Sunday, July 27, 2014

What Are You Most Excited for in the New School Year?

I'm linking up with Big Time Literacy for Day 27 of her Big Time Blogging Challenge.  

Today's topic is to write about what you are most excited about in the upcoming school year.  
For me I always get excited about changing things around in my classroom, new decorations, scented markers, new ideas that I want to try, and my goal of doing it better than I did the year before.

This year I have a little something special to look forward to.
My nephew is going to be in my class.
He is so excited.  
His mom said he was walking through the door singing "I'm going to school"
Then he sat to watch TV and wouldn't take off his backpack or put down his lunchbox!  


My sister's family just moved back to town this past spring so I really don't know him that well...yet!

What are you most excited about?
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Character Education a Freebie and Last Day of Christmas in July!

This morning I was just clicking around random blogs and I found an awesome blog about character education.  
I really want this to be more of a focus in my room this year.  
This lady even wrote a book.
It's in my wishlist.  
I was so intrigued that I had to share.


Buy request I've just posted a camping themed




I also posted the forms that I used for my own class at the beginning of the school year.  They are pretty specific but I'm sure that some people can use some of them or even just get ideas to make their own.


Don't for get to Check out Big Time Literacy for the 


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Giveaway Winner and a Sale!

Okay, so I'm trying to keep linking up with Big Time Literacy for the 
I'm just having one of those days when I don't have anything to say.  
Well, actually I have a lot to say but it's kind of all over the place.  
I'm trying to organize for the beginning of the year, revise products, and pack for the move.  

Anyway, I'm just going to keep it short today. 


Thanks so much to everyone who entered my little giveaway.  
Rafflecopter chose Brandy Balser.  
Check your email!

For the last two days of Christmas in July, 
Everything in my TPT store is 20% Off!


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

$20 to My TPT Story-Last Day of the Giveaway!

It's the last day to enter my Giveaway to win $20 at my TPT store!

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Check out what you can win by clicking on the picture!

I just finished revising my Halloween Math Tub Station Unit.  If you already own it you can download the revised file for free!  Hope you like it! 
For Everyone else it is  20% off until July 26th as part of my Christmas in July sale. 


Also on sale 20%Off


This bundle includes the following Write the Room's at a great discount!

Polar Freeze
Brown Bear-Color Words
Bug Catching (12) and Insects (6)
Naughty Cat
Community Workers
Dinosaurs
Farm
Gingerbread Family
Leprechaun
Ocean
Oviparous Animals
Pirates
Snowman
The Mitten
Tooth Fairy
Position Words-Goldilocks





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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Classroom Pics and Big Time Blogging Challenge!

I went to school today.  

My friend Amy told me we only had 4 weeks until we need to be there for real so I figured I should get my act together. 

The news was a bit shocking.  

I prefer not to study the calendar sometimes. 

This is what my room looked like when I walked in.





  Please excuse my terrible pictures with strange lines in them.  
It appears that the iphone may have been dropped a few too many times. 
I need a new one but someone seems to think I should wait until my contract runs out so we can switch carriers.  
I don't know how much longer I can live with THIS!

Anyhow, I worked A LOT today.  
I know my pics are not pretty, but this is the after.
The ocean canopy will go above the couch.  It's turquoisish.  
Not sure about the colors, but I'm trying!

Behind the tables is a little work area.  
My Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree that needs new letters, and the back of the shelves is going to be for magnetic letters.  
I'm still deciding about the turquoise chevron curtains on the shelves.  
I want a lot of navy mixed in so maybe the middle shelf will have a navy curtain.  
We'll see what turns up at Hobby Lobby!

This is just another view, but I'm so glad I was able to "hide" the microwave and refrigerator behind those shelves. 

This will be my reading area.  
I'm trying to decide if I should take down the letters and add some navy.  
I'm also not sure if my word wall should go back here, or on the whiteboard by my carpet?

This is where most of the magic will happen.  
I Finally ordered a directors chair.  
White with navy.  
I can't wait to see it. 
Live and in person.  

Also, I'm thinking of taking down my beach numbers and using my old stick kid numbers under the board.  

That way my kid drawn alphabet can stretch across the top.  

Suggestions?

After doing all of this work there is a heating pad on my back.  

I kind of think it was worth it though!

In other news, Coco Channel got a new collar today.  
It has spikes and rhinestones.
It totally fits her personality.
She runs from me when I need to catch her. 
She bites me when I want to love her.  
But she listens to my husband. Argh....she was supposed to be MY dog!
But then again, she is currently sleeping on MY lap. 

Don't forget to check out Big Time Literacy.  

I'm so proud of myself for mostly keeping up with the Big Time Blogging Challenge!


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday, a Freebie and a Giveaway!

Hi Friends!  Today I'm linking up with Mrs. Jump's Class for Book Talk Tuesday!  There were so many great books talked about at the I Teach K conference, I wanted to buy them all!  Sadly, I can't afford to do that.  Plus I don't exactly have that much space in my classroom!

When I saw Deanna's linky party I decided to buy one book per week for the rest of the summer!  This week the book is the newest by the fabulous Mo Willems.  I love all of his books, but this one is about friendship!  Gerald gets a bit nervous when Piggie makes a new friend, but in the end he learns that it's okay to have other friends and still have your best friend.  I think it's a perfect book for kindergarten because this is something we deal with all the time!

You can get the book anywhere but I'm an Amazon Prime addict so that's where I got my copy :)
You can get my Text-to-Self Connection page for free here!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

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And my Christmas in July Sale - 20% off my Leter Sound Interventions Pack ends tomorrow!
And don't forget to check out Big Time Literacy!  I'm still blogging (almost) everyday this month!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Field Trips and Reminders :)

Hi there! I'm linking up again today with Big Time Literacy for the Big Time Blogging Challenge. Today's topic is to write about what experiences you would give your students if money was no object.  In this dream reality I'm choosing to also eliminate the hassles and stress too because a girl can dream!

I think I would have to implement monthly field trips.  Regardless of the demagraphic area of where you teach, I believe that field trips are beneficial for all kids.  It brings excitement and novelty to their learning that you just can't replicate in the classroom.  Below are some of the Fabulous Las Vegas Field trips we would take!

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is a great field trip


Anderson Dairy - this is such a fun field trip.  The kids get to tour the dairy and it ends with ice-cream!


The Springs Preserve where kids can explore the valley's vibrant history through interactive science and nature exhibits, botanical gardens, hiking, trails and live animal shows" 


Krispy Kreme is always a fun field trip...hmm hard to know I'm gluten free with these food choices.  This one would be torture!


Discovery Children's museum would be great!


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