Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Currently: April '15

Is it any surprise that I'm a bit late to the Currently Party this month? At least I showed up. The same cannot be said for March. 

Anyway, I'm going to be a much  slightly better blogger this month I promise, (said the blogger who was a week late posting....) so let's start off with letting you know what's going on currently in my world!

Listening: We are a few days in to spring break now at my district but the weather is classic Washington weather. Rain on top of rain.  A little drizzle, a small shower, a few minutes of sun and then a sprinkle of more rain. I'm not complaining though, just observing. 

Loving: I went back and forth between Silhouette and Cricut for months and finally made the choice last month and bough my new favorite thing; the Cricut Explore (not the Air, I just use a Bluetooth adapter for wireless capabilities. I have been making endless cards, vinyl decals, and t-shirt stencils. 
(I know... not at all teaching related, unless you count the books it's stacked on!)

Thinking: I don't know about you but student loans randomly just stress me out. I start to think about the math and the fact that I am still in my first year teaching and then my head just can't handle it. So I HAD to share a series of post over at HoJo's Teaching Adventures that I thought was seriously helpful and stress-revealing! It's a 3-part series about teacher loan forgiveness options. If you are a teacher, go now and check it out. Especially if you are new to the game like me.

Wanting: I have got a list a mile long with some rearranging and redecorating that I would like to do in my classroom. Those kinders sure know how to wear down a classroom! ha

Needing: Let's be serious. I have stunk as a blogger for most of this school year. Grad school and first year of teaching is a crazy combination to say the least. Not to mention my stubbornness and refusing to give up any other extra activities I enjoy like teaching Sunday School, working at our district Stadium, playing on our staff volleyball team, and hours of DIY. 

Eggs-plain your name: My blog was previously know as "Rooting for Third Grade" because I taught it third grade during my student teaching experiences which inspired the creation of this blog. However, my first real teaching experience was in a developmental preschool and then this year I took a kindergarten position and the name needed to go. It was one of my lovely readers who suggested the garden theme as fun nod to my last name (Root) and so The Chalkboard Garden emerged. 

Happy Spring Break! (or post break for some!)


  1. Thanks for the shout out! I'm so glad you found the series helpful! Please keep sharing the word. I would love for all teachers to get as much loan forgiveness as possible!! =)

    1. No problem! I really do hope that I can help direct more teachers towards your posts. Such important information to understand, especially in our field.

  2. Hi Kayla!
    LOVE, love your fonts! Super cute, I am downloading them as we speak (or type). Thanks for visiting my lil blog, can't wait to see what else you create! :o)

    <a href="“>Hip Hooray in K</a>

    1. Awesome! I would love to see what kind of creations you use the fonts to make. Enjoy!

  3. I agree it is TOUGH being a blogger. I'm never even really sure if people read what I write. haha. It's one of the easiest things to set aside when other things arise. Good luck with the rest of your first year.

    1. Good to know it's not just me. I truly do enjoy blogging, even if it's more for myself than others sometimes. Definitely making a goal to get back into the swing of it. Thank you for stopping by :)

  4. I was just thinking the other day - I haven't read anything by Kayla in a while! Glad to hear you haven't completely disappeared! I hope you're managing to find some kind of relaxing in your busy schedule!

    Enjoy the wind up of the year - I hope you don't have any horrible testing time coming up :)

    Learning to be awesome

    1. I hate missing chunks of time in the blogging world, I always worry I'm missing out on the best blog posts and letting myself be forgotten. I feel like the lame friend who always flakes on plans. haha

      Luckily, no crazy testing for me in kindergarten! The rest of our school just finished up their madness before our Spring Break though. eek