Thursday, September 29, 2016

Back To School Night 2016 Recap

Back To School Night was a success again this year! I've got a quick picture recap for you so you can see how things went.

Back To School Night Recap by A Word On Third

When the parents came in, I had all of the seats arranged in a big circle. I pulled everything out--our regular chairs, yoga balls, crate seats... you name it! It was really cool for the parents to see our flexible seating arrangement. I also had my Back To School Night Presentation's welcome slide open waiting for parents.



If you're interested in purchasing a dynamite pre-made BTSN template, you can click the picture above or click here to see it in my TeachersPayTeachers store.


Back To School Night Recap by A Word On Third

Of course, I also had a "Morning Message" (or should I say evening message?!) posted for the families to look at.

Back To School Night Recap by A Word On Third

In the center of the circle, I put several things out on the tables. These things included:
  • Munchkins and napkins to make the families feel welcome (AND YUM! SOME WERE PUMPKIN!) and satisfy their sweet tooth.
  • My Wishlist for our classroom, which included gift cards to stores I frequent to buy teacher supplies (Target, Walmart, Amazon), specific books, and paper plates.
  • Copies of the important materials handed out at BTSN (copy of presentation, letter from computer teacher, curriculum at-a-glance sheet, etc.).
  • Writing Utensils in case they needed one.
  • Post-it notes for the "evening" message.
  • Hopes and Dreams paper for sharing during our Evening Meeting.
  • Labels and sharpies for making name tags.
We went through our typical Morning Meeting first during Back To School night, which you can see how to do yourself by reading this post I've written, and then I launched into classroom specific information once we got to know each other.


Back To School Night 2016 Recap by A Word On Third

As the parents left, they filled out some quizzes that the kids left for them and wrote a short note to their child. They chuckled a lot during this part! Outside, we also hung some "Who Am I?" riddles for our parents, which shared our hopes and dreams, the members of our family, and some things we did over the summer.

Back To School Night 2016 Recap by A Word On Third

 I also had sign-up sheets for class parents/volunteers, field trip chaperones, and fall goal-setting conferences.

All in all, it was a fabulous night! Did you have your Back To School Night yet? Did you survive??? I guess you must have if you're reading this. What did you do on your BTSN?


Monday, September 26, 2016

Are You Making This Big Mistake With Sub Plans?

Are You Making This Big Mistake With Sub Plans? by A Word On Third


You know what I REALLY don't like? I absolutely, positively detest...
  • having to come into school at 6 AM to leave out sub plans when I'm sick.
  • coming into school the day after a sick day and finding my room a mess.
  • coming into school the day after a sick day and finding my lesson plans were not followed.
  • having students work on pointless busy-work because I won't be in.
The list goes on! And do you know why this was happening? I was making things too complicated for myself. WAY. TOO. COMPLICATED. Are you making the same mistake? I figured this system out last year and am so much happier for it!

When it comes to sub plans, simple is better. Let me show you how to beast it with your sub plans so you: never have to come in to school on a sick day ever again, leave meaningful work for your students, and return to school finding that your students had the productive days you intended them to have. Yes, it really can be done.


1. Write a list of essential information and routines.
Type it out for your substitute and explain exactly what should happen. If you have a list saved on file, you'll never have to write it again. You'll only have to edit it over the years as your routines change along with you.

Great routine and information lists should include things like:
  • Class list (you can even star a student or two's names if they can help)
  • Class schedule
  • Emergency drill routines (perhaps provided by the school)
  • PM pack up routines
  • AM unpacking routines
  • Clean up routines
  • Flexible seating routines (if applicable)
  • Behavior management philosophy (I include a request to NOT write students name on the board as punishment, resort to giving stickers as prizes, etc. You might include positive reinforcement supplies, like "good choice" certificates or something of that nature if you use them in your room).

2. Create an easy, re-usable lesson plan for each subject/class that you teach.

Start by creating a template for each day of the week. Then create your lesson plans. Then copy and paste them into the right places in your templateI'll share some basic ones that I use. Hopefully this covers most of what you teach!

Morning Meeting:
Greeting- Students will greet each other in different languages.
Share- Have students go around the circle to share how they will take care of their learning with the guest teacher. (Another great one for substitute teachers is to play "A Little Known Fact About Me").
Activity- Play "Awake Alert Alive" and have a student lead it.
Morning Message- Read and discuss the morning message. (I usually have the kids write one way they'll take care of their learning while the sub is present and jot their thinking on a post-it. You can make and laminate a morning message to use every day you're out and just leave it in your sub folder. Alternatively, you can just have the substitute teacher talk to the kids about the message you already wrote with the understanding that you might not do all that's left in the message since you're out).

