Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tears of Joy

Hello to all my FAB readers! I hope all is well with you this evening. I decided to do a post tonight on the power of making children feel special and loved. I have to admit this teaching thing is in my blood. 10 years ago when I started my journey, I knew I wanted to be that teacher who showed empathy. A lack of empathy in a classroom can make for a trying school year. 

I've always been that teacher who wanted ALL of her students to feel loved. I could've care less about their race, how rich or poor, or where they come from. ( and still don't) My love for them is true and genuine. I've mentioned many times how I show my students how much I care about them. One of those ways is a quick love note. 

Once a week I make sure to write EVERY student in my class a love note. Guess what? It costs me NOTHING!! All I do is grab some sticky notes, a sharpie and the magic happens. Sometime they get love notes first thing in the morning, while they're at lunch, or when they're at large group. The point is that I want them to receive them when they least expect it. 

So I know you're wondering about the tears of joy? Well I received a very sweet email this evening, (one that melted my heart.) One of my Fab Firstie parents sent me a message letting me know what she posted on Facebook and all the responses she received. Take a look.




Ya'll this is what it's all about. Yes, our kiddos in this world must know this and that. However, they must know that their teacher cares. So on a day where my head was pounding this bit of sunshine started easing the pain. 

((Hugs)) FAB READERS!!




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Children Can Never Have Too Much Encouragement

Hi fab readers!! I'm soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sorry for not posting in a VERY long time. With transitioning into my new school and new district I've been one BUSY BEE!!! I'm moving backwards. I wanted to do a whole classroom reveal and share my experience this far. However, that will be my next post. :)

Classroom management is one of my gifts when it comes to teaching. Since my first year of teaching 10 years ago, my principal always used me as the mentor teacher for classroom management and environment. I'm a FIRM yes, FIRM believer in creating a warm, safe, fun, caring classroom environment. It's our home away from home so it must feel this way. At the beginning of the year I always create my Bucket Filler board and then I roll with it all year long. Take a look at the photos and if you're not following me on Instagram make sure you are. @oneFAB_teacher. I plan to post MANY photos of my new fab journey! Enjoy!


This is my bucket filler board. The posters are FREE in my TPT store. They come in brights and primary colors. This is one of my best freebies yet. Each student has their own labeled bucket and they are allowed to filled each others buckets when work is completed.



Here is an example of my brights.


Here is an example of a primary color poster.



I wrote an example of a bucket filler slip for my sweet little Firsties. This is a great reminder for them on how to fill someone's bucket. It won't come right away, but it does get better with time and practice.


I think interactive writing is one of my favorite times of the day. We wrote about what a bucket filler is. They were awesome and so precious helping me write this. 


This is an anchor chart that we created as a class. The only part premade what the Bucket Fillers cloud. We discussed after reading a variety of bucket filler books. 





Here are some examples of how they filled my bucket. Makes my heart super happy.



In my ten years of teaching I always make sure to have a positive on each child's desk once a week. I do the mornings first thing and sometimes I do it in the middle of the day when they aren't with me. :) It's been a great addition that I added to my career and I plan to NEVER stop. These children can NEVER have too much encouragement. As you can see above a closeup of what each sticky note says. I think a handwritten note means so much more than just typing something cute and printing it. I think it's cute and thoughtful, I just believe this sticks a little bit more. :)



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Sneak Peek!! Miss May's Classroom 2014-2015

Hi fab readers! I just wanted to give you all a sneak peek of my classroom. Some of you aren't on Instagram and didn't see my photos. (Yes, I've returned to Instagram. Hey, a sista missed her teacher peeps). Anyway, as many of you know I have begun a new journey with a new district. I couldn't be happier. I'm 10 minutes from work vs 40 minutes and dealing with the toll road. Humble ISD was an AMAZING school district and my previous school Foster was FABULOUS but when it's time for change it's time.

So my new fab principal has allowed us eager teachers access to the building all week and boy have I been a busy little bee in my new sweet little room. I wanted to share with you a little bit because I've been MIA in the blogging world. I have been soooooooo exhausted but I have accomplished so much! I will do a big reveal hopefully this weekend. As many of you know I''m a HUGE Melonheadz fan like many. When I first discovered Nikki's amazing work I immediately fell in love. So I decided my room was going to be fully Melonheadz incorporated as much as I can. Most of the items in my classroom I created myself and yes, they're in my store. So here's a ;little peek! :)


Part of my front board. Our class rules, color words, and ten frame posters. Of course, I had to add my poster size Melonheadz. He's such a cutie!

My Bucket Filler board. It's not complete, but when it is I will give you close-ups. 

This teacher is pooped! Have a great rest of the week friends. Stay fabulous!!




Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet The Teacher Linky "Miss May"


I'm linking up with Stephanie at Falling Into First and her Meet The Teacher Linky. Well here's a little bio about me. I'm originally from Des Moines, Iowa. Growing up I LOVED it there, but as an adult not so much. My brother and I moved to Houston, Texas together 10 years ago and it was one of the BEST decisions I could have made. I'm a Texan now, but Iowa will always be home. I have a beautiful niece and two beautiful nephews. I'm a thirty-something 1st grade teacher. I've taught 1st grade for 5 years now. Before 1st grade I was a 3rd grade teacher and I LOVED it! (Those sweeties will be seniors this year)  I HATED TAKS though so I asked my principal for a change. Thank you Mrs. VeDepo! I have been honored Teacher of The Year and I feel that's one of the BEST awards I could ever receive.














                      THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

Jesus
My Family
Teaching
Target 
Chick Fil A
The Gap
Jewelry 
Designer Handbags
French Fries
Pizza

IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?

