Saturday, March 21, 2015

Defining Moments

I began reading Savorlast week.  Simply beautiful.

It is a book of daily devotionals.  At the end of each devotion, Shauna offers a few questions for the reader to ponder.  This morning the questions were "What are the events in your life that have shaped you in defining ways?  Who have you become as a result?"

As I though about this question, I realized that there are events that have defined my personality and core values, as well as events that have defined me as a wife, mother, and teacher. Sometimes these events are big moments like the death of a loved one, a birth, a betrayal, or an amazing friendship. And sometimes these events are small moments like reading a particular passage in a book, a thank you card, or a discouraging word.

Last school year I experienced many moments that helped define me as a teacher.  Some of these events were big and some were small.  Ironically, what most would consider the small moments, were those that had the most impact.

An end-of-the-year hug from the mother of one of my autistic students.

The words "Thank you for allowing my daughter to dance."

An email sent to me describing how one of my most difficult students still wears a button with a "B" on it, so that she will "never forget Broman".  I never could get her to say "Mrs", so we just went with my last name alone. I miss that.  I miss her.

So, I am curious, what are the events that have defined you as a teacher?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

S is for St. Patrick's Day and Shamrocks

This is a little late, but for those who have not finished planning for next week, here are a few St. Patty's Day printables.

Capital Letter Shamrocks

Lowercase Letter Shamrocks

These alphabet shamrocks could be used to play matching games:  match capital to lowercase or print two copies of each set and match capitals to capitals and lowercase to lowercase.

You could also fill your sensory table/tub with scraps of green construction or tissue paper and hide the shamrocks in it.  When the children find one they try to identify the letter on it.  

Hide the shamrocks in your classroom or home and go on a shamrock hunt.

St. Patty's Day Name Plates

Use these name plates as labels ~ or ~ laminate and have the children use dry erase markers to practice printing their names on them.

Felt Board Activity

Print out this poem and clipart.  Attach felt or velcro pieces to the back of the clipart pieces.  As you recite the poem, invite the children to put up the corresponding pieces. 

Have the children match the rhyming words.

Wear Green! Have Fun!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Back to School Sale

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TPT is having a Back to School Sale today and tomorrow only!  I am offering 20% off any unit in my store.  Go stock up!  To get to my store:  Click on the banner.  Type "Itty-Bitty Bookworm" into the search box.  Super easy.  Now go shop!  :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Selecting Books and a GIVEAWAY!

The IBBW will be writing some new pre-k/k literature-based units this school year.  I am in the process of selecting the books.  I know I want to do one of the Pioneer Woman's Children's Books.  I love basset hounds, and I think children will love the adorable illustrations (by Diane deGroat)!  Look how cute!

Charlie Goes to School!
I would love for you to help me brainstorm a list of titles that teachers would appreciate.  In exchange for your help, I am giving away a year of curriculum on CD.  You can visit this page of our website to learn more about each year.
To enter the giveaway simply comment with a book title and then share this post on FB or pin it (and leave a comment with link)  That's it!  Super easy!  I will choose a winner Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  You may enter once a day.  The winner will be contacted by email.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
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THANK YOU for your help!  I can't wait to get started!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

P is for Pinterest

I have been cooking some recipes and working on some projects from my Pinterest boards.  I am excited about how they have turned out, so I'd thought I would share them with you.

I am moving to a new school this year.  It is in the community in which I live.  I am very excited about that! Although I don't want to over-decorate my classroom, I want  to give it a "homey" feel.  So far, Gracen and I have made these cute little window decorations

and this table top anchor chart stand. 

Next on my classroom project list:
Covering my desk chair.  Here's how.
How to re-cover a teacher chair!

Covering the sides of my filing cabinet with chalkboard contact paper.  Similar to this.
Fun in Room 4B: Repurposed Filing Cabinet-A How To Guide - chalkboard paint would be cool. Great for storage in girl's room.

JalapeƱo Cheddar Scones
I saw these and had to make them.  I love jalapenos and sharp cheddar, well, that's a given.  Once again, the Pioneer Woman did not disappoint!

For Sunday dinner I baked a ham and had  LOTS leftover, so I decided to use them in this soup.  I followed the directions, except after cooking the ingredients I did not blend them.  Instead, I blended the remaining two cans of white beans with about 1/2-3/4 cup of chicken stock.  I poured this into the cooking soup to thicken it.  Super yummy!

When I baked the ham, I made these biscuits. My family LOVED them.  In fact, my daughter said they were the best biscuits she had ever had.  

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are so delicious - and made with just 5 ingredients! |
As I am writing this, I have this in my crockpot.  If it tastes half as good as it smells, my husband will be one happy man.  

What Pinterest recipes and/or projects have you made lately?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

S is for Summer Slump

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 I can't be the only teacher that experiences this. It happens every summer.  The first month of summer I am super motivated.  I am excited to get things done (things that I wanted to do during the school year, but never had time to do).  Then, after about a month, I get into a slump.  I start slowing down.  I am not as productive.  I start sleeping in a little later and stay in my pajamas well past an acceptable time.  As I am typing this right now, I really should be showering so that I can head to my new school.  My car is packed with boxes of classroom stuff.  I need to drop them off, so that I an actually fit my children in my car.

Am I alone?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Little About Me...

Hey Ya’ll!  I’m Tara Broman.  Here’s a little bit about me…
At School
I currently teach first grade, and I love it!  It amazes me how much my students grow and change during the school year.  I have also taught pre-k and kindergarten.  In addition to teaching in public schools, I have also served as  a teacher mentor, a curriculum and training specialist, and an adjunct faculty member in a Early Childhood program.
At Home
I am a blessed to have a loving, supportive husband and three amazing kids.  I have two daughters, 14 and 12 and an 8 year old son.  In addition, we have 2 dogs, a cat, a turtle, and a guinea pig.  Life around here is NEVER boring! And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My Family