Reader's and/or Writer's Workshop:
Tell the kids they will be having a marathon period, which means they will get extra time to practice what they’ve been doing in class. Have them discuss what reader’s/writer's workshop should look and sound like. Next have them think about what strategy they will practice today to push their reading or writing further and why. They can look at the charts in the room to help them make decisions. Have the kids turn and talk to their partner to tell them their choice and why. Share out some answers. Then have the kids read or write independently. Circulate and check in with kids if they need help. Ask them what their goal is, how they’re reaching it, and to prove that they are reaching it. This will help them be more productive.

Math:
Students start by finishing any unfinished math work that they have. Then they can play a variety of games that they already know. Ideal games to use for this are games for early finishers or games they already played that involve many skills. In my classroom, kids check out the math cart (that is always available to them) and make a choice. Easy-peasy!

Science/SS: Leave a book or article to read and discuss as a class. I usually leave a packet of Time For Kids articles in my folder, and I replace them when they run out.

Word Study: Students can edit their writing and look for spelling patterns they can correct.


3. Put it all together in a folder.
Tell a colleague about this folder. Put it in an obvious place in your room. Put post-its on your folder labeling things. On the left side of the folder, I stick on a post-it that says "Lesson Plans- Pull out the appropriate day of the week," and on the right side of the folder, I put all of my routines/information.


4. Enjoy.
YOU'RE DONE. NOW DO A HAPPY DANCE! Seriously, it could not be any easier if you tried. You've left the most meaningful work for your students that you can leave for a sub, and you will walk into a clean room the next day.


What are your sub secrets? Comment below!



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

5 Quick & Easy Ways To Make Your Classroom Joyful

5 Quick & Easy Ways To Make Your Classroom Joyful by A Word On Third


As you get to know your class this year, I want to remind you how important it is to remember to stop and smell the roses. Positively reinforce all of the good things happening in your room! I just spent 10 minutes sending out some positive emails to families, and I am glad that I did. It's important to me to build relationships with students and their families. That is the glue that will hold us together this year, so it's an easy investment to make. In the spirit of joyful classrooms, here are a few quick things you can do to keep things cheerful and positive in your classroom.


1. Remember your students' contributions to discussions.
Did a student make a thoughtful contribution to a class discussion? Bring it up with the class later if it's relevant if you can. For example, during
tomorrow's writing lesson, I might say, "Yesterday, Maureen shared that she tries to start off her pieces with a thoughtful lead. She shared that she does that by starting with dialogue. Today I'm going to teach you how to use dialogue in creative ways in your writing!" When someone says something cool, share it... especially if it connects to the next day's work. Even if it's just reminding the kids of the previous day's work before launching into a new lesson, you will see some proud students if you try to do this!


2. Send home positive emails.
I've shared about this countless times in the past, and it's because I REALLY believe in this. Send home a few positive emails each day. In a week or two, you've reached everyone in the class. It's important that your first contact home is a positive one. This is one of many ways to show families and students that you are on their team. You don't have time to be sending home short novels to families, so keep the emails short and sweet (and honest!). Four or five sentences is more than enough. The last sentence is always something like, "Feel free to share this email with (child's name)." Now the child will be excited about the recognition too! Read more about ways to build relationships with families here.



3. Get your kids moving.
I love GoNoodle, which I shared about in this post. More movement breaks = more fun and ultimately, more engagement during lessons. Sometimes it's a good moment for you to stop and regroup. I like having 60 seconds to change chart paper for a lesson, but I also actually really enjoy moving with my kids during brain breaks.



4. Give kids tangible ways to celebrate good work.
Write little notes to the kids that give them a shout out for awesome choices. I have a freebie for this in my store, so click the picture above to download it! There's colored and black-and-white versions with 4 happy notes per page. On the provided space, write exactly what kids did well. Be specific. Remember to praise the process just as much as the product. "You worked hard to write long and strong during writing today," is just as meaningful as, "You finished a story in writing today!" I think it's important to praise academic and social/emotional choices and successes.


