Thursday, June 30, 2011

I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy....Born on the 4th of July!

Since I'll be celebrating my birthday on the 4th of July, I thought I'd hold a birthday giveaway.  YAY!! :)  

I just completed loading new sight word games to my TPT store.  I have "Go Fish" games for all of the Dolch lists, from Pre-Primer through 3rd grade, as well as a "Go Fish" game for the 150 Dolch phrases.  

I will be giving away two prizes, first prize will be my "Go Fish" combo pack, with 5 "Go Fish" games: Pre-Primer, Primer, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.  The second prize will be my "Go Fish" phrases game. 

To enter: 1.  Become a follower of my blog, or already follow my blog, and leave me a comment.  2.  Become a follower of my TPT store , or already follow my TPT store , and leave me a comment.  It's that easy to enter! You can enter through 9 PM EST on Tuesday, July 5th.  The winner will be announced Wednesday, July 6th at 9 PM EST.  Good luck everyone!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dolch Sight Words and Phrases

Quick sight word recognition is important in helping students to build overall oral reading fluency. Check out the new additions to my TPT store. I just uploaded two new games: "Go Fish" phrases and "Go Fish" for 1st grade Dolch sight words.

Friday, June 24, 2011

It's finally summertime! {SIGH}

Well, yesterday was the last student day for my firsties.  I was greeted with lots and lots of beautiful drawings (you know the kind) and "I will miss you" notes.  I had the sweetest students this year, and I will definitely miss them.  

One little girl, who greets me every morning with "Good morning, Ms. Holk", walked in--and the first words out of her mouth were, "I will miss you tomorrow Ms. Holk".  Another sweetie, in the midst of a noisy commotion as the students played with puzzles, looked up at me with a very worried look on his face, and said something I didn't quite hear, when I said "what?", he said, "I love you Ms. Holk!".  And it was genuine, and it was sweet.  (Awwww!) I of course got teary at that point...and again during dismissal, with all the hugs and the wonderful, sweet, and innocent parting words.  We all have those years we'd really like to forget, the kind when we are relieved that the year is over.  This was NOT one of those years.  It was the kind of year where you're not really ready for it to end...not really ready to let those kids go.  I'll look back on this school year fondly for a long time to come.

Today was the last staff day of the year.  There are quite a few staff members who will not be returning next year, as we had very severe budget cuts for next year.  I will miss all of those who are not returning, and I am very hopeful that many will be called back. 

I find that as the year ends it takes me a few days to get into summer mode.  I think that for some people it's an automatic switch, not for me--I always feel a little blue at the end.  It might just have something to do with the fact that I am a huge "teacher-geek"! 

Does anyone else find that the transition is not a super fast and easy one?

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Congratulations to Jill at Magnificent Multiagers, comment # 102,  as selected by Random Number Generator.  She is the winner of the $25.00 Amazon e-card giveaway! Jill, you have 48 hours to email me at:  

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Amazon Gift Card Give-Away

You know how hectic the final two weeks of school are--well, blogging has had to take a backseat to everything else.  So, I was super surprised to open Blogger today and find out I have over 200 followers.  I don't even know when it happened! As a children's book junkie, Amazon has become my favorite go to store for everything from children's books, to math manipulatives, and even teacher resource books.  So, to honor my 200 followers, I am giving away a $25.00 Amazon e-card gift certificate.  To enter:
1.  Be a follower, or become a follower, and leave a comment:  1 entry.

2.  Be a follower of my TPT store  or become a follower and leave a comment: 1 entry.

3.  Download something from my TPT store (there are a bunch of freebies) and leave me feedback, then leave a comment here: 1 entry.

4.  Blog about my give-away and leave a comment: 1 entry.

That's 4 easy entries!  Good luck everyone!

Give-away ends at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, June 23rd.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Super, Super, Super

The official countdown may begin now. Here in the Hudson Valley of New York, we have 10 days of school left! YAY! As we enter the final days of school this year, I am using many different printables from a great website: Super Teacher Worksheets. It really is a SUPER site. Check it out.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Beginning sounds giveaway

You have to check out The Lesson Plan Diva. She's got a great giveaway perfect for back-to-school time! Wait!! We haven't even finished this year yet, and people are already talking BACK-TO-SCHOOL???!!! LOL 11 days to go though! Check out her blog.