Sunday, March 29, 2015

There's a Spring In My Step!

Well Spring has arrived, but unfortunately it still feels like winter up here in the Northeast.  We still have snow on the ground, and we are happy if the temperature gets up to 45 during the day.  Thankfully, the weather doesn't have to be the only reason to have a spring in my step!  A few of us have joined together to celebrate spring with you.  We have linked up to bring you spring ideas, spring freebies, and a huge spring giveaway!

My favorite spring celebration is definitely Easter!  I love taking a day or more to celebrate and remember the miracle of Christ's resurrection.  Of course, I enjoy the beautiful decorations and dinner with family, but even more than that I love being reminded of the great gift that God gave us through his Son.  

I like what Paul says in I Corinthians 15:17, 19 - "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." 

I have to admit that spring is always the time when I start to think about next year.  I am in a small school which means that I usually know the students who will be in my grade next year.  I know what they struggle with and what they excel at.  My compulsive need to plan everything kicks in, and I start to focus on next year.

It takes work, but I try to stay focused on the remainder of this year.  One way I do that is to look back at the goals that I wrote out for my students this year.  I start the year by writing out specific areas that I want my students to improve in throughout the year. {For example, this year I had one student that I wanted to be able to write a complete paragraph with topic sentence and details.}

  I reread my goals and reflect on whether I have helped my students meet those goals.  If they haven't, I make a concentrated effort to work on those topics for the rest of the year.  And if they have reached the goals, then we have a reason to celebrate!

Since Easter is my favorite spring celebration, I have decided to share my newest Easter product with you.  This is a paid product in my TPT store, but I am letting you have it for free!

These 2 step story problem task cards will hold your students interest with stories about Easter eggs, candy, and egg hunts.  Each story problem used simple numbers so that the focus is on determining what steps to use, not struggling with the actual math work.

You can pick up this fun task card set by clicking on the link above.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway and follow the links to pick up some other great spring freebies and ideas!

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  1. I was just thinking the same thing today! "What will I do differently next year" was running through my mind! I need to stay focused on this year- thank you for the suggestions! I love your task cards and clipart! Thank you so much for joining us! :)

  2. I loved reading about you Crystal!! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leave me that sweet comment!!
    I loved that you post that Bible verse, those words were very powerful! Thank you for posting it! I am like you, during this time I'm already thinking and kind of planning for next year!! lol
    Brinca Into Bilingual!

  3. I am always thinking about how I will change/improve things next year. It's a hard balance to keep. Staying focused this time of year is particularly difficult. Your task cards are adorable.

    Quinnessential Lessons

  4. Hi Crystal! These Easter problems are fantastic! I have a few kids who need a challenge, and this might take them a while. Thanks! Happy Easter!
    Not very fancy in 1st