Monday, July 29, 2013

Its been busy around here!

So first off I officially get to move! (I may have already said this but I'm so excited that I don't care how many times I tell people!)
The only bad part is that I am waiting on other people which can be frustrating.
Last weekend my roommate moved out. Very sad because she was the best and easiest roommate ever. We decided to make a late evening trip to the beach. It was cold, starting to drizzle and getting dark. A little scary on the walk home hoping we didn't see the neighborhood bear. Here's a picture for you all. I'm the one in Orange.

Moving on. 

I have no TV until I move. So I have been keeping up on the computer which means that I am a day or more behind on everything. It's killing me to not know what happens on The Bachelorette tonight! I must know what the first part of the "most dramatic season finale" will hold! 

I have been at school today. (I wasn't allowed last week because they were tearing up the front entrance flooring to fix it.) I got to meet our new special education teacher. She is very very nice. A bit overwhelmed but that's to be expected. 

I have SOOOOOO much more to do! I'm a bit stressed because I have kindergarten screening on the 13 & 14. Oh and that's the same days that I will hopefully be moving. It will be nice to get all settled at school and home at about the same time though so that I can focus on curriculum stuff. Here are the small things that I completed today. 

A cart FULL of LeapPads, headphones and books. There are 3 more leappads and books in the cupboard but they just plain don't fit. Excited to use these though!

Home living center. Sorted all of the parts into those 3 bins. Hoping to make a small storage shelf to hold them just to make cleanup easier

Home living center

Hoping to get lots more done tomorrow. Then a training out of town on Wednesday. 
Oh and when I left in June my class size was sitting at a lovely 19. The secretary informed me today that we have gotten 3 or 4 more kinders... Wonder how many I will end up with. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I can't go to school...

So I start school September 3rd. But I begin testing students August 13&14 for our kinder assessment program called WAkids. Any other WA kinder teachers out there? Or other kinder teachers who use teaching strategies gold?
It gives good data but it is VERY time consuming. I have a refresher training on the 31st. 
Anyway this means that I want to have my classroom ready by the 13th. But I can't go to school this week... They are tearing up the entryway floor tiles and fixing them so they don't trip students (and teachers) anymore because they were all buckling. 

So I have decide that this week is a good time to pack up my house because I think that I will be able to move come the 12th. (Nice timing right?) I am sooooo excited to move though! It means a house to myself and getting to have my dog there. Oh and did I mention that I can walk to school if I want to?! Yep! A big difference from the hour commute I started my teaching career with. 

Here is a new classroom picture from last week. (I don't think I posted it yet) and a couple other random ones from life recently. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Back to the real world

I was in Vegas for 4 days. It always amazes me the things people do, say and wear. Wow. 
Here are a few pictures of my trip.

I did get to watch my second cousin get married though... Mostly. I actually ended up taking care of the brides little 3 week old brother. He was adorable and well he and I got way too hot at the outdoor wedding so we went inside about halfway through the ceremony. Right behind us came the bridesmaid who passed out... And didn't remember it. She was ok though. 

Got back just before midnight on Monday. Meaning I just barely missed all the bloggers that are there now:( 

Yesterday was spent driving home and just plain relaxing. Today I went to school. I went with the intention of laminating the schedule cards that I finished cutting and coloring yesterday. Got to school and I can't find my personal laminator anywhere! I went through ALL of the boxes. It's driving me crazy. I did make some labels for my classroom library. I also hung some things up and started my big bulletin board. Here are the pictures. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I gave in...I went to work in July.

Here is the drawing I left on the board for the custodians. They take all the furniture out an when they are done with the floors they will put it back wherever you draw it. If you forget to put it on there they will just put it where they can. I was pretty detailed :)
My KCDA order came!! It was like Christmas in July. New individual white boards that are lined on one side and blank on the other. I am SO excited! And the new electric pencil sharpener.

Here is what my classroom looked like when I left today.

I began the book sorting. I have all my teacher read aloud books sorted but I needed to sort my student library. I realized today that I have a TON of books!

Here are the categories that I started today. I still have about 3 boxes worth in addition to the ones on the table and the ones you saw stacked on the shelf in the previous picture... And these don't include the teacher read aloud books or the ones that I have for student check out...

Beginning of the word wall. Can't wait to get some words up there! Almost as much as I can't wait to put away that stuff that looks so messy up on top.

Here is the panoramic of the room today when I started.A

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July-Stay Safe!

Sure they are pretty sometimes. But I really don't understand how people can spend so much money on them! I spent my day working in a fireworks stand basically on the WA/OR border.
Fireworks are mostly illegal in OR but not in WA. It is absolutely insane how much people will spend to blow things up for 15 minutes.

I also live in a house with an ocean view... Well for the last 4 days or so this means I spend my nights listening to people blow things up... It feels like there are people blowing things up on all sides of my house (they basically are). Completely insane.

I prefer the small town parade mid day tomorrow. It's quiet and cute. And we have an AWESOME shopping cart drill team.

Happy 4th of July everyone! Please be safe but also enjoy the day with your family.