Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jolly Christmas Videos

Just one more day of school until winter break!!  A storm is brewing above us in the Midwest.  I'm so happy that my sister was able to fly in today because they cancelled all flights after 4pm at the Midway airport in Chicago! I'm happy to finally see snow but I'm also DREADING to go outside for recess tomorrow.

Are you looking for any last minute videos to share with your class before break starts?  Here are my students' 3 top favorite videos we have been watching this month:

1.  S-A-N-T-A from Super Simple Songs:  To the tune of Bingo, this is a fun and festive song to sing as a whole class.  The clapping along the beat is fun and easy to follow in the video.

3.  The Dancing Christmas Tree Song:  A YouTube video by the Kids TV 123, this is a dancing and interactive song that will make your little ones ask you repeat all day.  I like this video a lot because you can move all sorts of body parts with the characters.

2.  The Santa Counting Song: Here is another great video by Kids TV 123.  I like this song because the singer reminds me of Jack Johnson.  Also, my students like to count the presents along as Santa takes them out of his sack.

I hope you can use this videos and share with your students tomorrow!  This would be a great time filler if you are looking for extra fun things to do in class.

Well I'm off to decide which Pajamas I am going to wear to school tomorrow!! Don't you just love Pajama day at school?!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rudolph The Bloody-Nosed Reindeer

Today was a silly day!  I had a student singing, “Rudolph the bloody-nosed reindeer”, all day and other student that kept saying “Shake your booty” every time we transitioned to another activity.  I thought this week was going to go by slow but with these kids are making me laugh throughout the day!

Since Thanksgiving break, I haven’t keep up with the blog world at all.  I feel very displaced and stressed because there are so many blogs, websites, and pins to catch up on!!!  Hopefully I can get back onto the swing of things and try to do some major reading/stalking this weekend.

Right now, I’m trying to find some Christmas ideas for other teacher friends, classroom aides, co-workers, etc.  Do you give presents out to your aides and teacher friends?  If so, what do you do? I work with 4 other aides and my general kinder teacher.  I am open to any ideas and suggestions on what I should do! (And also staying on budget!)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's Almost Friday and November Currently

Today was a hectic day!  Many of my kindergartners get easily tired by the end of the week and become very grouchy, especially during transitions and afternoon centers.  Today was worse because at least 3 of the little ones had a meltdown at the same time.  My conclusion is that last Sunday was Daylight savings and that everyone (including me) is off their usual sleep schedule.  Even though I love the fall season, the weather change is really messing up my internal clock!  I feel like I haven't seen the sun in DAYS!!! I guess that's what I get for moving up here in Chicago.  I can't wait for the weekend to come so I can relax and enjoy some quiet and peace.  Anyone else in the same boat?

Well it has been about a week since Farley started her November Currently Linky Party. PS- I am loving the color scheme and clip art she used this month! It's so fall-ish!

So here's mine!
I just bought new flannel sheets and pajamas (for our Pajama day next week) from Macy's and I am in love!  They have a lot of cute flannel stuff at their stores.  Waking up in the morning is becoming more difficult for me since they are so warm and cozy.

I've had my bedroom furniture for over 10 years and it doesn't fit in my new bedroom anymore (it's a lot smaller now), so I've been researching all of the furniture stores for good deals.  I can't wait to shop at Ikea.  I hope I can find something good there!

I moved to Illinois at the end of summer, right before school started and I haven't had a haircut since MAY.  I am in dire need to get one.  But I haven't had the time to look for a good salon here yet.  I am kind of anxious of going to a new hair salon since I've been going to the same one for at least 15 years back in Ohio.  I need to get over my fears of having a new hair stylist doing my hair and get it done before Thanksgiving rolls along.  My split ends are hideous!

As for music in the classroom, this song on YouTube has been stuck in my end since November 1.  My kids LOVE it and since it all the time (on the way to P.E., in the hallways, during centers).  It's very catchy and I love the body movements that is incorporated in this video.  We watch this every day during calendar.

Have a happy Thursday night and Thank God tomorrow is finally FRIDAY!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Voting Freebie: Obama vs. Romney

It's Freebie time!  It's Monday and what is a better way to start the week with a FREEBIE?  I just wanted to share a quick election day freebie since it is coming close!  Who is ready for the Elections to be over? I AM because I tired of all of the political ads and commercials, telephone calls, and general political talk 24/7.

