May 29, 2012

Remembering the Fallen...


 

I come from a long line of military service, so this special day always touches my heart. My father was in the US Army, my father-in-law was in the US Navy, my brother-in-law also in the US Army, another brother-in-law in the US Air Force, my brother is a former US Marine and the list goes on and on. It breaks my heart that we often take for granted the very things which most deserve our gratitude. My parents' town has lost 9 soldiers so far, a small number in comparison to some I'm sure, but the loss is still a great one. A sweet girl I grew up with lost her husband a week after their first son was born. He never had a chance to meet his baby boy. Ironically, he was set to come home for the delivery but decided to let two other soldiers go home before him. Today her little boy is a bouncy 5 year-old, and the splitting image of his father. 

I've had many students who have had to deal with the deployment of one of their parent's and for those of you who know what I'm talking about, it's not easy. Three years ago, one of my students lost his father in Afghanistan. After that my little boy refused to come to school because his father would walk him to our front door each morning. My heart aches for the precious angels our soldiers leave behind.  

On this day and everyday, I will always be proud to be an American, and I will always remember the huge sacrifices that our brave men and women take each day to protect the very thing we take for granted. 

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave! 

Happy Memorial Day!

May 26, 2012

Memorial Day Sale!!!

Memorial Day Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers no promo code needed 

{click on the picture to head to my tpt store}
 
I am linking up with Jeannie from Kindergarten Lifestyle who is hosting a Memorial Day Sale. Hop on over to her blog to check out all the other wonderful sellers participating!! 


Happy Memorial Day!! 

May 24, 2012

And the winner is......

Please forgive the short post but I've been running on empty lately, hence the lack of blogging. I don't know what it is about the end of the school year that makes my kiddos go a little WILD & WACKY! Tattling in my room is at an all time high. So high that today when one of my students said my name to tattle again, I said "Who's that?, that's not my name anymore, I just changed my name". The poor kid looked at me very puzzled and went back to her seat...LOL! Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!  7 DAYS & COUNTING!!! 

I also wanted to send a BIG CONGRATULATIONS out to Mary H. who was chosen by Rafflecopter's random generator! And I'd like to thank- you all for taking the time to enter my giveaway :) 

You guys ROCK!!! 

Have a fantastic day friends!!

May 15, 2012

Carson Dellosa Summer Learning Gift Pack Giveaway!!!

Around this time of the year, as I get ready to say good-bye to my little ones and send them off for the summer, I must admit I've always worried about my kiddos forgetting valuable skills when they get to first grade.  In the age of technology, it's a sad reality that for many, reading books may not be as important as it once was.

According to a study by John Hopkins University, by the time students reach 9th grade, the lack of summer learning can be the cause for an estimated  two- thirds of the achievement gap. Additional studies show that students can lose up to 2.5 months of learning throughout the summer. In some instances, teachers spend at least 2 weeks- some even up to 4 weeks, re- teaching skills lost over the summer. 

This makes for a difficult back- to- school transition which can be prevented. Carson Dellosa is committed to assisting parents and teachers alike close this gap. 


I am very excited to team up with the great folks at Carson Dellosa to bring you this amazing Summer Learning Gift Pack. One lucky winner will receive all of these goodies! The winner will be able to choose their preferred grade level. This giveaway is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only. Winner will be announced on Friday- May 25th. GOOD LUCK :)


 



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May 12, 2012

My Summer Bucket List & an upcoming giveaway!!

Summer Bucket List

Teri {A Cupcake for the Teacher}, Hadar {Miss Kindergarten}, & April {A Modern Teacher} are throwing a FUN LINKY PARTY!!! Hop on over to their blogs & link up!! 


My summer bucket list includes working on a new theme for my classroom...is it cheating if I've already started? LOL! Can you guess??

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Yep, it's from Schoolgirl Style's Rainbow Collection. When I saw this, I just knew it was going to be my theme. 


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I've already started planning, gutting, cleaning, sorting, and packing {whew!} my room a little at a time in anticipation for my new theme.



Also, this summer my hubby & I are taking my little one to...


We are HUGE Disney fans and we normally take a trip out there every other summer. EXCITED!!!

We are also going to Maui for a family wedding: 


I've never been to Maui so I am SUPER EXCITED!!! So if I neglect my little 'ol blog, I truly hope you'll understand ;) 


And finally, I plan to...stop and smell the roses. 


This year has been going by extremely fast, and I really need to remember to take time to enjoy life and appreciate God's blessings.  I need to remember that its okay that I didn't get every single item on my to- do list completed. I need to stop over- analyzing, and over- thinking the choices and decisions I have made. Basically, I need to stop being OCD!!! LOL :D

On another note, I have an AWESOME Giveaway coming up! I can't tell you much right now as details are still being finalized but I am REALLY EXCITED about this one, so please check back as you won't want to miss this!!!

Have a fantastic day!!


P.S. I wonder if I can begin cutting the things I laminated on the 5 hour plane ride to California...hmm...my hubby just rolled his eyes at me...hahaha!! 

May 11, 2012

TPT Linky Party!! What did you buy?

Hi friends!! Boy has it been one long week for me! My kids have been all kinds of HYPER, and I have been 10 kinds of exhausted...lol! 16 days & counting!! Needless to say I was SUPERDEEDUPERDEE excited to  receive an email from Lori at Fun for First informing me I was one of her giveaway winners!! YAY! What a way to turn my frown upside down. If you have a chance please head on over to her blog and take a look around :) 


In other news, the fabulous Erica Bohrer is having a TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale Find Linky Party. Head on over to her blog & share your great finds. I hope you all had a chance to take advantage of this amazing sale which lasted a whopping THREE days!

Is it fitting that one of the first things in my shopping cart was Erica's item? lol! We've been wrapping up our Bug Unit so this cute glyph was a MUST HAVE! 

{Click on the pictures to purchase any of these items}


We've been working on measurement so Amy Lemons' Measurement Mania was another definite must have! I love how I can easily adapt her items to my little kinder kids!  


This week we are working on Oceans, and I love, love, love Jamie Mayas' thematic centers! I probably own almost every one! YIKES!! I had to add her Oceans of Fun Pack to my collection!


There are LOTS of wonderful Mother's Day products on TpT. Deanna Jump's Mother's Day Book was just one of the awesome Mother's Day products I had to have.

 

 More ocean fun!! Deanna Golden's Down by the Sea Pack is packed with lots of fun Math and Literacy centers.


And how could I pass up Mrs. Plant's Over in the Ocean Math & Literacy Centers?! 
I love her stuff! 


Who doesn't love Mrs. Cupcake?!! Although we completed our farm unit a few weeks back, I couldn't pass up the price of this pack!
 
 

I also purchased a few items from Hadar over at Miss Kindergarten. Her summer bucket list pack and her father's day briefcase are awesome!! {I purchased her Mother's Day purse weeks ago..LOVE IT!}


Can't wait to do this in my room!!

 

We will be working on zoo animals soon so Julie Lee & Jamie Mayas' Faces at the Zoo pack was just what I needed.
 

I had to have this Pete the Cat activity!


and this one too!!



WHEW! I had a BLAST shopping! I hope you did too :)