Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holidays Around the World Freebie and Linky Party with TBA

I am linking up today to share ideas for Holidays Around the World!  I have a newly listed freebie pack of Holiday Thinking Maps, that include Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Old Befana (Italy), St Lucia Day (Sweden),
and several German Christmas themes. 
Click here or on the picture below to snag your copy!

Don't forget to visit TBA by clicking the link below to get even more great ideas fOR
Holidays Around the World!!
Christmas Week

Monday, November 28, 2011

Updates and Sale

My Reindeer Glyph and my Sticker Story 2 Packs have been updated...I am 
so sorry if it causes anyone any inconvenience!!  It is just dreadful when I realize 
I have done something silly...but they are fixed now!!!  Yeah!

Also...the sale is through  tonight...20% off at my store on TPT and Teachers Notebook
and an additional 10% with TPT with the code below.  (links are to the side!=)
Finally got our tree up tonight...the kids are SUPER excited.  Ok...I have GOT to get up and 
go take a shower!!!  Have a great Monday night, everybody!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Best Sellers on Sale!

Just a reminder that my
Let's Make an Elf! 
(which has been a best seller since September)  is on sale for just $2!!

If you love it and haven't gotten it already, check it out on Teachers Notebook or  TPT 

I also have a Let's Make a Reindeer! listed that you may love, too!!

Thanks for looking!

Don't forget!

Savings in my TPT store and my Teachers Notebook store!!
If you get a chance, click over and visit a new blog:
She is super sweet and looking for some new followers to share her adventures of being a sub and looking for a regular position next year!

Oh, and if you are a Jennifer, (and I know there are a lot of us out there)...consider joining "Jennifer" of Rowdy in First Grade for some fun, Jennifer Style...
SO... whether you are a teacher or a Jennifer, you'll love this blog!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black Friday Sale!

Shhh...the sale runs until Monday!
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
Mine was pretty yummy, I mean great!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I'm Not Thankful... Linky Party!

What?  Did she just say that?  She's not thankful???
Well, as my readers know, I listed earlier things I am thankful for...
so that has been covered.

There are some things I am NOT thankful for.  
I will limit my list to 5.

1.  lice.  I'm just  And I have just seen too much *shudder*

2.  video games.  not video games in general...but the ones that distract my husband from his main focus: me.

3.  faculty meetings.  (is that wrong?)  I mean, I know they are a necessary evil..but wahhhhhh!

4.  Poop.  (Again, not really in general...but when it is anywhere, other than the potty, like say...on the classroom floor...or on a bookshelf in my classroom (yes, you read that correctly)...I'll say no more -other than I am not thankful.

5. Pencils that the eraser immediately pops out of and/or the lead that will just break no matter how you sharpen it.

Ok...that's it.  My top five (that I am thinking of today) 
All this is just in fun..I am paranoid someone will misinterpret my humor 
(which has never happened before) lol
Link up below and join in some unthankful fun!

To make you laugh...

Full school day for me...but the LAST day this week!!!
Here is something a friend just emailed me...thought you might enjoy and smile!


1. You can hear 25 voices behind you and know exactly which one
belongs to the child out of line.

2. You get a secret thrill out of laminating something.

3. You walk into a store and hear the words "It's Ms/Mr. _________" and know you have been spotted.

4. You have 25 people that accidentally call you Mom/Dad at one
time or another.

5. You can eat a multi-course meal in under twenty-five minutes.

6. You've trained yourself to go to the bathroom at two distinct
times of the day: lunch and prep period.

7. You start saving other people's trash, because most likely, you
can use that toilet paper tube or plastic butter tub for something in
the classroom.

8. You believe the teachers' lounge should be equipped with a margarita machine.

9. You want to slap the next person who says "Must be nice to
work 7 to 3 and have summers off."

10. You believe chocolate is a food group.

11. You can tell if it's a full moon without ever looking outside.

12. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone
says "Boy, the kids sure are mellow today."

13. You feel the urge to talk to strange children and correct their behavior when you are out in public.

14. You believe in aerial spraying of Ritalin.

15. You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.

16. You spend more money on school stuff than you do on your own

17. You can't pass the school supply aisle without getting at least five

18. You ask your friends if the left hand turn he just made was
a "good choice or a bad choice."

19. You find true beauty in a can full of perfectly sharpened pencils

20. You are secretly addicted to hand sanitizer and finally,

21. You understand instantaneously why a child behaves a certain
way after meeting his or her parents.

Have a great Tuesday!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm Thankful for..

