Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hello Summer! And, Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Hello Summer! Yesterday was the last day of school for me.  YAY! The ending was bittersweet though, one of my teacher teammates was moved to a new grade level at a different school. :(  This was my "across the hall" teacher teammate.  We were in and out of each others rooms all the time.  I shed more than a few tears when she got the news.  My new "across the hall" teammate is coming to first grade from fourth grade.  That's a big leap to have to take.  She is BRAVE! I think she is amazing though, and I'm looking forward to working with her. ☺ 

Onto a fun announcement!  The winner of my giveaway: Kylie from Down Under Teacher! She was comment number 14.  Congratulation Kylie! ☺
I'll send you an email to get your game choices.  Congratulations! 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  I'm so looking forward to Monday morning--and NOT being awakened by my alarm clock!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Way too hot!

The final few days of the school year have finally arrived.  YAY! Unfortunately, my school building is a bajillion years old and has no air conditioning, except for in the Principal's Office and the Nurses Office.  The forecast temperature for tomorrow is 97 with a heat index of 105.  YUCK! You know how much STUFF we teachers have to pack up and tuck away for the summer, and in these kinds of temperatures...YIKES.  Luckily for me, I don't have to move everything to a new classroom or even worse to a new building.  But a bunch of my colleagues do, and I feel awful that they have to do it in this heat! I can now begin counting the hours until my summer starts! ☺

Sunday, June 17, 2012


 I love first grade! And I love Cecelia's blog, I Love First Grade! You really have to check out Cecelia's blog and TpT store.  I was one of the very fortunate winners of her Pin-it to Win-it giveaway.  Cecelia was so generous to her winners, she gave each winner two items from her TpT store.  I chose her Primary Nonfiction Research Writing Unit for Common Core and her Beautiful Blends-R Blends Packet.  WOW! I am so lucky, Cecelia's work is amazing and very comprehensive.  Stop on by her blog and her TpT store and check out all she has to offer.  Thank you Cecelia!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hermit Crabs, Countdown, and a Giveaway!

Place some hermit crabs in a box for students to observe and see what rapt attention really looks like on a first grader! LOL I so wish that my students were this attentive to everything I teach.

On to the countdown! Well, first of all I will admit I am a bit jealous of all those lovely teachers who are already out of school for the summer.  I have 10 working days left, 9 of those are with students, and 4 of those student days are only half days, they have dismissal at 11:30 for the final 4 days of school.  YAY! I will say however, that I do appreciate going a little later than other teachers, because when they all start school in August, I am still enjoying my time off, and I get to snag all their fabulous back to school ideas to get ready for my classroom when I return in September.  

I have a long list of work planned for myself over the summer.  Since I tend to put off the "not-so-fun" work and do the "creative artsy" kind of "work" first, I know I'll spend a bunch of time playing around with fun new graphics I have been stockpiling...then I'll eventually make something useful with them. Any other creative procrastinators out there? For example, at this moment I should be working on report cards--instead I'm dreaming of creating things over the summer, I'm blogging, I'm thinking of going to sit outside in the sun, which we haven't seen in a while around here, and I'm well, not doing report cards! LOL  

Onto the giveaway.  In honor of my final days of the 2011-2012 school year, I'm hosting a giveaway. 

It's easy to enter, all you have to do is follow my blog, my TpT store, and add my TN shop to your favorites.  Leave 1 comment telling me you follow all 3. The winner will get their choice of one of my GIANT packs of sight word games valued at $15.00...

and any 3 NWF games valued at $3.00 each!  
Stop by my shop to choose the games you'd like!  The winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator on Friday, June 22nd.  Enter up until 9:00 PM EST on Friday, June 22nd.  The winner will be announced by 10:00 PM on Friday, June 22nd.  Good luck everyone!