Saturday, November 30, 2013


It's only for 2 days!
Starting Monday Dec. 2nd until Tuesday Dec. 3rd Teachers Pay Teachers is having an AWESOME sale! Check out my shop for 20% off. 
Then use the Promo Code: CYBER for another 10% off your entire purchase.
Now is the time to clean out that wishlist!

Check out some of my packets. Big savings!

 Don't forget the Teacher Notebook Sale going on now until Monday.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 29, 2013


Take advantage of a GREAT SALE over on Teacher Notebook starting Sat. Nov. 30th until Mon. Dec. 2nd.  You can BUILD-A-BUNDLE for 50% off. Plus my shop will be 20% off!!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Thankful Thread

I'm linking up with Molly at Lucky to Be in First with the Thankful Thread and sharing a few of the things I'm thankful for.

I am such a blessed person and I have many more things I could list. 
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving spending time with your family and friends!
Come join the fun and link up by clicking HERE!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Fun Way to Review = Dot It! (FREEBIE)

GIVEAWAY WINNERS ARE MARYBETH, BECKY AND CHERIE. I've emailed you the class book packet. Thanks everyone for all the GREAT comments on my last post.

One of my all time favorite things to use in my class are Do-A-Dot markers. I bought mine at

I found these a few years ago and I'm always trying to think of ways to use them. Finally, I finished a fun review packet using them.
I use these review pages in reading centers or for fast finishers. My kiddos LOVE them!
This packet has sight words, long & short word families, blends and digraphs.
You can check it out at my shops. Just click on the sidebar.
If you don't have the Do-A-Dot markers you can use crayons or markers and just draw a large dot on the answer.
Here's a little freebie for you to sample. This is one of the sight word pages from the packet.
Click HERE to download.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Writing Awesome Class Books GIVEAWAY!

One of the things my kiddos LOVE doing is writing class books. And for a while now, I've been trying to put a packet together of some of the class books that my class writes. Sorry it's taken me a while to get this finished but IT'S FINALLY DONE!!
I LOVE connecting writing to reading. This packet has 8 suggested picture books you can read and then springboard from there to write a class book.
There are reproducible student pages and a book cover page for each class book. You can make 9 class books including an acrostic poem and letters to the Tooth Fairy. You can check it out at my TEACHER NOTEBOOK and TEACHER PAY TEACHER shops. Just click on my sidebar.

We just finished our class book called 'The Best Part of Me' and it turned out great. We read the book by Wendy Ewald. 

We had a great discussion about self-respect. We picked a part of our body and wrote why it was our best part. Then I took photos of each child's best part to go along with their writing. Here are a few examples:
 And of course, the teacher has to add her page to the book as well.

I haven't had a giveaway in a while. So I thought is might be fun to give this new packet away. To enter all you need to do is leave me a comment before Friday night (November 15th) midnight (Mountain Time). I'll use the random number generator to pick 3 lucky winners! Be sure to include your email address.
Good Luck!

Congratulations to Marybeth, Becky and Cherie!! They are the winners.
THANKS everyone for all the great comments.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween Fun & Watercolor Pencils

Trying to put my 'game face' on to get through the day.

 Anyone involved with kids should know that Halloween definitely needs to be on a Friday. My little ones were CRAZY on Friday after a late night of spookiness and sugar! But we all survived and I'm looking forward to Monday and getting some serious teaching done.

Our art teacher introduced me to a cool thing called watercolor pencils.
If you click on the picture above it will link you to

Mine came in the mail on Saturday from Amazon so I had some of my grandkids try them out.
They thought they were pretty cool. You can use them several different ways. You can color a picture with the pencils just like regular colored pencils and then brush over it with water for a watercolor effect. Or you can use it as a wet pencil as we did for the face painting. The box also suggests wetting your paper first and then drawing on the wet paper with the pencils but this way didn't work for us as the wet paper would rip. The overall rating from the Livi, Anna, and Jarom was "AWESOME, COOL, and FANTASTIC!" Now we'll see how my firsties rate them.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween and you're ready for a wonderful week for teaching!