Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Elf on the Shelf

Do you have one of these cuties in your classroom?

 I love the fun and "naughty" pranks these little elves can have in our classroom!  Last year our classroom elf was a little girl!  She would show up in the funniest places in our room and give us instructions for the day...very bossy!  Well this year, we don't have an elf in our classroom!  I know, it's very sad!  I just have too many things to consider...I have several students who would not be able to handle the disruption in the normal routine!  So alas, I wanted to have something that the elf can leave for YOUR students to find and play at math time!  So here it is...

Don't worry!  I still put this game in my math centers!  My students love playing the game (over and over) and have absolutely LOVED the math coloring sheets!  It's so funny how coloring a math problem is more fun than writing the answer!  It's still math....whatever works, right?  

I hope your days before the Winter Break are not too crazy...I'm trying to breathe and have fun!  The kids love this time of year so much.  They are the reason I do what I do!  

Also, if you haven't seen this Pinterest Board, you have to take a look!  It's all the antics of the Elf on a Shelf!  Some of these ideas are very clever! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Happy Holidays! I'm Throwing a Sale!

I'm feeling the Christmas Spirit!  I don't know about you, but around the holidays I love to have fun with my firsties, BUT I try to keep things as normal and routine as possible.  Well, I've also been finding that my students's behavior improves when I throw in an occasional center game that is new to them!  Well, if you want to try out a new game for your class either now or after the break, I'm throwing a sale!  Here are some of my class favorites:

I have my winter and holiday products on sale for 20% off.  You can shop my store from now until Friday!

Now, I have a question for you.  I'd really appreciate some input from other teachers.  I use the Daily 5 in my classroom this year, and I love it!  My question is about reading groups.  Do you still work with reading groups daily, weekly, or only individual students? Please comment below!  Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Monday, December 9, 2013


I'm so happy you all downloaded my freebie!  Thanks for following my little blog!  Check in later this week!

Flash Freebie

Please check out my TpT Store for a flash freebie!  It will only be up for 10 minutes!

This is one of my favorite little products for reviewing short vowels.  Click the picture below!

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I hope you find it useful!  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Frenzy beings today!

So the Frenzy is finally here!  Click on the picture below to head over to my Facebook Page!  Like my page and grab a freebie especially for you and your students.  Then click the link to the next and the next and the get the picture!  You are in for a treat!  We've got lots and lots of freebies for you!  So, what are you waiting for?  Click the picture!

 You can start here on my Facebook Page!  If you get lost along the way, check the maps below!  There are several Frenzies taking place.  Have fun collecting your freebies!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December Frenzy Starts this Friday!

Only 3 more days!  

Are you familiar with Facebook Frenzies?  I've participated in the last 3 and they are truly amazing!  I've grabbed some great products for my classroom and have also contributed some of my favorites to the Frenzy!  So be sure and check in on Friday to collect your Freebies!  The theme is Winter Holidays and I'm participating in the Math Frenzy!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

4 more days!

I'm getting ready!  

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Sale!

Today and tomorrow are the cyber sale on TpT!  Don't miss the 28% discount available during the sale!  My store is on sale for 20% off.  Enter the code CYBER at check out for an additional 8% for a total discount of 28%!

I've added lots of great Christmas Themed activities for your students!  My tubs are filled this week with lots of these new activities!

I'll try to post some pictures of my kiddos in action this week!  

And last but not least, check back on Wednesday, December 4 for an exciting announcement!

Until then have a great week!  

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday Sale!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful for all of you!  To celebrate I am offering every item in my store at 20% off for Black Friday!  Then please come back for the Cyber Sale on December 2-3rd! 

These are a few of my newest products that your students may enjoy during the weeks of this 
Holiday Season!  

 Thanks for taking a peek in my store!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Time To Be Thankful For...

I am linking up with Reading and Writing Redhead for her Time To Be Thankful For... Linky!  I truly am so thankful for all that I have and for my health and family. This year I am especially proud of my daughters.  They have come up with the idea of writing down all of the things we are thankful for and sharing at dinner on Thanksgiving Day!  I thought it was such a sweet idea...of course we've done a modified version of this in years past, but this year at 13, 13, 13, and 18, they suggested this!  I am thankful for such thoughtful daughters!  My oldest wants to get blank canvases and paint them with the list of things we are thankful for.  Neat idea!  I hope we get to Michael's tomorrow!

Here is my is only a partial list...I feel thankful for so much!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Math and Literacy Centers

Happy Monday evening! I had a great (but tiring) day with my firsties today!  It's always fun to see my little students reconnect on Mondays.  Today, they cracked me up as I introduced their new Word Work for the week.  They were chomping at the bit to start Daily 5!  

Do your students LOVE Daily 5 as much as mine?  I LOVE how excited they get to READ!!!  

Well, over the weekend, I promised some more pictures of my newest products!  Well, here they are!  I am excited about these. I printed and laminated everything today after school so I can get it all ready for my kiddos to use after the Thanksgiving Holiday.    

There is a little bit of everything in this bundle!  I'll have all of my word work tubs and math tubs prepped and ready!

Math Centers

Literacy Centers for Word Work Tubs

Cards for Write the Room and ABC Order

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Now Showing: Owls!

Owls!  That's all we can talk about in first grade these days!  My students are loving it.  Thursday is Art Day in our room and we were so excited to create these amazing collage owl faces!  Our art teacher is amazing!  Just look at these!

I love they way the look hanging around the classroom, although I do feel like I'm being watched!

This week we'll continue learning about these fine feathered friends, but will also get to enjoy lots of fun Thanksgiving themed activities. I'm using my teaching partner's great math products for my math tubs this week.  Click on the pictures to check out her store, Fantastic Froggies Here are my math tub activities for the week:

And this Freebie!

You can find all of these by clicking the pictures or by clicking this link

Happy Monday!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Throwback Thanksgiving Thursday!

Here is a post from last year!  I'm glad I was going through my old posts.  Now I have plans for next week!  Ha!  Just kidding, but I am glad I was reminded of this cute idea and book!  I hope your students will enjoy it too! Click on the turkey to take you there....