Monday, June 23, 2014

Fantastic Fans Giveaway!

I can't believe I've hit these amazing milestones!!! I am SO thankful for all of you, my fantastic fans! Thank you for all of your support, status likes, IG likes, comments, and everything you do that makes me feel so special! It makes me smile to know that there are educators out there using my ideas and products in their classrooms. I know everyone says this, but I really never thought I'd have so many followers and meet so many wonderful people in such a short amount of time. I love this new blogging/TpT-ing/Facebook-ing/ Instagram-ing/Pinning (you get it) world that I've entered! I hope the fun never ends!!

On to the giveaways!
I'm super excited to do this giveaway! It's my first big giveaway and there's lots of great products from some amazing teachers!! There's 2 giveaways you can enter - one for Kindergarten and one for 1st-2nd grade. Each teacher has already selected a fantastic product for you to win plus you'll win $10 to spend in my TpT store! The giveaway starts today and will end on Friday!


*1st - 2nd Grade*

Good luck and thank you for being a fan!!!
Graphics from Graphics from the Pond
Fonts from my dear friend Mrs. Leeby

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Stock Up!

Teachers never really get a break...we all know that! Summer is the best time to start thinking about new ideas for the next school year! So, I'm here to tell you all about Brag Tags and how I use them in my classroom! If you like them, you'll have a brand new idea to try next school year!
(And if you like them, check out the giveaway at the end of this post!)

What are brag tags?
Brag tags are small, rectangular pieces of paper that students can earn as academic and behavior incentives. Brag tags can be hung on backpacks or made into a necklace.
Brag tags are an inexpensive and easy way to reward students! You're ready to use the tags in just a few quick steps. Print, laminate, cut apart, and punch a hole - done! 
(See the end of this post for ideas on storage.)

I purchased small ball-chain keychains off Amazon so my students could hang the tags on their backpacks.

The last day of school I had my students take their tags off of their backpacks and we used beads and string to make brag tags necklaces for them to keep! I also had some extra tags that I gave out which just made their day!

I currently have 7 brag tag packs in my store and 5 brag tag freebies!



After a student earns a tag for displaying a certain behavior or for an academic achievement, I help them clip it onto their backpack keychain. They can proudly display their tags everyday while they carry their bags around!

One morning I was handing out homework tags and a parent said to me, "He just LOVES getting brag tags! He comes home grinning and is super excited to show us the new tag he earned." This made my day and I knew I was onto something good!!

The tags seen here are from my best-seller Classroom Behaviors pack.

This Earth Day tag is a freebie in my store! There's also another Earth Day tag included in the Special Days pack.

How do I store my brag tags?
Well, right now I have all my tags in one of those bead/string boxes from the craft store (that we all used to have when we made friendship know you did!) The problem with that box, though, is that it's so full that it won't close completely. So, I'm going to try out a "teacher toolbox" as brag tag storage.
(Teacher toolbox = a storage box with drawers from Lowe's or another hardware store with super cute labels to name what's in each drawer!)

Want to try them out?
On SATURDAY, head to my Facebook page to grab a sampler pack of tags! Don't forget to get the freebie tags in my store (and leave feedback pretty please)!!

Enter my giveaway to win ALL of my brag tag packs! 
(Already have one or more of my packs? No worries, I'll let you choose something else if you win!)

Check it out! Lots of goodies over on Facebook (starting SATURDAY)!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Teacher Tip Thursday!

On this terrific Thursday, The Teaching Tribune is bringing you teacher tips and quotes!

I always, always, always make it a point to greet each one of my students every day! No matter what mood I might be in or whatever I may be doing... I always stop to say hello to whoever walks in that door! Sometimes my little kiddos can be sneaky and I don't even see them come in, so they always get the greeting of "Hey!! I didn't even see you come in! You're so quiet!" - always makes them grin like they put one over on me!

