Well, it's been a hot minute since I wrote here! So, here we go...
If you are new, I'm Emilee. I live near Nashville and I love the southern hospitality of the area. I use the phrase "bless their heart" a lot. I have three kids who I am now homeschooling, an wow! It's such a great adventure. Since I'm doing this, I've changed my focus for creating to place more emphasis on preschool and kindergarten. Yes, I'll still be doing my social studies units, but they are more on the back-burner. Right now, I'm just keeping up with my littles. So, on that note, I'll be post more about what we do during our day-to-day. I hope it inspires you! Keep scrolling to find freebies that you can use with your littles!

Here's a quick update of our 2019:

Sooooo, just know ... if you're having a bad day, I get it. This blog will NOT show perfection. It will show how I try to mix in learning with our day-to-day antics ... I hope you enjoy!



Y'all,

I. Just. Can't. 

What a summer! It's been a whirlwind. I guess the first major change in the Ray household that I need to let you know about is that we are expecting a little girl in February. Super excited! It was a HUGE surprise.

Next up, I started the 5th grade standards for TN social studies. The units are underway, and I'm trying to finish the 4th instalment this afternoon. If you'd like to look over the completed units in this series, you can find them HERE

Also, I've diversified my store and joined another marketplace ... www.teachersdojo.com

It's a great new site, with very few sellers. I'm not even sure it's a year old yet. Anyways, since the commission is better for the seller, my resources are a little cheaper there. I would HIGHLY recommend checking out this new site.

Okay, now back to my pregnancy. I had great plans to complete the History of America Series (2) by May 2019. However, since my sweet little girl is due on Valentines Day of the same year, I don't see that original plan happening. I am trying my best to get out as many units as I can in the amount of time I have before little girl arrives. However, since each of these take upwards of 150+ hours to create, I'm not sure how far I will get. I say this to let you know that I am working on them, I will finish the series, and I haven't forgotten you. However, I also need to say that the timeframe is a little sketchy as of now. Thank you for your patience.

Teacher Sellers!!!
If you haven't signed up with TeachersDojo, I would encourage you to look into it. I've also started a TD Think Tank group on Facebook and a Collaborative Marketing Group to help get the word out. If you'd like to join as a seller, just let me know!


Reading

Time Has FLOWN By ...

Hey y'all,
       
So sorry about my absence recently. I am still here ... and living. 

I've been working like a mad woman to get the History of America for 4th grade finished in a timely manner. I've been running into one snag after another ... so, here's the update ...

The series was ORIGINALLY going to be 9 units. However, the last unit had WAY too much information, so I made the decision to split it up into 2 concise units. The first of these two final units was posted yesterday. You can find it by clicking the image below.
 Growth of the Republic: Events & Industrial Revolution


The next one will *hopefully* be out by the first week in May ... cross your fingers.

In other AMAZING news, I've hit over 800 followers on TpT. That's almost 200 more since January of this year. I'm soooo excited that I've put my ENTIRE store on sale for 20% off until midnight (EST) tonight. You can click the image below to get there.

 Hit the SALE!

Y'all are the best, and I couldn't do this without you. I hope that you all are surviving this testing season. Prayers are going up for you and your students. 

Freebies

Websites, Unit, and FREEBIE!

I'm so excited to have this awesome new web design ... compliments to Claire Thweatt at ThweattHearts. She is a FABULOUS teacher and an even better friend. If you need anything for your technology class, check out her store!

Okay, with this new design, I wanted to add a few new things to this blog. Here are the new things I've added to my store in the last week!

First, Westward Expansion: Clash & Conflict is the 8th unit in my History of America series for 4th grade. It starts with the War of 1812 and ends at the Trail of Tears. It was fascinating and heartwrenching to research and create.

And guess what? I think you're pretty cool, so I thought I'd add one of the reading passages from the unit as a FREEBIE here. Just click on the image below, download, and print. You're welcome!


Next, I added a new unit about using commas in items within a letter.
This unit helps teach:

  • Using commas in lists
  • Using a comma in the greeting of a letter
  • Using a comma in the closing of a letter
  • Using commas in the date
  • Using a comma between the city and state of an address!

Aand finally, I had to add a little bit of math ;)




Happy Teaching!

Look who got a new blog design!

Let's talk guns

I'm sorry.

Yes, I'm sorry. Me. I'm apologizing for me. This isn't a backhanded apology that says something like, "I'm sorry YOU feel that way ..." No, this isn't about my ego.

I'm sorry.

I'm a Christian. I'm a Republican. I'm a wife and mother. I'm a sister and daughter. I'm apologizing. Not for my faith or my choice of who I vote for. No, I'm apologizing for making God-create people an enemy. There is only one enemy.

I'm sorry that I don't look past your political party.  I'm am a broken being, just trying to follow what I believe. I hope you are too. So ...

Let's talk.

Aren't you tired? I am tired. I am tired of feeling stressed out about various laws and policies. I'm tired of debates that end in anger and division rather than agreement. I'm exhausted from being told that one side should tolerate the other side without logical reason.

