Friday, September 19, 2014

Favorite Fall Books and a Little Fall Bundle!

By this time of the year, our feet are pretty wet when it comes to read aloud time.  The kids are starting to sit well for longer and I am ready to teach more skills than just "sit and listen while I read". HA!

I wanted to share some books that are my favorite for read aloud time as I model how to think as a good reader thinks.

I love using these to help retell, sequence, or discuss story elements.

 Now for the little fall bundle.  I have teamed up with Educents and some of my BEST Blogging Buddies to create this little bundle!! It is packed with things that you can and will use during the fall season as you are deep into your teaching!

The products of mine included aren't fall related, but are topics that I taught in the fall according to our curriculum. 

This unit is perfect for teaching students about 3D Figures and their attributes. It has been featured in the TpT Newsletter and is one of my BEST sellers!

This little unit is PERFECT for teaching about comparing numbers to 20.  I used this with my first graders and they loved it! I even was able to use parts of it with my Kindergarten students.  There are several fun games included in this unit, too!

Many other activities are included in the bundle and they will help cover several topics you are sure to teach! 

·      long and short vowel sounds
·      counting, identifying, representing, and comparing numbers
·      identify and analyze 2d & 3d shapes
·      become scientists  
·      write words and sentences
·      implement writers workshop
·      addition and subtraction story problems to 20
·      story elements
·      retelling and responding to text
·      poetry
·      ten frames
·      least to greatest and greatest to least
·      graphing

For a short time it is $15.99 from Educents which is about 76% off!  12 instant downloads and
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Five for Friday!

Hello hello hello!!

Fall is RIGHT around the corner! Football. Pumpkin Spice candles. Cooler weather (hopefully!). Love it all!  
I'm linking up with Doodlebugs for a 5 for Friday.  I am busy getting ready for a garage sale (so exhausting! Can I get an AMEN?!) but I wanted to pop in and share some highlights from the week! They are mostly NOT school related! That's okay, right?

If you follow me on Instagram you saw that I have been working on these!
Y'all, I was more than half way done and my computer went crazy and I lost ALOT of work. I seriously wanted to cry!! Everything was backed up so I even went I to Time Machine and tried to get it back but I can't find it. Sad day!
 This guy is growing faster than I'd like to admit!! He is already 3 months.  The best part is that he is sleeping through the night IN his own crib! It's bittersweet.  My baby boy is already growing so much!

I gave my Guided Reading Binder a MUCH needed make over! I'm in love, ya'll! 

Click the image to take a closer look at it!

My great blog buddy, Ashley, is having a HUGE giveaway!! Be sure to hop over and enter!!

So my "me time" these days consists of a Target trips.  I found this gem yesterday and can't wait to put it up on the wall! Just wanted to share this treasure with those of you who love the "Fixer Upper" style and look! ;)

Have a fabulous weekend!!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

What's CURRENTLY Going On

I'm linking up with Farley for a little currently fun! It has been quite a while and this is always such a great way to meet other bloggers! 

Most are pretty explanatory, but I will expand more on my 3 trips.

Greece- I always see it in movies and LOVE how beautiful it is! I'm not sure about the weather but I dream that it is perfect!!

The Democratic Republic of Congo- obvious reasons.  I can't wait for our little girl to come home!  (Squeezing this in: Pray for movement in the system, please!!!)

Seattle- Mainly because I LOVE Grey's Anatomy!!!

So that's about it! What's going on with you? Check out the link up for some FUN!! 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School SALE

I'm popping in to announce the SALE today!!!  My entire store is 20% off! 

Here are some things you may be interested in!


Happy Shopping!!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bright Idea for Storing School Supplies

The beginning of the school year is crazy! So much to do. So little time.

Meet the teacher night is always one of the busiest nights!  I've always worked in a Title I school (with the exception of 1 year) and the kids just come and go. New babies to love and care for all the time. Our school becomes a revolving door. Do you know what I mean? Do you work there? It's my favorite kind of school to work in.

And then you have school supplies. They can be so tough to keep up with when the kids move.  Who brought what? What brand did you bring? Did you bring all of the required supplies or just some of them?  If you are like me, you want to send your sweet baby away with EVERYTHING they brought.  After all, you want them to go to their new school and feel like they have everything they need for their fresh little start!

A few years ago a few genius friends shared this idea.

Store each student's supplies in their own baggie. When they move, you just grab their baggie!

It's simple to implement. Here's how we make it work.

At meet the teacher night, the kids are supposed to come with their supplies.  Most of them do just that! I place a gallon ziploc baggie at their assigned seat.  The baggie has their name on it. When the parents and students come in (both during Meet the Teacher and on the First Day), they see a list of things on the board that need to go in the ziploc baggie. They simply fill the the ziploc baggie and close it.  THey leave it on their desks. At the end of the night, or day, I put them away in tubs.

Since I do community supplies, I just pull from bags as supplies are needed.  The best part is that at the end of the year, MOST students go home with almost everything they brought.  I rarely use all that they are required to bring.  We don't use all 25 pencils for each child, nor do we use 3 large erasers per child.  They LOVE getting to take the things home at the end of the year.  It helps moms and dads save some pennies, too! :)

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