January 27, 2014

Blogging/TPT ADD!!

Ok...I admit it.  I have blogging/TPT ADD!  There...I said it.  I am in desperate need for some serious interventions I tell ya!  I have sat down about a bazillion times to write a post or finish a product and I just can't do it. It might have just a little to do with this little cutie pie...I'm not ashamed to admit that!!
So while this little beauty was snoozing today, I finally sat down and finished a product that I began while on maternity leave!  GASP!!  That was almost 5 months ago!!  
{Click here or the pic below to check out my newest product on TPT!!} 
{I might just have a mild obsession with Duck Dynasty!  They just crack me up and I love that it is such a family oriented show!!}
This product was a life saver for me last year when trying to keep track of my sweeties and their phonics skillz!  Included you will find an assessment checklist for the following phonics skills...
...short vowels
...long vowels
...vowel teams
...bossy 'r'
...and more!
At the end of each skill, I would pull my babies back in small groups (or individually) and quickly assess them on how well they could read words from that particular skill.  I could then jot down a few notes and mark their level on the mastery checklist.  Easy peasy!  This made report card time super simple when it came to the Common Core Standard RF.1.3.

I have included both on level words and higher level words (bolded and italicized).  I have also included a class checklist so that you are able to keep track of where each of your students are currently working.
This was created with firsties in mind but could very well be used for your higher level kinders and lower level or beginning of the year second graders. 
Now that I have conquered one thing on my never ending list, I am off to play with my little cutie!  Have a blessed Sunday!!

January 12, 2014

What Cancer Cannot Do...

I have to be honest.  I have set down many times over the last few weeks to write this post and the words just could not come.
(Honestly...I still do not have the words)
  I was in denial.  I was angry.  I was heartbroken.  CANCER.IS.UGLY...plain and simple. 
When I set up the fundraiser for Shannon, I was hoping that when I wrote this post that I would be able to tell you that she had a blessed Christmas with her family.  I was hoping that I would be able to tell you that she was happy, healthy and had kicked cancers butt.  Unfortunately I can't tell you either of those things. 
My heart is absolutely broken over the loss of such a beautiful friend.  Shannon lost her battle with cancer on November 29.  Although she could not beat cancer, she didn't let it take away her spirit.  She fought until the end and gave it all that she had!!  She left behind a loving husband and four beautiful children.
Even though Shannon was not able to win this fight, she was able to leave knowing that her family would be well taken care of.  This is because of YOU!!  My heart is absolutely flooded with love and appreciation for your outpouring of support to the fundraiser "Home for the Holidays".  Although Shannon was not home where we wanted her to be, she was in fact home for the holidays with our heavenly Father!!  What an amazing Christmas she must have had!!
 I will never be able to thank each and every one of you properly!  Please know that this family was so grateful for the gift you gave them.  With your help, we were able to raise close to $7500 to help with expenses encumbered through Shannon's illness.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that this fundraiser would be so successful.  However, I should have.  Y'all never fail when it comes to doing good for others!  This is why I am so blessed to be part of this community.  There is so much that is done for others without ever asking anything in return. 
From those who donated products...to those who advertised this fundraiser...to those who bought this pack and donated money to the cause...I want to say THANK YOU!!   To put it simply, y'all are amazing!! 
Blessings sweet friends!!