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.

Friday, November 11, 2016


Hey y'all,
      I've been getting a lot of traffic through my store and requests recently. I'm one busy (and happy) woman. I have had several questions about upcoming products, so I thought I'd give you an update on what is happening at For The Teacher. Be on the lookout for newer products, updates, and freebies!

Product Goals:

  1. Walking Word Wall
  2. ESL Reading & Writing Boot Camp (Request)
  3. All About Europe Comprehension Set (Request)
  4. Physical Science Reading Comprehension & Interactive Notebook
  5. Journeys 6th Grade Unit 5 (Request and Final Unit)
  6. Bundling all Journeys 6th Grade Units
  7. All About South America Comprehension Set (Request)
  8. All About Antarctica Comprehension Set (Request & Final in Set)
  9. Bundle All About Antarctica Comprehension Sets

I've decided I'll TRY to complete the top 4 items on this list before the new year. I have a c-section planned for the 27th of December (YAY!) and I don't expect to be creating much for a few months after our little Harmony Hope arrives... All of you Mamas out there probably TOTALLY get this. 

I'll start back on the list as soon as I'm up to it. Thanks for your awesomeness! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Elections, Sales, Followers, and News ... Oh My!

      There are days, you know the ones, where you just feel blah. My little 2-year-old Crosby was running a muck and not feeling well. Just FYI, we don't call it Daylights Savings in this house. It has infamously become known as The Reckoning. People always joke, saying, "You're a parent, so you don't get the benefit of daylight savings." Nope. While that is true ... I'd venture to go even further... It rocks your world. My son usually is an early afternoon napper... yesterday, it was at 10am. He didn't wake up for 4 hours. Seriously. Then bedtime ... *ugh
      Well, that was the day I was having. God had been hearing me talk to Him a lot. I was tired. I'm pregnant (32weeks), and I wasn't keeping food down. Add that to chasing a tired, ornery kid, and you just kind of question your purpose. That however is ONE of the times my God works.
      I was crawling into bed - at 7:15 - after my little buddy had gone to bed, my husband was getting one of our CW shows cued up, checked my feedback on TpT. There it was, Such a sweet feedback from a woman in Connecticut saying she saw my election freebie on a news report! What?! My energy level spiked, I jumped out of bed to grab my computer (PS that's a feat to jump when you're this prego ;), and looked it up. Such a good video about kids participating in a mock election across the country. It's very interesting, and I ADORED seeing kids working with my product.
Here's the link if you'd like to see it!

      Then in all of the hubbub, I realized that For The Teacher has gained over 100 new followers in the last 10 days!!! That's incredible. I'm honored to have people who are willing to give my work a chance. Thank you. I really appreciate it. 
      Since today is election day, and it seems like a painful decision in most cases, AND I'm just so excited about what's going on with For The Teacher, I'm throwing a flash sale today. 


Oh, and don't forget to download the FREE election set, HERE!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

It Happened ....

Can you believe it? The Cubs ... my Cubs not only went to the world series for the first time in 70 years ... but they won!!!! It's been 108 years. There are 108 stitches on a baseball and they won in the 10th inning with 8 hits. It was there! It was worth staying up until past midnight! I got to see it. It happened in my lifetime. 

I'm sure a lot of schools saw tardy lists like this:

SOOOOOO EXCITED, so here's a sale to celebrate!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thank YOU Sale!

All I can say is Thank You! I've been blessed beyond measure by the followers to my TpT store. Thank you for your coveted feedback and encouragement.
For you ...

Love you! Thanks again!