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Sunday, August 24, 2014

First Days of School

I can not even express how excited I am about this school year.  I have the sweetest group of kiddos this year and the lowest number that I have EVER had since I have been teaching (16).  Here is a little recap of how we started off our school year and some of the first activities that we did (and why).

We started our first day with the book First Day Jitters and we drank Jitter Juice (from the lovely Abbie Mullins from  The Inspired Apple).
I also introduced our rules and procedures for our class.  One of my favorite ways to do this is using Mr. Potato Head.  I put all of the pieces in my "mystery bag" and we build Mr. Potato Head together as we talk about what it means to be a good listener.  This good listener chart is from the fabulous Deanna Jump's All Set? You Bet! unit.
We then read David Goes to School.  For the last couple of years I have used the David books to introduce how to be a peacemaker.  Our course these books are precious but they also create great discussions about making good choices.  We also make these CUTE David's (you can find them Here in Julie Lee's store).
Finally, we read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  If you have never read this book it is absolutely PRECIOUS and a great way to ease those first few days of nerves.  After reading the book we make these darling Chester Racoon's.  This is a collaborative project that Julie and I worked on.  You can find it in her store HERE.  
You might be wondering what in the world is the point in making all of these crafts...is it just because they are cute?  Well, YES they are adorable, but NO that is not the only reason we make them.  ;)  Both of these crafts are pre-cut so the main point in these activities is to see who can follow directions.  We do them whole group so it gives me a good idea of who can do what as far as listening, following directions, using glue, etc.  :)

And last but no least...we danced out booties off this week.  You can't start the school year off without singing the Tooty Ta like 50 times right?!?  :)
Hope you enjoyed this rather lenghty post.  Stay tuned for my classroom reveal.  It's coming up soon with a few new ideas and pointers.  :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to School Sale 2014

Hey guys!  Have you heard the big news?  TPT's back to school sale begins tomorrow and you can save up to 28% on EVERYTHING!  
Be sure to fill up your cart and take advange of this fantastic sale...I know that i am.  :)
Here are a few of my favorite things to start the school year with...



Saturday, June 21, 2014

Line Up! - A Bright Idea for Lining Up!

Have you ever used packing tape to tape down some cutesy decor you found to the floor for your kiddos to line up on only to find that it only lasts about 2 months and then it leaves a horrible residue on the floor? Frustrating, right? Well, I think I just might have the answer. A few years ago, I bought this awesome little machine called a CRICUT and I had the idea of cutting vinyl circles to put on the floor. I wasn't sure how they would hold up but to my surprise they still looked FANTASTIC on the very last day of school. :) All you need is some vinyl and a dicut machine...and Boom you have an AWESOME way for your students to line up. These are also great to use for math games or a floor number line.
BEFORE...
 and AFTER!
I hope you find this idea useful!  :)
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale

Hey Friends!  I have been out for spring break this week so guess what I have been doing most of the week SPRING CLEANING.  If you are like me I only get around to cleaning out my closets about once a year and this just so happened to be the time.  I also have been doing some spring cleaning in my TPT store and updating a few units.  I used this fun little check list from Valerie over at Georgia Grown Kiddo's to get started!

1-Comment on all of my purchases I have made in TPT.  YOU KNOW YOU GET CREDIT POINTS FOR DOING THIS???  
Check!-I am HORRIBLE at this but I am all caught up now!  :)
2-Open my wish list and add the items to my cart that I just can't live without any more.  
Check!
3-I'm going to purchase these items after, and only after, I have all my credits towards future purchases.
Check! 
4-I'm going to shop at this wonderful Spring Cleaning Sale my favorite shops have going on this weekend.
Join in with us as we spring clean and get a good deal on some new goods!  :)
Save 20% off of my digital products Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

This week we celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday and boy did we have some fun.  Here are a two of the centers that we worked on this week that came from my new Wacky Word Work pack (mini unit).  We have been focusing on digraphs so this little game was a great way to assess their progress.  
We also have been really focusing on 
spelling cvc words so 
this worked great in our word work center.
To see the other center games that we used 
check out my post from last year HERE.

Thanks to Jennifer 
from First Grade Blue Skies we made this little CUTIE hat.  Be sure to click on the link to get a copy.
We also used the same hair template to make these cute Thing 1 and Thing 2's.  
I thought they turned out so CUTE!
And finally, our librarian set up this PRECIOUS photo booth for all of kinders.
Precious, right?
I hope you had as much fun during Read Across America week as we did.  :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TPT's 3 Million Teachers Strong Sale Preview

Are y'all as excited about the upcoming TPT sale as I am? I already have my little cart full ready to check out and I am sure I will adding more. If you are planning to shop be sure to use the code TPT3 to receive 28% off of all of my digital products. I am linking up with the gals over at Blog Hoppin' to highlight a few of my favorite units as well as a few units that I will be using soon.

Here are a few of my units that I will be using in the upcoming weeks as well as some of my all time favorites. :)

**This is my BRAND new word work pack that I created just in time for Dr. S's Birthday. :)


I added these word work packs as a bundle.
You will save more than 20% by purchasing the bundle.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bubble Gum Blends

We have been working on blends for the last few weeks and I still had a few students who needed some extra reinforcement so I made this cute little 
Bubble Gum Blends game.  
You can download it for FREE from my TPT store by clicking HERE.  Let me know what you think by leaving feedback.  I hope this helps your students and you enjoy!  :)  

P.S.  Have you heard the news?!?!  TPT is having a site wide sale in honor of being 3 million teachers strong.  This Thursday and Friday, February 27th & 28th you can save up to 28% off of ALL of my digital products.  
Be sure to check back tomorrow for 
a preview of my best sellers!!!  :)
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