Monday, July 11, 2011

Vote for Parker!!!!

This is the first time I've posted something that doesn't have anything to do with teaching!!! BUT I need your help!!! My son, Parker, is in the Gerber Generations Photo Contest on Facebook and needs your vote! It only takes a few seconds if you click on his picture!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! 


Hey y'all! Just got back a couple of days ago from a wonderful beach trip with my family! I enjoyed every precious moment with my son, hubby, nieces, and in-laws!!! It gave me a chance to turn my teacher switch OFF, rest, relax, savor the simple things, eat a lot of yummy fresh seafood, and get a really good tan!!!
Here are some pics from our lil' vacation!!

Earlier this morning, I went to my classroom just to pick up a few things to bring home...HA! I ended up working for a couple of hours before I could drag myself out! It's hard to believe my new sweet group of first graders will be arriving very soon - August 10th!
My goal this year is to be super organized!!! This motivated me to create resource binders to *hopefully* make it easier to find things! I bought several huge 3 ring binders (the ones with the clear pockets) and created fun covers to label all of them! Love it!!! I tell you what...cute Scrappin' Doodles graphics and Lettering Delights fonts make organizing SO much better!!BTW- POI is our intervention program at my school....not sure if you use that or not, but included it anyway just in case you did.


Click HERE to grab yourself a copy of the folder covers! Spine labels are coming soon!!!

 A couple of weeks ago, I shared a kindergarten and first grade making words activity HERE. By request, I created a second grade version, too! Just click on the picture to download it!!

I plan on having a little Q&A blogging fun tomorrow to answer questions from many e-mails!! In the meantime, I'm working away on my Weather Math and Literacy Fun center packet that should be finished in a couple of days! Weather is our first science unit and I can't wait to use the centers in this packet to go along with it!!

Coming Soon.....

Friday, July 1, 2011

Jungle FUN!

Hey Everyone! I finished my Jungle Math and Literacy Fun Center Packet last night and posted it on TpT! It includes 10 hands-on centers/ work stations (5 math and 5 literacy) full of adorable zebras, monkeys, elephants, giraffes, and much more!! The centers reinforce skills on telling time to the hour and half hour, counting coin combinations up to $1.00, number ordering from least to greatest, making 10, fact families, reading/phonics, making words, fact and fiction, and sentence structure!

This packet is on sale for 20% off today since I didn't have it ready in time for my summer sale!! Click {HERE} to swing on over to my TpT store to check it out!!!

I'll be away this week enjoying some much needed R&R time with my family! I'm going to try really hard to turn my enormous teacher switch off for a bit and "sharpen my saw"!!! Look forward to a post on how I introduce Making Words to my kiddos, organizational printables, and lots of back to school activities when I get back!!! Until then....

I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Last Day of Summer Sale!!!!

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!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

More Making Words Fun for YOU!!!

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

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Making Words Fun!

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!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

T2T Mega Contest

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!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Giveaway Galore at Kinderglynn!!!

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!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Facebook Page!!

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!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Sweetest Centers!!

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!!!