Monday, April 29, 2013


I'm SOOOO excited to announce that I have reached 200 followers!!!!  

I was sitting here with my computer when I opened up my blog and saw 201 followers!  Of course I immediately (after putting the laptop down) jumped up and cheered.  My husband and daughters cheered along with me.  It's just so nice to know that there are other people out there who are finding my little 'ol blog and deciding it is worthy of coming back to check out again.  I hope those of you who have found me are happy to be followers and have found some fun ideas that you were able to use.   I have also reached 100 followers on my Facebook page and 250 on Teachers Pay Teachers --- so I definitely think it's time to celebrate!!!

I will be getting a giveaway together and looking for donations if anyone is interested.  I'd like to get things together this week and maybe start the giveaway next week.  So if you'd like to donate, please leave me a comment or send me an email at or fill in the Google Docs form:

In the meantime ----
head on over for these 3 FANTASTIC giveaways going on RIGHT NOW!!!!!

The first one is a 1200 follower giveaway over at Pitner's Potpourri.  She has two different giveaways to enter until Sunday.  If you haven't checked out Mary's blog, you need to.  She is AMAZING and I am in awe of how often she is able to post and with such great ideas!!!  Go check her out and of course enter the giveaway too!

Next up is Mrs. Mauro's Kinderverse.  She has TONS of awesome products up for grabs.  You will be happy to her newest follower and super lucky to win this giveaway.

Last, but not least, is Gabrielle at Teaching Special Thinkers.  I'm so happy to have found her and you will be too.  She has 4 different giveaways to enter.

Can you believe all these awesome giveaways?  Head on over there right now and spend some time blog hopping and finding some new stores and blogs to follow.  You'll be so happy you did!  Also, don't forget to leave a little note to tell them congratulations and that I sent you =)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everyone (and Happy Birthday to my dad =)!!!!

Today we started out with a quick, but important morning message.

We read this adorable new book in the Pinkalicious series by Victoria Kann.  My daughter loves these books (and so do I).  This one is about how Pinkalicious and her brother go to their favorite park and it is covered in garbage.  With a little magic from a very special flower turned wand, they are able to clean up the park and make it beautiful again.  

 Next, we did a little recycling sort and graph while discussing the importance of recycling.

Click here to get it - it's free! --->

I picked up a couple more freebies to use as well--------

This emergent reader by Angela Griffith:

And these adorable crafts from Grade School Giggles that I shared in my Five for Friday.  I changed it a little because I loved this idea I had seen with the arms and legs.  Super cute!!!   

When you lift up the Earth, there is a short writing about how we can help the Earth.

 We ended the day by planting marigolds that will eventually go home to our Mom's for Mother's Day.  

It was a great day at school.......
but I have to share a funny story that happened when I got home with my 4 year old.  

First of all, the other day we found this little big guy in our backyard.  It's a snapping turtle - YIKES!  My husband scooped him into our recycling bin with a shovel and drove him to an open swampy land to let him go ---- safe and sound, but not near us!

So here's the funny part - 

Today, my daughter Lauren asked me what I did with my students today.  Well I told her about the things mentioned and about how important it is to recycle.  She thinks for a second and asks, "Did we recycle the turtle the other day?"  

So stinkin' cute!!!!  I guess in a way we did recycle him =)

Two little updates before I'm done for today. . . . . .

My End of the Year pack, Farewell Firsties, is on sale TOMORROW ONLY for 40% as one of the Daily Deals on Teacher's Notebook.  Click on the picture to get it!

Don't forget to check out our Product Swap and enter the GIVEAWAY!!!!!


Have a great week!!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Product Swap and GIVEAWAY!!!


I have joined in for my second product swap through Jessica Stanford's blog.  I was lucky enough to be paired with Ellen Closs, otherwise known as Beach Teacher.  Not only am I lucky to have been matched with such a kind and creative teacher, but she also let me review TWO of her products!!!!  See what I mean????  She ROCKS!!!

Click below if you'd like to just hop right over and pay her a visit on her blog or at her store.  She has TONS of fun games and activities for both Math and ELA.


I had the privilege of using and reviewing Ellen's Weather Unit and Football Math.   

My students had lots of fun working through the Weather Unit.  Right now my students are working on their posters.  They really enjoyed the variety of activities that were included in this unit.   I wanted you all to see the great activities too, so I tried to mix some of my student's work along with snapshots of the activities in this unit so you could see for yourself.  

Next up was Ellen's Football Math games.  This game is so fun and can be used and reused with different concepts.  As you'll see below, she has included playing cards for Addition, Subtraction, 3 Addend Addition, Fractions, 2-D and 3-D Shapes, and Telling Time.  We used the 3 Addend Addition first and I plan on using the Telling Time cards next.  I also can't wait to break these games out next year around Super Bowl season!  Take a peek below to see the game in action.

