November 25, 2012

Ho-Ho-Ho...A Shopping We Will Go! {Cyber Monday & Tuesday Sale}

Hi there sweet friends!  I hope that your Thanksgiving was absolutely perfect and that all of your bellies are nice and full {I know mine sure is!!}.   Just wanted to post a quick note about Cyber Monday {and Tuesday!}.  There are a bazillion amazing shops offering up to 28% off!  I've got my cart full and ready to checkout...do you?!!
{Click the pic above to start shopping!!}
Have a blessed Sunday friends!!

November 11, 2012

Classroom Photo Dump and {My Teacher Planner!}

**Update**
YAY!!  My unit finally posted!!  Check it out here!
{Congrats to Rachel and Miss Vannini for being the first two comments...Sending your packs to you now!  I hope you love them!!  Thanks so much to ALL of you for your super sweet comments!!}

Uh oh...watch out...two posts in one week?!  What in the world is going on!?  I know--right?!!  This gal is getting a little crazy!!  So as I promised, I am back with a phota dump of my classroom.  Several of you asked how I organized my room and it has seriously takin until now for me to get most of my room sorted out considering when we were finally able to move in!  So here it is in all its glory!!
All of my buckets are leveled for the Accelerated Reader program!

{I have since made a label for the green bucket...I ran out of ribbon when I was taking pics!  I hate when that happens!! My sweet Pops made the whisper phones in the green bucket out of PVC...super stinkin' easy!}
The picture cards on the cabinet are part of the "Phonics Dance" program which is amazing!  Check it out here!

These are my sweet grandparents that I miss terribly!!  Would you believe that they only knew each other one day before getting married?!  And their marriage lasted over 50 amazing years!!
Each of my lil' darlin's has their very own cubby to place their coat and backpack in...heaven!!
Don't mind the mistake in the dime poster above...I have since fixed it!!  You can snag a copy of these posters here and here!
How cute is this pillow that my room mom made?!  She also made my curtains and the chair covers below!  Love her to pieces!!
I put all of my copies for the week in the drawers which keeps me oober organized!  In the crates below I house all of my binders that I use daily.  You can snag a copy of my binder covers here!
I am obsessed with this wall decal from ETSY...love it!
How stinkin' cute are these?!
I hung each students name tag on the backs of their chairs.  This idea came straight from the amazing gal over at SchoolGirl Style!
I placed each students number on a popsicle stick and change out my jobs weekly!  All I have to do is slip their number into the library pockets!
  If you love this clip chart, you can snag a copy here!

Thanks for taking a little virtual tour of my classroom sweet friends! 

If you are looking for a new organizational resource to add to your classroom, check out my newest pack--My Teacher Planner!  It is almost completely editable and includes everything you will need to stay organized this year!  I would still like to add more resources to it so if you can think of anything that it is missing just let me know and I will add it!!

{Click the pic to head on over to TPT for this unit!}


Here is a sneak peak of what is included!!

This is just a peek at what is included...there is so much more than what is pictured!!


The first two of y'all to leave me a comment with your email address will grab a copy for free!!  Have a blessed Sunday friends!!

November 7, 2012

A Big 'Ol Update and a Few {Freebies}!

Holy cow!!  Has it really been almost a month since I have blogged last?!  Please--Please--Please forgive me...I promise I had a good reason!!  Where to start?!  Well, the hubby not only won districts with his soccer team but he went on to win Regionals and then they made it all the way to the State Semi-Finals!!  Wow--wee...I was one proud little wife!!!  Between traveling out of town for his games, Parent-Teacher conferences, SBDM training, PBIS training and everything else in between, this little gal was lucky to find time to sleep!!  But rest assured--I'm back and ready to blog my heart out!!  I have a ton to catch y'all up on so it may take a couple posts to get it all in!!

First up...a freebie because y'all have been so dang patient with my absenteeism!! 
 I use this to assess my students on their long and short vowel sounds.  Each kiddo has one in their "tool kits" to use during word work.  I simply call out a word {either a short or long vowel word...depending on what we are working on} and they move their clip to the correct sound. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!

I don't know what it is about these but my sweeties love to do it!!  All you need to do is print the following document, laminate and cut out.  Use a clothes pin {which I just had to cutesy up with a glitter pom-pom} and you are set!  I have included a strip to use with short and long vowels as well as a strip for /wh/, /th/. /ch/ and /sh/.  Enjoy friends!!


For Halloween this year we had the BEST time!  During the morning we visited the farm and learned all about farm life as well as grabbed ourselves our very own "pie pumpkin" from the pumpkin patch!  I had no idea that these cute little pumpkins had their very own name!!
That afternoon we completed our pumpkin study from my unit "Carvin' Out Fun" {...which I promise to post in my TPT shop...very soon!  I know...I am a bit late!  Don't you worry though...it will be on sale so you can snatch it up and stash it away for next year!!}
 Who would have guessed that Pie Pumpkins would have so many seeds in them!?  They were the perfect size for my lil' darlin's!  {I used one for most of the study with the whole class but each table had their own for counting the seeds.}

Check out a few pics from our day of fun!  We made predictions, collected data {weight, circumference, float/sink, number of seeds, etc!} and analyzed our data!!



We used these fun little mats to help us count our seeds!
I read these two books to the kiddos during our two day study.  "The Littlest Pumpkin" was perfect considering the size of our pumpkins!!

 Last...I took the seeds home and baked them.  We tasted two different kinds--sweet {cinnamon, sugar and butter} and salty--and then graphed our results!  Yummy!!

This unit also includes a "how-to" writing activity for carving pumpkins plus so much more!! 

I know, I know...I need to wrap up this post before I lose y'all!!  I am finishing up the last touches on my other unit too--"My Teacher Planner"--as we speak!  I think I have a bit of ADD right now trying to work on two different projects at once.  I am sorry that I didn't have it uploaded last week like I had promised several of you!  IT WILL BE POSTED THIS WEEKEND...no ifs, ands or buts!!


Because y'all are so sweet and read to the very end of this LONG post {I hope!}, snatch up another freebie by clicking the pic below!  I use these forms for my spelling test and love their simplicity!  The bonus words that I use are words with the same spelling pattern but new words to check and see if my darlins' understand the spelling pattern or if they just memorized their spelling words!

{I saved these documents separately so you will have to click here to grab the actual spelling test form and cilck the pic above for the pre-test form--sorry for being complicated y'all!}

Don't forget to stop back by this weekend for a tour of my classroom!!  Thanks for stickin' with me sweet friends...y'all are the best!!