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Back to school blog hop– Day 7! (the end)

I hope you are enjoying my first blog hop, and even more I hope you join in the fun!Image may contain: text

Here is how it will go. I have posted seven different school/fall topics for you to use as blog posts. You can write them for seven days in a row, scattered throughout the month or however you so choose! Here are the topics: first day of school, favorite school supply, teacher who made a difference, apples, a new box of crayons, new friends and what’s in your lunchbox

All I ask is:

  • Please copy and post this image with your post
  • link back to my blog https://teacherturnedmommyblog.wordpress.com/ so we know who is playing along
  • have fun! remember you can take these topics in any direction you want… just use the idea as a jumping off point.

What’s in your lunchbox?

This is my last topic in my blog hop. Thank you to those who played along and those who enjoyed reading my replies.

So… what’s in my lunchbox? While I don’t have lunch at work since I only work part time, I do occasionally bring snack with me to work. I typically will bring myself yogurt, carrots with hummus or cheese.

So, lets talk about the boys instead. Blake and Colby began packing their own lunches when I went back to work. This put Blake as a first grader and Colby as a kindergartner.  When they were that age, they used the Sistema lunch cubes. They learned that they had to pack their main item into the large section. Then they packed either fruit or vegetable into one of the small sections and a “junk” in the other section. They packed their lunch after dinner and put the box into the fridge. I would then pack it into their lunchbox.

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While the boys no longer use this lunch cube, they do still pack their lunch in a very similar fashion. They have to pack a protein, fruit/veggie and then can have snacks to go with it. They pack their lunch after dinner, put it the fridge and I pack it into the lunch box in the morning.

So, what do you find in their lunches?

Blake– pizza, deli (ham or bologna), chicken tenders, or leftovers for his main item. Apples… only apples… for his fruit or veggies. He takes a half an apple sliced (soak the slices in sprite and it won’t brown). Junk: chips, pretzels, cookies, mini muffins

Colby– uncrustable, cereal with milk, deli ham. Fruit/veggie: whole apple, carrots w/ dressing, grapes, pears. Junk: granola bars/Zbars, chips, pretzels, cookies, popcorn

What is in your lunchbox? Your child’s lunchbox?

 

 

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Back to School Blog Hop- Day 6

I hope you are enjoying my first blog hop, and even more I hope you join in the fun!Image may contain: text

Here is how it will go. I have posted seven different school/fall topics for you to use as blog posts. You can write them for seven days in a row, scattered throughout the month or however you so choose! Here are the topics: first day of school, favorite school supply, teacher who made a difference, apples, a new box of crayons, new friends and what’s in your lunchbox

All I ask is:

  • Please copy and post this image with your post
  • link back to my blog https://teacherturnedmommyblog.wordpress.com/ so we know who is playing along
  • have fun! remember you can take these topics in any direction you want… just use the idea as a jumping off point.

Make New Friends

I think this is one of those topics that I’m not even close to an expert.  I grew up in a small town and went to school with a lot of the same kids for years and years. I didn’t make a lot of friends in that group of kids. My junior year at school I changed schools. I was able to make friends. This was a small all girls school.

When I went to college, I also went to a small college. I found that I did a lot better when I’m a big fish in a little pond.

What I find with me is I have a hard time making friends, but I’m a good friend to those who do befriend me. I am still in contact with some of the people at the second hs as well as from college.

I tend to be a good co-worker, but that doesn’t mean I’m really friends with them. I have neighbors and acquaintances, but I’m not sure I have friends here.

This dynamic is very different from my parents and my brother. They have friends and make friends easily. Colby has a lot of friends too.

I guess there is something about some people that make people drawn to them, and that isn’t a part of who I am… and in a lot of ways I’m ok with that now. When I was younger I didn’t understand it. Every child wants to have friends. They want to be liked and have others want to be around them. But, then I think there comes a phase when you realize that you don’t need a ton of friends. You need  few good ones. I’m just glad that I’m married to my best one.

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Back to school blog hop- day 5

I hope you are enjoying my first blog hop, and even more I hope you join in the fun!Image may contain: text

Here is how it will go. I have posted seven different school/fall topics for you to use as blog posts. You can write them for seven days in a row, scattered throughout the month or however you so choose! Here are the topics: first day of school, favorite school supply, teacher who made a difference, apples, a new box of crayons, new friends and what’s in your lunchbox

All I ask is:

  • Please copy and post this image with your post
  • link back to my blog https://teacherturnedmommyblog.wordpress.com/ so we know who is playing along
  • have fun! remember you can take these topics in any direction you want… just use the idea as a jumping off point.

You can go back and read my posts here, here, here, here AND here. Also go check out AJ at A Petite Slice of Life and Alley Bean at Spectacle Bean to see their posts on my blog hop. Are you ready to join in the fun? Please join in and post on my blog hop topics… it’s fun to go on a trip down memory lane… or talk about your children starting school…. or even you teaching or going to college now!

Onto today’s topic….

