July 31, 2014

Show Me the Money...A Math Freebie!

Hi y'all!  Just wanted to stop in and leave ya with a freebie just posted to my store.  Each year, I work harder and harder to make my classroom rich in text so that my sweeties are easily able to access the resources that they need.  I decided that my poor, sad money anchor charts needed a major facelift. 
Included in this freebie pack you will find money anchor charts in two color options...primary and bright colors.  Displayed on the charts are the name of the coin, the value of the coin and a poem.  Use these in your classroom to assist your little ones with remembering the names and values of coins.  I can't wait to put them up in my classroom...I hope y'all love them too!!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Money-Anchor-Charts-1362171 http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Money-Anchor-Charts-1362171
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Money-Anchor-Charts-1362171 http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Money-Anchor-Charts-1362171
Note:  Author of each poem is unknown.  If you know the author please let me know so that I can give them credit!!
Still in denial that school starts back in less than two weeks...please tell me it isn't so!!!

July 18, 2014

A Big Announcement and a Freebie!!

So...there is a REALLY good reason that I have been completely non-existent from this little 'ol blog...
Let me just tell you that this precious surprise was in no way planned but we are over the moon excited and thankful to our Savior for this amazing miracle!!  Our sweet Tinleigh was a blessing to us that took a two year journey to get including many obstacles along the way (read more about it here).
So when God blessed us with our BIG surprise, we couldn't have been more thrilled!  Our two sweet girls will be 15 months apart and we absolutely can not wait to watch them grow to be best friends! 
All I have to say is GOD IS GOOD!!
I'm making this post short and sweet because the hubby is on his way home from soccer and I have missed him terribly!  Between basketball camp and soccer try-outs, I have been a single mommy all week! 
I did want to leave you with a little freebie that I put together tonight.  A simple editable newsletter that I hope makes the start to your school year a little simpler...one less thing to worry about!  Simply choose a font of your choice and type within the text boxes!  Easy peasy!
Here's a peek at what my newsletter looks like...
Grab your editable copy here!
Enjoy sweet friends!  I'm scootin' off to eat some yummy, shaved ice treat that my love surprised me with (Hey...I'm preggers!  I'm allowed to have a cheat here and there!!) and enjoy some snuggle time with him!!

April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas...Lead On!!

Hi there sweet friends!  I'm back for another installment of the "Bright Ideas Link Up!".  I don't know about y'all but I have been able to scoop up some amazing ideas from some pretty fabulous teachers!! 
This month I am featuring a little trick that I use to help keep my sweeties engaged and on track while still learning.  I'm pretty sure that we all have oodles of these little tricks up our sleeves on a daily basis!  Its the little things that they just eat right up!!
Read on to find out how I pair up dry erase markers and my fav...pom poms!!

(The pom pom's are used as an eraser...plus they make the marker oober cute!!)

If you enjoyed this "Bright Idea", I'd love for you to join me on TPT, Facebook and Instagram for more fun ideas!!
For 150 more "Bright Ideas", check out the list below!  Pick your grade level and topic and be prepared to be amazed!!  Thanks so much for stopping by friends!

March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale!

Hi ya sweet friends!  Just wanted to pop in real quick to let ya know about a super fun sale going on this weekend!  Check out Georgia Grown Kiddos to see over 100 sellers (including myself) who are having a "Spring Cleaning" sale!!  I am a cleanin' fool so pair that with a sale and I am one happy girl!! 
Click on the pic to check out my store!!
I am working hard to get back on here and do an actual post but watch out because its gonna be a long one!  I have a bazillion freebies to put up as well as a few units that I have in the works.  Praying I'm able to find some time over Spring Break to tie up the loose ends of these units...I'm so excited about them!  P.S. Sorry I've been so MIA...my days are packed full of snuggles and kisses with my sweet girl!
Night friends and happy Friday-eve!!

March 17, 2014

Lucky in love...

What teacher do you know that doesn't love teacher supplies?
That is why we are having a giveaway! 
The girls of Second Grade Nest, Party in Primary, Darlin' in First, and Webster's Little Dictionary are throwing a giveaway! And we would love for you to win! 

We are all four friends who work in the same building. Two of us are first grade teachers, one is a Kindergarten teacher, and one is a fourth grade teacher! It is so much fun to see each other during the school day and get to have a quick chat! 

 Rebecca from Darlin' Little Learners is giving away her favorite teacher must-have:  paperclips covered in chevron Washi Tape! 

 Amber's favorite thing is Flair Pens! She has donated that to our wonderful teacher giveaway! 

Jessica is giving away her absolute favorite teacher must-have: colorful Post-It notes! 

 And Mackenzie is giving away a pack of amazing Mr. Sketch markers. Who doesn't love those?!

And we all pitched in for a $40 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers.

