I LOVE my Class!

I needed to take a minute to do a little bragging :)! I absolutely adore my kiddos this year. I've been very spoiled for the past two years with my classes. I have such a great group of kiddos and I've loved every moment of teaching them. They are just the sweetest little gems!! If you didn't know, I am a huge fan of Hello Kitty! I've loved Hello Kitty for more than ten years and I adore the fact that I am a teacher and can still love Hello Kitty and it's considered, "okay" and not "weird". Anyways, my kiddos always love the fact that Hello Kitty is my favorite and they usually spoil me with fun stuff! It's great! Well, today I received the BEST Hello Kitty gift, EVER from one of my girls. 
 A hand-knit Hello Kitty bracelet! YES, PLEASE : )! I am a huge fan of bracelets, too!
 I am trying this new thing called, "getting organized". So I made some cutesy labels and I am starting to label and organize everything!! If you are interested in my adorable and useful labels, Click Here! They sure seem to be helping me out so far! I hope you are having an enjoyable week and don't forget to smile (tomorrow's Friday!!!) 


A Lovely First Week in Second!

It was a great first full week in our class! I loved diving into the curriculum and really getting things started. Here's a dorky selfie of me in my classroom- and a little sneak peak into my room:)! I am planning on posting a classroom tour next week! Underneath you'll see the new sign I made for our classroom door which I am in love with! It's super sparkly and cute! Below is the bulletin board I made. It says, "What I like about my classroom is whom I share it with". I think it needs bigger letters but overall I'm pleased with the faces my kiddos made! They are adorable! I hope everyone had a great week, I ended up getting sick and had to leave work early Friday because of a fever and a head cold.... Yuck! Well, back to resting up.... 

And it's begun..

And....we're off! I just began my 6th year teaching last week! It's hard to believe summer is coming to an end and the strong smell of burning leaves has already began....[sigh] I had a very eventful summer. It was mostly a very good summer and parts of it were GREAT, however, I am sad to say that I had some personal problems arise in my life, and my marriage ended. The divorce was finalized a few weeks ago, and I am definitely "okay" with it and I know in my heart it's for the best. 

Therefore, I am now "Ms. Kinsey" rather than "Mrs.". Despite going through a divorce, I am happy and content with the ways things are going in my life. Things are getting easier for us and I definitely believe this is all a part of God's perfect plan that he has in store for me. I feel as though I am able to concentrate on my work and my classroom way better without the distractions of home life interfering with my emotions and work.

 I am very excited for this year and I am more than ready to be the best momma and teacher I can possibly be. I am hoping for a successful year with TpT, and I am feeling very blessed that I began my store when I did because I am depending on it now more than ever before!

I took a break from TpT and blogging for awhile while I straightened my life out, and now I am ready to get back into the swing of things. If you aren't already following me, please do! I am excited to share some of my lessons and ideas as well as freebies every now and then! I pray each one of you has a successful school year whether you are a teacher or a parent! Have a SpaRkliNg Monday!!

*My adorable kiddos*

*Ms. Kinsey* 

This is why I do what I do...

    So, this week I've begun my standards based testing for the end of the 9 weeks. Needless to say, it's a tough job- but today I had a "teacher moment" (you know what I'm talking about). I was sitting with one of my kiddos as I was giving the test and I was overwhelmed with emotion as I sat there and watched him answer every single question correctly! Our tests are cumulative and every standard taught from the beginning of the year is tested at the end of the 9 weeks. This kiddo came in struggling greatly, and has  made significant gains this year. I was so proud of him and told him how amazing he was doing and he almost began to cry. Then, I proceeded to tell the rest of my kids how amazing they were doing and I heard someone say, "It's because of you". 


Currently... : )

I am linking up with Farley's currently....
Click the picture to join this Linky Party! : )! YaY! 

HuGe Sale!

Are you as excited as I am for the SUPER SALE? While my hubby is watching the big game, I'll be doing some serious shopping. Head over to TpT for great deals!! =)

With Valentine's Day approaching soon, I thought it would only be appropriate to share the sweetest letter that hangs by my desk. It makes me very happy and reminds me how amazing my job is. <3 I love those little munchkins. xo

Winter Sale- Celebrating my Birthday!

Hey everyone! It's SALE time! I am having a 15% off sale at my store to celebrate my BiRtHdaY! Woo HoO! Head over there for some great deals! XoXo!

Me on the Map

 One of my favorite units I teach is the Me on the Map unit. My kids love it! It's a great way to teach students geography and map skills. It lays it out in a way students understand and retain. Here are some photos from our publishing party we had when we were done with the unit. They took a lot of pride in their finished products. If you are interested in teaching this unit to your kiddos, head over to my store. 

I will be throwing a BIG sale very soon!!

The finished products resemble scrapbooks. They are awesome!

Have a wonderful night!


Follow Me!

Hello! Awhile back, I posted a GIVEAWAY saying the first 30 followers will receive a *FREE* item of their choice from my TpT store! Well, I only have 18 followers (one being myself ha!) SO, the giveaway STILL remains! FOLLOW ME! : ) 

The Holidays

One of the greatest perks about being a teacher and a mommy is that I get to spend time with my amazingly awesome son during my long breaks. I have been really enjoying our time together. Who wouldn't love this little face looking at you all day?? Xoxo! Isn't this picture adorable? I got a new camera (a very fancy one) for Christmas. Maybe I should try the whole photography thing??  I do have a very cute subject : )!

I love the holidays in the classroom. They are so fun. I read the kiddos, "You Are Special" before they left for break. If you haven't read the book, it is definitely a must. I started to cry as I was reading it to them, and I looked up and many of them had tears in their eyes. AH!  I had to have an assistant finish it!  It's such a great story with a great message. Then, I surprised them with their Christmas gifts. I bought them each the book and wrote little messages in the books for them. I also gave them 4 other "Just Right Books" to start or add to their libraries at home. They loved them! Thanks to Scholastic for all the bonus points!! 

I also treated them to the ever so fun gingerbread house making experience! SO MUCH fun- but SUCH a big task! It also didn't help that I had a pounding migraine ha! The kiddos loved it! Hey- my teachers never did anything fun like that for me!? 

I hope you all are having a fun, relaxing, stress free break!