New Year's Resolutions- Downtime!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

 What are my downtime resolutions for 2013?!?! 

So, I'm going to keep it sweet & simple this year!

Thank you Amy for hosting today's linky AND giveaway!!!

Happy, Happy New Year to YOU!!!


Cute Reindeer Frame Ornament!!

Monday, December 17, 2012
Like many of you, I have been going nonstop getting ready for the holidays!! So much fun. So much work.
One of my favorite new things I did this year was make reindeer frame ornaments with my kiddos. This was my coworker's amazing idea! Love you, Christy Britt! Thanks for letting me share your geniusness on my blog!!!
To make your own, you need...
1. brown paint
2. 4 popsicle sticks {frame}
3. 1 wooden heart {for head}
4. 2 clothespins {legs}
5. 1 red pom pom {for nose}
6. 2 wiggly eyes
7. 2 small gold pipe cleaner pieces {for antlers}
I assembled everything using hot glue & then had my sweeties paint it! So cute and easy!!!

Day of Silence to Honor and Remember Sandy Hook Elementary

Saturday, December 15, 2012

 My heart breaks for the Sandy Hook Elementary children, teachers, families, and friends. 
Praying for all the victims in this senseless tragedy!

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18


Common Core Gingerbread Centers & FREEBIE

Saturday, December 8, 2012
I finally finished my Common Core Gingerbread Centers & wanted to share them with y'all! My sweeties are looking forward to using them during our gingerbread week! Can't wait!!

Here's a freebie just for you!! 

Hope you enjoy these last couple of weeks celebrating the most wonderful time of the year with your students!!
8 more days until Christmas vacation!! 
Woot! Woot!

Huge Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thank you, Amy Lemons, for the adorable sale graphic!!

This girl loves a good deal!!
Seriously, I can't wait for the TpT sale on Monday and Tuesday! 

Everything in my store will be 28% off {even already discounted bundled sets}
Click {here} to get your wish list on!!!
Love y'all!!

For more great deals, hop on over to Blog Hoppin for a list of stores that will be on sale! 



Common Core- Writing to Inform All Year Long!

Saturday, November 17, 2012
I'm so excited to share my latest Common Core writing packet with all of you! I designed this supplemental resource to make it easier to reinforce the Common Core informational/explanatory writing standard for first grade {W.1.2}. It includes graphic organizers that can be used for organizing ideas for any informational piece, writing prompt sheets for the entire year {all major holidays, seasons, etc.}, informational and explanatory task cards, editing checklists, and reflection sheets.

Click {here} to grab your copy!

If you like this product, you might also be interested in my Common Core-Writing Narratives All Year Long set! 
Hope you have a blessed weekend!!!

Turkey Fever!!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Turkey fever has hit my classroom BIG time! So much fun! My kids turned in their "Turkey in Disguise" projects last week & ohhhhh my goodness, they are just too cute!!!!

Adorable, huh?!?!?! 
 I found this activity a few years ago on an amazing website-Mrs.Nelson's Class. She has the turkey printable I used {printed them on cardstock}, as well as a parent letter to send home to explain the project for FREE!! That's right, FREE!!! Thank you, Mrs. Nelson!!! 

To incorporate writing into the activity, I made a "Meet My Turkey" printable to go with their precious turkeys! They had a blast coming up with their responses!! You can download a free copy of my "Meet My Turkey" printable by just clicking on the picture!

My sweeties are also working hard and having fun with my Gobble, Gobble, Gobble Math and Literacy Centers!!

 If you need a little turkey fever {that addresses standards} in your classroom, these will do the trick!  
Click {here} to check them out!! They are 20% off this week!!  

 Blog Hoppin' is so THANKFUL for YOU that they've put together a HUGE Gobble Gobble Giveaway! You won't want to miss out on this one. TWO winners will receive 5 graphic bundles and 17 Thanksgiving themed packs great for grades Kindergarten through 2nd/3rd grade! You can enter now through November 13th! Click below to head over right now to enter for your chance to win all of the fabulous prizes!!!


Spooktacular Savings!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012
Click {here} to check it out!!
Happy Weekend!!!

Pumpkin Patch Math & Literacy Center Packet FREEBIE!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012
Hey friends!!! I hope y'all have had a wonderful weekend! I'm SO excited to share a freebie that I made for our sweet lil' first grade pumpkins!! I created these hands-on pumpkin themed centers to give my students an extra fun dose of data collection, number ordering, comparing & contrasting, and making words! I'm using them along with my Trick-or-Treat centers for the next couple of weeks! Can't wait!   
Click on the picture to go to my TpT shop to get your copy for FREE


{{{{BATS}}}} Informational Writing Freebie!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
We're taking off with informational writing this month!!! My smarties are super excited to write about bats next week! Here's the graphic organizer and writing paper that I'll give them to organize their bat research! They cover the Common Core writing standards W.1.2 and W.1.7. 

Click {here} to grab these informative writing freebies!!

Hope you and your little writers are having a blessed week!!!

