Monday, September 2, 2013


It's September already!  Where did the summer go?!  I feel like I had the month of June to relax and the rest of the summer was gone.  I am linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade for CURRENTLY September.

LISTENING/LOVING - My grade level partner next door told me that she heard somewhere "Clutter makes you fat" because when you walk in the door at home, you get overwhelmed and go to the fridge or sit on the couch and vegetate.  I made my classroom and my house "skinny" last month because once I got started organizing in my classroom, I couldn't help myself at home.  I'm still working on my house, but I feel better about the progress I've made, and my thoughts have become less frantic as I've gotten more organized.

THINKING - Now that I have my room organized, and we still have two weeks before the school year starts with my students, I know I can make some time in there somewhere to put up a tree!

There's a pole right in the middle of my classroom that would be the perfect focal point.  I think I'm a little afraid to get started and have it turn out horrible because I'm a bit of a perfectionist so this will be interesting!

WANTING - I need your help with this!  I am looking for graphics from TpT that have all of the essential school supplies (i.e. glue sticks, scissors, pencils, crayons, markers, paper) so I can make my own labels for my classroom.  In my search, I will find a few items from each seller, but it's difficult to know if they have them all in one pack.  If you know of some or have used some yourself (or better yet, SELL some), I'd love to know about it!!!

1. Exercise 4 days a week - Now that I'm starting to get into a work routine, I need to extend that into having more of a daily routine that includes exercise.  I feel better and have a much better attitude when I do, and I need to make it much more of a priority.  I love Turbo Fire because of how powerful I feel when I doing it and the motivation her one-liners give me to keep I can accomplish anything!
2. Leave work by 4:00 - Every year, I choose a time that I need to leave the classroom.  I always feel like everything needs to be done RIGHT NOW or it is never going to get done.  But, I can't live in the classroom, so I organize what needs to be done and finish items with the highest priority first.  This year, working in preschool, I will have Fridays to work on prep for the following week.  I have to say, it's going to be difficult to leave all of my prep until Friday because I'm afraid it won't get done in time for the following week!  But I have to leave sometime...

3. Delegate responsibility - I am definitely one of those people that wants to do it myself so it's done right!  In preschool, I'm not the only person in the classroom and I can't do it all myself, so I need to be very intentional and specific about what I delegate to my classroom aide.  At home, my husband is a stay-at-home dad and takes care of our son, who has special needs.  I feel awful about giving him chores to do around the house (and I have to write a list or they don't get done!), but I'm getting better.  It definitely takes a lot of stress off me if someone else can do the work, even if it's not done the same way I would do it.


  1. I need to work on my 'Back to School Powerpoint' today also! Enjoy the first day of September!

    Wild About Fifth

  2. I love your idea for the classroom tree! If you are looking for a good selection of school supply clipart, Ashley Hughes has a huge mega bundle or go to Scrappin Doodles, because their pack has a ton of school supplies included in it!
    Learning Is Something To Treasure

    1. Thank you! I'll definitely be sure to check them out! :)

  3. That tree would be pretty sweet in a classroom! What a sweet hubs you have to be at home and care for your little one- it's hard to leave the classroom, but so rewarding to go home and be with the ones you love!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  4. That's a good motivator...clutter makes you fat! Lol! I need to start organizing so that I can lose some weight! Great post! I found you through Farley!

  5. I love the idea of a classroom tree. I also need to finish up a few things for when the parents come for Open House. Good luck with your parent night!
    Fun in ECSE