Cricut Projects

Friday, August 24, 2018 No comments
Hi Guys!

It has been over a year since my last post. Since then I have been teaching 3rd grade and I love it!
There are some things from primary that I do miss, however I love the independence and that I can do more with this grade. I also had another baby! Now I am a mother of 2 and I am on maternity leave. It was a bit overwhelming to take the first 6 weeks of the school year off, however I have such an amazing maternity leave sub that I feel much better. I will try to upload some things that I do from time to time, but I can't make any promises. ;) 

For Christmas last year my husband bought me a new Cricut Air, and I finally sold my really old old old Cricut. I was so excited to have a new one! Here are some projects that I did with it:

First of all the Bullseyes Playground in Target just takes all of my money!
It is so dangerous...everything is so cute!!
I bought all of my projects from there.

My first project was to cut iron on vinyl and personalize this pencil pouch with my name.
I love how it turned out!

During my first year teaching 3rd grade I had a lot of early finishers. I needed some extension for them, especially in math, so I created a "show what you know" anchor chart. I wrote their classroom  numbers and with a sticky they would write their answer to a problem and put it on the chart. 
A few months later when I was in Target I saw this calendar pocket chart and I immediately knew this was going to be my new "show what you know" chart! I used black vinyl and glittery silver vinyl on this chart. Regular stickies are a little big, so I had the students either trim their stickies a bit so it fits or I would have them fold their paper and put it in the pockets (I need to try the smaller sized stickys next time!). However, I do like it when they put their sticky directly on it so I can quickly scan who did or didn't answer and what their answers were. This evolved from an early finishers activity to more of a quick check. For example, I teach cursive, so I would have my students write a word in cursive. Or for example when I taught grammar, I would have them write an example of what an adverb was. This chart is fabulous! 

My last project was creating a new place where students put their pencils. I like my system of students putting a dull pencil in the box and taking a sharp one, but I didn't want to use my two buckets that I had them in anymore and was looking for other ideas. When I was on Instagram I saw someone use this box for storing their pencils in the classroom, so I was inspired to make one of my own. I rushed to Target to see if it was still there, and I created my own version. I love it! I have used this for two years and it is still in great shape!

These are just a few projects I have done, however I know there are many more to come! 
Take Care!

I Need More Time!

Thursday, February 2, 2017 No comments
Hello Everyone!

Again it has been a long time since my last post. 

I feel like I am always running out of time...
I need more time in my classroom. 
I need more time to spend with my son and family. 
I need more time for myself. 
I need more time!

Because of this I haven't been updating my blog.
I need more time for that! ;)

So I have decided that I will be taking a break from my blog.
I will however update my Instagram from time to time.

I hope the posts that I have previously posted 
have given you ideas to use in your classroom. 

Take Care!

New School. New Grade.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 No comments

I am excited to announce that I will be moving schools and teaching a new grade!
I will still be teaching in Catholic education, 
however I will be teaching at a school down the hill from my house! 
Perfect location! 

Being a new Mom, I really struggled with being so far away from my one year old son. 
There were a couple of times where he had a fever or wasn't feeling too well, and I was 30 minutes to 40 minutes away and it was killing me that I could not get to him fast enough. 
So I am happy to be working in my neighborhood!

Now onto a new grade...
I have only taught kindergarten or first grade. 
I am excited and scared to be teaching third grade!!
 I am happy to be moving up, because I feel like I want to do more. 
I just haven't taught third grade, so I don't know what to expect! 
I have been going on Pinterest and searching teacher bloggers to help me get some ideas and all I have seen has been igniting a fire of excitement within me. 
I haven't had this feeling in a long time. 
This will be my fifth year teaching and I cannot wait to begin! 

Take A Break

Friday, July 1, 2016 No comments

This year I had a student who was showing a lot of anger due to a parent divorce. Because the behavior had a negative effect on many students (and parents), I kept trying to find different ways in which I can support this student in the classroom. 

