Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Currently July!

Big thanks to Farley for hosting this monthly linky! I look forward to it every month even though lately I haven't been able to get all my ducks in a row to participate. It's been a REALLY crazy busy June. School ended and I said goodbye to the team I can never replace, the staff that feels like family, and a wonderful community. I loved where I worked and all the people I worked with. Hoping to find that magic again in my next school position!

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Some of you may remember that my husband was offered a job in Seattle just before Christmas. We planned a trip up to Seattle in January and at the end of our trip my husband stayed in Seattle to start his new job and I returned to Austin with our baby. Amber and I just moved to Seattle last week and I'm LOVING having my family back together again! Amber is learning so much and doing so much and I hated that my husband was missing out.

Y'all- I wish I was going to Vegas! I went last year and had such a good time. I made so many new friends and I wanted to go so badly this year. Too much was going on though and who would watch my sweet Amber?! (Bring a baby to Vegas???)

I need more time in the day. Or for Amber's naps to be longer. (Maybe not OR...maybe AND her naps to be longer) I desperately want to work on items for school and TPT and the TPT Sellers Challenge but I can't seem to get enough time to finish things!!! Y'all know how it is!

You know how you have a great idea or remember something really important and then you grab a pen and POOF it's gone. I need that to stop. I realize I have lots going on but for real....all I can say is thank goodness for Evernote!

Just like Farley my I'm an All Star truth teller. Don't come to me if you want something sugar coated. I expect the same from my friends. Tell it to me straight.

I'm looking forward to reading everyone's Currently's tomorrow morning! To those of you going to Vegas please post lots of pics so I can live vicariously through you!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge

I'm a little late getting started, but I'm joining the TPT Seller Challenge! It's hosted by The Peppy Zesty Teacherista, Teach Create Motivate, Sparkling in Second, and Third in Hollywood. Ladies, thank you for hosting because, for real, I've been in a bit of a slump. In my defense I have a super cute baby now. BUT I've been in the midst of a move for like EVER. Recap: My husband got a job in Seattle in December and started his job in January. I decided to stay here in Austin and finish out the school year after my maternity leave. After we sold our house I moved in with my parents. So my life has been consumed with super cute baby everything and packing and packing and moving and wondering why on Earth I kept some of the crap I've held on to for so long. At my parents house the wifi signal doesn't reach upstairs where my bedroom is, so when I could blog or post on social media I didn't have a signal. So blogging and FB and Twitter were put on the back burner and I decided that was ok.

Amber James and I officially leave Austin on Monday. We are so very ready to be a family again! I have a long list of blog post ideas and I can't wait to get back to posting and creating! In the meantime I'll be participating in the challenge but I may be a bit behind here at the start. Hope everyone is off to a great summer!! #tptsellerchallenge

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Big News

A few months ago something exciting happened in our family. My husband had an opportunity to take a job in Seattle. Seattle is where we have wanted to settle permanently for a long time, but in our plan it wasn't something we were going to try to make happen for a few more years. Everything happened so quickly. I was still on maternity leave and we did our usual trip to Seattle for New Years and when the baby and I returned to Texas my husband stayed in Seattle and started his new job.

Note the broken heart...
I'm very excited for this next step in our lives, but sad to leave my family here and the community where I have worked for the last 8 years. I work with amazing teachers and it will be strange not working with my school family next year. 

I'm staying here in Texas until the school year is over then I'll we'll officially move mid-June.

If you're a teacher in Seattle I'd love to hear from you! I would love to meet up with some Seattle teachers once we are living there.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Making Fluency Practice Fun

This time in the year I like to focus on fluency a bit more, but I like to try and be sneaky about it. I want my kiddos to practice reading but handing students a sand timer just isn't my style. Over the past couple of weeks we've been using the ChatterPix Kids app! Now that we've started we just can't stop!

This app is SO EASY TO USE! Students can take a picture of themselves, objects, or drawings. After choosing a picture you use the drawing tool to pick a spot for a mouth. Next you can record yourself speaking for up to 30 seconds. If you mess up on a recording you just record over it. There are borders and funny stickers to add to your recording too. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

(And now a little message from Cody the Cat)


My students recorded themselves reading a poem on ChatterPix Kids. Here's one example of a student reading a Jack Prelutsky poem. This one is just a drawing and a recording without stickers added.


The possibilities are endless with this app. We just completed Dr. Seuss character drawings and my kids are recording facts about Dr. Seuss. We are planning on doing book reviews with this app too. Students will draw their favorite character in the setting of the story then record their thoughts on the book. I showed my sister and she and my niece had a great time taking pictures of Barbie dolls and made them say all kinds of funny things! 


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