August 11, 2016

First Day of School "Jitter Glitter" and a Giveaway

I have an idea for you for back to school plus I have joined together again this month to giveaway 3 TpT gift cards for $50 each! (Whoa! How fun is that?!)
 There are so many creative and clever ideas out there to give the kiddos for back to school!  One of my favorites is to give them a little jitter glitter. Have you heard the story First Grade Jitters? So fun! If you are not a first grade teachers, no worries...check out this book, First Day Jitters! I found this poem on pinterest and added it to a card. The kids read the poem and  put it under their pillow the night before the first day of school. I am lucky enough meet my students a couple of days before, so it works out perfectly.
Jitter Glitter is pretty quick and easy! You can choose any kind of glitter, any color card stock...can't go wrong.
First, I print mine out on yellow card stock.
Then, I fold it in half length wise (so it opens like a card.)
Last,  I cut it in half so I have two cards. Finally, I pour a little glitter inside a small plastic bag and staple it inside.
And there you have it...a cute little gift for your students to calm their first day jitters. Click HERE to download it for free. 
Got some colorful craft feathers? Maybe you'd rather send a "so tickled to meet you letter" instead! Find that for sale in my store! Click HERE. Before you go, please enter to win one of 3 TpT $50 gift cards from iteach K-2 Collaborative. Enter our rafflecopter by following one or more teachers. 
I hope you have a terrific school year!! There are so MANY wonderful back to school ideas, just click the links below read about even more.


July 6, 2016

iTeach Linky - Our "Christmas" In July!

Christmas? Well, No. But hopefully it will feel just like it as you make your way through our iteach Linky!
My iteach friends and I have joined together and have put our stores on sale, created a freebies for you to download …not to mention you can win one of 4 prizes! This has to be just as exciting as Santa on Christmas Eve!
First, here is my freebie. 
Click here to download it.

Then, stop by my store to shop. It is 20% off from July 6-9th. 

Last, enter to win some BIG prizes! I say BIG because we are offering chances to win 5 different prizes! Yes, five of them! Feels like Christmas, right? Prizes include: 3 - $50 gift cards to TpT,  1 - $50 gift card to Target, and a $100 gift card from Teaching in the Tongrass.
Below is the Raffelcopter, enter for a chance to win!!

May 18, 2016

Book Bash Blog Hop

I am so excited to join this fabulous group of KINDERFRIENDS to bring you a blog hop BOOK BASH!! Our goal is to share some of our favorite book titles and fun ways to use them in the classroom. So exciting!!

So, I am not going to lie, my teacher closet is stuff from floor to ceiling with books…it is my weakness, but teaching for 10+ years and well, you might say the collection is a little extreme. So for this blog hop it was a bit tricky to settle on just one book to feature. But, I managed! Have you heard of the book, The Big Wide Mouthed Frog? It is one of my "quick" favorites because it is funny and humorous but presents an important lesson to kids in a playful way. Perfect, right? …oh,  and the conversations kids have around this big wide mouthed character are ….priceless!
If you can't get the book, no worries! Just click on the link below and the book will be read to your students.
Watch the Video Here
I have something just for you, it is my sequencing activity for this adorable little story! To download it for free, just go to my TpT store. Once you get there, click the PREVIEW button and it is yours! I do hope you and your students love this story and activity!!
Download it for free here
If you'd like the entire packet add it to your wish list. There are so many more fun activities included if you buy the entire resource - like the little retelling cards!
Thanks for stopping by! Now it is time to continue on with our #KINDERFRIENDS BOOK BASH blog hop! Elaine with Kitty Kitty Kindergarten has a fabulous book and activity to share with you too! Click on her button below to hop on over to her blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

May 1, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaways

Teachers, this is our week. A week set aside to honor us. Wherever you are in the teaching world, I hope this week there is a special moment, where you feel true appreciation! 
My gift to you is a little superhero teacher poster for your classroom. Choose the one the best suits you. I hope you love it.
The ITEACH K-2 teachers are linking up with me to share our appreciation of YOU! Follow the links to gather even more gifts. Also enter the rafflecopter to win a $25 TpT Gift Card.
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April 26, 2016

Give Your Nose A Treat!

I struggle with grading papers in a timely fashion. There, I said it. I put them in my teacher bag and more times than I care to admit, they come back to school the next day, untouched. I kick myself because when is there time during the day to grade them? Never. So, I came up with this idea to help me do more of my grading in the classroom and it has helped! The answer: Mr. Sketch Scented Markers…or the latest and greatest, Mr. Sketch Scented GEL CRAYONS!!
I loved the Mr. Sketch Markers, but these little darlings are even better and smell even more fabulous! I take one out and make a big deal about it as I carry it around. I say something real dramatic like, "Guess who I have? I have Mr. Blueberry and if you have done your (insert assignment) oh so carefully and completely,  I am going to give your nose a treat!" The kids squeal and if they have not already finished it, they quick get back at it because they know...I will only walk around for so long until it gets put away. LIMITED EDITION you know! I walk quickly around, scan and check. If it is correct, neat and complete I draw smiley face.
The kiddos pick up their paper and smell the scented smiley! A little more smelling goes on as they walk their paper on over to their "mailboxes" where it sits until the end of the day. I am happy because that means it is NOT GOING IN MY teacher bag for me to take home and grade! 
Misson Accomplished.
Here is Mr. Blueberry….and there are 12 more where that one came from. I am one happy teacher and that makes one happy class of firsties and kinders too!

April 22, 2016

An Earth Day Sale for You!

I have joined the #kinderfriends and put my entire TpT store on sale for YOU! I hope you can find some things you LOVE and want to try with your kiddos.
 Here is a list of other teachers who are participating. Check out their stores and sales as well.
Happy Earth Day!

April 18, 2016

Mother's Day Plates

Mother's Day and the Dollar Tree, it's the perfect combination. I would say the Dollar Tree is an amazing place. Amazing because it offers a little of this and a little of that, for just a mere dollar. The possibilities are endless and us teachers can take just about anything in that store and use it in the classroom to teach or somehow turn it into a keepsake! It's just something us teachers can do. They didn't teach us that in college did they?! How about a plate. A plain white dinner plate for a $1. Yes please, I will take 20 of them because in just a few days they will become a plate fit to give a mom for Mother's Day! Just grab a variety of sharpie markers and invite a few students at a time to your table. Talk hearts, portraits and how the word MOM if turned upside down, makes WOW ...and off they go! The tricky part is taking all 20 plates home and back to school without breaking them! Before the students can give them, you have to pop them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 12(ish) minutes. It seals the sharpie marker so it won't come of when it's (hand) washed. I would not chance the dishwasher though! Here are some pictures of how they turned out.

On the back, I added the date and the child's name. And we can now call that done.
Thanks Dollar Tree for making things easy, cheap and oh so cute!!