I'm still alive!

Oh.... Teacher Friends! 
     I made it through my first week of school. Meet the teacher was Tuesday night and I greeted 22 smiling first graders on Wednesday morning for our first day of school.  It was a great 3 days.  Everything went smoothly and my sweeties are super cute, fun and polite! It's a great bunch and I'm really excited to have lots of fun this year.  I am seriously exhausted though! I totally missed the whole teacher week fun and feel like I've seriously neglected this blog, my house and my hubby, this week.  But I think I'm getting caught up and ready to roll through this new year.  

    This week we did some cute getting to know you activities and discussed rules. We also did our annual Kissing Hand Hunt. The kids have a blast looking for Chester while getting familiar with our school.  The hunt ends back at our room where they always find Chester has left some super delicious cookies! Check out or first week fun below.

 Super Readers!
 That Chester Raccoon Can Bake! 

 Exploring Math Tools

Aren't my students adorable?

     In addition to being the first week of school, this past week provided lots of changes. For the time being, I am only authoring at this blog. I will no longer be posting at TBA, so please just follow me on this little spot on the web! Also, several clipart artists have changed their terms of use and are requiring licenses, etc.  I am in the process of contacting all artists and making an easy to read chart of what is and what is not allowed by each artist.  Until then, you will notice that lots of my freebies are missing.  I have to abide by their terms and I'm working on finding images that are both adorable and have limited terms.  

     In my quest for cute clipart, DeeDee Wills of Mrs. Wills Kindergarten shared this artist's work.  Her name is Kirsten McGrath and her store is called Digital Doodles. She is a teacher herself and her graphics are so flippin' adorable. She allows selling and sharing and her sets are affordable as well. In fact she is currently running a sale! 

Plus use the promotional code TEACHER for 10% off your entire order!

I just happened to purchase several sets of Kirsten's today and made this little book for my book center next week.  We'll be reviewing colors, so when I saw this cute clipart I couldn't resist.  
Brown Bear Book

I hope you all had a great week if you are back to teaching. And if you aren't teaching yet, get some sleep.  Believe me you'll be exhausted like the rest of us soon! 


  1. I'm just curious.. do you ask parents permission to post their kids pictures on your blog? (I only ask b/c I'm a teacher with super cute kids, too!)

  2. Yes- I send home a form that parents sign with permission to post both here and my website.

  3. Love the cookies, they are really cute! Thanks for sharing the clip art find, I love Etsy for clip art. When I clicked over, the items say for personal use only...does that mean we have to purchase the commercial license or maybe that doesn't apply to educators since she is a teacher as well? Thanks!

  4. Love, love, love those cookies!

  5. Your kids are adorable! So are the cookies. :)
    Funky First Grade Fun

  6. Do you make the cookies yourself? Too cute! I am a pretty good baker but have never attempted something like that. Also, LOVE the book!

  7. Adorable kiddos! Thanks for the booklet; that clip art is so cute.

  8. Thanks for the book! We start Monday and I'm planning to be dead tired next week! :) Also, thanks for the link to the Etsy shop. Cute stuff!
    Counting with Coffee

  9. Sooo---> cute! I just love it! Thank you for sharing. :)

  10. I am getting ready to make my cookies tonight because my first day is tomorrow!! I have ordered things from Kirsten and they are cute. Thanks so much for the book on Brown Bear!

  11. I'm starting week 2 with the kids so I feel your pain in terms of exhaustion! I love your Kissing Hand activity (I want one of those cookies!!) :)

  12. How did I miss this? This is super cute. Love your cookies too. Thanks Michelle!

  13. Michelle,

    Would you mind emailing me the Brown Bear book you have posted here? I was unable to download it from the link. Thanks!! Emily W.



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