This is just a tiny FREE preview of my election unit packet you can purchase from the TpT and TN stores.  Click on the Store names to check it out!! :)      TpT store       TN Shop

This small freebie includes voting ballots with both political candidates' names on it and a class prediction graphing sheet.

Click on the picture below or here to check out this awesome freebie!!!  I would love to hear your comments and feedback if you will use this in your classroom! Enjoy and Happy Monday folks!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Once Upon A Time...

Do you read a book at the end of each day to your kids?  We always do, but sometimes you are too tired, losing your voice, or coughing up a storm to read a book.  So lately, I would put a "book on video" for the kids.  I stumbled upon this awesome website called Storyline Online.

This website was created by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and a SAG member/actor reads a children's picture book aloud.  I love this website because not only does it provides a YouTube link of the actor reading the book, it shows the pictures of the pages ("Reading Rainbow" style), gives related activities for teachers and parents, and a short bio about the actors, writers, and illustrators.  Another great use of this website is if you need something to fill extra time, this is perfect because under each book, it shows you how long the movie is.  Some are short like 5 minutes and others are long like 15 minutes. The best part about this website and videos is that it is all free!

If you school blocks YouTube, don't worry because they also provide the same videos on SchoolTube.

Today we watched Stellaluna. Here's the video and link if you want to check it out yourself.

Some of my favorite stories from this site are:
Harry, The Dirty Dog- Bette White
Thank You, Mr. Falker- Jane Kaczmerak
A Bad Case Of Stripes- Sean Astin
Someone Loves You, Mr. Hatch- Hector Elizondo
Me and My Cat- Elijah Wood

My kids love watching and listening to these stories.  They always clap and cheer with the movie is over.  This is great to show off the SmartBoard, computers, etc.  I guarantee these videos will be a hit in your classroom!  Let me know what you and your kiddos think!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

First Year Bliss Linky

I'm linking up with Michelle from The 3AM Teacher!  She is so awesome and sweet to her followers.  I love her work, especially her clip art.  Michelee's blog is a definite must-see!
My first year blog memory?  I have so many to choose from since this is my very first year of blogging! My blogversary (is this the correct blogging term?) was on October 11, 2011.  I didn't even know that I past the date until today!  Time flies so fast and I can't believe how much I have learned and grown this past year from the blogging and teaching world.

So here are my top memories of my first blogging year:

My first comment ever! I couldn't believe other bloggers were clicking onto MY BLOG to read MY POSTS.  I definitely felt the blogging rush after that moment.  The more comments you leave, the more and more I want to blog and talk with you!

My first freebie.  I was such a newbie, I didn't know what to expect after posting it.  But I received a lot  of sweet comments that made me keep making more.

Winning my first giveaway and starting my own giveaways.  I seriously didn't think I would ever get a shot in winning any giveaway but receiving an email on the prizes I have won instantly puts a smile on my face.

Monthly Currently's!  :)

Deciding to create my own TpT and TN stores!  Best decision ever.  Selling my products to teachers that care and respect my products is an amazing feeling.  Being thanked for the products I make motivates me to create more!!  Who else is addicted to these two wonderful sites?!

Since I'm still looking for my "forever home", I've met many wonderful bloggers who tell me their district or area in their state are looking for teachers  This has helped me with my job search and I am grateful to have blogging friends who think of me since the job market is tough out there!

There are so much more memories of my first blogging year but I tried to sum it up to five BIG ones!  This has be a very blissful year for me and I hope for another blissful year!

Link with The 3AM Teacher to read about more blissful memories!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Allergy-Free Signs (freebie)

Do you have a student with a food allergy in your classroom?  I've noticed every year more and more kids are developing all kinds of food allergies other than the typical peanut/nut allergy.  I know it is very important to keep our students safe from allergic reactions.  By having allergy safe and awareness signs in the entrance of your classroom will alert people like staff, parents, and visitors know what foods to avoid bringing into the classroom, especially for classroom parties and snack time.

Some kids are very severe, such as one student I work with.  He is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and gluten.  As I walk around my school building, I noticed many of the allergy classroom signs are bland and boring looking.  So I decided to create my own and I thought why not use the popular favorite, chevron designs, to decorate my classroom signs!  I've made the signs with 8 different chevron colors to match your classroom decor.  Let me know what you think by clicking on the respective TpT and TN stores link or on the pictures below.

