Friday, July 25, 2014

Fuel Your Faith: Impress These Words Upon Their Hearts

Deut 6:6,7 // And These Words // Digital Art Print // 8x10 // Instant Download
This is something I am so passionate about - our faith can't only be lived out on Sunday mornings. We can't seek the Lord one day a week and then blend in with the world the other six. 
God has given us a higher calling. 
We won't change the world for Christ by checking off the little box next to "go to church" or "read one verse daily" - the Gospel needs to change us from the inside out - and then it will be so contagious that we'll have to talk about it! 

I love this quote:
Living the Gospel is like brushing your teeth...trying to do it all on Sunday just doesn't work. It's an every day thing!

Our passion for the things of God will speak to our kids loud and clear. And the opposite is also true. Kids discern our priorities by what we say, the ways in which we choose to spend our time, and how we budget our money. 

I'll leave you with one final thought to pray about:
Are you actively impressing God's Word
upon the hearts of your students?
Jesus the Christ: A Family Study Project-what one family did to study Jesus the Christ by James Talmadge to help their son prepare for his mission. (Automatic #fhe every month for almost a year!) Would also make a great Personal Progress 10-hour project or Duty to God goal.
Now it's your turn!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Looking Back at the First Day of School Last Year {Throwback Thursday}

With all of the talk about Back-to-School - which, for the record, I am not 100% on board with the idea of leaving my sweat pants and lazy summer days :) - I've been reflecting back on how I've started the school year in the past. 
I'm linking up with my BBB Angela from "The Teacher's Desk 6" for her Throwback Thursday linky party:
Here's my post from the
first day of school last year :)

I survived.
Day 1 down.
179 days left.
I had an absolutely FABULOUS day, getting to know my 24 new kiddos! I always forget how small they are at the beginning of the year! :)

I love the beginning of the school year - I love the nervous eagerness, the "get-to-know-you" games and activities, going over routines and procedures, and the read alouds!

Here are 10 things that I TRIED today :)
1. Cute and Professional Outfit
Thanks to Jameson at "Lessons with Coffee"
for the cute teacher bag!
 2. Welcome Sign & Directions
This was displayed on my projector when the students walked in (thank-you iPad!)
3. Community Supply Bins:
When students first come in, they are over-laded with new backpacks stuffed with binders, pencils, and markers. In their arms they are juggling tissue boxes, hand sanitizer bottles, and wet wipes. I find it's best to have clear designated areas where to put each item:
It avoides chaos and keeps the supplies organized:
4. Student Check-Off
When students entered the classroom, they unpacked their school supplies and got cracking on this "Classroom Check-off" Sheet to get acquainted with their brand new classroom
*This is completely customized to my classroom, so I'm not posting it to TpT. However, if you would like a copy to customize for yourself, send me an e-mail :)
5. Student Info:
Then, once they had looked around and checked off each item, they got busy working on this Student Information & Interest Survey:
Click HERE to grab your FREE copy!

6. Then we did a POP QUIZ!
On the first day.
Yes, that's right.
The kids were freaking out.
And it was the hardest quiz they've ever taken...
because it was all about me :)
The teacher they've never met!

But they got through it, learned a lot about me in the process, and I used it to model how we label our paper, how to grade a partner's paper, and how to score it.
It was a win-win-win-win :)

7. Then we played a game called "Hop Up!" so I could get to know the students. It was really fun - I certainly have some characters this year!

8. Next we read First Day Jitters, which I wrote about HERE.
You can check out my fun and engaging packet HERE.
The kids had never heard it before - and they rolled at the ending!

9. Then we went over procedures.
And more procedures.
And some more.
I have created this handy-dandy procedure list
to keep myself straight:
10. Rules of the Road
Then, we did a fun Classroom Rules activity with my
"Rules of the Road" packet
 We talked about what each of the rules looks like and then the students got awarded their drivers licenses! They flipped :)
They thought getting a drivers license at 10-years-old was
so cool.
Phew! I am wiped - this little teacher is off to bed by 9pm!
Day 2 tomorrow...bring it on! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Joys of Watching a Student Fall in Love with Reading

Photo: I'm loving tutoring this sweet girl this summer. Spending my days watching her fall in love with reading? Yes please! #teachersfollowteachers #teacherlife #ilovebooks
I'm loving tutoring this sweet girl this summer. 
Spending my days watching her fall in love with reading? 
Yes please!

