Educents Bundle * 1st grade DEALS *

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It's almost that time my friends!  It's Back to School season and don't worry we have you covered!  So I have teamed up with Educents and some other amazing bloggers to offer you this great First Grade Literacy Bundle at a huge discount for a limited time!

You get 17 amazing literacy items to help your learners become better readers and writers!  Included are centers, printables, posters, readers, and even a little science and social studies because those are literacy too!




There are 16 other products in our bundle to get your kids learning!  

So head on over to Educents when you are ready and stock up on amazing literacy resources for first!




Birthdays ~ to celebrate or not?

Friday, July 25, 2014
So birthdays ~ it seems to be a hot topic nowadays.  Michelle Obama has her opinion and so does everyone else.  Over the last 2 years I have opted out of celebrating birthdays with food!  Oh the horror!
I have decided to NOT celebrate with food for the past 2 years.  I know, I know I sound like the worst teacher ever.  But, the amount of allergies my students had have has risen significantly and it's just not worth it to me.  Also my district has a healthy kid rule in place and the list of what a parent can bring in is very restricted.  I mean how many times can you have a skinny cow in one month people?  Instead I have the bday kid come up and we sing to them, then in years past I have left bulletin board paper on their desk for their classmates to write a nice note.  Lastly the birthday child can receive a special something from me.  This is what I just made for this coming year and...It's a freebie in my store right now!!!  I would love to know how you celebrate birthdays in your school/class/district.  Take a looksy and tell me what you think.  They took me very little time to prep and I'm ready for the easy!
Leave me a comment with how you handle birthdays... and swing by my store and grab my freebie too.

Editable and Non Editable Name Plate Freebie

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Hi guys!  I know summer is slowing down for most of us { insert sad face here }
but...I wanted to try and perk you up with a little name plate freebie.  I am using owls again as my classroom theme but I tried to make some of these name plates a little more neutral.  Also I'm moving up to third grade ~ if you didn't know you can read about it { here }.  I tend to lean towards girly girl stuff so I'm trying...REALLY trying to be gender friendly this year.  I don't think a 3rd grade boy wants a pink owl on his name plate - but you never know so I have included 2 options for you.  One with words
(non - editable ) and one without ( editable ).  This is my first editable product so Don't Judge. LOL  I hope you enjoy it and can use it in your room this year even if it's for cubbies or lockers.  Let me know what you think in comments below...and what theme are you using this year?  Click link to take you to the editable one. **FYI it is saved in google docs.  You will need to click copy on each slide and open it in power point and paste each slide in to edit it. Then use the text can write on the line by the arrows anything you want:  Welcome Back!  Welcome to __ grade etc.  You can even type in their names if you have your class list and don't want to print them on there.  Enjoy!

 Click {here} for non editable PDF version


BIG changes

Saturday, July 19, 2014
So I have some exciting news...well exciting for me at least.  I'm moving to THIRD grade!  I'm moving to the BIG kid hallway...eek!  I'm so excited I can barely stand it.  Why you ask?!? 

I have taught first grade for about 17 years so don't get me wrong...there are plenty of amazing things going on with 7 year olds.  I love the growth in reading and writing, I love teaching phonics and reading too!  But it's time to move on and I'm very excited for the new challenge.
I will still be creating lower elementary resources that you have come to know, however I'm adding 3rd grade ones as well.  If you are an upper grade teacher this might be the perfect pack for BTS for you.
Here is a new pack for firsties and K's...I have found so many fluency packets that were too difficult for beginner readers - so I created one.
I hope you got a little kick out of my top 10 reasons for my change...I will always love my time with my sweet firsties but am looking forward to sharing what I'm up to with the big kids too.



#Vegasrocked ~ recap

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
So I'm still reeling from my amazing trip to Vegas for TPT's very first conference!  I truly believe that the most amazing part of TPT is :  RELATIONSHIPS
I met the most wonderful, authentic, funny, talented people ever.  I laughed, I cried.  I learned some great things and I will forever be thankful for what Paul Edelman has brought to all of us. 
I am linking up with my new friend Tamara on 5 things I learned in Vegas!

#1  Step out of your comfort zone!  I have always been extroverted and outgoing ready to meet anyone even strangers in an elevator.  However I will say that first night meet up was a bit overwhelming even for me.  But I tried my best to get to as many people I could to touch base, give a hug, encourage someone that has inspired me, etc.  I met a friend that I have been talking with/following since 2007 ~ that was amazing!
#2  I've always been a 'soaker' iner if that is even a word.  It's my new verb.  I realize big moments and take the time to first thank God the reason I'm even here and really try to take a mental picture/video of whatever that 'BIG' thing is....I knew this was 'BIG' ~ it was one of those moments to capture in my brain forever.  Don't let it go by too fast...stop and soak it all in.
#3  One of the presenters mentioned how important it is to post goals in your office/work space.  I have mental goals but I know how empowering it is to actually write them down and post them.  I kept that little gem and am going to start doing that.  #goforit  #nothingisimpossible  #lookatdeannajump
#4  My girl Kelley did a presentation on Data and that hit home for me.  I spent the morning looking over my data from April 1, 2012 and wow if you are a new seller and you can do that it will be a pick me up for sure.  Keep track of your growth when you are feeling down you can look back and be THANKFUL!  It is a huge motivator and very humbling.  #godisgood
#5   I met some really special people in Vegas and definitely felt connections with some more than others.  Meeting and hanging out with Tamara from Mrs. Russell's Room was amazing!  We laughed and talked about silly stuff but she also challenged me to do more in my store on my previews.  I felt inspired and encouraged...these are the kind of people you need to flock to ~ authentic but not afraid to tell you what you need to hear.  We all want to be better sellers but more importantly better people.  #begoodpeople
I'm adding a #6 here people:
Bring a Paul Edelman head with you to Vegas... LOL
 {just kidding}
If you were on the fence about coming this year...please come next year.  I want to meet all of you!!!  If you did go to Vegas link on up with my girl Tamara.


M.I.A. = Busy Summer + Vegas Sale baby!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Hi teacher friends!  It's been a busy summer already - whew!  First off we were in Phoenix, Arizona for my daughter's volleyball tournament.  Then we headed off to Big Bear ( mountain resort area ) in I'm getting my { excited } self ready to head out to...Wait for it ~ ~ ~ VEGAS!!!!  I can't even wait to go and meet so many wonderful teachers - I can barely contain myself!
But I wanted to let you know I'm still around {sorta} and more importantly I'm teaming up with the Primary Chalkboard because...
I am in  Las Vegas for the 1st ever TeachersPayTeachers Conference! This place is amaaaaaazing! ...
I am here meeting up with teachers and bloggers from around the WORLD. How cool is that?!
Not to mention, my girls (and Greg) from The Primary Chalkboard are here!

If you can't be here with us, what better way to celebrate than with a SALE?!
We are hosting a *Las Vegas Style* Double or Nothing Sale!
20% off my whole store July 10th and 11th!

It is the perfect time to stock up on things for Back to School!



Vegas Double Down Giveaway Week

Monday, July 7, 2014
This girl is headed to VEGAS!!!

I'm so excited to be heading out in a couple of days and in honor of that my friends and I over at the Primary Chalkboard are having Giveaways and a SALE!!!!  Here's a graphic but enter on over on my fb page.
Here's the scoop:
See you on facebook!
One more thing:  I made this new pack and it's on sale 1/2 off for a couple more days!  K teachers you will love it!  It's 76 pages and only $4 instead of $8 right now.