About Me

Hello there!  My name is Amy Lemons and I am a 2nd grade teacher (hints the name Step Into Second Grade with Mrs. Lemons, ha!)  After graduating in December of 2006, I started teaching 4th grade... fresh out of college and had not a clue what to do!!!  The following school year I moved districts and grade levels, and taught 1st grade for 3 years.  Just as soon as I was feeling all comfy and cozy, I decided it was time for a change, SO I transferred to a school right in my neighborhood, and that's where you'll find me today... 1 minute from my house, teaching 2nd grade!  The 2015-2016 school year will mark my 6th year in 2nd grade!  And, if I add that all up correctly, that means I will be going into my 10th year of teaching!
My hunky husband of 11 years is a pastor at our local church.  He does a little teaching, working with families, and organizing the worship services. We live in the same small town that we both grew up in.  I got married at the young age of 19 (almost gave my mom a heart attack, and now that I'm a mom I totally understand why!!).  He is my best friend :)
In January of 2012 we started the adoption journey to bring home our sweet and spunky daughter, Joelle, from the Congo in Africa.  God was our ultimate source of comfort and guidance during our process and HE brought our family together in February of 2013.  We waited a little over a year for her, but boy was she worth it!  You can read all about our family on my personal blog {HERE}
In the summer of 2013 we caught the adoption bug again, so we started the process to bring home our 2nd child from the Congo.  We were matched with a precious little 1 1/2 year old boy (at the time).  In October of 2014 we were approached about another little 2 year old boy that needed a family.  Mr. Israel Thomas Lemons has recently joined our family.  He has brought lots of love, laughter, and fun to our home!  We are beyond thankful for our blessing!  He's ALL boy and ALL toddler.  So, we stay pretty busy!
As for little miss... she is the BEST big sister.  We call her our little mama!
We are still waiting for our other little boy to join our family.  There has been quite a few hiccups and adoption ups and downs in his process.  We continue to pray for him and lots of patience while we wait it out!

I started this blog in May of 2011 as a way to connect with other teachers and share my resources.  I have always created activities and decorations for my classroom because I just like adding that personal touch!  I never knew that this blog would become what it has... I have been so fortunate to make some of the BEST of friends that reside all over our beautiful country.  Plus, I have learned so much from other amazing teachers/bloggers and truly believe that my students and classroom benefit from the countless hours that I collaborate and dig through other blogs!  
So, that's a little bit about me!  I'm a Christ-follower, wife, mother, teacher, blogger, and TpTer.  I love traveling, spending time with my family, wasting my life away on the computer, creating classroom materials, chocolate, candy, sweet tea, mexican food, chit chatting with my friends, reality TV, shopping, and so much more!!! 

48 comments:

Tiffany May said...

I just love your blog!! Your one of my top favorite bloggers!!

((hugs))
Tiffany

Miss D'Amore said...

Hi Amy!

I love your blog I read it almost daily! I was wondering if you could give a little advice! I know I love following your blog because of your ideas and it's so colorful and organized etc. How did you get your blog to be so popular? I started a blog about a year ago and I think besides my mom and sister no one reads it! Haha! I have some items on TPT of course not as much as I would like but a little at a time is my motto! Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)

Angela Linzay said...

Love your blog and your little girl!!! I just finished reading Anything by Jeannie Allen. She shares a little about her adoption story and now I tell my hubby that I want to go back to Africa (we went yrs ago) and adopt a sweet little child. I LOVE looking at pics of your happy family!
Thanks for sharing!

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Dayna Swearengin said...

Hello!! I was looking for your Daily 5 Lesson plan outlines that I saw on Pinterest. For some reason, it says that they don't exist on your blog anymore!! :( Would you mind emailing them to me or reposting them?? Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

"My name is Amy Lemons and I am a 2nd grade teacher (hints the name Step Into Second Grade with Mrs. Lemons, ha!)"

This part should read "hence the name". Hence means consequently, or therefore. Hints makes no sense at all.

Jess Sheffield said...


I just stumbled upon your blog. Very cute and bright. I teach Kindergarten and wanted to ask you something. May I email you? I can't find your email anywhere.

Monica L said...

I can't seem to locate your daily 5 check list...can you email it to me or repost it? Thank you!

Nadia said...

Amen! I loved reading your story about your family and how you are a follower of Christ! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful resources. As a new teacher, everything has been so helpful! God Bless you and your family!

Victoria H said...

Hi Amy!

Just wanted to leave you a quick note as I came across your blog! I am a senior in college about to start my student teaching in a 2nd grade! I am excited but have so much to learn through the process and don't know much yet about 2nd graders. I am thankful to have discovered your blog, it is inspirational and you have such a happy, uplifting approach to the classroom and teaching! (I was also just in Uganda so I enjoy seeing your beautiful daughter too, such wonderful children of God!) I will be following your blog this semester =) If you have any teaching tips for me for student teaching, I would LOVE to be in touch with you!

Be blessed

Chelsea Lemon said...

Hi, Amy!

I just wanted to say how cool is it that we share the same last name!!! But minus the s.

