Last Day of Summer Sale!!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011
Hey Sweet Friends! Just wanted to let you know that today is the last day of my summer sale where you can get 20% off my TpT products! Click {HERE} to check it out!!

 I finally finished a very time consuming summer semester in grad school.......I'm excited to have more time to blog now!!! Wooohoooo!!! I'm pulling together Back to School goodies to share here with all of you for FREE during July/August!

Happy Monday!!!

Summer Sale!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


More Making Words Fun for YOU!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Well, I sure do have my productive pants on today!! I'm super excited to have finished a grad school paper AND a couple more Making Words activities!! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Making Words activities?!?!?! HA! Seriously though, my students can't get enough of these activities!!! They are great for encouraging your sweet kiddos to explore words, letter-sound relationships, and letter patterns!

Click on the picture for Making Words with First Grade!

Click on the picture for Making Words with Kindergarten!

Please click here to check out my Making Words Fun packet that includes 25 activities like these!

On a very important side note, I am THRILLED to have reached 600+ followers! A special welcome to all of my newbies! Thanks so much for checking out my blog and being a part of my teaching journey!!! I've said it before and I'll say it again, y'all are THE BEST!!!

I'm working hard on finishing up my Jungle Math and Literacy Fun packet by the end of next week!!! It's going to packed full of fun, hands-on jungle themed centers/work stations!
Coming Soon.......

Really Good Stuff Blog Contest

It’s time!  Time to submit your favorite classroom/teacher blog for the 2011 Really Good Classroom Blog Contest!  We are looking for the best blogs around.  They could be ones that amuse you, help you, provide ideas, or highlight the happenings of their class.  With three categories to highlight (K-4, 5-8, Specialty) there is a great chance for your favorite blog to be spotlighted.  Simply click here to nominate the blog you feel has the stuff to be a 2011 Really Good Classroom Blog!
Entries must be received before 9pm EST on June 30, 2011.  All blogs who are nominated and whose authors agree to participate in the contest will be required to place a badge on their blog with a link back to The Teachers’ Lounge.  All submissions will be reviewed and blog authors contacted within 48 hours.  Voting will take place July 1-7, 2011 and one winner from each of the three categories will be chosen.
How it works:
  • There will be three separate categories.  Entries will be accepted for K-4, 5-8, and Specialty (counseling, reading, etc) blogs.  The blog should focus on events in your classroom and other teaching related topics.
  • Entries will be accepted June 13, 2011 through 9pm EST on June 30, 2011
  • Once the blog has been reviewed (to be sure that it qualifies as a class/teaching blog), a contest badge and link back to the contest voting page will be sent.
  • Voting will be from July 1st – 7th, 2011.
  • One winner will be announced for each category on July 8th.
  • Winners receive top blog roll placement, badges that indicate the award, a Teachers’ Lounge blog feature, invitation to guest post on The Teachers’ Lounge, and a $75 Really Good Stuff gift certificate.
  • Runners-up get Teachers’ Lounge mention, link backs, and a contest badge


Making Words Fun!

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Happy *almost* Sunday Everyone! I'm excited to finally have my Making Words packet posted on TpT!! It includes 25 hands-on, multilevel activities that provide endless possibilities for discovering how our alphabetic system works. As your sweet students have fun making words, they increase their word knowledge, discover patterns, and become better readers and writers. Each word comes with a set of adorable letter cards and a coordinating recording sheet! Click on the picture below to swing by my lil' TpT store to check it out!

And here's a little something for my A.W.E.S.O.M.E followers!
Don't forget to enter Kinderglynn's Giveaway Galore before midnight! Click {HERE} to go to her fantastic blog!! I can't wait to find out who will be the lucky winner of all the wonderful games/units!!

Today is also the last day to enter into the T2T Mega Giveaway! Click {HERE} to enter before midnight!! Good Luck!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Father's Day!!

T2T Mega Contest

Thursday, June 16, 2011
It must be the week of MEGA giveaways:)  THIRTY-THREE teacher-sellers at Teachers Pay Teachers donated top notch classroom products for our T2T MEGA CONTEST! There are 3 major contest categories: K-2, 3-6 (1 winner each), and Middle School / High School (5 winners -1 per subject area: English, math, science, social studies / history, and fine arts).

Contest Dates: Starts Thursday, 6/16/11. Ends Sunday, 6/19/11 at 12:00 p.m. Midnight / Central time.

You decide which contest to enter!!
Click on the picture to go to the entry page!

Also, don't forget to go over to Kinderglynn's blog to enter into her Giveaway Galore. It's HUGE and features seven TpT Top Sellers!! Click {HERE} to check it out!!

Good Luck, Sweet Friends!!!

