Monday, October 27, 2014


Congratulations Yvonnee G.  I'll be emailing you the files shortly.  Thank you for being an amazing follower!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

1,000 Follower Giveaway, Sale, and Celebration!

I'm so excited to have hit a TpT milestone recently, and now to be able to celebrate 1,000 followers on TpT!  In honor of every single sweet follower, I'm throwing a one day sale tomorrow, Sunday, October 26th.  Every item in my store will be 20% off.  Also, I'll be giving away a November to Remember prize pack.  You could win a copy of my November Busy Work Pack for First Graders, A Feast of Phrases, and my Turkey Trot game.  Enter on the Rafflecopter, I'll announce the winner on Monday evening! Best of luck, and thank you for following!
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Milestone FREEBIES

Hello Dear Friends,

I was honored to celebrate a milestone this past week on TpT.  All week long, my Feast of Phrases game has been discounted as a FREEBIE.  I also posted a fun measurement activity as a FREEBIE, Pumpkin Fun Measurement.  These two products will remain FREE for the remainder of the day today.  They'll go back to regular price tonight (10 PM EST).  If you haven't had a chance to swing by my store and pick them up yet, now's the time! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Celebrating a Milestone and a FLASH FREEBIE

I'm super excited to be celebrating a milestone on TpT.  Check out the newsletter tomorrow for the deets.  In the meantime, here's a FLASH FREEBIE!  Please leave friendly feedback! ☺

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The BOOST sale

The BOOST sale is still going on.  Don't forget to use promo code: BOOST at checkout!

Happy Shopping! ☺

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Classroom Setup (Some pics) AND a Sale!

So, today is day number 2 of setup in my classroom.  Yesterday I was wishing I had started last week.  Today when I left I was STILL wishing I had started last week!  I did get a lot done, but since I'm pretty sure I have adult ADD, I would start working on one thing and then become suddenly distracted by 8 other things, and then an hour later, realize I never did finish the first task!  YIKES! 

Here are a few pictures of some things I got done today.  Notice those two yellow covered boards? One is for my lunch

count, the other is part of my calendar.  Well, today I covered them both with yellow contact paper.  
The boards are super old, magnetic chalkboards.  For the past 8 years I've been trying to figure out how to cover them and still be able to use magnets on them.  The past several years I have tried to cover the boards with bulletin board paper using every adhesive known to man.  NONE of which worked.  The last two years I invested in a lot of heavy duty magnets to hold the bulletin board paper and bulletin board trimmers on--not a friendly task!  Which leads me to today's task, covering them with yellow contact paper.  I'm not totally in love with the look, since it's virtually impossible to get the contact paper to match up beautifully when you have to use three strips of it to cover the whole height of the board, but I'm learning to accept little things like that.  (Sort of!)  

Today I also got my classroom library bins straightened out and organized on my classroom library shelf.  I still have books to add to my white wire rack display, and a few books to be added to some bins too, but that task is mostly done.  

I got my listening center set up.  

I got my Leap Desk and writing station set up.  AND, I hooked up all four of my student computers.  The computers are really a hodge podge of mix and match computer parts, but for the most part they work for Xtra Math, RAZ-Kids, and PBS Kids.

 I also got my BIG hallway bulletin board started. I'm using my "We're Rockin' in our School Shoes" set.  
I printed it larger using my printer settings set to POSTER and it works great for my big bulletin board.  If you print it as it is, without changing the print settings, it works great for your classroom door.  I haven't added the sneakers with the kid's names on them yet since our class list usually changes several times before it's mostly the actual list of kids that will mostly show up.  ☺   

I still have a giant mess to contend with tomorrow!

As I was cutting out my Petes last night, my cat, Finnegan,
who is OBSESSED with lamination, started snagging pieces and carrying them around with him.  I began picking up pieces to throw away, and Finnegan began to hoard the pieces! Crazy cat!  Guess he's rockin' in his school shoes too!

Tomorrow is the BIG BOOST BACK TO SCHOOL SALE on TpT.  I've marked my entire store at 20% off for tomorrow only.  Make sure you also add the promo code: BOOST for extra savings.  

Happy Shopping!  I know my wishlist is LOADED! ☺

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A First Day Photo Frame Prop FREEBIE

First day pictures in my classroom are a must.  I've always taken first day pictures.  Several years ago I put together a cute photo frame prop.  Then about 3 years ago, I added words to the frame for the 100th day and for the last week of school.  Now I take a picture of each student with the First Day frame, then a picture on the 100th Day with the 100th Day frame, and a picture in the Last Week with the Last Week frame.  So at the end of the year I have 3 different pictures of each student, one from the first day, one from the 100th day and one from the last week.  I print them and attach them to a card as a gift for parents.  I present the cards to parents at our "end of year" awards ceremony.  WARNING, these precious treasures can cause teary parents! ☺

I printed out the words on cardstock and them laminated.  I love cardstock and I love lamination.  'Nuff said! ☺

I cut a rectangle out of the center of a black foam core board
to create the frame.  I think I bought mine at Walmart, but I've seen it at Michaels, Target, and Hobby Lobby.

I used Magic Mounts to attach the words and characters to the frame.  (I love Magic Mounts, they are lovely little sticky tabs that stick really well, and they remove easily with no damage!) On the reverse side of the frame, I attached the phrases to use later in the year--otherwise I'd lose them and have to reprint them.  ☺

Then, on the first day I pull each child one at a time to pose for their photo op.  And voila, you've got adorable pictures that the parents will treasure!   

Sshh! Don't tell anyone I had to pose for my own picture--should have put on some make-up first--Geez!

Here's an idea of what you get for each student when you've got all 3 pics.  

Inevitably, I always have kids move in and out of my class.  So, for those kids who aren't there the whole year, I just use random class pictures to add to their parent's cards.  

These printables are a FREEBIE in my store.  Please leave some friendly feedback! ☺