I would've definitely been a Disney Channel actor. My parents always tell me we should've taken you to Hollywood. We just always vacationed there. Or a choreographer. I can dance my butt off!

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Loyal, Happy, Caring

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"I just love how summer is getting shorter and shorter, said no teacher ever!!"

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

This is so hard, but I would have to say, Oprah! She just seems so caring and understanding. Not to mention she LOVES teachers.

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

A Happy Place

Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?

To feed every hungry child in the world. 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

Wake Up, Say A Prayer, Hustle

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

New Edition: Can You Stand The Rain

Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

Morning

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

I LOVE everything in my little store. I'm very proud of my work.

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!

I was engaged to my junior high/high school sweetheart. After having my dress and basically everything but the cake I called our wedding off. One of the best things I could have ever done in my life. Everyone was EXTREMELY supportive in my decision except of course the groom. Thank you God for another blessing.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Fancy"

Hello my fab readers! Well I wanted to share with you a quick post about my newest creation. I was so inspired by Maria over at KinderCraze and her "fancy" sterile drawers. I was totally thinking towards the end of the school year that I was definitely going to attack that project over the summer! I can now check this off the list! I use my drawers for what I'm teaching each day. It works for me and I plan on keeping that way. Maria has an AMAZING tutorial on how to create this awesomeness. You can either use Mod Podge or scotch tape. I chose transparent scotch tape. Just click the link underneath the first picture and it will take you right to Maria's fabulous tutorial. I'm pretty happy with the results. :) THANKS MARIA!!





THIS IS WHAT THE SIDES LOOK LIKE


THIS IS THE BACK!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monday Made It July 21, 2014

Hey fab readers! I'm linking up with the awesome Tara at 4th Grade Frolics with Monday Made It! I've been chillin most of my summer, but have decided to get a move on creating things for the upcoming school year. I'm not going to lie the beginning of the school is one of my favorites times of the year because it's so fresh and new. So here's my Monday Made It's. ENJOY!




Last year I did something similar to this and it worked out great! I just wanted less of my crayons to sharing drawers. So I picked up another Sterilte 5 drawer and re-created my drawer labels. I used Mod Podge to glue the labels on the front. I tell ya after completing this, I've realized Mod Podge and I have a love hate relationship. I'm very happy with the end result though. These labels are a freebie in my store. Just click the photo. ;)




Oh Mod Podge...



I'm an organizing NUT!! I love all things of mine to have a home. Whether it be items at work or homemit mus be organized. I get it from my Mama Bear. Literally she can tell where any and everything is in her house. Let me just say my childhood home isn't small. I really dislike clutter. One thing I like to keep together is all my teaching needs in one binder. So I created this new binder cover for this school year. Of course, I had to use Melonheadz. I love ya Nikki!!










I was in need of some new calendar cards as well. So I created a set for August. These could be used during any month of the school year though. I have so much that I could share but I chose these three. I can't wait to decorate my new classroom. Thanks for taking the time to read. Wishing you a FABULOUS MONDAY!! ((HUGS))





Saturday, July 19, 2014

A FREEBIE...SAY WHAT?!!

Hey fab readers! Hope everyone's Saturday is going fabulous. I'm linking up with my friend Lynda at Teaching Science With Lynda. She's having a fab FREEBIE linky party. I've been enjoying the summer, but realizing that it's moving pretty fast. So that has made me get a move on getting things done for my classroom. I'm all about keeping things organized at work and at home. One thing that drives me crazy as an educator is waisted time. Many years ago, I would organize my crayons with a nicely decorated bin that was labeled with a cute crayons sign. Well the problem with that was, you have kiddos spending many minutes looking for a specific color and then it becomes the (let's chat while we look for that color) session. So then I began thinking and realized I needed to change this. That's when I decided to organize my crayons by color. Boy has that been a life saver. I absolutely LOVE it!!!  Now last year my crayons were sharing drawers and I didn't mind it but preferred not so many of them sharing. So as I was pinning and blog hopping I came across the fabulous Mel D's blog Seusstastic (that I admire) and saw how she created labels and used mod podge to glue them on. Thank you for inspiring me Mel!

 Of course I had to use my favorite clip art Melonheadz. My new drawers are set and ready to go! If your interested in these labels they're FREE yes FREE in my store. Happy organizing!


This is How my drawers look now.


This was last years look





BEFORE


AFTER




These are the drawers the labels fit.




Monday, July 14, 2014

FILL 'ER UP!

Hey fab readers! How was everyone's Monday? Mine was FABULOUS! As many of you know I'm beginning a new journey teaching first grade for a new district, new school, new friends, new teammates,etc. I'm super excited, but just as nervous. With all that said, I had a wonderful lunch with my very dear teammate. Well ex teammate more like my dear friend. We ate, caught up with each others lives and families. It was just a very good lunch date. Good REAL people are so hard to come by, but I've met a few good ones and I thank GOD for that. I LOVE YOU GAYLE aka SWEET G.

I'm really into classroom management and creating a good, cozy, feel good atmosphere while lots of learning is going on. Bucket filling is something I do and have done for many years during my career. Last year I created some posters for my bucket filling bulletin board. Let me tell you they were a hit at my old school and I've received a lot of great feedback about that board. I have a new room and so I freshened up these cuties for the new year. Since today was such a FAB day I'm including these in my tpt store for FREE. YES FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's just say us teachers work so hard to create and prep our rooms and we spend sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much of our own money. I think it was just the right thing to do today. My mama bear always taught my brother and I it's important to give than to receive.  Just click on any picture and it will lead you to my store. Happy Downloading! :)












I just want to say THANK YOU to all my followers. YOU ARE AMAZINGDOTCOM!!