Monday, July 30, 2012

Splat the Cat.. Back to School, Splat! First Day Freebie Pack

I don't know about you, but I love Splat!  I recently purchased the book, 
( was only $3.99!) 
I thought this would be a great addition to my first day activities, so of course I had to create something to go with it.  And as a thank you to all my sweet followers, I decided to make it a freebie!  Included are writing prompts, class graph, and a little craftivity!

 Find this freebie on:

*note: the activities presented in this pack are supplemental and do not replace the book.  You have to purchase the book to use these materials.  They are extensions, and I did not use anything from the original text.

I am linking this post up with the linky party over at First Grade Found Me 
Link up, too!! 

Have you seen the campaign for the Back to School Bonanza at Teachers Notebook?  
Click here or on the picture below to watch a video to see what it is all about!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

NEAECC Report! Kim Adsit, Big Spring Lake, & More!

Ok, just got home  a little while ago from presenting at the North East Alabama Early Childhood Conference!  
I had the best time!
 I am in love with Big Spring Lake is so bright and cheerful and everyone was so welcoming!
I tried to speak slowly...but always feel like I am telling people stuff they already know.  I can only hope I shared something interesting and new to help them with their stations!!  


Thank you, Jada for helping me present and going with me!!  

We had a blast!

If you get the opportunity to attend next year, you should!!
I got to see Kim Adsit present...she was awesome! She was down to earth and so funny...but boy, she knows what she is talking about!!

And of course I made her pose for a picture!!
I also ran into Leslie Ann of

And then there were the Big Spring Lake All Stars like:
Mrs. Mayas' Kindergarten

Julie Lee!!


and visit Mrs Lee's sister's blog

There were so many other creative and fun teachers at Big Spring Lake, I just can't remember all the names, but they were TERRIFIC!
Oh, and while you are visiting blogs, go visit my buddy, Jada's blog:

She has a post up right now with pictures of the conference!

And TPT is back up!! visit TPT or TN and check out all the seasonal products that are on sale by some of the best teacher bloggers around!  
(and because of all the difficulties, the sale will be extended until tomorrow night on TPT!)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Presenting....and a Sale!

OK, wish me luck....I am presenting Wednesday
 at the 
North East Alabama 
Early Childhood Conference!!
I am super excited and am hoping I don't talk too fast!
To celebrate, I am joining in on the 
Blog Hoppin' Linky Party

Christmas in July Sale!!

Seasonal products in my 
stores will be on sale!

School Supply Shopping!

I can never have enough school supplies, or even office supplies for that matter.  Recently, I was contacted by Discount Office Items to look over their site and share it with my readers for
discount school supplies!  
(and I will be getting some great goodies to try out and share in a giveaway with you later!!)
I checked out the site and have to say they have a ton of office and school supply items.  
They are having a Back To School Sale right now, too!
Click here for school savings!
Plus they have a coupon page!
And low shipping, free with a certain amount spent!
They have a great variety of things like pencil sharpeners and ink cartridges (which I know we can all use!!)  Even if you aren't ready to order right now, sign up for their email list and be entered in a monthly drawing, additional savings, and exclusive specials!  They even accept purchase orders!
And they have teaching supplies, too!
Like this:
(which I need right now!!)

Click here or on the picture to visit OfficeItems.Com
Check it out!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tell Me More! Linky Party

I am a little late to the party....the linky party, that is!
I am linking up with Mrs. Lemons and telling a bit more about myself!

Here are some random things about me:
1.  I was adopted by my grandparents when I was little,  so between that and other life occurrences my name has changed 6 times!  The social security office hates me!
2.  When I was a kid I once kissed an iron.  
No, I didn't mean to burn my lips.  I was just sitting there at the table and saw my reflection in the iron that my mom had sitting there... all of a sudden I had this impulse to see what it would be like to kiss myself.  So I did.  
But the iron was on.
And my lips were burned.

