OMG…What Happened?

August is gone and I’ll be honest…I don’t even know what happend. I had a plan. I was going to share a new item from Teachers Pay Teachers every day and then…POOF! The month is gone and I am on the ground, face up, breathing deeply, wondering how I made it to September.

On the bright side, I am alive! I do have thirty new items in my TPT store! And I LOVE my new students!

I hope to start posting again soon, but until I can scrape myself off of the floor, I must ask you all to hold tight!



Vocabulary is HUGE

Over the years, vocabulary has been what has complicated social studies and science! The kids would understand that metal was a good conductor, but then they wouldn’t select copper as a good conductor on the test. They didn’t know that copper was a metal. Life experience hadn’t taught them that yet…so I have been working on my vocabulary packets this summer and they are FINISHED…for now!

Turn of the Century

Teaching about the Turn of the Century is always fun! You get to dress up like a cowboy, ride a stick pony around the classroom, imagine what it would be like if we said “Ahoy” when we answered the phone instead of “hello” and so much more! This packet includes posters, activities, interactive notebook pieces, and quizzes. Go get this Turn of the Century Vocabulary Packet here. Then check out more great products in my TpT Store.

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Getting Ready

I have been working like crazy to get ready for my month of TPT additions! I have 14 new products made (a few FREEBIES in there) and only need (31-14=17) 17 more to make!!! I hope to be finished making them by July 15th so I can be uploading them towards the end of July and blogging about each one has August begins!!! So much fun!!!

Social Studies and Vocabulary

For many years I have found that students struggle most with vocabulary. Especially in science and social studies. I have found that talking about words, using words, study words, and writing with words helps students the most in conquering this vocabulary divide!

I just added several vocabulary packets to my TpT store for social studies and cannot wait for you all to check them out! Each packet includes a interactive notebook entry as well as vocabulary quiz. Sometimes I use the interactive notebook pieces as flashcards (fold them the other way) or a matching game (cut them completely apart).

The Civil War

The Reconstruction Era

Westward Expansion and the Turn of the Century

World War I and the Roaring Twenties

The Great Depression

The packets also have BONUSES!!!!! They include a standard poster, essential question poster, and achievement descriptors poster!

Time to Move On

It has been awhile. I know. There are reasons that I will be sharing soon, but not here. I am leaving Shining the Light in Third Grade and moving to a new blog! It’s a Ruff Life can be found here. I would love to have you all join me in my new journey with this new blog. Please come check it out and follow me!

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Compassion International Adoption

The Compassion International trailer was in our town last week. This trailer allows people to experience being in another country without leaving the country. You are able to walk through the lives of two students that have been sponsored by Compassion International donations. 

Kyle took some of the students from our youth group and adopted one of the students from Africa. His name is Nardos. I spent some time today making posters, prayer cards, and reminders to pray for Nardos. 

We are going to give one of these to each of our students to take home as a reminder to pray for Nardos. 

I made one of these for each Sunday school room. On the back is some personal information about Nardos. 

This will help our teachers make Nardos real to the students. 

I also made posters for our youth center and hangout room. We will be able to add the letters that Nardos writes to us and have a drop off basket for our students to leave letters to send to Nardos. 

I can’t wait to get these back to curve and set up. I’m so excited to see our students take on the task of funding Nardos through Compassion International and encouraging him through letters and pictures. 


Our students took the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) last April. Most people would think that we would get their scores back within a month of taking the assessment, BUT that was not the case this year. After the test this past April we were told October would be when our scores would be released. October turned into January. Then, all of the sudden I receive an email in early November that my GMAS scores are in.

The results are ugly! I am used to 100% of my students passing the CRCT Mathematics portion. (the CRCT is what Georgia used to give as a standardized assessment). I knew the GMAS was going to be more difficult and I had been given a warning that the state was predicting that less than half of the students would pass the assessment the first year. Well, the state wasn’t lying.

I am not going to give my scores out because I have not been cleared to do so. I must say that although I am unhappy with the percentage of my students who passed, I had a higher percentage in my classes pass than the CES grade level average or state average.

I obviously need to make some adjustments to my teaching, start going deeper into their understand, and evaluate what I am doing as a professional. But I am proud of how hard most of my students worked on the GMAS. The next few months are going to be a lot of work as I reflect on how I teach, what I teach, and why my students did not perform as highly as I would have liked for them to.

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Don’t Read This if You Want to Feel Comfortable

Cherry Drop Princess you hit the nail on the head! Now let’s get out in the world and do something about it.

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You see that same woman standing there,outside theshopping centre,handing out her old fashioned bible tracts. You cringe. What is she thinking? This isn’t the way you share the message in this day and age.

There’s that man who standsnear the train station, yelling and shouting about the riches of heaven, working up sucha frenzy. people walk past and laugh. Is this what they think of Christians? They must think we’re nuts.

If only there were more nutters out there. More people who weren’t worried about making a fool of themselves for Christ.

People who will go out there, instead of sittling inside discussing stratergy.

People who don’t mind getting laughed at and mocked.

Yes, there isa time for being gentle about our faith. Butis that justan excuse for never really sharing it? Meeting friends for coffee with the intention of talking about the real things, “One day I’ll tell them…

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St. Vincent Series: Washing His Feet

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On Tuesday we had lunch on a black sand beach. The waves were big and the temptation to get into the water was too great for Kyle. He played in the ocean for a bit and then we headed to our second church for VBS. When we arrived I immediately got to work setting up and getting focused on the tasks ahead. Later in the day Kyle shared with me a special moment that happened during this setup and focusing time.

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Apparently a young boy (9 or 10 years old) saw Kyle’s feet and legs covered in sand from swimming in the ocean. He told Kyle he needed to rinse off. Kyle informed him he didn’t have anywhere to rinse. The young boy showed Kyle a sink at the nurse’s clinic across the road from the church. Anyone who knows Kyle knows he is not flexible and cannot come close to touching his toes, so the idea of lifting his leg into a sink at hip height is hilarious. Kyle managed to lift his leg (in an exaggerated manner) into the sink but proceeded to show the little boy that he could not reach his feet to wipe off the sand. The young boy didn’t even react. He immediately began to wash Kyle’s feet. He wiped his calves and feet off. If you haven’t seen, or smelled, Kyle’s feet BE THANKFUL! They smell awful and usually have a unique look to them. :/ It didn’t even phase the little boy.

Kyle asked him if he knew who else washed feet. The young boy knew that Jesus did. In John 13: 4-5, 12-17 the bible says, “so he [Jesus] got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him…When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. ‘You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” Jesus was showing his disciples how they were to serve. He showed them that they were no better than anyone else, even though they were His disciples. He showed humility and service to his disciples and encouraged them to do the same.

This young boy was concerned for Kyle. He wanted to help. Not only did he help by showing Kyle where a sink was, but he washed his feet! He showed deep humility and had a HUGE servant’s heart.

As Kyle was sharing this with me Tuesday night I was brought to tears. What an experience! I wanted to meet this young man. I wanted to see this darling boy. I couldn’t wait to meet him!

Just from hearing this story from Kyle, God taught me that I am not too important to do anything. I am not special because I am the youth pastor’s wife. I am not any different than anyone else and should jump at the opportunity to serve others, no matter what is needed. I shouldn’t have to be asked. I shouldn’t think about it or look for excuses to get out of it. I should be the first person who is willing to serve, who is seeking to serve.

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