Friday, December 14, 2012


There are no words to explain the tragedy that took place in Newtown, CT today.  I can offer only prayers.  Prayers for those poor children whose lives were taken today, and prayers for their poor parents and families.  Prayers too for all of the children who wept in fear today as they hid, and prayers for all the faculty and staff at that school, who hid and protected as many children as they could.  

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cyber Monday and Tuesday!

I am hoping you all had a wonderful, restful, peaceful, and thankful Thanksgiving.  Now it's time to get your shop on! I DO NOT go near any retail stores on Black Friday.  I'm an online shopper for sure.  So, I'm already stocking up my TpT wishlist in preparation for Cyber Monday.  Get your list ready, I'll offer 20% off of every item in my store on Cyber Monday and Tuesday.  Make sure you use the TpT discount code at checkout to get an additional discount.  Let the shopping begin!

Be sure to check out some of my holiday offerings.  

Plus, a soon to be listed Happy Holiday Busy Work's a sneak peek of a few of the activities:

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Turkey Disguises and Hurricane Sandy

First of all, I have to say thank you for your purchases last weekend, during my Hurricane Sandy fundraising sale.  I am donating all earnings from last weekend's sale to my state teacher's union, NYSUT (New York State Union for Teachers).  They have established a disaster relief fund for New York state victims of Sandy.  Earnings for the two day sale were $51.00.  I will combine those funds with my own personal donation and submit it to my union before Thanksgiving.  Again, thank you for your support!

If you haven't had a chance to lend your support to Hurricane Sandy's victims, there are a few different bloggers who are also raising funds.  A fellow New Yorker, Erica Bohrer, is raising funds for her area that was heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  I grumbled after being without power for a few days here upstate, and that is nothing compared to what her area is going through.  So, if you can, please stop by and support her fundraiser! 
Onto turkey disguises.  I cannot recall my exact source for this document, but I do know it was shared on  If you are the wonderful author of this super fun family project, please let me know so I can give credit where it is due.  I assign my first graders this task every November.  I am always amazed by their creativity.  I post the completed projects on my hallway bulletin board for everyone to enjoy.  I also post this poster: I am not a turkey! I print it as a poster size.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Sale, A Turkey, and a Hurricane named Sandy...

Quite the title isn't it?! LOL 

A friendly reminder: Every item in my TpT store is 20% off for this weekend.  I am donating every dollar earned over the course of this sale to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  You can see more about this here: 

Also, be sure to check out my new Thanksgiving pack.  I included a few fun sight word activities and a few fun math activities.  Here's a few pics:

Skip counting by 2's activity

Recording sheet for skip counting by 5's

Top Turkey Tally (War card game)

Color by sight words Dolch-primer words

Color by sight words Dolch-primer words

Read and write the room literacy station cards

Read and write the room literacy station recording sheet

Sight word "Memory" game

Magnifying glass sight word search

Magnifying glass sight word search recording sheet

Magnifying glass sight word search recording sheet KEY

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

It's been quite a week here in the northeast.  I consider myself extremely lucky though when I see the devastation that Sandy wrought not too far south of me.  Here in the Mid Hudson Valley of New York, we muddled through a few days without power.  (Boy, you sure do realize how much you rely on electricity when you're without it for a few days...Blogger, how I missed you!)  We already used 2 of our "snow" days thanks to Sandy, which we may have to start calling something other than "snow" days around here.  Our district builds a total of 5 "snow" days into our calendar, so I'm really hoping for a super mild winter.  

I'm sure you're all aware of the total devastation brought on by Sandy.  But just in case, here's a clip courtesy of CNN.

My local teacher's union, PPSTA (Poughkeepsie Public School Teachers Association), along with my state teacher's union, NYSUT (New York State Union for Teachers), is pulling together to raise funds for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

In an effort to give all that I can, I am throwing a 2 day sale in my TpT store, every item is 20% off for two days, Saturday, November 3rd, and Sunday, November 4th.  I will be donating every dollar I earn over the course of the sale to the NYSUT Disaster Relief and Scholarship Fund.  Here's your chance to save yourself a little money, and at the same time, help those who are desperately in need.  If you're not interested in purchasing from my store but would still like to donate, you can do so here: 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Did you know?

