Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year Sale!!

Don't forget to celebrate Leap Year by visiting your 
favorite TPT store 
and getting some great deals!

Use the code L2P9Y to get an extra 10% off my already 20% discounted items all day today!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Blogger Alert!

Here is a great new blog to follow, she is a teacher at my school...currently she teaches 4th but is hoping to make it down to our halls in k-1 soon =)
Check her out now ...and follow!!!

Don't forget about the bug Leap Year sale tomorrow, 
a total of 30% off every item in my store and in a lot of other great stores, too!! 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dr SSS-Tastical Labeling Mats and a Freebie

Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?  
I had a sweet customer ask if I could make some labeling mats for March 2nd.  
Well, mission accomplished just in time...I am sure my kids will love these! 
There are a variety of color and B&W well as a variety of clipart versions. 
Hope you'll love them! 
Check them out on TPT Here

and if you visit the link to TPT and click "download preview," you can get this freebie:

And don't forget to join in on the Leap Year fun!  Thanks to Reagan for setting up the linky party so you can see who all will be having sales that day!
 AND... tomorrow Monday already??? lol

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fun in Alabama Today!

OK..I just got back from my lunch with my fun bloggy friends!!  Not only did we have a great lunch, it is just amazing to me how connected we all are.  As teachers, no matter what area or school we teach at, it seems we share so many of the same interests, concerns, etc.  We are all so different, yet fundamentally the same.  We love kids (no matter what we may jokingly say).  
OK...enough observations...and onto the fun:

We had a great time and I got to meet some of the best Bama Bloggers is a 
little dish on each of them:
Melissa from F is for First Grade...she is cute as a button and super sweet!
Angela from Daily Alphabet...she is funny and apparently a semi-hoarder!
Lauren from Just add Clipart...Adorable and is now afraid of Envision Math b/c of me I think!! lol
Jada from Daisy Days of Learning who is just getting into go follow her!
She has great ideas!
Ashlee from Peace, Love, Learn.. sweet as she can be and hoping to get back in the classroom next year.
Kelli from Castles and Crayons....she is so fun... and has the prettiest hair (shh..don't tell her I was secretly admiring her hair!!)
Vickie from Mrs Plant's Press ..she came all the way from Florida to join us (ok, maybe she has family in the area and was up for other reasons, too...but let me go on thinking what I want!!) I was loving her accessories and wishing I had the super cool ring and necklace she was wearing!!
Mechele from Barrow's Hodge Podge ...she was hilarious and so much fun to listen to...Oh, and she has plenty of animals to give away if any of you are interested!!!
Well, and there was this other teacher that sat in the seat next to me...she was invisible (so I didn't take a picture or get her name...but I did make the waitress wait for her before she could take our orders) (joke)

Seriously, if you aren't already following these amazing ladies, please visit their blogs and FOLLOW!!!  They are all awesome!

And now some pictures!!
Here I am with Jada (who came with me and teaches with me at the same school)

Here are Jada, Angela, and Ashlee

and Lauren and Melissa

And Vicki and Kelli

Ashlee and Mechele:

Me, Jada, and Angela

and here is Jada with the me again...
Hope all of you out there in bloggy land are having a great Saturday and enjoying this beautiful day!!
And now I am off to sell tickets at our school's pageant.

Super excited! and an Error!!

I am super excited to be going to the Bama Blogger Meet up in a later today!

In the meantime, I needed to let you guys know if you purchased my Let's Make a Leprechaun pack on TPT, you need to download it again.. there was an error on page if you have printed the pack, you don't have to re-print anything except page 49 (which is a writing prompt).  
I am so sorry for any inconvenience!!!  (and a big thank you to Ms Curry for finding the error!! =)
Click the picture or here to go and download it again!  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New table? Not Quite...

Do you ever just need a change?  Well, I do.  My room is sort of small, the very least it is jam-packed with furniture so I am limited as to what I can move around and where.  With that said, I got the urge to change my guided reading table.  It is bright yellow...and had had some abuse/paint/stains.  I was at TJ Maxx the other day and saw this patterned self adhesive shelf liner- SOLD.  I used my prep time today to cover my yellow table to now look like this:
 Ignore the mess and clutter (no, I am not a hoarder)... and ignore the animal print cover on the chair (left over from Jungle
 The print looks darker in the pics than it really is.

Below is what the table looked like before.  Of course, the liner is removable and leaves no residue.  And in this picture, it looks A LOT cleaner than it is in
The two rolls of shelf liner were only $5.99!  It took almost both rolls from the pack, but a new (looking) table for less than 6 that's a deal!

Tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!  YAY!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Alabama Blogger Meet Up!!

Everyone is welcome!!
It is at 11:00
and if you haven't emailed me yet, please do so that I can add you to the number when I call  to get a table =)  If you have already emailed me, thank you! 
Hope to see you all there!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Let's Make A Leprechaun....Or Two! (freebie, too!)

