Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January Currently...Already?

Where did 2014 go? It's that time again, and I'm linking up with Farley for the January Currently.

The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over. Guests have gone home, the hubs is at work, and it's quiet at my house. I'm not sure I can remember the last time I listened to total quiet, but I'm enjoying it and the fact that I have the house to myself for a few hours.
I've managed to clean out a few cabinets in the last few days, get the laundry done and put away some of the Christmas decorations. I keep thinking I should be doing more, but I find myself sitting down frequently and reading, knitting, surfing the web, buying stuff off of TPT and generally not being all that productive. It feels nice.
I came home with one bag of items to work on over break. My students' narrative writing needs to be scored and put in the grade book. They are still sitting in my teacher bag. The bag has not moved from the spot I set it down in on December 19th. I'm starting to feel like a slacker, but I still haven't picked up the bag. Report cards are looming on the horizon (3 weeks), and I know I'll regret not getting it done sooner, but I'm still enjoying some "me" time.
This coming year I plan to keep up with the habit of going to the gym 3 or 4 times a week. It's something I started in November, and I feel so much better just getting some regular exercise. Sure I could stand to lose 5 or 6 pounds, but I'm not really focused on that. I'm just trying to stay healthy and keep moving.
I have several TPT products I've almost finished that just need some final polishing and proofing. They've been sitting in a folder on my computer desktop for sometime now.  What am I waiting for? I'm not sure, but I need to "get on the stick" as the hubs would say and finish them.
I'm also committed this year to taking time out for me. That generally means spending some time reading for pleasure each day. I also like to knit and have two projects I'm not quite done with that I'd like to finish (hmmm..I'm noticing a theme here). Hopefully, I can be better about leaving work at work and enjoying doing things I love at home more this year.
Head on over to Farley's and link up to join the Currently fun!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Sunday Scoop!

Good evening!  I'm linking up with The Teaching Trio for their fun Sunday Scoop Linky Party! I hope everyone is enjoying their winter break!
Now that all the company has departed, I really need to get the Christmas tree down and box up the holiday decorations...then again...there's always the three day weekend later in January to take care of that! I wish I could talk myself into thinking that would actually be okay to do. Part of me would love to just leave them up for awhile, but I know if I don't get them down soon, I dread having to do it at the last minute next weekend. I'd also like to take next weekend to just spend time relaxing so I feel ready for returning to school. I also need to tackle getting the house picked up and writing those lesson plans I didn't get done before winter break started.
I'd also like to finish a scarf that I've been working on and get myself to the gym to work off those extra calories I've been enjoying over the last week. My goal for Christmas was to NOT gain any weight. I almost made it...the scale showed I'm up a pound and a half. Oh well...the desserts were worth it.
Once I get the house chores tackled, I plan to relax and read as much as I can during the next week. I really enjoy reading but find it hard to fit in sometimes during the work week. Does anyone have any good suggestions for a book? I have a Barnes and Noble gift card that needs to be put to good use!
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their vacation. Head on over to the Teaching Trio to link up with your own Sunday Scoop. Just click on the picture below to check out what other bloggers are up to and link up yourself.

Friday, December 26, 2014

December 26th ~ Freebie Friday

It's hard to believe that 2014 is about to come to a close. This year flew by! I'm linking up with the Teaching Blog Addict for Freebie Friday. Here's a January ABC order freebie to review this skill with your students. Click on the picture below to grab this print and go activity.

One of my very popular TPT items is my New Year's Resolution Writing Activity. This simple page is a great way to get your kids thinking about their goals for the new year. Click on the picture below to check it out.

Head over to the Teacher Blog Addict page to check out some more Friday Freebies or link up with a freebie of your own!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Conversation and a Giveaway!

I'm linking up with Abby at the Inspired Apple to share some Christmas Conversation!

You can link-up, too by heading over to her blog and grabbing the template!
To celebrate reaching 1,000 likes on my FB page, I'm having a Christmas giveaway! You can win all four of these products by heading over to my Facebook page, like my page and leave a comment. Just click on the picture to head on over!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Extreme Value Alert!

Happy December!  Hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready for the next weeks coming up!  We can do this!!!  

 I have teamed up with some friends to load you up with resources to make teaching a bit easier!  

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 Word Problems
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Story Elements 
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