I'm linking up with Rachelle at What the Teacher Wants for her "I'm Thankful" Linky Party!
I have to say I was also inspired by Mrs Saoud (like she was) over at Primary Graffiti who has been sharing with us daily about what she's thankful for. =)
Of course...thankful for my husband, kids...Emma, Jack, and Maggie.  
I am thankful to have a job I love (most 
 Upon reflection...
it's been a tough year (or two)...but joyful at the same time...ever had that happen?  
My mom died six months ago...that was a biggie.  
Add to that a lot of other stressful things like finances and there you have the negatives.  

But at the same time, this year has had some good and some great things to happen. 
For one, I've made a point of getting a babysitter to spend at least one day each 
month alone with my husband...(nice)
And I found blogging (thank you Ms Arnold at Oceans of First Grade Fun for the encouragement to start), which has allowed me a creative outlet- to feel like I am sharing something really worthwhile...  I am thankful for Teacher Pay Teacher and Teachers Notebook...these two ventures have given me a way to help my family and have fun at the same time.  
My son is (knocking on wood) potty trained.  YES..I said it.  He has finally come around...(I feared he would come to school next year and I would be called down to K in order to change his diaper- 
it was that bad)  
SO many other good things have happened...we got to go on vacation! ...not just a beach vacation, but the BEST beach vacation I can remember...ever.  
I am thankful for my followers, who with their comments give me encouragement 
and put a smile on my face =)

Gosh, this has turned into a long post (not intentional)...but
I am thankful that I had more positives to list than negatives...I've been trying to work on that =)

Oh, and what would a post from me be without a craft I made for the hallway outside my room:

I LOVE burlap!
(and my family =)
Link up with what you have to be thankful for:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Reindeer Sighting, Thinking Maps, and a Freebie! Oh My!!

Reindeer (possibly Rudolph?) have been sighted...even before Thanksgiving!  
Check out the sighting for yourself:
 A fabulous new glyph ready for the upcoming holiday season- 
the pack includes a variety of activities, too!

I also created a new pack of Thinking Maps much like my Thanksgiving set, but these are geared toward Christmas!  I added a couple of new kinds of maps, including double bubble...
hope you love them!

And that brings us to a freebie- simple ABC Sort for literacy stations... 
two to a page for paper saving...
ONE page is Thanksgiving (for those of us who have a short week next week) and then the OTHER page is Christmas themed!
Click the picture above to get your copy!
Leave some love below in comments if you download and like them!

Friday, November 18, 2011


If you have purchased my Label It Fall Pack, I have updated it to include B&W versions of all the mats (all the ones that I could find the matching clipart for and the ones I couldn't, I used something similar...)  So be sure to download it again if the added versions will be useful to you!  They would be great time fillers for our short week next week!!

Oh, and I am working on some REALLY cute things right now, so stay tuned!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Label It Christmas! and a freebie!

Hi everyone!  
My hubby is camping this weekend, so with this extra time alone..I mean alone with my three kids 
(not quite the same thing, right?) I worked on my labeling mats for Christmas.  I know many of you liked the snow freebies this week, but didn't want to actually "see"snow...or even think about snow yet.  I hope you don't feel the same way about Christmas...because it will be here before we know it!

 Find it on TPT and Teachers Notebook
This time I included 15 color mats for stations and 3 B&W ones for student/whole group use
Here is an example of one mat included in the pack:
 And because I love you guys, here is a holiday labeling freebie to celebrate my newest listing!
Just click on the above picture and download your free copy.  It is not in the labeling pack, it is just an extra mat with a graphic I got with the membership I won to Graphics Factory from the Moffat Girls!!
If you like it, leave some love below! =)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Snowman Freebie Pack and...

First off, I want to express how much I appreciate all of followers, my fellow bloggers, friends, folks passing through, you all inspire me to be a better teacher...every last one of you!  I love the fact that I can feel like I am part of a community of people that understand what I do...what we do...what teachers do.  As a way to say thank you, I have a new fun pack of 
Snowman themed writing activities and prompts. 
I hope you will love them and if you do, leave a comment below!
Just click on the picture to get your pack!

