Wednesday, February 26, 2014

28% off?! Yes, please!!!

I'm so excited for TPT's big sale tomorrow.  I'm sure you've seen the buzz everywhere--but if you haven't, so sorry I'm late to the party!  We've got so much going on right now!

My store will be 20% off tomorrow and Friday (Feb 27-28)  Enter the promo code: TPT3 to get an additional 10% off!

I just uploaded a few goodies to my store, in time for the sale to save you some moolah.  Click on any picture below to check them out!  My kids are eating them up right now!  (Yes, I have jumped to St. Patty's day already.  February was just awful with snow and snow days, that I needed to MOVE ON!)  (First 2 are packets that are like my "Rockin' Around the Classroom" and "Frightfully Fun Math/LA Hunts"  I have a blog post in the works to talk about them... and how they will all be renamed to be "Get Up & Go!")
 New Word Work Choice Board (some pics have been posted on my instagram page--if you don't follow me--click on the camera at the side!):

Of course, here are some oldies but goodies that are getting used again and again by me and many other people!
{I'm actually in the process of updating this little packet!  If you purchased it, keep an eye out in the next few weeks for a revision!  It's due for a make over!}
 {We'll be starting this fluency packet in the next few weeks...  It would have started in January, but this is our FIRST full week, without delays or snow days since before Christmas!}
{We are moving on to this unit next in math.  I can't wait to get these out to use.  What a difference it makes once you have things prepared from the year before!  This unit can really be used at any time during the year}
{We just finished this unit.  We are still in the process of writing Robert Munsch.  He "writes" back!  it's pretty awesome!}
{This is still new, but my kiddos are eating this up in the classroom!  Love my little bucket fillers!}
{I still think this is my most favorite unit ever made.  I big, puffy <3 Mo.}

{We will be starting this with some of my kiddos in my reading group in a few weeks!}

{This pack is starting this week!}
{We have our fairy tale unit coming up in the next week or so---so excited to use this one again!  My kids loved it last year!}
{Ah, Skippy....  I'll be using this coming up in May.  We have an animal unit for reading---Skippy is an animal... and these books fit perfectly around Cinco de Mayo!}
{I love this unit too.  I'm going to miss it next year!}
{I've been using parts of this all year.  The kids just love Splat and Pete!}

Well, what are you waiting for?!  The sale kicks off at midnight tonight!!!!  Happy shopping! :)

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Class Books, snow, freebies..

So much for sharing what I'm working on with writing on Wednesdays!  We have had quite a memorable winter, to say the very least.  And snow days for me mean---I get nothing done.  My kids keep me busy, or are sitting right on top of me doing things...  :(  (In fact, it's been really difficult to find things that will help you all, or inspire you because we haven't had consistency and are behind!  We haven't had our 100th Day yet, and it appears that our Valentine's Day party will be after President's Day!!!) :/

I wanted to share what I do in my classroom with class books.  By no means am I the creator of this!  We frequently, weekly/bi-weekly write to a prompt that I turn into a class book.  Sometimes it's more than a prompt and it's the kids writing "research" about different things we've done in other areas.  I bind them with a page in the back for parents to sign and write a positive comment to the class.  The students love sharing these books with their parents!  (Not to mention, it also gives parents a glimpse inside the classroom to see how their own child is doing!  Are they writing as much as the others?  Is their handwriting readable??)

Of course, my freebie is a little late to use this year, if you are one to want to do it BEFORE Valentine's Day, but it is something you can do afterwards.  I had my kids write what they thought "Love is in the air" means.  I LOVE their responses.  This one was all their writing--no rewriting.  I did underwrite a few words to help parents out.  Take a look at a few of their pages:

Click {HERE} to grab yourself the writing page and the book cover for "Love is in the air."

I also had my kids write to Mother Nature before we left on Wednesday, since the big nor'easter was heading our way.... and we might not see each other for 5 days...  Here's a few of their adorable responses! 

Click {HERE} to grab yourself a copy of the writing page and class book cover for Mother Nature.  (Mother Earth is also in there, since that's what I used first... It was a spur of the moment activity and what I had created for Earth Day last year!)

This is the parent sheet I put behind every book made, and I also have a copy of the note I send home with the first few books.  I send the books home in ziploc bags.  I tried big envelopes... laminated and not.  Neither lasted.  Ziplocs are cheap and easy!  And so far the books have held up just fine by going to all 20 homes!  {click on the pictures to download a copy for yourself!}

LAST-what I do with the books at the end of the year!  I disassemble the books and create books for each student to take home filled with all of their writing throughout the year.  It's a great keepsake.  If you read THIS post, there's a little bit of info about the covers I used at the end of the post.  (freebie too!)