Included in this packet are signs for peanuts, all nuts (tree nuts), gluten, soy, milk and eggs.  Also, I made combination allergy-free signs for students who have multiple food allergies.

Let me know what you think of my new classroom signs!!  If you don't see a food allergy combination in my packet that you need in your own classroom, please email me or leave a comment below and I will create one for you!  Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Currently October

So I definitely failed to post my freebie up this past weekend!  Life caught up with me over the weekend/ I was doing some major house cleaning with my dad.  My poor hands are tired from all the scrubbing!

Because of my procrastination, I will post a freebie that I have been working on tomorrow!!  Stay tuned tomorrow because I can't wait to show you what I worked on the past two days.

Since it's midway through October, I'm linking up with Farley's Currently October Linky Party.

I always seem to be very busy when Once Upon A Time airs on Sundays!  So I'm catching up on it online (I just discontinued my DVR, but at least the commercials are shorter).  Anyone else obsessed with this show?  I love the whole twist with the classic fairytale stories into a modern "Lost" drama.

Some people have cold hands, I have cold feet!  One thing I love about the fall/winter seasons are FUZZY SOCKS!

Halloween is coming up and everyone in the teacher's lounge are talking about their outfits this year.  I have no idea what I want to be this year! My previous school I was at didn't allow staff and students to dress up for Halloween.  Any suggestions?!

I've been craving apple pie since I went apple & pumpkin picking with the BF a couple weekends ago. I definitely need to make more ASAP!  Also, I need to start carving my pumpkins soon!  I Can't wait to crack open this bad boy up.

I need to make an appointment for a massage! My whole body hurts.  I think it's the change in weather...I might have to have a spa day with some girlfriends. Don't we all deserve a little girl time once in awhile?!

Stealing Heaven is actually a young adult novel and I saw it recommended to me through my GoodReads account.  I just started and it's a pretty good book and it's a fast read.

Here's an overview:
Dani has been trained as a thief by the best-- her mother.  Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver.  They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friends-- a real life.

In beach town of Heaven, though, everything changes.  For the first time, Dani starts to feel at home.  She's making friends and has even met a guy.  But these people can never know the real Dani-- because of who she is.  When it turns out that her new friend lives in the house they've targeted for their next job and the cute guy is a cop, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known-- or the one she's always wanted.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

America Votes!

For the upcoming election, I finally completed my Election Day unit!!  Check it out by clicking on the picture below or the links for either TpT or TN store!

Included in this 64 page bundle are literacy center activities (ABC order, Write the Room, Alphabet Challenge, Make a Word), tree maps and bubble maps, labeling, writing prompts, vocabulary cards, How To Vote activity, and comprehension pages (history of election day, president's job, political parties, how to vote).

In addition, I have included a class voting activity with voter registration cards, ballots, voter sign-in, prediction sheet, and voting signs. Also, there is an activity of students coming up with their own presidential slogans and buttons.

As with all of my units, this election packet is aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Stay tuned this week because I will have a freebie up by the weekend!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tech Tip Tuesday

Looking for new apps to put on your classroom iPad?!  I was talking with one of our school's speech pathologists today and she showed me an app great for students with autism.  So forget the old-fashioned flashcards and get this awesome app!

My favorite app is called Word SLapPs Vocabulary.  This app was designed by a Speech Language Pathologist that allows you to teach any student at any pace.  You can use any image and save them to your own recorded questions.  My kinders are still learning all of their peers and adult's names so this was easy-peasy to take everyone's picture with their name voice-recorded.  This app is the best because you can easily personalize it. This app is $4.99 but they did a 50% off back-to-school sale in August. So keep your eyes open to see if they will have another sale.
This is what the app button looks like on the iPad.

After student's touch the correct image, they are rewarded with a fun, exciting sounds, animation, and/or visuals.  When you first download the app, it comes with pre-loaded animal and color categories.  You can buy pre-made categories from other people or you can create your own.  I just want to let you know that it is REALLY EASY to make your own! It takes about 10 minutes!  You can teach all kinds of words like nouns, sight words, action, and "where" questions.

Here are other images of what you can do such as sequencing and making stories.

