September 2014 | Teaching in the Tongass

Thursday, September 18, 2014

can you help me put my socks on?

I've got 8 weeks to go and then....newborn time! We're just pluggin along and awaiting baby #2...I'll be sure to keep you all posted when it gets closer :)

Our desks have been jam packed for the last couple of years. We have been using Math in Focus for 2 years now, which includes 2 books per student (a workbook and textbook), and we switched from Storytown to Reading Wonders this year, which includes a whopping 3 books per student! And because I'm not about to waste any of my own cabinet/cupboard/shelf space to store things like this, we had to figure out a way to fit it all in a desk. So...this well help keep the desk fairy happy!

I made these visual direction cards to help list the steps after giving them verbally. I HATE repeating myself #teacherproblems and love being able to point to the board anytime 
 Click below to download this FREEBIE!

Every so often, I get an email from Shutterfly with a special code for FREE stuff! I just have to pay shipping (about $5) and that's it! I ordered some thank you cards to use this year :)

Cheeks popped in with my mom the same day we had school photos being taken. So...of course he got his taken since he's not camera shy AT ALL :) He flirted with the camera lady the whole time haha!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

stitch fix for a growing tummy

My 7th Stitch Fix arrived today and I thought I would do a fashion show for you all!
So, for those of you who don't know already, Stitch Fix is a monthly subscription for clothing and accessories. It hit the teacher blogs by storm last year, so I'm guessing you have heard of it if you are reading this :) If not, read below:

Basically, you sign up by filling out a pretty comprehensive quiz that identifies your style, sizes, and all kinds of preferences you probably never really have given a lot of thought to (if you're like me...a "legging/yoga pant/jeans" if you make me sorta gal). After the quiz, you're sent a box with 5 items within the price range you set during your quiz. You try it all on, decide what to keep (and if you keep anything at all, your $20 styling fee disappears...magic!), send back what you don't like in the handy dandy already addressed envelope bag, pay online for your keepers or let the company know which ones you are sending back.

So, let's get started! Here's what the box looks like when you open it. A personalized note from your stylist and a style guide for each of the items included, as well as a price sheet so you can decide whether or not a piece is "worth" keeping.
And here's the big return bag. Did I mention how convenient it is to not have to label it or go find my packaging tape?! Love this!!!
Everything is nicely wrapped up in tissue paper with these green Stitch Fix stickers holding it together. 
And folded into a neat little bundle...ready to try on!

Piece #1: You can't really tell from the light in this shot, but it's the same blue in the above photo with tiny white hearts. Super cute blouse, royal blue, see through with an attached cami underneath. Matches excited toddler #stitchfixforbabiesneedstohappen
Piece #2:
A comfy, yet lightweight sweater. I'm not super excited about the location of the strings #dingleberries, but the fit and feel are perfect for this fall weather
Piece #3:
A light and airy blouse with a cute pattern and keyhole opening, but a little short for this growing belly! Maybe with a tank underneath though!
Piece #4:
A thin blue sweater. This was a little too tight for me, but I loved the casual style!
Piece #5:
Polka dot canvas bag--not my style, but I do like the bright color and polka dots!
You can click here if you're interested in learning more or signing up for your own Stitch Fix!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

playing catch up

I had a student who's first day was today, which unfortunately for her meant catching up on all of the beginning of the year assessments. So....the rest of the class worked independently in centers! Woohoo! Here's a glimpse at a few literacy centers we did today:

These are all included in my Back to School Centers bundle, which I just put on SALE! Click below to check it out and see what else is included!


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