February 27, 2014

3 Million Teachers Strong!!! TpT Sale!



I'm sure you've heard…Teachers Pay Teachers is now 3 million teachers strong!! I am joining in the celebration by throwing a sale in my little 'ol shop. 

I've recently added a few items to my TpT store and I hope to add a few more more by tomorrow. I hope you'll hop on over and take a look around. 

Click on the image to shop my store!




February 21, 2014

Five for Friday!





It's been such a looonnnggg week!! I am so thankful it's Friday!


Last week Thursday, one of our 2nd graders passed away from complications of the chicken pox. She was my student in Kindergarten. I was deeply shocked and saddened. Her family is having financial difficulties paying for her services which makes things even more heartbreaking. Our school has banned together to put some funds together for them, but I'm not sure it's enough, and I just feel so helpless. I met with her mom yesterday and she just held me and cried. I offered my prayers and I told her that her daughter is an angel in Heaven now watching over her and her family. If you are the praying kind, I would greatly appreciate prayers for her family and our community. Thank- you!



We had so much fun with our President's Day Unit, but Boo! to me for only remembering to bring my camera yesterday. We made these cute little crafts from Teri over at A Cupcake for the Teacher.


You can find them here.


This week I have been wrapping up my blog design with the fabulous Becca from Jumping Jax Designs. She is amazing and so very patient with me! I am so excited!!! Here's a sneak peak!


What do you think?


I donated a packet for this fundraiser "Hope for Tony". Nicole from Learning Lab is putting it together for her dear friend Tony. I am sad to report the fundraiser is not doing as well as we hoped. If you would kindly share we'd greatly appreciate it. Thank- you.

Meet Tony Thompson. He 28 years old and is going in for brain surgery next week to remove a cavernous angioma from his brain stem. Tony has suffered three brain bleeds in the last 2 1/2 years and has fought his way back each time. This surgery is needed to prevent a fourth bleed in order to save his life. Prayers, thoughts, and positive vibes are needed as he begins his travel across the country for his surgery next week. Tony is a talented artist and an active soccer player. He is thoughtful and kind. He just donated all 18 inches of his hair to Locks of Love.

Please take a few minutes to read more of Tony's story and to leave him a few words of encouragement. The link is in the first comment. (If you are having trouble finding the link, the TpT store's name is "Help for an Artist Hope for a Friend". http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Help-For-An-Artist-Hope-For-A-Friend



I posted a new item this week….yipeee! It is from my Pocket Chart Series set. Some of my ELL kids are still having a hard time with sight words, so I try to provide as many opportunities for practice as I can. I use them as an independent center, but you can definitely use it for whole group instruction as well. I hope to blog about it real soon and share more pictures of my kids in action.





Simply print, cut, laminate and place in your pocket chart. There are 3 different worksheets for differentiated instruction and a mini reader book included. Here's a sample:


You can find them here.

February 7, 2014

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to bring you my Five for Friday! 



First off, I am sooooo thrilled it's Friday! February is just 10 kinds of crazy in my classroom, so whenever Friday rolls around I am one happy camper!!! Who's with me?! 


This week we worked on our Bumble "Bee Mine" Craft from First Grade Blue Skies. I loooveee how they turned out!


You can purchase the packet {here}.


I made this fun tissue paper garland to decorate my room for Valentine's. 


You can find the tutorial {here}


We worked on some Martin Luther King Jr. activities, and next week we'll do a little more from my Black History Month Pack.




Prepping my Valentine Centers for next week, and I've totally ended up revising this WHOLE packet. I'm a bit embarrassed about how it *used* to look. But then again, it was one of my very first packets. YIKES! 



Finally, I came across this in the TpT Forums, and it was just the inspiration I needed!



Love it!! Happy Friday! :)


A

February 5, 2014

Tissue Paper Garland Tutorial

Hi friends! I made this quick DIY tissue paper garland to add a little POP to my room for Valentine's Day and wanted to share with you all. I don't consider myself to be crafty at all….so trust me when I say, if I can do it, so can you! It takes anywhere from 15- 30 minutes to complete. You'll need, ribbon, a pair of scissors, tissue paper, and a stapler or a hot glue gun in order to secure the loop after you twist the tissue paper. I know my camera stinks…bear with me! :P

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Since I was just making this for my classroom, I simply stapled it together. But if it were for a fancy party or event, I would definitely recommend using a glue gun. 

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I'm loving it! Totally simple & totally CUTE!!! 


My alphabet posters are from Ladybug's Teacher Files. You can find them here: