All About This Kinder Teacher: {A Kinder Tribe Linky Party}

This past month was seriously crazy busy with all things wedding, and then following the wedding, Alex and I went to Gatlinburg for a relaxing honeymoon.

Now I'm back as a married woman, and boy does it feel like the world has been lifted off of my shoulders with the wedding being over. Don't get me wrong; it was the absolute best day of my life, but it was a lot of hard work leading up to it. {Can I get an Amen?!) It is nice that for the first time in awhile I don't have anything to do. Perfect timing too since I return to work next week for our Kindergarten Jump Start program, a week long, half day class for our incoming kinders to get them acclimated before the first day of school. I have spent two days this week working in my classroom and now have the rest of the week to myself to do nothing. I'm looking forward to doing just that...  nothing. 

(I wanted to share some images that our absolutely wonderful photographer shared with us seriously the night of our wedding! We were so shocked to see them added to her business Facebook page the day after when we woke up. Such a sweet surprise to get such an immediate look at our day. We can't wait to see the rest! To check out her work via her Facebook page, click the images below.)
{Photography by: Christine Cherry Photography}

Okay, so now that all of the chaos of July has ended, I have time to do one of my favorite hobbies... blog!

I am linking up with the Kinder Tribe ladies for their first link party celebrating the beginning of their collaborative blog. Click the button below to check out their blog.

NAME: Did you notice the name change? :) Although I'm no longer Miss Law, I decided not to change the name of my blog. I wish I had taken the fact that I could get married in the future when I created my blog a couple years ago, but oh well! I kinda like the fact that it is still my maiden name because, and it might sound cheesy, but it is the name given to me obviously from my father, and since he passed away almost seven years ago, it is a little sentimental to me. 

YEARS TEACHING/YEARS IN K: This is going to be my third year of teaching, and all three years have been spent in kindergarten. I really love the age, and I love my team!

I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT MY: Dr. Pepper. If you know me at all, this is a no brainer. I don't typically go to work without first getting a large Dr. Pepper from McDonalds. It is the best part of my day. Seriously. lol. (McDonalds sodas are seriously the best, but I would take a Dr. Pepper from just about anywhere.) I go through spurts where I give up soda and caffeine and try to live a healthier lifestyle alongside my hubby, but it never lasts too long. My addiction is just too strong. I also can't live without music. I do just about anything and everything with music on: studying, reading, blogging, getting ready in the morning, cleaning, cooking, etc. I, for whatever reason, just function so much better with music in the background. If you step into my classroom, chances are there will be Kidz Bop playing in the background during work time. I'm thankful to have always had students who work well with music as well... or maybe I'm just making them more like me. Either way, we are all happier with music on in class, and that is my best classroom management tool!

FAVORITE SCHOOL SUPPLY: Tacky! More specifically, the blue tacky. I can't think of the brand name, but I always get them pretty cheaply at Walmart, and I go through several packs a year. After painting my classroom walls two years out of my three years of teaching, I made a vow that I wasn't going to put anything on my walls that could mess up my paint, so I put EVERYTHING up with tacky. It is my favorite thing ever. Want to ever get me a gift or make me super happy? Refer to the above paragraph, or get me tacky. They all rank pretty high in my heart. ;)

FAVORITE KINDER BOOK: Have you heard of the Charlie books by Ree Drummond a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman? They are my absolute favorite books, and I love that there are several out. I always start the year with Charlie the Ranch Dog because it lets the readers get to know Charlie pretty well, so that when you read the others, you will understand his behaviors and get a good laugh out them. My students also like to look for the hidden chipmunks on the pages. It is a nice little added fun that was creatively added. Charlie also reminds me of our family beagle that we had when I was growing up who passed away a little over a year ago, so the books make my heart happy. (Click the picture below to check the book out for yourself. Check out the entire Charlie series while you're there!)

FAVORITE KINDER BLOG: Not exactly a kinder blog, but The First Grade Parade by the beautifully talented Cara Carroll. I get a ton of my anchor chart ideas from her blog. 

I LOVE KINDERGARTEN BECAUSE: Everything is still magical. For example, my favorite time of the year is always Christmas, and now that I am a teacher, it is even more favorite, if possible. In kindergarten, the kids still believe in Santa and his flying reindeer. I love that we can write letters to Santa and to see their excitement when we receive a package from Mr. Claus himself from the North Pole with tickets for us to go to the Polar Express party, complete with extremely cold bell inside for each one of us. Things like that make my job so fun, and it is a nice escape from the state mandated tests that these sweet kiddos have to go through all year long. 

Alright, now that you have read more about me, head over to the Kinder Tribe blog and get to know other kinder bloggers better!