Thursday, June 30, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

 Took a little bit to figure out what I was doing...but our winner is 

Hadar from Miss Kindergarten!!

Email me and let me know if you prefer Target or Amazon!  (and if it is ok with you, I will email you an e-gift card tomorrow!)

Thanks to everyone who participated!!

(and now... I'm going to bed!!)


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Freebie and a Reminder!

Hi everyone!  I have a little freebie to offer!  It is just a simple sheet for kids to fill in what the character might have been thinking at the end of the story...two on a page to save on copier cost! =)
Just click the robot to get it!

also wanted to remind you that today is the last chance to enter my giveaway for the $25 Target or Amazon Gift Card!  Click Here to enter!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A start to my Pirate & Ocean ClassRoom!

I went back up to school and finished a few boards...I took a couple of pictures, hope you enjoy! =)

This is my door...the pirate is painted.

This is my bulletin board in the hallway...I put my own pirate kids...but (when I get my class list) will add my students pictures to the boat.

And here is my data board...the tally chart shown is just an example...(not finished =)

Super Cute New Blog~Castles & Crayons

Check out this really cute new blog (from a fellow teacher here in Alabama)...
Castles and Crayons!  
She has a great freebie listed in her TPT her some love and become a follower!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Favicon Help!!

If there is anyone out there is bloggerland who knows anything about adding a favicon and wouldn't mind giving me some hints, I would really appreciate it!  I had one...and then now it is gone for some reason.  I re-did the html and it just doesn't show up- gives an error message...  Ideally, I would like to make a cute one of my own, figure out how to host it (b/c it is a .ico thing, right)...and then get it on there (well, up  Any help greatly appreciated!!

$25 Gift Card Giveaway Extra Chance!!

Ok...idea!  For those of you who have already (and those of you that will) follow my TPT store (here) get an extra shot for the gift card that will be up for grabs on Thursday night (details included in the post linked below)...Just 'follow' my store...then go back and leave an additional comment here:

New font for Kissing Hand Poem

Here is a quick new version of one of the poems in my Kissing Hand Pack Freebie...this version uses a font that will be (I hope) easier for emergent readers to read (Thanks Camille for the suggestion!).  
If you haven't already, PLEASE visit my new TPT store and check out the entire 
Kissing Hand Pack- rate it...and consider following my store!  
Thanks in advance!!
Anyway, here is the link to the new poem and below that is the link to the whole 14 page pack!

(couldn't resist another pic of my boy, Jack)

Kissing Hand Freebie

I have been working on my first real activity pack. I decided to build upon a lesson I do on the first day of school in conjunction with reading The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (and not tearing up while reading it).  It is a great story!! The pack is 14 pages long and includes a ton of resources for teachers to use with the book on that special first day of school.  The pack includes two handprint poems, three craft templates, a word search, a math matching number game, and a vocabulary word/definition pocket chart whole group activity.    Here are some pictures of the crafts you'll make:

Anyway, click below and visit my all new TPT store.  Download the pack and any of my other freebies I have added...all I ask is, if you don't mind, follow my new store and rate any of my products...they are all free, so what do you have to lose?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I have a problem to admit...

I am a blog addict!  Check out these awesome blogs listed on TeachingBlogAddict's site!
Click the picture below to be linked up with some of the best teacher blogs around!

Pirate Map Idea

Not sure if this happens to you, but at Open House I am always overwhelmed by parents and kids coming in at once and (of course) wanting to know where their child's desk is...and it doesn't matter how many times I have lined up the desks/seen them with name tags on them, I *still* have to hunt for some of their names.  Well, this year I am doing a pirate/ocean themed classroom (I'll post pics of what I've done so far soon) but my plan is to create a pirate map for each child...which is just a loose map of our classroom with an X where the "treasure" is (their desk) located.  That way, I can hand them their map and they can hunt for their desk on their own!  Here is a picture of the map so far..if you click on it, you can see it up close as a PDF at GoogleDocs.  I did it in Pages (like Word for Mac).  Maybe this will inspire some folks out there..I'd love to see what you come up with! =)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pattern Game Freebie

Go visit lovehugsandladybugs to get this great Pattern Game Freebie!  It is super cute!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Giveaway over at 3rd Grade Gridiron!

Great giveaway over at Third Grade Gridiron!
Check it out along with her awesome blog!

Go visit Kinder Kraziness!

Go visit her site and get her Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten Unit!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gift Card GiVeAwAY

My first Giveaway in honor of 100 + followers!!
The winner will be randomly selected on June 30th.  So you have one week!  The way to enter is easy.  You get entries for being a follower...liking me on FB....posting about the giveaway....and adding my button to your blog.  Easy, right? Details are below, but just leave a comment for each entry as listed.  I am so 
now on to the PrIzE!!
A $25 Gift Certificate to either Target OR Amazon ~winner's choice!

1. Follow my blog. (1 entry)
2. Follow my Facebook page 
(*easy* button on left).   (1 entry)
3.  Post my button on your blog. (2 entries)
4.  Re-post about this giveaway on your blog. 
(2 entries)
SO get can't win if you don't enter!!
Let me know if you have any questions and be on the look out for more freebies coming 
later this week!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011


In celebration of 95's another FIRST DAY FREEBIE!!
These are forms I use at Open House or the first day so that parents can sign up for my monthly activities, email updates, and to also let me know how their child gets home each day.  Hope you can use them!  Let me know what you think!
Click the puppy to get your freebie!

My Wish List- Linky Party with Really Roper!

My Wish List....hmmm?

A new rug would be nice
 a new imac couldn't hurt.
 I could always use more storage!
 an unlimited supply of markers...
 Why not an iphone, too?
 Can hardly have an iphone without an ipad...

Nothing wrong with dreaming big, right?
Join in the linky party with

What's on your list??

Classroom Pics

Here is a little mini-tour of my room...well, at least how it used to look. We finally have a new theme (ocean) so all this will be changing...  well, not ALL of it, but you get the drift =) thing I wanted to point out that took me years to start doing is Painting bulletin boards!  I like to freehand it, but someteachers use a projector and then paint it in...if you look in the background, you'll see my monkey, zebra, safari guy, lion...ALL of them painted!  It is cheap and easy...and then instead of taking it down, I take the paper down and cut it out...roll it up and use it later for something else.  Neat, huh?

 Another idea is when you draw an animal on white paper, artist chalk (found on craft aisle at Wallyworld) is an easy way to add color...the toucan above was done with chalk.  I make a mark where I want color...then take a paper towel and wipe it off...for a faded look.  I will try to get some better (close up) pictures of it later.  If you haven't already, check out my ClAsS SiTe I have some cute pages over there!..and PLEASE consider clicking "like" on my Facebook link to the left...I think I only have 4 people so far (just started it)  I promise not to post a lot on there!!! lol