3.  I met my husband online.  See, how it happened was like this:  I got divorced after 10 years of marriage (and one great daughter!!). I just wasn't ready to "date"...but I was also bored to death on the weekends.  So I started "dating" on an Irish singles' website.  It was perfect...all the flirting and fun (plus accents) without the guy actually showing up at my doorstep.  Well, after several months of that, I felt better about online dating locally.  My hubby sent me a message that said, "hi."  Six months later we were married on Jackson Square in New Orleans.  Within 2 years of marriage, we were expecting our 2nd child. Unfortunately, the only accent he has is a southern one =(
4.    My husband is 14" taller than I am.  I am 5'2" and he is 6'4".  I LOVE it.
(I was six months preggo here and he looks like a baby)

5.  I have three kids. Never in a million years did I ever think I would have more than one child...nor did I think I would be a teacher when I was growing up. A ballerina or archaeologist, but not a teacher!!
Just goes to show you that life is full of unexpected surprises.

6.  I eat hamburgers and hotdogs in the only evolved way....ketchup only.
The ol' hubster looks different, 5 years later, huh?
7.  I was born and raised in Alabama, but have always felt that I was meant to be living somewhere else.  
8.  I love peppermint products in general.

8.  I love mysteries and grew up reading Agatha Christie.  My dream is to ride on the Orient Express. 

9.  My hair is long.  I have only ever had it cut short once, after I had my first baby.  Since my husband and I married 5 years ago, I haven't had it cut at all.   Oh, and for those of you who have received an email from me, I am brunette...and I do love to laugh =)
10.  I am anything but the typical teacher.  

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Finds, a New Pack, and a Freebie!

 Happy Sunday!
I took the plunge and bought...
a bubblegum machine for my erasers!
I saw the idea on Pinterest 
(click here to follow me!!)
I found the pin I love it!
I found the gumball machine on Amazon....below!
Some other finds...novelty pens at Target for a dollar that I think I can use as pointers =)

 The other find was the flowers marked down to $2 each at a local pharmacy...just a bright little classroom display!
In other news, I have a new pack that I think is is a combination of samplings of everything I use in my 5 literacy stations.  
I included pictures and descriptions of all my stations.  I also included a title poster, a 'Have to Can do' example Poster' and then activity or response pages for EACH station.  Later this week I will do a collage picture to show all the individual pages, but the pack is over 80 pages.  Click here and then choose download preview to get this little freebie page:  

You can find the new pack on TPT and Teachers Notebook.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Busy, Busy!

SO I have been taking advantage of my summer to revise and edit a few of my older packs.  First up was my Pattern Block Sight Word Pack.  I didn't make a lot of changes, but I revised the cover page big time to make it a little prettier!

The other two packs I revised are my Question of the Day packs.  I added page numbers (a great suggestion!) SO if you have bought and downloaded the packs and would prefer to have the page number versions, just go back to TPT or TN and download again from your 'purchases' tab.  (I apologize that I didn’t put them there in the first place!!!) 

There is also a winner for the Hot Dots Giveaway....Dana A! I have sent you an email!!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway for the Barnyard Buzzers!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Barnyard Buzzers Giveaway!

My friends over at Learning Resources sent me some products to review...and I have to say the best part was that I got to choose what I wanted to try out.  The first thing I saw was the set of Barnyard Buzzers.  How cute are these??
I couldn't resist!  I see so many possibilities for games and learning!  How much fun would these be to use during small group?  Or to let your kids rotate using them to answer questions...or in pairs during turn and talk?  When you push the button, it makes the animal sound!
My own personal kids don't want to let me take them to school!!

If you would like a chance to win your own set, just enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Carson Dellosa

Carson Dellosa is presenting a "Blog of the Week"
I was honored to be contacted and told that I would be featured, but not until October! 
However, I just couldn't wait to share their exciting news and changes!
Check them out:


Carson-Dellosa asked hundreds of teachers and parents how they wanted to shop online. 
Based on customer feedback, the new and improved website now features:
·   $5.95 flat rate shipping on all online orders!
·   A powerful new search function that makes it easy to browse more than 4,200 items by keyword, grade, age, subject, learning need, product type & brand
·   Faster checkout
·   Wish Lists to create and organize the stuff you want the most!
·   Social sharing so you can quickly share product information on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+

Have you seen these crowns??
They would go great with my bulletin board...right?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Must Have Picture Books

The Teacher Wife

 Must Have Picture Books?  Yes, please.   
And it is a linky party with the teacher wife?? (one of my FAVORITE blogs that I tend to be obsessed with??) 
Of course I will join in on the fun! 
I am trying to think outside the box and not just go with standard favorites...hmmmm
In no particular order, they are:

Link up over with Lindsey, the teacher wife, and share your favorites, too!

The Teacher Wife