Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fun in Room P-1 (Classroom Tour)

Hey Y'all,
   My room hasn't changed much from last year, which is really new for me. I usually completely change my room each year. This year, I decided to enjoy more of summer and stress less. I still have a few things to finish up, so my room is not complete, but I wanted to link up with Blog Hoppin' so here it is! 













Sunday, August 17, 2014

Teacher Week and Giveaway!

Hey all!
    Are you participating in Teacher Week hosted by Blog Hoppin'? I am so excited to read all of the fun posts.  I'm definitely linking up. I'll never forget Teacher Week in 2010. I met my sweet friends Abby Mullins and Sarah Cooley and the rest was history. Here is the schedule of posts and linkys!

 In celebration of going back to school and Teacher week, I'll be giving one lucky teacher Origami Owl's newest item! Set to be released tomorrow, the new Lanyard Lockets are adorable! 

In fact, many of their new items are on my wish list.  
Here is a lanyard without the locket, but you can add their cute dangles. 
And how fun are these. Right up my alley! 

If you want to enter to win a Lanyard Locket with your choice of enamel face and apple charm, enter below! The winner will be chosen on Friday at 8 Eastern.



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meet The Teacher!

Hey y'all! I'm Michelle, Shell, Shelley, Mommy, Mrs. Oakes or all of the above. I'm married to an amazing man and we have two adorable and crazy little boys. I'm also a mommy to an English Bulldog named Gus, who sheds, slobbers and takes up half our couch.  
My sweet hubby and I.
(Our Recent Anniversary trip to the Bahamas)
Drew is 7 and sweet and quiet.
Landon, our 4 year old goofball. He'll crack you right up.
These boys are my life.
I'm a self-confessed shopaholic, reality t.v. loving, bracelet stacking, country music obsessed, crafter. 
I love to workout and spend time with my family. 



 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
My boys. Working out. Target. Photography. Hobby Lobby. Shabby Chic Decor. The Beach. Blogging. Yoga Pants. Reality T.V. Shopping. Jesus. Boots. Tory Burch. Jewelry.  Peach Rings. Organization.

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
 I would love to be an event planner or stylist. 

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Determined. Giving. Patient.  

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
"I would love to collect more data...said no teacher EVER!!"
 
Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
Luke Bryan. He can crash my party anytime! 


Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
 Her Crazy Life

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT? 
 Healing! I would love the power to cure those suffering.  

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
Audrey Hepburn's quotes are my favorite. 




Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
 A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
I'm both, because I have to be.  I stay up late blogging, watching reality T.V. and working out. I get up at 4:30 to get ready for school.  Sleep is overrated when you are a teacher, mommy, and blogger. 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
 I really love my Shared Reading units I created last year.  I spent so much time researching the Common Core and what is expected of our kiddos. I felt my reading instruction, especially in regard to comprehension was the best it has ever been.

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 
I've been with my husband since I was 16! That means I've been with him, longer than I've been without him. Crazy!! We never broke up, even through separate colleges. I love that man! 

Now you can go link up with Steph right now and Blog Hoppin' on Monday for Teacher Week. 


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to School Prep!

I know my blogging has been so pathetic y'all and I'm really sorry.  I have been so busy with back to school. I am also working on two products that must get completed. I'm up to my eyeballs in labels and laminating right now.

My kiddos have a writing binder and a reading notebook. We use their reading notebook for interactive notebook pages, reader's responses and assessment of things we just previously learned. I used 5.5 x 8.5 labels. They are large shipping labels. I slap them right on their composition notebooks and poly binders. Cheap and easy! 
 Another quick, easy, life saving tool, is my Helper.  I slap the front and back page together between laminating sheets and my kids have a resource that is easily stored in their chair pocket. A portable word wall, phonics resource, 120's chart and other math skills, as well as a place to find the info that would normally be hung around the room ie. color and number words.  
 I've also been laminating and cutting behavior bucks, classroom coupons, strategy cards and name cards. I can't wait to put it all in use though. 
These envelopes are used for all the back to school paperwork and forms that need to be completed and returned.  I include this sweet poem written by Jamie Solley
I've also been laminating all of my new focus wall documents and headers.  


I'm sure you all are busy cutting as well. A teachers work is never done! 
I have some fun freebies on my Facebook page. This is what's included on my page. I just added my center labels and checklist. Hope you can find something you like! 







