Aug 01

Tips for setting up your Pre-K classroom at the beginning of the year:


1. Use picture labels for where things go along with the words.  This makes teaching the kids to clean-up so much easier.

2. Don’t go overboard with posters and cutesy stuff on the walls.  It is much better to leave room for student work.  Most districts follow a 20% rule with how much can be on the walls.  When you consider the bulletin boards and other things you have to have up that doesn’t leave a lot.

3. Don’t put markers out the first week.

4. Begin with board books in the reading center.  This gives you time to go over how to take care of books before the books get bent or ripped.

5. Have a quiet area where kids that are over-stimulated or scared can go.  I keep some squeeze balls, fun books, etc there.

6. At parent orientation or the first few days take pictures of the kids.  Use these to put the kids’ pictures with their names on their cubbies.  Do the same on name plates so that the kids can find their names quickly to copy.

7.  Don’t begin with all your jobs.  Start with 3-5.  Add a couple the next week.  The kids that did it week one can help the kids doing it week 2 learn what to do.

8.  Keep parent phone numbers easily accessible by your phone.

9.  Do not put out all the play food yet.  I start with the pots and pans, plates, and cups.

10.  Puzzles are great, but expect that however many you put out is the number that they will dump on the floor the first week and get stuck!  Keep simple puzzles out for week one.

This is for me personally.  My students have never been in a day care center or anything like that.  So I have to spend time teaching them how we play, how we use our things, and how we clean up.

Reblogging for myself, yo!


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I use this site to track back to school sales.

You can find out if your state offers a tax-free weekend and when it is here.

It is important to note that if the item usually goes on a crazy discount during back to school sales, you’d save more by waiting.  So this weekend I am only buying things that are on the crazy discount list.  

Want to support #education? Donate to Tumblr Teachers’ Classrooms!




Dear Tumblrverse,

Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires  more people will see it and more support can be given.   All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!

As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget).  Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby.  Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.

Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies.  In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped.  I am in awe of the teachers in this community.  After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year.  If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist.  If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.   

So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.

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Reblogs are especially important because people can’t help if they don’t know where/how to help. So even if you can’t personally donate, a reblog will help us. Thanks in advance.

In case you somehow missed it….

Staples, 17 cent notebooks, Florida No-Tax weekend.

Boom I’m on my way.

Bury My Body Down By the Highway Side: A Road Tour of America’s Blues


Well Tumblr,

You’ve probably wondered where I’ve been for the last year.  I haven’t been blogging as much as I’d like.  There’s a reason! My buddy Josh and I have been working tirelessly on completing our book. Good news is that it’s finally here!

Here’s the description:

“In the summer of 2009, two friends embarked on a road trip through a narrative history of American music. They visited cities of the dead, sold their souls at the Crossroads, dipped their feet in the Mississippi, and made memories with preachers, police, and teachers. Musicians, hippies, and gatekeepers.

And when the dust settled, they discovered more than just music.

They found the Blues.”

You can pick up the hardcopy or paperback here!  Thank you all for your support!


Yo, my little brother wrote a book.  Boostin’!

PPT's Teachers Pay Teachers Store -

Hey #education friends!  I have a TpT store, but I always offer to sell them via paypal to Tumblr friends at a lower price.  I don’t have a paid account on TpT because I don’t make enough to even cover professional account.  So TpT takes a cut from each item I sell.  If I sell it to you via e-mail and paypal, I make more money and you pay less.

I just put up the 2014-2015 Teacher Planner I made and use.  I will sell it to you for $6.00.   Please e-mail me at positivelypt@gmail.com if you’d like to make a purchase outside of TpT.

Last year I used proceeds to purchase some items for my classroom.  This year, I will use it towards replacing items that were damaged or disappeared in my house flood.


Not gonna lie. I bought a groupon so I can get food to go from one of my favorite places here so I won’t have to cook the first two days of school.

The first week or Pre-K in a school where the kids have never been left with anyone that wasn’t a family member AND you speak a different language than them is exhausting.   Check on me after 3 weeks to see how it is going.


Meet Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio, the first Latina to complete U.S. Air Force military pilot training. She is also recognized as the first Latina commercial airline captain.
Picture courtesy of Curves for Change.


Meet Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio, the first Latina to complete U.S. Air Force military pilot training. She is also recognized as the first Latina commercial airline captain.

Picture courtesy of Curves for Change.

(via msformel)


I am having a difficult time deciding what to make for dinner.  I have some good recipes that fit my diet rules, but none of them are “speaking to me.”  Neither are any south beach recipes on pinterest.

Jul 31

I am having people over tonight for game night.

Tonight I will be social with people my own age!

Gif me.


ModCloth has a 70% off sale right now -





We’re talking dresses for $15


Most of them are only available in very small sizes or very large sizes, at least at the lower price range.

I did find a wrap skirt to put in my cart. We’ll see how I feel about it around lunchtime….

I would recommend taking your measurements and using their sizing charts. I have had pretty good luck that way.

They don’t have my size but I know at least one friend that loves them msleahqueenhbic

Back to School Sales 2014 | Walmart, Target, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot -

This site is great for comparing back to school sales and staying on top of who has what when.

I’ll be heading over to Staples for 17 cent notebooks.  I give each child one at the end of the year to use for summer.  I buy them know while they’re cheap.  

Woohoo! My ring was in Ohio. I also have my class rings.

So all the items of sentimental or monetary value are here.   

I feel like I may go on a costume jewelry shopping spree once we get our first pay check of the school year.