Thursday, June 16, 2016

Write the Room:Math Style! {With a Freebie!}

Happy summer blog friends! I hope you are enjoying summer as much as I am! I was prepping some center stuff today, and realized I never blogged about something I started working on this past winter during all the snow days. I needed some more activities for math and after brainstorming, I decided to make some write the room math activities because my kids love to write the room! So on one snowy day I began making some write the room math activities and now I'm up to 11. {and may make more}
 I bundled them together today....You can save  $7 by purchasing the bundle! That's getting 3 1/2 write the room activities for free! :) 

Here are some pics of  some of the write the room math activities in action in my classroom. I just tape them up in different spots around the room and put the recording sheets in a center tub. Students who are at that center get a recording sheet, pencil, and grab a clip board... Then they begin searching the room for the write the room cards and complete the activity accordingly. 
Here they are solving addition problems... They write the problem down in the correct box and solve.

Here they are telling time...They write the time shown on the clock in the correct box on the recording sheet.

I have write the room math activities for telling time, addition, subtraction, shapes, base ten, number comparisons, true/false, and much more!! You can grab them individually or save $7 by purchasing the bundle!

And I just added a brand new one today for you as a freebie! I hope you love it!

Well friends,,.that's all I've got for now. Have a great night!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Five for Friday! {End of the Year Catch Up Post with a Freebie!}

Why hello summer's so GOOD to see you!! Well friends week one of my summer break is in the books! It flew by, like they always do. My week consisted of baking, running, snuggling with my sweet little Dexter, cleaning, and I took a little impromptu trip to Target and the outlet mall yesterday...just because it was sunny out and it's summer and well I could! :) I didn't need a thing but I did score some deals at Target and Gap.... and the caramel frappacino I had while I was shopping was a nice little bonus! ;)

I'm a little behind on my blogging...The last week and half of school was crazy busy. I moved everything out so my floors could be waxed. But before that I decided I wanted to paint my room.... So I started painting like a mad woman before my floors were cleaned. 
I thought I would do a little catch up post and share a few things with you Five for Friday style! I'm linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday with five random things from the end of the school year.

One of my favorite end of the year traditions is camping out with a good book day. Students bring their favorite books and spend part of the day reading with their sweet buddies. I also invite them to participate in a book swap. They can bring up to five books they would like to trade for up to five new-to-you books. This is a great way for students to get some different books to read over the summer and it doesn't cost them a thing. 
Here is the pile of books that was brought in for the swap this year. I spy some good ones, don't you?
Another tradition for this day is enjoying some yummy s'mores! Because with only 2 s'more days left why not celebrate!?

This year for our last bulletin board craft we made this cutie patootie butterfly.
If your interested in this, this was another thing I did this week... I got it added to my tpt store. This craftivity pack comes with the craft template and lots of writing papers for K-3. It can also be used as a back to school craft. Suggestions for how to use are included in this little pack. 

As an end of the year gift I gave my students these bubble wands. Super simple, but fun, and the kids were so excited and thought I was the best! ha If your still looking for an end of the year gift for your students you can snag the tags as a FREEBIE HERE. :)

So I mentioned I was painting my room earlier in the post. I got a wild hair to paint my room. I painted it gray and I LOVE it. Do you see that terrible board on the far left? It's damaged and yucky looking and won't come clean. I have always covered it every year with bulletin board paper... but since it isn't cork I have to tape things up and then when I change things out the tape rips the paper and I can't stand the messy ripped paper and who wants to change paper every time you take something off the board?? Not this girl. So......I bought a big ole roll of cork and me and a few of my sweet teacher gal pals covered this board and a couple others in my room before we left for summer. And just like that I have a bulletin board friends! One that I can actually staple and push pin things too. Shut the front door I'm excited! It's little things... or well... a big roll of cork things... that make my teacher heart happy. :)

And.... I mentioned awhile back that I am changing my theme for the upcoming school year. I'm doing a camping/woodland friends theme. Before leaving for summer I just had to put up this new burlap fadeless paper with some of my new border! I'm loving it! I can't wait to add more and finish up the rest of the room. Those critters make my heart smile. SO.STINKIN.CUTE!!

