Give Away!  Stop over at Teaching Maddness to enter her Grace and Lace Give Away.  Good Luck!

What a week!  I have a class that keeps me on my toes this year, and they did just that this week.  My own children included.  My six year old broke a window yesterday while at the sitters by throwing a plastic horseshoe, the boy has an arm on him.  He has been grounded from playing outside for a week (which is actually a punishment to me) and has to pay for the window, which means I will be paying for the window.  On the way home from the sitters he asked for Halloween and Christmas decorations. I reminded him that he just broke a window and there is no money for Halloween or Christmas decorations.  So, since I am in need of some Freebies due to a broken window I thought I would share my Free Christmas Coupon book with you just incase you too have a broken window to pay for this holiday season.

This year is our first year implementing Common Core Standards, our principal told us this is our Renaissance year.  In the past our district was very strict on how we should teach objectives, and now with CCS they are trusting us once again. I decided to look back at some of the creative stuff I did while student teaching and my first years of teaching, you know those years you had time to create everything before kids, and found my Reading Feast.

I first did this project when I was student teaching first grade and hand drew each piece and cut out each piece, yep very excited student teacher and didn't know the importance of parent volunteers back then.  I have recreated Reading Feast and added it to my TPT store here.

 My son's Reading Feast.

My Reading Feast.

My oldest son is in Kindergarten and begged, he LOVES school, to make his own plate of food when I was recreating the project.  We read one of his Power Ranger books and he drew pictures of the characters, setting, favorite part, problem (fight scene), and the solution.  Next, he cut out his food pieces and glued them to a paper plate. I then had to make my own, I can't wait to have my fourth graders make this project this week.  I plan to put them on our hallway bulletin board.

I am linked up with Tara's Monday Made It {It is a month long party}

I am excited to join the educational world of blogging!  I have a personal family blog (that I haven't been up to date with lately) that I love using to keep family and friends up on our family's happenings.  I look forward to keeping you up on lessons and activities I use in my classroom through I {heart} Recess.

I am in my eighth year of teaching, and currently teaching an Exceptional Children's 4th grade cluster class in North Carolina.  I love teaching, even on those challenging days, and creating creative lessons and activities to use in my classroom.  This is our first year using Common Core Standards, I should say navigating our way through CCS.

The "I {heart} Recess" title is inspired by my 4th grade team from last year.  I worked with a great team of ladies and we had some great conversations during recess, it was one of our favorite parts of the day!  During recess we discovered a lot about each other personally and professionally (we did keep an eye on our classes as well :) ).  We discussed students, plans, shared ideas, and educated each other on pregnancy, I was pregnant with my third son last year. Have you ever worked with a great group of teachers and hated seeing them leave or move grade levels at the end of the year?  

In honor of our recess conversations I am starting this blog to share ideas and lessons with you and hopefully get some ideas and tips from you as well.  I may also share tips and advice, as well as need some, on being a working mother of three boys :)

To celebrate my first post stop over at my TPT store and download my FREE Star Spelling Menu!  I {heart} Recess TPT

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