You probably did....But here goes anyway! I've been playing around with printer settings a lot lately as I create things for my classroom.  I've been creating anchor charts, posters, and signs, and then printing them poster size on my printer.  Here's a link to a brief explanation: Helper Poster Chart Freebie.  I also create a lot of card games for my students to play for practice with sight word recognition and nonsense word fluency.  I usually place 6-8 cards on a sheet that looks like this:
I like this size for playing in whole group, it's easier for everyone to see the cards that are drawn out.  I wanted something smaller for small groups of students to play or for individual students to play at their desk, but didn't want to re-create the whole file again.  So, I found out that you can print multiple pages onto one page, the printer reduces the size of the graphics/words to fit.  YAY!  All you have to do is go to your print settings under page size and handling and select "multiple", then choose "pages per sheet", take a peek at your preview and see if that size works for you. 

Those are the steps for my particular printer, but I'm sure you'll find a similar setting for most printers.  Enjoy!


Friday, October 19, 2012


So, I should start this post by saying: "I'm sorry it's been more than a month since my last post!" So, I'm sorry it's been more than a month since my last post.  AND  I mean that in all sincerity.  As every other blogger and blog follower knows--the beginning of the year is always CUH-RAZY.  This year is even more crazy than normal.  Everyone is dealing with the Common Core Standards right?  Well, in my state, New York, we are dealing with a hybrid version of the Common Core, called Engage NY.  It's like the Common Core on steroids, and it's CUH-RAZY! Not the standards themselves, but the implementation of those standards, which are still in "DRAFT form" and require heavy use of trade books, which have not been provided to us.  Needless to say, the public library is an awesome place, it's just not where I want to spend every weekend.  {Love the online public library catalog that my regional library offers though!}

So, at this point, I should say: Anyway....{WHEW}  Can I tell you that  Race to the Top has brought about some super crazy teacher evaluations this year as well.  Let's just say that 47 pages of a rubric for a teacher evaluation is a tad too much.  On the up side, I have a super sweet class this year.  (SO FAR! LOL) 

Anyone else out there doing MAPS testing this year? The NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) provides an online testing program, which my district participated in last year.  This year is the first year of MAPS Primary: for students in K-1.  So, some of you may have experience with this.  NOT ME! LOL This is my first year of MAPS.  A percent of my "big teacher evaluation" will be taken from my students scores.  Well, really it will be taken from their improvement from beginning of the year to end of the year.  Our student's first day of school was on September 10th.  The teachers had professional development the week prior to the start.  So the beginning of the year, the base score for my students, should be September right? Not the middle of October (which is when they actually started MAPS), especially when the amount of improvement my students make determines my efficacy as a teacher!  OH BOY! 

OK, I'm going to stop whining now.  I love my job, I work hard every day.  I adore my students and I get way too excited when I see them "GET IT".  So, today I was working with one of my lower groups on letter recognition and sounds and one of my kiddos is trying to figure out the lower case letter b.  She quoted a phrase that I snagged from the super awesome Teacher Tipster.  "Bat before the ball, bat before the ball, /b/  /b/  /b/, /b/  /b/  /b/.  Can I just tell you that I jumped up and down and said "YAY!"  
Check out The Teacher Tipster, he rocks!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Flash Sale!

I'm throwing a flash sale in honor of Labor Day.  Ends tonight at midnight! Hurry in and grab your goodies now, everything is 20% off!

First, Second -

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jersey Shore...

 Well, I've been enjoying every last little drop of summer this year.  In my district, we don't start until Tuesday, Sept. 4th.  We have professional development that whole week, and the students don't start until Monday, Sept. 10th.  I have spent the last week hanging out at the Jersey Shore.  Oh, how I love the Jersey Shore! (Not the television show!)  Wildwood Crest and Cape May, New Jersey, specifically.  Amazing beaches, warm water, great surf, good times!

I'll be back tomorrow with a few more classroom pics and another FREEBIE or two.  For those of you who are already back in your classroom routine, I hope your year is going well.  For those of you who haven't yet gotten started, I hope you're enjoying every last drop of summer!

Oh how I wish summer could last just a little longer!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Helper Poster Chart {FREEBIE}

A little FREEBIE for you to use as a helper chart in your classroom.  Everyone does helpers in the classroom slightly differently, so this is an editable file.  To print as a 4 page poster, simply select to print page one only, then select "poster printing" from your print setup.  

For my classroom helper chart, I used library pockets which I taped to the poster, then I labeled them with the helper cards.  I bought colorful gingerbread cutouts from the Dollar Tree that fit perfectly into the library pockets.  I will label them with my students names to easily switch out helpers weekly.  

☺ Tanya

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012