Well friends, that's all I've got for now. Have a fabulous Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Non-Fiction Reading Gurus {Donors Choose & a DEAL!}

The past several years I have used Scholastic News in my classroom and love it! It is such a wonderful resource. I am able to cover so many standards by using the common core lesson plans and technology components that are included with the subscription to this awesome classroom newspaper.

We used Scholastic News this year to find the main idea and details.

 While learning about penguins and verbs, we used a Scholastic News to hunt for verbs. Students highlighted all of the verbs as we read through the great article about penguins. 

We then made an anchor chart with some verbs we found from the Scholastic News and added a few extras as well.

Students then used the verbs to help them write all about Penguins!

Another way we used it this past year was finding the main idea and details. We used one about David Shannon to help us do this.

This is just a few examples of the many different ways that I have used Scholastic News in my classroom in the past.

Scholastic News is such a great resource to add more non-fiction reading into your classroom. I am working to add more non-fiction titles to my classroom library, but still don't have no where near would I would like to have. Scholastic News definitely helps us cover tons of standards and be non-fiction reading gurus! :) Plus it's great to use with our thematic units such as penguins, fire safety, plants, Dr. Seuss, etc. just to name a few!

I would love to use Scholastic News again this year with my firsties. I recently posted a new Donors Choose project for a subscription to Scholastic News and Science Spin for my students to use for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. I would be thrilled to get it funded so we can start using this great resource right away at the beginning of the new school year.

I have until June 2nd to get any donations MATCHED when using the code EMPOWER at checkout! Will you please help me?? For donating $10 to my Donors Choose project I will in turn GIVE you $25 worth of products{of your choice} from my tpt store. All you have to do is donate $10 and email me with your Donors Choose name that you donated under and include the names of the items from my tpt store that you would like! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!!?? If you would like to donate more I will honor that deal for every $10 you donate.... so if you donated $20 then you would get $50 worth of products from my tpt store and so on! :) Check out my project HERE if you would like to help us. Don't forget to use the code EMPOWER at checkout!

Do you use Scholastic News in your classroom?? I would love to know how you use it! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Psst...SNEAK PEEK at CTP's NEW Product Line!!

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for our CTP Exclusive Blogger product giveaway blog hop. Congratulations to Emily Levine for winning the Woodland Friends prize pack #1 from Creative Teaching Press that I was giving away on my blog! Emily I hope you love this super cute line of products as much as I do! :)

I've got a little secret to share with you...I have access to a secret landing page with all of the new Creative Teaching Press products that will be coming out in late May! Exciting right!!?? Click the image below to get a sneak peek of the newest items coming soon! AND while your there enter for a chance to win $50 worth of Creative Teaching Press products!

I'm loving all of the new items... but I'm super excited about the new magnetic decor strips!! What a great idea!! Magnetic strips can be used on any magnetic surface including magnetic whiteboards, magnetic bulletin boards, file cabinets, lockers, and steel doors. Magnetic border strips are reusable and can be easily cut with scissors to customize the length. These durable magnetic strips are sturdy and will last for years to come. I plan to put these around my door and can't wait!! This is such a great idea and will make snazzing up areas much easier and quicker!

Another item I'm excited about is the Woodland Friends Peek-Overs. I'm changing my theme this year to Woodland Friends collection and I can't wait to use these super cute peek overs to make a cute work display. I can't wait to share my room makeover with you! :)

Well what are you waiting for?? Head over to get an exclusive sneak peek of the newest items coming soon! AND while you're there don't forget to enter for a chance to win $50 worth of CTP products!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

We Love Our Moms! {Mother's Day Freebie!}

Hi blog friends! We have been busy this week working on special gifts for Mother's Day! I wanted to share with you a couple of our gifts just in case you are needing something last minute that's pretty quick and simple...But moms are sure to LOVE! 

The first one I want to share about is one that I have been doing this one since I started teaching and it's my favorite! It's a hand print flower that doubles as a work/picture holder for the refrigerator. I found the idea sometime ago online and I can't remember where. :(

Sorry for the poor lighting!

