Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin's Big Words Video

Look at what I just found on Pinterest{seriously, I have a BIG pinning problem}- the amazing book, Martin's Big Words, on VIDEO!!! Thank you so much to The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher for sharing this with us!! I have now added it to my favorite MLK books/videos!! YAY!!

Check it out!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I have a dream......

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 Just wanted to swing by & share some of the resources I am using this week to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What a true American HERO!!! I'm just so thankful for his dream, courage, faith, and love!

P.S. Equality is spelled wrong in this video, but I still LOVE it!

 I'm planning on reading a lot of literature with my class about Dr. King! Here are a few of my favorite books!

 My sweeties will then take what they learned about Martin  Luther King and complete this bubble map.
 Then they will write up an informational piece about him using the facts on their bubble map.
 We'll also watch parts of the famous "I Have A Dream" speech and reflect on our dreams.

 I found this PRECIOUS idea from 1st Grade Decades on newest online addiction. *side note*- You can follow my boards {HERE}!
Pinned Image

I'm going to let my students write about their dream on the writing paper below & put it inside their book! Too cute!!
You can download all of these printables {HERE}!

Hope you have a wonderful week!! I am so excited that Thursday is our 100th day of school!! This year is just flying by!! I have a fun giveaway in store for you in a few days to celebrate!! Woot! Woot! In the meantime, I'm having a BIG MLK DAY sale in my TpT store! Everything is 20% off from now until midnight tomorrow!! Happy Shopping!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Centers!!

I just posted my Valentine's Day Math & Literacy Centers on TpT for all of you who like to plan ahead!! This packet includes 15 hands-on activities that reinforce important skills your sweeties are sure to love. See the sneak peek below for more details!!
Click on the picture to check it out!

I'm working on posting a couple of ideas/freebies for MLK day very soon..stay tuned:)

Happy Tuesday, SWEET friends!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

It's a Brand New Year Giveaway & Winter~Vol.2 Math Journal Prompts Posted!!!

Happy New Year!!!

It's a Brand New Year....GIVEAWAY!!!! {You Won't Want to Miss This!}

Click {here} to enter for your chance to win these AMAZING resources over at Second Grade Shenanigans!! The contest ends on Friday, January 6th!!

Winter Math Journal Prompts- Vol.2
Many of you have asked about my next set of math journal prompts!! I just finished & posted them in my lil' TpT store!! For more details about my math journal prompts, click on the picture below!!

Only 1 more day left of Christmas break for me...I've had sooooooo much fun with my family!! What a blessing to have this time off with them!! I'm a bit sad it's coming to an end, but excited to see all 22 of my kiddos & have a structured routine again {I eat & shop WAY too much without it}!! If you are going back this week, I wish you all the BEST!! Happy Teaching in 2012!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year Reflections, Freebies & a Fabulous Giveaway :)

I can't believe tomorrow is the last day of 2011!! WOW!! I'm really excited about starting a fresh new year!! My "teacher" new year's resolution is to simply stay organized. This has always been one of the hardest parts of teaching for me. I am a clutter bug with limited space. I have a hard time letting go of "my stuff" because..well.. I might just need it one day. Sometimes I get discouraged & exhausted trying to keep everything in its place. Am I the only one out there who *organizes* for hours and then can't find one darn thing that I need?!?! Thankfully, Deanna Jump's organizational words of wisdom posted {HERE} completely inspired me to keep working on my goal!! First step(s)- have faith, let go of the stuff & deep breath....

As far as a personal new year's resolution, I want to start spending quality time with my hubby. Confession~My almost 3 year old son has only spent a total of 2 nights away from us. It's time y'all...time for me & my hubs to enjoy a little getaway while our precious Parker stays with his grandparents!! Where to go? Where to go?

With all the new year's reflection and excitement for 2012, I made a few things to share with you!

New Year's Resolution Writing Paper

 Bubble Map 2012 Predictions
 Click {HERE} to download!
Graphics Courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles

Making Words with Happy New Year!
 Click {HERE} to download!
Graphics Courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles

Read the Room {/ew/ and /ui/ words}
Click {HERE} to download!
Graphics Courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles

 You'll also want to check out the New Year's Blogging Bash Giveaway!  The contest runs until midnight on Saturday, December 31st
One follower will win 13 PRIZES!!  The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, January 1,  2012!!!!  Click on the picture to enter NOW!!!!

And don't forget everything in my TpT store is 20% off until tomorrow at midnight!!!

Happy New Year!!!! Wishing you only the BEST in 2012!!!

FYI- By request,  I've added a place on my sidebar {under my sweet followers}for you to follow my blog by e-mail!! All you have to do is enter your e-mail address & you'll get an e-mail notification when I make a post!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy New Year Sale!!

Graphics Courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles
2012 is just around the corner & to celebrate everything is on sale in my TpT store from 12/28-12/31!!!
Click {HERE} to check it out!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Playful Penguin Math and Literacy Centers

Hey Friends!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday break!!! I'm enjoying every single second of it!!! My house looks like a tornado hit a toy store, but we've been having a BLAST!!!

I posted my Playful Penguins Math & Literacy unit on TpT today! It includes 15 penguin themed hands-on centers, plus a bubble map, brace map, and "All About Penguins" writing paper. Your students will have fun learning about penguins while also practicing important first grade math & literacy skills!! I plan to use these after my Winter Wonderland centers.

Here's a sneak peak for you!!
Math Centers
Literacy Centers {Plus bubble map, tree map, & writing paper}
Click {HERE} to grab your copy!!
And for my wonderful freebie lovers, I hope you like this Penguin ABC order center! Click on the picture to download!!
Graphics Courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles
I have more January and February activities, as well as my Winter Vol. 2 math journal coming soon!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

My Hip Hoppin' Elf Family!!!

We like to get down hip hop style on Christmas Eve in my family!!!  heh-heh

Go Elf Yourself {HERE} if you haven't done so yet!!! Too much fun!!!

Happy *almost* Christmas!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their well deserved holiday break! I just wanted to drop by to let you know what a blessing you are to me!!! Each and every day I'm blown away by your love, support, and inspiration! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your positive comments, TpT purchases, feedback, sweet e-mails, and for simply being a part of my teaching journey!!
Wishing you & your family the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love this Christmas & always.

Merry Christmas!!!