My name is Chelsea Lemon. I am in my 2nd year of teaching. Last year I taught 5th grade. This year I started off teaching kindergarten, but this week (starting tomorrow) I will be teaching 2nd grade for the rest of the year.

How cool! Any pointers you have for the second grade would mean the world to me! This is new territory for me.

Kellie said...

I LOVE your blog and refer to it almost daily to add fun and oh so educational things to my own 2nd grade classroom. Thanks for sharing!!

Lakeisha Horne said...

I love your blog (and it helps that my little lovebug is in second grade). Scrolling down I was super excited to see The Bean. I love Chicago...as I am watching Chicago Fire and craving pizza from Gino's East. Kudos!!!

Lakeisha Horne said...

I love your blog (and it helps that my little lovebug is in second grade). Scrolling down I was super excited to see The Bean. I love Chicago...as I am watching Chicago Fire and craving pizza from Gino's East. Kudos!!!

Teresa said...

Hello Amy,

Would you and your second graders like to do a music review? Zeamu Music is a British label created for primary school children. Pop music with lyrics that are age appropriate. Here is "It's the weekend" in you tube video form. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BECSO6gJNeA I would love to send your class a CD. Incredible blog by the way!

Rebecca Kevern said...

I had to do a teacher website search for my Masters and came upon your blog. I absolutely love your ideas! I can tell you are very passionate about teaching and your family. Thank you for all the work you do posting your ideas for fellow educators to use. God Bless!

Rebecca

Lindsey Sexton said...

Hi. I just love your blog. It's my first year as a second grade teacher, so it's a real blessing getting some great resources here.

I am a Christ-follower, too. Your daughter is precious!

Angela Moore said...

I just discovered your awesome blog through Pinterest and I'm pretty convinced that if we lived in the same town we'd be friends! I'm an adoptive momma to our 2 1/2 year old son, Karsten. I'm a Christ follower and am teaching 2nd grade for the first time this year. I'm blessed to teach in a small, Christian school and I have only 7 students...totally dreamy!!! You're blog and cute classroom totally inspire me to keep up the cute in my classroom! I live in Houston, TX and have a blog too...check it out
www.angelamoore.typepad.com
I'm actually doing giveaways this week...feel free to enter!

Gabrielle Al-Kahtani said...

I discovered your blog on Pinterest and words cannot explain how wonderful it is to see such bright and smiling faces in pictures of you and you little girl.

Your creativity is amazing. Your students are so lucky!I love getting to see their work.

One question...Where do you get the energy?

Bottom line... thanks for sharing your work, ideas and beautiful smiles!

CC said...

I was looking for 2nd grade books and I found your blog! I'm an SLP, blogger, and adoptive momma too! Love your blog look!

Lawren Christianson said...

I loved reading your story about your family and how you are a follower of Christ! I absolutely love your blog. Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas and resources. God Bless you and your family!

Lawren
http://teachingisaroyaladventure.blogspot.com

Kara Wahl said...

Just wanted to take a moment and say thank you. Thank you for being an inspiration, sharing your resources, and your time. Your passion for teaching is contagious. I am just beginning to get into my teaching career and hope to strive to be the best teacher I can be. I believe your materials and marvelous, creative ideas will help me achieve that. Thanks for all you do!

God Bless,
Kara

Jodie Cress said...

Amy,

I really LOVE your phonics cards. However, when I try to download them it says, "Not Found." Is there still a way that I can get them?

Thanks,

Jodie

shoesforblues said...

Hi there! I've been a follower for about 2 years now. I teach 1st grade and I'm a devout follower and official copycat! I follow you on Facebook and TPT as well. I just wanted to say thank you for all your generosity with your freebies and all the wonderful ideas that inspire me to keep teaching, even when things get tough. I noticed you have little bow diva, so I would love to send you some free boutique bows for her. I have a little etsy bow shop, check it out here: www.pinkpolarisboutique.etsy.com Take a peek and let me know which you would like me to send. I just want to make sure you feel appreciated. Thanks again!!

Lorraine Starkey said...

Just bought your end of the year booklet. I always worry about the summer brain drain too. Anyway, really just wanted say , Joelle is getting so big! She looks really happy!! God really does bless us.

Mandy Fyhrie said...

Oh, my goodness! Can, I just say, that I LOOOOVE the pictures of you and your little girl! They are sooo precious! She's adorable! (Not that you aren't too, but the two of you together, make such a cute mother/daughter couple!)
Happy Easter!

Mandy

Lauren Rico said...

Hey there!
I just want to say hi and so sorry for not following earlier! I love your blog and you have been quite an inspiration in starting my own! Thanks! Quick question: When you started your blog how did you get followers?? Im a newly hatched chick at this and need some pointers if you have the time. Thanks in advance! Toodles!

Lauren
www.littlemisssouthernteacher.blogspot.com

Cathy Sizemore said...

Amy Lemmons, you rock. I love everything thing you make and write about. Never have met you, but wish I could. And to visit your classroom would be a dream come true. Thank you for sharing so much of what you do. And, that Joelle. She looks to be the happiest little girl ever. What a smile. And I love those bows. You are a blessing to me. Thanks and God's blessings on you.