To learn even more about this app check it out at the iTunes store here.

Stay tuned tomorrow because I will be posting my new Election Day unit at TpT and TN!! I finally completed it yesterday during my day off school!  I can't wait to show you guys this awesome unit!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Picture Day

Today was picture day.  Do you dread or like picture day?  I actually like picture day because you get to see everyone dressed up in their cute little outfits.  I adore seeing the girls in pretty dresses with the hair made up and boys dressed with a bow tie/tie and hair neatly combed!  As for myself, I almost forgot about picture day while I was getting ready but thank God I straightened my hair!  I dressed simple with a dress shirt and pink cardigan since I knew I would by busy with the little kinders all day.  What do you like to wear for picture day? Anything special like a piece of jewelry?

When I looked at the schedule on when our little ones were going to take their picture, we would get the worse time slot possible: after P.E. class!  Thinking about the kids being sweaty from gym and tired was not ideal for us.  One good teacher tip I learned from the other teachers is to take off the nice, clean shirts the boys came to school with and let their wear their undershirts or an extra shirt they have in their cubbies because we all know how messy they can get when eating lunch or playing outside.

Since it was a special day today, I brought in some books I bought from the Scholastic Warehouse sales from previous years to share with my lead Special Ed. teacher.

Listed below are some of my favorites about picture day:

I'm a big fan of Lynn Plourde's books.  She writes witty, humorous stories with lively text and funny illustrations.  "School Picture Day" is about a girl who is too busy wondering how things work instead of thinking about picture day and she almost ruins picture day for her whole class.  This is a must read for all ages!

Written by Andrea Buckles, this easy read is a cute story of a student who is tricked into sticking out her tongue during her class picture!  Hopefully this story won't generate silly ideas for your own students before they take their own pictures.

Did you already have your Picture Day at school?  I would love to hear what books and activities you do in your classroom to prep your students for this special day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

So long subbing, hello full-time job!

First of all, is anyone have difficultly with blogger lately? For some reason I can't click on some people's blogs and it's really hard for me to catch up on my blog hopping!  Honestly, I think it's partly my internet's fault because it's been going on and off all weekend and it's driving me insane!  You don't realize how much you rely on technology, especially the internet, until it doesn't work! :(

So I am excited to announce that I am done with subbing and found a full-time job!  Today was my first day with the kindergarteners and I loved it!  I am the special education teaching assistant and I work the with autistic students in the classroom.  My district is trying something new this year by putting ALL of the children diagnosed with autism in one classroom, so then the teachers, aides, speech path, social workers, and others can all work with them and really focus on each individual's needs.  Today was a CRAZY day because Labor Day threw off their school routine.  I love how I know I will be going to school everyday without worrying if I have a "job" or not.  I learned a lot from subbing last year but I am glad to start a new adventure in this awesome kindergarten class.

I'm so happy to have my work figured out for this year so I can start focusing on my lesson and unit creations.  I have so many unfinished projects I need to go back to!  How do you guys do it with kids, prepping for work, husbands, etc?!  Kiddos to everyone who blogs daily on top of their busy, busy schedules.  I'm hoping by the end of the month I can pull out and share some of my new products with you.

Now, I will end my post with Farley's Currently September!

Today was so hot, I wish I didn't wear black pants! I was thinking the school would be nice and cool inside, but running around with kindergarteners sure does bring on the heat!

After meeting many lovely ladies in the building, everyone had such cute summer outfits and SHOES that I made many mental notes on new cute teacher clothes I wanted to buy! Wish I had time last weekend to shop over Labor Day for all the awesome sales.

I'm very lucky that my work is less than 2 miles away but I forgot to prepare my day with caffeine to a mid day "pick me up".  I definitely need to remind myself to buy some more Diet Cokes this week!

At first I was hesitant in moving back into my parent's house (and a NEW state). BUT I'm so happy I did.  The transition to Illinois is great and everything seems to fall into place.  I am in LOVE with our kitchen (I need to take pictures!) and I can't wait to start baking/goodies for friends and family.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A whole new world (and school year)

I finally moved and settled down in the suburbs of Illinois (Anyone from the Naperville, Warrenville, Wheaton area?).  I just wanted to say that moving can be exhausting!!  However, I am excited to start fresh in my life in a new city, meet up with old and new friends in Chicago, and finding a new teaching career here.  I do admit it is frustrating that the state of Illinois doesn't recognize my 4th/5th grade endorsement.  I've always wondered why only 47 states do and Illinois unfortunately had to be the remaining 3 that didn't.

