Thursday, December 4, 2014

Smile for the Freebies! The Winter Holiday E-Books are Here!

As a teacher, you probably know the craziness known as the winter holiday season. This amazing resource is a gift just for YOU and will help you tame your tots the next couple of weeks. There are 5 books to choose from...or why not check them all out? Be sure to tell your friends! This is the season of sharing you know!


Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas? But I'm Car Poor!

Well, I am officially old...I feel like the time is just flying by. It seems like school just started and now it's time to shop for Christmas!

Oh, and let's not forget the new tires ($542), the oil change and tire alignment ($174), the broken axle on my Honda Accord ($630), and the garage door that wouldn't open to let the stinkin' cars out ($189)! Well, Merry Christmas to me, right? Bah Humbug! 

No, not really! I have something to cheer me up! It's time for the BIG TpT Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale! Everything in my store is 20% off and you can get an extra 10% off with the promo code TPTCYBER.

Here are some quick links to save you some shopping time! The extra 10% ends Tuesday at midnight EST, but I will continue my sale prices through Wednesday, December 3.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Brain Breaks are Keeping Us Bopping!

Hi everyone! My kids have been bugging me to get more brain breaks so here's what I came up with! 

Have fun!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Die Cutter Fun and You Can Win Your Very Own!

I had the awesome opportunity to try out an Ellison Super Star die cutter. I was so excited to try it out and cut out all sorts of goodies during the summer. Of course, I've been busy training my munchkins and have just gotten around to putting them to use! 

The first thing I wanted to use was the 'flash card wheel' as a way to partner up the kids. So, I got out my new Ellison AllStar die cutting machine, these dies, and some brass fasteners. I used various colors for the top and I laminated them first to make the spinner a little more durable. I used white construction paper for the die with 10 sections, but didn't laminate because I wanted the kids to write on them.
After I got them all put together, I gave each child in my math class a spinner with their name & the numbers 1-10 on it.
Then, I had them all turn their spinner to number 1. They went to another child in the room and asked to be their partner. Then, they traded spinners and wrote their own name on the other child's spinner.

After writing their name, they raised hands in the air together so I could make sure everyone was partnered up. I highly recommend taking this process slowly and one step at a time. Otherwise, you will end up with chaos ensuing! Check out this video of one of the rounds.

So, now when I need the kids to find a partner, I can just say "Find your number 8 partner!"

I'm so excited to use some of the other dies that I got with my AllStar. I got this really nifty card die that will hold several sizes of pictures. I cut these on some of my scrapbook paper that I never seem to get around to using. 

See the slanted cuts? You can just pop a picture in there and let the kids make a special note for Mom, Dad, or another special person in their lives!

Isn't this a neat little tool to have for your classroom or even for your kiddos at home? Well guess what! You could get one of these puppies of your own with all the dies above AND these to boot! I know if you are like me, your brain is thinking of all sorts of things you can do with these goodies! I think I'm going to make some envelopes to put at my writing station. The kids LOVE to write little notes! 

Are you ready to win one for yourself? Just enter the contest and you can have this awesome machine and ALL the dies to go with it for your very own. 

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Word Endings Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Well, if  you aren't in school yet, I bet you are heading back in a day or two! I'm going on week 4 already! Time sure flies and I have really been MIA this summer. I guess I really needed some ME time! I was reflecting on that as I realized there are a lot of things I haven't even told you about yet. 

One of the new things that I am LOVING, are my word flippers. I was inspired to make these because of a picture I saw on Pinterest. Every time I tried to make them out of sentence strips, I couldn't get them folded just right. I wanted them to be a little more accurate, so I made these. They are a neat way to help kids see the new word immediately. 

Here's a video so you can see just how to put these flippers together!

Once I made some for endings, I decided to even try abbreviations! It's a flipper folding frenzy! Click the pics to check out them out!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Great Back to School Tidbits from Who's Who Blog!

In January, I started an awesome blog with some of the newest sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers. Well, let me tell you, these are some amazing educators! As I was reading through the posts, I thought they would be good to share for back to school. So, without further ado . . . Just click the pics to read the rest of the posts. Trust me, you are really going to want to read these! Good stuff!

Elementary teachers all know the craziness that comes with the first day of school. However, if WE slow down and take time to make connections, fantastic things happen. Read this article to see just how to get a calm start to that all-important first day of school. There is even a little freebie to help you out as well.

I don't know about you, but the Dollar Tree and Big Lots are two of the best stores EVER! (and the Target dollar bin isn't too bad either!) Read this post will show you some really neat items you may want to check out this school year!

This post is chocked full of great ideas to make your life easier this school year. I'm sure you have experienced the frustration of getting all your kids on the same page, at the same time, and in a timely manner. I love this idea about taping a ribbon in a book to make a type of bookmark. You definitely need to read the rest of this article because there are 9 more great ideas you need to check out!

If you are still in denial about going back to school, and you respond like this to reminders about only a few more days, you need to see this post! It's a HOOT!

Remember to stop by Who's Who and Who's New for new and fresh posts several times a week! Oh, and don't forget about the BIG Back to School Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers!

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