July 25, 2015

Five for Friday 7.24.2015

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday...on a Saturday!

This week I had DRA training. It took me forever but I sorted and made binders for all k-2 teachers! It was a lot of long days and I also had some awesome helpers!

This sweet boy was sick this week. He's so little that his cough just sounded terrible! He is on the mend now so we are having a laid back weekend. 

Wednesday was my birthday! Birthday week was a success. My friends at school brought me the yummiest cupcakes and my husband sent me beautiful flowers. 

Trey and I have been doing some shopping. We went to TJ to look for some deals. I really want to try Stich Fix but I have been able to find a lot of similar styles at TJ so I am holding off for a little bit.

My blog is in the process of being update! I am so excited to show you the design Blogs Fit For A Queen has done for me! She is awesome if you are looking for a new design!

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July 22, 2015

Kinder Tribe: All About Me!

I am so exited to announce that I am part of the Kinder Tribe. It is so nice to be part of a group of teachers who can share ideas and collaborate!

Name: I most commonly answer to: Carrie, Carolyn, Ms. Sullivan, or Mrs. Whaley. 

Teaching in Kinder: I have taught Kinder for 6 year...but I am currently the Lead Teacher at my school.

I can't live without my: Mac Book Pro. This is easily the best thing I have ever purchased. In college, I was typing on my computer in the bagel shop and half my keys/keyboard flew off my computer. Literally across the room. That night I purchased my first MacBook Pro and I haven't looked back since. Even when my first one broke after 6 years. I drove to the Apple store that night and picked another one up-- within hours. 

Favorite School Supply: Paper Mate Flair Pens hands down. I love these pens for everything. I use them for my calendar, planner, to do lists, notes. 

Favorite Kinder Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom will always be one of my favorite. During the first few weeks of kindergarten I read this book. I always let my kids know that if they are good all week we  can watch the video. The video I have from Scholastic (link to Scholastic video but check you tube too!) its like 6 minutes long and my kids love it! I also love Pete...but really who doesn't? All Pete books live in or on my easel, for easy reading access when we have a few minutes here and there. We read them all-- all seasons all the time!

Favorite Kinder Blog: Miss Kindergarten is one of the first blogs I ever started reading! Even though you did not ask.... A Teeny Tiny Teacher is my favorite first grade blog.

I love kindergarten because... teaching kids to read is my passion. I love having kids walk into my classroom on the first day of school not knowing their letters. On the first day in the parent pick up line many kids cannot identify their last name. But on the last day they are reading AND loving it. The only thing better then teaching kids to read is teaching kids to reading while learning love reading. There is nothing better then that and that is why I love kindergarten!

July 19, 2015

First Week - 2015-2016

The first week of school is always the craziest. I teach at a year round school so the first day sneaks up on you when it's early July. I won't lie- it's rough right now. But sleeping in for 2 weeks in October is glorious!!!! 
I made it through the preplanning days and used my Creative Clips calendars to cross things off my to do list. LOVE THESE!! I did some fancying up of my stuff and the night before the first day made a sign or five for some of my k-friends! 

I found the best tutorial on a blog for how to do chalkboards! Seriously click here for the link you will not regret it. I can assure you that is NOT my handwriting. That is thanks to Cara's fonts! 
I am eager to show you the classroom revel I intended to do last year... But I am also getting a new blog design so I am going to debut them together! 

Sneak peek of the amazing work Blogs Fit for a Queen is doing!

Until then... my little sister got engaged last weekend so we did a little bit of wedding fun this weekend! 

When do you all head back to school?! Try not to make me too jealous! 

July 3, 2015

Five for Friday 7.3.2015

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

Honestly, being home with this sweet boy all week has been the best. It took everything I had not to post 5 pictures of him for all 5 things and call it a week. I walked by him on the way to bed the other day and he was so peaceful! I mean for real...
I went to Michael's this week and got some super cute chalkboard signs. I FINALLY figured out how to write on a chalkboard using the handwriting from fonts. It only look about 10 youtube and blog tutorials. I bought 1 chalk board to test it out. It worked! Then I immediately decided I needed more. The cashier probably thought I was insane when the baby and I came back 20 minutes later. Master pieces below. I will do a full tutorial with pictures this week!

 My sister is in town from Orlando for the week so we took the kiddos to a water park for a little bit of fun in the sun. They both rode some pretty big water slides, floated around the lazy river, and consumed a ton of snacks. 
...And when Aunt Carrie has to ride in the backseat with the children you make some customized books for the kiddos to read. My niece and nephew will be coming to my school next year. My niece has her kindergarten screening appointment on Monday. She is practicing her words like crazy! The video would not work but here she is ready to read!

On Sunday my summer is over. You should know when I say over I am not just exaggerating. I literally go back to school on Monday. I will love this in October when I have over 2 weeks off. But on Monday I will be VERY sad. 

I hope everyone has a great 4th with family and friends!


July 2, 2015

July Currently

I am linking up with Farley for July Currently

Listening: I am listening to Wake Up with Taylor on Satellite Radio! I have been listening for over 7 years when I got my first new car. I listen on Demand now so I can listen whenever. Best invention ever! Does anyone else listen?!

Loving: I am loving my clean house! Trey fell asleep early and I spelt 3 hours uploading my wedding, newborn and random pictures to get them printed. In between uploads I have been cleaning.

Thinking: I am thinking about my Morning Work Bundle. My sister is a Kinder teacher in Orlando. She requested some morning work for her kids. I am working every sleeping baby second to have it finished before I get back to school. 

Wanting: Summer, more summer. I teach year round. We do not have two track just one with a school start in July, two weeks off in October, two weeks in March and a lot of long weekends. Its the best. EXEPT when I have to start school in July. Did I mention my husband doesn't have to go back until August?

Needing: I am needing to get my tires on my car. What kind of tire is so special order that it takes over a week to come in?!

I am an All Star at list making and planning. When my husband wakes up he will find out to do list for tomorrow! I like to plan to make sure it all gets done!