To win...
Complete the tasks given in this Rafflecopter.
The more entries you put in, the more likely you are to win! 

March 11, 2014

I'm One Lucky Mommy!! {Sale}

Hi there sweet friends!!  I don't know about you but I am so stinkin' excited about St. Patrick's Day this year!  Who am I kidding?!  I am so stinkin' excited about every darn holiday now that I have this precious girl in my life!

To celebrate this little sweetie turning 6 months old {Seriously?!  How can that be?!}, my
"Leapin" Leprechauns Unit will be on sale until Friday! 
Click HERE to check it out!!
Included you will find...
Check out a few pics from it below...

I am off to bed to try and get a few hours of sleep!  Sweet girl is teething and sleep is limited around here these days!! 

March 9, 2014

Bright Ideas Blog Hop!

Hi y'all!  I am so excited to be joining a bazillion of my amazing blogger friends for the 2nd "Bright Ideas Blog Hop"!  The last one was absolutely fabulous and I am certain that this one will be even better!
I am so excited to share with you a few ideas that I use in my kinder classroom for behavior management!  Now don't get too excited...these ideas are nothing to "write home about" but they sure do help me to keep my little rascals under control!!  I hope y'all are able to take away a few ideas that you can implement in your own room...enjoy sweet friends!!
1.  Individual  Clip Chart...Seriously y'all, this chart has changed my entire classroom!  I use this chart system for so many management techniques.  This particular one is the original one created by "New Management".  Each student has a clip (with a fun little glitter dot!) on the chart with their number written on it.  The numbered clips allow me to use them year after year versus making new ones each year with the students names on them.  Students are able to move up and down the chart throughout the day depending on the choices they make.  Good choices move up the chart and not so good choices (I hate using the word "bad") move down the chart.  Read more about how to implement this chart in your classroom by clicking the link above!!
2.  Whole group Clip Chart...I also use another clip chart (same levels as the one above) for my entire class.  If the class is making good choices as a whole, they move their clip up and if they are making not so good choices, they move their clip down.  At the end of the day, I record what color they ended on and award them a point for each level...ex:  green = 1, yellow = 2, orange = 3 and red = 4.  Pointes are deducted for any color below green.  Once my sweeties reach 50 pts, they receive a treat...pj day, show and tell, crazy sock day...etc.  Works like a charm...most of the time!
3.  Table Clip Chart...Next year I plan to implement this nifty little technique.  Each of my four tables will have a stack of cups on their table with colors coordinated to the clip chart.  As that table is making good choices, I will flip their cup to a higher level color.  Vice versa occurs as well...for choices made that aren't the best (such as a little too much chit chat), I will flip their cup to a lower level.  I haven't quite figured out the reward system for this but I have a little bit of time to think on this before next year rolls around!
4.  Kiss Your Brain and Smarty Pants Jars...My kiddo's simply die over any candy award!  This little trick is nothing special but again, it keeps the lions tame!  For brilliant ideas and participation, I like to tell my sweeties to "Kiss Their Brains" and they receive a Hershey kiss as well as a clip up on the chart or I might just call them a "Smarty Pants" in which they earn a pack of smarties and again, a clip up on the chart!  Can y'all tell that I incorporate that dang little chart every way possible?!!
5.  Table Dismissal...Dismissal time can be a bit chaotic so I do my best to pull the best tricks out of the hat!  What keeps my wild monkeys calm?  Nothing more than a little promise to start them on yellow the next day if they pack up quietly...simple right?!  Whichever table is the quietest during pack up and dismissal will earn the right to start on yellow the next day.  I am about as forgetful as they come so I had to make table labels to help me remember who would start on yellow the next day.  I simply place my fun little glitter pom pom next to the winning table and I have a simple reminder the next morning!  Easy Peasy!

6. Chit Chat Breaks...I don't know about you but I have a few Chatty Cathey's in my class!  Love them to pieces but boy do they love to talk!  To help manage this, I implemented "Chit Chat Breaks".  At the start of every lesson, students have to opportunity to earn up to a 2 minute "chit chat break".  Throughout the lesson, if my students are talking to the point that I have to stop teaching, then I take a minute away from their break.  If they are able to "shape up", I let them earn the minutes back.  At the end of the lesson, they are awarded with a "chit chat break" equal to the number on the board.  This is a win-win technique because those extra two minutes allow me time to transition and prepare for the next lesson.
Let me be the first to say that none of these ideas are mind blowing but they sure to help me stay sane!  I hope you enjoyed visiting and taking a minute to read up on a little behavior management!!
Don't forget to continue on the "hop" and show my sweet friend, "Love Those Kinders", some love by reading her post about solving the clogged glue bottle dilemma! 
You can also check out all of the other amazing bloggers by clicking on their post below...