How Beanie Babies Taught My Students To Read

Tips for teaching students to read in guided reading and small groups through the use of beanie babies as reading strategies

Teaching kids to read is by far the hardest task I've ever encountered as an educator. That is of course until I started using Beanie Babies in my daily reading instruction. Below is how I created a sense of enthusiasm and excitement within my little learners, while simultaneously teaching them the most important reading strategies necessary.

5 Tips for Making Life Easier as a Teacher Mom

Time saving tips for working moms to help you maximize your time at home and feel less stressed.

Being a mom is A LOT of work, it is a job that never ends...and sometimes I feel the same way about teaching. So when these two worlds collide, it can seem overwhelming, or worse, as if you can't give 100% to both areas of your life. Below is a list of 5 simple ways to help you be a rockstar mom and teacher 100% of the time!

Your Not-So-Typical Classroom Must Haves


Must have classroom supplies to get your routines going, classroom organized, and create a warm and inviting classroom environment

Back to school season can definitely make your head spin. Classrooms to set up, meet the teacher letters to write, school supply lists to organize and so much more! So here's a list of things you might forget but you will surely WANT! And to make it even easier, I've included links that will take you directly to Amazon...because I mean, who doesn't love Amazon...am I right?

The Who, What, When, Where & Why of Progress Monitoring




When I first started teaching, I wasn't very comfortable with progress monitoring. I didn't know where to start, what materials to use, or how to collect and store data. This obviously led to a lot of pitfalls in my teaching abilities. Creating groups was difficult, writing report cards took an insane amount of time, my IEP reports were vague, and much more. I quickly realized that if I wanted to use data to drive instruction, I had to begin collecting it from day one. Since then, I have worked tirelessly to perfect my progress monitoring tools and assessments. I have seen a tremendous increase in my students learning, the more I perfected my data collection process. It is directly connected to students success. So here are some of the things I have learned during my progress monitoring journey.

Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop!




Hi Teachers!  Thanks for stopping by. I just want you to know that I appreciate YOU and all of the hard work you put in each and every day! Let's celebrate with a little giveaway and a blog hop! Make sure you "hop" to each store for a chance to win at each location. Enter below for a $10 TpT gift card.

Pumping at Work as a Teacher





Pumping at work can be tricky, especially when you are a teacher. We don't have the luxury of pumping when our body needs it, or to match the feeding schedule of our baby...we have to pump during our designated prep times, which often only happens once during a workday. I was SO nervous about all of this but I made it work, and developed a routine that made pumping while in my classroom so easy that I have to share.

It's Teaching Autism's Birthday!


What better way to celebrate an awesome teacher author than to host a giveaway! In order to help celebrate the amazing Teaching Autism, we are giving away FOUR $100 TpT GIFT CARDS! The giveaway ends on the 28th and winners will be contacted by Nikki from Teaching Autism. Go ahead and take a peek at the Rafflecopter below and enter away!!!

Good Luck!

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