Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Nature Girl

So as you already know this girl loves her Nature! This summer instead of enjoying nature it seems like I am rescuing things in nature instead. ?

 Here is an example I saw a chipmunk trying to eat a squirrel ( yes crazy I know) and chased the chipmunk away and waited for the frog to get over the shock and finally jump in the water. I saved my family and their dog from a rattlesnake ( yes a rattlesnake !!!!) by stepping over it while walking the dog, I was surprisingly calm maybe because I am Nature Girl?


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Money Saving Tips



Happy August Everyone! Last month I joined up with Weekend Warriors to share some facts about me (or maybe boring, depending on who you are) so this month we are sharing our money saving tips and tricks for all of you!



SO HERE WE GO

GARAGE SALES

I love the summer months because its Garage Sale time! I absolutely LOVE Garage Sales. My husband and I wake up early most weekends to hit those houses and let me tell you we are on a mission!!!! I have learned many lessons when Garage Saling so here they are...

1. Never be afraid to haggle, even if its for a dollar 

2. Go through book bins (I know it can be a hassle, however I get many of my levelled readers from garage sales and they are in mint condition)

3. Hit the Street Sales. You get more bang for your buck when you hit a whole bunch of houses at one time.

4. Neighbourhoods are important. Pay attention to the houses and types of individuals that live in the neighbourhood, if you are a teacher you want new homes with young children, not older homes with antiques. Although nothing is wrong with antiques!

5. Tell them you are a teacher!!!!!!! People always have a heart for teachers especially when they realize how much of our own money we spend on our classroom.

Here are just a few of my amazing Garage Sale finds...
Brand New!
Giant Floor Puzzle
Who can turn down Melissa and Doug puzzles for .50c??????

You will never believe how much this came to in total. Ok guess.....

$5.00!!!!!!!!!!!!     
 So hit those Garage Sales people!!!!!



NATURE


Use nature as a means of teaching. In Canada our curriculum asks us to involve our students in Outdoor Education as much as possible. Did you know that being in nature can decrease anxiety, alter you mood and has been known to helps those with ADHD! So it costs nothing, but means everything here are some examples of what I mean.



Use as manipulatives
Do your shapes with rocks

Practice your letters

Water Tables with Nature




MAKE YOUR OWN GAMES
Do not be afraid to play with powerpoint and create your own activities and games. Yes it does take a lot of time, but it is so worth it. I have created many games over the years and I am able to pull them out at any time, its great! Especially for Kindergarten. Just make sure you laminate those puppies, you want to keep them for a while. Head over to my TPT store to check out some of my stuff!



Thursday, 30 July 2015

Play Outside


Hundreds of ideas to help you play outside this summer!


Summer Fun

I have been working this summer on creating a resource for teachers to incorporate Outdoor Education and the curriculum to the Kindergarten classroom.

Through this work I have found the most amazing site! Its called Happy Hooligans

It literally offers the best and most innovative ways for children to learn through play.

Check out 18 Free Cool Things to Add to a Backyard Play Space


Have fun this summer!!!!



Saturday, 18 July 2015

I love nature !

I am so blessed to get to spend the summer months up North at the cottage. One of my favourite things to do is go exploring and you don't have to go far! This precious find was on our property and a big thanks to my dad for taking it down for me to explore! My kinddies are going to love this, check it out below!



 A hornets nest!!!!!



 
These little guys may look like maggots....yuck....but they are actually baby hornets!!!




Little baby hornets..... not so cute




Tuesday, 30 June 2015

3-2-1 Teacher Bio

Happy Summer Everyone! Since school is out, I decided to join the Weekend Warriors in their 3-2-1 Teacher Bio Challenge.

Ready to learn some fun/or not so fun facts about me? Ready? Set... GO!





1. Everything I have I give to teaching. You see I don't have children of my own, so my 28 little monkeys in my Jungle, I treat them as if they are my own. It sounds nice and pretty, but really at the end of the day I go home lay on my bed and I'm out cold till my husband comes and wakes me up! So yes I give it all, but I need to learn to save some of that energy for me too! LOL
2. Since I teach Kindergarten I feel it is important to keep learning as exciting and engaging as possible. My class does Cosmic Kids YOGA regularly and they love it! (and so do I)


3. I am obsessed with classroom environment. What would a classroom be without it? BORING. So in my jungle I love all things leopard, neon pink and green and any other animal print you can find!


1. Yes I am addicted, and no I do not want to quit.

2. Health and being active are very important to me so I am a Vegan and I LOVE to exercise. I teach fitness and yoga classes but some personal yoga time on the beach or surrounded by nature is my favourite place to be!






I would love to give back. Ideally I would love to go visit my sponsor child in Indonesia, but any place where I could share my love and passion for others is a must on my bucket list.



Well, there you have it! I have shared a little bit about me, now its your time to share a little bit about you!






Monday, 29 June 2015

Try


I absolutely love Colbie Caillat and I love her song "Try" however after you watch this video (especially if you are a grandma, mom, wife, woman or girl) this video speaks directly to you and I am sure you will be a fan!