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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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New Year Sale

Happy New Year to you and yours. 
Wishing you a 2014 filled with health and happiness!

As a thank you for following my little blog, Facebook page and TpT store, I have put my TpT store on sale through Friday, January 3rd. 

Mrs. Wathen
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One Little Word {2014}

2014 is a welcomed friend.  I am thankful for 2013.  I have done new things, had ups and downs and grown as a person.  I know that God has a bigger plan for me and I am learning to NOT try to  control  it.  I want to EMBRACE it as I welcome in 2014. 

My One Little Word for 2014

I am taking my One Little Word and EMBRACING it this year.  I have come up with several things I can do daily/weekly to foster a HEALTHY lifestyle.  These are so much more than goals.  New Year's Goals usually fall by wayside by the end of January for most people.  We feel that once we fail, that's the end of it.

By taking my One Little Word and making it my THEME for 2014, I have made a list of big and little things I can do! I will not have success everyday of 2014.  I know this.  As I focus on HEALTH, I am thinking about physical, emotional, financial and spiritual HEALTH. 

Baby steps-from drinking more water to parking further away are small changes I can make on a daily basis to conscious choices of eating better and moving more.  Certain steps will take discipline from getting up early to read the bible to spending less and saving more.  I need to make myself, family and friends a top priority.  

For most things noted, I did not list specific numbers such as days to walk, amount of money to save, etc.  I know lots of "goal setters" say to be specific, but I believe that this often leads to the failure of resolutions.  If I miss a day or even a week, I can jump right back in and not feel the FAILURE.  This is a journey and baby steps can get you there just like a sprint, it just might take a little longer.

I do have a personal goal of loosing 80 pounds.  I was not going to put a number on it, but I think I needed to see it and I need to be accountable.  I am hoping by sharing this we can support each other.

So  whether you choose One Little Word or have a New Year's Resolution, I wish you all luck in 2014 and remember ...  BABY STEPS!

You can link your One Little Word post with Sunny Days in Second Grade.
Happy New Year's. 
Mrs. Wathen
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thirteen in '13

Did you know that my favorite number is 13?  I was so excited as we ventured into 2013:) There have been ups and downs along the way, but with health, happiness and family who can complain?

I am linking up with Miss Kindergarten, a teeny tiny teacher and Dragonflies in First with a yearly recap of 2013.

I have to say I {LOVE} our Team Wathen class shirts.  The front of the shirts have our school name and  first grade printed around our very cute school logo. 
I loved that my son and I read the books and were able to watch the movie together.
Perfect blend of action (for a 13 year old boy) and
 romance (for a much older mom)!
 I am not a night time tv watcher, so I have to confess I am a GH watcher:)
Today's episode will air in its entirety on Monday, December 23 at 2 ET | 1 C|P.

I love that we have a Panara Bread  across from our development.  The best part is it is a DRIVE THROUGH:)  One large ice green tea, light ice to go PLEASE!!

I bought a new Keirug as my old one died on Easter...and my mother in law introduced me to this!! It tastes JUST LIKE the Chai at STARBUCKS!!  Yum:)


Dear hubby ordered me a surprise early Christmas gift because my old laptop kept overheating.  I love the laptop, although I have NOT fallen in love with Microsoft 8:(
Acer 15.6" Core i3, 6GB RAM, 750GB Laptop
Check our Stephanie Ackerman at Homegrown Hospitality to explore your craftier side.

You can read more about reflective journal writing HERE and grab this freebie HERE.
Trusting that God has a plan.

 We celebrated Christmas Under the Stars at our church's Christmas Eve service.  There were around 3,000 people outside celebrating the birth of Jesus.  It was an amazing experience even with chilly Florida temperatures!  Zach couldn't see and Justin let him get up on his back.  It was truly the sweetest moment.  I am so blessed to be their mom.

I love these sweet friends!  Cathy and Diane are dear friends who share my love for scrapbooking, stamping and crafting!  They drove up and surprised me with a birthday celebration in July AND invited me on a scrapbooking cruise in October!  The cruise was so much fun and I am so thankful for my dear friends:)

 Yep, that's the goal.  Baby steps towards my One Little Word.
More on this to come!

