Friday, July 25, 2014

Florida Teacher Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Sunshine State! Enjoy yourself as you take a tour around our wonderful {and large!} state! Grab some freebies along the way, 
and be sure to enter to win our Bundles of Sunshine

**Hi everybody!  It's Andi's sister, Jill, learning how to do a Blog Hop :)**
To see how much fun Andi and Max are having
Check the IG roll over here------->>>>>> 
Starting out as a military baby, I've lived in quite a few places but most of my life has been spent here in Vero Beach, FL. Even with a few jumps in between, I managed to get my first teaching job at the school where I went to Kindergarten - 
AND Coach Jones was still there - love him!
Spent most of my high school days here at the beach.  Which is Vero's most popular draw for many now that the Dodgers left us. :(
Vero is a quiet, pretty town. Our claim to fame are Piper Aircrafts, Inc., Flight Safety, and our Polo Venues. We have a large art district- Museum of Art and several nice theatres - even our high school theatre brings in some special performances.
 Pictured above and below is what consumes my life now-a-days.  I have two teenagers who like to be outdoors.  Soccer, four-wheeling, and fishing are common for many kids around here.  Agriculture is also very big here - Indian River is known internationally for our citrus, but there are also many farms with livestock and horses galore. My daughter loves riding and working with horses.  She rides both english and western. She loves games, shows, trails, obstacles and jumping.  
We have 2 mini's at home, Simon and Belle.
 They share space with 15 chickens, 
a guinea hen, and a crazy dog.  I really want a "Have you hugged your chicken today?" 
t-shirt, but my kids will disown me! - how rude :/ 
(ps.  All my chickens have names and I do hug them, especially Shadow, Road Runner and Red)

Here are some locally grown cuties we get to see around town now and again.  
Both have foundations to help children here in Vero. 
Jake will end his tour here in October. His shows are always the talk of the town.

This weekend, we have freebies for you to enjoy! Stop by each of our blogs for an activity or idea to use in your classroom. To grab my freebie just click here!

This freebie is because I LOVE Whole Brain Teaching! Several years ago, Andi and I went to one of their day in-services, back when it was called Power Teaching - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  We tweaked what they had a bit to fit us, but still follow their protocol.  We start our day, every day, by saying the rules.  My "helper of the day" loves to be the leader for this.  Mrs. Shipley doesn't know me, but I've followed her blog for quite a while and she is such an inspiration and great role model/ resource for implementing WBT.

The Florida teachers below have two fantastic giveaways for you! You can enter once from each one of our pages. All you have to do is follow my blog! Hop around to all the blogs listed below, and be sure to follow them to get more entries. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Each pack also includes a Starbucks gift card (because, well, a teacher's gotta have a coffee!).
Come find out more about the beautiful state of Florida by 
reading about these other sweet teachers!

**If you've read this far... I also have a very special bundle fundraiser for COTA in honor of one of my students who has been listed for heart transplant**
Check that out here for your chance to help change a life - thanks xoxox


~Enjoy~ Jill

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

# i heart ethan

#iheartethan Early Elementary Bundle

to Raise Funds for COTA in Honor of Ethan H

Meet Ethan~ a super hero and miracle.  7-year-old Ethan has been recently listed for a heart transplant at Shand’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. He was born with Hypoplastic Left heart syndrome – in Ethan’s words “half my heart works”.  Ethan has already endured 3 open heart surgeries and many other smaller procedures.  A very special #iheartethan bundle fundraiser is available for those who make a $20 (or more) donation to COTA in honor of Team Ethan H.  Funds are being raised to assist with transplant-related expenses.
(click here for link to meet Ethan)

Donate Now!
Click here to Donate!
Please forward your donation receipt to  to receive your bundle 
(worth over $100!)
Thank you to these very special Blogger/TPT sponsors:   An Amazing Fairy Tale Unit RL.1.2 RL.2.2 RL.3.2  Phonics Games: oo, ir, er, ur, ow, ou, igh, i, ind, oi, aw  Memory Book for the EOY  Differentiated Fluency for Firsties BUNDLE {August - June}
   August-June BUNDLE!!!

My Buttons  {Label It!} Language & Vocabulary Building Activities for

More Time 2 Teach  Vertebrates Unit {Reading Passages, Booklet, Writing Conne

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas  Addition and Subtraction Spring Mega Math Pack - Printable

  All About Nouns

  Get Your Kindess On. Kindess Packet and Craftivity

  Kitty Cat and his Cool Sunglasses

  Informational Text Features All About Me Book 

Kelly McHaffie from
  Beg Borrow Steal   End of Year Silly Awards!