I'm hurting. My heart aches and my stomach turns as I think about the babies that have been placed in the ground because madmen decide to shoot up a school. A SCHOOL!!! Defenseless children. Don't you DARE tell me that kids in high school are not kids. They are someone's kid ... someone's life ... someone's existence.

My anger rages and I want to blame someone, anyone. Something, anything. You. I want to blame you. I want to blame people who I've made my enemy without knowing them. I want to blame our authorities for not predicting (as if I could) when and where this would happen. I want to arm people with weapons, because fire beats fire, right? If only. Do I believe in the 2nd amendment? Hello? Republican. However, owning/using a gun shouldn't be taken lightly. If you are not willing to kill someone who is attacking you, DO NOT GET A GUN. If we arm trigger-happy people, it'll get worse.

Gun laws are great for those who follow them ... until those who DON'T follow them get a gun. The gun law is irrelevant in this conversation. This is about protecting kids. Don't push your policies here. What can we do, NOW, to make our kids safe at school tomorrow? We have to get over ourselves and the need "to be right and superior" and focus on the need at hand. Protect our kids

I want to combine our forces. We can impact this nation ... let's do it!

Bright Ideas
Arm Teachers - This is a great idea ... except, it isn't.
Not everyone is comfortable carrying a gun, much less using it in a child-filled school.  
In allowing these guns on the premises, in classes where some students are stronger than their teacher, you may run into a problem of being over-powered and the gun being used against the teacher/class.
Teachers already serve as educators, counselors, nurses, and second-parents to many students. They are overwhelmed with what they have to do already ... adding a GUN to the mix is just asking for more problems. 

Volunteer Carriers - This is a great compromise (you remember ... that thing that allowed our founding fathers to draft the constitution in the first place?) for those who have a need to arm themselves and can truly shoot/kill another living being. 
Suggestions: 
Don't openly carry the guns where students can identify them. 
Keep those keypad safes in each room, so ONLY a faculty member can open them at school IF need be. 

Build Relationships - Teachers do this on a DAILY basis with their students, some positively and some negatively. Do NOT hold it against a teacher if they do not like your kid. Do you like everyone you come into contact with OR work with?
Once again, teachers work hard to build relationships with their students. Elementary teachers see the same kids all day, everyday. Middle school and high school teachers time is split between each class. Being able to make meaningful relationships with EVERY child is beyond difficult. Stop blaming teachers. They are human an are doing their bets. How do I know? Trust me, they didn't go into this profession for the income and accolades.
On your lunch break, or time off, go to a school ... ANY school. Ask the nearest teacher when lunch is, and who NEEDS a pal. Trust me, teachers know. Then - and this is the hard part - go. eat. with. that. kid. That's it. Let's start taking responsibility of EVERY kid. You never know the demons someone is facing, and the impact a lunch conversation can make. 
Teach your kids to be kind AND inclusive. This goes back to our egos. Get over yourself. If Jesus, who was perfect, can eat with sinners, then our kids can befriend kids they don't have a lot in common with. Just remember, they learn from YOU. So, adults, let's get our acts together. Maybe WE are more of the problem then we would care to admit. 

Be a Resource - Wouldn't it be GREAT if schools had to TURN PEOPLE AWAY because there were TOO many volunteers?      
Do you own a gun and permit? Great! Come to school and sit outside as a guardian of the children.     
Retired Veteran? Sit with kids at lunch and talk to them. Sit outside and protect them. Let them know that our history is protecting our future. Help train them to understand what a true hero looks like. They are protecting those who can't.     
Do you have little ones at home? Take them to a high school or middle school. VERY FEW teenagers run away from little beings. Let your little ones bring joy to the other kids/teens. That's all that MANY kids need. Innocence.     
Introvert? Awesome. Send out letters to classes, serve on the PTO (behind the scenes), help organize activities for students that are uplifting, talk one-on-one with kids. Students who see your SERVING them are more likely to respect others.      
GoFundMe - If we are serious about making our schools safe and ending school shootings, let's put our money where our mouths are. Start a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for security and safety measures to be added to schools.     

My hope is that this gets passed along. Can we all come together, for once, and focus on kids? We can all agree that kids should NEVER be targets. So, let's walk the walk that we are all SO good at talking about.

Site Wide Sale ... and MORE!

Happy VALENTINE'S DAY!
At my house, that day is more like a four-letter word, but we are purposefully focusing on our kids this year, so maybe it will be better. But, guess what ... my valentine's day is going to be SWEET. Why?
Emilee RayClick Here to Start Putting Resources on Your Wishlist!

Items on the site will be up to 25% off! How great is that? I'm getting my wishlist ready and my purchases' feedback complete.

But then ... I started thinking about it. What about teachers who really NEED to get stuff for their classrooms, but don't have the fund to do it?

IDEA!

I along with SusanAnnaAmyMelissaCasey, and Krista wanted to give one lucky teacher a $50 TpT gift card!!!!

Just head over to My Instagram to enter!

The giveaway begins at 6pm central time TONIGHT! 
The winner will be announced Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6pm when the giveaway ends... just in time for the sale to start on Wednesday!

Enjoy... and Happy Valentine's Day!!!!