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! :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

We LOVE Kwik Stix! {Giveaway!}

Hi! I'm popping in today to to talk about a new product that I've been using the past few months with my class that I'm totally loving... Kwik Stix! I recently wrote a post about the classic and neon Kwik Stix and today I want to show you the metalix! 

Last week my after school kinders and firsties tried them out for a parts of a flower project.... and they LOVED them!! They thought Kwik Stix was the next best thing to sliced bread! :) HA!

Finished Metalix projects... I love how awesome they turned out!

Here are some of my after school sweeties using the classics.

Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Sticks take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun! Simply uncap, twist, and paint! Easy peasy, right!!?? Kwik Stix have a fast drying formula that allow them to dry in 90 seconds while still leaving a paint-like finish! The best part is that there are no cups, smocks, water or brushes required. Kwik Stix come in assorted vibrant colors with coverage that won't crack. They work great on poster paper, cardboard, wood and canvas....even Easter eggs! :) My students love creating projects with them and their Kwik Stix creations have been turning out super cute!! I'm so happy that I have added this product to my classroom resources... I now actually enjoy the idea of my students painting, because it is mess free and requires no setup! All they need is the Kwik Stix and some paper and they are good to go! The best part is my students love them and keep asking to use them. 

Be sure to check out the Kwik Stix Pinterest board for some more great ideas of how to use this awesome product!

Want to win a 6 pack of Metalix and a 6 pack of Classics Kwik Stix for your classroom?? Enter the rafflecopter gadget below! The winner will also get to pick out 5 items of their choice {excluding bundles} from my little tpt store. :)

In the meantime, while you are waiting to see if you win some free ones for your classroom, you should totally check them out on Amazon or at The Pencil Grip, Inc!