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September 12, 2018 No Comments
Happy Wednesday!  Remember when saying Happy Hump Day was the funniest part of the week?  People used to scour the internet trying to find the funniest hump day meme.  It still gives me a good giggle and I don’t know about you, but I woke up thinking it was Thursday.  So I really am looking forward to getting over this hump. 
I have completely intended for this blog series to be weekly but just like life lately, blogging can be unpredictable and I’m doing the best I can.  Isn’t that what matters anyway?  Anyway, thank you so much for being here and following along.  I’m excited to share my next edition of What I’m…teaching about, talking about, inspired by.  I hope you share yours with me after reading!
Teaching About…

Now that school is fully back in session, the next thing that is always on the agenda, is back to school night.  In my district, we always had back to school night a few weeks after school had officially started.  That way, students could get used to the schedule and parents got a little taste of what the year would look like.  The presentation was then more of a way to dig deeper into the curriculum and class routines and less about the beginning of the year paperwork. 

Regardless of when you have curriculum night/back to school night, my number one priority was always continuing to build relationships with my students’ families.  That relationship would be essential for a successful year and I always want the parents to know that I view them as my partners in their child’s education.  Because of this, I created this Parents Hopes and Dreams questionnaire to be handed out during back to school night.  I think the information you can get from your students’ parents in terms of what they want for their child during the year is essential in making sure that it is successful for everyone.

You can grab these questionnaires for Pre-K through 8th grade in my TpT store here.

Talking About…

{Image from Along Came Fox}

Oh my YES!  I don’t know if I’ve been talking about this so much but I have been thinking about it constantly.  Not only am I realizing that there are more hot mess mamas, in one way or another, then I realized, but that there are constantly things I said I would NEVER do with my kids or for my kids that now…whoops definitely been there done that!  Let’s see the list of things I said I would NEVER do as the perfect parent:

1.  I would never let me child watch TV, until at least two years old.  We now have a Sesame Street obsessed 15 month old.
2.  I would never let my child use my phone.  We now have a child who can scroll to find her Baby Shark music video.
3.  I would never let my child eat fried foods.  We now have a child who thinks that french fries are their own food group.
4.  I would never let my child use a pacifier except for to sleep at night.  Hahahahaha.  Sorry, we now have a child who has pacifiers for her crib, playroom, and car rides.  Wherever you go in our house you’re bound to find one.  
5.  I would never buy pre-made baby food.  That one lasted longer than I thought but I quickly realized, there’s nothing wrong with a pre-made baby food pouch. Did I mention they’re already made?
…this is just a small list of the MANY things I said I’d never do as a “perfect” parent.  I’m quickly realizing that the “perfect parent” is the one who makes sure their child is happy, healthy, and safe. Done.
Inspired By…

Lately, I’m inspired by all of YOU!  I’ve teamed up with some amazing bloggers to create a new hashtag challenge that I’m really excited about.  We wanted a way to feature some inspirational and eye catching instagrammers who are creating images that make you STOP YOUR SCROLL!  Because we all know that if something actually makes you stop scrolling, it’s a good one.

Playing along is so simple, all you have to do is continue to post the things that you love like your classroom, resources, adorable puppy, cute babe, whatever makes your heart happy!  The only thing you have to do is use the hashtag #teachscrollandstop and follow all of the hosts.  On Friday, the other hosts and I will choose a scroll-stopping worthy image to share on our accounts.  Such an easy and fun way to see some new instagrammers you might not be following already and get inspired by fantastic ideas.  I hope you’ll follow and play along!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I’m curious if any of these things are what you’re also teaching about, talking about, or inspired by.  Make sure to tell me in the comments below! 

Until next week-ish!  Have a good one!

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Hi! I’m Jayme! A former elementary teacher turned stay at home mom sharing toddler activities, mom tips, and educational resources to help you learn and play with your children. I believe in the power of PLAY and creating meaningful activities for you and your little ones to enjoy together.

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