Usborne Books and More

I’ve recently become a consultant with Usborne books! I fell in love after attending an online party. I decided to host my own party and now I’m a consultant! So far, I’m loving it. All of the books that I have received have been such nice quality. Even though I don’t have any kids of my own, I love the books for my kindergarten class. I even enjoy some of the YA books for myself!

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I definitely recommend checking out Usborne. Not only do they have great fiction and non-fiction books for kids, they have unique book styles such as flashlight books, painting books, and so much more! Check out this link to see all of the books we offer and place an order!

If you find that you really love the books or the company you can host your own online party. This is a great way to get FREE books and connect with friends. Hosting a party is easy, you just have to find people like you interested in books!

I’ll be writing lots more posts about Usborne but for now, I’d just like to mention that if you host a party within the next month, you will get double your hostess rewards! And it’s not too late to order books for Christmas – they just have to be submitted by December 12.

If you would like to host an easy party for your friends, let me know! I would love to be your book lady! Just leave a comment that you are interested and I will contact you to get started!

My link to shop for books:  z6646.myubam.com 

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November Kindergarten Crate

I’ve recently gotten into subscription boxes (I know I’m a little late) and the first one I ordered was Kindergarten Crate! This subscription box is $40 a month and automatically renews. If you order for multiple months, then the price per month decreases.

I got my box at the end of October and it was themed for November and Thanksgiving. Included in this month’s box was:

  • Wooden Story Blocks
  • Ticonderoga Golf Pencils
  • Word Strips
  • Fuzzy Socks
  • “The Thankful Book” and lesson to go along

If you want to get the box for next month, you can find that here.

I made a video that goes into detail about this month’s box. Make sure to check it out and let me know if this is something you would like to see again!

How I Unwind

Making time to relax and unwind is important for everyone. Now that I’m on summer vacation, I have lots of time to relax, but it is also important to make time for this when work and life is crazy!

I’ve compiled a list of ideas and things that I do to relax. I’ve tried to include things from all seasons, but a lot of my ideas are still summer and good-weather related. Please use these ideas for yourself!

While I love working on my blog and getting myself prepared for school, I find that because I am working from home, I can’t leave my place of work and separate myself from it. Because of this, I have decided that my “work day” ends around 4:00 pm. I shut off my computer, check my email less, and sit and relax on the couch. I strongly recommend picking a time to be done with work if you also work from home. There are a number of activities that I then choose from to help myself relax and unwind!

  • Read a book – I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series, and yes its just as good the hundredth time.
  • Watch a movie – since movies are longer than tv shows, I prefer this when I am relaxing, but a tv show would suffice!
  • Watch your favorite YouTubers – especially check out my channel!
  • Have a glass of wine – chilled white wine is especially perfect for summer.
  • Sit outside on your lawn or porch – put your feet up and just enjoy!
  • Use a face mask – do this while reading outside!
  • Draw or color – I love the adult coloring books.
  • Write in a journal – I especially like to make “done” lists, things I’ve accomplished that day.
  • Take a walk – I am dog sitting right now and I find it so relaxing to just walk around with him for a while.
  • Take a shower or bath – a bath is clearly ideal but I only have a shower in my apartment.
  • Listen to music – even if you wouldn’t consider it relaxing music.

Of course, there are lots of different ways for different people to relax and this is just a short list of ideas. Please leave more in the comments so everyone can relax and unwind!

How I got my Job | Interview Tips

As you probably know from reading my bio or my recent A to Z about me, I am a new-ish kindergarten teacher. I finished my first full year of teaching in June and I’m going to be teaching kindergarten again starting in September.

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I love my job, even though it’s difficult, crazy, and took me a while to finally get. The school that I am working at now was not my first application or interview. I applied to LOTS of schools and I even had interviews at a few of them. I learned a few things along the way of how to present myself during interview, what stands out on a application, and what to expect from the process.

**I teach in NYS and can really only speak for teacher interviews, as that is mostly what i have done.**

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I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 things that are important for a teacher during the hiring process/interview. Please feel free to leave even more advice in the comments section!

