Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Beach, Seashells, & a Freebie!

My husband and I had a great little weekend getaway for some biking and beachcombing. I love to stand at the edge of the ocean with my feet in the sand. As the cool water washes up and back my feet slowly sink into the sand, and I feel like a kid again! Of course, then I start thinking about my students...

I loved our morning walks on the beach and long afternoon bike rides.

While beachcombing I recalled how much my students loved when I would bring in my shells for a sorting station. I've collected so many shell over the years. Some I've bought at those cute little shell shops near the beach, some were given to me, and many I've found on various beach trips.

My shell collection is distributed all over our house! The bottom right is our collection from this past weekend.

This inspired me to make a seashell sorting freebie:

You can download this Seashell Sort Freebie from my TPT store by clicking HERE.

This seashell sorting activity would be a nice complement to the My Summer writing project I have in my TPT store. I always like to start the year off with this writing project. It's a great way to get to know my students and they love to write about their fun summer activities while they are still fresh in their minds.

This writing packet is differentiated for 1st/2nd grades and 3rd/4th grades.

My Summer writing packet is available HERE at my TPT store.

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Have you had any getaways this summer?


Photo background image by The Hazel Owl @ http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Hazel-Owl

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Back to School Style

I'm excited to link up with The Hands-On-Teacher for her

When I was a kid I LOVED shopping for back-to-school clothes. I spent hours picking out the perfect outfit for the first day of school. As a teacher, I still love back-to-school shopping. A new first-day-of-school dress is a must, and it has to be just right. If I don't like what I'm wearing I feel uncomfortable all day. Last week, I found the perfect back-to-school dress at Marshalls. I love shopping at Marshalls because they have quality brands at reasonable prices (which is important on a teacher's salary). One of my favorite brands is Max Studio because it always fits me well and is easy to care for. 

Here's the Max Studio dress I found for the first day:
I plan to accessorize my dress with a white cardigan from Old Navy and a simple pearl bracelet and earrings. The shoes are kellie & katie from DSW. They're sooooo comfortable! I can work on my feet all day in these shoes. I have recess and lunch duty every day, so comfort is really important to me.


Monday, July 22, 2013

My New Blog!

This little blog is under construction. My intention is for this to be a teacher blog and much more. I plan to focus on the little things that make life great! Stay tuned!