Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New Teacher Blog Tuesday & Freebies!

Welcome to Fun in 1st Grade’s New Teacher Blog Tuesday!  If this is your first time, here’s what happens- Each Tuesday, I feature two bloggers who are new to the blogging world.  You get to learn a little about them and pick up a freebie or two! If you would like to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com

Today’s first blogger is Ashley from

1.             Name of blog and link:

2.          Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
I started my blog to share my ideas and as a way to document the learning that was going on in my classroom year after year. I also wanted get ideas from other bloggers and meet teachers from all around!

3.            Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I have been teaching for five years.  I taught 4th for 2 years and then my principal surprised me and moved me to 1st for my 3rd year of teaching. At first I wasn’t very happy to find out about the move, but in the long run I am so glad I got moved! I love first grade.

4.            What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
One of my favorite groups is Hillsong. They are the best at worship songs! My all time favorite lately is “God is Able”. My husband and I are trying to have a baby and we have hit a few road bumps along the way. The road is going to be a bit longer than we had hoped, but “God is able, he is on your side”. We will soon have a baby of our own, one day!

5.           What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
The year my husband and I got married he decided to train for a half marathon. I decided that the next year I was going to train with him. We started in July and I was on the verge of tears after every run for the first month. I was so slow and felt like I was dying! Even after just a mile or two. I kept with it and it got easier and easier and I ran my first half marathon in December of 2010. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! It took me a LONG time to finish, but I did it! And then I ran another in March 2012 and cut 20 minutes off my previous time. I am not a runner and still don’t consider myself a runner even after 2 half marathons, but for all those out there that think they’d never be able to do it, you can! I’m a living testimony that you can!

6.           What’s your favorite TV show?
This is the hardest question! I have lots of favs, but my NEW fav is “The Following” on FOX with Kevin Bacon. It’s about a serial killer who escaped from jail and he has a following of crazies that do his bidding! i.e. killing people! My husband and I are hooked!

7.           What is your favorite item of clothing and why?
My favorite piece of clothing is my denim chambray shirt. I can wear it with pretty much anything! It’s my go to for most outfits.

8.           Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
My last birthday was in March and I had 27 candles on it.

9.           What was the last book you read? What are you going to read next?
I can’t believe I’m even admitting this, but this book that I last read was about the color grey. I’m sure you now know what book it is J My next book on the list is the 2nd in that series. Haven’t had a lot of time to read, but hopefully this summer I will!

10.        What was the last thing that you ate that you really shouldn’t of?
I love eating what I’m not supposed to! I am a sucker for cream cheese and I actually just finished off a whole block of it covered in raspberry chipotle sauce with wheat thins. Don’t worry, I had someone helping me eat it J But still, I probably should haven’t eaten it at all.

11.         Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.

Sara is our next blogger and she is from

1.             Name of blog and link:  First GradeFuntastic

2.          Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
I started a personal blog about my family life.  It was fun to do and kept people up to date on my babies at the time.  Last year I stumbled upon some teacher blogs and found so many awesome ideas.  I thought that it would be fun to have a teaching blog to share my ideas and link up with other teachers who had so many wonderful ideas.

3.            Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I was a lead teacher in an infant room right out of college.  I then made the shift to teaching in a classroom.  I was a kindergarten teacher my first year of teaching.  I then looped with my first class to 1st grade.  I was given the opportunity to pilot all day kindergarten so went back to kindergarten.  I loved it so much! BUT first grade is where I have landed.  I have been teaching for the past 10 years in first grade.  I love all the learning that takes place in first grade.


1.             What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
You Make Me Smile: Uncle Kracker (In my job, I have so many kids and people that make me smile daily).
I Won’t Give Up On You: Jason Mraz (I use this song on parent information nightjust letting them know I will give 100% and wont give up on their children)
We Are Young:  Fun. 
One Day At a Time: Jeannie Seely
These are the four songs I teach all my classesthey are upbeat and teach so much about having dreams and about life.  J
Rainbow Connection: Kermit (Love this song about dreaming)
I Love: Tom T. Hall (Favorite Childhood song)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong
Somewhere Over the Rainbow:  Israel Kamakawiwo’ole


2.          What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
My cousin gave my mom a kidney last summer.  It was so hard giving them hugs as they were going to the operating room.  I was so scared that I would NEVER see my mom again and I was scared that something would go wrong with my cousin who did the most selfless thing that one could do.  It was a risky surgery and they are BOTH doing well today. 

3.           What’s your favorite TV show?
Right nowDuck Dynasty.  It is the one show that my WHOLE family loves.  We all sit and watch it together and laugh until our stomachs’ hurt. 

4.           What is your favorite item of clothing and why?
I’m not going to liemy Forever Lazy.  It has been a cold winter and I looked forward to coming home and putting it on!  It was perfect for staying warm and snuggling up with my boys.

5.           Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
40!!!!  Yikes!

6.           What was the last book you read? What are you going to read next?
I want to read: Six Years by Harlan Coben
My Last Book Read:  Dream Class by Michael Linsen

7.           What was the last thing that you ate that you really shouldn’t of?
Plain M&M’s that I melted in the microwave.

8.           Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.
Twitter (I just got started with this):  https://twitter.com/sconnell72
Free Resource: 

Thanks for stopping by!! 

6 comments:

  1. Hi there! I'm new too and I think this is such a cute idea that veteran blogger would highlight a newby. I really enjoy your site!

    24/7 Teacher: Amy Harrod

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  2. Thanks so much for doing this! It is so exciting to meet new bloggers and more experienced ones! :)
    Sara
    First Grade Funtastic

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  3. I found your blog through First Grade Funtastic. What a great idea to highlight new blogs! I'm emailing you because I just started my blog a couple of months ago. I'm your newest follower!

    -Amanda
    Teacher at the Wheel

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  4. This is such a great idea! Thank you for helping new bloggers get started! :)


    http://frugalinfirst.blogspot.com

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