Monday, April 7, 2014

Counting down to summer!!

It isn't exact, but I believe we have Spring Break next week and then only about 30 more days until school is out!  How many more days do you have left?

I am gearing up for summer right now....I am working on record keeping, getting rid of things I know I won't use...but most of all.....I am shopping for my daughter so that she is ready for the summer.  She goes to a school that requires uniforms so her summer wardrobe is important, but at the same time I don't like to pay a lot for her clothes.  But...she and I worked together to make this t-shirt and she picked the colors...which is virtually every color you can think of.  The good thing is that it will match anything she puts on!  She is so proud of it!



We are changing over from Fountas Pinnell Guided Reading to the type of groups that Jan Richardson recommends.  So, today, I worked with my kids on Elkonin boxes.  Finally, those vowel teams are making sense!



I found this cute little freebie that helped my kids a lot in understanding how the boxes work and thought I would share it with you.


Good luck as you get ready to end this year.  Didn't it go by fast??

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

When's recess?

It has been a while since I posted....life just seems to be moving too fast these days.  It seems like I spend more time filing papers and testing than I do teaching.  I just don't know how to fit everything in!

If you haven't been to my store lately, be sure to drop by and see what is new.  My kids are loving my new  multiple-meaning packs and I can see a real difference in vocabulary with my ESL kids.  I have such a hard time 'marketing' myself and pushing the things I make, but this pack is making a huge difference with my kids.  Here is the link.   Go check them out!






I also wanted to share this cute little t-shirt that a friend of mine designed.  She was recently unemployed and is trying to make ends meet until she finds a new job.  When she showed me the design I just started laughing....I think every teacher I know feels this way right now!  Go grab this t-shirt!  Right now the shirt is only available in this color.  If you have other color choices let me know in the comment section.  If there are at least 10 requests for the same color, Lainey said she would be able to add the additional colors and I will put the new link back here on the blog.  At least 10 shirts have to be purchased so that the order is printed.  Personally, I love the coral!





Can't you just see yourself in this?  
Boy....I am hating the cold, wet days we are having!

Until next time!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Come SEA what keeps me AFLOAT at TPT!!!

All this week there has been a building excitement!  Sellers from TpT were informed that there are now 3 MILLION Teachers working together on TpT!!!  Can you believe that!

So, my blogging group, Owlways Be Inspired got together to talk about how we could best help all 2.99 of you out there in Teacher Land.  We decided to blog from the heart and share resources that keep us going....the packs that we fall back on because they are just plain awesome!  I am going to be short and sweet because I know you don't have a lot of time if you are like me!







Be sure to go check out my store and see what all you need!  


Here are a few of my favorites!


This is my ultimate favorite!  I use this all the time to keep track of mastery of common core standards.  This helps me with my sanity!


Jen Ross has this AWESOME money pack that I have been pulling from.  Money isn't technically on our schedule for another few weeks.  <What were they thinking when they did that??> But, I have gone ahead and introduced it and this is the ULTIMATE pack for beginning with money.  I don't know what I would do without it.


I think I own every packet that Denise has ever created!  I have been following her for years and my kid's even ask 'Is this Denise's?'  haha!!  The Ready, Set, Print packets that she has in her store are great for warm-ups, content checks, and even sub packets.  I honestly couldn't live without them.



Amanda Madden has been one of my favorites for years.  I have been purchasing from her for about 10 years now...before TpT was even thought of!!  I love this Graph a Week Unit because it has all sorts of bar graphs and they are easy to use.








Wednesday, February 5, 2014

100th Day of School


I saw 100!!  All sorts of hats and posters were everywhere as our Kindergarten team celebrated our 100th day!   I took a couple of pictures and thought I would share them with you!






This cute young man was glad to put on his hat to show me how handsome he was.  He said, "It's a little crumpled.  Sorry!".  I think they sort of look like dread locks now!!  Thanks to my friend Kelley Dolling for creating this beauty!  I wish you could have seen all of the hats as the kids walked down the hallway!!! 





This is the great, young Ms. Marbury who just recently got engaged, one of the kindergarten teachers that I work with modeling the latest fashionista style created by another one of our co-workers.

Since she isn't showing it off in this picture, I am including a closeup of her beautiful engagement ring!  Her man did a great job picking it out!




  I told her that I was going to make her the next greatest "pin-up girl"!!  So, get ready to pin her stylin' self.



And I can't forget to show you my favorite project by one of the Kindergartners:  it was made with puffy stickers!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Chillin' and Hoppin' Winter Blog Hop

 

Have you made any New Year's resolutions?  Have you made new goals for your professional life, too?  If so, you will probably need some new materials to use with your students.  You are in luck!  Some friends of mine and I have organized a blog hop on a brand new store!  You can hop from blog to blog and get a freebie that can be found in our stores on Buy Sell Teach!  You can find my store, Best Practices 4 Teaching, by clicking HERE.

We have some amazing prizes for you, too!  
  • Fourteen lucky teachers will win a bundle of lessons.



One very lucky teacher will get a $150 gift certificate AND the bundle of prizes.



Be sure to enter the rafflecopter on each blog because each blogger will pick her own winner. The more blogs that you enter, the greater your chances are of winning.

We realize this is a busy time of year so you will have a week to visit our blogs.  The winner will be announced on our Facebook pages the evening of January 19th.  Make sure you follow our Facebook pages!



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