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22 Sep

My son came home from school today so excited to tell me that summer was over and today was the first day of Fall. I looked at the calendar and confirmed that it was the first day of Fall. Fall is my favorite season. When I taught, summer was my favorite season simply because teachers get a few weeks off from teaching in the summer! Now that I am working all year round, Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors and the feeling in the air. I love pumpkins, mums, apples, and hayrides! I like layering clothing… However, the only thing I don’t like about fall is that winter follows... 

20 Sep

My friend Nancy came up with a great list of local birthday parties. I thought I would post it here in hopes it may help some one in the blogging world. Thanks Nancy for all your work on this!!! Local venues for kid birthdays Iceoplex 724-745-6666 jchapman@iceoplex.net2 packages to chose from- 1 hour public skate or 1 hour court- includes beverages, treat bags and hostess. Private room for hour 15 min. Includes 9 guests and birthday child. Prices- court $323(Pizza) or $303(hotdogs) skate- $210 (Pizza) $190 (hotdog) Trax Farms 412-835-3246×113 Ages 3-7. 3 packages to choose from included... 

20 Sep

She amazes me with all she comes up with. Have you entered her blogging contest yet?Visit Martha’s blog and make a comment.  

20 Sep

One of my favorite blogs, Tip Junkie is running a 10 favorite things in your house challenge… I thought I would participate since I already have most of my fave things on my computer. So here goes in random order… #1. My Southern Living Two Tier Tray!!! I LOVE THIS and use it all the time. It cost a lot for my standards, but I get so much use out of it. Here you see it all dolled up for a cookie exchange a few years ago. I keep it out in my kitchen on the island all the time. It has held many a cupcake, appetizer, and cookie. #2. My Sons Big Boy Room. I did the stenciling... 

17 Sep

Recently Lisa Himle the author of Hands as Warm as Toast sent me a copy of her book to review. Hands as Warm as Toast is a heartwarming story that any kindergarten teacher, parent, or student can make a connection to. According to Ms. Himle this is a true, yet slightly embellished story about an event that happened when she was a Kindergarten teacher. The teacher is Ms. Himle’s book is Miss Darling. Everyone knows a kindergarten teacher that seems to have a magic touch with young children. Miss Darling is one of those kindergarten teachers with that magic way of making children want to be at... 

6 Sep

A note from the author of “GO Home, Mrs. Beekman!” Great words of wisdom! Hi Colleen, I just finished reading your review, and I have tears in my eyes. It is so wonderful that you really got the book, and that you and your son could share it together. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Of course, “Go Home, Mrs. Beekman!” is an ever so slightly autobiographical book — and my separation issues haven’t quite gone away. Two weeks ago, my youngest left for college, and it’s still difficult to set 17 year old children loose in the wider world, not... 

6 Sep

One of the greatest treats about my website www.teachingheart.net is the treats authors will send me in hopes I will feature their book on my site. This month I have gotten lucky and was sent a variety of back to school books that I did not have and that I have not read. Here is one I recently received and enjoyed!Ann Stampler, the author of “Go Home, Mrs. Beekman“, recently sent me a copy of this adorable book with a request for me to feature it on Teaching Heart here. The night I got it was the second day of Kindergarten for my son. We sat down and read it together. In the story,... 

2 Sep

Tip Junkie is running a week of birthday ideas… For my friends that think we go all out for Z’s parties, hop over to Tip Junkie and check out the super cool parties she is featuring there. The Teaching Heart Spiderman Birthday Party was featured on the Tip Junkie blog! Right now I am about a week away from Z’s big Star Wars Jedi Training Camp Birthday. I love planning parties as I told you here. Still there is so much I want to do and getting it all done is always the problem. So far the garage is cleaned out, the games are all planned, and I have written two scripts (one that... 

30 Aug

The internet is a full of fun and educational things you can do with your children to encourage kindergarten readiness! Below are some free sites that I use with my kiddos. FREE Worksheets and Extra Practice: 1.) http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/manuscript/javascripts/_my8linestext.htm – Handwriting for Kids site. This free site is great for practicing printing your child’s name. Just type in his or her name and press enter and lined paper with your text will appear. 2.) http://www.tlsbooks.com/preschoolworksheets.htm – Free Preschool Worksheets 3.) http://www.senteacher.org/Worksheet/10/Literacy.xhtml... 

27 Aug

If I could pick a song that summed up my life it would be Blessed by Martina McBride. Today is my birthday and I feel so thankful for all that God has blessed me with. I get kissed by the sun Each morning Put my feet on a hardwood floor I get to hear my children laughing Down the hall through theBedroom door Sometimes I sit on myFront porch swing Just soaking up the day I think to myself, I think to myself This world is a beautiful place I have been blessed And I feel like I’ve found my way I thank God for all I’ve been given At the end of every dayI have been blessed With... 

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