Monday, July 28, 2014

Brag Buttons {Monday Made It}

I'm joining in on this week's Monday Made It to share with you a little something I've been working on this week. 

You've no doubt all heard about Brag Tags, right? Well, this is kind of a spin on Brag Tags and I'm sure I'm not the first one who has had this idea, but I thought I would make Brag Buttons instead! I personally just think they are cuter, but that's just me!

Here are some examples of the ones I printed and made! 

They turned out super duper cute if I do say so myself! These buttons came from Hobby Lobby. You can get a pack of 12 buttons for $4.99. The back of the buttons just snap into the front. It took less than 5 minutes to assemble all 12 of these. You can purchase these buttons at any local craft store! I scoured Dollar Tree and Dollar General, but they didn't carry them, so your best bet is the craft store {Michael's, Hobby Lobby, A.C. Moore, etc...}

I created a set of 39 buttons to print and use in your classroom and they are on sale in my TPT shop for half off for the day! Just click the image below to head on over and grab yourself a set!

Annnnnd I also created a little freebie download for you that is also available for download in my TPT shop! Just click the image below to go grab your free copy!

I will be working on button sets for classroom jobs and classroom rewards as well, so stay tuned in the coming week! 

You can also win yourself a copy of this newest creation by just commenting with your email below and giving me some examples of buttons you would like to see in the classroom jobs and classroom rewards sets! I'll choose a winner tomorrow!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

In Limbo

Well, I woke up yesterday morning to a job interview offer in the district that I have been trying to get into. I got a couple of interviews back in May, but nothing came of it and nothing has since until this week. I don't know how I feel about it. On the one hand, I know this could be my one opportunity to get into this small district that's closer to home for me. It's not Title I {which honestly scares me} because that's all I've ever known. On the other hand, I've already moved classrooms at my school and have gotten settled into the idea of teaching second grade. I was actually starting to get really excited about it. I've printed tons of things, bought tons of second stuff on TPT, and now...I just have to wait. 

The email didn't give me a grade so I don't even know what grade I'm interviewing for. I think I would be okay moving at this point if it was a second or third grade position, but something in my gut just tells me it's fourth or fifth grade and I just don't know if I want to deal with the stress of so many standards to cover being that I'm 6 months pregnant. 

Oh yeah, and I'm pregnant. I know they aren't supposed to hold it against me, but I feel like they probably will. People keep saying it won't matter, but I just don't know. 

I'm going to go, give my best, hope for the best, and just see how it goes. You can never have too much interview experience! All I can do at this point is think positive thoughts! The worst that can happen is I go and it's not for a grade I feel comfortable with. All I have to do is say no if I get offered a position I'm not really crazy about, right? 

In the meantime, I feel like I can't do anything related to my class which kind of makes me sad! The interview isn't until Thursday of next week so I have a lot of time between now and then to kill. And who knows how long they will wait to call me. The last interview I had in the district, the principal didn't call me to let me know one way or the other for two weeks or more. By then, it'll be almost time to start back! Ahhh. This whole thing is just giving me anxiety!

Anyway, this post wasn't anything helpful for you, but I just needed to vent a little. I'm feeling kind of weird and unsure right now. I'll keep you all posted and let you know what happens. =)

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Peek at my Long Range Plans

I've been working hard this week to get my long range plans done and I think I finally settled on a plan I am happy with. Moving to a new grade with a new group of teachers is going to be a challenge in that I'm not sure everyone will be on the same page with me. I have made certain changes to their LRP's from last year based on what I think these students need to be ready for 3rd grade next year {since that's where I coming from}. Regardless, I think I have to do what is best for my students!

I created two formats. The first is a glance at the whole year month by month. This is something that I think will be great to send home with parents at the beginning of the year so they know what they can expect. The second format is mostly for me and my own planning purposes. I've updated and changed the format of the latter one a bit to better suit my needs.

These long range plans reflect the 2nd grade Common Core standards for Math and ELA, but 2nd grade South Carolina standards for Science and Social Studies.

You can download your own copy HERE and edit them however you would like. You will need the fonts KG Always a Good Time, KG Miss Kindergarten, and KG One More Night to view the file correctly. I recommend having these fonts installed before you download and open the file since it is editable. If you do not know how to download and install new fonts, please click HERE for a simple tutorial form the Kayla Aimee Writes Blog!

I hope you find these useful! Happy Planning!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wish List Wednesday!

It's that time of the week again!

My most wishlisted item this past week has been my Back to School Super Hero Unit!

It will be 50% off in my shop tomorrow ONLY and you can enter my Rafflecopter for a chance to win yourself a set! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please leave your email in the comment!

Congrats to you Beverly! Please check your email!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Genre Posters and Rustic Chic Decor

I think it is a miracle that I have blogged so much in the last week! I am amazed at myself! I've been creating new stuff like crazy. I guess I'm trying to make up for all the lost time this last year, so sorry for the creativity overload!

In light of my new classroom theme, I needed some Genre Posters that would match. Thus, Bolds and Brights was born!

I am seriously so in love with how these turned out! I cannot wait to print, laminate, and hang them!

I have them in pastel and neon colors as well!

Not everyone will like the colors I wanted to use.

I also finished my Rustic Chic Decor set in teal, gray, and lime accents!

Both the posters and my decor set are available in my TPT shop!

And as always, you can win both of these sets today if you can just answer one little question!

What's my new favorite TV show? {Hint: It's fairly new on television.}