First of all, congrats on your new addition. Your children are beautiful. My tip for balancing motherhood and teaching is having structured routines. I have each day designated to a specific task. Monday I correct and update my grade book. Tuesdays I begin planning for the next week. Wednesdays I pull all the resources for those plans. Thursdays I have it all copied and prepped. Fridays are reserved for newsletters, updating my website/blog and preparing homework for the following week. I also find it helps to teach the children to maintain an organized classroom so that I'm not cleaning up after school.
I really need to thank you though. I made the switch from 2nd to 3rd grade in 2006 when I returned to the classroom from a yearlong maternity leave with my first son. Your generosity in sharing your resources made it possible for me to take on a new grade level and a new role as a "working mom" with such ease. Thank you for all the work you put into your website and your willingness to share your ideas and printables with others. I added identical twin girls to the family at the start of this school year and you continue to be an inspiration and a true gift for making my job easier. I can honestly say I am a much more effective literacy teacher because of you.
Enjoy getting to know your new little bundle! Take Care, Jodi
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