A New Box of Crayons

There is something special about opening up a new box of crayons. Everyone has it’s perfect tip. No one has used them yet… I get to be the first to imagine with these perfect beauties.

That being said, I’m going to make a statement that will shock many of you… I don’t like to color. I loved to color as a child. I had all kinds of art supplies and would color all the time. But, when I was in college we had to do all these creative coloring projects to present for my education classes and after that I never wanted to color….ever… again! So, I don’t.

When my children were little we used crayons more to draw than to color. I almost never put out coloring pages in school. I’d rather people use their imagination and be more creative than coloring in the lines. I present things to create and provide multi-media in my classrooms.

So while each year I open up brand new boxes of crayons for my classes, you will not see me coloring with them. (this also means I don’t get the whole adult coloring book thing, but that’s just me!)

So what do you think of with a brand new box of crayons? Did you always want a bigger box? Did you like to color… do you now? Can you explain the coloring books for adults?

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Back to School Blog Hop- Day 4

I hope you are enjoying my first blog hop, and even more I hope you join in the fun!Image may contain: text

Here is how it will go. I have posted seven different school/fall topics for you to use as blog posts. You can write them for seven days in a row, scattered throughout the month or however you so choose! Here are the topics: first day of school, favorite school supply, teacher who made a difference, apples, a new box of crayons, new friends and what’s in your lunchbox

All I ask is:

  • Please copy and post this image with your post
  • link back to my blog https://teacherturnedmommyblog.wordpress.com/ so we know who is playing along
  • have fun! remember you can take these topics in any direction you want… just use the idea as a jumping off point.

Apples

Apples are a fall favorite around here. All of us love to eat apples, but there is nothing better than going apple picking at a local farm and then eating those fresh picked apples.

Every fall the local farm has a fall festival where you can go and pick apples in their orchard. We then use them to eat, make applesauce and apple pies. Apples is also a theme I always teach. It is a great way to teach parts of a plant and physical changes. My students always love when we make homemade applesauce. I am often shocked to see how many students do not know how applesauce is made.

Now here is part of the interesting things in my family… my husband and the boys like apples that I think taste like pears (which I don’t like) such as gold delicious, red delicious and fuji apples. While I prefer McIntosh and granny smith apples I guess I like apples that are better for baking/cooking than the ones that are typically just eaten.

Oh and in case you want to know. I do not have a collection of apple items. Shhh don’t tell anyone, but I never keep any of the teacher gifts people give me. I’m sorry, but I’ve been teaching over 14 years if I kept every apple gift or best teacher ever gift, my house and classroom would be FULL of these items. Please, please, please… do not give teachers teacher gifts!

OK… so now it is your turn. What do you think of apples? Do you have a favorite apple? Do you like to bake with apples? If you are a teacher, do you like to get apple items from your students? Join in my blog hop and have fun posting about all things back to school.

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Back to school blog hop- day 3

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Here is how it will go. I have posted seven different school/fall topics for you to use as blog posts. You can write them for seven days in a row, scattered throughout the month or however you so choose! Here are the topics: first day of school, favorite school supply, teacher who made a difference, apples, a new box of crayons, new friends and what’s in your lunchbox

All I ask is:

  • Please copy and post this image with your post
  • link back to my blog https://teacherturnedmommyblog.wordpress.com/ so we know who is playing along
  • have fun! remember you can take these topics in any direction you want… just use the idea as a jumping off point.

A Teacher Who Made a Difference

Over the many years of schooling I had teachers who made a difference for both positive and negative reasons. Both of these types of teachers have influenced the teacher I am today.

Here are a few who made a positive impression on me:

My kindergarten teacher– my mom actually worked in the kindergarten room after I finished kindergarten. This meant that I spent a lot of time with my kindergarten teacher after I finished kindergarten. I was able to help the kindergarten children and saw the love she gave the students and that it was important to instill independence and choice making in the youngest students in the school.

My music teacher- I had the same music teacher for elementary school and then again when I started high school. When I was in the 5th grade, things were tough. I’d been bullied for the last 2 years. In 4th grade we figured out that I had a learning disability. Well in 5th grade my music teacher asked me to take on the lead role in the musical the school was putting on for the Christmas show. I never realized that I had any talent in this avenue, but I took it on… and love it. When I was performing everything in my life was better. I continued to sing and act until I got to college. When I was there I didn’t need the escape of the stage anymore.

My early childhood adviser- she pushed me to be the best teacher I could be. She placed me into the most sought after placement for early childhood placements. I was placed in a school that was only for preK, K, and first grade students. They only took a few student teachers each year and had dropped colleges when they didn’t send their best students. I went there for both my junior and senior teaching experiences. She was one of the people who told me that I should look into becoming a professor at some point too.

My grad school adviser- his focus was on early childhood math. He let me see that my love of math is just as important as a love of reading in the early childhood years. So many times most teachers are into reading and math takes a backseat. His feeling is that they should be equals or math should be more important because of its connections to  the STEM jobs.

Each of these teachers saw something in me. They wanted to bring out the best in me. They wanted me to see what I was capable of doing and that in doing that I can be a better version of myself… isn’t that what makes a good teacher?

