Let me introduce myself...

Hi, my name is Aimee from Pencils, Book, and Dirty Looks.  It's been so long since I've had the time to really sit down and blog that I felt like I needed to introduce myself!  Luckily Farley's monthly currently gives me good reason to get back on track!
Having a seven month old golden retriever in the house means there's never a dull moment (or a quiet one).  This is what happens when I turn my head for a second.  I promise you that allowing pets on the furniture, let alone the kitchen table, is not a common practice in my house!

Today, for the very first time, one of my products made it into the TpT newsletter!  I never thought it was going to happen!  I woke up to the constant sound of feedback on my phone.  I could figure why my End of the Day Jar was getting so much attention first thing on a Sunday morning when it dawned on me that it must have made the newsletter!

I don't know about you but I dread the thought of preparing for a sub.  It takes me forever!  Before I got my first teaching job, I was a substitute teacher for several months.  It was awful when teachers left horrible plans.  Knowing this I tend to go overboard in my planning.  It will take me hours to plan for one day and this week I'll be out TWO days.  My brother-in-law is getting married in Charleston, SC this week (obviously he and his fiancee are not teachers!!).  We are leaving right after school on Wednesday for the big event and won't get back until late Sunday night.  Not only do I have to prepare for a sub for two days but I will not be around on Friday to get ready for the following Monday.  This is about to send me over the edge!!

Fall Break is exactly 18 days away, that is all...

I decided to make Common Core check-lists for grades K-5.  I'm finished with kindergarten (and it took me forever!).  I need to find time to finish the other grades levels (especially 3rd and 4th since conferences are at the end of the month)!  If you are a kindergarten teacher and would like to take a look, click here!

I love Fall!  Anything pumpkin is my favorite.  We have the most wonderful donut shop in Richmond! Square Donuts make the best pumpkin spice donuts (can't you just taste them!!).

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my October Currently!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  1. I completely agree with you about supply teachers! And people wonder why the teacher comes to school when they are sick. I have only taken one day and I didn't get home until 8 p.m. the night before I took off. Is that really better? If it wasn't the only time I could get in to see the doctor, I would have just suffered through! Enjoy the wedding though! It will be well worth all the planning!

  2. Those donuts look delish! I was also a sub before I got my 1st full time job. I go overboard on my sub plans too. Mostly because we are so short subs that they have accepted Emergency Certificated subs which means that they may not even have any training in education. That is so stressful because I am never sure if the concepts were taught well enough for my students to understand. However, enjoy the wedding.

    Ms Richards's Musings

  3. Those donuts look delish! I'm going to be doing a puppy basket giveaway this month, so make sure to stop by. That would be perfect for you and your new pup. She looks just like my Abby. Hope you a have a great weekend!
    A Teaspoon of Teaching

  4. Your puppy cracks me up! I have a German Shepard who is afraid to get on the furniture.
    Prepping for a sub last minute is the worst. I have started adding pictures to my plans so the sub can see what I am talking about.
    Enjoy the wedding. LOVE Charleston! Go to eat at the Glass Onion if there is time in your busy wedding weekend schedule.


  5. Your dog is adorable! And I totally agree about the sub plans thing. Seriously. How many times have I gone to work sick because it's so much work to write sub plans?!

  6. I'm loving the fall with my students. Been tackling Common Core as well. Thank you for this resource! I've also been using this site as a resource for my math writing exercises: Teacher Clipart Borders