Monday, July 21, 2014

Continue to Teach

I got the call today!! The one I have been waiting patiently for.....

"Good Morning Mrs. Ferrell. I want to congratulate you on being chosen as a new first grade teacher! Do you accept this position?"..........

My first thought this really happening?

Let's go back a little bit...I left  took some time off teaching 2 years ago because financially, it just didn't make sense. Two kids in daycare meaning my salary was paying the daycare bill and left little for me to enjoy. I know there are teachers out there who can totally relate.

I've been at home with my 2 kids, enjoying the time with them, watching my son start school, packing his lunches, putting him on the bus each morning, blowing bubbles with my daughter outside....ahhh the good stuff right? Absolutely!!

But as with every good thing, you often think about the things you've given up. I left my profession...teaching is something I wanted to do since I was a little girl and leaving it for me was a very difficult decision. I still remember my last day. Packing up all of my things, and this really it? Now don't get me wrong, I was very excited about being at home with my kiddos but I left what I loved doing and that for anyone can be completely life-changing.

Now some of you maybe she crazy??? Why would she want to go back to a profession where you don't get paid enough, you get no respect, and resources are limited....well, I have thought about all of these factors. If you asked me 2 years ago if I would come back to teaching, my answer would have been "No...not now."

But it's funny how through the course of those 2 years, the one thing that has remained constant is my love of education.

I continue to teach my kids at home,
I continue creating teaching resources for TpT,
I continue creating graphics for teaching resources,
I continue to read every educational article and link that pops up on my social networks,
I continue to see items in stores and think about how I could use them in a classroom,

Even though I have been out of the classroom for 2 years.....I continue to teach!

I have taught for 9 years so I know the challenges that lie ahead, I know the long hours that I'm about to endure, and I realize that I'm going back to a profession that isn't really appealing to others....but I'm going to continue to teach because I can't image doing anything else.

"Yes, I absolutely accept the 1st grade position!"

So get ready everyone........1st grade ideas are about to take over this sweet ol' blog of mine!!!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A New Blog Design!

Take a look around folks!!!! I'm so excited about my new blog design by A Bird in Hand Designs!

A Bird in Hand Designs

Megan is absolutely wonderful to work with and super fast! If you're looking for a new look for your blog, I would definitely recommend her! She's completely affordable and so worth every penny! I just love these bright colors and the way she has brought my blog back to life. I must admit, I have been a little "blog lazy" lately but this has definitely given me a boost to get back to it!! So THANK YOU Megan!!!

I haven't joined in on this linky in quite a while! Join Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her July Currently!

Yes today is my birthday!!!! So I'm celebrating by throwing a sale in both of my stores 
All of my teaching resources will be 20% off now through the weekend along with my graphic designs over at Dots of Fun

Enjoy! And Happy 4th!!! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Amazing Reading App!: Rhyme to Read

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by today! I have something pretty amazing to share with you...

I was contacted a few weeks ago about testing out a reading app for beginning readers and then writing a review about what I thought.

~So these are my honest opinions and I have not been compensated for expressing my views about Rhyme to Read.~

Well....of course my teaching ears perked up and I had to find out more!!

When it comes to anything "reading" related, I am all for it and since I have 2 little kids at home, I always love to see new reading resources, especially when there is technology involved. What's even more special about this app is that it was created my TEACHERS!!! YES!!!

It's called Rhyme to Read and it's an awesome app that teaches your early reader how to read by using word families. Let's dig a little deeper shall we.....

Let's talk about the creators of this app! Did I mention they are TEACHERS!!?? 

Lynn Klaiman and Sara Hines are 2 experienced teachers that created this app to help beginning readers as well as struggling readers. Their knowledge and expertise has made them very successful in and out of the classroom...... and this app is no exception.

When you purchase this app for $9.99 you will receive 20 stories that use word families to guide reading.

Word Families used:
at, an, ad, am, en, et, ed, ell, it, ig, id, ip, ot, og, ock, op, un, ub, uck, ug

Starting with Book #1 "Pat", your child will be introduced to simple reading with sight words and the word family "at". As your child progresses from one book to another, the reading becomes more challenging, which is great for showing mastery.

What's also awesome about this app is each word family is color coded so your child can also see the word family as he/she is reading. 

There is also a list of the word family words in the beginning of the story and at the end so you can easily do a "review check" and test to see if your child can read all of the words. 

My 3 1/2 year old can easily use this app by herself. She flips through the pages easily and it's great that when she touches the words, the words are read aloud for her. I love this feature because it really helps with one-to-one correspondence along with hearing the words if she doesn't know them....and since she's at the very early stages of reading, I appreciate this. 

This is a great app to use along with other phonetic readers, especially when you're on the go and you want your child to do a little reading. I highly recommend this app not only because I feel it as been created in a thoughtful way with the children in mind, but because my daughter absolutely LOVES it! She loves the illustrations and how simple it is to use. 

So here is what you can do! You can take my word for it and download the entire app for $9.99 or try out a free book first and see if you like it....and I can say without a doubt...I KNOW YOU WILL!!!! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Toddler Activity: Learning Colors in Their Environment

I wanted to share this quick and easy activity that you can do at home with your toddler. You don't need much...just a piece of paper, a magazine, scissors, and glue. Simple enough right?

Colors are everywhere so it's one of the first things your toddler will learn. I'm always asking my daughter about colors.....

 "What color is your shirt today?" 

"What color was that car?"

What color is your banana?"

Simple questions that you can ask at anytime to get your toddler to observe their surroundings.

So I thought of this quick activity where my gal could create a little collage of environmental objects and also record their colors.

Just start with a regular sized piece of paper...I used computer paper and folded it "hot-dog" style...long way :)

Then cut only the top half of the paper to divide it into 3 sections.

Then label the top with the colors you want to focus on.

Start searching in your magazine for objects that have that color. Cut them out and glue them underneath that color so it creates a little collage.

I added some color to the headings but you can decorate anyway you want. 

Simple, quick, and fun!!! Three MUST HAVES when you're doing activities with a toddler :)

You'll be surprised at how much your toddler knows:) It's a great vocabulary builder too as you'll find yourself talking about new words as they observe new things!

Thanks for stopping by today!