Monday, January 19, 2015

Hoppin' Into the 100th Day of School

Can you believe it is almost the 100th day of school already? I sure can't! I was reading more of the amazing posts from the Who's Who Blog and found several neat ideas you might want to use with your 100th Day Celebrations! There's an app that actually makes the kids look old. Ewww! Creepy. 

Check out some of the fun activities you can do as a class. Get those kiddos counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s and collaborating to boot!

Get more great ideas for snacks for that special day. I know I like to use a pretzel stick and 2 mini donuts to make the number 100 with my munchkins!

Can you think of 100 reasons why you love your school? These kids sure can!

Happy 100th Day to you and your little cuties!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Close Reading: Oreo Style

Hi guys! I'm not sure if you know this, but I have another blog chocked full of awesome TpT bloggers with awesome ideas to share. The blog is called Who's Who and Who's New. The idea of the blog is to have a great idea every day of the year just for you. I want to share some of the awesomeness from here so you will be sure not to miss it!

Who's Who and Who's New: Close Reading with Oreos: This article helps you explain 'close reading' to your students in a concrete way. I know that many times I read something, then realize I have to read it again because I don't really know what I read. Try this out! The worst thing that could happen is you get to eat an Oreo. Nothing bad about that!

Stay warm!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Snow Days and Dollar Deals

Well, it looks like it might be another one of 'those' winters and I can tell you that I am NOT happy about it!
I decided I should just make the best of it and thought I would share some snowy ideas straight from Canada! My friend Jane Feener has some ideas you will want to check out. 
And if you want to make today even better, be sure to check out this dollar sale I'm having with a few of my Indiana buddies. Did I say that everything here is just a dollar? Can't beat that! Happy Shopping!


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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