Mrs. Wooliver said...

This is my first year teaching 2nd grade & I am really enjoying your blog and learning so much from you! Thanks for sharing!

KidWorldCitizen.org said...

I am a Texas teacher too, and we have adopted from Ethiopia:) (and China, and fostering a little boy from Houston). I would love to collaborate with you. DO you accept guest posters? I couldn't find an email form or fb message:).

Mrs. Patterson said...

Hi Amy! I love your blog and everything that you have done in the classroom. I was wondering if you could give me some tips on starting my own blog. I am interested in finding out how to customize it and make it my own. I am ready to venture out of my classroom and connect with others. My email is schmand09@msn.com. Thanks :)

Lisa said...

Hi Amy,

I've been teaching 13 years now and this year I found myself in 2nd grade and I just want to say your page has given me insight and ideas on what to do with these little ones. Thank you so much!

Maureen Wilson said...

My name is Maureen, I write the speech therapy blog, The Speech Bubble SLP. I wanted to see if you would be interested in doing a 'Blog Swap', so to speak to help school SLPs understand more about what teachers want from them and want to ask them. It would be set up as a Question/Answer format with you asking questions from the teacher side, and myself from the SLP side. I would feature your questions and my responses on my blog and vise versa. It would also be an opportunity to share why SLPs should look at the teacher's store for materials on TpT and not just the SLP stores. With school formats shifting to a more collaborative model it would be great to have your input.

Thanks so much,
Maureen

Diamond Dotson said...

Thank you for sharing your incredible story! It is beautiful to see the work of God is people's lives. He's so amazing!

Jill Crumpton said...

Praying for God to lay out the path to bring home your little ones!!

Rae Christian said...

Amy, what writing curriculum do you use with your 2nd graders? I use Lucy calkins units of study. Thx
Rae

Amy Nash said...

Hi Amy
I am a first year teacher in the second classroom of a inner-city Philadelphia school. We have very little resources, I have 30 students, and to top it all off there is only one second grade in the school, so no grade partners for me! It has been a real struggle on almost every level. I just purchased the January rooted in reading package and I can tell it is an answer to my prayers! Any advice for implementing it for the first time/ advice in general for a scared first year teacher??
Thanks a million!
Amy Nash

Sandra Smith said...

I have been teaching second grade forever...thanks for all the new fun inspiration I get from your products and blog! My question is I would like to get a jump start on ordering books for February. Do you know which books you will be using for your Rooted in Reading in February?

Alicia said...

I may have missed this, but can you tell me what you do in your guided reading groups? Thanks!!

Ashley said...

I see that I share a similar story with another blog follower from a while back...I taught 5th last year and now teach Kinder, but moving to 2nd, if all goes as planned, next year. Your blog was suggested to me by my daughter's current 2nd grade teacher and her former 1st grade teacher. I'm devouring it piece by piece from now 'til August. Thanks! P.S. LOVE the quatrefoil and the bright colors!!!

Tina Kibbe said...

Hi! I saw that one of your "littles" came home. Can't wait to hear how things are going!

Jamie Nicole said...

Amy,

You are a true inspiration-beautiful teacher, wife, mother, blogger, etc. I am so happy I came upon your blog. Your (personal) story have me chills. Thank you for sharing.

God bless!

Jamie

Elizabeth Webb said...

Hi. I love your blog and its been extremely helpful. I'm sure this has been asked before but will you have or do you have the write on units available as a bundle? I would love to purchase them all for planning this summer. Thank you! I need some of your energy!!

Adriana Hernandez said...

Hi Amy,

I was looking through Pintrest for stuff for my Spanish classroom and I saw that you had something that was really cute up in your classroom. You had Spanish common words and phrases and it said that it was a freebie on your facebook page. I know it was a while back but is it possible that you still have that link. Please let me know or please email m @ hernandezadriana310@gmail.com

Thank you so much!!!!

Debra Sahley said...

Tried seeing if you told this already..... But where do you get your cute little comfy kimonos over the shirts.

Harrison's Muh said...

Just love you & used your goodies for 2nd grade homeschool! ��
NOW WHATTT?! Lol!! Who do you recommend for 3rd that reminds you of yourself?
God bless, Aimee ��������

Bonnie Marvin said...

Hi Amy,
I love your blog and all of your engaging activities. You are such an inspiration and motivator to so many teachers!
I am new to the blogging and tpt world. I am wondering if you can help me out --- I am really confused about fonts --- I have so many fonts on my laptop, some were there originally and some I have downloaded, but I can't remember which or from where. Are you allowed to use any fonts on your products? I understand the rules around cliipart, just not fonts.
Thanks for any guidance Amy!
Bonnie

CathyECrawford said...

Hi Amy,
I have been following your blog for some time. I have some questions about how you have your schedule set up. Can we talk through email? Our second grade team will be moving to self-contained classrooms next year. I have always taught ELA. My team and I are having some anxieties over having to teach other subjects. We would love to visit with you.
Please let me know if you can. I know that your schedule is very hectic. I do not know how you do what you do.
I would love to hear from you!
Thank you so much for your time!
Cathy