Friday, June 19, 2015

Five for Friday

I must say that my favorite link up to do every week was Doodle Bugs Teaching Five for Friday. It always gave me time to reflect on the week. So know that I am picking up on my blogging again, I figured what better way to start than with this weekly link up!

1. June 9th was a very special day. Not only was it my sister's 27th birthday, it was also the launch of the new Erin Condren line!! Every June she releases her new life planners and I knew I HAD to order!! I ordered a 12 month rose gold vertical planner and an 18 month horizontal planner. Unfortunately, my rose gold planner didn't get shipped with my order, but it is now on it's way. :-) I do however have my new horizontal planner! I am so torn as to which layout to use... any thoughts?

2. I signed up for the TpT Conference in Vegas!! It was kind of a last minute thing... kind of. My BFF and I wanted to go last year and we decided not to. We both regretted it. When it came around this time I didn't really feel like I was "good enough" to go. I had taken the year off from blogging and hadn't made a TpT product in over a year. I felt like I was barely getting my balance in this new grade new world of kindergarten. Also, it happened to overlap future vacation plans. Well needless to say, everything worked out and I am going. I am most excited to learn from the sessions and get a kick-start on relaunching everything. I am also REALLY excited about the GoNoodle meetup. I think I love GoNoodle more than my students, and they are obsessed. I'm going to Pop-See-Ko with the best of them and not be ashamed!

3. Of course to get ready for Vegas I had to make some swag. Yes, I just said swag... Anyways, I knew I had to make some business cards and a cute button to wear! Of course I got suckered into VistaPrint and ordered a tote bag and a pen, but those will be useful right? ;-)

4. Since I've been getting back into blogging, I've also set aside some time to create my first file in a while. I have a lot to learn and work on, but I am really happy with the way it turned out. It's over 180 tracing cards for beginning writers. When I first taught kindergarten (last year) I didn't realize how little students knew. They didn't even know how to hold a pencil. I literally had to teach them the basics. Before I taught kindergarten I always knew that, but somehow wasn't prepared. Well this year I am more prepared. I made these tracing cards to help reinforce proper letter formation, number formation, and for my little more advanced students, sight word practice. You can use these so many different ways, but I plan on using them in a center.  If you are interested in using these in your classroom, you can find them HERE.

5. Last, but not least is probably the most exciting thing to happen to me in... FOREVER!! I was watching TV last night and my friend sent me a text with this picture...

I couldn't believe it. I was on the front page of TpT. Now I know it's all pretty random, but I ran to my iPad and loaded the TpT site only to find it was already gone. Well I refreshed the page and BAM there is was again! I was so excited that I had to take a screen shot of it too! Like I said, I know it's pretty random, but it made me excited because it just gave me hope for the future of my blog, my TpT journey, and collaborating with other teachers. I missed being part of this community and this year will be the beginning of something great.

Now that I've recapped my week with you, I hope you head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up to. If you do, please leave your link in the comments below so I can check it out.

Also, for a way for us to get to know each other a little better, leave a comment below telling me what grade you currently teach. Until next time... HAPPY TEACHING!!

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