Some Real Talk

Hi Folks! Happy Saturd… I mean… Sunday! I know, I know. Another week without my promised freebie post. I need to get better at this, or maybe I need to just stop making promises.

Today I’m going to take a page from my lovely friend, Miss DeCarbo, and engage in a little real talk.

If you’ve been following me at all, you probably know that I had a beautiful baby girl in April and was on maternity leave through the end of the school year. That meant that I was home with my baby from April until September when we begin school. It was SUCH a blessing, and I am so thankful for all of my time with my sweet baby girl.

This past week was our first week officially back. I had gone previously to set up my room, but brought my cutie with me.

Can I just tell you, even though I know I got WAY more time than most moms get, it still didn’t feel like enough. Leaving my daughter ALL day when she had never been away from me for more than an hour was more than tough. It was almost unbearable. I love teaching, but it has been a tough week back. I love my new class, I love being back in first (although I forgot what a difference there is between first and second!), but all day long, I feel a little tugging on my heart. Constantly in the back of my mind, I’m thinking about if my baby is okay, if she’s eating, if she’s napping, if she’s crying and I’m not there for her.

It. Is. Tough.

I never realized how tough it is to be a mom and a teacher. I am entrusted with the responsibly of educating other people’s babies all day long, and I am honored to do so, but it is so tough to be surrounded by other people’s kids when yours is somewhere else. I know it will get easier (or maybe not), but I have a new appreciation for moms with kids.

I know so many mommies who have had to miss their own child’s back to school night, first day of kindergarten, etc etc because of their own school responsibilities. My heart breaks for them. I know that that’s life, but there’s something uniquely difficult about missing a milestone in your child’s life while contributing to other children’s milestones. I am honored to do it, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

From the second I pick my daughter up from the sitter until the second I put her to bed, all I want to do is hold her and play with her so I don’t miss any more than I have to. It might mean that I’m up late each night and extra early each morning to get my school work done, but it’s worth it to spend every second I can with her right now.

So, that’s why there’s no freebie post this week. I haven’t been able to motivate myself to do much besides snuggle my sweetheart when she’s awake. And in fact, I hear her waking up from her nap, so it’s time for me to run and steal smiles and snuggles.

I’m going to stop making promises I can’t keep. I do have freebies to share with you, a classroom to reveal, and back to school ideas and freebies I’ve used as well. And I will in the coming weeks… at some point. But they’ll have to wait until the baby is sleeping and my schoolwork is done.

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Easy Pencil Themed BTS Student Gift FREEBIE

Hey folks. Tomorrow is the first day I have to report to school, and I’ve been sick for about a week, so I’ve been slacking a bit on blogging as I’ve been trying to soak up every last minute with my baby girl while also trying to prep for school and deal with this cold! (Longest sentence ever).

Anywho, I’m going to make it up to you by sharing a cute, fun, and easy back to school student gift with you! I love the idea of welcoming my students will a gift, but let’s be honest. Teachers have very little extra cash floating around at the end of the summer, plus we’re swamped with preparing for a new school year. But what do we have at the beginning on the year? Pencils! So, here’s what I did for my student gifts this year. Easy, cheap, cute, and useful! Click on the picture below to grab the cards for free (pencils not included ;) ).

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PS I’ve included grades K-5. ;)

Have a great week!

 

Quick & Easy Door & Window Cover

Happy Saturday folks! I am in need of more Top 5 Freebie submissions, so if you have one, please {click here} to submit!

Since I don’t have enough freebies for this week, I decided to share a fun and easy project with you! I’ve been working on my classroom ALL. WEEK. LONG. It’s been super exhausting because our school doesn’t have air conditioning, and I have a 4 month old to bring along. Still, I got my classroom mostly done. It’s not perfect, but I’ve realized that I have to give myself a little grace this year.

I’ll be posting classroom reveal pictures in the next couple weeks once it’s complete, but for now, you can see a few sneak peeks on my {instagram}.

So here’s my simple project for you today! Since I have a 4 month old, I’m going to have to pump in my classroom during my lunch and my prep. I needed a cute and easy way to cover the little window in my classroom door, but I also needed to be able to have it uncovered as well. And of course, I wanted it to look cute.

Well, I bought a felt-backed tablecloth on clearance at target a few weeks ago, and it was the perfect solution!

First, I cut it down to the size of my door & stapled and taped it on.

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I used an xacto knife to cut out around the window, but notice I left the bottom.

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Here’s what it looks like when I want the window open. ;)

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And here’s what it looks like when I need it closed!

Easy, peasy!

Hope you enjoyed this quick tip! Have a great Saturday!

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Wordless Wednesday: Sale Edition

Hi everyone! I’ve been hard at work in my classroom this week. Pictures to come! Until then, I’m linking up with Miss DeCarbo for Wordless Wednesday!

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Today is the TpT BOOST sale, and it’s a great chance to grab some things that you missed out on last time. My WHOLE store is 28% off with promo code BOOST, and here are some of my new products. (Click the pictures to check them out.)

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Top 5 Freebies of the Week 8/16/2014

Happy Saturday, folks! I’ve been away the last 2 Saturdays, so I’m excited to get back to my freebie post today.

I went to work on my room yesterday for the first time, and man it’s a hot mess! I would love to share pictures with you, but today is my 5 year anniversary with the hubby, so they’ll have to wait a day or so.

Instead, I’m going to share this collage of my favorite pictures from our wedding, and then get right to the freebies. :)

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Number 5.

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Check out this interactive notebook freebie from Chalk One Up for the Teacher! This is a great way to get your kids engaged in science.  In this sampler you will find two activities for interactive notebooks and the directions and recording sheet for one experiment. I <3 her products. They’re seriously ALL amazing!

Number 4.

AtFamilyFreebiePromoThis freebie from Lindsay Keegan is filled with all sorts of -at family fun.  Students can practice their -at family words by sounding them out, labeling pictures, sorting words/pictures, writing the words and creating sentences with -at family words in them.  You can use these activities as morning work, homework, center work and so much more!

Number 3.

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Kinderoo Kaptain is offering this game for PK,K and First Grade. Students will use the Scoot game to practice numbers 1-10 and counting skills. The game includes number bears, ten frames, and dominoes for practice items. A recording sheet is also included.

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This is a great back to school freebie from The Write Stuff! Students will discover that they are unique and special  From Me to ME! is a free set of printables designed to help the teacher get to know the students and for the students to celebrate the person they are!

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Check out this great (and free) back to school gift idea from Teach with Laughter! I know my students would go crazy over this!

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