Sunday, August 14, 2016

Best. Pencil. Sharpener. Ever!

Hey all!! I'm coming to you today with a bit of advice for a school supply that I think you'll absolutely LOVE!! You may have already heard of the Quiet Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies, and I'm here to tell you that it really is the BEST!!

I've been back in school for a couple weeks already, so I brought my sharpener in to test out on all those new pencils I've been getting. I also had my co-worker try it out to make sure I wasn't the only one obsessed with this sharpener... After trying one pencil, my co-worker ran to get a whole container of pencils to sharpen!!!

This sharpener is super simple to use and comes in several brilliant colors! It comes with a little hook so you can attach it to a counter or shelf. I think I'll be leaving it on my desk for a little while because I love looking at it and hogging it!

Just 4 simple steps and you'll get a nice sharp pencil with no loudness involved!


Step 4: Once the pencil is in, just turn the handle! The metal piece that you pulled out will slowly move in while you sharpen. Once the handle becomes too easy to turn, that means your pencil is sharp and ready!!

I seriously recommend that you check this sharpener out and get one for yourself! Just head on over to Classroom Friendly Supplies to get one in your favorite color!

Look at how sharp it makes the pencils! I found that if I don't want my pencils so sharp, I just stop turning the handle a little early. It still sharpens quietly and works perfectly!
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Florida Welcome Social at the TpT Conference!

The Florida bloggers had a great time welcoming everyone to Florida to kick off the 2016 TpT Conference! We want to thank everyone for coming out and joining us as well as our amazing sponsors and donors!!
Mary, from Full of Smiles Photography, did a fantastic job of capturing the event!

First, we must thank Adam, Amy, and Paul for coming to our event!! Don't they look great?!

A huge thank you goes out to Sarah from Educlips for making this amazing clip art!

But for real... Thank you to Team TpT for coming out to the event!! It was so awesome for them to come and help us welcome everyone to Florida!

BIG thanks to Tabitha Carro from Smartphone Marketing for all her support and fun giveaways throughout the event!

Another huge thanks goes out to A+ Images for sponsoring our event and giving away a class set of shirts!

We hope everyone enjoyed all the great stuff they found in their swag bags! These were packed with goodies from the Florida bloggers and donors!

Thank you to the amazing sponsors above as well as these great sponsors and donors for helping to make our giveaways and prizes the best!
A Modern Teacher
Safari, Ltd
Seat Sacks
Simple Soap
The Fit Teacher
Denise Boehm: Sunny Days in Second Grade
Amy Labrasciano
Cara Gingras: Kindergarten Boom Boom
Kimberly Solis: Elementary Antics
Your Thrifty Co-Teacher
Ta-Doodles Illustrations
Alexis Sanchez: Laugh Eat Learn Designs
Meg Anderson: The Teaching Studio
Teaching in the Tongass
Lyndsey Zurawski: Speech to the Core
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Lovely Leaders
Kristin Bowers
Meg's Crayons
Learning Harbor
We hope you'll come back to Florida and the land of palm trees very soon!!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Create Your Own Amazon School Supply List!

Did you know you can create a school supply list on Amazon??!!
This is a brilliant idea because SO many people order things from Amazon... so what's to stop them from adding a few things from your supply list to their order?!

4 easy steps to make an Amazon school supply list

First, head to Amazon and make sure you are logged in. When you hover over "Wish List" you'll see an option for "School Lists" at the bottom. Click it!

Amazon school supply list - Step 1

Next, click on "Start a new list."
You can come back to this screen later and click on "View/edit existing lists" to find your list and add more items to it.

Amazon school supply list - Step 2

Then, start adding things to your list! You can search for items, click on categories, and search by grade level suggestions. Just click on "Add to list" and it will get added to your supply list.

Amazon school supply list - Step 3

Last, when you are done adding items, click on "Publish & Share." (Don't worry, you can still add more items to your list even after you publish it.)

Click on "Share" to see ways that you can view and share your list - email, post a link, print, etc!

Amazon school supply list - Step 4

I'll be putting the link to my Amazon supply list in the back to school brochure [from my wonderful friend Katie of Simply Creative Teaching] that I'll be handing out at parent orientation. I'll also email it to my room mom so she can help out with getting some supplies/wish list items!!