Monday, August 11, 2014

Go Noodle: Blog Hop and Giveaway!


Does this look familiar to you all? Have you had to make this face more than once in a matter of minutes? If so, then it might be time to GoNoodle
Have you worked like a dog into the evening and early in the morning to prepare for a lesson and still realize you've forgotten something? If so, then it might be time to GoNoodle.
Have you gone all day, peeking your head outside the classroom, just praying someone will walk by and keep your kiddos occupied, just so you can use the restroom? 
If so, it's definitely time for GoNoodle
Because I'll tell you what my friends, Ryan Gosling isn't going be there for your bathroom break. 

If you don't GoNoodle, then you must check it out! I started using GoNoodle last year in my classroom and my kids were hooked.  GoNoodle is a one stop shop for brain breaks throughout your day. There are videos for calming your kiddos down, as well as videos to get those wiggles out.  There are so many reasons to use GoNoodle throughout the day, but teacher sanity is most important! 

So why GoNoodle?

REASON 1 
(LIFT YOUR SPIRIT)
 Y'all, our job is hard! Very, very, very hard.  There usually isn't a minutes rest, and keeping sane is a miracle! After a million questions, students talking over you, and just blank stares throughout the day, sometimes you just have to take a deep breath, turn on the laptop and find a fun video.  Sit back, relax and let your students go.  Have you ever watched a 6 year old dance? It will change your mood in a minute.  Better yet, watch a little person do yoga.  Hilarious!!! 

REASON 2 
(RAPPORT)
  I don't know about you but I'm a kill em' with kindness kind of girl. I believe that building rapport with students is so very important. I make my kiddos love me so much, that hurting my feelings by misbehaving hurts their little hearts.  Having fun with your students only builds that rapport even more.  When you don't take yourself too seriously, this job gets a little bit easier. I love to GoNoodle with my kids.  It's a great way to lift your mood, get a little workout in, and show your students school can be a blast.  I've been known to dance like a crazy woman. My kids love when I join in and it makes me happy too.

REASON 3 
(TAKE A BREAK)
Do you sit at all during the day? I mean sit, and no one is in front of you or tapping on your shoulder saying your name over and over? I know, I don't. Sometimes we just need a minute or two. A minute to grab a sip of water, eat a little snack, take a peek at the lesson plan book, or run to the restroom.  GoNoodle provides you with 3-5 minutes to do just that.  While your kids are deep breathing with Maximo, you can take a deep breath and get those things accomplished. 

I promise, its one of the best things you'll do the year, not only for your students, but for yourself.  
Keep Calm and GoNoodle On! 

Now, don't leave yet. If you want to use GoNoodle in your room, you can join below. There is also a link to jump to another GoNoodler's blog, to see other reasons you should GoNoodle. Finally, do you want some GoNoodle swag for your classroom. Enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Click below to join. It's FREE! 
Click below to see more reasons why GoNoodle is so great from my friend Erin

Enter to win a classroom set of GoNoodle Headbands.  Tell me, seeing your class in old school workout headbands, wouldn't lift your spirit just a little on a hard day? 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Peek at My Week!

Hey all! I'm so excited that Deedee is back with her Peek at My Week. I love her visual plans. Two years ago, I was awesome at posting my week. Last year... not so much. So I'm going to try to be better this year. Since I don't start school until next week, I thought I'd just copy my sweet friend Mrs. Wills and show you what my schedule looks like, as well as what resources I use to accomplish different tasks throughout the day.  


So here it goes: My crazy day!

To download a copy and see what resources I use, click the PDF below. You can also click on the resource and it will take you to the product. 

Finally, here is a sample Shared Reading plan you can use at the beginning of the year. I shared it on Blog Hoppin' not long ago and thought I'd add it here as well. 


Monday, August 4, 2014

Show Us What You Bought! Linky Party

Have y'll been shopping? I just got back from a fun little girl's weekend in Nashville, so I probably shouldn't have a cart full, but I do. Good thing the hubby doesn't read this blog. I'm joining the "Show Us What You Bought Linky" on Blog Hoppin'. 

I'm so excited about my purchases. Don't you love how other teachers make you a better teacher?
 I know I do. 

To see what is included in a few of my favorite packs, you can watch the video below. Feel free to fast forward through. Sorry it's not all that professional. That's what happens when you are trying to talk without two little men interrupting.