Sunday, September 7, 2014

Summer is officially over!


Another lovely summer has come and gone. It was wonderful and relaxing and of course too short.

I wandered around various areas here in London, got my gym habit going again, got my [healthy] eating back on track, organized the classroom libraries at my school, celebrated 10 years (since my guy and I met) and went to Cornwall with friends!



Cornwall!





We have a new head (principal) at our school! Literally at our back to school meeting the bomb was dropped and then school started the next day. Feels weird. It was bound to happen since our head left at Easter when she had a baby, but I wasn't expecting it since our other head stepped in. I just hope everything doesn't change all at once! I'm still trying to figure out my new roles with Reading Intervention!

Any tips for getting to know a new head/principal? I feel apprehensive about it all.

Hope things are going well for you!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Question about first grade math?

Hello! I know someone will have an answer for me...

I've had 2 people buy my first grade math bundle and remark that it was missing money and magnitude. I am quite confused by this, as I haven't seen this with the Common Core. I've searched through the web, but have always found money to be a second grade concept. Help please?


If you went back to school today, I hope it was wonderful!

Thanks!

Monday, August 4, 2014

I finally finished it!!!!!!!

That's it! I have finished putting my resources together for K-2 Math Journals!!



Today I finished addition and subtraction for second grade math journals and it feels so good!


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Journals-Addition-and-Subtraction-for-Second-Grade-Part-1-1369808




And such good timing-there is a TPT sale Monday and Tuesday! Did you know this?!! So glad my friend told me about it! I guess it makes sense as a Back to School Sale...I forgot since I'm on a different school year from The States. What is on your list?!! I think I need to check up on some literature circle packs I put on my wishlist...




I'm off to bed! Hope you're having a peaceful summer or nice start to your school year!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer time! Freebie at the end...

Well it's been nearly a month since I last posted and now that I'm a couple weeks into summer break, I can post again!

Summer is off to a great start! My husband and I moved to a new flat a couple weeks ago, so we are settling in now and I am loving this place. A lot bigger than the other place and still a great location.

My friend and I are on a 21-day break from refined sugar (I have a serious addiction) and I am feeling heaps better already. I've been reading the book, I Quit Sugar, and I hope to continue limiting my sugar even after the 21 days. My biggest weakness is cookies/biscuits at work, so I figured summer time away from work was the best time to start this habit.


This summer I'm also trying to get outside as much as possible. There are so many places to explore in and around London, so I am determined to make the most out of it. Last week I met a friend in Richmond and it was stunning! The actual cafe was under the bridge, and the trees were massive. It felt planets away from Arizona.


Yesterday I browsed around Teddington and Twickenham. They had so many amazing charity shops! I love going to charity shops for unusual dresses or random stuff for decorating. But this trip was strictly for children's games and children's books for school. I can't wait to get it to school!



Now I must finish this up and get to the gym! Here's something I just added to my TPT store: pictures of journal/notebook ideas for social studies/science (Second-Sixth Grade). Hope it can give you ideas if you use journals in your classroom.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Journal-Ideas-for-Uppergrade-Topics-1341754




Have a good one!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tara.Guided Rdg.Love

A few more weeks and I'm on summer break!! I should be grading our Big Writing, but I have to blog about this blog post I just read. Literally just came across it and had to talk about it in here.

This post is about Guided Reading/Intervention Groups and that pertains to me as next year I am starting up Intervention Groups up at my school!! I will mainly be teaching English (Year 5 & 6), Guided Reading, and then the Intervention Groups!!! What a schedule! So excited!

It might sound bizarre that we don't have that already, but with small class sizes at this school (12-16 chn per class), it hasn't really been a priority. I, however, have seen some children falling through the cracks and am so happy to get this started!!

Anyway...the post. Tara at Little Minds at Work. Check this post out. There's nothing I can say. Just read it if you teach guided reading or intervention to little guys.










I am so going to print off her pictures so I can refer to them when I'm planning. Go check out her post!!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Back to work...

The French trip came and went. 5 days with our students, trekking through England to get to the stunning French countryside.

We took a 6.hour.ferry.

Way too long.

The kids were very well-behaved though, and they brought lots of games and bracelet making things to keep themselves entertained.

There were a range of activities and the camp (camp? residential? something like that) was very well organized. And the food!!!! The bread! The cheese! The wine!

Everything was in French.

Everything.

Yep, I don't speak any French. It was all a bit much. On one hand, I felt so fortunate that I saw and participated in all the amazing activities with the students. But on the other hand, long days with the children were so exhausting.

Thank goodness I had my little book translation thing. Although I still can't tell you any French words.







After the trip it was half term! 1 week off-hooray! Only bad thing was the terrible weather here in rainy England.

But I did manage to rest and not do any school work (although I'm paying for it now with reports due soon).

I guess I technically did a bit of school work. I had to take the opportunity to update some of the math journal activities in my TPT store and finally get my second grade place value printables finished!!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Journals-Place-Value-Printables-for-Second-Grade-BUNDLE-1259454
 





Next--------> 6 weeks left of school!! The major things are reports, parent conferences and our big play!!



I have got to say that our lovely students are off to a great start with this play and I am enjoying this sweet time of the year with them. Despite the lack of stability with our admin, and high turnover of staff, I thoroughly enjoy my students and the subjects I get to teach. I am fortunate that I get to focus on a few subjects instead of teaching everything, in addition to teaching across a couple year levels. It's nice to get to know the children throughout the school this way. I must remember this when the gossip and low staff morale get me down!!

Have a great day!! 

almost forgot my fencing picture!!
 

Friday, May 16, 2014

FREEBIE FRIDAY!

YAY!!!!!!! It's Friday!!!  What would we do without the weekend??!! I'm so exhausted and I get to sleep in tomorrow!!!!

I hope you're having a good day.

Here is a Friday FREEBIE for you! I made some flashcards this week to go along with some fluency passages I bought for my intervention students. Hope it can save you some time!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Flashcards-1245513


Can I just mention a few things I'm loving right now?! 


This ice cream:
 
 
I forgot how much I LOVE this show:


imovie trailer app for ipads with older students:


and I would LOVE to be here:


Have a great Friday!! Don't forget to welcome my friend to the blogging world...