Hall to the Pass

I'm going to make a confession. Said confession may cause you to throw tomatoes at me... (Or half-eaten tag-a-longs.) Either way, it's better for us all if I just come out and say it.

I have off this week.

I know I'm not alone. I've seen similar confessions on my Facebook page.

But since I've got all this extra time on my hands to plan more lessons and read all kinds pf professional books catch up on Revenge and comment on the blogs I love, I've found a great linky party that I'm psyched about!

Reagan over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits is hosting a linky party called Hall Pass!

The letters in the word PASS each stand for something to share!

P - Product

I'm super psyched about my Word Study Mini-Workbooks! I love them because they are super-practical and because I spent a gazillion years making them.  Normally, I'd spend a lot of time while planning finding words for my kiddos to sort and figuring out ways to really get them familiar with the spelling/sound pattern.  At this point in the year, some of the kids need intervention on other spellings they aren't mastering. There are 6 pages of activities in each book, two sorts (one simple, one advanced), and some other word finding/organizing activities.

I created this to make a streamlined process for my entire year of Word Study. I use the books each week with my whole class and then I send home some of the pages for homework.  I also reuse books for interventions later in the year (like now.)

A - Area

I've posted some of these pictures before, but I love my classroom library! All of our primary classrooms have little 'quiet rooms'.  I use mine for my class library. I think it's so cozy!

I'd like to get a little lamp in there, some plants... But I'm too busy pigging out on chocolate lately. Oh well. Spring Break is soon - Ikea is calling my name!

T - Transition

I bought these fantastic chimes from Amazon over the summer to signal my Daily 5 transitions.  They are so peaceful sounding and I love that it breaks the concentration in a smooth way.

For clean up and 'wrap up what you're doing and go to your seat/carpet' transitions, I like to use songs. I know so many of us do! My favorite 'quick clean up song' is the Bewitched song from the 50 Classic TV Themes CD.

S - Sanity

The teachers at my school are a fun crowd! We've got a pretty young staff and that means we have a roaring staff lounge.  But most days, I admit, I just want to sit in silence.

I let the auto-timer on my classroom lights shut the lights off and I just check my email or get organized. There is something so wonderful about being in my classroom without any noise at all.

Sigh.  So relaxing.

I *might* also turn on HGTV and watch an episode of House Hunters now and then...

I also have been known to head to the Starbucks around the corner for a heavily caffeinated beverage.  Sometimes you need that when you're a primary teacher!

What are you waiting for? There's still time to head over and link up!

Hope you're enjoying your week!


  1. I want to come and work at your school! I'd be your Starbucks partner-in-crime {Grande non-fat Vanilla Spice Latte, please}

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  2. I love the word study mini-books! I just put them in my cart! :). Do you use them with your whole class or in small groups? I have a few kiddos who would really benefit from these! Thanks!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  3. Hello again. Thanks for checking this out for me!

  4. Enjoy your week off. I love my chimes too!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  5. I'm off this week too, so I won't throw things! Love House Hunters!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  6. Oh my goodness! I love that y'all have quiet rooms.. how cute!! I would love to have a Starbucks near my school.. but unfortunately we are in rural farmland!

    That's So Second Grade

  7. Thank you so much for linking up! I am trying not to hate on you for your week off. :) Terrific post!!!

  8. Love your blog name, as well as a good episode of House Hunters!! So lucky to be your newest follower!

    Confessions of a Teachanista


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