My school went through a couple of Love and Logic trainings (which was really wonderful and I highly recommend it). One suggestion that was made was to create a place in the classroom where students can go cool off. I took this suggestion and created my take a break table and it was a hit! I told my students that if they ever get angry, sad, etc. they can always ask me to go "take a break." I was secretly hoping that this was exactly what my angry student needed, and he was the first one to try it out (yes!)! I was very happy that I added this to my classroom! This was also a perfect area for other students that were sent to my room for behavior issues from other teachers. 

I purchased Teaching in Progress's TPT product 

As a part of that packet there were signs where the students can see different emotions and see which one they are feeling, as well as steps on what they can do to calm down. Also in this packet was calming cards and one of the suggestions on the cards was to hug a stuffed animal, so I put a few on the table. There was also a sheet for the students to draw how they were feeling, so I printed and lamented a few sheets for the students to draw on. 

This was a very successful area in my classroom that I would like to continue to have and I hope that this is something that could also be useful for you!

My Baby Essential Items

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2 comments

When I was pregnant and creating my registry, I was so overwhelmed with all of the baby products that were out there! I would constantly look at reviews to see the positive and negative comments. It wasn't until I had a baby and I was able to use the items I choose, to see which ones worked or didn't work for me.

Below is a picture collage of some of my favorite things that I have used thus far for my baby Mateo. 
(I could have added more, but these were the items that I felt like I used everyday)

1. White noise machine
Everyday when I put Mateo to sleep (during nap time and at night) I would turn on this white noise machine. This helped Mateo get used to listing to noises, which would in turn help him sleep faster.

2. Halo SleepSack Swaddle
I wish I had found this swaddle sooner! 
I used this swaddle when Mateo was outgrowing a different set of swaddlers that I had. 
These are a great way for transitioning to a sleep sack when babies no longer need to be swaddled.
I highly recommend this sleeping swaddle!

3. Halo Sleep Sack 
I love these sacks! Because of SIDS babies should not be covered with a blanket, 
so this sleep sack acts as a blanket. For the winter I bought a fleece sack and 
for the spring/summer I bought a regular sack. These are great and I highly recommend them!

4. Aden muslin blankets
These blankets are my favorite and they are the absolute best! 
They are so soft and light and perfect for every occasion. 
I always keep one of these blankets in my diaper bag. 

5. Moby Wrap
When Mateo was a newborn and very little I liked to use this wrap to keep him close to me as I needed to do things around the house. I would also wrap him up and take him and the dog out for walks. I sort of wished I bought the Solly Wrap instead of the Moby because the Solly Wrap is a lighter material and not as heavy since I had Mateo during the summer time. He sweats so much and I heard that the Solly is more of a breathable fabric, but I still do love my Moby.

6. Ergo360 Baby Carrier
I love this carrier! I wanted to get a good quality carrier and I am very satisfied with this one!
The important thing I have learned about carriers is that they should have a "frog legged position" for babies because of their hip development. The main reason I bought this carrier was because it had the forward facing out option, so that Mateo can see Daddy play soccer. 

7. Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag
This is a great diaper bag! I was so lucky and grateful that a Mom at my school bought this as a gift for me. My favorite thing about this diaper bag is that the front is a diaper changing station! I pull the two zippers down and inside is a pocket for diapers, another pocket for wipes, and a small pocket for diaper rash cream. Then inside of the bag are 4 more pockets for things and plenty of room. The only thing this bag doesn't have are insulated pockets for bottles, but that is not a deal breaker for me. One other thing that I do like about it is I can carry it as a bag or a backpack. I have been wearing it more as a backpack as Mateo is getting bigger and its much easier this way.

8. My Breast Friend nursing pillow
I thought that the Boppy pillow was the only pillow I needed for Mateo to use and for nursing. 
When I started to nurse with the Bobby it just wasn't working. One of the best things I did was attend a free breast feeding support group class that my hospital I delivered at offered, because I struggled with latching. They taught me better techniques to nurse and they also suggested a nursing pillow. This was the pillow that they had me practice on and I ended up buying it. The thing that I like about this pillow is that there is a buckle to keep the pillow in place (which was a problem I had with the Boppy), so if I were to stand up it stayed on me. I also liked that there was a hanging pocket where I could put a cloth, pacifier, etc. Also my husband liked to tease me and say that it was my "floaty" ;)

9. Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack
I use this drying rack everyday! It is so easy to put all of my many Dr. Brown bottle pieces as well as all of the pumping bottles and accessories to quickly dry. I also bought the white tree as an accessory to create more space. If I could register again, I would have wanted the bigger drying rack versus the smaller one to hold more things. 