  Summer Ready, Set, Print!

And ME, Jill, guest blogger and sister of Andi @
(And bestest Auntie of my sweet nephew, MAX!)

   High Frequency Word Fluency Kindergarten- supports McGraw   The Empty Pot By Demi - A Five Day Close Reading Lesson Plan  Science Fair Project - Pendulum Swing

Ethan came to my public school kindergarten class 2 years ago and has a permanent place in my heart.  Please consider helping too.   A minimum donation for the packet will be $20 - includes more than $100 worth of products!  Donation here

Please forward your donation receipt to to receive your bundle.

Ethan’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a national charity based in Bloomington, Indiana.  COTA is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses.  COTA’s services are completely free of charge, and 100% of funds generated by COTA community fundraising campaigns are available for transplant-related expenses.

Ethan’s family needs an estimated $75,000.00 to pay transplant-related expenses.  I want to thank everyone in the cyber -community to join us in an effort to help give Ethan a second chance at life.  100% of the profits from the #iheartethan bundle will assist with transplant-related expenses. 
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ~Jill and Ethan

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Currently May

Yeah, it's May! I don't need to tell you guys how excited I am for May. I know the feeling is mutual. May is an exciting time of warm weather, growth spurts, testing, and a ton of paperwork. Gotta love it!

Farley has her Currently up and I think I might make it in before she reaches 100 links!

Here's my addition:
1. Listening: If I can only hear the clock than I'm in sensory heaven. After a long day of dealing with some pretty needy students, hearing nothing is so refreshing.
2. Loving: Since Max's two bottom teeth made their debut (finally), he's been in such a good mood. I'm loving every spare second I get with him.
3. Thinking: My school "to do" list is so long and so pressing that it totally stresses me out. It would be nice to using my planning times to actually plan and get paper work completed. Ain't nobody got time for it when there's a cute baby around!
4. Wanting: I'd kill for some ice cream right now but I think I've eaten about ten pounds of peanut m&m's this week so I'd better stay clear of the freezer.
5. Needing: I. Need. Sleep!
6. Surprise: Amy at Mrs. Labrasciano's Blog is so awesome! Her TPT is full of great resources and she's always creating something new. Check her out!

Y'all hang tight. It's almost over!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Currently April

It's April already! I can't believe it.
I have been on maternity leave for almost six whole months! That's just crazy. Here's a current picture of my doodlebug:

But it's all winding down folks. Yep, I have to go back to work on April 14. I am dreading it. Absolutely, dreading it. Unfortunately, we have bills, bills, bills to pay so it's off to work I go. The silver lining is that it's only for 8 weeks and then it's summer break! Yeah! It's not so bad. I can do eight weeks, right? Right?!?! (Insert picture of a crying mess of a mom here.)

Farley has her most recent Currently up and I am actually going to join the party!
These are pretty self explanatory:

Listening: As long as Max still needs nighttime nursing, he's sleeping in our room. Please tell me this doesn't last forever?

Loving: Instagram has been such a wonderful thing lately. I don't do Facebook and as you can tell I don't blog much, so IG has been my go to place to share and connect easily. See that last word EASILY. Meaning, I can use one hand and not wake up a sleeping baby that will ONLY nap on my lap. (I know, bad mommy!) I have made some pretty great friends on IG that I haven't anywhere else and I love these people. Love them! #mwah

Thinking: I'm a list girl and since I barely have time to use the restroom I really need to find a way to write and read my lists efficiently. Seriously, if I don't write stuff down, then it just doesn't happen. The pregnancy has killed my memory (along with my stomach muscles.)

Wanting: Is it so hard to ask for a printer that doesn't suck? Or eat up my paycheck with ink costs. Grumble, grumble, grumble...

Needing: The gray hairs have arrived and invited ALL of their friends to the party that is on my head. My next hair appointment is in limbo because of my limited child support and I am looking rough. I've been gray forever, but have managed to maintain my six week appointments... Until now. Thanks a lot Baby!

Hours: Our hours are okay. When I first started teaching it was 8:00-3:20 and I liked those times much better. I'd much rather go in at 9am but that's just me #notamorningperson

Well, that's all folks.
Soon it will be summer and I'll visit this blog again. Haha!

Don't forget to link up with Farley!