Monday, May 19, 2014

What's New?

Do you remember me sharing some exciting news with you about the amazing new back to school items coming out from Creative Teaching Press? Well guess what!?? Those new items are due in CTP's warehouse any day now! You are the first to hear it's almost here so be the first to get your orders in! You are even hearing it first before CTP announces it to the public so my sweet followers have the first chance to snatch up these amazing new goodies! Many of the new items say out of stock until 5/27.... but if you get your order in now you will be the first to have the new items shipped out and on the way to you and your classroom!!

I know you are probably thinking back to school already!? But.....it is never too soon to start prepping and getting things lined out for the next school year! Summer will fly by and before we know it we will have a new group of sweet students in our classrooms... and I know you want to be ready with the cutest back to school goods you can find.

Click the button below to see what's new from CTP! You won't be disappointed! :)


And....
The winner of the CTP giveaway for my blog followers was Melissa Wilson! Congrats!! Heather will be in touch with you about your AMAZING prize package that you won! :)





Friday, May 9, 2014

Have Fun Teaching {Needs Your Help!}

My first graders love videos and music! I try to use videos and music as much as I can when teaching. Have Fun Teaching has a great variety of music and videos to use in your classroom and the kids LOVE them!

Have Fun Teaching needs your help! They have just launched a BIG IDEA on KickStarter that will help kids all over the world learn how to read! Join The Movement - Click Here.




If this project is funded during the month of MAY, Have Fun Teaching will be creating 220 Sight Word Music Videos that will give teachers and parents a fun and effective way to help children become better readers!

Here is a sample video for the Sight Word, "IS":


Every little bit helps and you can even receive awesome Rewards for backing this project!




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week & a Sale!

Happy Teacher Appreciation week sweet friends! I hope you know how much I appreciate each and every one of my sweet blog followers and all of the teacher bloggers that inspire me daily! You are all amazing! :)



To celebrate teachers I'm throwing a sale in my little TpT shop! Everything will be 20% off May 6th and 7th! Don't forget to enter the promo code TPTXO to snag some additional savings for a total of 28% off!! My shopping cart is full of goodies and I can't wait to make my purchases! :)




I just uploaded a new Junie B. pack to my TpT store just in time for the sale!


Yesterday we made these cute little hot air balloons for our end of the year bulletin board. So sad that this is the final one for the year. Love my little group of firsties and will be so sad to see them go! 


If your looking for an end of the year craftivity, check out my soaring into a new year craftivity pack. This pack can be used for the end of the year or for back to school!


To make your display complete like mine check out Creative Teaching Press for the jumbo polka dot border and the chevron solids 4" letters!



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Creative Teaching Press is celebrating teacher appreciation week by offering a 20% off discount code! Enter teach1414 at checkout!



Have a fabulous week teacher friends! You deserve it! :)


Monday, May 5, 2014

CTP Back to School Sneak Peek {And a Giveaway!!}



Happy Teacher Appreciation Week blog friends!!! Remember last week when I shared some inside scoop with you about the new back-to-school items coming out from Creative Teaching Press!!?? Well, I have some exciting news.... I'm back today to give you another sneak peek of these hot off the press items from CTP.....and even better.......I'm having a giveaway for some of these AMAZING, NEW items!! Exciting, right!??

Sit back, relax, and get ready for a sneak peek of some hot of the press new CTP items!! I absoultely can not wait to use these new items to get my room all set for back-to-school! And I have a feeling when you see the new "stache" you will too! :)


Every year around this time I begin thinking about, planning for, and prepping for the next school year. When I saw the awesome "stache" of new goodies coming out from Creative Teaching Press the wheels immediately began turning about all the new possiblities for my new group of firsties and how I wanted to decorate and get my room ready.

I absolutely can not wait to redo my math focus wall for next year using the new Math GNOMe common core classroom managment system from CTP! They also have a comprehensive guide to creating and managing your common core classroom that goes along with the Math GNOMe bulletin board set. Pictured is the first grade set. Don't teach first grade? No worries! CTP has both of these items for Kindergarten through 5th grade!!!





