Sunday, January 4, 2015

Teaching and Learning in January

We say it all the time these days… "Time is flying by!"
Now that I have a little one, that statement has never been more true. Funny how it works, when you're a kid time seems to just d-r-a-g by. Yet when you're an adult you blink and literally it's been a year.
2014 had many ups and downs. I am looking forward to an amazing 2015.



Sorry… I had to share. My Little Mister Christmas morning. The most amazing Christmas to date! :)

Okay, now on to 2015 and what I'll be teaching {well, what my amazing sub will be teaching} when the kiddos come back in January.


Obviously, these are the *themes* that I will be teaching. Way too many standards to touch on throughout and list. 

We will of course return celebrating the new year.  I absolutely love Katie Mense's New Years "toast!" I start this little creativity out by letting my kiddos talk about what they did on New Years Eve. Surprisingly, many usually have an idea of what a resolution or toast is so we spend time discussing what they know about each and we build upon their schema.  It's also a great way to introduce homophones! :)

Plus, they're just so darn cute!
You can check it out {and more} by clicking the image below.


We will also be making these adorable hats while we have our own little New Years celebration! It's a FREEBIE so be sure to grab it! 


Next up is a little nonfiction learning with PENGUINS!
You can see and read what's all included HERE and HERE.

My kids last year loved expanding their vocabulary with all the new, fun words we learned while reading and researching. Kindergarten illustrations are my favorite! :) 
 We also pretended to be penguins and had a little penguin race…eggs and all! 
Side note: my kids do not normally dress up. This was taken during our 'character day' for literacy week last year.

I will be back later with the rest of my January list but for now I have to go play with this little man {swoon} :)


You can grab my Penguins pack on sale for the next 24 hours by clicking below.

Monday, December 22, 2014

14 in 14

What an amazing year 2014 has been!  Best year yet and I'm going to share fourteen of my favorite memories from the year with you.

{fourteen}
Starting the year with this man is always a blast and a blessing. Love him.
We had planned to join a group of friends for New Years and after getting all dressed up and fancy…we stayed home. Just the two of us and it was glorious! 

{thirteen}
This picture holds lots of memories. It was my second day of spring break (who wants to be going into surgery on spring break?!), my hubby's friend from France had just arrived in the US for the first time and had to spend the first few days in the hospital with me (he became a very close friend after that), I was having my ovary removed, and I was already pregnant and didn't know it!

{twelve}
We welcomed my fifth niece into the world!
Taylor Grace is some sorta special and she has the sweetest big brothers.

{eleven}
 
I received two Donors Choose projects.
One project included a set of Guided Reading books. This sweet boy (who was bouncing as he read…hence the blurriness) learned how to read!!

{ten}

I was pregnant for the majority of 2014.  I must say that pregnancy is not for me. I have ridiculous amounts of respect for women who can pop out and raise more than one kiddo.  It is no joke! I would not change anything for the world now!

{nine}
I got to spend a lot of time relaxing by the water with good friends and family!
It helps that I live in FL and am only an hour away from the beach.

{eight}
We became homeowners again and bought another "fixer-upper!" :)
I can not find my picture of the house before there was any work done to it.  Imagine three HUGE pine trees littering the left side of the picture and a TON of shrubs and crappy bushes littering the yard in a very unkept way.  Not to mention green shutters with red plates on the side of the house displaying the house number. YUCK!

{seven}

I discovered the world's greatest form of peanut butter thanks to my fellow friends on IG!

{six}
Disclaimer: I have shorts on!
I was surprised by my two favorite Aunts who traveled from afar to join me at my first baby shower. This is the aftermath of that shower. We were organizing and condensing. I was truly blessed by the amount of gifts we received and am blessed to have such an amazing family. 

{five}

I got to take the most amazing baby-cation with my hubby in Cali in July.
Best (pre-baby) week ever.

{four}

The greatest memory…the birth of my son, Max Parker.
My world is forever changed.

{three, two, one}
Max
Seriously can not get enough of him!!

It has been one amazing year.
My goal this upcoming year is to take better pictures! lol


Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Christmas Conversation + Baby

My life has changed. Completely. Of course everyone told me that it would but I just didn't realize just how much it would change.


That sweet little boy is my greatest accomplishment. 
So in love.

Now that we have a little bundle of joy, we are beginning our own holiday traditions this year. I'm linking up with Abby from The Inspired Apple to tell ya all about it!


The time of year between Thanksgiving and New Years are my absolute favorite! Time with family and friends is always the best.

Want to play along?
Click the link below to join in on the fun!