Meet Mrs. Jones!September 28, 2012
We'd like to introduce you to Karen Jones, a public school teacher for the last ten years, who is currently teaching Kindergarten. Mrs. Jones lives with her husband of six years, Bob, and their two adorable children Brady (4) and Reese (2).
Mrs. Jones always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Check out the picture below for proof!
Yes, that sweet little girl in the picture is Mrs. Jones when she is five years old! She says that she cannot remember a time when she didn't want to be a teacher and she cannot imagine doing anything else.
Like most teachers, Mrs. Jones loves that a-ha moment. The second when a student's eyes light up and everything clicks. Being in Kindergarten, she gets to see an amazing amount of growth. In September the students can barely write their name and by the time they leave her at the end of the year they are starting to read and write sentences! Her favorite time of the year is spring parent conferences. Seeing student scribbles and nonsense turn into letters and complete thoughts is such an amazing privilege.
An educator through and through, if Mrs. Jones could change on thing about education today, she would make funding schools and education our youth top priority. She, like many of us, believe that students should come first and what has been happening with budget cuts, increased class size, etc. is not what is best for our students.
Mrs. Jones recently started selling her awesome resources on TeachersPayTeachers. Her journey to TpT is similar to many others. About a year ago she was searching for some materials for her Kindergarten classroom online, when she stumbled upon none other than Deanna Jump's blog. After getting lost in her blog, Karen followed the TpT link and was blown away by what other educators were sharing. Finally, over the summer, Karen decided she should sell her materials also. So she set up her TpT Store and blog... then never looked back!
Just for fun, we asked Mrs. Jones five uses for paperclips other than their regular boring job. These are what she came up with...
1. To pin back your bangs when you can't find a bobby pin
2. When you want to war long pants to work with a pair of flats - instant hem!
3. Add a pencil to make a spinner
4. The only want to unclog a glue bottle
5. To clean the crumbs out of your keyboard during those late night planning sessions!
Mrs. Jones graciously let us check out one of her products. We wanted to share what an awesome find this is - if you teach Kinder, this is for you!
This Halloween unit is packed with fun activities. Everything comes with teacher instructions, which is awesome! There are activities for pumpkin observations, making a pumpkin patch bulletin board, ordering numbers, comparing numbers, adding to 5, bubble maps, and much more! This jammed pack Halloween unit is 100 pages long!
All the activities/worksheet have fun graphics. Candy corn, spiders, bats, etc. everything to get you in a Halloween spirit. Since we couldn't show you everything... wouldn't want to give anything away, we wanted to tell you a little more about your favorite part of this activity pack.
Everyone knows the Five Little Pumpkins Poem, right? (No, we don't know this adorable little boy.)
In Mrs. Jones' unit, not only does she include an idea for making a bulletin board with this cute poem, she also includes an editable version of the poem for you to replace five with the number of your students. (She also changes the line "there are witches in the air" to "there are bats in the air"). You'll also get a Poetry in motion guide with pictures of how to make the poem come to life. Then, on top of that, you get "small" poems for the students to add to a poetry folder or notebook. Keep in mind this is only 9 pages out of this activity packet. Check out the pictures below for a preview of some of the other items included.
Be sure to check out this awesome resource for only $5.00. Karen also has a first grade Halloween activity set. While you're there, stop by our store for our fall sale!