Saturday, July 27, 2013

Work in Progress...

In almost one week, I'll officially be a first grade teacher! Yes, I'm freaking out just a little bit! Why? Well, my room isn't finished and I haven't started planning! Of course my handy dandy notebook is full of ideas but I haven't organized them yet.

Here's a sneak peak into my little piece of teacher heaven...of course I'll be updating you as improvements are made! LOL

The BIG bulletin board on the back wall looks like this now...
If you follow me on Facebook, then you've seen me post this picture. A lot of people asked me if I had the dimensions for my word  wall and the answer is no. I used ribbon and push pins to section it off. I used push pins so I could move the lines around until it was just right. Then I stapled them into place. 

More to come as I work in my room this week! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Getting Ready to Go Back...

I have exactly 2 weeks until my first day of pre-planning!! Have I worked in my room yet...NO! I think I've talked my hubby into going with me today to set up my furniture! I'll be sure to take pictures!

One of the first things I do to get ready for a new school year is to SHOP!!!! Since I'm moving up to first grade, I defiantly had to purchase some new books! Here's what I ordered....

 I've also started working a few new packs to get me started in this new first grade adventure! You can find both of these in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!!

And here's a freebie for you from my Back to School: Literacy & Math Activities pack!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Did you say Pinterest?....YES PLEASE!

Hi, my name is Nicole and I'm addicted to Pinterest! Seriously, no one has to ask me twice to join a Pinterest linky party! I think I sat on Pinterest tonight for a solid hour laughing at someone's funny board! Really...the stuff was funny!

So, I've decided to link up with Mrs. Carroll over at The First Grade Parade and share some of my most recent FAVORITE PINS! PS: I realize I'm a day late posting...that's the charm of me!
First Category....FOOD! I swear if I ever attempt to make anything I pin I will blow up to the size of a house! Good thing there's virtual food to keep my cravings down! ha.  Have you ever realized the amount of cupcakes pins there are on Pinterest? Maybe it's just me but they blow my feed up! I'm not complaining because I never would have found this....

Besides cupcakes another food I could eat all day every day is PIZZA! Who doesn't love a good dip? I could probably sit down by myself and finish this bad boy off! YUMMY!

Next Category...THINGS THAT ARE CUTE! I'm a Georgia girl and when I saw this pin I feel in love! Now, if you like this DON'T click on the link because your jaw will drop at the price! Seriously people...I could make this using an iron-on! {just saying}

My final category....SCHOOL! What did we do before Pinterest? I'm amazed at how many wonderful ideas past through my feed on  a daily basis. Here are just a few...

Open House/ Meet the Teacher Blow POPs...LOVE! I've done something similar in the past with popcorn but this just seems much easier! Thank you Mrs.Wright for this great idea/pin! 

Who doesn't LOVE Pete the Cat? He has quickly become one of my favorite book characters! Isn't this door cute and simple! We're not allowed to completely cover our classroom doors so something like this would be perfect for my back to school display!

Last but not least, Jitter Juice for the first day of school! I'm going to need a gallon of this for myself on the first day! I'm already nervous about moving up to first and I still have a month before school starts! Make sure you follow this pin to it's source for more great's Mrs. Carroll's from The First Grade Parade!

Well folks, that's all for this weeks installment of "Nicole's Favorite Pins". Tune in next week for more!!! I'm off to check out some of the other bloggers favorite pins. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


So we have finally arrived at the time to announce our BIG SURPRISE....which is good because I  was seriously about to bust......I just HAVE to tell you!!!



Me and 41 of my closest Kinderland friends have come together for the 4th of July to give YOU a gift -- 42 wonderful freebies!! You work so hard all school year long we thought it was fitting for you to receive a gift in the middle of the summer.

Anyone like freebies?

Here is your opportunity for plenty of them!!

Find this button:

and click -- there's a freebie inside AND a link to another fan page and another freebie! Click all the way through until you gather 42 freebies! :) When you arrive back at Kindergarten Lifestyle's fan page, you know you are done.....Happy Hopping on 4th of July!!

P.S. We are starting our hop at 9 p.m. central on July 3rd (I know some of you will be busy on the 4th). The hop will be over at midnight Hawaii time (about 5a.m. on July 5th).....So grab them while you can!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

July Currently & Staying Connected

What have I accomplished so far this summer? According to my records...NADA! Motivation hasn't been a friend of mine. I'm crossing my fingers that I was just having a June slump and that July is going to be SO much better!

I'm going to begin July on the right track and FINALLY participate in the Currently link up over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade! I'm super excited even though my life is pretty goes nothing!

Listening: I love that my hubby stays up late with me all of the time! He's sitting here on the couch with me right now watching his beloved History Channel. Such a supportive hubs...never complains about all the time I spend on the computer.

Loving: I have 3 wonderful cats that absolutely LOVE their mama!  Right now my Puppy {Yes, that's his name...he acts just like a dog.}is laying in my lap. Anyone who doesn't LOVE cats is crazy!

Thinking: I LOVE making to do list and as of right now there aren't many things checked off...need to get busy preparing for first grade!!!

Wanting: I've been living in my house for about 7 months now and there are still boxes in our office that need to be purged! I would LOVE to create a fabulous office space but I just don't know where to start. It's very overwhelming!

Needing: Hubby was in an accident a few months ago {he's wasn't hurt and it wasn't his fault} and totaled my beloved Camry! We like to buy our cars from private sellers so having patience is key...right car, price, and location are hard to find sometimes. I have one month before school starts so I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to find something this month!

Tip: I truly believe that I've become a better teacher since I started blogging a little over a year ago. I've met so many wonderful bloggers/teachers by simply commenting and linking up with them on their blogs. They have even shown me love by following and commenting here!

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