Labourless Blog Hop!

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It is Finally here!

At the bottom of this post you will find details on how you can enter to win the fabulous prizes listed there.


Today I am linking with Laura from Where the Magic Happens, Krista from Teaching Momster, and Lisa from PAWsitively Teaching! I have joined forces once again with my bloggy friends to bring you the best, most amazing giveaway on this Labor Day weekend!
All of us have been thinking about  good ways in which to treat our readers and followers.   We thought hard, and I mean it! Really, really hard… and decided that  we can treat you to our best ideas to work smarter rather than harder… at school and home!
I know what it takes to be a great teacher, the stress, the time, the energy… I could go on and on! I also know that we crave time to ourselves and our families.

So here I go!

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Spend the first week working on routine.  Train those kiddos what you expect from them at clean up time.  Show them exactly what you need from them when they line up.  Trust me, it will pay off later.  When I was a beginning teacher, I used to worry that I was too strict.  I worried that I might have too many rules.  But one thing I have come to realize over the years, is that kids LOVE structure.  They need to know the limits.  They will bounce around at first to figure out what those limits are, but once they know what they are, then their comfort zone is established, and they can work well within the boundaries.  As self-regulation becomes a bigger problem in society, I have found that setting even clearer boundaries makes for a happy class.  I use tape everywhere.  I have masking tape on the floor, to show the kids exactly where they need to stand when they line-up to leave the room.  This eliminates pushing and shoving and budging.  I used duct tape to make a grid pattern on my carpet.  Because my class size is sooooooo big these days, the only way all the kids fit on the carpet, is if I assign them a spot.  So every week I give them a new spot and they have the same spot for the week.  I can make sure that kids that need preferential seating, are near the front, and kids who shouldn't sit together are separated.  If this seems a bit too regimented to you, remember that I teach in the K to 2 area and kids of this age love structure.  So my advice is that you spend the first week of school focusing on routine and you can start on the academics the next week.  Trust me, it will make for calmer kids.  As the year goes on, I loosen the reigns and the kids know the boundaries.

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For me, I have a crafting room where I spend most of my time.  

CLICK HERE for a tour.
  
I am an avid papercrafter and spend a lot of time making cards and scrapbook pages.  This is how I de-stress.  Here are a few of my favourite pieces.

My kids on rides at the local fairgrounds.


My daughter and I at the Mining Museum.


and a few of my favourite cards...





to check out my papercrafting blog.


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I have several classroom decor items in my store.  In these packs there are tons of items you need to start off your year being organized.  And they are colour coordinated too!    I have two types.  The first is a smaller file which has an editable portion for you to personalize for your classroom.  The second is a much larger file, but it is non-editable.

to check out Rainbow Party.



to check out Summer Party.




Top all these great tips and ideas  with these top-notch prizes!

A $100 gift card to Amazon


A $50 gift card to TpT

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2 $25 gift cards to TpT
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1 $10 gift card to TpT
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Thank you for reading! And now get your hands all over this awesome giveaway!!



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September Currenly

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So I'm sitting in my crafting room, listening to my new favourite band O.A.R.   My hubby has been playing it for me in the car, and I need it on my Ipod now!!!

I'm loving the new camping trailer we just bought.  We brought it home today.  Here's a look at our new toy.  We are going camping this weekend.  Let's hope the weather improves around here. 

I'm thinking that summer is almost over.  The weather has been so HOT and dry around here lately, and 4 days ago we had the worst storm.  The weather has completely changed.  It's supposed to clear up this weekend for our little trip.

Wanting the rain to stop...need I say more?

I need another month of summer, I have so much to do and so many things to work on for my store.  I went into work this week and set up my classroom, and I'm mentally ready for next week in some respect, but having such a good time with my own children this summer that I don't really want to go back to work.

Oh well...

one more week



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