Anchor Charts, Back to School Night and MoRe

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I had back to school night last week and always love getting to know the parents better...but don't always love speaking in front of them.  This is what was on their desks.

A note for the parents to write to their child which they can read the next day when they come in...or just look at if they are not readers yet { LOL }, their first day picture, a lottery ticket for showing up ( I drew several names the next day ) for a prize, a magnet with my 'bee' mail on it and letter.

The parents always seem to appreciate having this- easy access to my email.  You can purchase the magnets at STAPLES they come with a sticky back.  Print out the size using labels of whatever you want and place it on the magnet's sticky side.
**I have bundled my long vowel unit** - they are available here.
Here are some anchor charts I made from my vowel pack - original poems that I wrote for each vowel.

Also we were busy this past week and a 1/2 with all sorts of fun things.  Here is a what makes a good teacher anchor chart we did too.
Don't forget about my giveaway going on for a few more days!


First Day Fun and I'm back!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012
My computer has been DOWN...ugh!  Am I the only one that gets so settled on one particular computer to make units/blog etc.  I use my iPad to check my TPT sales :o) and this for blogging and creating units.  Anywho --   A nasty virus invaded the thanks to my brother ( doctorate in educational technology ) we are back up and running!  My first day was great!  We are impacted in first grade so I'm 3 33 -- BUT our contract caps us at 30...I know that is a lot still.  But I <3 my kiddos!!!!  I made a frame from tagboard covered it with duct tape and added this silk flower.  How cute are these?  I will give one to the parents at Back to School Night and keep one for their memory books as well.
and of course I had to get in on the action too.

Glad to be back -- I promise I will catch up on what all of you have been up to as well.  Happy first day to all of you that are starting soon.  I hope it was a great as mine!!

Back to School Sale @ tpt

Friday, August 10, 2012
HUGE BTS sale at TPT -- come on over and check out my items you will get up to 28% off on them so get them while you can.  Aug. 12-13th.

Click here to go there. :o)

Updated pics of set up and.... Introducing my talented new friend

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
So -- I have to introduce all of you to a very special and TALENTED friend of mine that has just entered into bloggy land, TPT and TN.  She has been teaching I think for 26 years and is a please head on over and visit her.  I will be having a giveaway soon that she will be included in too.
Here are some of her talents at work:
Isn't this sign the cutest?!?  She made this for me a few years ago and it's the entrance into my library.

Oh my goodness - check out this cuteness!!!  She made this too - my name banner with a honeycomb background again for my bee theme.

She is super sweet and her name is Barb - you can visit her here:

and here too:

I have some more pics to show from my progress - which is LITTLE by LITTLE that's for sure.

My hallway bulletin board.

table signs

My bee havior chart...I moved it this year and just stapled it - last year I had a rowdy... busy class and the rings ( hole punch way ) got ruined quickly... :o(  We will see how this one holds up.

This adorable welcome banner is also made by my friend Barb and it is a * FREEBIE* in her store...can you believe it??  Get it for yourself here and don't forget to leave her some AWESOME feedback!!

Display board for their work, my daughter and I made these cute clothespins with scrapbook paper and modge podge to dress it up...

My fluency can pick them up here.

Calendar and skill board { still a work in progress }

PLEASE visit my friend and show her some love -- 7 days and counting!!!


Make it Monday { Sunday Edition } and Class Pictures PART 1

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Well I am 10 days away from meeting 30 sweet little first grade faces so I have been in my room trying to get it all set up.  I still have a ways to go so this is the first sneak peek.  I had to do some pinteresty things to my room this year ( just couldn't help myself ).
My made it Monday - well kinda Sunday happens to be reupholstering my district rolling chair and painting/mod podging a Goodwill find bar stool.  Here are some pics of the chair and bar stool.  The staple gun wouldn't work on the chair so I jimmied it with a screwdriver and then popped the fabric in with another screw driver...sounds funny but it worked!
Look at the gross stains - this chair is 12 years old. 

Tops done...

YAY - finished!!