Happy Fall Flash Sale!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Happy Fall, Y'all!!!! 
All of my TpT products are 20% off this weekend!!! 
Click {here} to check it out!!

Classroom Pictures and Literacy Prompts

Friday, September 21, 2012
Sweet Friends, I know I should have posted these classroom pictures SO SO SO looooong ago!!! Anyone else still treading the back to school waters, too???  Whew!!!
 These were taken right before "Meet the Teacher". As I have mentioned before, I'm not allowed to put anything on my walls unless it's educational so the decorations are very low key! I guess keeping it simple helps make preparing my room easier. Don't judge, I can't help it!!! HA!! FYI-The labeled bins around the room were for parents/students to sort their supplies. I love having this set up because at the end of an exhausting day everything is already sorted and ready to be stored away! Learned this trick the hard way!!

 Here's a close up of the desks! I bought the little party favor containers at Hobby Lobby! Love them!!

**sorry for the poor picture quality**
This year, my favorite "educational decoration" is my Common Core and More Content Word Wall! You can check it out {HERE}. Just the other day, I was asking my students what they needed to have at the end of a sentence & saw one of my smarties look over at the word wall to help her remember!!! Can I get a YES?!?!?! You would have thought she scored a touchdown by my excitement!!! Let's just say her eyes got really big when she saw how happy she made me!!! Doesn't take much to make this teacher jump up and down!!!

On another note...I've had a lot of questions about my Common Core Literacy Journal Prompts. I designed them to reinforce reading, language arts, and writing standards {aligned to Common Core}. Each page has multiple copies of the same prompt to help make printing easier! All you have to do is cut the prompts out and give them to your students to glue into their literacy journals {spiral notebook}! They're super simple to use & great for extra review, mini lessons, homework, and formative assessments to check for understanding. Here's a sneak peek of the journals! I just finished making Vol.2 and you can find it {here}! I will continue to make these throughout the year!

Have a wonderful weekend!!! Happy Fall, Y'all!!!


Categorizing Words Literacy Center FREEBIE!!!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012
Oh how I've missed blogging!!!! This school year has kept me extra super busy, but I'm loving my new crew & my student teacher!!! 

I feel bad that I haven't shared any pictures of my classroom yet!! I planned to include them in this post, but I left my camera at school. BOO!!! I will post them this week so you can see my home away from home!! 

I'm not going to leave you empty handed tonight though!! One of the Common Core standards I'm teaching this week is L.1.5.{Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.}
I put together a little center to reinforce this skill!! 
Click on the picture to go to my TpT store to download it for FREE!!

I'll be back before the end of the week to *finally* post pictures of my classroom!!!
Have a wonderful week!!!


Common Core-Writing Narratives All Year Long in First Grade

Monday, August 27, 2012
I can't believe I've already been in school for 2 weeks! WOW! Time flies when you are having fun!! I'm loving that routines and procedures {for the most part} are in place! That means it's Common Core time!! Woot! Woot!

I'm so excited to start teaching my little writers about narratives next week! I'll be supplementing my lessons with my new Common Core-Writing Narratives All Year Long in First Grade resource.

 It includes graphic organizers that can be used for organizing ideas for any narrative, writing prompt sheets for the entire year {all major holidays, seasons, etc.}, personal and fictional narrative task cards, editing checklists, and reflection sheets.
Here's a sneak peek.....
For more info about it, click {here}!

And here's a freebie for you! Click the picture to download a sample of fictional and personal narrative task cards that are included in the packet! 

Stay tuned for the informational and opinion writing packets that are coming soon!

Have a GREAT week!!!

Sneak Peek {part 2}

Monday, August 20, 2012
I'm *finally* back after being knee deep in back to school fun to share the rest of my recent TpT purchases!!

Rachelle over at What the Teacher Wants made life SO much easier for all of us when she posted her Common Core Galore Checklists! It's a HUGE favorite of mine! Check it out {here}!

And Natalie, the SWEET other half of What the Teacher Wants, made these ADORABLE student awards of the month!!! LOVE them and know my students will LOVE them even more!!! 

Can you say GENIUS?!?! I will be using this Sticky Note Research Project resource when implementing the Common Core research standards in my classroom!!! SO creative and something only the one and only Sarah Cooley could come up with!!! Check it out {here}!

Want the cutest calendar wall??!! Growing Kinders did the work for you!!! This is so sweet and colorful & can't wait to replace my boring calendar space with it!!  Check it out {here}!

Michelle over at Fabulous in First put together a wonderful sight word packet that I couldn't resist!! Trust me, it IS super!!! Love it!!! Check it out {here}!

I had to get these CUTE Back to School craftivities from Amy over at Step into Second Grade!!! They are precious and the patterns are SO easy to use!!! Check it out {here}!

Last... but not least, I grabbed a copy of these Place Value Mystery Pictures by Cara over at the First Grade Parade! LOVE!!! Check them out {here}!

As you can tell, I'm loaded with amazing goodies!! Love starting the school year inspired to make learning FUN!!! It's easy thanks to TpT!!!