Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My *I-wish-it-were-Budding* Blog :)

I love this linky idea.  I follow a lot of blogs, but I know there are sooo many more.  Great way to see new blogs that are just starting out that we might not have run across yet. I'm not sure my blog could be classified as budding, because I have no followers yet.  So, I'm calling it my I-wish-it-were-budding blog.  :)  Maybe one of you will be inspired to become my first follower...who knows?  Then click on the picture below to find other budding bloggers. 

1. Why did you start blogging?
I read a lot of blogs for a lot of years, and I loved all the collaboration and ideas that they provided.  So many times over the years that I have been teaching I have made something, and people have said that it is great and that I should share it.  I just never had faith that it was something worth was just something I whipped up for my fifths or my firsties.  But as I was reading all of the other blogs I realized that is what these people are doing.  They are just sharing what they are already creating for their classrooms, and it has been so helpful for me.  I decided that maybe I could offer up my own experiences as well, and that someone else might find it helpful too.

2. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
My favorite subject to teach is definitely science.  There is so much interesting content there, and it is ALWAYS engaging for kids.  It's never hard to convince them that science is fun to learn.  I love all that information and all of that enthusiasm.  Some of my science favorites for firsties are plants and life cycles.  Some of my science favorites in fifth grade were energy and earth science.  I <3 SCIENCE!  Reading is for sure a close second, because I have always love to read.  It's easy to teach something you naturally love, because the kids feel your excitement and it spreads to them. 

3. Describe your teaching style.
I am VERY structured with super high expectations.  I feel like it is my job to push all kids to their highest potential intellectually and behaviorally.  I also try hard to give them experiences that they have never had.  For example when I used to teach 5th graders, we would carve pumpkins in October.  It's such a little thing, but I can not tell you how many of my students told me that it was so fun and that they had never done it before.  I play all kinds of music from around the world, and I try to read books they might not choose for themselves.  I want them to leave my class smarter, more autonomous, and better behaved.  I hope they remember that I loved them fiercely, and that I always, always, always pushed them to do their best.   

4. Give three interesting facts about you.
1~ I have a daughter. She is the love of my life. *BUT*...she is in middle school. I will happily accept all prayers you have for these next few years.  I know you feel me on this one.
Here is a picture of us before and after the color run earlier this month.

2~ I love to cook and bake. I'm trying to lose weight, so I have been holding off on the baking this past year. I made the mistake of buying s'mores fixins though, and I keep making them in my toaster oven. BAD idea!! 

3~ My favorite quote is "Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it."  It is a line from Anne of Green Gables.  It has gotten me through some very bad days.  I have to remind myself that no matter what, I can always try better and harder tomorrow.  Tomorrow is ALWAYS a new opportunity to be a better human being, and that I should treat it with forgiveness for others AND for myself.

5. Do you have a TpT store? If yes, post the link :)
I do.  It is small aka budding.  :)  I'd love for you to visit it and follow it, as it is sure to grow!

Thanks for reading about my little 'ol blog.  I'd love to hear from you anytime!


  1. Thanks for linking up! I don't see a followers button on your blog, I would love to follow your blog :)


    1. Oops, are so right. That might be a problem. I always cut and paste the URL into the add section on my reading list. Didn't even think about the follower button. Duh! Thanks so much for reminding me that I should do that. It should be there now...I hope. It was being persnickety...showing up and then disappearing. I hope you can see it on your end. :) And yay!! Thank you for wanting to follow me. :)


  2. I am your first follower:) I would love to be a student in your class it sounds amazing. I am totally feeling your pain with the middle school-er. My daughter is 12 going on 16 I think! One minute she is sweet and loving and the next minute I don't recognize her.

    The Phonics Phenomenon

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Kristy... and for the follow! Yes, the middle school daughters are a mystery and a challenge. I have to keep telling myself she'll grow out of it. :) I'm heading over to your blog now, so that I can follow you too!

  3. I am your third follower! I am a new blogger as well. Hopefully your blog will really take off now that you have joined this linky! Good luck :o)

    1. Yay! Thanks, Tara. I look forward to checking out your blog too. Thanks for the follow! :)

  4. I am new to the blogging world too! I also recognize you from Instagram! Another follower! :)
    Two Friends In First

    1. Y'all are making my heart smile so much today. Thank you. I recognize you from instagram as well. I'm going to head over to your blog!

  5. I am looking forward to my first color run this summer ~ looks like yours was a blast!
    First Grade Carousel

    1. Oh my was so much fun. I'm thinking of signing up for the one here in September too. You'll love it. :)