Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Meet-Up Fun! You should be jealous! =)

We had the BEST time today at the Alabama Blogger Meet Up!
Look at all the friends I got to see!  Yes, I know you're jealous!

















And of course we had to visit Steel City Pops!  Yum!




Blogs you should follow:
The Daily AlphabetMrs. Lee's Kindergarten

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Adventures of Mrs. Smith



We have started a Facebook Group for Alabama Teacher Bloggers, so if you'd like to keep up with upcoming news and meet-ups, just email me and I can add you!  
(you don't HAVE to be living in Alabama, but if you live close enough to be able to come to our meet- up, then you're welcome to join!)

Monday, July 28, 2014

#COLORIZEYOURCLASSROOM With Astrobrights {Giveaway} and a {Freebie}

I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Astrobrights  to help launch their #colorizeyourclassroom campaign.  I think we all know how I feel about color…LOVE it!  But it isn't just about what I love…there is research to support the use of color!  The Color Marketing Group found that color:
·       Increases retention by 18 percent
·       Accelerates learning by 55 to 78 percent
·       Increases comprehension by 73 percent
  • Astrobrights Papers knows that every resource counts when it comes to creativity in the classroom.
  • Color can make learning a more fun and impactful experience.
  •  Color paper can add creativity to everything in the classroom, from lesson and curriculum to charts and project displays.

To help colorize my classroom, I decided to create a banner!

I simply copied the banner onto colorful Astrobrights paper and cut the triangles out with a paper cutter, then taped them to ribbon.  EASY!
Since Open House is obviously on my mind, I thought about how I could use the colorful paper for typically boring parent handouts!
If you'd like a copy of the banner, Click {HERE} for the FREEBIE!
~If you'd like an editable version to add your students' names to, click {here}~
With my $50 Office Depot gift card, I was able to purchase MORE paper (you can never have too much!), plastic sleeves, paint, and my favorite Azure blue bulletin board paper!
Which I used to create my new door display:
Oh, and I may have also splurged and gotten a set of Flair Pens!

Each giveaway winner will receive a customized package of Astrobrights Papers and a $50 gift card to Office Depot, which carries the largest selection of Astrobrights Papers of any retailer – all aimed at helping you colorize any project.
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#COLORIZEYOURCLASSROOM CONTEST

Ready for more chances to win and a chance to share your own creativity? Astrobrights is helping teachers in every state get started sharing their COLORFUL ideas with a Back to School #ColorizeYourClassroom contest.
Entering is easy! Just share a photo of how you Colorize your Classroom at the Astrobrights Facebook page now thru September 12, 2014. If your winning idea is selected, Astrobrights will help you Colorize Your Classroom ALL YEAR LONG! One winner per state will be awarded, PLUS a Grand Prize winner. You can also earn bonus entries for each original lesson plan you upload to the page. 
For complete information, visit facebook.com/Astrobrights

This is a sponsored post. First Grade Blue SKies has received payment, trade and/or products from Astrobrights in exchange for promoting, however all opinions stated are my own. Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen and posted on this original post within three days of contest end.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BUStin' into School! Back to School Craft and Bulletin Board {Giveaway}

It's almost THAT time again….Back to School!  If you're like me, you need an easy, fun, cute craft to start the year off right….something you can get up on your bulletin board asap and have everyone loving how cute it is, while only you know it was easy peazy!
This pack is for you if you need all of the above!
It may be a little cheesy, but the wording on the bulletin board CRACKS me up!

I added washi tape to the bottom of some of them…I think it's cute!  Keep in mind my 5 year old did most of these for me, since it's summer…she did a good job, right?
There are 10 pages of writing/activity pages included with the patterns for the craft.
You can find this BUS Craftivity {HERE} on TpT!
And don't forget that the AL Blogger Meet Up, hosted by yours truly is this Tuesday!!  
Email me for details!!

And if you've made it here to the bottom of this lengthy post, then you deserve a bonus!  Let's work together to chase away those Back to School Blues with a SALE!
I hope you love my BUS craft as much as I do!  This is the perfect time to get it and stock up on everything else you need for Back to School, since it's all on SALE! 
OH, and leave a comment below and I will choose a winner in the next day or so!