Another one of my favorite things to say is "I'm so glad you're here today!" I want my students to feel like I'm happy to see them and glad they are coming to school. I also let them know we've missed them if they've been out. It just makes me sad to think that some kids may not get a good morning said to them at home so I make sure to start their school day out right!

Feel free to pin, post, instagram my image to spread the greeting love!
(And if you're not following me on Instagram, you should! I just joined!!)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Worksheet Wednesday the ELA Way!

Another Worksheet Wednesday linkup with The Teaching Tribune! Today it's all about ELA and I've got a great freebie for you!
Differentiated writing pages from my Ocean Writing Activities pack!

Click on the images to get the free sample in my store!

Click on the image below to see the full pack of Ocean Writing Activities in my store!
There's 22 differentiated writing activities in this pack to fit with an ocean theme 
or for working on writing!

Don't forget to head back to The Teaching Tribune to get more freebies 
and enter the giveaway on their site!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TWO for Tuesday - Part 3!

Linking up with The Teaching Tribune for my favorite - TWO for Tuesday!!
Two of my favorite products are HALF OFF for you today!

If you're anything like me, then you're already looking and thinking ahead to the beginning of next school year! I always want to try new things with each class so I get excited when I find a great product!

The first item on sale today is my Print & Go Pack - Activities for Letters and Sounds. Included in this pack are handwriting pages (perfect for beginning of the year Kinders!) and CVC, CVCe, Digraphs, & Blends review pages (perfect for beginning of the year review in 1st grade!)
The best part is that all you need to do is print and then you're ready to GO!

{Click on the image to see it 50% off in my store!}

The other item on sale in my store today are my Glittery Alphabet Labels!
There are many, many uses for these in your classroom! I used them recently for my end of the year alphabet party {see my blog post here}

{Click on the image to see it 50% off in my store!}

Prepping for my end of the year alphabet party!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Full Year Kinder Curriculum from Educents!

Short on resources or don't have time to look for activities unit after unit?? Here's a gem for you!!
A Full Year of Kinder Curriculum!
Printables, centers, units of study and so much more!

We all know that teachers don't sleep on the job during the summer...we're looking out for the next best thing to add to our classrooms! 

This bundle will give you a full, yes a full, years worth of activities for your classroom! You'll have all summer to organize, print, laminate, and cut everything you need!

(I'll need all summer to cut everything I'm going to laminate ... why, oh why do I always save it all to cut at one time?!)

 I have teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you! It includes a full years worth of activities for your kindergarten classroom!  So exciting because it's stuff for now, in a few months from now, and all the way through the end of the school year!  Check it out below!  

My products included will surely be loved by your students!

My "All About Ants" pack was a best seller this spring! It includes 3 mini posters and 7 differentiated printables. Your students can learn all about the ant life cycle and ant bodies with these activities.

After reading nonfiction text about ants and reviewing the posters, my students were able to work independently to recreate the life cycle of an ant and label the ant body parts. We hung the posters on the board so students could refer to them, if needed. The best part is that the posters are the size of a piece of paper so they won't take up lots of room on the board!

Write the Room is one of our favorite stations in the classroom! This amazing bundle has write the room activities for all different themes throughout the year! You'll also get write the room recording pages that can be used anytime without needing extra word cards to hang up.
The write the room activities in this pack are easy peasy to set up - just print, laminate, and cut the cards! Then, hang the cards up around the room and make copies of the recording pages.
I always have a bucket with clipboards and special pens and pencils for the students to use when they come to this station.

The new additions to my write the room station this year were fun and funky glasses from The Dollar Tree and the Target dollar section! Even my boys loved putting on the glasses when it was their turn to write the room.

We love to write the room!

Other amazing products included in this bundle:






For a limited time it is $24.99 from Educents which is about 75% off!  
18 instant downloads with over 1300 pages of materials you can use all year!

You can also take peek at some of the other products included in the bundle at any of the links below!