I got my supplies at Wal-Mart... magnetic strips, jumbo craft sticks and clothespins. Simply get your students to make a hand print. (I let them pick which color) I free handed the stem and copied it onto green paper and laminated it and the hand print. Then I hot glued the craft stick to the stem then added the hand print. I hot glued the clothespin to the bottom of the the craft stick and then hot glued a magnetic strip. I add a label and students will sign their name. These turn out super cute and are a great keepsake!

CLICK HERE for the label I added to the back. :) Avery size 2" x 4" labels.

Here is another project that we have worked on this week that I shared about last year. To show our moms just how special they are and how much we love them, students worked on a simile mother's day poem and drew a pretty picture to go along with it. I attached the poem to one side of a piece of construction paper, attached the drawing to the other side, and then laminated for durability. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! :) It's simple, but oh so cute and their responses are so sweet. I hope that these will be a hit with the moms of my firsties. The kids sure were proud of them.
 I loved reading the things they came up with to complete the poem. Some examples that they used... you are as funny as a clown, pretty as a rose, special as my teacher {melt my heart}, helpful as a nurse, smart as a mad scientist, cute as a monkey, and as special as a rhino. Apparently rhinos are pretty special! Who knew?? :)

If you are looking for a quick, simple, last minute project for your sweeties to work on for Mother's Day I just uploaded this as a freebie in my tpt shop. :)

What do your students make for their moms for mother's day??

I'm joining in on the huge teacher appreciation sale that's happening right now through May 4th! Everything in my little tpt store is 20% off! Plus you can use the code CELEBRATE to snag additional savings!! Happy Teacher Appreciation week!! 
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Have a great rest of the week! :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CTP Exclusive Blogger Woodland Friends {HUGE Giveaway!}

I'm back this year as an Exclusive Blogger for Creative Teaching Press and I couldn't be more excited!!! Creative Teaching Press stole my heart when I first started teaching eight years ago with their super cute and trendy classroom decor and I've been a huge fan and loving their products ever since!

I love everything from Creative Teaching Press! Currently my classroom is decked out in the super cute Monkey Business collection. Those silly monkeys make me smile! :) Besides loving all their borders and bulletin board decor, some of my other favorite items from that collection are the Monkey Calendar Days--- I use these to label my cubbies. Another favorite from this line are the 1" Monkey Designer Cut-Outs as classroom money called "monkey tokens." To check out my room and see more of the cute monkey line you can click HERE.

A newer item that as been added within the last year that I'm loving is the Jumbo Library Pockets. I use these in my writing station to hold the writing papers. 

Creative Teaching Press currently has two new classroom collections this year--- Upcycle Style and Woodland Friends. Plus there are tons of other new products including Emoji Fun, STEM inspired posters, content bulletin boards, books and new additions to Painted Palette and Chalk It Up!

I'm loving all of the new products, especially the new Woodland Friends collection! Those cute woodland friends will soon be taking up residence in my classroom and I couldn't be more excited! As soon as I saw this new line, I knew that I had to change my classroom theme for the upcoming new school year!! The Woodland Friends collection is SO.STINKIN.CUTE!!! Those little critters make my heart happy.... and soon they will be making my classroom walls and bulletin boards happy!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Here are some of the items from the new Woodland Friends collection. Prepare to drool over and fall in love with this super cute collection! :)

Woodland Friends Happy Birthday Mini Bulletin Board Set
Charming toadstools give this Woodland Friends Birthday mini bulletin board a whimsical look. The seasonal toadstool "cupcakes" and woodland-themed candles can be displayed atop a cute tree stump decorated with birthday pennants. This 58-piece set includes a happy birthday headline, a tree stump pedestal, 12 month toadstool cupcakes, 36 student candles, a "Today is Your Day" squirrel accent, and a fox with a blank sign. The playful designs are perfect for a variety of classroom themes and displays including camping, nature, outdoors, science, animals, and more.

