About Me and Contact

Hello!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog:)  I absolutely love the blog world and have been blessed immensely by being a part of it!!!  I love the Lord and all that He has blessed me with.  I am a mother of 2 wonderful teens and wife to a wonderful man.  I love reading, crafting, singing, gardening, and decorating.  My family is my life and love to spend family time when ever we can whether it's shopping with my daughter, or hanging out with my son:)


I did not originally go to school to be a teacher.  This was a late in life career change.  I feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to go back to school to become a teacher and LOVE what I do:)  What a blessing teaching is.....to be able to change lives, new ones each year:)  

I love to make things for my classroom and also love sharing ideas with others as well as learning from others:)  I hope you can find something you can use on my blog:)

If you ever have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at:
tara.eiken1@gmail.com.

Thank bunches for stopping by:))
     Tara 

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  2. Hi Tara, I a just wanted to say how wonderful I think your blog is. I am new to blogging, I just set up mine a short time ago. fourthgradefunk.blogspot.com . Anyways, I am like you, became a teacher a bit later in life. This will be my first year teaching, I was hired on as a 4th grade teacher. I really like your vocabulators. I am in the process of making some and am wondering if you could give me a list of words to put in them. I have three themes, a bit different than yours:one has fall colors; has ocean colors; and the last one has black, purple, and white beads. I also added some 'ice' looking beads. I love the idea, but since I have not taught 4th grade yet I am not sure what words would work for the containers. I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks so much!
    Michelle

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  3. Hey Tara...I too love your blog and I am new to blogging!! I just wish I could figure out all this blogging stuff...I didn't think I was that bad with technology until I decided to blog...LOL, hopefully I will figure it out. Until then, I will continue to live vicariously through yours:)

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  4. Hi Tara. I love your site and visit qute often. I am interested in making a duct tape quilt but do not know which book you got the directions from or if it something I can do without it. Please advise me :).

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  5. I just found your blog and am looking around. I am making the switch from first grade to fourth grade... suggestions? I am mostly worried about teaching writing.

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  6. Hey Tara!

    I am a first year fourth grade teacher! I love your blog! I was just wondering if you had a specific list of things that a 4th grade teacher should purchase and have on hand in her classroom. Things to get before the students arrive! =) Please let me know when you can!

    Thanks,
    Kia

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  7. Love your blog Tara! You are obviously an amazing teacher... and person. :) I added your button to my 'blogs' page and will be linking up a lot of your great ideas on the site. I'm obsessed with Made it Monday. I can't. stop. looking.

    Thanks!
    Ashley
    www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com

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  8. Love your blog and I get a lot of great ideas from you! I was just wondering tho what font that is on your Made It Monday logo? I have been searching all over for that and can't seem to find it. Thanks for helping me out!

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  9. Hi Tara...I am totally obsessed with your blog. I am new to fourth grade this year and am so overwhelmed with the whole idea that I have yet to prepare. In an effort to please those around me I accepted a part time literacy support/part time grade 4 position and now I am thinking I was out of my mind. Any words of wisdom to calm my nerves?

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  10. You are an inspiration to so many. I am a teacher and start school Monday. I teach fourth grade as well and I am going to start reading workshop this year. I work in a school that is very traditional and I will be the only one to venture into this. i followed the Daily 5 blog and have read several books. I am determined, but a bit nervous. How do reading workshop and daily 5 go together? I'm not sure how to start. The students have a week of half days and we have several procedures to go over. Any support will be appreciated.

    Paulina

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  11. Hi Tara!
    I am a 5th grade teacher but I love getting ideas from your blog! You have a great sense of color and have given me some great projects to work on this year! Do you always do a Monday Made It? How do you find the time?!? Best of luck this new school year!

    ~Michelle Louise

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  12. Hi! I was looking at your blog (which I love by the way) and really like the names that the students color in at the beginning of school. I was just wondering how you made them. Any help you could offer would be great. Would love to try this in my classroom this year. Thanks!

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  13. Hi! I read your blog religiously. I always enjoy what you have to say & how you say it too! Here in Jersey, we start school next week. So I was in my room yesterday & today prepping it for my new group of fabulous fourth graders!! I will be starting the Word Works activities I've seen on your site, introducing concepts from the Daily 5 [my style anyway], & look forward to haning up the welcome back to school pennants that you made. Looking forward to see how that will look hanging up! I love all the colors you chose & using dots & stripes. Thanks & hope your week is going well!! ~Kathy

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  14. Your blog is fantastic! I found you via Pinterest... I am interested in a copy of the "Reading Strategies Explained for Parents" page I saw on Pinterest.... I can't find it! If you could email it to me... I would be most appreciative! I am doing a parent involvement program this year and your page would be PERFECT!!!
    Thank you!
    Becki
    rconner@lusd.net