Since the new school year has just began, I wish I was able to talk about the first days of school...and then I realized I've never really experienced "my first day of school" as an educator!  As a sub, I really don't get my feet wet in the classrooms until a few days or weeks later.  Now I'm trying to substitute in the Illinois school districts as I'm looking for a full-time job.

So, this post is for all the people who are still looking for teaching jobs (like me), newly graduated students, and substitutes!  If you are like me and are registered as a substitute in multiple school districts, it may become a little hectic of making sure you are getting paid for every job.

Quick Sub Tip: If you're a sub and want to try and work everyday, I found the best way to get jobs was to apply for multiple school districts. You are on more phone call lists and websites to look for jobs because there are a lot of substitutes out there! In school districts in Columbus, Ohio, we had over 23,000 substitute teachers!  On the days, I didn't have a sub job scheduled, I was fighting against so many people.

Here is a freebie I created and used for the past school year when I received sub jobs.  It's easy to fill out and I like to add the teacher's name under the "Grade" column especially if I am in the school's building a lot.  I always keep my district's pay dates sheet in my sub binder as a reference so I can quickly look for the next pay date and jot it down on my sub compensation sheet.  Then once I have received the money from the respecting school district, I simply put a checkmark on the last column "Received".  If you have any questions about my substitute teaching compensation sheet, let me know! I hope this is helpful for all of the substitute teachers out there and keep you more organized on your sub jobs and planning.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Summer London Olympics are finally here!

Watching the London Olympics opening ceremony last night was amazing!  I think it's exciting to see Great Britain and all of the other countries join together to celebrate the great talents of all of the athletes.  My favorite part was watching the Olympics Parade of Nations.  I love watching all of the cultural and patriotic outfits each country dressed their athletes.

I really liked the Ralph Lauren outfits for both men and women. It gave a very classic "All-American" look for the athletes. But, I'm not sure if I liked the berets on their heads...

What was your favorite part of the opening ceremony?  
Please comment and share your thoughts! The first person to comment and leave their email address will get a FREE copy of my Olympics unit.

For people who didn't click fast enough... I'm having an Olympic sale for this unit! 20% off until tomorrow night at midnight!!  Check it out on TpT and TN!

Enjoy your weekend watching all of the fun olympic sports!  I'm going to watch some more swimming and volleyball as I try to complete my TESOL endorsement before school starts up again.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Back in the saddle!

Hello blogging friends (old and new)!! Sorry I've been MIA for awhile this summer because I've been busy traveling and working at an all day summer camp!  And I thought I would be blogging MORE this summer (total fail).

Last week I just came back from vacation in Italy with my boyfriend and I loved every minute of it!

This is me at the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

The boyfriend and I at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Since it is summer and if you are looking for something fun, easy, and cheap to do...try making watercolor salt art!!! This is my example I used to show my little campers 2 days ago.

Here's a quick guide on how to make this awesome craft.

-construction paper (I find dark paper look the best for the end result)
-elmer's glue
-salt (lots of it)
-watercolors and paintbrush
-cup of water

  1. First use a pencil and draw any design you wish on the construction paper.
  2. Then use elmer's glue and trace over your pencil drawing with glue. For the little ones, you can do this for them.
  3. Add salt! Lots of it and shake the excess off.  Wait and let the salt dry on the glue.
  4. After the glue dries, use watercolor paint to color the salt.  I found that using a lot of water makes this process easier.  be careful of not brushing the salt off the paper.  Use the paintbrush more as a water dropper (let the watercolors drip off your brush).
  5. Let it dry again and it's finished!

Here are some of my camper's masterpieces:

 This is one of the dragon ball Z characters.  I did the glue for him and it was tough but worth it!

