New Years Resolutions Linky Party!

Hi friends!  I can't believe that 2015 is coming to an end.  It has been an amazing year, one I will never forget.  We are approaching my one year blogiversary and I am so excited to be able to look back at all that I have been able to experience through my little corner of the internet.  I know that 2016 will be a fantastic year but there is always room for improvement.  I am so excited to be linking up with my sweet friend Diana from My Day in K to share some New Year's Resolutions that I plan to put into action.

New Year's resolutions are always put into place with the best intentions and by January 5th, they're forgotten about.  I know I am super guilty of this.  But, I'm hoping that this year the resolutions I make for myself are general enough that I won't be able to just brush them off. Diana and I would love for you to join in on the fun too!  After reading through the post, make sure to grab the image at the bottom and link up your own post with us!

So what are my New Year's Resolutions for 2016?  They seem simple when I write them but I know they're going to be complicated to achieve without working at them all year long.  But, regardless I'm up for the challenge!  Here are my resolutions for school, personal life, and my blog: 

School: Keep Consistent Routines.  Oh my this one seems like a no-brainer but new curriculum and an ever-changing schedule has made this year feel really inconsistent.  I'm feeling it, my students are feeling it, and it's time for a change.  I am determined to stick with a consistent routine for all of the main subject areas: word study, reading workshop, writing workshop, and math.  My word study schedule and routines have been the most consistent area of instruction this year.  The other areas if i'm being honest, not so much.  My reading block has been choppy sometimes I spend too much time on direct instruction and not enough time just letting my kids read!  I also want to focus more time on spiral activities during math and math centers.  If I can keep a consistent schedule, I'm hoping I'll be able to fit these in.

Personal: 1. Let It Go 2. Take Care of Me. I just need to keep Elsa's little tune handy whenever I need it.  But, it really does do the trick.  I need to let go the things I have no control over.  As teachers, I find that we're type A always needing to control each situation.  Well, sometimes there are things out of our control that we just have to accept.  I'm ready to Let. It. Go and be more positive.  Who's with me?!  
I also need to do a better job at taking care of myself.  I get up too early, go to bed too late, and let myself get too comfortable on the couch.  Not anymore.  This year I need to put me first and if that means saying no to a few things or requests, I have to be ok with that.  My health both mentally and physically is more important.

Blog: Blog Once a Week. Oh my poor little blog has been truly neglected this last month and it makes me so sad to face the truth.  I was getting a little self conscious about the things that I wanted to post and second guessed whether or not people would want to read my silly ramblings.  I have to be more confident and hopeful that the things that I do in my classroom would be exciting for others to read also.  I want to get back into the swing of things even if that's blogging just once a week.  Anything at this point would be better than nothing!

Ok, thank you so much for listening to my 2016 New Year's Resolutions.  I'm so excited to dive in and make this the best year yet!  I can't wait to read all about your resolutions and see if we have anything that's similar.  Grab the image below and make sure to link up and join the fun!

Happy New Year everyone!  I wish you nothing but health and happiness in 2016.

Five for Friday...finally!

Hello friends!  Oh December I do love you but you are knocking me for a loop this year!  

This is currently what I'm working with in my first grade classroom.  The sniffles and sneezes are at a record-breaking high and I have fallen victim to its' strong pull!  I was out sick Tuesday and Wednesday and still not feeling back in fighting form just yet.  I'm getting there but wow December has been a doozy!  Here's a mash-up of what's being going on the last few days.

My family and I celebrated Hanukkah this Sunday with a fried food feast!  It was delicious but my jeans were not thanking me afterwards.  My husband and I celebrate "Chrismakkah" so I can't wait to for the onslaught of Christmas cookies coming by way soon!

I helped organize a secret snowman gift exchange for our school this year and it has been so much fun!  Each week leading up to the final week of school we have been leaving our secret snowman gifts that they would like based off a questionnaire we all filled out.  I love how spot-on this reese's pieces popcorn treat was for me! Job well done Secret Snowman!

I got the sweetest surprise in the mail this week.  One of the best things about this blogging experience has been the amazing friendships I have made.  My #bloggingbestie Diana from My Day in K sent me this Alex and Ani bracelet.  It has such a meaningful message and I am so grateful to have a friend who is always there when I need to vent or need a little positivity.  This teacher blogging community is truly one of a kind.  Thank you Diana!

I debated even sharing this photo because it is so embarrassing but oh well!  We had a wonderful assembly yesterday that centered around Christmas and some of the characters from a few favorite Christmas classics.  It was interactive and depended on a lot of audience participation.  Well, as I'm sipping my tea quietly in the corner I was singled-out by good ol' Mrs. Claus to act as her partner in crime, St. Nick.  Not only do I have no voice but I was asked to whistle in front of the whole school to signal my reindeer and I can NOT for the life of me whistle.  So, I had to think on my feet and hum a little tune to get my "reindeer" ready for their important mission.  One of my friends snapped this pic of me that documents probably the WORST Santa Claus ever displayed.  My kids got a kick out of it and that's really all that matters!

To close out the week of Hanukkah learning fun in Social Studies, I taught my kids how to play dreidel.  They loved it and had so much fun!  I can't wait for next week though as we'll be boarding the Christmas Around the World airline to travel and learn about Christmas traditions from several countries.  It will be so special!

Well, that's about it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and are beginning to see the glowing light of Christmas break getting closer and closer!  Thanks for stopping by!