5. Make time for Morning Meeting every day.
This is how I start my day, and it just injects more joy into the day than I can possibly explain. It's my favorite part of the day. I have tons of posts on Morning Meeting, all of which you can read by clicking here. Remember, Morning Meeting can be done in 15 minutes. If you make time for it, it's worth it. Maybe to fit this in, you might take part of your kids' morning work out (editing a daily language sheet) and focus on that skill during the morning message component of meeting. Whatever you do, it's worth it. There are ways to make Morning Meeting even shorter than 15 minutes if need be. I prefer dedicating a solid 15 to 20 minutes to it, but a short meeting is way better than no meeting. This is a quick, easy part of your day which makes an impact on your whole night. Click that link I provided above and you will have everything you need to start implementing meetings in your classroom.


That's all for tonight. Now it's time to get back to preparing for Back To School Night. I'm using a presentation which I've made available in my store. I've got very little to set up since it's pretty much all done.  If you still need a plan for Back To School Night, read more about it by clicking here or clicking the picture below.



I'm finally feeling like I'm getting into the swing of things this year. Are you? This weekend I'm spending some time away from classroom work. I'm taking Mr. Word On Third on a surprise date this weekend, and I'm recording a video of me teaching for my POP Pilates evaluation. If all goes well, I will be a certified POP Pilates instructor really soon! What are you up to this weekend? Are you in the zone yet? Comment below!

Monday, September 12, 2016

How To Best Implement Flexible Seating

How To Best Implement Flexible Seating by A Word On Third


So, you're thinking of jumping on the Flexible Seating bandwagon, are you?? I highly recommend it. I've been teaching this way for a few years, and it makes a huge difference! This year, I even tried out getting rid of tons of desks, and the results are even greater.

First of all, if you're wondering what flexible seating is, check out Kayla Delzer's amazing Edutopia article and read Angie Olson's awesome, practical post to learn more. Reading about how these two gals launched seating in their rooms took away a lot of headaches for me.

When I started designing a room with flexible seating, I still had assigned desks in my room. However, during work periods, students still had other options they could use if they didn't want to sit at their desks. I wrote a post about my 3 favorite affordable flexible seating options that I think you should check out first if you are intrigued by flexible seating, but a little intimidated about starting from scratch. You can click the picture below to be taken to that post!



Deciding to start gradually was a good fit for me because I didn't have tons of money to shell out on every new seating option I saw. Instead, I was resourceful and worked with what I had. And... if I'm being COMPLETELY honest... flexible seating was a little bit intimidating to me! I knew I loved the idea of it, but I thought it would be a whole lot of work. I thought it would be really difficult to start designing my room this way and changing around all of my routines. In hindsight, I can tell you that it's not, but that doesn't mean you'll feel any differently! With all of the demands of teaching on my plate, I wanted to make sure I could really do this well. Now that I have less desks than students, I decided to store supplies like notebooks and folders in designated bins around the room. Supplies like markers and pencils are communal and in caddies around the room.

I recommend that you start by getting more seating options than students. If you have 25 students and 25 desks, see if you can find a few stools for cheap at Target, Dollar Tree, or Five Below. Get a few bathmats for kids to sit on. Perhaps you want to purchase some yoga balls at Walmart (Mine were only $11!)... start small! More options than students means that kids get to pick where they really want to be more easily, and it will diminish the opportunity for seating disagreements. Once you have some extra seats (and I hope you used the very inexpensive or FREE ones in my post above!!) you're ready to try this in your room.

I suggest you begin implementing this by teaching the kids how to sit in each option. I recommend trying interactive modeling for this. If you're thinking, "WHAT!? They know how to sit! That's ridiculous," then I beg you to reconsider. Yoga balls can pop, and kids can slide off of them. Kids can fall if they rock back on a stool. For this reason, I do not provide all of my seating options the first day of school. I provide ones that are safe and familiar (like regular chairs or crate seats) until I can teach about the other seats.


Next, it's time for setting explicit expectations. I used a few ideas from Kayla Delzer and Angie Olson to create my own flexible seating guidelines. You can see them below. I kept a small number of rules for my seating guidelines, and made sure to word them positively (for example, I said, "I will move immediately," instead of "I will not argue if my teacher moves me.") for maximum impact. Once you've decided on your  non-negotiable rules, talk with your students about them.