  1. Know the district and school that you are applying for. You should know if its urban, suburban, or rural. You should know what the surrounding community is like. What programs does the school use? What are the students like? Have you heard any other information about the school? These are all super important things to consider even before you apply for a position. These will help you determine if this is a good fit for you.
  2. Always act professionally, but don’t lose sight of your personality. Acting like a professional goes without saying, but I think it’s also important to put your own personal spin on things. You don’t want to act completely different during the hiring process and then have to keep up the act once you have the job. Also, people are looking for “you.” Everyone can act the same, but we each have special and unique traits that can help during an interview.
  3. Look up interview questions that they may ask you. I could list some common ones, but there are so many websites out there that have lists of potential interview questions. Don’t focus on knowing the answer to every single one, they’re not looking for perfection right away. Just have your basic answers ready.
  4. Bring examples with you. Anybody can get a great idea off of Pinterest, but I am sure you have done something that is uniquely you and would grab the attention of the people interviewing you. If you have it, bring in student work or feedback from a colleague.
  5. Don’t freak out. I know, easier said than done. My advice is to prepare until you feel comfortable and then don’t prepare the night before or the morning of your interview. Do things that you enjoy doing that are relaxing (take a bath for example). If you truly have prepared yourself, cramming right before will only make you more nervous and you might actually come off as unprepared because you’ve gotten yourself so flustered.

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This post was a little different from what I usually write about on this blog. Let me know if you would like to see more of this or not. Please leave your best interview advice in the comments, especially teachers!

Books I Read in July

Summer is the perfect time to get lots of reading done – and boy did I do that in July! My family went on vacation to Florida for 12 days so I had quite a bit of downtime to read. I probably will not be able to read this many books in other months – especially once the school year gets started, but I thought it would be a fun tag to do on my blog!

Every month I’ll show you the books I read, give a brief description of them (from my own memory of course) and give a review on them. I’ll try to review them in the order I read them.

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The first book I read in July was The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. I really enjoy reading comedians autobiographies and this book was no exception. She talks about her childhood and how she became a famous comedian. There are parts that are hysterical, but she also touches on some topics that she is passionate about, like gun violence. Overall, a nice easy summer read.

Next, I read Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. While Dessen usually writes books for a teen audience, I loved this book. The characters were real and sweet, just like they are in all of her books. Whether you’re a teen, a young adult, or an adult, I think you will enjoy this story.

A book that I’ve had on hold at the library for a long time finally came in this month. it’s the recently popular The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  I love dystopian books as a genre and this was different from all the other dystopian books I’ve read. She creates a society that is disturbing but also, (maybe more disturbing) realistic. I’ve also started watching the Hulu original show and I’m pretty obsessed with it.

I then moved into easier, beachier reads while I was on vacation. I read Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella, one of my favorite authors. This is a story about a girl who loses three years of her memory in a car accident. When she wakes up she has no idea who she is and what her life is. She is unsure who to trust to help her get her memories back. I read this book in about two days, so it’s safe to say I enjoyed it!

Another book I finished in two days was Where we Belong by Emily Griffin. An adopted girl attempts to find her biological mother when she turns 18. However, her mother has kept her a secret from pretty much everyone, and the story is about her coming to terms with her past. Great book!

The last book I started and finished in July was All of us and Everything by Bridget Asher. I found this book accidentally in the library because I thought the cover was cute. Note to authors: if you have an appealing cover and spine, I will read your book. This story was about a family of five adult sisters and their mother. They are quite the eccentric family and they do wonderful, crazy things. Good cover and good book!

Those are all of the books that I read in July. I had an enjoyable, relaxing month and I’m glad that I got the opportunity to read so much. I am always looking for book suggestions (I keep a running list of books to read – anyone else?) so please leave comments on books you think I would enjoy!

 

Favorite Books

I’m a huge reader and I always have been. As a result, I’m always looking for suggestions from other readers on books that they enjoyed. So, I’ve decided to share my all-time favorite books in case anyone was looking for suggestions!

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In general, I am a fan of teen and young adult books. I find them easy to read and interesting. I do still enjoy “adult” books from time to time though as well. I also love getting hooked on series or a particular author.

This list does not include children’s books (as a teacher I also love these) so let me know if you would like a separate post just on my favorite children’s books!

The books listed below are in no particular order – I love them all! I tried to list as many as I could think of since most of them are pretty popular.

  1. The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
  2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  3. Harry Potter (the WHOLE series) by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
  5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  6. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  7. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  10. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  11. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  12. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I’ve read so many books and I feel like I’m forgetting so many good ones here! Let me know your favorite books in the comments so that we can share the joy of reading!