Sunday, March 31, 2013

Back...with products...and a sale!

Oh's been a while. I think I fell off the face of the blog-planet. This past month has been crazy in my school life; I have felt scattered and frustrated and burnt out (mostly for reasons I can't really post on a public forum). If you have emailed or commented over the past few weeks, I know I haven't responded. I'm sorry! I promise I am working on catching up and hopefully will do so in the next few days.

But...I'm officially on spring break now, and I'm feeling back! Isn't it funny how a little break helps the mindset so very much? (A really great IEP meeting the day before break helped a lot, too!)

I even spent yesterday and today working on school stuff and I didn't want to bang my head against the keyboard! Something I haven't felt in over a month! I also finished up my next two beginning chapter book packets to put on TPT:

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo - my students loved the first book in this series and I think they'll love this one even more! Mercy's antics are hilarious!

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman - my students are in the middle of studying this book now. They are loving it! (Thanks to Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten for the recommendation on my facebook page a while back!)

You can click the images to go to the files on TPT. And since my Henry and Mudge and the first Mercy Watson packets have been so popular, I decided to bundle all the packets together and offer them at a discount. The bundle of all 4 (so far) packets is here on TPT. As I create other packets, I'll add them to this bundle and adjust the price accordingly - those that purchase early will receive updates (additional bundles) at no additional cost. celebrate my spring break and my return to blogging and creating, I'm throwing a sale! 20% off my store (except the new bundle, because it's already discounted) Monday and Tuesday!

Click the image to go to the sale starting Monday!

And don't you just love the cute summer graphics by Ashley Hughes? I'm not going anywhere warm for spring break (I'm going to the east coast to visit my cousin for a few days - where I hear it's not exactly beach weather these days!) but I'm definitely feeling spring-ish, anyway! Happy Spring Break!

Monday, March 4, 2013

March Currently!

March snuck up on me!
Listening - anyone else completely addicted to Downton Abbey?! People from work encouraged me to start watching...I am finally up to the third season. I hear something horrible happened in the final episode - please don't tell me what it is! :)

Loving - I talked in my February Currently about my basement remodel. I'm so excited that construction is done (goodbye, drywall dust!!) and now I just have painting and carpet left. My parents and brother and sister-in-law helped me prime the whole basement this weekend! Here is the progress on my new teacher work area - counter/desk (3 feet deep for large projects - so excited!) and custom storage closets!! A big change from the photos I took a month ago :) It's wonderful having a talented, experienced builder in the extended family!
I'm hoping by April Currently I'll be able to show off the completed room!! I can't wait to move all my "school stuff" into this space.

Thinking & Needing - I have not had to write an IEP since October...and now I have most of my class due for one in the next couple weeks (along with parent-teacher conferences coming up). I need to figure out how to spread these things out more!

Wanting - My birthday is the same day as Dr. Seuss's. I have leftover cake in my fridge. Danger!

Like/Love/Hate - Farley's rules say I need to use one word for each...that start with the first letter of my first name! K is a bum letter. I always hated those "ice breaker" games as a kid ("My name is Kara and I like __________.") because I could never think of anything to say. Kangaroos are a silly thing to like (rather, I like elephants better!)...I don't knit...Saying I like kids sounds creepy...But here we go, the ol' college try:

-I like Cowgirl Kate and is my kids' next chapter book! I'm excited - I think they'll love it. Thanks to Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten who recommended this series when I asked for suggestions on my facebook page!
-I love kale. I love any greens, really...but kale is a favorite. So yummy! I still have yet to perfect kale chips, though - can never seem to get them right.
-I couldn't think of a "k" word that I hate...There goes K as a bum letter again!

So there you up with Farley's Currently and remember her rule of three!

(Hopefully I can get some stuff together and actually post a few products I've been working on soon...Busy...stress...oy. Anyone else feeling that, too? Spring break is not for another month for me...and I don't get a winter break like a lot of schools seem to! Winter break for us means Christmas break...How soon is spring break for you?)
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