Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Secret Santa Reveal!

How much fun is that?  I participated in a Bloggy Secret Santa Exchange!

Hurrah!  I loved all of my lovely gifts!  I think that she read my mind!

Look at all those goodies!

I received:


1. My FAVORITE candy!
2. What teacher can resist great post-it notes?
3. or amazing pens?
4.  This candle smells amazing!
 5. Coffee!  Do I need to say more?

 Crystal rocked it as a Bloggy Secret Santa!  As it is better to give than to receive, you will have to check out what I got for my Secret Santa!  Merry Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by!

 2nd in Line

Monday, December 15, 2014

Win a Year-long MobyMax Pro subscription!

So, do you MobyMax?
I had never heard of MobyMax until about a month ago and boy am I glad I did!
My 6th grader has been using it at school, so when I started asking around about it he knew exactly what I was talking about and shared his experiences with me.
"It's cool mom!  It has games and badges and stuff."

So, I was intrigued.  
My class was too!

It is kid friendly, inviting, and easy to use!  The kiddos loved the activities and were especially taken with the games.
I loved it that they had to have so many minutes of "learning" time before they could access the games!  It has lots of fun interactive activities for Reading, Math, and Test prep.  It also has an option to add your own Writing activities!

The generous folks at MobyMax are giving a Year-long MobyMax Pro subscription to one of my readers!  Enter below!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Sale!

I'm teaming up with a bunch of my friends to bring you a big bunch of holiday lesson plans and activities for 50% off! Don't wait too long to snatch them up because this type of sale doesn't last long... December 14-15 only!

Take a look at the products below:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Peek at Last Week!

Hello again!  
This week was a very busy one!  The kiddos are hyped up excited about the upcoming Christmas holiday, but we still have some learning to do!

This week in reading we are working on a non-fiction book about World Holidays (from Reading  We are writing in our Reading Journals about the different features that we found in our book:

In my guided reading group my "Expand Vocabulary" kiddos are working on a Shades of Meaning activity.  They did really well!  This was our first time trying it!

We are trying a little something new this week during our reading block. I saw a great picture on Pinterest of some kiddos who turned their chairs over and leaned against them for reading spots.  I had some cushions for seating spots, so we tried it out!  The kiddos LOVED it!

Of course we did many, many other things!  We are working on our 12 days of kindness and making gifts for our parents (but you won't see that until after they are taken home).  

Thanks again for stopping by!

If you are looking for a few good bargains there is an amazing sale going on starting tomorrow!  Some of my winter items will be 50% off!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Peek at Last Week

Oh my goodness!  Isn't that kitty just adorable?  Thanks to The TLC shop for the kitty, Creative Clips for the Elements and KG fonts for the font!

Wow!  Can this time of year get any busier? I am trying to help organize my blog life and my school life!  So, I thought that a weekly "peek" might help me stay on track (at least in the blog world!)  So, here are some of the things that we worked on this week (obviously not everything):

Morning Business:

We call our Morning Routine our Morning Business.  After the kiddos come in and have taken care of all the technicalities (bathroom, turned in homework, picked a partner) they start working on their Word and Number of the Day booklets.  We go through these together after morning meeting.  We do the analogies together on the board.  Sometimes we do Hink Pinks instead.

In Reading:

We are working on Making Mental Images.  I find that Christmas time is perfect for this! I start our Mental Images with the picture on the right.  We talk about what is going on in that picture (I found it on Pinterest). On our chart the C is for Comprehension.  We drew the senses on there to help to remember to try to picture all of those things while we are reading (I am such a great artist am I not?). 

Other fun stuff!
We are working this week on our parent gifts.  I won't be posting pictures of that until after the holidays!  I want to keep it a surprise!  But, I found this adorable freebie from Whimsy Workshop.  It is editable as well.

We talked about kind things that we could do for others during the last 12 days of school before Christmas Break!  So, the kiddos and I made a list and I typed each act onto Santa's Beard!  Each time we complete a kindness we cut it off and I made a box to tape up the strip to remind us of what we have done!  We are going to be doing things like writing "Bucket Filler" notes to other teachers, Thank you cards to the custodians, lunch ladies and office staff, cleaning up in the hallways, and asking someone new to play.  

I am going to be spending my day going through all of the wonderful ideas and freebies!
2014 Winter Holidays Tips and Freebies: Grades 1-2 Edition

Well, that is a few things that we did this week!  Stop back by next week to see what we are up to!  What are you up to?  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Amazing Bundle from Educents! 1st and 2nd Grade Curriculum!

So some teacher friends and I have teamed up to load you up with resources to make teaching a bit easier!  

Full retail value of $50.50 and only available for a limited time.  $14.99 which is 70% off!  Extreme value alert!

With 12 instant downloads and 508 pages of materials including task cards, centers, interactive notebooks, printables, author study, crafts, and much, much more.

Academic Concepts Covered
     Word Problems
Long Vowels
Synonyms & Antonyms
Editing Writing
Plurals (including irregular)
Nouns & Verbs 
Changing Tenses of Words
Story Elements 
Writing Stories
Double Digit Addition and Subtraction

Check out the previews below...  

70% off and only for a limited time!  Head on over to Educents to stock up for the winter!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

aaaaaaand we have a winner!

Congratulations Tamsyn!  Enjoy!  Now shopping till you drop will be a little less painful!  

Thanks to everyone who entered!
My best selling product of all time will be on sale for only $1 today!
Commas to the Rescue! Comma usage unit

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