Mush Mush Reader Review

Joanna, the author of Mush Mush Readers, contacted me to do a review of her decodable readers.  I am really excited about these and my students LOVED reading them.

  I was so excited to connect with a former teacher that has a passion for teaching young readers the love for reading.  Her readers incorporate sight words, pictures to promote vocabulary, one-to-one correspondence, and foster reading confidence!  Take a look at her leveled readers that increase with difficulty in each book. 

Mush Mush Readers are named after Joanna's furry cat and have levels 1-10 that increase with difficulty in each book.

The books cover a wide variety of topics to keep the kids engaged and motivated to read each book.

I set the group of books at my small group table and asked the to read the books in order.  Each book has a focus vocabulary word(s) and contains pictures to help with the more difficult words.  The children feel successful when they can decode these difficult words by using the picture above the word.

Each word has a little paw print under it so the students can track and follow along as they are reading.  I gave the students little finger puppets to use as they were touching each paw print to read.  

These Mush Mush Readers have a cute font and really adorable clip art.  (It's the little things, right?!)  I love that the pages are thick and glossy which makes the books durable for all the "love" the students give them.  I am a huge fan of these books.  I teach a TK/Kindergarten classroom and my students are English Language Learners.  These books were great to introduce new vocabulary, review sight words and teach new ones!  You can find her website HERE.

Erin Condren Teacher Planner

Guys.  I am obsessed with pens and planners.  I feel like it might be something instilled in teachers to love schools supplies and all things paper.  I know the whole world is going digital, but I don't like using digital planners, I love using pens full of ink (you know which ones I am talking about) and I want colorful paper to write on.  The Erin Condren Teacher Planner and product line make all my  organizational dreams come true! 

I want to share with you with some of her products that I will be using in my classroom next year.  Let's start with the teacher planner.
1. It's gorgeous.
2.  It has thick, colorful paper.
3.  Each part of the planner is thoughtful and intention for teachers.

Can we talk about how cute the outside is!?  When writing in my planner there is one thing I need: a selection of colorful pens (don't worry, I will show you those in a bit!).  This pencil bag can be attached to the coil and placed anywhere in the planner!

There is also an option to have a pen stick to the back of the planner if you don't want to have the pencil bag with you at all times.

Inside, the front cover is dry erase material so I can write myself quick, temporary notes for the day.

What I love about my planner is that the pages are bright, colorful, and have pretty fonts!  What more could you ask for?  The section below is for birthdays.  I like to keep my coworkers birthdays in this section as well as my students.

 The weekly lesson plan section is color coded so you can quickly see what day of the week it is.  

In the summer I like to map out my themes for the year.  This section is perfect for me to see my year at a quick glance so I can change, update, and keep track of the fun thematic units throughout the year.

These cute little designer dots are for me to add to my monthly calendar.  These add a pop of color to each page.

Throughout the planner there are inspirational quotes, and this one happens to be on a colorful pocket inside!

To keep track of important dates, Erin included stickers to add to the planner when we need them.

Another thing in my package was this book of stickers.  They can be added into your planner to highlight upcoming events.

After the planner, my next favorite items are the PENS! I seriously love pens and I am really picky about them!

The fine point pens are perfect for writing in small print and filling out the planner.  The markers are great for taking notes, filling out forms, and writing letters!

The fine tip pens have inspirational words on the cap that are fun to catch out of the corner of your eye when you are writing.

Creating a positive moral around the school can start with these simple compliment cards.  They are the size of a business card and are a simple way to show a coworker you care!

 Going along with the theme of "teaching is a work of heart" is this carry all clutch.  I love that it matches the planner, they will be easy to spot in a staff meeting! 

You need to check out this shirt that ties the whole package together!  I wore it to school last week and it was so comfortable and I got a lot of compliments on it.  I love wearing "teacher shirts" to work because I can feel comfortable but still dressing for my profession.  This one is sold out, but I am hoping that more will be coming soon! ;)  

Erin Condren sent me this planner to review, and I am so excited that I could share my opinions about it with you!  The best part is, if you use my referral link you can get $10 off your first time purchase!  Once you create a new account using my referral link, a $10 off coupon code will be emailed to you.  If you buy one, please let me know what you think!  

The Last Month of School

During the last month of school you might experiencing several different feelings, I normally fall somewhere among these four feelings:
-I am SO sad to leave my amazing group of kids.
- I am so exhausted I can barely hold on the last couple of weeks.
- My creative juices are gone.
- I get this random burst of energy to try something new.

I have some tips that will keep your spirits high and make the last couple of weeks a little easier for you.  Get ready, these are RANDOM!

Tip #1- Buy some new fun pens.

For some reason at the end of the year I can't find any of my pens.  I have tons of grading to do, end of the year letters to write, things to organize, lists to make, and all I can find are gross pens that barely have any ink!  Buying a fresh new pack of pens helps that end of the year paperwork look a little more pretty and makes me write with a better attitude.  I know you know what I'm talking about!  Teachers LOVE pens.

Tip #2- Try out a new unit or lesson plan in your classroom.

The end of the year can be so exhausting, tying anything new or pulling out an old idea can seem daunting.  I haven't taught about community helpers in a couple of years and I decided to pull out my Community Helper Pack to do next week.  Doing something I haven't taught in couple years is exciting, energizes me, and gets me excited for the week of fun ahead!

Tip #3- Make your room smell yummy.

Having a happy scent in the room brightens my spirits and makes me happy!  I found some wall plugs at Bath & Body Works that are delightful!  You should check with your school to make sure they are allowed before you use them.  ;)

Tip #4- Get yourself a treat before work.

My Starbucks game is going strong.  I am trying not to go every morning before work, but I definitely go on Monday mornings as a pick me up after having the weekend off, and also on Friday!  It's the little things people! ( This is random, but I found this article on POPSUGAR that shares 8 things you never knew about Starbucks. )

Tip #5- Slowly start packing up your classroom.

I slowly start packing up my classroom over the last month of school.  I start organizing, tossing, packing things that I used in the fall and work my way towards the end of the year.  Every school is different as far as the procedure for packing up at the end of the year.  Most schools I have worked at have made me put everything in the cupboards but nothing can be left out during the summer.  This requires time to organize the cupboards so everything can fit inside once it is time to check out for the end of the year.  I don't put anything away that we use on a daily basis, and the walls stay decorated with student work.  That all comes down the last day.  But behind the scenes I am getting ready for that last day so everything can be put away quickly.  

I try and buy clear storage containers so I can easily see where everything is!  I label the outside, but it goes quicker if I can scan really quick and see what is inside each bin. :)

Good luck with your last few weeks of school!  I have four more left and then I will be hanging with my little man all summer!

May The Fourth Be With You

My husband is a HUGE Star Wars fan.  I have just recently watched all of the movies since we have gotten married (huge wife points?!?)  May 4th is known as Star Wars Day.  I made some pencil buddies to celebrate THE FORCE.  

I found these stackable crayons in the party section at Target.  They are $3 for a pack of 10.  I was originally looking for Star Wars pencils in the dollar section, but the Target close to me was sold out!

I am excited about the stackable crayons because the look like lightsabers! 

I hope you can use these with your students!  Grab this free pencil buddy in my Teachers Pay Teacher's store!

And remember... May the FOURTH be with you.