I hope you have reflected on 2013.
Thank you for following my little blog, TPT store and Facebook page!
Wishing you a joyful 2014! 
Mrs. Wathen
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December Recap and a Giveaway

Do you feel like it was JUST Thanksgiving YESTERDAY and here we are with Christmas unwrapped and New Year's on our heels? 

I would love to share with you some favorite memories and activities for December and as well as a giveaway.

I am celebrating with Tammy over at 1...2...3... Teach with Me and dots fun designs as she reached 1000 followers in BOTH her stores! Head on over out and check out her FOUR giveaways!  I am giving away my All About Nouns in her 1st and 2nd Grade Giveaway.

Gingerbread Fact Families were a hit! The best part was it was a spur of the moment idea that replaced a boring math worksheet from the series.  The kids made the connections and GOT IT! 

Our PTO sponsors Breakfast with Santa on a Saturday in December complete with Santa, pancake breakfast and baskets to raffle.  Did I mention that FIRST GRADE is invited to sing carols at 9:00am?  The kids practice during music class and perform on that morning!  It is so cute with the final song, All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth!  ADORABLE!

Yikes!  Did I say my oldest son turns 13?!?!!  I have a teenager.  ENOUGH SAID.  PS- Have you ever seen a square balloon?  Do I REALLY live in a bubble or what?

Grinchmas Day was a huge hit in first grade.  The students rotated to 5 classrooms to watch the movie, make Who Pudding, play a Grinchy Game, make Grinch Goo and a Grinch ornament.  I had the ornament room and the kids traced a pattern, cut, made the eyes and finally drew on the facial features.  We made over 100 Grinch ornaments all before lunch!  It was CRAZY fun:)
Our school tradition is walking to the Christmas tree farm and primary grades bring back a tree for the classroom.  We started with Santa handprint ornaments and tree ornaments.  We later added fingerprint snowman balls to the tree.  I love the pine scent in the room:)
And YES, I took off the last day of school before vacation (GASP!) to go on Zach's fourth grade field trip to St. Augustine.  It was a beautiful day filled with wonderful memories. 
I hope you and your families had a Merry Christmas
 filled with sweet memories!
Mrs. Wathen
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Love For Sandy Hook

Here is the graphic for the Sandy Hook Day of kindness that Kindergarten Smorgasboard is organizing!

As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School.  We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children.  We honor their memory with our service.  Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.

Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Use hashtag #love4SH to share this on social media.

Mrs. Wathen
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Five for Friday {Dec.13th}

Yah for Friday!  Its even better because my favorite number is 13 and today is Friday the 13th!

I am liking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching today with a quick recap of my week.  I can't believe we are down to one week of school before Christmas vacation! Hold onto your hats!

My kids adore Magic Elf!  Magic Elf has a new message every day for the kids.  You can check out this amazing pack HERE! It is by Kerri B from Teacher Bits and Bobs.  It brings a little bit of the TRUE meaning of Christmas into our classroom!


I passed out some red and blue cubes as we discussed related facts and started to make fact families today.  The children were instructed to  write the two addends in the bottom corners of the triangle and then add and record the sum on the top,  My firsties then constructed their 4 fact family sentences in base of the house. The Gingerbread men just happened to be on my table and the rest was history.  The activity was one of those spontaneous lessons that the kids loved!  It wasn't anything fancy, but that just reminds me that kids don't need (or even want) fancy! 
My oldest son turned 13 on December 12th!  Tonight we celebrated at our favorite Japanese steakhouse with my parents.  So happy they are spending the winter here in Florida this year:)
The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway has come to an end. I donated my new All About Nouns Unit.
And the winner is.....
For a complete list of winners, be sure to visit Teachin' Little Texans!
My observation was on Wednesday and all I can say is I am so glad my first formal is over.  I was using technology and of course the laptop did NOT want to cooperate (long story) but we quickly moved on!  
Our Wonders Reading Series had the Gingerbread Man in our anthology this week! Our skill was cause and effect, so I created a multi flow map for the Gingerbread Man that we worked on together.  

For their "ticket out", my kids had to complete the bottom of the map with cause and effect for the final 2 pages of the story.  They actually received half of the page above.  This was a quick assessment to see who understood cause and effect and who needs additional practice:)
It was a super busy week and we have a busy weekend coming up as well! 
Mrs. Wathen
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