Here is the sorta matching bar stool I found at goodwill...spray pain, matching fabric - sticky adhesive and modpodge and there you have it.

Another pinteresty makeover...drawers witht he cute scrapbook paper in them.

My 'teacher desk' at the front of the room.

set of drawers underneath since it's not a true teacher desk.

I found that adorable black and white polka dot magnetic expo holder at the Target dollar spot...whoo-hoo!

My Donor's Choose backpack cart I got last year to hold their backpacks. -- I LOVE IT!!!

My other pinterest project...this hardward holder actually holds alphabet stamps and alphabet magnetic letters..labeled with scrapbook paper, etc.

So I have this Big Book holder painted red...didn't match my room.  I ran out of black spray paint so to save money I just covered the front of it only with black chalkboard contact paper and voila now it kinda matches.

My reading group table with my seat crates and new redecorated chair

Heading towards my library. ( notice cute hanging tissue flowers I made this year )

I'm re doing my calendar board - so it is a work in progress.

Computer desk

These last 2 pics are from my Olympic Unit which you can find here.  This is one of
the projects that you can do as part of this unit.  Make a class graph.  Use the medals as graph pieces.  The kids write their names on the pieces and stick it in the column of their favorite Olympic Sport.  Then you can analzye the graph.  I will add pics after we do it together as a class.  Whew - that was kinda long.  Can't wait to finish my class and add the rest of the pics.

Product Swap ( review ) Fun

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
My friend Jessica over at
had a great idea to host a product swap.  So she hooked up some tpt sellers to try out others products and review them.  What a great idea huh?!?
Well...I was lucky enough to be hooked up with Melissa at DillyDabbles
( if you are not a follower of her blog - you must check it out an follower her. )

I chose to review her Telling Time Pack.  It is sooo awesome!  Now if you go to her blog - you can see the product of mine that she has reviewed.  Also Jessica's blog will have all of the reviews as a linky party - so if you are itching to buy some new products you get kinda a sneak preview on 100's of them...Today is your lucky day!!! :o)

**First off - this unit is jam packed with lots of FUN stuff for your students.  It has 50 pages and is on sale right now for only $3.50 ( through tomorrow at noon ) what a DEAL!!  She used the very talented 3am teacher clock graphics which I love all her stuff too.  If you want to find out more about Michelle's graphics you can visit her here.

Melissa's Time pack is sooo amazing!  First off she did something brillant and I just may have to copy her on an upcoming product.  She included a freebie within the download smart is that?!?  This unit is jam packed with lots of great ideas/centers etc.  It was hard to pick a favorite part of this pack. 

Here is a basic overview of the pack

This pack is HUGE!!!  50 pages of clocks, centers,
games, and wonderful ideas and tips.  You will not
be dissappointed in this pack one bit.  

These are story problem cards...I love that she is getting the kids thinking about elapsed time here.  She has also included answer cards to match smart!
I love these!  She has used the cute graphics to make center cards with analog and digital times.  Your students will match them up.  Also the above center she created time puzzles.  I LOVE THIS!!  You cut the strips how you want to create the puzzle.  Your students would then put them together to match the time.  FYI  These centers I'm showing you have many more pages - I'm just showing you a glimpse.
This litte centers is super cute!  Your students can either place clothespins on the correct answer as I did....or you can hold punch over the blue dots and they can poke the correct answer with a pencil.  She gives detailed instructions on how you can write the correct answer on the back for self correction, etc.
Also she has included some book recommendations for you to purchase or check out from your school library that will directly relate to this unit.

In this pictues I hadn't added the dots yet...but she even created an activity to go along with The Groucy Ladybug - a cute ladybug template with pages underneath - that go along with the story.  Your students would have a ball making this!!  You can attach the wings with brads which I didn't have at home. :o(
As you can see this is a FABULOUS pack -- it is more than worth the money and it will be perfect to add to your unit on time.  Have fun with it and head on over to her tpt store .... NOW - what are you waiting for?!?  Her sale ends tomorrow ( Thurs. ) at don't miss out!!
Don't forget to visit all the products through the linky party!!!!