Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Markdown!

Hello friends~ 
I am linking up with

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for their Monday Markdown!
I have marked down my Back to School Fun Math Unit!!

Back To School Fun~ A Math Unit!

It will be 50% off!!

Get over to Kelly & Kim's Kindergarten Kreations & see all the other terrific products that awesome sellers are marking down this week!! 

Happy Monday!! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Paper Fan Tutorial...My Latest Obsession!

So- I am super into paper fans right now...

I used to have tissue puffy balls hanging in my classroom.
They looked like this...

Please excuse the bare bones, boring  classroom. Anyway~ I hang the puff balls over each table group & that's how I organize groups & centers & well, everything...

Sooooo, I got a little tired of the puff balls after 3 years & now I am switching to fans. 

Well, I thought I would do a little tutorial so that you can make them for your very own, that is, if you like them! :)

STEP 1:  Accordian Fold a 12 x 18 piece of construction paper (about 1" folds).
*You will need 3 of these.

STEP 2: Fold all 3 of them in half.

STEP 3: Get that hot glue gun fired up & start gluing the ends of all 3 sections together!

 Keep Gluing... REMEMBER, you are just gluing the edges together...see, it's starting to look fan-ish!
 Just keep gluing....halfway there...
 Almost done, just gotta glue those last two edges together! 
 Yay! All that gluing paid off!! A pretty 12" fan! 
 OPTIONAL STEP 4: Add a label to the fan. I put the label on front & back because mine will be hanging from the ceiling & turning around occassionally.
 STEP 5: Hot Glue a ribbon on & ba-da-bing you have yourself a paper fan!! Yippie!!
Here's my little bundle of colored fans. 
My room will be rainbow chevron this year & I am LOVING these bright colored cuties!! I cannot wait to get in my classroom & hang them all up!! 

Don't worry, I will post picks!! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's That Time Again!! YAY!!

Have you seen them?

There out there!!

In Target & in Wal-Mart!!!

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!! favorite time of the year!

I am slightly obsessed with the glittery, shiny, yumminess of back to school displays...weird, right?!?!
Anyhow- I had to restrain myself from going completely nut-so & I only bought a few cutie pie things from the dollar spot. 
Here they are...

See, it's not too out of hand...yet! I just love the birthday goodies. I always give my kids a little birthday bag on their special day. The shark & butterfly bags will be their "Welcome to my Class" gift. I usually stick a glue stick, pack of crayons, pencil, eraser, & a sucker in there for them. LOVEEEEEE that dollar spot!!

Oh, oh, oh...I almost forgot that I also scored MY diet coke while I was there!! Don't you just love stuff with your name on it?? Especially when it is a DIET COKE (aka teacher crack)!!!

What about you?? Any finds I need to know about??

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Happy Summer & Some PINTERESTING Stuff!

HELLOOOOO out there!!
Long time, no blog! Hee hee!
 I have been having a super busy, relaxing, fun, family-filled summer!
I hope that you all are doing much the same. 

Anyway, I have been lurking around Pinterest & found some fun stuff. 
Who can resist Pinterest, really?! 
Here are some fun things I found lately...
Click the pics to follow the links!

"....When a student proudly brings me a card or drawing, I read it and tell them how wonderful they are, and then direct them to the Cards to Remember book. They add their card or drawing to the binder. I leave the binder on display so other students can look through it." - I MUST do this next year!!!

What an awesome idea for all those sweet notes & pictures that your students are ALWAYS giving you!

Writing Sentences: A Roll and Write Activity ~ get kids learning about sentence structure and writing longer sentences with this interactive writing activity | This Reading Mama

I am forever looking for ways to use my dice! 

Place value die... a cube for tens and ones. Can easily be extended for larger numbers... hundreds, one thousands, ten thousands etc
(This one has no link, just the pic was on Pinterest...)

Friday reflection idea

I love a little student reflection... :)

What about you? Are you having a happy summer?! 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

All Bundled Up!

I have had many requests to bundle my FIRST GRADE math journals & my writing journals!

I FINALLY got it all done & ready to go! 

These are my monthly writing journals...
There are 20 fun & motivating writing prompts to get kids excited about writing!
I don't know about you, but I take every opportunity I can to get my students pumped up to write!! 
These little journals are just the trick!! :)
Click the picture to check them out...

Next up are my BEST SELLING math journals!
I originally made these for my kindergarteners & they were such a big hit that I made them this year to use with my FIRSTIES! 
You can find the Kindergarten bundle here...

 Anyway, I received such positive feedback from the K set that I decided to also make a FIRST GRADE set & they are just as popular!!
I thank all of you for that! 

I use these daily as a quick little warm up before my math lesson & it gets my kiddos all ready to go for math! They LOVE them!! 
Click the picture to check them out...

I am putting ALL of my BUNDLES on sale just for you until Monday! Go over & take advantage of the savings!! :)

I hope that everyone had a great school year!
 I am down to 4 MORE DAYS!!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Poetry Anyone?

So,'s been a while since I have been here and I am so sorry to leave you high & dry!
Testing at my school has been CUH-RAY-ZEEEEEE!!
  I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the testing tunnel....
But, I'm here now & today I'm talking poetry!! 
I was convinced that I would HATE teaching the poetry unit to my firsties, but I was pleasantly surprised. 
I taught them shape poems, 5 senses poems, poems where all the lines begin the say way, etc...
By the end of the unit I decided to surprise my cuties with their VERY.OWN.POETRY.BOOKS!!
I thought some of them would pass out from the excitement!
I promise, ya'll, it was seriously not that fancy...
Here is a little snippet of how they looked...sorry I didn't snap more pics!
 Here is the girl version...they are only half sheet of paper sized so I can get more bang for my paper usage!
 Here is the boy version.
 Some of my pages had a picture to inspire the poem...this one was popular with all of the students! 
The Green Eye!
My baby!
I love this one! :)
 Some of the pages had titles for inspiration & they had to add the illustration.
kind friend
sweet person
hard worker"
This one was cute...
"Bat woman
can fly
part bat
cool character
so cool and a super hero"

So, there is a little poetry fun from my cute little firsties! Like I said, everything was made on 1/2 sheets of paper so that I could save on my paper & copies. Also, I think that there was plenty of room for their poems so it worked out great & I couldn't be happier with how they turned out! :)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

They're Done...Finally!

I heard you & I have them ready!
If you want to win them, check out my Facebook page!
Good Luck!!
I have only 27 more days...come on summer!!