How To Best Implement Flexible Seating by A Word On Third

Go through each rule one by one. What does it mean to choose a seating option where you work your best? Can a student work their best in one seat for one subject and a different seat during a different subject? Can a student work better in different seats depending on their mood. As you go through each rule, ask students what questions they have. I find the simple act of changing "Are there any questions?" into, "What questions do you have?" makes a big difference! Once everything has been discussed, have the kids sign their names to agree to the rules. This will be posted year-round to help special area teachers and substitute teachers as they come into my room to teach. I also include information about this in my sub plans.

Tell the students it's their job to try the different seats out. I tell kids that they need to experiment with every single seat as much as they can for the first week. Even if they think they don't want to sit in a certain seat, they need to try it out and figure out what they don't like about it. I don't have a checklist of enforcing this, and I don't think you need one. If they don't try out a seat, I know they can go back to it later on if they want to.

In the first days of introducing flexible seating, I make sure to be very consistent with moving kids who are doing more talking than working. It's really important to be consistent with this, and to move kids AS SOON AS you start to see this undesired behavior. Waiting for it to get worse will teach kids that you're flexible when it comes to enforcing the rules.

You might find that your students ask you if they are allowed to sit in a certain type of seat at first. Some of the kids are going to be looking for extra validation and reassurance, that, YES, it really is their choice where they sit. That's OK. Just remind them. After a few days, if it still persists, turn the question back on them and ask them if they can really sit in the place they're asking about.

I'm 6 days into school already, and I am shocked at how much calmer my classroom has become in comparison to previous years. This is my first time having no assigned seats or desks, but as I said before, I still allowed my students to work wherever they wanted in the past. Still, the difference is huge. I have quickly found that providing my students with flexible seating allows them to self-assess and think about their needs before they even start working. I will never go back to traditional seating again!

One last thing I want to point out is that flexible seating does not mean there are no conventional tables/desks and chairs. That defeats the purpose of flexible seating. Some students need those, so I still provide those!

What are you wondering about flexible seating? Where are you on the flexible seating spectrum? Comment below!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

It's Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week 2016!

Hi, Teachers!

This week was Blog Hoppin's 2016 Teacher Week. There were a few things I was SUPPOSED to post on Instagram...


But I totally didn't post everything. Because let's be real. I'm exhausted. And so are you if you're a teacher. BUT! I've got some pictures for you to recap my week!

On Monday, I posted a picture of myself.


This is me and Mr. Word On Third. We just got married in July. Tomorrow will be 2 months of living the married life! I would post other pictures of me... but honestly... I usually avoid taking pictures of myself! Ever since I was a kid with braces, I avoided taking pictures (or at least avoided making a serious face in pictures if I couldn't get out of taking one). It's a habit that stuck around. So... since I paid to get these taken, I had to look normal in some of them. If you've been reading a while, you've definitely seen pictures of me making goofy faces.

And for Teaching Tuesday, I should have posted my Monarchs!! I was just too sleepy.


I love teaching anything and all things critters. I raise chicks in the late spring, but when we come back to school, we use the Monarchs to build our class community and get excited about learning. If you are interested in doing this, which you should be, click here to see how to raise them.


As for where I'm working, here's my classroom!! I'm going to be sharing about how I implemented and introduced flexible seating this year in a post in the (very near) future.


As for threads Thursday... let's be real. My summer jam is yoga pants and cute active wear, like popflex! Otherwise I try to pretend to dress like an adult and shop pretty much exclusively at Target. I love Target. Don't get me wrong... there's nothing "un-adult" about Target, but I need some help in the style department. I'll figure it out at some point.

And, when it comes to Friends Friday... I feel weird posting pictures of my friends online without their permission. So, I'm not going to. BUT! I had a great week, and can't wait to see where this year's group decides to go. I have some really nice students. :)

I hope your first week back was spectacular!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

FLASH Back To School SALE!

Hi Teachers!

I know you're busy launching your classroom this year, so I've got your Back To School Night covered for you. 

As I've mentioned in several posts, it's super engaging to run your evening like a Morning Meeting, which you can read about here. I've also shared everything you need to know about what to include in your presentation, and if you're nervous to create your own Morning Meeting, I have suggested activities for you!

Like what I suggested but don't like the idea of doing all the work? Click the picture below!



My Back To School Night Presentation is 20% off from now until midnight tomorrow. Once the sale is over, it's over! This presentation will save you a LOT of time while working on your behalf to build your classroom community among families. Building relationships with families is just as important as building them with your students. Even if you don't want to try running your evening like a Morning Meeting, you can still use the rest of the presentation!