Be sure to head on over to Ellen (aka Beach Teacher's) blog and TpT Store to pick up a copy of these awesome products.  You can also enter below to see if you can be lucky enough to win all 3 products in the swap.  You should also head over to Ellen's blog so you can read her review.  She is reviewing my Common Core Math Centers - Set 2.  Click on the picture to check it out.  

And of course, don't forget to enter the giveaway so you can win ALL of these products!!!  

Five for Friday {4/19/13}

Linking up with Doodle Bugs again for Five for Friday!  

This will be a two post day, so be sure to stop back later tonight for a REALLY great one!!!!  

Go link up at Doodle Bugs to share your Five for Friday (or Saturday)  =)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Farewell Firsties Giveaway

I'm super excited to post my end of the year pack that I just finished!!!

So I think it's time for a giveaway...

Here is a snapshot of what it looks like:

In order to enter this mini-giveaway you have to do the following things:

1. Follow my blog if you haven't already (and don't forget my store and Facebook page you don't miss out on any new ideas and freebies)
2.  PIN this pack either from this post or from my store.
3.  Leave a comment below with the Pinterest URL and your email.  

I will pick a winner on Friday, April 19th.  
You can enter more than once by pinning it more than one time.  

Happy Pinning!!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Five For Friday {4/12/13}

Linking up again with Doodle Bugs for their Five for Friday linky.  This linky is nice because it's an easy way to recap my week.  So here's what we've been up to....

1. This was my first week back after Spring Break.  It was NOT easy to get back into things, especially with the dreary rainy weather most of the week.  I won't complain though, because at least it wasn't snowing.  I found out this week that I must've developed a tolerance for 1 cup of coffee a day and it no longer does the trick.  

So yesterday I decided to up my dose to 2.  Woweeee!!!  I was MUCH more peppy throughout the whole day - especially during morning meeting.  I could barely be understood because I was talking so fast.   

I guess I "need" 2 cups of coffee, or else I'll look like this.....

2. Some of my struggling students needed a little extra work on digraphs, so we worked through my Phonics Phriends activities for Digraphs.  Here are a few of the pieces to it: 

This is one of the characters I used to introduce the digraph.  There is a poster and story for each of the 4 characters: Charlie, Beth, Whitney, and Dash.  There is also a mini-book for each character with the story where students can highlight and trace the digraph words.  

Here is one of the mini-books followed by a couple practice sheets --- highlight/color and write the digraph words, fill in the digraph and draw the picture, and some cut and paste sorts (sorry, no picture). This was then followed up with some literacy centers: Roll-A-Word, Silly Sentences, and Word Sort/Read the Room with a flip chart.


This student hadn't gotten the sentence correct yet, 
but she did end up getting it and drawing pictures to match.


If your students need a little extra practice with digraphs too, you can check out this pack at my TpT Store.  

 3. This week we were also working on writing poetry about Spring.  After all, it is National Poetry Month and let's be honest ---- who's more excited for Spring than me?????

We started by reading some poems that I found in various poetry books and online.  We found a couple things that we liked about these poems and talked about them.  Things like: rhyming, rhythm, repeated words, and sound words.  We wrote a poem together as a class (I don't have a picture of the chart, but here is the poem they came up with):

Rain, rain, plip, plop!
Rain, rain, drip, drop!
Rain, rain, grab my boots.
Rain, rain, grow those roots.
Rain, rain, you're no fun.
Rain, rain, I hope you're done.

Not too bad - right?

After that I had them choose one thing about Spring to focus on (or Spring in general).  Some students chose rain, flowers, sunshine, kites, ladybugs, etc.  For their bubble maps they were thinking of anything to describe whatever was in the middle.  


We started writing our poems and will finish one next week.  I plan on having them write 2-3 different poems and then picking 1 to publish.  Some of them are really good so far.  Can't wait to share some =)

4. For many reasons this has been a stressful week!!!  We had some changes in our babysitter.  Anyone who has kids can understand the stress you go through of finding the perfect babysitter to leave your kids while, more likely HAVE to go to work.  It is hard to leave them at all, but even harder to find a place you feel good about.  So without going on and on - we had to make changes and we are devastated!  On top of that, report cards were due for us today and I just finished them at midnight.  Ugh ---I hate do not love report cards!  So, I'm ready for the weekend.......but first I have #5 to look forward to......

5.   I'm super excited to be playing in our District Volleyball Tournament tonight.  Each school in our district creates a team and we have a volleyball tournament/fundraiser where families can come and watch.  I LOVE it because I miss playing sports and just love the competition.  We all have so much fun!!!  I'm hoping we win the whole thing this year.  That would be a great end to this stressful week, for sure!!!

So I hope you enjoyed reading my Five for Friday and that you'll go link up too!  I'd love to hear from you if you visited me today.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  

P.S. I'm working on a super fun End of the Year pack for First Graders.  I will hopefully be posting it after this weekend, so keep an eye out for it.  Can you tell that I am anxious for summer ---- and we still have 47 days left of school!