Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer Sizzlers

(Freebie Alert)

The past few weeks, I have been focusing on ways to get organized and manage my time, inside the classroom and out. I have a planner, cutsy to-do lists and files for almost everything. 
Truth be told, my life is still a hot mess, but it's gotten a little easier. I've picked up a bunch of tips and tricks from those with lots of experience, as well as gaining insight from those, who like me, are just starting out in the field. I've also discovered some cool things on my own, which I am super excited to share.
Unfortunately, I am so disorganized that everything is all jumbled up in my head and on my hard drive. So I decided to organize it all the only way I know how - by writing it all down.
So with everything else going on in my life, I have decided to write a book. It will be called "Summer Sizzlers" and it will be a compilation of some of the really cool summer themed ideas that have been shared with me and that I want to share. 
I have shared this idea with my co-workers and they have been amazing in helping me out and with trying some of my ideas out in their classrooms. There are so many things that seem good in theory, but fall flat in the classroom, so I am not putting anything in the book that I have not actually done with my class. 
There are also a lot of amazing ideas that I have come across that are suitable for one or two children, but not for a group of children. Those are not for this book. This book will be for summertime group activities.
It will be an EXTREME amount of work, I know, but not only do I think it will be worth it, I think it will help me organize a lot of the ideas I have floating around.
I will be posting a lot of teasers over the next couple of months and really need your feedback to know that I am on the right track. So if you see something  you like-leave a comment or a rating. Follow my blog, my facebook page and my TPT store. Tell a friend to tell a friend to tell a friend.
My first teaser is a really cool sequencing song that I made up to the tune of "The Green Grass Grows All Around" created for a picnic theme. I used manipulatives when I did this activity with my preschool class and they LOVED it. I have done it numerous times since and it is met with the same enthusiasm each time. 
If you use it with your little ones, let me know how it goes. 


Click on the link below to get the freebie.
The Ants, They Crawl All Around Freebie

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Drowning in Much More Than Applesauce

It's been so long since I have been able to update my blog and it is simply because I CANNOT FIND THE TIME. I am juggling so much with work, family and volunteering, that I am utterly exhausted. I visit my favorite teaching blogs daily ( Teacher to the CoreGrowing A Jeweled Rose1+1+1=1 and Playdough to Plato, to name a few), but I am too tired to even come up with a clever comment to leave. My weekends are filled with lesson planning, Pinterest hopping and trying to catch up on a week's worth of sleep in one day. 
I was so excited to FINALLY start my blog and I have no clue on how to keep it running. 
I even joined a webinar, which was SUPPOSED to help teach me to maintain my blog...sadly, I didn't have time to participate.
I imagine the writers of the blogs I follow to be some superhuman, fruit-ninja type warriors, able to slice life's obstacles in half, while simultaneously avoiding the bombs. How they still find time to share such fabulous ideas dressed in witty banter, I will never understand. 
I am shining my floodlight with a capital T in the sky and hoping one of my super blogging teacher/this/thatandthensomes will give me a clue. How do you juggle teaching, family and LIFE and still find time to blog about it?