Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Back at it again

Hello everyone! I'm back! I've actually never left but didn't have anything super exciting to post. I'm sure many of you are not ready to even think about back to school set up past pinning some ideas on pinterest but the time has come.

After a lazy summer, trip to Mexico, and an even shorter one to Galveston, I've decided the time has come. I have started on a few projects and hope the room will eventually come together. Here is a little peek at what I've been up to:
1. Closet before and after
2. Painting hideous green wall to a hopefully nicer blue color(almost done)
3. Above door decor :) figured I better not label my classroom bar and go with my last name Barrett!
4. New rug from ikea! (prob too small and hard to keep clean but I love it)
5. Reupholstering ugly blue and green couches with a white and black polka vinyl (help please)

6. And if that weren't enough...just found out I'm expecting baby #3!

I have my work cut out for me don't I?

Monday, July 2, 2012

What to do...?

So I've been inspired by all the blogs I've found and the workshops I've attended this summer to get in my room and get after it. I always hate that week before hustle and bustle of setting my room up for the new school year. I always say I'm not doing anything different and before you know it I'm tearing everything down and starting all over again. So I thought to myself, first things first. I've got to tackle my desk and my closet before I do anything else. But of course I've been pinning all of these bulletin board ideas and I get distracted by the thought of changing my room.

Then there is the whole Red and blue thing that's always in the back of my mind. (For those of you who don't follow the Gomez & Gomez model, Spanish Is red, English Is blue) and we must have our word walls and student generated alphabets in those colors. But I have a forest green wall in my room and I don't care too much for primary colors. So Sometimes I feel stifled by the themes I can use in my room. I kind of want to have a black and white polka dot theme in my room, with red and turquoise but I don't know yet. Also our school has a school wide theme with frogs (hopping into prek) so I have to incorporate that.

Then I remembered I had to submit a transcript for my grad school application while my kids are running around the room having a good old time. Needless to say, the closet and desk remained the same. Does anyone else have these issues or is it just me? I literally wake up and get on pinterest to see if anyone has pinned the solution to my dilemma, lol!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Testing, testing...

So this is my first attempt at starting a blog and I'm feeling a little insecure like Amy Adams in Julie and Julia but here goes nothing.  My name is Jessica Barrett and I am a bilingual teacher from little old Diboll, Texas.  This will be my 5th year teaching in a pre-k one-way dual language classroom.  There was not a dual language program before I began teaching in Diboll so our program has come a long way.  Had it not been for the help of a fellow colleague and dear friend, Wendy Cabrera, I would not have even know how to implement the program and how to teach in a bilingual classroom. Our program had many critics at first and was not one that was viewed as necessary in the beginning. Many did not think it would last.  But we persevered because we believed in the importance of a quality dual language program for our community.  We are following the Gomez and Gomez model and it is my hope that through this blog I may meet other teachers who have successfully implemented the program or can share their early childhood and dual language ideas.  Thanks for stopping by!