Ringing in the New Year: 2016 Resolutions

The dynamic duo is back and it feels so good.  When my sweet friend Jayme from TeachTalkInspire asked if I would be interested in doing a New Year's Resolution link up with her I jumped at the chance.  I have neglected my poor sweet blog and I hope to change that in the new year.  

2015 certainly was a year to remember.

Professionally, 2015 was the year I started my blogging/TpT journey and I'm so glad I did.  Not only has it given me a wealth of ideas and strategies to use in my classroom and put a pep in my step as I work with my students, but I have also formed friendships I cherish and groups of teachers who are supportive and always there.  I have had the chance to organize and attend blogger meet ups and meet such talented individuals.  It is truly inspiring to be around such dedicated and creative people.

I can't wait to see what 2016 has to be bring.

Personally, 2015 was a whirlwind of a year.  We put our townhouse up for sale in the summer and sold late fall.  We found our dream house and moved in October.  We also found out we were pregnant and can't wait to meet our tiny blessing in June.  

As 2015 comes to an end and 2016 rapidly approaches I can't help but stop for a moment and think of some resolutions I would like to try in the new year.  

1.  Around this time last year I started a writing goal chart where I put a few writing goals and students chose what writing goal they would like to work on each week. Some of the writing goals included: finger spaces in between words, uppercase to start a sentence, put an end mark at the end of a sentence, add one more detail to my writing.  It really helped to give the students more responsibility with their writing and take ownership of their work.  I would like to try this again this year. 

2. Oh man, this is a big one for me and I always seem to struggle with it.  I really need to up my intake of water especially now that I am pregnant.  I am the type of person who could go all day without drinking because I get so wrapped up in the day I forget.  I really need to be conscientious of this because I want to be healthy and I want the baby to be healthy.  

3.  I love to read.  Reading is such a great stress relief for me.  However, as I try to read a page or two at night I find myself drifting off to sleep before I even get to the second paragraph.  I really want to try to make it a priority to read for fun and finish a book each month.  If anyone has any good book recommendations send them my way. :)

4.  I've said it a time or two in my blog posts before, but I struggle with teaching math.  Math was never an easy subject for me and because of it I tend to shy away from it.  This year I have tried really hard to make sure I am putting 110% of my efforts towards math to make sure my students love it just as much as reading and writing.  I have done well with teaching a whole group lesson and then moving into math centers where I can pull kiddos to the side table and do some small group guided math with them.  It has been working really well and I want to continue to build my capacity in the upcoming year to continue to strength this subject area so that I can feel more and more comfortable as I teach it. 

5. In the new year I really want to make an effort of powering down at least an hour a night.  This might help with my number three resolution of finishing a book for fun.  I want to turn off the iPhone, the computer, the iPad, the iWatch, etc and just be free from all electronics.  It feels good to disconnect from the fast paced world and just be quiet.  

6.  The next resolution will help to make my blog feel not so neglected in the upcoming year.  This fall got away from me and I do not know where it went.  I am looking forward to making some time to blog at least once every two weeks.  I really love blogging and I love reading other blogs.  I think it is a great way to stay connected and learn great new ideas.

7.   I've always struggled with number seven and perhaps in the new year I can do a better job of tackling this goal.  I'm a worrier.  I worry about worrying.  I really want to make an effort to try and relax.  Worrying does not solve any of my problems.  You think I would have figured that out by now. ;)  I've really been trying to embrace the motto that opportunities for you will not pass you and everything happens for a reason because it really is true.  

Well, thank you for taking the time to read through my 2016 resolutions.  I have a feeling this is going to be a year for the books and I can't wait to see how it unfolds.  

If you would like to link up and share your 2016 resolutions grab the image below, write your resolutions, and share on your blog.  

Thanks for joining in this blogging adventure and I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year!

Cheers to 2016!


Five for Friday: Hello Winter Break

Happy Friday!  I'm particularly excited for this Friday because not only is it my favorite linky day with Doodle Bugs Teaching, but it's the last Friday before Winter Break!!!This teacher as I'm sure all the fantastic teachers out there needs a rest.  I need to recharge my batteries and have some serious Netflix and couch time.  Also, I can't wait to celebrate the holidays with my family and friends.  It is such a fun time of year.  

Well, let's get the show on the road, here are the top five from the week...

When I wasn't busy scraping the kiddos off the ceiling (can we say excited for Christmas ten times fast?!) we were busy reading and writing about gingerbread stories.  
We read:
The Gingerbread Man
 The Gingerbread Girl
 The Gingerbread Cowboy
 Gingerbread Loose at School
 Gingerbread Mouse
 Gingerbread Baby
 and last but not least Gingerbread Pirates.  

As we read each story we compared and contrasted and also did some writing about our favorite parts.


As of this week I had not shared the exciting news with my class that I was having a baby.  I thought a fun way to tell them would be when we read Gingerbread Baby.  I wasn't really sure what to except because with a room full of five year olds anything is possible.  

We read the story Mooseltoe and afterwards did a math activity where they make a moose and then use pipe cleaner for the moosetache.  Then I passed out ten beads and they put the beads on either side to complete addition problems.  The activity idea is from Golden Gang Kindergarten.  

The Friday before winter break the staff has an ugly sweater contest.  One year a friend from school and I made an ugly sweater as a joke and everyone loved it.  For the past few years we have made our ugly sweater.  These are the sweaters we made last year

This year's ugly sweater is definitely a sweet treat!  I hope we win the contest again this year! ;)

On a personal note, I'm really looking forward to this weekend because it is our annual cousin Christmas.  We always do it the Sunday before Christmas and our families have gotten so big we have started to have it out.  My cousins from Tennessee come into town and it is such a great time to see everyone and catch up.  

I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and enjoy winter break.  Take the time to rest and recharge and spend time with those you love!

Happy Friday!

December Currently

It's that time again and I couldn't be more excited to link up with Farley from Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for her monthly currently linky.  

Can I ramble for a moment and talk about how much I LOVE this time of year.  The decorations, the twinkling Christmas tree, the cookies, the gift giving.  It is just a magical time.  If I could leave my Christmas tree up all year and it would be acceptable I would.  I just love how cozy it makes the house feel.  I feel like this year is extra special because we were able to decorate our new house for the first time.  

Alright, enough rambling, let's get on with the Currently. 

Listening: Morning time is my favorite time because the house is so quiet and I get to have some "me" time.  I'm currently enjoying my oatmeal and listening to some Christmas music.  It's wonderful!

Loving: LOVING that we can share our wonderful news that Baby Schuda is due in June.  Kenny and I are so excited and it's been hard to keep this a secret.  It's been so fun sharing our news with everyone.  After the holidays I look forward to decorating the nursery.  We are going to keep it neutral because we are going to keep the gender a surprise!  I already have my eye on this adorable elephant bedding.  :)

Thinking: I want to try Elf on a Shelf next year in my classroom.  I am loving all these posts about Elf on a Shelf and I have never done it.  What a cute way to celebrate the month!

Wanting: I have a confession.  I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet.  This weekend I plan to do some damage.  I still have time, right?!

Needing: I'm so excited one of my favorite guilty pleasures has started again, and I can't wait to watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  Oh the drama!

Real or Faux: My Hubby really tried to convince me to get a real tree this year for the new house, but I just couldn't.  I'm so afraid that something could go wrong.  Although the smell is wonderful.  Maybe next year we will try it.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my Currently.  I hope you have a wonderful month and enjoy the holiday season!