Sunday, September 10, 2017

Back To School Giveaway

Here in Florida we are preparing for Hurricane Irma. All of South Florida is in a state of emergency. Several of my family and friends have chosen to evacuate however my husband and I are staying.  We are putting up the hurricane shutters, filling all containers we own with water poured through a filter, stocking up on gas and food, and tying down tree branches.  I hope that all of you will keep my state in your prayers through this weekend and after when clean up begins.  The fact of the matter is that this storm is much, much wider than our state so no matter where you are, you will feel the effects. Stay safe everyone!!!

On to my giveaway.  I am joining my I-Teach K-2 friends to giveaway this awesome blue tooth voice amplifier for your classroom.
All you need to do is:
1. Like this post.
2. Comment with your grade level.
3. Enter the short Rafflecopter at:
4. Help us spread the word.

That's it!! Good luck!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

4 Tips for Surviving the School Year

Hey there! Our school year has started already and we have been busy building our classroom and school community. Here are a few tips that I use with my kiddos each year that I think always help our year go smoothly.
1. Introduce the staff. We have a VERY large Elementary school. (I am talking over 1200 kiddos.) We always have a ton of people who visit the school. These people have to go through a DL scanning process in order to receive a badge stating that they are allowed to be on campus.  Also, all school employees have badges that we are required to wear, but they don't all look the same. Not all schools may have this service (or badges), so my advice to you is to teach the kiddos who the adults are that may be all around them and what their job is.  For example, when you tour your school to show the students how to walk through the lunch line and pick their food, make it a point to introduce the cafeteria staff. As you walk by the clinic, ask the nurses to come out and meet your students. As you walk by the custodial office, pull those awesome people out and have them say hello.  After you have met everyone (don't forget the lovely front office staff) your kiddos will feel much more comfortable saying hello to those staff members that work so hard behind closed doors. The students will also know who to look for when delivering messages to some of those staff members.

2. Teach students to be courteous and respectful.  Our school strives through several lifelong guidelines that we teach every grade level from Pre-K to 5th.  This consistent policy of being trustworthy, being truthful, no put downs, being an active listener, and always doing your personal best helps our school wide community and the classroom community. The students know that all of those things are expected from them in ANY classroom, lunchroom, or playground that they step foot in.  One of the ways that I set up these expectations in my classroom is using this What Are Manners book and poster set.  (Just click the links below the pictures to download.)

3. Don't sweat the small stuff.  I have a tendency to get worked up over things that I want to be perfect. For example, my printer ran out of ink and the school doesn't let us do color copies, so my awesome, colorful labels for all the reading, math, science, and communication folders won't print. (It happens EVERY.YEAR!) But sometimes I need to think do those sweet faces really care if their journals all match or is it just my type A, OCD mind??? You got it, it's me!  In the great words of Princess Elsa, "Let it go, let it go!" Those precious little humans just want a loving, kind, fun teacher!!!

4.  Watch for sales!! (TPT has some pretty awsome back to school sales!) I don't know about you, but I am constantly buying things for my classroom. In fact it is so bad that when my family is out shopping, I ask my children to tell me (force me really) to put it back.  I have also begun this habit of picking up extra snacks, or folders, or supplies (or whatever really) if it is BOGO. As teachers we put our hearts and souls in to our classrooms and our students but it should not be breaking the bank.

I hope these few little tips can help you start out and continue to have a great year!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Freebie

TpT is having their site wide Teacher Appreciation sale! Everything in my store will be 20% off. Just click here to browse my store and then enter THANKYOU17 at checkout.

ANNNNDDDDD, Just because I love all teachers, here is a FREEBIE for you: 

It is a fun way to teach your students about comparing and contrasting stories using the The Three Little Pigs!
Just click HERE for your freebie. Enjoy and thanks for all you do for your students!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your friends and family.

To help celebrate this wonderful holiday, I am teaming up with some I-teach K-2 friends to offer this AMAZING opportunity. You can win a $100.00 gift card to Amazon! All you have to do is follow this link to the Rafflecopter and enter to win!

Good Luck!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Eggstra" Special Giveaway

How many of you would love to win some "Eggstra" special Easter or Spring themed products? All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win this amazing pack of products for your classroom.

One of the products you could win is my "You've Been E.G.G.ed" Classroom Kindness Writing Activity and Egg Hunt.

It is SO much fun! Your students will love this activity. One piece of the product is the Egg Hunt (with a twist). First you pick a classroom that you want to surprise. Then you ask your students to write a sweet message to another student (one they may or may not know) using the Egg writing paper included. Then fold the message up and place it inside a plastic egg.  Now you wait for the other classroom to leave. (This is our FAVORITE part!) After they are out of their classroom, you and your class sneak in and hide the plastic eggs that each contain one of the sweet messages for your students. Finally, you tape the "You've Been E.G.G.ed" sign on the front of their classroom door and head back to your own classroom.  The best part is that the students are spreading cheer and not expecting anything in return.

Want to have this fun activity and many others?? Enter to win here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring is here!

Spring is finally here which means that we get to learn outside more often.  
I don't know about you, but I love taking my students outside to enjoy fresh air as much as possible. We learn about animals, trees, plants, and life around us.  We enjoy many nature walks around the school grounds. During our walks we like to play learning games. One of the fun games is called inside/outside circles. Your class is sure to LOVE this.  You can play it with any subject or topic.

How do you play??
First, create two circles with your class that have the same amount of students in each circle. (One circle should be around the other one.) The inside circle of students should be facing outwards and the students that make up the outside circle should be facing towards the inside circle students. Once you have your circles created, you choose a topic. For example, you could say "Living and nonliving things". Then the students on the inside circle have to come up with a problem and they ask the student that is facing them their question.  For example, the inside person could say "cotton". Then the student on the outside circle must answer the question. (The answer here would be Nonliving.) The Inside student then provides feedback to their partner by either praising or coaching them. Finally, the inside circle stays still and the outside circle rotates one person to the left. Now they are facing new partners and can come up with another question or ask the same one.  Play continues around the circle until the students get back to where they started.
Tip: Carry white boards and expo markers with you and the students can write their problems and answers.

I want to encourage you to take your kiddos on these super fun nature walks. Click here for a Free Nature Scavenger hunt.

Enjoy and don't forget to check TpT for some great Spring savings. Just search #kinderfriends for some great deals!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Target Gift Card Giveaway

I am joining a few of my I Teach K-2 pals in a Target gift card giveaway.  You can win $100!!!

Everyone could use a little extra spending cash. Use it for your classroom, treat yourself to something special, or both!
To enter this giveaway, follow this link:
Good luck my friends!
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