The slides included for you are:

- A Welcome Slide, visible as families filter into your room with directions on what to do as they wait for others to arrive
- A Morning Meeting Slide, to preview parents for what they will experience in your parent version of a Morning Meeting (you could delete this or edit it to describe Morning Meeting if you run one in your room but would prefer not to start your night this way)
- A Teacher Background Slide
- A Communication Slide
- A Class Goals Slide
- A Behavior Management Slide, editable and complete with Responsive Classroom information pre-loaded, including information about consequences, class rules, etc. You can change this easily if you have a different teaching philosophy
- A Special Area Class Schedule Slide
- A Grade-Specific Slide, used to explain special privileges and activities available to students in your grade level
- A Classroom Information Slide
- A Homework Policy Slide
- A Final Slide, giving your parents directions on what to do as they leave your room (ex: volunteering to be a class parent, checking out student work, etc.)

Make sure you check the “notes” section on the bottom of each PowerPoint slide to see my tips for making your Back to School Night memorable, unique, and informative.

Happy Back To School! :)

Monday, September 5, 2016

2016-2017 Classroom Reveal!

A Word On Third's 2016-2017 Flexible Seating Classroom


Hi, Teachers!

AHH I can't believe I have a new last name to put above my door! I spent all week in my room trying to unpack, throw out stuff I don't need anymore, rearrange... the whole enchilada! This is what my room started out as...

A Word On Third's 2016-2017 Flexible Seating Classroom

My glorious closet. Ouch! And this is what the rest of the room looked like...

A Word On Third's 2016-2017 Flexible Seating Classroom


YIKES!!! So, as you can see, there was a lot to fix up. Things got so crazy in my room because my school's roof was being replaced, because I was a bit lazy when I packed up, and because I had a lot to move around. Since I wanted to make the switch to having a full-on flexible seating arrangement in my classroom, it didn't really make a difference to be honest. I knew I would be getting rid of a lot and introducing a lot of new things too.  

This isn't exactly what my room is going to look like because I have changed a few seating options for the first few days of school (for example, I don't want kids sitting on yoga balls until we discuss how to be safe on them). Here's what the (mostly finished) product looks like! 

A Word On Third's 2016-2017 Flexible Seating Classroom

This is my desk! All it is is a regular desk for kids. There have been years that I've gone without it, and personally, I really like that. I need SOMETHING for my computer to sit on because it connects to my smartboard and everything else. So, to me, I feel like I am basically desk-less this year. To the right of my desk I have mentor texts and other supplies that I do not want in the regular classroom library. I've also got little drawers behind me to house my copies for each day of the week. 

In the right corner, you can see part of a table. That was my old desk! It is now being used as a standing desk for students. There are also some stools that kids can sit on while they work there if they would prefer to sit. You also might have noticed a blue yoga ball tucked away... that's going to go to it's permanent home in a few days after school starts.

A Word On Third's 2016-2017 Flexible Seating Classroom

Here's another shot of my old desk. In the desk drawers are supplies for the kids to grab as needed (like paperclips, rubber bands, etc.) Those cute little stools were bought at 5 Below for only 5 bucks! My students last year loved them and would often choose to sit around the room rather than at their desks. To the right of the standing desk/stool area, you can see my super awesome decked out file cabinet. I love that thing! It brings so much personality to the room. Pinterest has tons of tutorials on how to refresh an old one.

A Word On Third's 2016-2017 Flexible Seating Classroom

Here's my library. There are two more stools by some of the library shelves. One will be moved to the other side by the second day, which will be a good space for 2 kids to meet to work. The stools have been moved for now because we will be walking around in the library to unpack on the first day. Most of the bins on top of the book shelves are for holding communal supplies on the first day when we unpack.

Here's an awesome first-days-of-school hack for you... when collecting communal supplies, provide spaces for each supply and let groups of students take turns unpacking. I provide many bins with one of each requested supply (ex: one bin for collecting pencils with one pencil inside). I also designate certain areas for bigger supplies (an entire table top will be where the tissue boxes go). I find that the visual cue of the supply being in the box/table top is much easier than just writing the supply's name. Students can work independently and quickly this way.

Anyway, you can also see a little end table with a couch next to it. The end table was only 10 bucks at Walmart! Here's to hoping it lasts. I have a yoga ball on one side of the table, but, as I said, that will be moving to its permanent home in a day or two once the kids arrive. There's another couch to go on the other side of the table. After reading a lot of Kayla Delzer's flexible seating articles, I've seen how important it is to provide a few spaces in the room where kids can work in partnerships.

