Thank a Teacher

I am sure that if you are reading this there is a special teacher that comes to your mind who made an impact on your life. For me, that teacher was my fifth grade language arts teacher, Ms. Crew. She is the reason I am a teacher today; it was through her compassion and patience with our class, that made me want to teach. She worked hard everyday and treated everyone with fairness. She instilled a love for reading and learning in me, and I am truly grateful to have had her as a teacher.  Ms. Crew, thank you for making such a lasting impression on my life and for being an example of a fabulous teacher. 

In appreciation for teachers everywhere, Teachers Pay Teachers is hosting a site-wide sale. My TpT store will be 20% off on May 7th and May 8th. I hope you will stop by and check out the new resources I have added. I have several end-of-the-year resources that will keep your students engaged until the very last day of school. 

I have also just added a new resource that I think will be a life-saver to many teachers. It is called Write with Me Journal. It contains 36 journals to be used throughout the entire school year. It is designed to be used as a take-home journal where the students interact with a parent/guardian/family member to help write many of the journals. It is aligned with the Common Core Standards for grades four, five, and six. There is a journal log where the parent initials the completion of the journal entry. I love that it promotes writing in the home and gives the students and parents the opportunity to spend quality time together. If you teach language arts or have writing as part of your curriculum, make sure you check it out. 

All 14 All Things Upper Elementary collaborators will be hosting 20% off sales on Tuesday and Wednesday. On top of the the 20% off, if you enter the coupon code "TAD13" at checkout, you will take an additional 10% off your purchase. Now is the time to stock up on those items you have had your eye on for a while. I know my cart is full of great things, and I cannot wait to purchase them at these wonderful sale prices! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Happy Teaching and Happy Shopping!

May Currently

I love the beginning of each month because of Farley's Currently Link Up. It is always fun to read everyone else's thoughts and ideas. If you are a blogger and have not yet linked with Farley, I encourage you to give it a try!

Listening: This morning I am listening to the hum of my computer. I feel asleep too early last night to get my post published, so I am doing it this morning. I am not sure about all of you, but I have been so tired lately. I think it is because my mind has all of these thoughts running through it and I have so much to accomplish before we get out of school for the summer.

Loving: I am loving that we only have 17 more school days left. Although I have a lot to get finished, it is nice to know I will have a little break. 

Thinking: I seriously need to get my classroom ready to move. I am changing classrooms and changing grades next year. I am so excited! (There will be a post about this soon, but I am very much looking forward to the change!)

Wanting: I know this is not healthy, but I really want a chocolate-covered doughnut right about now. And I think I might just see what I can do about that on my way to school. 

Needing: Okay, who out there other than me, does not like to go to the grocery store? Any hands? I have always done the grocery shopping for our family. Just here recently, my husband has been going to get small things for me because I just do not like it, and I cannot stick to a grocery list for anything! But, I need to go because our cupboards are looking a little scarce! It is on my to-do list for this afternoon...I think I can, I think I can.

Summer Bucket List: I have so many things that I want to do this summer. We will take a trip to the mountains and a trip to the beach (probably several trips because we live so close). I tried to think of things that I really want to accomplish, so here it goes:

1. Stick to a morning exercise routine: I have found that if I do not exercise in the morning when I wake up, it will not happen. I plan to get up each day this summer and do some form of exercise. My clothes are getting a bit snug (probably because of the chocolate-covered doughnuts) and exercise always makes me feel better. 

2. Log volunteer hours with my daughter: I have always been one who loves to volunteer. My daughter will be turning five in a couple of weeks, and she has started to ask questions about helping others. Just last night she came to me and said she wanted to help those that don't have clothes get some. It melted my heart. I think this summer we will spend some time at our local Help Agency volunteering together. We also have several other organizations in our community where we can volunteer. I think it will be something wonderful to do together.