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  15. Wow! I love looking through your blog! I am new to blogging and can't wait until mine is as action packed as yours! I know I need to be patient... ;)

    Have a great weekend!
    Meg from
    www.fourthgradestudio.blogspot.com

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  16. Hi Tara,
    I've been a long time follower of your blog. It has been so helpful and inspirational to me as a third grade teacher. BUT, I'm moving up in the world and looping to 4th next year. I am so excited! I'm looking to change things up a bit for my kids next year. I wondered if you could give me some pointers on reading homework. In third, I had kids choose their own books from home and complete a reading log that needed to be singed monthly. They also had to do one book project per month. What does reading homework look like for you? I'm considering math rotations next year. You blog post has been super informational. I've been buying up a storm on TpT to kick start the hands on/fact fluency portion. Again, thanks for your support!
    Kelley
    krandall24@gmail.com

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  17. Love your blog! So inspirational and fun!

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  18. Hi there any ideas on a gift my daughter's fourth grade class can make for their amazing teacher?

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  19. Where did you find the gray chevron fabric for your crate seats?

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  20. This is a beautiful blog and I love your classroom ideas
    Where did you get the template for your blog? I am a classroom teacher and want to make a blog for my students and parents to follow.

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  21. Hi! Happy summer! I love your blog & you are truly creative! I am going from 1st to 4th grade this year and am a little scared about the transition. I was wondering if you would be willing to share the template for your homework club? I don't think I can do nearly as good of a job as you did with it. It is great and I would love to re-create it.
    Thanks!
    -Sara
    madamsara@gmail.com

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  22. Hi! Happy summer! I love your blog & you are truly creative! I am going from 1st to 4th grade this year and am a little scared about the transition. I was wondering if you would be willing to share the template for your homework club? I don't think I can do nearly as good of a job as you did with it. It is great and I would love to re-create it.
    Thanks!
    -Sara
    madamsara@gmail.com

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  23. Hi Tara,
    I am making your numbers right now, and was wondering how did you attach them to the pizza pan. How did you attach them to the sheets? They are perfect! Did you use magnetic sheets? I've ordered your color scheme things, and am inspired!
    Thanks so much!
    My email is jdkrogman@gmail.com
    Joan

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  24. Hi Tara,
    Are your File it for Friday, and Copy, Grade, File sesets for sale? I have the colors set, and am buying the Math, and didn't know if they were included in either. Love them, and would purchase them!
    Thanks,
    Joan
    jdkrogman@gmail.com

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  25. Hi Tara!

    I just love visiting your blog a few times a week. You always have great ideas and links to many other blogs too. You have inspired me to begin working on a blog and TPT products! I was wondering if you have any advice or suggestions on how to get started on my blog. This html is scary! Right now I just have a basic outline and I am working on my first post! I would love to get advice from a seasoned blogger!


    Thanks,
    Kerry
    Thanks!

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  26. Just love your blog!! I downloaded "My number not my name" today, thanks so much! Those are the colors of my room this year!! On your post (July 29th, I think..) you made your new name tags - - Adorable!!! Do you have those for sale? I love the background layout.
    Sally

    sallywright.sw@gmail.com

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  27. Just saw your classroom pics - looks great! I am curious about your AR requirements. I really liked the looks of your board. I just started Daily 5 last year and didn't really have any AR requirements, but my librarian is pushing for us all to have them this year. Any input would be appreciated!

    Amy

    agroves@eplus.net

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  28. Hi Tara,

    I just commented on your last post and then wandered over to your about me... and now I am commenting again. :) I, too, became a teacher mid-life (at 43!). I LOVE my job! I am the mom of a child with special needs and I teach special ed. I'm also starting to blog but don't find I really have the time (http://teacherweather.wordpress.com).

    A few months back I found a link through your page for a teacher who does living language arts journals. Her journals were above par! they had a dedication page, mission statement, etc. Soooo inspiring. But now I can't find them. Does this sound familiar to you? If you have time to respond, and can remember who this awesome teacher is, I would be so appreciative for the feedback.

    Thank you for all you do! I appreciate your posts so much!!!

    Warmly,
    Natalie

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  29. Here's the link for the Roll-A-Monster worksheet. http://www.expressivemonkey.com/Monsters.html

    Thanks for sharing your journey and tips.

    Fondly,
    Pat :)

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  30. Hi there Tara! I'm a new blogger (but NOT a new teacher) ;) and wanted to say hi and I love your blog. I taught 4th grade for most of my career and LOVE the with and independence of fourth graders. I'm looking at lots of great blogs and am having way too much fun reading your blog. Stop on in to my blog but remember, it's brand new! I'll be adding more content in the coming days.
    ~Heather Renz from Oregon :)
    Mrs. Renz' Class

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  31. Teachers will stop at nothing to encourage their students. Check out the motivational video teachers at Margate Elementary made for their students.
    FCAT's Going Down
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WayKjZ2qaP8

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