A Word On Third's 2016-2017 Flexible Seating Classroom

Above you can see two different areas that I'm excited about. First, on the left there's a round table. Last year I had 4 crate seats here. This year I'll have two crate seats and 2 blue yoga balls. (Here you can see the couch that's going to be moved to the little area in the last picture I shared). The black table on the right (or really, the 2 black coffee tables from Walmart that I pushed together) will be for my kids who like sitting low to the ground. There will be 3 crate seats here and some cushions for students who want to sit on the ground.

I'm excited to be revamping all of my crate seats this weekend. I'm going to give them much more fluff on top so they're comfier to sit on. I'm also going to wash or replace the fabric. There's tons of crayon on them! I like the fabric, though, so I'd probably get the same fabric if it's available.

By my word wall, you can see a saucer chair thing that is meant for camping. It is super comfy to sit on. I think that will be a favorite. I've got some clipboards on the floor next to it. They will be useful for kids who want to stretch out and work on the floor or at seating areas without a surface.

I've also got mailboxes next to that chair. This will be where kids collect important papers each night, but I'm also thinking they will store their binders in there during the day. The binders are not really used during the day--they are taken back and forth from home and school and house permission slips, homework, etc.

A Word On Third's 2016-2017 Flexible Seating Classroom

Here you can see that I do have some desks. Ten to be exact. This year I only have 18 students, so there are far more seating options than students, which should help to keep everyone happy. I've also got a table to the right of this picture with 3 more yoga balls underneath it. That will open up in a few days once we've agreed upon seating rules. AND I even have my grandpa's old rocking chair in the room! It went missing this summer and I got really upset for a few minutes, but I found it very quickly. Nobody took it on purpose or anything like that! It just got moved in the shuffle of cleaning out all the rooms. One day I will make nicer and fluffier cushions for that chair, but it really makes me smile to have that in my room.

A Word On Third's 2016-2017 Flexible Seating Classroom

Here's the front of the room/meeting area. I'll be posting the schedule to the left of the smart board once it's regular. I use these really cute and really FREE schedule cards from The First Grade Parade. I used to put them in a pocket chart, but I find that they are easier to use and take up less space when you put magnet tape on the back of them. I've also got my calendar, morning meeting share schedule, weather station, and the number of days we've been in school posted on the board. It's a student's job to keep track of the weather and number of days we've been in school. We don't do much with it, but it's fun to count down the days until we get to 100. I still have my kids dress up like they're 100 years old!

A Word On Third's 2016-2017 Flexible Seating Classroom

Here's where I do a lot of teaching from. On the green tray next to my chair (or my students' chair if it's not during a mini-lesson!), I've got a document camera, a wireless mouse, and a wireless keyboard. Let me tell you... those bad boys make it possible to teach anywhere in the room! It's really convenient to be able to manipulate the smart board with a mouse and keyboard. I can type much faster than I can write, so sometimes it's more convenient to chart on the smart board. It really depends on why I'm writing. Sometimes you need the tangible chart right in front of you!

The easel I have is great too... I'm so glad I inherited it!!! One side houses chart paper and the other has a magnetic dry-erase board. Inside there are a few bins, which means tons of storage for me.

Behind my saucer chair, you can see a white bin on the standing desk area. This is one of the many places where students will be putting their supplies. I spread them throughout the room so that kids won't all be making a mad dash for the same place when they need notebooks or folders. As you can also see, there are supply caddies at each major work space so that kids always have what they need!

So... that's my room! If you're interested in flexible seating but want to take things slowly or just add a few very affordable options, you can see a post I wrote about that here.

I am excited because the kids come tomorrow. Today I am putting finishing touches on my lesson plans and trying to relax. I'll also be meal prepping and trying to take good care of myself. I know how stressful this time of year gets for us, but this year it's a big goal of mine to not let my self-care routine slip through the cracks. I want to keep eating well and working out. When I don't do that, I feel much more cranky and sluggish. To all of my New Jersey friends starting tomorrow... good luck!!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Classroom Reveal Coming Monday!


Coming Monday! :)

In the meantime, are you ready for Back To School Night? Read about what should be in your presentation and how to make your Back To School Night extra engaging for parents by clicking the picture below!