Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Make, Say, Break, Sound, Make, Say What?!

Hey there Bloggin' World!
It's been a little while since I've posted ... I've been busy working on my TpT stuff and being a new mommie ... again! I'm absolutely LOVING where I am in life. TpT is a GREAT place to work, and the other sellers are gems. I love the atmosphere of working together rather than in competition.
So, anyways ...
I posted a new phonics set that has one of my FAVORITE practices in it. I call it "Make, Say, Break, Sound, Make, Say." It's pretty quick and kids get to really engage in each word. Watch the video below to see HOW I use it.

You can find the words for short /a/ and short /i/ words in this new set!

I'm working on a FULL year worth, and will be getting those posted up as I complete them. Every set will have this activity in it, because I pretty much ADORE it!

Happy Teaching!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


I've been following various teachers on Instagram and have decided to follow suit. Many teachers who have been selling for a few solid years on Teachers Pay Teachers are going back through their products. Each teacher is updating several products and totally removing others from their store. It's kind of like spring cleaning for your store.

I'm so excited to announce that I'm updating ALL of my freebies that are over 2 years old! Oh, and did I mention I'm also ADDING some new freebies? It's been a while since y'all got some free stuff from me, so I thought I'd apologize with 2 sets of puzzles for younger learners.

Be on the lookout for more freeibies AND updates!
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Oh the Life

All I know that is predictable about life is its unpredictability. Through my growing relationship with my Father, I'm finding that I have one purpose... to glorify Him. He's done so much for my family and has given so much comfort to us over a rough period of grief. Thank You, LORD.

To the people who actually read my meandering thoughts ... sorry IF you've missed them ;) They are back. Here's what I have to share with you ...

ALL of the 3rd grade continent studies are complete. PLUS, I've combined them into a full bundle as a slight discount. You can check it out at my TpT Store!!!!

I've also created a nifty little computer "game" for kids to practice identifying real-world 3D figures. I've already had it tested and approved by some kids:) Not only is there a game for practice, but accountability pages for students to show their understanding of the concept. It's all part of the same set and works WONDERFULLY in stations. There will be more in the works soon. You can check it out here.

Okay, now I'm off to bed. I have a girls retreat this weekend that I'm speaking at, a house that needs cleaning before I go, and a 2 month old daughter who will be making her presence know sooner-rather-than-later ;) I couldn't ask for a better/crazier life.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Curve Ball

For those who didn't know, my mother-in-love passed away a week ago. I've received lots of questions about the upcoming continent products, and I assure you, they are coming. However, my family is still mourning and I won't be focusing on anything other than my husband and our family for the time being. Thank you for your understanding. It's a tough time in the Ray household.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year?

For those who were wondering, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. Nope. I just had a baby ... 3 weeks early. As teachers, we all understand the "best-laid-plans" mentality. Sorry if I left some of you hanging with products I was expecting to get finished. Life hit.

Harmony Hope Ray was born at 9:50pm, Monday, December 19, 2017 via VBAC. She had a full head of hair, was 20 inches long and 7lb 2 oz. 18 hours of labor followed by 3 hours of pushing, and our little girl entered the world. We were/are thrilled. I found out during labor that I had Strep B, which could be passed to Harmony during birth. Blessingly, she did NOT contract this. We were released late on Wednesday night and enjoyed time at home. However, she wasn't eating a ton and seemed lethargic. Harmony, myself, and my mom went to the pediatrician who basically said she seemed to be jaundice and needed to go to Vanderbilt ASAP. I called the hubs, and we were on our way within 15 minutes. Harmony was massively dehydrated and had lost over a pound in 4 days. She was a level 19/30 on the jaundice scale. Because she was small, the various nurses tried to find a vein for fluids. They blew 7 veins (2 in each hand, 1 in each arm, and one in the head) before they could get one to work well. Kevin had to go home to watch Crosby (our 2-year-old), so my mom came to stay the night with Harmony and me. Harmony was put under the blue light for almost 12 hours. I was not allowed to hold her but for 15 minutes every 2 hours. Break my heart. She was cold most of the night, so neither of us slept. We woke up on Christmas eve in the hospital. I had been praying most of the night for a miracle to go home that day. To be able to do this, she had to drop below level 14 and also eat 1.5oz from a bottle and 10-15+minutes for each feeding. These were monitored. She was rechecked at 8am and her jaundice level was a 12. PRAISE THE LORD!!! However, she still wasn't eating quite enough. So, my mom left us to go home to ready the house for Christmas, and Harmony and I hung out in the room, eating ... both of us ate. It was great. I got to watch Fixer Upper and rest. By late afternoon, Harmony was eating the required amount. Kevin came with Crosby to pick us up. When I got home, it was perfect.

So, with that said ... sorry it's taken me so long to blog. I'm hoping to get back at those continent studies in a week. Next up:
--South America

I'm just waiting on my clip artist for her AWESOME images ;)

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ESL, ELL, EL Craziness

This week has been NUTS! With the election going as it has, the United States of America seem anything but united. If you're reading this from another country, please excuse our poor behavior. This is what happens when a generation is given participation awards ... and then as adults lose. Unfortunately, this will not be the first election (nor the last) where people are up in arms over who won/lost. We all saw this coming ... because we have become more and more divided in our races, religion, and decency. It's quite sad. However, compared to SEVERAL cultures, we are merely babies ... we are just choosing to act like it.

Regardless who you think should be president, we can all agree, times have changed. I'm not going to post my opinion for the results, as it will not win anyone. However, if you're curious, I'd LOVE to talk to you face-to-face over a cup of tea.

I had a former teacher team mate of mine email me last week asking for a set of prompts for 2nd grade ESL. How great is that? As an EL teacher, my heart goes to those kids who have such a rigorous entrance into the English language. I was thrilled to get this email. Then, the other shoe dropped. She asked if I could turn it into a writing piece where her kids would read, write a topic sentence, find/write at least 3 details in the text to support their topic sentence, and a conclusion ... for very new ESL kids. What the what?! She explained that in April, her district had a mandated assessment for writing from a passage and prompt... for second grade ... for ESL ...

I get very protective of kids when I believe they are not rightly being assessed (which is most of the time). At this age, kids do not need tests, but practice in a safe environment where they can make mistakes to learn.

Of course I said ABSOLUTELY!

She then added that she wanted it to be boot camp themed (YAY! New clipart for me to buy from educlips!) She wanted to have the kids practice each part of the writing piece repeatedly. Each time they completed a topic sentence or writing of sort (whatever was the main concept), the teachers and the kids would do drills - jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, high kicks, etc. This will hopefully make the unit memorable, AND help give the kids confidence.

You can check it out here in my TpT store!

If you get a chance, pray for our country, pray for our teachers, and most of all, pray for our future generations.