Have you ever tutored a student one-on-one?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It: Growing in God, Classroom Jobs, and Bathroom Cabinets...oh my!

Howdy friends!
As we jump-start another week, I'm linking up with Tara from "4th Grade Frolics" for her "Monday Made it"
This week I was busy creating for my classroom as well as for the sweet girl I'm tutoring. My time was also divided as my hubby and I worked to set up our house. I was hoping to be all set to show off this week, but unfortunately the unveiling will have to wait until next Monday :)

Here are some things I've completed this week:
I'm working on a mega interactive notebook/foldable packet for Bible Basics
It's not quite ready to show off yet, but I am giving you a little {FREE} sampler to whet your appetite :)
The packet comes with step-by-step teacher directions and suggested answers and activities: 
Here's a preview of other foldables
that will be included in the packet: 
Click here to download your FREEBIE: Growing in God Foldable
And remember, if you're a Christian school teacher and have a blog, please link it up!

Secondly, I've been working around the clock on my
 Travel-themed Classroom Decor MEGA Bundle
which now has over 300 pages! :) 
Here's the last product in the bundle (for now!):
I've already printed out my set:
They are laminated and ready to cut out - which I plan to do while watching a chick flick this afternoon :)
 Here's the link if you want to check out the updated
Travel theme Classroom Decor MEGA bundle:
If you've already purchased it, please go and "re-download"
for the 4 new products I've added!

My husband and I have recently moved from an apartment into a cute and cozy (read:tiny) house and we've had an absolute ball shopping for and setting up our new little home! One thing that our quaint home doesn't have a lot closets! So we've had to improvise. Here is a project we worked on in our bathroom to create some linen closet/extra paper product supplies storage:
I scoured GoodWill and various other thrift shops and got these (it's two pieces stacked) at two separate stores several days apart! They match perfectly - and were already assembled! My husband drilled in a bracket to keep the two pieces from toppling over (which might have happened as I was trying to move them...ouch!)
Now, the only problem: the bottom one was yellow. So a couple coats of fresh paint and it is sparkling white and clean :)
 It fits perfectly - fills the space without making it crowded :)

Hop on over to "4th Grade Frolics" to see what other fabulous bloggers have MADE!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

{FREE} Student Reflection Tool: My Week in REARVIEW

Today I'm sharing an older product - but it's got a new look :)

Each Friday I have the students fill out their “rearview mirror” with pictures and key words/vocabulary from different topics we've learned about that week. 
It serves several purposes:
1. It is a wonderful way for me to assess what they’re retaining and which activities they are really enjoying
2. It lets parents know what we've been doing in class and serves as a talking point on Friday nights
This is motivating for me, the students, and the parents
A win-win-win!
3. It perfectly complements my travel-themed classroom :)
I have included two templates:
you can do this as a weekly or a monthly activity

Once the mirrors are filled out, you can do a number of things with them:
1. Send them home each week
2. Collect them in a folder called “My YEAR in Rearview” to send home at the end of the year as a reminder of all the students have learned
3. Put them up on a bulletin board
4. Keep them in student portfolios
This could also be a good review for a particular subject/topic. 
For example, I've used it at the end of a social studies chapter: “1920s in Rearview”
 I also like to use it during the first week of school to have the students describe their summers. They write a short story to go along with their Rearview Mirror:
 This is a FREEBIE in my TPT store
Click the picture to check it out - and while you're there, leave feedback if you like it :) 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fuel Your Faith: THINK Before You Speak

One of the most important (and most frequent) lessons I teach all year is about the power of words. I did a longer in-depth post (with video) about the lesson I use HERE.
This is one of the most meaningful posters I have in my classroom:
It's a popular Pinterest poster - but the meaning is quite poignant. We are held accountable for our words - and not only our words, but also our tone and our attitude. We need to filter everything we say through this verse. And I think, at the end of the day, we need to speak less and listen more. It will save us a world of trouble in the long run :)
You can download a free one-page printable of the
THINK poster (and many more) in my

Now it's your turn!
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