Bless their hearts to be so young they did such a FAB job and I'm so PROUD of them! Enjoy the video!

Friday, November 4, 2016

I'm Sorry...

Hey loves! The video speaks for itself. Being kind is the thing to do. Have a FAB weekend!!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Monday peeps! I hope your Monday is off to a FAB start!!! I know many teachers complain about having the Sunday night blues. I truly understand and get it! However, check out the video and see why I don't think of Sunday night as such an awful night. Have a FAB week! ((HUGS)) and Blessings!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Teacher's Lounge

Hey ya'll! Hope all is well! I'm not sure what your professors told you while in college, but mine told me to STAY AWAY from the teacher's lounge. I can remember my very first year of teaching and how my mentor teacher told me she never ate in the lounge. She would sit in her classroom and read the newspaper while eating. She enjoyed her peace and quiet. I learned so much from her. She's retired, but I will NEVER forget that very FAB piece of advice from her and my college professors. In the video I mention 4 types of teachers you may run into in the lounge. What is your lounge like? Have a FAB week! ((HUGS)) and Blessings

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Organization Is My Love

Hey my fab peeps! I'm so thrilled to be sharing with you some of my organizational options that I use in my classroom.

This piece of awesomeness is my teacher toolbox. This organizes anything my heart desires. The fab thing about this is that you can edit each drawer to your liking. Just click the photo and it will take you to these labels. You kind find the toolbox here  and you can see my Youtube video by clicking here. This toolbox will definitely change your life! This eliminates junk on or inside your desk. Winner, Winner, Chicken dinner!

Now all of my kiddos have their own crayon box full of their own personal supplies. However, they may need a certain color crayon that they may not have anymore. So they come here and grab what they need, but they MUST return, because we are sharing these.

You talk about wanting to eliminate kids always saying, "My pencil is broke." Well here you go. I keep plenty of pencils in the sharp drawer. So when my kiddos need a new pencil they put their broken one in the broken drawer and grab a short one. It's FABULOUS!!!! Click the picture for the free download. All I ask is that you show LOVE in the review section.

This magenta crate houses all of our math bags. The kids just come here and grab a baggie when they're playing math games, or when they are working on math work. When finished, they just place everything back into the baggie and put the baggie back into the crate.

Our math bags hold our math tools; snapcubes, number lines, number bonds, and ten frames. Tools that help my Firsties explore math.

I place individual math games inside each math tub.

These math manipulatives are placed inside these plastic bins. Each bin is labeled nice and neatly. The labels were created by the fabulous Amy Groesbeck The Animated Teacher.

This is my math shelf as a whole.

I use these drawers to house my different types of writing paper that the kiddos can choose from. Simple and to the point. 

 I did the same thing with my word work drawers and other activities.

So as you can see Miss May LOVE, LOVES, LOVES being organized. We have fun in first with our learning and make messes but we know that everything has a home when it's time to clean up. I've also came across an AWESOME company called MakeSpace. It's a self-storage company. They have options for your organizational storage needs. Check them out! ((HUGS))