Friday, February 7, 2014


Well, I had my first full day today---in what feels like forever.  I'm a bit jealous of all the pics out there for the 100th day.  Sad to say ours isn't until February 19th, so my festivities will not be of much help for you all this year!  ;)

I wanted to share what I'm doing for my Valentines this year in class and what I whipped up for my oldest for his at school!  Mine is a repeat from last year.  You can read about that post {HERE}  We've had 6-7 (I lost count) snow days in January alone... and I'll be going to school till just about July!  ugh.....  (and I know all about how February has major snow storms!  I was born in one!  My bday is always around President's Day...)  Fingers crossed for a mild and snow-less February (and March, while I'm at it!!!!!)  My littlest and I made these for our classes on one of our snow days.  My tip for this project is at the end of the school year, collect all the crayons from the kids....  BONUS!  Have them peel the crayons before giving them to you.  My class LOVED doing this last year, and it was super quiet while they did it... almost therapeutic!  haha!

Here's what I whipped up for my oldest.  He just got that Rainbow Loom for the holidays.  Of course, he doesn't like to stay in one place for very long... so I talked him into making his classmates bracelets for Valentine's Day.  After explaining to him how it's a nice gesture making things for others because it means you were thinking of them......  He made his bracelets.  (Of course, they are the VERY basic... cause, it's what I would expect of him!  lol  I feel like I need to add that he is in his school's gifted program... so he is smart---but he's a "work smarter, not HARDER" kind of kid...)  I created this little card to use.  I punched a hole (with a heart hole puncher of course!  That's how I roll!) and we attached the bracelets through the hole!  All he needs to do now is write everyone's names!  I LOVE how it turned out! 

If you'd like a copy of these cards, click on the picture below!

Happy Valentine's Day friends!  I hope to have more things to share soon... that is, if we can just get this winter OVER WITH!!!!  

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Currently and a Super Sale!

I'm linking up with the fab Farley at Oh, Boy 4th Grade again!  (make sure to go check her out!)

LISTENING:  To nothing.  This is the time of day/week where I reflect and enjoy some silence.  Grateful for the hubs who gets up early with the kiddos so I can rest a little before being bombarded!  Though, I only have a few more minutes before the littlest comes running up to give me a picture he drew.  He's my artist.  SO different from the first born.

Loving:!  January was brutal.  4 snow days, which added to our summer vacation.  LOTS of delays.  Friday was the end of our never ending 2nd Marking Period!  Tomorrow we have a "room prep" day, but we're supposed to get 2-4 inches (or more, who knows!) of snow!  I'm a little stressed because I get SO much done during that day!  YIKES!

THINKING:  Which leads me to thinking!  I have SO much to do!  Plans, clean my classroom, get ready for some new reading block kids... GRADES!  Then there's home.  I need to start cooking some goodies for tonight's game!  We always have my BFF and her fam come over and eat some goodies and the kids play.

WANTING:  A day off.  Really.  Just for me though.  Not a snow day where I'm home refereeing my littles and getting nothing done.  A day off for me, no strings attached.  Oh, the things I could get done!  (home, school, blogging, TPT, etc....)

NEEDING:  That darn Groundhog to NOT see his shadow!  I can't take more snow days.  June 19th is late enough.......

2 Truths and a Fib:
Yep!  I am a  National Baton (and dance) champ! I twirled and danced for over 20 years.  We competed all over the place and attended Nationals every other year.  I miss it dearly, especially now that I have 2 boys.  That's a past time I'll never really share with them..   (I also taught little 3 year olds routines and skills!  Miss that too!!!)

Yep!  Both of my kids are born on the 15th!  March 15th for the oldest (however, he was supposed to be April 12....)  and April 15th for my youngest!  (and well, he was supposed to be April 9!)  My BFF's daughter is July 15th!  Super easy to remember!

NO!  I HATE coffee.  But, I do have a kuerig!  lol  Love my hot chocolate though!  (My parents actually got it for me so they could make coffee when they come over once a week) ;)

Before I leave, just wanted to let you know that I'll be having my store on sale today!   Click on the picture to head to my store! 

Come see who else is having a sale today too over at Primary Possibilities!

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