A Giveaway Galore at Kinderglynn!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
OH. MY. GIVEAWAYS!! You've got to go enter into Kinderglynn's FABULOUS Giveaway Galore!!!  It is packed full of goodies!!  Donna from Kinderglynn, Melissa from Mrs. Freshwater's Class, Erica from Erica Bohrer's First Grade, Michelle Oakes from Fabulous in First, Amanda from One Extra Degree, Cara from The First Grade Parade and myself, Crazy for First Grade have teamed up to offer you ALL these AMAZING units and games! Check them out!!!
Awesome, huh?!?!?!
There are 5 ways to enter {HERE}! HAVE FUN & GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!

New Facebook Page!!

Monday, June 13, 2011
Hey y'all! I just created a Facebook page! YAY! Please check it out and "like" it to get updates on my teaching resources!!!

I also wanted you to know that I am working on a Making Words packet and a Jungle Fun packet this month! They should be posted in the next couple of weeks! Can't wait to post them!!

The Sweetest Centers!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Hey Friends! I have something sweet to share with all of you!!! I just posted a new center/work station packet on TpT~The Sweetest Math and Literacy Centers. It includes 10 hands-on, fun activities loaded with cookies, cupcakes, ice cream, candy, and more!! There is nothing like sweet treats to get your students engaged and excited about learning!! I'm planning to use this packet with my "First Grade is Sweet" theme!!! Can't wait!! Click on the picture to check it out at my lil' TpT store!!

 Here is a litte taste of the goodies included in the download!!! It's packed full of yummy fun!!!

Of course, I want to treat all of you with a sweet FREEBIE!! Click on the picture to download The Sweetest Sentences! In this literacy center, your kiddos unscramble the words to make complete sentences!
Before I go, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who stops by to check out my blog !! I'm soooooo excited to be close to 500 followers!!! HOLY MOLY!!! Y'all are THE best!!! I feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of teachers!!

Happy Sunday!!!


The BEST thing I learned this year!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sweet Miss Kindergarten is having a linky party!! What's the BEST thing I learned this year?!?!?!
It's my differentiated Reading Response station. I absolutely love it! This is located right above my little listening station. After a student listens to a story, they pick out a reading response sheet from their level. There are two choices from each level because I truly believe in the power of choice (with structure). I try my best to incorporate it into my daily routine as much as possible. As for the response sheets, I like to use graphic organizers from different resource books. I've made a packet of 25 higher order thinking reading response sheets that you can check out HERE. You should also check out Erica Bohrer's Reading Response Activity Sheets !! YAY Erica for creating this AMAZING resource!!! 

On a decorative note, I'm looking forward to making this station look SO much cuter than it did this year!! I admit...I kinda threw it up on the walls. I wasn't sure if it would work for my kiddos and didn't want to invest a ton of time if it was going to sink. I can't wait to have some makeover fun this summer now that I know it's a keeper!!!

Hope you all are having a great weekend!! I'm so excited about my newest set of math and literacy centers...let's just say it's SWEET!!! I should have it ready by the end of the week!! This is my favorite one y'all & I can't wait to share it with you!!

Happy Sunday!!!

Math Word Wall Labels

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hey Everyone! I wanted to share a wonderful website full of elementary math resources that anyone can use! It was created by a school system not far away from where I teach. My favorite thing on the site are the K-5 math vocabulary word wall labels...I've used them in my room for the past 2 years!! They're GREAT! You can check them out {HERE}! 

Happy Friday Eve!!!

Back to School Fun!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Summer's that means it's time to prepare for the beginning of the upcoming school year...haha! I'm always in teacher's a strength & a weakness of mine!! BUT I absolutely love taking advantage of my "free time" to brainstorm ideas for when my new little bunch of first graders arrive!!My creativity thrives when I have time to rest, relax, and recharge!! Ahhhhhh, I heart you summertime!!!! 

Centers are a huge part of my classroom routine! I like to go ahead and begin introducing (slowly) how my kiddos should work during center time during the first full week of school (we start on a Wed.).  Usually, I pull small reading groups during our center time, but during the first two weeks, I just circulate the room....praising...and well ummm, redirecting my heart out!!! To start the year out with a BANG, I made a "Back to School" themed math and literacy center packet!!! It includes 5 hands on math centers that focus mainly on basic number sense skills. The 5 hands on literacy centers focus on phonics, alphabetical order, sentence structure, and writing. I can't wait to use them after I enjoy every minute second of my summer vacation!!!

Here's a little sneak peak of all the goodies in this packet!

Here's a lil' something for YOU! In one game, your smarties drop two counters on the game board and use the numbers the counters land on to make addition/subtraction number sentences.  Using the same game board, your kiddos can also drop two counters and write which is the greater/lesser number. Click on the picture for the two school themed number toss activities!!!

If you want to check out my Back to School Math and Literacy Center Packet {80 pages} just click HERE to go to my TpT store.

Hope everyone is having a great day!!!