The welcome letter.....

It came in the mail last week..... the letter.  The welcome back to school letter.  I have not been excited about it's arrival this year.  I have so much more to do in our new house and feel like the boys and I barely checked anything off of our summer bucket list.   One of my school BFFs got a new job also (Yay to C for being names Principal at her new school!) so that bums me out a bit also even if I am excited for her

Back to school time means getting some of my stuff ready to go.  I received my new planner from Plum Paper last month, but have not really dove into it yet.  I do love the larger size though and plan on pulling out the washi tape to color code a bit.

I also updated my IEP cards.  I needed a new font and I wanted to make it so that a teacher could edit them in Power Point and use various fonts and font sizes to fit in the needed information.  I am very happy with the way they came out and plan getting them set to hand out in 2 weeks.

Do you get a letter before you go back?  What things do you do to prepare at home before going into your classroom?

 I almost forgot to mention the our VA is for teachers collaborative blog is now live!! Lots of giveaways to enter.  Open to teachers anywhere (not just VA!).  Check it out here!

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Clothes Pin Color Match Work Task

I was working on another literacy box similar to the ones I made when I developed the pirate hand puppet and the pirate rhyming  and made this activity to go with it.  The box I was working on was focusing on Planes and Trains with a particular focus on color words.  I dug out some of my kids Popsicle sticks (I couldn't find the colored one!  They are buried in a box somewhere.) and used  markers to color one of each.  I then made another stick that had the same color words on them.  I used the small clothespins that I found at A.C. Moore and colored three for each color.

I had both my 3 year old and my 6 year old try it out.  The loved it and both were able to complete the task.  This task works on fine motor skills, matching, and reading color words.  You could differentiate a bit more by using larger clothes pins and Popsicle sticks. 

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VA Teacher Bloggers Meet 2015

Last Friday a group of 30 fabulous Virginia teacher bloggers {including myself!} descended upon the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club for an afternoon of networking, laughs, food, drinks, and some incredible swag and prizes! It was such an experience meeting all of the teachers that I have been chatting with online.  It is so nice to finally put a face with the blog button!

Some of the VA Teacher Bloggers who made it out to Vegas, shared their advice and knowledge with us and of course gave us handouts. 

Our sponsors were fantastic! I could not belive all of the stuff that they contributed.  Just amazing how supportive of teachers they are.  There were over $4,000 in prizes!!!  I won a 10 teacher site licsence for ESGI.  Soooooo excited to get started working with it.  I had thought about checking it out and writing  a grant or trying to convince my special educaiton director that we need it.  Now I get to trial it for a year (along with some of my team mates) and really get some good feedback. 

A HUGE thank you goes especially to Educents (one of THE best companies around!) for helping with the costs of the meetup and providing some FANTASTIC swag! Make sure you check out their new Educents Wallet feature to get all of those resources for your classroom at a steep discount! If you sign-up for a new teacher wallet account you'll receive $10 to spend on your classroom -- who couldn't use $10?!

Check our our FANTASTIC sponsors:

And some AMAZING TpT sellers that contributed raffle prizes or digital swag:

1. I loved walking in a seeing all kinds of familiar faces that I have never seen in person.  It was great meeting all of these different ladies that I share the educational blogging world with.  I got to drive there and hang out with one of my best friends which made it all that much better. 

2.  I loved the raffle!  It was so much fun watching everyone win something.  Desiree (who I talked about in #1) was the first number drawn.  She won some awesome stuff to really get her blog up and running.  Of course, I was super excited when I won the ESGI license.

3.  Taking pictures was another favorite moment of mine.  We had so much fun with the photo props and even broke out a selfie-stick (Note to self, I need to get one of those!!)

You can see more fun meetup photos by looking at the hashtag #VATeacherBloggersMeet on Instagram, or by looking at the photo album!

Some of the fantastic Virginia teacher bloggers from the meetup are linking up with Sarah from There's No Place Like Second Grade to share their favorite moments and photo memories from the meetup, as well as share their swag and prizes! Be sure and check-out their posts!

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