Monday, September 5, 2011


Happy Labor Day!!! Teachers pay Teachers is having a flash sale today. The promo code is FLASH and it offers 5% off all your purchases today!!! I just put all of my products on sale to give you an additional 10% off!!! Hope you have a GREAT 4 day week!!! :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Heidi at Swamp Frog First Graders just made my day! She was SO SWEET to put my blog on her Top 10 list!!! What an honor!!!! THANK YOU, HEIDI!!!

If you haven't hopped on over to Blog Hoppin' to check out all of the classroom community ideas, go now!! I posted a couple of things I do with my kiddos last night that I'd love for you to check out!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Back to School Fun and Literacy Center Freebie!!!

 Hey y'all~ I've been having a blast s-l-o-w-l-y teaching center procedures and routines to my kiddos the last couple of weeks! They're doing an incredible job! We started off the year with my back to school centers! The majority of the activities reviewed kindergarten skills to refresh all the little summer brains. My sweet first graders loved them!! They proved that learning is FUN right from the start!! *Mission* accomplished!!! YAY!!

 School of Numbers- Students matched the picture, number words, and numerals 1-10.
Missing Number Puzzles- Students find the missing numbers on each bus to complete the puzzles.
Base Ten Chalk Fun- Students match the base ten blocks and numbers.
Read the Room- Students read and sorted the /sh/, /ch/, /th/ words on the wall.
Alphabet Puzzles- Students find the missing letter to complete each alphabet puzzle.
Rhyme Time-Students match the rhyming words.

You can check out these centers and more in my Back to School Math and Literacy Center Packet  {{HERE}}

And here's a lil' literacy center freebie fun for you- Noun Sort!! Students sort the nouns by people, places, and things. Click on the picture to download it!!

Don't forget to head over to Blog Hoppin' to read all of the wonderful ways to build a classroom community!!!! Awesome ideas!!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Tomorrow is the first Sat. in three weeks that I don't have to go to grad school from 9-5!! I can't tell you how excited I am to spend the day with my family!! We are taking Parker to his first movie~ Winnie the Pooh!! Wooohooo!! He can't wait to go see the "big t.v."!!! Crossing my fingers that it doesn't freak him out!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Three for Thursday!!

Hey Sweet Friends!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Three for Thursday!! Today I'm going to share three of my favorites...fonts, blogs, and online resources. I've spent WAY too much time pondering what to post because I'm head over heals for so many fonts, blogs, and online resources!!!

I'm a font lover. I just can't get enough of precious "Elise" from Kevin & Amanda !!! I love, love, LOVE her!!! You can click here to check this beautiful baby out!

My Favorite Blog

I love a BAzillion blogs so this was a doozy question...but the sweet girl who inspired me to blog was Cara from The First Grade Parade! Love her!!!

My Favorite Online Resource

TpT is AWESOME! It's helped me find free or really affortable teaching resources to use in my classroom. My first grade babies can't get enough of the activities I find on TpT!! You can't beat finding tons of quality teacher created products to make our job(s) easier!!! It's my #1 online resource hands down!!

Link up with us Blog Hoppers HERE to share all of your favs!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Meet the Teacher Monday

Josh, Parker, and Me!

Hey Y'all! I'm so excited that it's Meet the Teacher Monday!!! I've been enjoying getting to know so many of you.... 
My name is Anna Brantley. I live in Watkinsville, Georgia, which is right outside of Athens (GO DAWGS!). I'm blessed to have an amazing hubby, Josh! We only dated for 7 weeks before he proposed to me!! Talk about love at first sight...never believed in it until I met him! God had been so good to us! We've been married for 3 amazing years...
About 7 weeks after this wedding picture was taken, we found out that we were expecting the most precious little boy, our son, Parker!

One of my favorite newborn pics with Parker!

First Birthday!!

and now he is such a big boy!!! Time flies!!

He is EVERYTHING to us!! His sweet, two year old energy keeps us very busy, but we enjoy every minute of it!

How long have you been teaching?
I just started my fifth year! I began teaching in 2007! I taught 2nd grade for two years, then I switched to 1st! 

You might not know....
I love making jewelry!!

I knew at a very early age that I wanted to be a teacher!

I lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers after I had Parker!!

I'll finish my Master's degree program on October 15th.....counting down the days!!

I am addicted to Starbucks Lattes!

You might know.....
I'm obsessed with cute graphics....I have a problem y'all! HELP!

What are you looking most forward to this school year?
-watching my students grow
-graduating from grad school=pay increase

What do you need to improve?
--Using my time wisely!
--Classroom Organization....getting much better at this now that I have a system I like!
--Going on more dates with my hubby!

What teaching supplies can you *not* live without?
1. SMARTboard
2. Document Camera
3. Chart Paper/Easel
4. Magnetic Clips
5. Post It Notes
6. Baskets/ Bins
7. Labels
8. Pointers
9. Pocket Charts
10. Books
Don't forget to head on over to Blog Hoppin' to link up your Meet the Teacher post! We can't wait to get to know you better!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Blog Hoppin' ~ Teacher Week 2011

I'm SO excited to share Blog Hoppin' with all of you!! Get your hop on and go check out Teacher Week 2011 here!! I hope y'all will join in on the FUN!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jungle Boogie!

Hey y'all!! I started back on Wednesday and have loved every single precious minute with my new first graders!! Seriously, they are the sweetest bunch!! 

I had planned to post pics of my room last weekend, but instead spent every bit of my free time making labels and working in my classroom! It was a lot of work...AND a lot of fun!!

Here are a few pictures of my new jungle themed room. Let me warn you though...It isn't as elaborate as many jungle themed rooms out there. My district encourages us to only have educational decorations. Let's just say my room is a very simplified version of a jungle themed classroom...

 View from door (before Meet the Teacher)
back of the room...with center rotation board and shelf

Click {HERE} to download the small center cards.
Click {HERE} to download the medium and large center cards.

close up of my "Spelling Fun" center choices (please excuse the supply baskets)

Click {HERE} to download the "Spelling Fun" labels.

front of the room

The reading strategy posters above my board were created by Donna Glynn (Kinder Glynn) (love her). You can get them HERE!

 My differentiated reading response station in progress, but I think it's going to turn out cute!

Listening Station!

 Computers and Listening Stations

 Content Essential Question Ribbons inspired by Deanna Jump!! Does anyone use essential questions?

Click {HERE} to download the subject area labels.

Here's a close up of what was on my students' desks before "Meet the Teacher". I used Cara Carroll's student info sheet (LOVED IT) and was inspired by her to create a jungle themed to-do list for my parents! You can check out Cara's back to school post with a bunch of awesome freebies HERE! 

As you can see in the picture above, I gave each of my sweeties a cute animal print stationary set from Oriental Trading as a lil' welcome gift. They were a BIG hit!!

After our wonderful first day in first grade, I also treated my students to these ADORABLE jungle suckers (also from Oriental Trading)!!! They were an even BIGGER hit!! 

Click {HERE} to download the "Welcome to 1st Grade" & "Thank you for being so SWEET today" cards! 

Well, I better get into bed & rest up for the first Friday of the school year!! Hope y'all have a great weekend!!