Saturday, August 2, 2014

Giveaway from K Teacher Tiff

Head on over to wish KTeacherTiff a happy 30th birthday!  You can also enter to win some great prizes from talented teacher entrepreneurs on Etsy.  One of the prizes includes a set of 4 canvas chair pockets made by yours truly. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Glimmer and Shine Classroom Decor Set

I love Leonard's super confident pick up line (from The Big Bang Theory).  It sat in the back of my mind while I was creating this new classroom decor set.  Glimmer and Shine is just pretty, isn't it?
{"You're beautiful.  You pop, sparkle and buzz electric."}

I love Leonard's super confident pick up line (from The Big Bang Theory).  It sat in the back of my mind while I was creating this new classroom decor set.  Glimmer and Shine is just pretty, isn't it?

{Alphabet Pennant}

For my classroom this year, I wanted to use a color palate as my driving force behind the decor.  I just get tired of specific themes before the end of the year and never carry them over to the next year.  Glimmer and Shine is just the look I want.  Calm and relaxed, but eye-catching and pretty.

Click on the image or here to check out the preview on TpT.

Only 2 weeks left before pre-planning.  I wonder how many more items will get checked off my back-to-school to do list.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Florida Blog Hop ~ Bundles of Sunshine Giveaway

Welcome to the Sunshine State! Enjoy yourself as you take a tour around our wonderful {and large!} state! Grab some freebies along the way, and be sure to enter to win our Bundles of Sunshine!

My family moved to the Jacksonville area 3 days before I started ninth grade. Ah! We moved from Michigan, where I always said I would return.  *Sigh*  However, I got hooked on Florida.  And how could I not? Beach, warm weather, beach, fun things to do all the time...beach!  While in college, my friend and I lived one block off the beach.  I went everyday.  Even in the winter.  I loved it.  I've lived in Florida for about 20 years now.  Wow.  I am old.

{Two of my favorite bridges}

The First Coast has pretty nice beaches.  I'm not saying gorgeous because we are only gorgeous for about a month when the currents come up from the south and bring the pretty, clear blue water.  The rest of the time we take what we can get.  

 {One of my favorite beaches.  In college I volunteered to walk up and down the beach at sunrise to look for sea turtle nests.  Tough, I know.}

 We enjoy surf fishing, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling.   Pretty much everything to do with the water.  Except sting rays.  Those jokers are scary.  (PS, don't throw your fishing pole at them to scare them away from you when a whole herd is flying at you.  They don't care and your reel will fill up with salt water and get hard to use.  And people will laugh at you...for a long years.  That is my FLA PSA to you.  You're welcome.)

This weekend, we (FL blog hoppers) have freebies for you to enjoy! Stop by each of our blogs for an activity or idea to use in your classroom. To grab my freebie just click an image below!

These personal dictionaries have kept me from pulling my hair out (which is not a good look for the beach).  Choose from either the Dolch list or the Fry list.  

It drives me crazy when students stop writing because they can't spell something.  Instead of students asking me 837,592,749,592 how to spell "was" or "because" or "friend" I just point to their writing folder.  Each student has a copy of the dictionary pages in a sheet protector in their folders.  So handy!  The students even tell each other to look up words after they give up on asking me.  Ha!

 This weekend my whole TpT store is 20% off!  Pick up some (or all) of these products.  Just click on the image to go the TpT product page.  Call it spreading the sunshiney goodness.

I also have an Etsy shop:  Now through July 31, I am offering a 10% off coupon.  Use coupon code FLbloghop during check out!

The Florida teachers below have two fantastic giveaways for you! You can enter once from each one of our pages. All you have to do is follow my blog! Hop around to all the blogs listed below, and be sure to follow them to get more entries. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Each pack also includes a Starbucks gift card (because, well, a teacher's gotta have a coffee!).

Come find out more about the beautiful state of Florida by reading about these other sweet teachers!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bubbles, Updates, Decor and a Secret...shh
Finally!  My best selling unit on TpT has received a beautiful makeover! Bubbles! sports an updated cover, fonts and graphics.  It can be redownloaded if you already have it.  If you don't, it is on sale today and Saturday.  Blow on over and grab it now!
Pumpkin Project is also showing off a new cover. The remainder of this product is the same, but seriously, look at that new cover!  Love, love, love.  And it's free.

Driftwood Beach is my first decor set.  It's laid back, beachy style will look great in classrooms with a beach, camping, forest or other relaxed theme.
{Alphabet Pennant}
 {Number Pennant 0-9}
 {Schedule cards, number 1-132, Job Chart}

Driftwood Beach also includes Days of the Week signs, Months of the Year signs, behavior charts, table/group/team number signs and several blank signs.

Making decor takes a lot of time, sheesh!  I also have two more themes in the works. They should be available soon.

