Sunday, July 21, 2013

Monday Made It- Freebie



I have been a busy lady.  I have made so many things for the classroom that I'm almost ready to get back to the classroom to get set up. Umm not really, but my hubby wants his office space back I'm sure.
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Here is a list of things I have made. 
I apologize that the pictures are not the best. It's what I can get done during my son's nap time and with the heat wave. 

1.  Hall passes:  I'm using this from The Brown-Bag Teacher.

2. Where are We at... sign:  I got this one from Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera.

3. Lesson Planner:This lovely creation is from Surfin' Through Second.

4. Sound Check:  I made my own Sound Check banner/ribbon. This is the freebie.  The great chevron is courtesy of The Bubbly Blond. Click on the picture to download it.  Please let me know if you have trouble.  I haven't posted a freebie in a while so I'm not sure it is working properly.

Oh, on the freebie I created two, Ask Me, name tags.  I want to have two students that will be the experts during my Math time.

5. C.O.P.S.- I painted frames with some purple glitter paint that I had around and hot glued them to a ribbon.  This will be placed by my writing workshop banner. I used frames my hubby got me from the thrift store.  Making these with foam would have been a better idea since these are pretty heavy.

6.Box Tops container- I had an old container and someone had this as a freebie. I just can't seem to locate that awesome teacher.


I've used our printer and laminator like never before.  I have games and other classroom decor that needed upgrading.

I've been trying to update my product, Teacher Binder- Flowers.  Last year our computer crashed and I didn't save my clipart or products.  Well I have learned my lesson.  I was able to get the wonderful daisy clip art from the artist in France.  So I've been working on an editable version. Here is a look at my progress.


I finally reached 300 followers but I'm not sure how accurate that is. Over the few years that I've been on and off blogging it is nice to reach that goal. I'd like to do a giveaway, just not sure what you would like.  Any suggestions?

Also I was so happy to see one of my post on Buzzfeed.com- 25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers.



This week I'll be plugging along on the teacher binder and getting more wonderful ideas from the Monday Made It!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Busy Summer


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My four year old.  Happy Birthday!
I started the summer with a good week of just getting things tidy here at home.  Then we left for California for my nephew's graduation at Stanford and to celebrate my little guy's 4th birthday.  I had a great time visiting with friends and family.  I actually had a dinner date with my husband and it had been years since we have been able to do this.  The babysitters did a great job watching our son.

When we returned my husband got sick then I did.  Not fun at all.  We are finally at the tail end of the cold.  I have so many projects that are on my TO DO list that I hope I can get some completed before I have to go tackle my classroom organization.


My husband and I on our date.

My son and I playing on the laptop.
My guys playing around.

Enjoying the graduation!
The projects I hope to get to when my little guy goes to bed are a jewelry organizer and restroom passes.  I'll post about them soon.

I'm trying to get set up on Bloglovin.  Hopefully it works.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

June Currently

Join the Currently linky party by clicking on my currently image.  So excited for this week since we will be reviewing but having an indoor campout all week. I'll take pictures and share our fun.



I can't believe we are already in June.  I'm so happy about it.  It has been a tough year since we had to implement a new reading program that isn't my favorite.  I try to support it but it doesn't allow for differentiation.  As an educator you can see my dilemma. Anyway school morale is at an all time low.  We continue to support our kids and each other.

I should be finishing up my report cards but my son will soon ask me to join him in tower or puzzle play.  I'll have to get to it later.  I'm almost done which is wonderful since my deadline is tomorrow morning.

I have had a wonderful time seeing other teachers with their students on Instagram.  I've enjoyed seeing what they are up to since I can't always blog stalk until the weekend, if I'm lucky.

The giveaway table for teachers is up and starting to get filled in one of our hallways. I'm so ready to get rid of materials I haven't used at all.  Then comes the organization party I need to have on my own.

I haven't been on a vacation in a long time but when I am I just want to be comfortable in the heat and sun.

Can't wait to see what everyone is up to.

Monday, May 27, 2013

A Special Thanks! End of the Year/Teacher Appreciation


Monday Made it is back again on a weekly basis and I'm so excited about that!  I hope it is helpful. Link up by clicking on the image above.

Times have been a little rough for my little family financially.  We are being troopers and trying to get through.  Well since I would love to thank my son's teachers and therapists I decided I'd do it like this.

They will be getting a letter from my family and a small piece of jewelry.  The only way this is possible is because at the beginning of the year I attended a jewelry party for another teacher and signed up to have a party.  Well although I didn't purchase anything for myself this time I was able to get some jewelry because of the great people who bought and attended.


I tried to pick classic pieces that I hope the ladies will love.



I used some inexpensive thank you cards.  What I'll write inside will be:

We appreciate that you leave your halo at home.  It would distract Joshua.

I tried to get Joshua to write his name but he wanted to write the whole alphabet.  So we stuck to just putting Toy Story stickers on the back.



Friday, May 24, 2013

Rock N Learn DVDs - Review and Giveaway!

I had the pleasure of reviewing two Rock N Learn DVDs this week.  I received them from Educents.    Educents currently has these and a few other DVDs on sale. They are up to 38% off. I was not paid to give this review.


I let my students view portions of both DVDs to both review what we have learned in Life Science/Physical Science this year and to get their take on the DVDs.

First, I really enjoyed that the material was easy to understand.  There were sections that I skipped because the students didn't go over plant life cycles this year.  We focused on the butterfly life cycle.  The students enjoyed the game show scenes and loved trying to answer the questions along with the character in the DVD.

Also, the Physical Science DVD did a wonderful job going over the Scientific Method and the States of Matter.  My students enjoyed both DVDs and I thought it would be a great tool to use in the classroom next year to introduce the concepts at my grade level.  It would be a wonderful review as well.

Again some of the portions of the DVDs are not right for my second grade students but some of the portions are just right.

Click on the image above if you want to check out the deal they have on Educents.

I am giving away both the DVDs I was able to watch.  Please enter below.


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Summer Bucket List Linky Party


What is on your Summer Bucket List?  Join up with these wonderful bloggers and share. Just click on the image after you have checked my bucket list out.

One
I must organize my lovely classroom.  I'm pretty sure I'll be in my classroom and at the same grade level.  I have the tools but just haven't had the time to set up the library like I want it. My filing system is really stacks of paper throughout my desk area.  I can find things but boy it is an eye sore.



Two
Have as much possible fun with this little guy.  We will try and be outdoorsy and social on our budget this summer.   We have been reserved with going to many places since my little guy might get a sensory overload, but we are going to be adventurous. Back yard camping and picnics on our agenda.


Three
I'll actually have time to spend with my hubby.  We can actually have a few lunch dates since our son goes to a year round school.


Four
My hope is that we will make it to the beach when we visit California.  If we don't I want to at least enjoy the outdoors and warm weather while we have it.

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 If I can steal away some time.  I'll have a review of a couple Science DVDs and a giveaway.  I'll be sure to try and keep you all in the loop.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Instagram Fun and Giveaway


I have joined the fun for Teacher Talk Tuesday.  What the Teacher Wants and Apples and ABC's are having gathering the wonderful teacher bloggers to share pictures of our school day.  Click on the image above to get the details and to see their post about it.

I've also joined The Pinspired Teacher with her Photo a Day Teacher Challenge. Click on the image to get the details as well.


To find me you just need to search for littlepiratetreasures.


Can't wait to see what is going on in your classroom.

Oh there is also a great giveaway going on.  Click no the image below to check it out.