Pin Addict

I love St Patrick's Day...and all things Irish! Creating this pack was just too much fun for me!
Of course, I have been a bit busier (and sicker) than I thought I would be and it has taken WAY longer than I thought it would to finish it.  (Not to mention the fact that I kept adding stuff to it, making the initial size something like 180MB...until I found a way to reduce the file size with my MAC so that it is WAY more manageable).  ANYWAYS... This pack has, as usual, some adorable craftivities- a glyph and also a personalized friend which both have writing extensions...but the pack also has a bit of math...and a lot of writing and making connections with character and plot.
I also included a leprechaun legend that can be used as a "Think Ahead" (predicting activity)
...lots of activities to go along with my two fav St Patrick's Day books by Tomie DePaola...
gotta love Jamie O'Rourke!  
I  included Common Core standards covered with the pack, too.
If you get a chance, check it out HERE.
When you go to TPT, there is a freebie download if you click "Download Preview"

Seriously, you will love this pack!
Have a great Sunday!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Exchange and Pics of the Day!

Wow.  Valentine's Day is not for the weak of least not when you are a teacher... =)
Just a quick post about my super fun Valentine Class Exchanges 
(a huge thanks to Caitlin and Sarah for hosting it!!).  
I must be special, because I got TWO Valentine Exchange partners...and it worked out so well!  Here are the awesomely cute Valentine's Cards my kiddos got from Mrs Cotten 
from Virginia (Kinders on the Block Blog...check her fun blog out!!!)

and here is a pic of the sweet cards my kiddos got from Mrs Guntorius' Class in Texas.  
(check out her cute blog, too!)

My kids were was like Christmas!

And here are some snapshots from our day=)
A picture of the cards I made my students:
 The Valentine Bags inspired by Pinterest and The Teacher Wife (love, love, love her!!):
 And the Inspired Apple (another fav) inspired the cute cards I made:
"I 'moustache' you a question....Will you be mine?"

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Label It! President's, Valentine's, St Patrick's Days and even Safari Animals! *Plus a Freebie, too! that's a title length you don't see every day!  
First off, I had a couple of sweet customers ask if I could do some new Label It! for Safari/African Animals and then another for holidays for around February and March.  
So here are the new packs, up and ready to go:
The Label It Pack for February and March is huge (to  42 color and BW mats 
(BW not pictured below)

And then there is the African Animal Safari Style Pack that is a combination of color and 
BW mats, 26 total...along with 10 (1/2 color, 1/2 BW) bonus Thinking Maps!  I really tried to listen to feedback and make the fonts simple, and the boxes bigger...I hope you love them!

And one last thing...Pinterest must have blown up with the "er, ir, ur Sisters" poster I had as a freebie a long time ago...because all in one day I have had several emails about it because it is/was missing from my shop.  Well, long story short, there were some clipart policy changes about freebies and I just took it down...but I used some time this morning to do some newer, even cuter versions and here is a pack of three for free on TPT (hey, that totally rhymes!)  
Leave me some love and let me know if you can use one of them!
I have another pack I am feverishly working on...and it is gonna be one of my favorites I think!!
Hope everyone has a great rest of their weekend!!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Vocabulary (free) Resource Link!

I have been having issues with vocabulary retention, especially with my ELL kiddos.  I started using this resource from Zaner Bloser:

Not sure if you can tell what the illustrations are or the words...but I think the pig flying is perfect for unreasonable... Road Runner totally works for favorite?  
"Oh, I saw Super Hero" and the other kids replies, "Oh really?" (for gullible) lol

There is a paid service, which I am sure is awesome...but the free part is pretty cool, too!  I have been using the vocabulary page (you can choose the pages over on the right hand side, along with grade level.  
Just click on the picture above to visit the link!
Anyway, each week our Storytown series introduces 6 vocabulary words...I use the online resource to type the words onto the lines (optional: you could have the kids print their own words) and then I print the two pages, three words on each side...and then the day before the test, we work together to create illustrations for each word.   After a lot of modeling with my firsties, I can see this being added to a station maybe.  Research shows the value of illustrations and pictures created by kids to enhance a word's meaning...along with using in context,  hearing the word used... etc.  It has seemed to help my kids...and they love creating their illustrations!

Anyway, maybe you can use this resource, too! =)

Monday, February 6, 2012

AL Blogger Meet Up Announcement! Currently..and a Thank You!

Not sure about a time yet...but I was thinking if we make it early, like 11:00 or some time later than 1:00...then maybe we could avoid the crowd =)  If anyone needs directions or info, just email me.  Those of you who have emailed me, I will send you an email about it soon!!

My kids worked on 10 more, 10 more, one less, two more, two less...which may be explaining my headache right

Anyway...Guess what came in the mail today???  My Bloggy Valentine Exchange present!
Mor Zrihen of Teacher's Treasure outdid herself with this package!!  Thank you, Mor!!!!

If you don't already follow her blog, then you need to...she is one talented lady.
..PLUS she gives great gifts!! lol

Oh, and to add just one more thing to this post:
Farley's Currently Linky Party:

Check her out if you haven't'll thank me if you do!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Valentine Freebie~14Days of Love by Ingles360

I am joining Ingles 360 for a Valentine Freebie!
 To get your freebie, visit my store on TPT here or click the picture above.  
To see all the freebies from now until Valentine's Day, go check out and follow the fabulous blog:

Happy Sunday!!