Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Snapshots

It's time for Saturday Snapshots and I'd love for you to link up. This week I had a chance to snuggle with this little one. I also visited a new spot for pictures. I'm loving all of the colors in the Watercolor photographs. Watercolor  Inn and Resort is a beautiful beach resort located along the emerald green waters and sugar white sands of the panhandle. I know where I want my next stay-cation to be. To check out more about Florida don't forget to visit the Florida Blog Hop. I've enjoyed visiting new places from looking at all of the wonderful pictures.




















Have a wonderful weekend. Remember to capture those little moments. 



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Florida Teacher Blog Hop

I'm so happy to be blogging about my city and state. Welcome to the Sunshine State! Enjoy yourself as you take a tour around our wonderful state! Grab some freebies along the way, and be sure to enter to win our Bundles of Sunshine!


Did you know that I'm from a town that some of you may have visited during your Spring Break? I'm from Panama City Beach, Florida. It's known for Spring Break but it has way more to offer than just that! 

One of my favorite spots is Shell Island. 



Shell Island is well-known as Panama City Beach’s most spectacular natural asset.  The pristine sand dunes, crystal clear waters, and boundless raw beauty of the island make it a one-of-a-kind retreat for visitors from all walks of life.  This natural asset serves as a haven for beach goers and swimmers who like to explore the emerald blue-green waters as well as a playground for families who enjoy spending the day searching for unique sea shells.




The very best way to reach the island is by boarding the Shell Island Shuttle, which is located in St. Andrews State Park.  



A funny thing happens to people once they visit Shell Island.  Maybe it is the salt air.  Perhaps it is the warm gulf breeze.  It might even be the sparkling white sandy beaches.  Whatever it happens to be, it entices people out on the water.  Seemingly normal, rational people take one trip across Grand Lagoon to this mystical place called Shell Island, and they can’t seem to get enough!  Like all the Islanders who have gone before you, I can assure you that your Shell Island experience is one you won’t forget!  See you at the Island!














I hope you enjoyed some of my pictures. To see more pictures on Instagram click on the camera.


The Florida teachers below have two fantastic giveaways for you! You can enter once from each one of our pages. All you have to do is follow my blog! Hop around to all the blogs listed below, and be sure to follow them to get more entries. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Each pack also includes a Starbucks gift card (because, well, a teacher's gotta have a coffee!).




Come find out more about the beautiful state of Florida by reading about these other sweet teachers!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It

I'm pretty sure this is my last Monday Made It before I have to start getting in school mode. It's been a fun but fast summer. We're going to Montana and Los Angeles for 10 days so I'll be missing the last Monday Made Its before the 2014-2015 school year begins.  Thanks Tara for hosting my favorite linky party of all times :)  I've had fun making new items for my class this summer.


I had so much fun making a ribbon wreath that I just couldn't stop. I also made one for Halloween which happens to be one of my favorite holidays.



Directions : Buy a Styrofoam wreath, cute ribbon, and straight pins. Use a solid color ribbon to wrap around your wreath and then cut your ribbon into about 2 to 3 inch strips. Then you create a loop and stick them to the wreath with the push pins. 




My next Monday Made It was a tpt product that I've been dying to make.  I don't know about you but the students in my class LOVE cheers. We do Kagan cheers, Dr. Jean cheers and now Becca's classroom cheers from Foxwell Forest.


 Each cheer is adorable. There are 24 cheers in all. I know the benefits of classroom praises and cheers so I just can't wait to start these!

Does this even count for a Monday Made It? I sure hope so because its simple yet effective. I love how easy it is to add border and a flower to an empty spaghetti glass jar.  


I made these free learning scales last year but used them horizontally across a white board. This year I'm going to try using either clothespins or sticky notes.  I also made some other styles for classes that don't have a bee theme. 

Last but not least I read a cute blog and found this awesome reflection idea Mrs. Harris at a Classy Collaboration .  These reflection baskets will serve as great visual reminders for students to become more self-reflective and accountable for their individual learning.  Read her blog post to see how she will incorporate the self reflection into her classroom. I know I will be spending a lot of time at the beginning of the year discussing learning goals and progression scales. I actually have a two day inservice next week on this HOT topic. 



Hope everyone has a wonderful week.