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Back In The Class

Aloha friends!  I am back to work and have officially been back for two whole weeks!  I'm not going to lie that first week back was tough! 5 full days of instruction without any specials and 7 year olds just coming back from summer.  I was thoroughly exhausted by the end of that first week!!


After a much needed weekend of doing absolutely nothing I headed into the second week refreshed. This week was much smoother and it actually seemed to fly by.  Here's a look at what we have been doing.


We created our Surf Buddies and they came out so cute!  You can grab this Freebie HERE.


We started learning about Timelines and created a fun Birthday Timeline along with this graphing activity.


We read the story "Have You Filled A Bucket Today" and created our bucket filler chart.

We also read the following books which I love for Back To School.



We ended this week with a fun art project.


This project was a lot of fun to make.  It came from HERE. My class really enjoyed learning some facts about the first Olympic games and sharing their favorite events.

I started this week with a clean desk and I am really hoping I can keep it this way for just a little while.  We'll see how long it lasts!!



Did you notice my new lesson planner?  I absolutely love it!


I think it suits me very well.  I just need to look at it to transport me to the beach in those stressful times! 

I have to say I was so busy that I didn't even think to take pictures of my classroom setup.  This week I will get it all together and share with you next week.

I hope you all had a fantastic week whether you were in the classroom or still on vacation! 



Back To School Sale

Aloha teacher friends!! Who's back in school already? Do you have all of your supplies?

Believe me at 2:15 pm I needed my chocolate!!!

Well I was back in class today and I had a great day. Only 18 kids and they were so cute. Seriously I wanted to take pictures of all of them and show everyone!

My first day back also coincided with TpT's Sitewide Back To School sale.  This is the sale event of the season! Up to 28% off of all items.  All of my planners and Back To School centers are at a huge discount, along with my bundles.

Here is a sneak peak at some of my newest and favorite items on sale.

I created this Watercolor Planner on a whim for my coworker and I just love the way it came out!

You can edit it to your choice of color and even add your own quote on the cover.




I also created this Ocean Themed planner to help transport you to the sea when you need to escape.





I also had a request for a Bumble Bee planner.  Here's what I created.



Don't forget to grab your Back To School Centers and Word Problems for 2nd Graders.





All of my Reading Wonders items are on sale as well.  


Don't forget about classroom decor and posters to get you ready for the year.

Class Rules


Solving Word Problems
Parts of Speech

Click on any of the pictures to head over to my store and grab some great deals.  Don't forget to check out my freebies while you're there. Oh and don't forget to use code BESTYEAR when you check out to save that extra 10%!!

If you are back in class I wish you a fantastic school year.  If you are still on vacation, enjoy every minute!!

Back To School Freebie

Aloha my long lost friends!! I hope all of you are enjoying your summer.  I have enjoyed every single bit of mine!!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I have not been my usual blogging, crafty self.  I have been having tons of fun hanging with friends, going to the beach and eating out!!  I may have gained a few pounds, but it was so worth it.

This week I realized I only have one week before I officially have to begin school!! (Insert sad face here)

I'm a bit behind on the classroom set up, but I'm not too worried.  I start off the year with the same set up and change it as necessary once I meet my kiddos.

This coming week I am also going to be busy getting my back to school gifts ready for my teammates.  Each year I give everyone on my second grade team a personalized planner.


They are always appreciative and I really enjoy making them.  I have created some new designs this summer including an Ocean theme and a Bee theme. I will blog more about those later this week.

Each year I love giving a freebie planner to my blog followers.  This year I am offering my Blushing Pink planner.



You can grab this free version by subscribing to my emailing list.  I plan to have a monthly newsletter that includes a freebie to all of my subscribers, along with other goodies from time to time.

Just sign up and you will receive an email with your planner freebie.

Hopefully this cute little freebie will help get you excited to head back into the classroom along with keeping you organized all year!

Mahalo for stopping by.  I am off to have a little more fun before I have to be "officially" back to work!


May Day 2016

Aloha my fabulous friends!! This has been one crazy but memorable week!!  If you have followed my blog for awhile you know that May Day is a big deal at my school.  Every classroom works tirelessly to put on an amazing show.  This year was a bit different since my youngest daughter is in the 6th grade.  She would be part of the Royal Court and it would be the last time seeing her perform.
The 6th grade court puts on quite a show and they have a King and Queen who preside over the whole performance.  Well this year my sweetie was chosen (name pulled out of hat, lol) to be the May Day Queen!!!  She was thrilled! I remember her telling me in Kindergarten that she wanted to be the Queen someday!

So for the past month we have been working on getting her dress just right, ordering her leis and leis for the king.  We also made 9 leis out of crown flowers which took quite awhile.  810 crown flower buds to be exact!! But can I just say I loved every minute of it! (Even though Friday afternoon I had to go to the doctor due to an infection in my finger from the flower sap!)


I won't bore you with all the details, let's just get right to the pics of this wonderful day.

This is the stage, which is our kickball field. Parents and staff make this look amazing!!
 The conch shell blowers announce the arrival of the Royal Court.





 Each island has a prince and princess.  Finally the King and Queen arrive.

 They take the stage and the parents come up and present them both with crowns and leis.
Once that is finished the performances begin.
Our staff started off the performances with a hula and then a fun little
number to Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk.

 Preschool did a cute song about Eddie Aukai and the Hokulea.
 Third Grade did a sweet Hawaiian Hula.
 Kindergarten did a Blues Brothers medley of fun songs.
 Fifth Grade did a medley of songs from the 70's to the present.
 First grade did an amazing hula celebrating the Samoan culture.

 The Sixth grade boys come out with the King and do their own hula.


 Finally the king escorts the queen out onto the field to perform her hula.



Luckily I had a front row center seat!
They performed two beautiful hulas, but I was so distracted I forgot to film
the first one!! Luckily I woke up to film the second.

So proud of this beautiful girl and her performance.  I just loved it!!!
 My mother even flew out from Phoenix to see her perform!!

I couldn't have asked for a more spectacular day with family, friends, coworkers and an amazing community.  I feel so blessed and lucky to live and work in such a magical and unique setting.
Mahalo for sharing in my excitement!!!



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