Ok, your turn! Tell about a teacher or someone who could be similar to a teacher (mentor, preacher, director, boss… whatever works for you)

 

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Back to School Blog Hop- day 2

I hope you are enjoying my first blog hop, and even more I hope you join in the fun!

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Here is how it will go. I have posted seven different school/fall topics for you to use as blog posts. You can write them for seven days in a row, scattered throughout the month or however you so choose! Here are the topics: first day of school, favorite school supply, teacher who made a difference, apples, a new box of crayons, new friends and what’s in your lunchbox

All I ask is:

  • Please copy and post this image with your post
  • link back to my blog https://teacherturnedmommyblog.wordpress.com/ so we know who is playing along
  • have fun! remember you can take these topics in any direction you want… just use the idea as a jumping off point.

A Favorite School Supply

I decided to get a bit of help with this topic, so we discussed it at dinner the other night. Here are our answers:

Image result for mr sketch markersMe– Mr Sketch Markers. While I do like these for their smell, (Who doesn’t love a smelly marker?) I actually like these because they are strong colors, they last a LONG time and they write really well. They have a chiseled tip so you can get a fine line, bold line or some combination of both. When I taught first grade, they students LOVED when I corrected papers with these, especially if they got to pick the color/scent. I found this box of 22 markers this year and I will really enjoy the color selection while making charts and other items at school this year.

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Richard– old school trapper keeper. All the cool kids had them! It was a way to keep everything in one space. The teachers like them because it kept everything organized in one spot. There were 2 pocket folders, dividers and spots for all your important papers. Plus you can’t forget the flap that held everything in.

Image result for pencil case 3 ringBlake– a pencil pouch. He likes that this is a place to keep all your tools in one spot.  He prefers the ones that can go into a three ring binder. In his you will find: pens, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, color pencils and probably a lot of scraps of paper. He has used the same one for the last few years, I guess he really likes that one.Image result for loose leaf notebook paper

Colby– loose leaf paper. Colby loves to write, doodle and just create and craft. Loose leaf paper can be used for a variety of academic and non-academic activities in school, and trust me he uses it for both purposes!

Ok… your turn! What type of school supply did you like when you were in school? Or what type do you like now. Post about it on your blog and join up in our blog hop!

 

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Back to School Blog Hop- day 1

Ok here we go… this is my first post in my first blog hop on my blog. Yep!

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Here is how it will go. I have posted seven different school/fall topics for you to use as blog posts. You can write them for seven days in a row, scattered throughout the month or however you so choose! Here are the topics: first day of school, favorite school supply, teacher who made a difference, apples, a new box of crayons, new friends and what’s in your lunchbox

All I ask is:

  • Please copy and post this image with your post
  • link back to my blog https://teacherturnedmommyblog.wordpress.com/ so we know who is playing along
  • have fun! remember you can take these topics in any direction you want… just use the idea as a jumping off point.

First Day of School

Ahhh the words every child, teacher and parent waits for each fall, “It’s the first day of school.” For me this takes on so many different feelings and meanings.

Image result for first day of schoolAs a mom, this means that everyone is back to routines. It means I should have purchased all the needed school supplies, lunches are packed and the boys are cheery and ready to start the new school year, maybe. For my boys the routine of school is the most important part. While we LOVEEEE summer and the slowness of the summer break, they thrive on routines and school is all about routines. It also means they see more people than our neighborhood and house.

As a teacher, it means a new group, a new start to the school year. I doesn’t matter what grade I’m teaching I’m always a mixed bag of emotions starting the new year. What will my class be like? What will their parent expect? What is the new “in” thing that administration will drop on our laps this year? But, it is also exciting to see the children come in also a mixed bag of emotions. Will they be excited, scared, nervous, exhausted, who knows. What baggage are they bringing to the classroom and what can I do to help them learn to love to learn?

I almost never sleep the night before school starts. (And now that the boys start on a different date than me that means two nights of not sleeping). It is just the anticipation. The what if. The what’s going to happen of that magical day.

And then there is day two and we move forward into the routines and procedures of life.

There is my thoughts on the first day of school… I hope you decide to hop on my blog hop and join in the fun. Talk about what the first day of school means to you. Does it mean you are going back to school? Are your children going back to school? Or does it just mean that there is more traffic and the neighborhood is quiet during the day?

Tune in tomorrow to read my second post about my favorite school supply. Hmmm maybe I’ll have the boys chime in too??

 

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Back to School Blog Hop

I’ve debated over the years trying a blog hop on my blog, and I’ve finally jumped in with both feet!

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Here is how it will go. I have posted seven different school/fall topics for you to use as blog posts. You can write them for seven days in a row, scattered throughout the month or however you so choose!

All I ask is:

  • Please copy and post this image with your post
  • link back to my blog https://teacherturnedmommyblog.wordpress.com/ so we know who is playing along
  • have fun! remember you can take these topics in any direction you want… just use the idea as a jumping off point.

Check in later, I’ll have my first post up soon!