January 11, 2015

NEW YEARS Super Sale!


Who doesn’t want to save in this new year? Just wanted to stop by and give a friendly reminder that my entire TpT store is on sale with 20% off! It ends tonight so be sure to get your shopping on! 

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January 10, 2015

Stitch Fix #4

My Stitch Fix review is up over at my lifestyle blog, Primarily Inspired, this morning! Each month I anticipate what I’ll be receiving from my personal stylist and with getting back to school, I’ve rarely had time to go shopping for myself. This is exactly why this service has been such a blessing for me and, not to mention, it’s like getting a gift in the mail! Just so exciting to see that box waiting for me.

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January 9, 2015

Five for Friday {Jan 9th}

This marks the first week since I’ve returned to school and by Tuesday I was already exhausted, haha! Here’s my five randoms from this week!

#1: Revamped my Ancient China resource packet!
I was so happy to get this done! Last year I had made this student workbook and my kids loved it! Not to mention it was a snap to get prepared and the best part is that it cuts down on papers lost and becomes a nice review packet once completed. Be sure to read my post (here) that gives you a little more detail about this download :)

#2: Trivia is back for 2015!
One of our favorite date nights is the weekly trivia hosted at a local brewery down the street from our house. We’ve been going since we moved in September and this past Wednesday we got 3rd place! We earned the pint glasses you see here...but this is the third time we’ve won the glasses so at this point we just give them away to our friends :)

#3: My Pinterest WIN
I was so happy to have completed this project and very satisfied with the results. For years I’d wanted to paint this in my living room and I got it done! See my post on my lifestyle blog, Primarily Inspired, to see the before/after shots!

#4 Missing 'Snow Days
As we get back into the swing of things at school here on the west coast, I can’t help but be jealous of all my friends who got snow days and delays due to the cold back in VA. Oh the days of snow are gone for me but as much as I love having those days off I can’t help but love the 75 degree weather and sunshine here in CA. It’s also weird for me to say that and know it’s January. 
#stilladapting #whereswinter #howdoyouteachsnowtokidsinca

#5 New Years Craftivity & Think Sheet BUNDLE!
Another download I was excited about finishing was my NYE Craftivity packet! See my post here to check it out and see how you can get your kids back into writing with this fun craft. It’s also fun to talk about resolutions and how we can set goals for ourselves.

And the other download I was able to blog about was my Think Sheet Bundle pack! See my original post here and get yourself a copy that now includes think sheets for grades K-6!

Also...

I will be having a storewide sale on my entire TpT store this weekend! 
Kick off 2015 with 20% off each of my products!

Be sure to visit my shop here!

Happy Friday everyone and I hope you have a great weekend!

January 6, 2015

Digging Into Ancient China!


Happy New Year everyone and happy first week back to your classrooms! I hear that VA had quite the frustrating morning with the snow and issues with delays or closures from various counties. I hope everyone made to and from school ok and praying that tomorrow will be better. 

One of the major units we would cover beginning in January is our Ancient China unit. This was a pretty lengthy unit in that I find teaching cultures to be a lot of fun but it can be a lot of material to cover in just a few weeks. In my history with teaching Ancient China I’ve found that my kids LOVED it - from learning about their history and traditions to how we celebrate Chinese American culture here in the U.S. It’s just a lot of fun!

A packet that I’ve created has been the proven way to keep all of our learning in one place. It also begins early note-taking skills, which I think are extremely important! I’m surprised at how well they learn to take notes and locate information for themselves. And who says we can’t mix some language arts skills into our social studies units?? :)

My student workbook consists of the major topics we cover during the unit:
  1. Geography (Where In the World? and The Land)
  2. Climate
  3. Written Language (Calligraphy)
  4. Inventions
  5. Contributions (The Great Wall)
Plus some fun topics that adds to the engagement of learning about the Ancient Chinese culture:
  1. Silk
  2. Chinese New Year
  3. The Zodiac
  4. Clothing and Hair
The best part about this updated workbook is that it now includes a teacher copy with all the answers! My first edition didn’t include that and it was my top feedback so I listened! I hope you enjoy!



One thing I added to this revamped version of my packet is an optional student brochure project. I found my first year teaching 2nd grade I had some pretty high students in that they loved being challenged and grasped the content pretty quickly. So, I created a project that can either be done with the whole class or as extra credit for those thirsty for more.


I’ve included a parent letter explaining the purpose of the project, an info page for students explaining what’s expected, and a rubric. I’ve also added blank templates of these forms so you can edit them to fit your classroom’s needs!

This download also includes fun videos and other resources you can use throughout the unit in addition to the workbook.

I’ve loved this unit since I first began teaching it and I hope you find this resource helpful in tackling the content!

January 4, 2015

Slim Down Saturdays {2015 edition}

One of my favorite linkups from last year was Gina’s Slim Down Saturdays from Teaching With a Touch of Pixie Dust. This time last year I was beginning my journey through Weight Watchers and training for a half-marathon all in preparations for my wedding that summer. See my original posts here. 2015 is a bit different seeing as though I have no major life event to prepare for, however, overall health and fitness is my goal. 

So here’s my first checkin for Slim Down Saturdays!


Ultimate goal: Although I don’t have a specific weight loss goal in terms of pounds, I do have a goal of getting down to a size 10 in jeans. With my athletic and curvy body type I know I’ll never get below a double digit so a reasonable goal for me is a size 10 and I’ll be proud of that.

Gain/loss this week: I have none to speak of this week because I’m just starting ;)

Total since starting: N/A

Positives from the week: One of the biggest struggles I have in regards to sticking with a diet or fitness plan is the food/drink choices when we eat out or socialize with friends. It’s the true test! So, one of my positives from this week (and if you count my entire holiday break) I’ve been good about making healthy food choices. For example, this morning we went to Cajun Kitchen Cafe and instead of going with the full on breakfast platter I opted for my veggie egg-white omelet with a side of fruit. Look at me ;)

Something to do better: A goal I have for myself going into this next week is cutting back on sugars. From coffee to sweet treats I’d like to cut back and intake more water. The holidays have been fun with all the cookies but it’s time to get back into the groove of healthy eating and treating myself every once in a while.

Goal for next week: Gym. Gym. Gym...that’s the goal as I head back to work. I tell myself 3x a week to give me some wiggle room because I know after a long day the last thing I want to do is go run or lift weights. I just need to get back into my routine.

One word, song, or quote: This quote came from my husband this morning when we woke up and gave me a hug. He always calls me beautiful and that’s one of the best qualities about him. But, when he acknowledged the work I’ve been putting into the gym lately by muttering those simple words...it made my day and has given me the motivation I needed to keep up the good work :)

Be sure to link up too and share your 2015 health goals!! I love reading about everyones progress and it’s become a fun little community to share our ups and downs. Thanks Gina for hosting this wonderful linkup again! See you next week!