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wonderful words

29 Nov

I have been slacking, because I am sick. Again. Ughhhhh.

There are tons of things I want to post about but I have been so exhausted. I have been suffering through work and barely have a voice, which makes teaching really hard. I’ve been coming home and basically just sleeping and lying on the couch doing nothing all night until I go to bed early.

I didn’t do my wonderful words post yesterday, so I am doing it now.

The other posts will come soon. I’m so glad we don’t have many plans this weekend because it will give me lots of time to rest and catch up.

I hope everyone is having a great week!

wegivebooks.org {read free books online}

13 Nov

I was searching the internet today for Thanksgiving ideas I could do with my class. I came across this amazing website, wegivebooks.org.

It is a website that supports childhood literacy. There are tons of children’s books that you can read online for free. You can search by age range, genre, or author.

Here is the information from the website:

We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.

We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.

We Give Books also helps some of the world’s best, most inspiring, literacy organizations by spreading the word about their great work and by providing books to the young people these organizations support.

Who Is Behind It?

We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation. Together, we support literacy through programs that engage entire communities through literacy and awareness programs like Booktime and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. We hope that We Give Books proves to be a way that young children, together with their parents or caregivers, can come to understand the power of reading—and of giving—as much as we do.

Penguin Group is one of the world’s premier global consumer trade book publishers, with key market positions in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Canada, India, China, New Zealand and Ireland. The Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

Pearson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pearson plc. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit operating foundation, the Pearson Foundation extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe.

The Books

We are dedicated to delivering award-winning books empowering you to read and share beautiful stories with children in your life. With age-appropriate content for young readers, our goal is to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Books are right at the heart of this program — books for reading and books for giving!

All of the books available for online reading are children’s picture books appropriate for children through age ten. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, a range of authors, and an equal balance between read-alouds and books for independent readers. We’ll be adding news books every month, together with special seasonal offerings.

The We Give Books team works upfront with each non-profit literacy partner to identify the kinds of children’s books that best fit their program needs. Some of the same great books you can read online will be donated to our charity partners through your reading efforts. We also donate others they request specifically for the young people they serve.

I thought I would share this website with you guys, for anyone who is a teacher or has little ones at home. I think it is a great program and I’m definitely going to try and use it in the classroom.

first day of school {today}

28 Aug
Today was the first day of school with the kids. I was feeling really nervous. I am doing a long term sub job again this year. The teacher who had a baby last year, Ryan, is having another baby and I am covering her maternity leave again. She hasn’t had her baby yet. She is due in a couple of weeks. We’re both working in the classroom until she leaves. She wants me to be completely in charge, which makes sense. I was feeling kind of weird about it because it is her room and her things and having her still there was making me uncomfortable. I know her really well and it wasn’t her specifically. It is hard to explain.
Today I was mostly in charge in the classroom. Ryan was in the room but she stayed mostly in the back and only jumped in when I was missing something when explaining the hand book and things like that. It worked out really well. And I felt much more comfortable.
The class I had last year was so awful. However, this year, they seem to be much better. At least as of right now. I know it was only the first day but they seem like really good kids. Which makes me so happy. I really want to have a better year this year. So far so good.
I got tons of compliments on my outfit today so I thought I would share. I know the pictures aren’t that great but we don’t have a good “take a picture of yourself” place.

I got this dress at Target a couple weeks ago for $12.50! It came with a skinny string that matched the dress. I had this black ribbon hanging in my closet. I think it was from another piece of clothing. I tied that around my waist and I think it looked much better.
It was super hot today so I knew I needed to have my hair up. I braided around the side and did a messy bun in the back.

I feel much better going back tomorrow after how well today went. Hopefully the whole year will go this well. Fingers crossed.


getting motivated

17 Jul
Ok. So I have been super unmotivated for the past few weeks. I haven’t been posting on here much. I haven’t been doing much, period. I don’t know really know what has been going on. I think it has something to do with not having a teaching job, only working at old navy part time, and being totally broke.
I’ve been kind of down about still not getting a teaching job. It is so frustrating. But with almost 200 people applying for each position, I just don’t know what to do. Hopefully next year something will come up for me.
Anyway, this week I have started to feel more motivated. I am motivated to eat healthier, really work on losing more weight, do some crafts, to post all of the things I haven’t posted about, and just do more things other than watch TV all day.
So here is to being motivated!
Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

busy busy b

10 Apr
Things have felt crazy lately. I’m not really sure if there are specific things or just life in general. I can’t really put my finger on it….all I know is life has felt crazy.
I’ve been applying for jobs like crazy. I really really REALLY want a teaching job for next year. I am so ready to move on with my career. I have been checking for jobs every single day and sending out applications for anything I find that is in an elementary school. I think I’ve applied for about 25ish jobs so far and I’m writing them all down so I can remember what I’ve applied for. I know it is still early to hear back but I’m hoping I can at least get some interviews. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

There are some things I’ve been meaning to post about so hopefully I can get to some of those this week.
Hope everyone is having a good week!
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