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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.

Pre-K Back to School

Pre-K Back to School
Pre-K Back to School

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy
Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy
Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

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Back to School TpT Giveaway

Hey Friends,
No matter if you put you head under a pillow or choose to bury it in the sand,
I am hear to tell you that back to school is upon us!
And to make that a little easier to swallow,
I have joined up with my Firstie Friends
with a Back to School Giveaway!
So would YOU like to WIN one of FIVE $25.00 TpT gift cards?
Just enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
 The winners will receive their TpT gift card by email on Sunday, August 2nd!
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Good luck! 
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Embracing Change

Change in inevitable!
Changes in education happen no matter how hard we fight it.
The good news is the pendulum always swings back.
Our job is to learn through the change!
This is the year of change here on the home front!
My oldest son, Justin,  is moving from middle school to high school.
Justin is taking it in stride and moving up with some really great friends. 

My youngest son, Zach, is moving from elementary school to middle school.  Zach is struggling with the move as he is switching counties and is leaving many great friends behind.
I am also making a HUGE change!  I have taught first grade at the same school for nine years.  I have taken my children to this sweet neighborhood school with me and watched them grow there.  We moved out of the county that I teach in three years ago and Zach and I made the commute so he could finish elementary school with his friends.
We were blessed to be part of such a school.  Even though Zach is going to middle school, I feel like that kindergarten mom dropping off her baby on the first day of school.  You see, I never really had that day with either of my boys because they came to school with me.  I was never too far.  So now, my heart is heavy as we make this transition into different schools.
Did I tell you that I don't like change?
But I am learning to accept it and embrace it
I have accepted a teaching position in the neighboring county where we live now.  This will let the boys and I be on the same school schedule for start dates, vacations and days off.  I have to say this change is bittersweet!  As I am sad that my time has come and gone at my old school, I am excited about the change (Ok, maybe a little nervous too!) and looking forward to a fresh start.
What I am super excited about is the grade level change!  I have been in first grade most of my teaching career and am making a move to public pre-k.  Here is Florida it is called VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) and is paid for by the state!  I hope you follow my Pre-K journey here on my blog!
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Mrs. Wathen
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Birthday Celebration and Giveaway

 Its my birthday today
and  to celebrate my birthday, some very sweet bloggy friends
 have agreed to join me put this birthday giveaway together!

So truth be told, I am ...
Yes, I am feeling my age more and more as new teachers enter the profession. 
I use to be one of those young teachers...
Back in the dark ages!!   HA!!

So sit back, relax and take a peek at what's up for grabs! You can click on the blog and TpT product  links to check them out!  I am so thankful for these amazing ladies for inspiring me ALL THE TIME!        

Here at The Resourceful Apple I will be giving away Bottle Cap Addition.  I will be making you your own CUSTOM SET of bottle cap numbers and will mail them to the winner!!

My sweet bloggy friend Tamara from Mrs. Russell's Room is giving away her I am a Good Citizen pack!  This is the PERFECT unit  for back to school for little ones! 

Deanna from A Primary Owl giving away First Week Activities-Superhero Style!  This is a must have for 2nd or 3rd grade!
Marcy from Saddle Up for Second is giving away her Dolch Sight Word Powerpoint!  Such a great way to get that extra sight word practice in.
Angela from Hippo Hooray for Second Grade has donated Mighty Math for Second Grade!  Imagine having your second grade assessments all set to use with your Common Core Standards:) 

Kimberly from The Learning Tree has graciously donated a décor item OF YOU CHOICE from her store!!  You can view all her options HERE!!

Sabra from Teaching with a Touch of Twang is joining in the fun to make your Back to School Open House the best yet!  This editable pack is just what you need!!

And last but not least, Leigh from The Applicious Teacher has donated her Binder Bundle!!  This is an amazing resource that will help you get organized this year for sure!!
So now its time to enter the giveaway and  follow these sweet bloggers to stay connected!  Good luck!!
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