ALSO...I want to introduce you to a new bloggy friend.  I won a giveaway of hers last weekend and even though she is an LSU fan, I want you to go and visit her blog.  She is a creative, fun teacher who is just starting out in the blogger world...and did I mention she has some great ideas and freebies? 
Anyway, Lisa is her name and her blog is:

Please visit her and become a follower! =)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Let's Make a Snowman!

As I see the leaves changing color and feel the chill in the air, I'm getting in the mood for winter snowmen!  Here in Alabama, that means the kind you make (out of paper) not the ones you make! is a new pack that offers two versions of snow people: 

Check it out!

Hope you love them!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Common Core Organization

If you are like me, you purchased Deanna Jump's Common Core Standards Posters...and love them.  But there is that pesky problem of how to store I file them with specific lessons?...or do I keep them in a folders?...or in baggies? 
Well, I decided to tackle the problem with a photo box (perfect size- no trimming necessary!)  I had some boxes left over from when we had a jungle theme...the one I have just so happens to be zebra print (bought it at Michael's).  
Anyway, I first organized all the standards strips by topic and subject...attached the velcro to the back so that I could copy Deanna's ribbon display idea (love it).  
Next, I took the photo card dividers and put one between each topic...Between the subject areas I cut a piece of colored cardstock to separate math from reading from science, etc.  Each subject area then has the photo dividers with tabs I bought at Walmart labeled with the topic name- I tried to color code those with the cardstock that divides the subject areas.  So like Math has a blue cardstock paper divider and then all the photo card dividers have a blue tab with the standard topic name... 
Perhaps pictures would help for all you visual learners (like me) out there:

 Let me know if you have any questions =)
My version of Ms Jump's Standards Ribbon Display:

I have also been working with my students on graphing, data, and an ongoing lesson of expressing numbers in a variety of ways... for example, we did this the other day about our favorite sport after we read, Soccer Song:
The balls are 'post it' notes from the Dollar Store. 
Volunteers came up and wrote different ways  to make or show the number:
If you enjoyed any of my ideas, leave a comment and don't forget to vote for me at Circle of Moms:
You can vote once a day until Tuesday!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Important Pilgrim/Elf Updates!! and a Freebie

Does everyone else feel like I do and that time is flying by??
I have so many things I need to do, but one I can now cross off is this post! Check!

First off, I was thrilled to see the author of the Pout Pout Fish, Deborah Diesen comment on the activity that my kids did a while back...super cool! really, super important news, if you downloaded either my
Let's Make an Elf or
Let's Make a Pilgrim 
off either TPT or Teacher's need to go and re-download them.  It is nothing MAJOR...but I had added an additional direction page at the end...but without realizing it, I dropped one of the other pages because a text box moved down.  ACKKKKK! 
Ahem, anyway, I apologize for any inconvenience or confusion if you downloaded the packs and wondered what happened to the legs! lol  Thanks for understanding!!

 I also have been thinking about Thanksgiving and recently was sent a free book in my Scholastic Book Order, Who Will Carve the Turkey This Thanksgiving?  Maybe you got a copy, too! 
If you did, perhaps you can use a writing freebie to go along with the book:

Just click on the picture of the book to get your copy of the activity!
Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Super 'Wh'?

For as long as I can remember I have taught the 'wh' sound through the use of questioning.  
All the big questions words (which most are tricky) begin with 'wh' (except for how and of course the nasty little 'who' which I use my owl to teach that...)
This is a great little unit complete with templates to create your very own 
Super Wh
(who is able to leap TALL Questions in a single bound!)
 Here is an up close of the anchor chart I created for the wh sound and question words!
 The original super hero I created below was for action words (predicates, too)...the idea came from a bulletin board by
Lindsey at The Teacher her stuff!

This template for a boy and a girl super hero is included, along with a super 'wh' poster, 2 SUPER cute labeling super hero pages, a question activity page, question cards for reading, a set of 5 journal prompts, a story starter, 2 writing activities, a super hero owl page for 'who', and 2 super hero pages for coloring or for your anchor charts.
Check it out:

First three people to comment below with their email address will get their own free copy!