Also for my focus wall I will be adding this too cute 5 star Mathematician poster!

Grade K-2 Poster


Don't teach K-2... they have one for 3-5 too!! :)
Grade 3-5 Poster


My new math focus wall wouldn't be complete without some totally cute borders! Check out these super cute new CTP straight borders!






And the new focus wall wouldn't be complete without some cute letters. These are from a previous release but will go perfectly with the new Math GNOMe classroom management bulletin board set.

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 Chevron Solids 4" Designer Letters


And while I'm getting my math focus wall all set up and ready for a new group of firsties, I will need to get started planning! And I can't do that without a super cute, trendy lesson plan book from CTP!


And if I'm planning, then I will need to start thinking about grades too! So I will need this matching CTP record book!


And I can't wait to put up this 8 pack of oh so cute Inspire U chalkboard posters! Love, love! 



I hope you love the new "stache" as much as I do, because I want to give ONE of my sweet blog readers ALL of these hot of the press items from CTP for FREE!!! :)

Use the rafflecopter gadget below to enter the giveaway! One winner will win the Math GNOMe common core classroom managment system and comprehensive guide for the grade level you teach, a 5 star mathematician poster, all of the borders shown, chevron solids 4" designer letters, the lesson plan book, the record book, and the 8 pack of inspire u posters!!! I told you this was exciting news!! :)



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And if that wasn't exciting enough.....Some of my CTP exclusive blogger friends are also giving you a sneak peek of the new items and having a giveaway!!! I don't want you to miss out....so be sure to check out all of the other exclusive bloggers to find out what's new from CTP and enter giveaways for the awesome new, hot off the press "stache" from CTP!







Thursday, May 1, 2014

For the Love of Chevron



I {along with everyone else} am totally loving all things chevon right now!! Chevron nails, chevron home decor, chevron fashion, and we can't forget about chevron school decor!! I wanted to share some of my chevron finds and how I've used them.


For my classroom Creative Teaching Press is my go to place or all things chevron!!
I redid my center management when I got these AWESOME jumbo chevron library pockets from CTP. The cute chevron letters and the hexagon numbers are also from CTP! I attached the hexagon numbers to large popsicle sticks and I just rotate them out daily. Each library pocket color stands for a specific tub/station. This system is working great for me! I plan to use it again next year.

 

One of my absolute favorite things when I was a kid was Scholastic Book Fairs!! This winter I had the opportunity to help plan our school book fair! The theme was Fiesta. I thought CTP's chevron would be perfefct to use for this! 

I used this CTP chevron computer paper for the teacher preview invites.



See the super cute chevron table cloths? I found those at Wal-Mart in the party section! They also had matching banners, plates, napkins, etc.

 

For the classroom wish list board I used chevron border and library pockets from CTP. Each teacher had a pocket. When they came to the teacher preview they filled out wish list forms and slipped down in their pocket. When parents came to shop they could easily see which books their child's teacher wanted. :)


If you look real close to the little blue container there is a cute chevron label from CTP that I used for the wish list sheets.

For Easter I found these super cute chevron cups at Wal-Mart! They came in a 4 pack for 99 cents. I filled them with Easter grass, candy, pencils, and some other fun Easter loot.




Now for a few non-teaching related things chevron that are on my must have wishlist :)

Chevron bedding from Target... love these colors!
Room Essentials® Chevron Bedding Set - White


Palmer short sleeve chevron dress from Lily Pulitzer

Palmer Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress

I'm loving this too cute chevron bandeau swim suit from Target

Xhilaration® Junior's 2-Piece Swimsuit -Chevron Print


I love me some Toms!!! I have quite the collection because I love them so much. Chevron + Toms = a must have... ASAP! :)

Chevron Toms
Bright Zig Zag Jonathan Adler for TOMS Women's Classics


Have a great night blog friends! :)