Have fun with this!! It can't hurt to add something to your list. Lots of people order on Amazon, so it may be an easy way to get some things for your classroom! If you have any questions, just leave it in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them!!

Click on the image below to PIN IT for later!
4 easy steps to make an Amazon school supply list

Monday, May 30, 2016

End of the Year Beach Week

Every year during the last week of school, we have fun, themed days - art day, movie day, reading day, outdoor play day, etc. A couple years ago I took it to another level and started doing a camping theme for the entire week. I had a HUGE tent up that took up my whole rug, we made s'mores, read by flashlight, and so on... Well, the tent was old and sadly wasn't going to last another year. So, as the end of the year started approaching, I began searching Pinterest for new ideas! That is how planning for BEACH WEEK began!

For the past couple weeks, I've been slowly gathering items for our beach week. All of these came from Dollar Tree and Five Below. The kids can sit in the inflatable pool while they read, play a game, or watch a movie... (but definitely not putting water in it!) Each student will get a flower lei and cup to use during the week. I also found straws with umbrellas on them! I'm going to put our snacks in the sand pails and frisbees. Last, but not least, I'm completely obsessed with the fruit pillow cushions I found at Five Below!!!
beach week in the classroom beach week in the classroom
snack holders for beach week
fruit pillow cushions

I sent home a note to my families with details about each day. I'm really excited to have an excuse to wear flip flops!!! Click HERE to grab an editable version of this note!
beach week

Since brag tags are a big deal in my class, my students definitely need a tag to go with this themed week! (We'll be turning our brag tag keychains into necklaces during the last week of school so they will be excited to add another tag to their collection!) Don't know what brag tags are? Read my post here.

Grab these FREE beach tags HERE!

Don't miss the "School's Out for Summer" brag tag freebie in my store, too! See them HERE.

End of the Year Beach Week - Part 2 will be coming soon with lots of pictures so stay tuned! In the meantime, make sure you're following me on Facebook and Instagram to see photos leading up to beach week and a few sneak peaks during beach week!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Quick Printables for 3D Shapes {FREEBIE}

Hi friends! Just a quick post today to share some math freebies!
We've been working on one of my favorite math units recently - 3D shapes!
(I think it's my favorite because I hate numbers and shapes are a whole lot easier to work with!!)

We've been finding objects around the classroom that are 3D shapes. I love teaching them the connection between the actual shape and real life objects. I made these quick printables for students to show their understanding of this connection. I will also be sending home my FREE 3D Shape Hunt for homework this week so they can keep making connections to the shapes all around them!

Click HERE or on the image below to grab your FREE download!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

TpT Egg Hunt!

I'm getting excited for spring! I've been enjoying spring break this week, so when we return next week it'll be all things spring in my classroom! It's the perfect season to try something new and freshen up your resources! I got together with some of my very talented teacher friends to bring you an EGG-cellent and EGG-citing GIVEAWAY to win a Teachers Pay Teachers $100 gift card!

All you have to do is make like a bunny and HOP through our Egg Hunt! There are just 3 simple steps!

Step 1: HOP on over to my store by clicking HERE. Follow my store and look for the letter in my banner! You can find it on the Easter Egg!

Step 2: Click on my store banner. It will bring you right to the next stop on this little egg hunt. Follow the next store and collect that letter too. Hop around and collect 8 eggs!

Step 3: After you have collected all 8 eggs, use them to figure out our secret message! Enter it into the Rafflecopter for an extra entry to win the $100 TpT Gift Card!

You can start hopping at my store now!
Good luck friends!

Sunday, February 28, 2016


With Leap Day happening tomorrow, I'm sitting here avoiding my grocery list and making some fun printables and activities to do with my class about leap day and the number 29! We'll be putting these pages in our reading journals and math notebooks.

leap day journal page

leap day activities leap day activities

Click HERE to grab these pages for free

Before my kiddos go home for the day, they will be getting a Leap Day brag tag!! I'll only be able to hand these out every 4 years, but look how cute they are!!! Click HERE or on the image below to grab yours for free!

leap day brag tags

Head over to my store to find these best selling products at 29% off!
The rest of my store is 20% off today and tomorrow too!
leap day deals