So there is my list of some baby products that I use most often. There are more that I can tell you about, but then I would have such a long blog post! If you have any questions on the other products that I use feel free to comment below! I hope that I was able to help! 

Take care! :)

Update and Class Dojo

Thursday, March 24, 2016 2 comments
Hello everyone,

It has been a LONG while!

Since my last post I gave birth to the most wonderful and handsome baby boy and started working at a new school, but still teaching Kindergarten. I have felt a bit overwhelmed as I am first time Mom working at a new school, but some how I am surviving! I think that the best job I have is being a Mommy! :)

This school year has been such a whirlwind as I am adjusting (still) from coming from a very small Catholic school with one teacher per grade, to a huge Catholic school with two teachers per grade. However my favorite thing at this school is that I love is having a partner teacher to collaborate with.

In the beginning of the school year all of the teachers attended a training called Love and Logic. I absolutely loved this training! Love and Logic is based on a positive discipline approach where teachers speak to children calmly, give them choices, and students assume responsibility and ownership for their actions. However of course now and then teachers will have their frustrating moments and not use Love and Logic in the moment, but I am glad to have this as a strategy to use in the classroom and help me to better speak with students when they make poor choices. {I will also for sure be using these techniques as my baby boy gets older!}

As a result of this training I really began to re-think the clip chart...I was so stressed because school was right around the corner and I did not know what I was going to do! As I began to think I remembered using a behavior management system of Class Dojo when I used to work with 5th intervention students. However the first thing that came to mind was how in the world can I use this in a Kindergarten classroom?!

I randomly assigned my students a monster.

I then added positive and negative options for points that students can earn/loose throughout the day. I tried to base these options on my classroom rules.

The main thing that had me switch from the clip chart to this was the "walk of shame." I did not want my students to think negatively of themselves as they walked to move their clips down as everyone in the classroom watched. So the key thing that I do is I never let the students see how many points they have. At the end of the day is when I tell the students how many points they have one-on-one. I tell my students that the points they earn is between me and them, so other students don't need to know their business.

I have students earn certain prizes as they reach a certain amount of points. And each month I reset the points. I created an anchor chart under my classroom rules that are displayed in my classroom.

This behavior system has worked really well in my classroom! I love how I can give student points on my computer, iPad or iPhone. Another great feature is I can connect with parents and they can instantly see how their child is doing throughout the day on their devices. I can also instant message them, send them pictures, etc. There is also a "Class Story" feature where I can post pictures or videos about what we are doing in the classroom. Also recently they came out with a video series that motivates students and they look forward to seeing it each week. All in all Class Dojo is a wonderful behavior management tool that can be used in any classroom.

Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Thursday, June 4, 2015 No comments
Wow did this year fly by... 
The baby is almost here (any day now), 
there are 2 and a half weeks left of school, and I'm already on maternity leave! 
I choose to take the last month of school out to get myself prepared for the baby, 
especially since this is my first pregnancy. 

I will admit that this year I was a bad blogger as I did not post too many things I did this year and I will try to do better the next school year! :)

I will be leaving my current school that I have taught at for the past three years, 
and I will be moving to another school in the Diocese of San Diego 
and I will still be teaching kindergarten.

This year I made the jump and created my own Teachers Pay Teachers store! 
Here is the link to it: TPT Store

One of my products is a classroom management system that I have been using since my first year teaching using hand signals. This was one thing that stuck with me in my teaching credential program. Students raise their hands using sign language to communicate with you, so if you are asking a question and students raise their hands with an answer or a question, you know which student you want to call on first. There is more information about it when you check it out.

My second product is free and something I created for a math center. 
Students use number stamps and then draw the amount of things that they stamped. 

I hope you check out my store! Enjoy!