PS:  Come back and visit my blog again this weekend for an Olympic post and a chance to win my free Olympics mini packet!!!
Who's excited for the opening ceremonies tomorrow Friday?! I AM!!!
**Thanks Sara for letting me know tomorrow isn't Friday...hahaha (Wish it was though!)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Friday Fruity Freebie

It's that time of year where we love to eat all kinds of fruit, especially the juicy ones like watermelon.  I realized many of my students haven't really tried different fruits outside their norm (bananas, strawberries, peaches, etc).  So here's a fun and tasty activity you can do with your students while learning about the fruit food group.  I put ten different fruit seeds in baggies and let students write down their predictions of what they thought the fruit seed came from.  I gave the youngsters a word bank to help them.

Here are some of the baggies I used:

My directions were simple.  They were not allowed to take the seeds out of the bag.  However, some students were smart enough to open the bag to smell the fruit fragrance, which helped them figure out what fruit the seed came from.  Some were tough like the pear and apple seeds because they both looked similar.  Also, I put in lychee seeds (an exotic fruit) to make the activity harder.  After we went over the answers, let the students try the fruit I assumed most students haven't tasted before.  I cut up kiwi, cantaloupe, apricot, mango, and cherry.

*To find the sweet and fresh lychee fruit, go to specialty or oriental/asian stores.  They are a seasonal fruit, I think, because I only see them during the late spring/summer time.

Give this juicy Freebie below:

What is your favorite fruit to eat?  My all time favorite is mango, but right now I am craving watermelon!

I forgot to post pictures of the adorable Trophies my summer camp kiddos made for their daddies!  Here are some neat and color trophies.  Click on the pictures to read about my post on how to make them!


Have a Happy Friday everyone!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Rewarding All Dads With a Trophy!

With Father's Day coming around the corner, do your little ones have a present to give to dad yet?  If not, why not give him an awesome gold trophy to place on his desk at work.  This easy peasy homemade craft is perfect for a father's day present.  I just did this with my little campers this week and they all enjoyed it (even the middle schoolers)! 

Materials Needed:
  • 2 styrofoam or paper cups (I used styrofoam because they were cheaper)
  • small paper plate
  • 1 gold pipe cleaner
  • masking tape
  • puffy paint
  • gold acrylic paint
  • Elmer's glue or glue gun
  1. Glue the bottoms of the cups together. Let it dry.
  2. Then tape the same part of cups that meet to reinforce the cup stability.
  3. Cut the pipe cleaners in half. Then insert the stems on the sides to make trophy handles.
  4. Use gold paint to cover the entire cup.  It took me 2 layers to get a good coverage of the foam cups.  
  5. Also paint the bottom side of the paper plate with gold paint.
  6. After it dries, glue the trophy to the plate.
  7. Then use the puffy paint to write "World's Best Dad", "#1 Dad", "Best Dad Award", etc.  I used sparkling black paint.  
** You can add Dad's favorite candy inside the trophy.

What do you usually give your dad for a father's day present?  I like to take my dad to a Columbus Crew game.  He's a big soccer fanatic!

Friday, May 25, 2012

It's my birthday and I'll share a present with you!

Today is my birthday! And I love how it fell on a Friday so I can celebrate all weekend!  I am 23 today (I know, I'm still a baby compared to a lot of other fabulous bloggers out there!).  But after a LONG week of applying to teaching jobs and working, I'm taking the day off to soak up some sun!

Finding a teaching job is exhausting!  Yesterday alone, I received 7 rejection emails. :( What a sad birthday present right?! Anyways, I'm still looking.... I'm open to any state... anywhere! If you know of a school district that is hiring, please let me know!  I'm willing to go where there are jobs! Hopefully I get better luck this year. (birthday wish, maybe?)

I was contacted by and they wanted me to link up and share an article for new and aspiring teachers-- 5 Ways To Get Started in Teaching.  (click on "Job Hunt" tab)  Even though I don't have a full-time teaching career, I wanted to share for those who are in the same boat as me.  They have great tips for newbies, like me, who are looking on how to start their career.  This site helps you broaden ways to find that dream job.  There are many alternatives to teaching since the economy is still bad and lack of job opportunities everywhere before getting your dream classroom.

On a happier note, back to my birthday....
Since I love presents, here's a little present (freebie) for you!  Can I get 3 cheers for that?!  Yesterday, I taught a couple science lessons.  Here's one that the students liked. This is a science experiment that shows how water can rise in a vase due to the high and low air pressures.

Enjoy my birthday freebie! Let me know if you used it for your classroom. I would love to hear your experience and comments!