This Woodland Friends lesson plan book offers 2-page lesson plan spreads for 40 weeks of teaching. 8½" x 11", spiral bound. Includes the following helpful resources: student contact information list, substitute teacher information, seating chart, student transportation chart, weekly schedule, birthdays chart, class news template, notes from the teacher templates, long-term planning calendar, 40 weeks of lesson plan pages and a notes page

This Woodland Friends record book will keep you organized and prepared. The record book has the following helpful resources: student roster, behavior and observation logs, parent contact notes template, parent contact checklist, 26 record-keeping pages, and a percentage chart for grading

The fun Woodland Friends on this award will help students feel special about their accomplishment or effort! This award is perfect to use for reconizing student achievement, graduations, promotions, and more. The award measures 5½" x 8½" and each pack contains 30 awards.

These fun Pup Tents 6" designer cut-outs are great for highlighting student work on a bulletin board and for cubby tags. These could also be used to label containers, etc. Perfect for use in a variety of classroom displays and themes: science, nature, outdoors, animals, and camping. There are 6 different designs and a total of 36 cut-outs per pack.

Furry animals and colorful patterns combine to give these Woodland Friends library pockets a friendly, playful look. Animals featured: fox, raccoon, bear, hedgehog and owl. The playful designs are perfect for a variety of classroom themes and displays including camping, nature, outdoors, science, animals, and more. There are 35 library pockets per package (5 designs--7 of each design). Standard Size: 3¼" x 4½"
These cute and furry Woodland Friends 10" Jumbo cut-outs will add charm to bulletin boards, doors, and any classroom space. These colorful woodland animals (owl, fox, hedgehog, squirrel, bear and raccoon) are perfect for use in a variety of classroom displays and themes: science, nature, outdoors, animals, and camping. These would be great to use for groups----Hang one of these above each group and call them by the animal-- hedgehog group, bear group, fox group, etc. 

This super cute Woodland Friends border will add charm to bulletin boards, doors, and common areas. This border features colorful woodland animals (owl, fox, hedgehog, squirrel, bear and raccoon) on a leafy green background. Perfect for use in a variety of classroom displays and themes: science, nature, outdoors, animals, and camping. This border is 3" wide and comes 35 feet per package.

 Playful evergreens stand in a row on this Patterned Pine Trees border. With subtle patterns of plaid, polka dots, leaves and stripes, these pine trees will complement a wide-variety of bulletin board displays including those related to camping, science, plants, nature, animals, winter and more. The cute patterns add the perfect touch! This border is 3" wide and comes 35 feet per package.

This Golden Plaid border has a simple patterned look to give bulletin boards a golden glow. This border is perfect for fall or summer seasonal decorating and a variety of bulletin board themes (science, nature, outdoor activities, sun, etc.) This border is 3" wide and comes 35 feet per package.

Do you love these items as much as I do?? Are you looking to change up your classroom theme for the upcoming 16-17 school year?? If so, you're in luck...because I'm giving one lucky winner this woodland friends prize pack! That's right... you could be the winner of all 10 of these super cute woodland friends items! EEEK!!! Enter below! spice things up and make everyone a winner, I will be giving each person an item of their choice $2.00 or under from my tpt store when you enter the giveaway by sharing a pic on Instagram or Facebook of a Creative Teaching Press item(s) in your classroom! Use #showmeyourctp and send me an email to with a link to the post and the item you would like for free! :)

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And if that wasn't enough...There are even more new items coming soon that will be added to the Woodland Friends Collection! A new set of classroom essential charts for the Woodland Friends Collection will be coming very soon! Here is a little sneak peek that you seen here FIRST!! There will be more info coming soon about all of these new items and plus more!! So stayed tuned! :)

Total cuteness, right??


Creative Teaching Press now has coordinating items to Zazzle! Say what!!!?? That's right, you can now purchase items like pillows, lamps, post-its, and more to match your favorite Creative Teaching Press collection!


And if that wasn't enough me and my exclusive blogger friends are having a blog hop! You can hop to the next blogger to read about some other amazing products from Creative Teaching Press and enter a different giveaway while you're there! 
And that's not all! You can visit Lindsey at Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten for another giveaway and learn all about some other CTP goodies!
Live, Laugh, I Love Kindergarten

Good luck and happy giveaway blog hopping! :)