Want to know a secret?  Next weekend I'll be in my first blog hop!  I'm very excited.  I don't want to give away the juicy details yet, so check back here Friday, July 25 for all the sweet Florida goodness!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Chair pocket discount code

Interested in ordering handmade chair pockets? Check out my Etsy shop: for more details.

Enter coupon code SUMMERTIME at checkout for a 10% discount!

Monday, May 19, 2014

We have ACTUAL pumpkins!

Way back in September, we started our 2013 Pumpkin Project. (To quickly catch you up, we grew pumpkin vines in a pumpkin.  It's awesome.  Do it!  Get a big, ol' freebie here!)

The class checked on the regrowth progress while on the way to music last week.  We spotted THREE green pumpkins growing.  Cheers erupted around our little garden.

The watermelons are doing pretty well, too.  Several have little yellow flowers.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thursday Pinspiration: Brownie Batter Dip & GoNoodle Brain Breaks

Alyssa of Just a Primary Girl hostesses another new, fun linky:
For our school Holiday Gathering, I made this fabulous Brownie Batter Dip.  I liken it more to Chocolate Cheesecake Dip, but still absolutely addicting!  I used the same dipper items in the picture, but if you read the comments on that blog post there are some good suggestions for additions/alternatives.

Photo courtesy of Stick a Fork in It

This would also be fantastic as a quick and easy pot luck dish for the summer.  No cooking, very little prep/clean up and it keeps in the fridge for a few days.  Make it.  You won't be sorry.

Do you GoNoodle?  If you don't, where have you been!?!  It is the best brain break, calm down, get moving website out there.  My students love, love, love Noodling.  Check out their blog for extra fun stuff the this end of the year activity for the kids.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday Timesavers: Printing 2 per page of the SAME page

Doing a quick link up with Kristin of My Carolina Classroom for

I was always jealous of the Mac people for being able to print two of the same page side by side.  I'm a paper saver and love to print two per page.  I was having to print one half size, remember how to reload the paper back into the printer correctly, then print the same sheet again.

By accident I discovered how to print two of the SAME page on one sheet of paper on a PC.

I hope that is big enough to see and understand.

First type in which page you want side by side, but use a comma and not a dash. (Yellow)

Then choose multiple. (Red)

Next choose 2 per page [or whatever number per page you want, just make sure to keep putting a comma then the page number.] (Blue)

Make sure it looks as expected. (Purple)

Then click print.

This has saved trees, forests, ink and my sanity!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday Pinspration: Beachy Bliss

Today I'm linking up with Just a Primary Girl for some Thursday Pinspration.

First, our go to drink in Summer is a mojito.  Quick, refreshing and light.  This is the easiest recipe I have found. Drink with caution! They go down easily.

Next, a PowerUP Jax (crowd funding locally) project provided me the funds to purchase a bunch of math stuff. Under the Sea Shell is one of those. It is really engaging and easy to differentiate for student ability or the time of year. I recommend it if your looking for a fun way to practice word problems on a lot of levels.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday Timesaver ~ Color coding composition books

I'm linking up with Kristin of My Carolina Classroom for a Tuesday Timesaver.

My Carolina Classroom

Today's tip was shared with me during a really, really, REALLY long and boring training over the summer.  We use Interactive Notebooks, which I love, but with 867,462 things in the student desks, locating the correct notebook can take forever.  Each student color coded their notebooks to match the color codes I have for the subject area.

We used the edge of a crayon to color the edges of the paper on each composition notebook.  I gave them 1 minute to color each notebook and now they can easily spot which of the 5 journals in their desk is the correct one without having to pull out all of them (and everything else that's hiding in there...scary.)

What's your time saver tip?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Equivalent Equations, the SALE and a surprise!

Do your students need refreshers on equivalent equations?  Addition and subtraction math strategies?  Super fun math snails during centers? My fabulous firsties *really* need some review before our big end of the year test.

My students can complete all the addition equations, but have trouble applying different strategies.  I created Equivalent Equations to help the students practice doubles plus on strategies, making 10 to add and subtract and making 10 with three addends.

Print, laminate and cut on the gray lines.  Students match the right side of the equation.

Each activity has a cut and paste recording sheet for accountability and/or extra practice and/or homework.
And seriously, how super are those snails?  It was love at first sight.

Have you heard about the big Teacher Appreciation sale on TpT?  All my products will be 20% off May 6 and 7 to celebrate all our awesomeness!

Enter the promo cod TPTXO during checkout for extra savings.  My cart is bursting at the virtual seams!

Now for the surprise!  I meant to make this special freebie available last week, but I didn't do it correctly.  So I'm trying again.  As a thank you for following me and reading my incessant babbling adventures from 27, I want to share the printable book from Sir Oinks-a-lot.  I printed this back to back, stapled and sliced in two.  During small groups we read the story and highlighted oi and oy words.  I also have the students take it home and read it 3 times at home.  Thank you and enjoy!