Thursday, May 29, 2014

First Grade Recap: 2013-2014

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, friends. I have been really absorbed in the fact that summer is here. It's been nice to just not do a million things every day for a few days. So blogging has been slow for me this week. 

I thought I would share a little recap of some of my favorite posts throughout the school year. It's neat for me to look back and revisit the school year through the Tally Tales. Here are a few snippets for you; if you missed any of these along the way, just click the link to be redirected to the original post. :)

Enjoy!












Thanks so much for visiting and reading today! I hope you have enjoyed my little recap of our school year. For those fellow teachers out there who are still awaiting summer, hang in there!!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday: Be Inspired and Rest 05-24-13

Happy Sunday, friends! I wanted to share a few of my most inspirational (or simply delightful) encounters online this week.  I can't take credit for any of these gracious expressions or hopeful links, but I do hope that passing them on will provide some joy to you today! If you find something you would like to Pin, please take time to visit the original source, if available, and Pin from there. I have provided an easy-to-click hyperlink credit to any traceable sources. When applicable, I've also included my favorite quotes from some of the reading passages so you can have a small preview before you read on.

I hope this is encouraging for you! Have a lovely, restful Sunday!

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Source: Proverbs 31 Ministries Facebook Share
So true. I need to print this and put it on my refrigerator as a daily reminder. :)

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Source: in(Courage) "God's Dreams are Always Bigger Than Mine"
"When I shared my writing, I discovered that God was using it in others’ lives. I discovered that it wasn’t second best, a consolation prize, something to occupy my time. This was the art I was born to create." ~Vaneetha Rendall Demski
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Source: in(Courage) "When You Feel Like You Just Keep Blowing It"
"And no wind ever blows so hard that it doesn’t carry hope, that it doesn’t blow in blessing too.  To kneel and receive both, the impossible made possible by Grace." ~Ann Voskamp
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Source: in(Courage) "When Jesus Is My Afterthought
"We sometimes start our day with goals and to-do lists and packed schedules and realize later that Jesus was just someone we squeezed into our agenda. " ~Katy Boatman 

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Source: French Press Mornings Encouraging Wednesdays
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Decorate for Summer: Red, White, & Blue

If you are like me, you are so happy that summer is finally here! I had a little fun with some colored burlap ribbon over the weekend and created this summer-holiday wreath. It's full of red, white, and blue and is a great little accessory for the Fourth of July. My favorite part? That mini fabric banner pennant in the center!                                                                            Here are a few pictures of the finished product. If you are interested, head over to the Tally Tales Etsy store, and place an order for your own red, white, and blue summer holiday wreath!



Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy Summer, and Memorial Day! :)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Five for Friday: May 23, 2014


I missed the link-up last week, but this week, I had to make sure I shared a few things with you. This has been our last
week
of
school. 

Which means that today is my last day of school. I know you'll agree with me when I say that every year, this is a precious, bittersweet time. We grow to love our kiddos, but summer certainly is wonderful, isn't it?

So here are a few moments from my last week.


We began the week with Field Day on Monday. I surprised the kids with a breakfast of fruit and mini muffins. It was a sweet start to a Monday. 




This week, the students did a bit of reflective writing. It's always amazing to me to read about the things they remember the most from the year. In all, my Halloween Potion and the days my assistant and I dressed up in costumes for different events seemed to be among their favorite memories. There were also several writing samples that really reminded me how great our impact is on these little ones. It's so easy to get caught up in the busyness of teaching that we forget how much they really are watching us. So in all this, my students' reflections really helped me to reflect on the year as well.

Did I mention that this week was bittersweet???







If you read my post earlier this week about our colorful student gifts (and the freebie available), then this picture will probably look familiar. (If you missed that post, feel free to check it out here.)

Check out this sweet gift from one of my students. She loved her gift from us so much that she went home and made her own recycled crayons (with the help of a parent, of course) to give back to her teachers. Precious, right? I'll have to keep this crayon around for a while, I think…



After much cleaning and packing, my room is pretty much ready for summer! I still have a couple of odds and ends to pack away, but for the most part, I'm finished.






Last, but certainly not least, hop on over to DIY Vintage Chic and check out today's Five Features. You just may find a recent Tally Tales project among this week's features! ;)
DIY Vintage Chic
I hope you have had a lovely week! Thanks so much for visiting the Tally Tales today!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

You "Color" our First-Grade World: Student Gift Tags *Freebie!*


So I have an incredible assistant teacher, who took it upon herself to recycle some of our crayons by melting them to make large, round crayons in a muffin pan. Have you ever heard of doing this?? If this is new to you, I suggest you visit either  Pink and Green Mama or Intimate Weddings for detailed instructions and tutorials.

She did such a fantastic job of this, so we decided to send some of the recycled crayons home with the kiddos as end-of-the-year gifts. I made these gift tags, which feature the slogan "You color our first-grade world" to attach to their gifts. They are available in several different color patterns, so you could cater them to fit boys or girls if you want to do so.


The instructions are simple...

And there you have it!
If you are interested in using these, this is another freebie, available in the Tally Tales TPT store!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Be a Word Detective: Language Skills Review *Freebie*

You fellow teachers can relate to the challenges of the last few weeks of school. So little time, so much to do, so much to continue reviewing… especially if you have those assessments ahead!

I developed this little language review activity for my students…
In this activity, students face a very specific challenge, as you can see below...
After explaining the challenge, and that the students must become "detectives," I reveal the list, which is catered to review some basic first-grade language skills.
To make the activity extra-authentic, I gave each student a magnifying glass, which they used to "hunt" for words in their story.
They thought this was so cool. I loved listening to their conversations as they hunted specifically for various parts of speech. 

If you are interested in using this with your kiddos, you can access it for free in the Tally Tales TPT store!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday: Be Inspired and Rest 05-18-14

Happy Sunday, friends! I wanted to share a few of my most inspirational (or simply delightful) encounters online this week.  I can't take credit for any of these gracious expressions or hopeful links, but I do hope that passing them on will provide some joy to you today! If you find something you would like to Pin, please take time to visit the original source, if available, and Pin from there. I have provided an easy-to-click hyperlink credit to any traceable sources. When applicable, I've also included my favorite quotes from some of the reading passages so you can have a small preview before you read on.

I hope this is encouraging for you! Have a lovely, restful Sunday!

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Source: "From Panic to Peace" Proverbs 31 Ministries
You know those moments in which you stumble upon the words that are exactly what you need at that moment? This devotion, written by Nancy McGuirk, was precisely that for me earlier this week. I hope it serves the same purpose for you, if you are finding yourself struggling with worry and/or fear today. 

"What is most pressing in your life right now? Whatever that is, put God’s Word there instead. Replace worry with the truth of God’s love and power. Then we can trust that God will do as He says: “keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed” on Him (Isaiah 26:3a, ESV)." ~Nancy McGuirk

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Source: Desiring God, "Hope for the Despairing Heart"
"The gospel of Jesus Christ tells us that Jesus was a man of sorrows… There is not one tear we have shed that he does not understand."~Christina Fox

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Source: Ann Voskamp, Facebook Share

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Source: Luna Belle

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Source: (in)Courage

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