Monday, May 30, 2011

Clutter-Free Classroom: Kicking It Off With a Contest

Clutter-Free Classroom: Kicking It Off With a Contest: "Hi Everyone, I'm so excited to get started! I've got blog entries set to post each morning completely dedicated to ideas on classroom des..."

Monday, May 23, 2011

educationjourney: Giveaway Time

educationjourney: Giveaway Time: "It was such a nice surprise to find that I had my 50th follower this morning!  I'm pretty excited considering just a few months ago I barely..."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Emergency Sub Plans - What do you use?

I just had to call in for a sub at the last minute and wouldn't you know it my plans are here and not at work. I have to tweek them and possibly have to tap into some emergency plans I bought online a while back.

My hubby is "Mr.Mom" and he is feeling very sick. So I think I'll be spending time actually being nurse and mom tomorrow. I keep asking him if I can get him anything and well, I'll ask when he isn't blowing chunks, sorry, I know. T.M.I.

What do you do when you have to call a sub at the last minute? Do you have any great resources to share?

The three literature based emergency plans I bought are from The Teacher's Clubhouse. I have never had to use them until now. I'll let you know if they actually workout.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Finally in First: GIVEAWAY!!

Finally in First: GIVEAWAY!!: "Every year, tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals, and turtles die from contact with ocean-borne plastic bags. The animals may mistake ..."

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A bowl full of lemons.: May Silhouette Giveaway!!

A bowl full of lemons.: May Silhouette Giveaway!!: "Im so grateful to be able to give away Silhouette SD machines on my blog.  This week, I am offering another chance at a giveaway!  This set ..."


Hadar of Miss Kindergarten is celebrating having 300 fabulous followers!

She is giving away one of her chic signs away. I hope I win this one, but if I don't I think I might just have to purchase it. Good luck!

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Please share your experience ~ National Certification for Teachers

Sorry I haven't posted anything recently. I have been super busy with assessments, trainings, my own masters class, and my lovely family. If there are any common core experts out there please let me know what materials you use to teach the common core math standards.

I wanted to see if anyone out there in our blogging community has gone through the National Certification for Teachers. I was curious to know about the experience.

Also a big THANK YOU to those of you who have been blogging about the Daily 5. I have always wanted to try it and this might finally be the year I get to implement it. I'm still trying to figure out how to do it and still cover our grade level reading text.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Just for Fun - My stick family

My Stick Family from

Thank you Tamara of TLC. Try it out for yourself.
I can't get the link to work. But here is the web address.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Don't Miss Out!

Kristen of Ladybug's Teacher Files is having a giveaway. It ends tonight, so hurry.

Click here to enter.

Sunday, May 8, 2011



The winner of a wonderful, personalized teacher sign is:

The winner of a $25 Scrappin Doodles gift certificate is:

The winner of a $25 Thirty-One gift certificate is:

Send me your email and I'll get your prizes to you.

Thank you to all of you who entered. I hope to win a giveaway eventually, haven't been lucky yet.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Countdown to the end of the giveaway!

There are only a few hours to go before the end of the giveaway. Click here if you haven't entered.

I'll be posting the winners after some Mother's Day activities tomorrow.

Thank you for the wonderful response.

Here is a glimpse of the start of some real Spring weather. Although we are supposed to get some rain/snow tonight.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mother's Day Gift

I need to vent just a bit.

We only have 23 school days left. Which is great! Unfortunately I have so many "trainings" to go to and I have to do my practicum class for my masters program so I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Okay with that out of the way, here is a craft I love.

Well this year I will not be able to make what I like to make for Mother's Day. It is bad planning on my part, but I thought I'd share. It isn't a new idea, I've had the kids make them for several years.

Bath Salts for Mom.

I use either baby food jars or Starbucks coffee bottles. I take the labels off and the kids mix the bath salt, baking soda and essential oil. Last but not least they add food coloring. They have a blast and then they get to choose their colors when they fill the bottle up. I like to layer them like sand art. But my kids seem to love it all mixed up. We attach a little poem and instructions with a ribbon.

It never occurred to me to take a picture of our finished project so I hope the above pictures help you visualize it.

Monday, May 2, 2011

More to giveaway!

I finally got a hold of my Thirty-One consultant and my original prize is now available to add to the giveaway. A $25 gift certificate for Thirty-One products. I'm still working on getting organized and found this on a few blogs and thought I would try out their products.

One of three separate prizes up for grabs.
1. A personalized Teacher Sign
2. $25 gift certificate to Scrappin Doodles
3. $25 gift certificate to Thirty-One

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Reading- Super Summary

I have one more story in our Reading series and then I'll be doing a chapter book with my students. I got this wonderful idea from my Co-Teacher to use for the students to summarize as we read. I hope you can use it.

I made a cover for the girls and one for the boys. The little boxes are for a picture representation of the vocabulary word.

Don't forget about my giveaway!