Hi Everyone! My favorite blog posts and the ones I find myself gravitating towards lately are the ones that are a compilation of a little bit of everything. A little mom-life, a little teaching, a little home decor, and a whole lot of randomness. So that’s what I thought I would share here. I really wanted a way to keep myself accountable and blog at least once a week to connect with everyone. I’ve always loved blogging and I really want to get back to my roots so that’s where this blog series was born.
Each week I’m hoping to share three different things that I’m currently teaching or would be teaching about in the classroom, talking about with friends, family, other moms or teacher authors, and what is inspiring me lately. My hope is that the things I’m loving and fixated on are also things you guys are all curious about or loving too. I would love for this to be a place where you can share things you’re teaching about, talking about, and inspired by too. So here is the first edition of What I’m…teaching about, talking about, inspired by. I hope you enjoy!
When school begins, one of the first parts of the curriculum that I like to get started with right away is phonics. First grade is such a monumental year for developing reading skills so starting with short vowels right out of the gate is essential. I have always wanted to create my own phonics resources for my students that weren’t your typical paper and pencil activities.
In the beginning of first grade, there is no chance that a student is sitting for an extended period of time. So that’s why these phonics activities are all about getting up and moving! They’re cooperative learning based that require students to work together, work around the room, and practice reading and writing short a words in a multitude of ways. Check it out here if you’re interested in learning more!
As a mom, teacher, and teacher mom, sleep is always a topic of conversation. Whether or not you’re getting it, how much or how little, is always a hot topic. Lately, I’m realizing as a stay at home mom that even though I’m getting up early every day to take care of little Miss C, I’m still CHOOSING to stay up late in order to have some me time and I’m realizing I’m not the only one. No matter how tired I am, I still find myself staying up late to read or watch Parks and Recreation on Netflix just to have a little quiet. I know, I’m not the only one because I’ve been talking to other moms who feel the same way. Anyone else finding themselves doing this more and more no matter how tired they are?
I shared this on instagram and think it bears repeating. Instagram is a highlight reel. Only showing the good or the pretty. Which can be beautiful to look at but highly unlikely to attain. And man does that do something to our confidence. As teachers, mamas, and teacher mamas, we are so susceptible to the feelings of inadequacy or that we’re not enough or not doing enough. So I’m trying to continue practicing this mantra and I thought I’d share it with you too. Because we need more collaboration over competition, more yay her! Instead of why not me? So, today start practicing, “good for her, not for me!” Because you are doing great, and your inner critic needs to know it too.
I hope you’ll follow along with me for this new series. I would love to feature some ideas that you have and share what you’re teaching, talking about, and inspired by. Do you have ideas or things that are resonating with you lately? Please let me know! Comment here, email me, or tell me over on Instagram. There’s not just one way to get in touch with each other these days. Just like there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s, just as long as you enjoy it!