Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Target Gift Card Giveaway

Who wants to win a $50 Target gift card?

I am joining in with a few of my K-2 friends to just say thanks for following me! This gift card could be yours in a few simple steps:
1. Go to this link and enter the Rafflecopter:
2. Like this post.
3. Comment with your grade level.
4. Then help us spread the word!

Good luck!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Favorite Books For Fall

I am joining my Kinder Friends to share some of our favorite books to read during the Fall. The book I have chosen is not really a themed book but is an amazing title to help continue beginning of the year learning through fall.

The book that I would like to share is called The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. It is a great way to show your K/1 kiddos how to read a book with expression and to really focus on comprehending the type of character that is talking in a story. It models how as a reader you should adjust your tone and voice to sound like what you think the words would sound like. This story is a very engaging read aloud. When I read it to the students, I stop and pause and model how to actually think about what the words are saying in order to adjust to them. Sometimes I will have them repeat the words after me. Then I challenge the students to go back to their reading spots and try it out with books of their own. It is certainly a text that I use in the fall to get the student's minds prepared for all of the character work that we do at the beginning of the year, but it is also a great book to refer back to through the year. If you are interested in this book,  You can get it here. 

I hope you give this book a try in your classroom this fall. Now hop on over to my friend Cristina at The Primary Besties to find some more great fall titles!

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
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