Friday, August 9, 2013

SLANT box update, a peek into my new classroom and a look into what we've been workin' on!

Happy Friday, friends!!! We are both actually living it up in the woods this weekend. Stacy is camping with her family and I (Colleen) am heading up to my family's house in the Adirondacks in a few short hours BUT we thought we would get one more post in before we head out! (cue huge round of applause!)

First, we'd like to give you a little update on our SLANT box friends because they are just so awesome! We will be sending a package to Anisa at Creative Undertakings. Like us, she's addicted to pinterest and loves crafting! Something that I both love and hate about Pinterest is that it's so easy to find these wonderful, grand ideas.... See, I get so happy and excited and decide that it is exactly what I need to make or do or bake or find... So I pin it onto one of my many boards and then more often than not, I forget it's there and don't follow through on the creating of these grand ideas... What I LOVE about Anisa from Creative Undertakings is that she follows through with her pins and actually makes this stuff!! I also found out recently that she was born in Kenya which is probably the coolest thing she could have told me- (if you don't know, you can find out why this is so exciting here!!

Stacy and I are also both so excited because our package will be arriving from Terry, a teacher in Florida! She's already started school and you can read about her first grade happenings here! The connections we are already making in this August SLANT box project are wonderful! Want in on the fun for next month??? Check out Lessons With Coffee! The post introducing her genius project can be read here! We're already scheming and planning on things to send to Anisa after learning about her favorite things!! :) SO STINKIN FUN!

Another update I'd like to give you is that I finally got to see my classroom for next year! I'll be teaching 2nd grade next year and am so excited! I got my class list yesterday and I just can't wait to meet my little munchkins! I have a class of 24 kiddies and I've been working to get the room ready and I feel like I get more excited (and kinda nervous) each day!! Here's my empty room! I got the furniture in this week and am beginning putting the other pieces together, too!
Do you remember your first year of teaching? Any words of wisdom or advice that you'd like to give me? If you could pin-point it, what would be the one thing I need to know or remember?
Please leave some comments with your thoughts because I'd sure love to hear them!!

... and just to give you a little hint and clue into what we've been working on....
Be on the lookout for these fun games soon!!
Have a wonderful weekend dear friends! We'll be back next week with some more goodies!


  1. Aww you're super sweet <3 I can't wait to see what you guys come up with and I can't WAIT for my package to send to my SLANT person too!

    Your classroom looks so exciting - ready to be filled up!

    One thing I'd recommend is to always be consistent. Make it a point to follow through with what you say. That bit me a little more than I wish :/

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  2. Aw, thanks so much for the shout out! I am also excited to pack a box to send to the two of you. What a challenge...a box for a veteran and a brand new teacher!
    My advice...have a circle of the strong around you! Go, ask, share. Don't try to do this on your own. Take what you have learned and make it yours. Be flexible. Take the time to set up routines and procedures. Practice, practice and practice. If something doesn't work, that's ok. Tweek it and find what works with THIS group.

    Most of all...have fun! Enjoy the rewards of this profession and try to put a deaf ear out to those who are negative about education right now. We all know it is tough....focus on the positives.

    Remember all of us "imaginary" friends are here for you too.

    Personally, I pray, every day. The last I say to you, but for me, the most important.

  3. What a cute blog! I am participating in SLANT too. I can't wait to send my package out and to see everyone's posts once the packages arrive. So much fun!

    Looking forward to following you!

    Read With Me ABC

    1. Wendy,

      Thank you for stopping by! We had so much fun getting our box together! Can't wait for the mailman to bring our package!!

      Maybe we'll cross paths in future exchanges!