Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's Currently October!

I can't believe October is here already. This is my favorite time of the year and this weekend we actually had some fall like weather. Being pregnant has made me want the cooler weather to come even faster. I'm so tired of my summery maternity clothes and so tired of being hot. I live in the most beautiful place and am always happy to get to spend some time outside in it this time of year.
Blogging has definitely taken a backseat this year. I still don't feel like I have a good handle on the school year and we just finished our 7th week. It has been so strange. Because I loop usually first grade is a little easier but we have had a lot of things going on. With the implementation of RTI and then the changing of our implementation of RTI, I haven't gotten a firm grasp on my schedule. Then a few of my new students just haven't gotten with the program yet about what the expected behavior in my classroom is. Which of course, bleeds over to the kids that know what the expected behavior is. Not that any of this is new for anyone. But being pregnant and tired when I get home isn't conducive to get any blogging done. But my favorite linky party is up and I have to participate. I love Farley's monthly party. Be sure to check it out if you haven't.

We get our cable through our homeowners association at our condos so we recently had to upgrade to the cable box and I'm loving it. I have the Hallmark channel again and can watch I love Lucy one of my all time favorite shows. You can't be in a bad mood and watch this show. We also finally have On demand which made watching our favorite shows this week so much easier. 
Last week we had a doctor's appointment and I had to do the glucose test. Well, I failed the hour one so Monday I'm headed for a day at the doctor for the 3 hour test. I'm at a little higher risk for having gestational diabetes but hopefully everything will turn out. The worst part is going to be spending 3 hours at the doctor and that I had to take the day off work. We also have our first Childbirth Class Monday night. I'm a little excited about it. Yesterday, Chris and I got just about everything out of the baby room. It is no longer a guest room but it is definitely not a baby room yet. 
I shared this picture on Instagram  yesterday. 

Chris thought it looked pretty sad with the rocking chair facing the wall. The chair was sitting in the living room but we needed that space for our desk and the chair needs some work. We got a lot of work done yesterday and hopefully what is left is the fun stuff. Decorating and getting furniture. 
I still have 12 weeks until my due date but I'm starting to think about my maternity leave. I'm taking the whole Spring semester off. This past week I talked to my principal about what I needed to do. The time that I'm out and using sick time I have to leave lesson plans which is about a month. Right now I'm trying to plan a couple of weeks ahead. I was a week ahead but the goal is to be about 3 weeks ahead. I want to be prepared if I happen to have her early. But I also want to leave a notebook, that outlines how everything works in my classroom. So I need to get started on all that. Would love to hear if you have any suggestions or experience with making plans like this?

I'm sharing a treat with you. I made this techy bulletin board when school started and intended on sharing it then. But then school started and life got way too busy. So I'm sharing the file now. We haven't fully used it yet because we're just easing into AR but I'm hoping to have to some kids sign the charts in the next few weeks. Here's a picture of what it looks like. Sorry for the awful picture. I didn't have any of my pictures from room set up saved anymore. 
The letters and the borders are from Creative Teaching Press. They were some of the fun goodies I got for being an exclusive blogger for back to school. I hope you can use the treat. I am hoping to get a little activity posted on Teachers Pay Teachers this afternoon for the book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. That's one of my favorite books to read with the kids. Here's a sneak peek.

So that's what I'm currently up to. Be sure to head over to Farley's and check out the party. I would love to hear what you are currently up to. 


  1. I remember feeling the same way about the fall temps when I was pregnant with my youngest (a November baby). I am not going to lie and say that I micromanaged all my lesson plans for the whole 12 weeks I was out. I had a great girl working with me, and she did an awesome job, but I came back a the start of second semester and wanted my routines still going. You are so lucky to get the whole semester off. I also understand the not having a grasp...I was at least a month in before I felt good about the way things were going.

    Kovescence of the Mind

  2. Oh congratulations on everything and I think your rocking chair is looking at the wall imagining it all as a nursery with you sitting on it gently rocking with your new born baby in your arms - it probably is thinking what type of nursery design cushion it might have in it :) I made a lovely Beatrix Potter patchwork one when my daughter was born and it was just so comfortable rocking gently away. I wish you all the very best for your baby class - just remember to take it easy when you can.
    Special Teaching at Pempi's Palace

  3. Hi Kerri, I love the fall weather too! One of my kids was born 6 weeks early and the other was born 3 weeks the leaving plans didn't go quite as I hoped either time. :) I left my schedule (and asked that it remain the same) with a basic list of which lessons/topics that I wanted covered each week. Enjoy this quiet time and rest up so you can enjoy every single minute of your new beginning!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  4. I was out for seven weeks last year for surgery. I made bins for each week with the books needed, art projects, papers (copies for each child already copied), and the math manips, etc that I had included in my plans. It was easier for me to stick everything in one place as I found it. Good luck!