Sunday, March 29, 2015


Check back tomorrow to see what havoc these Ninja Bunnies reek! You won't be sorry!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

#springteacherbloggermeetup2015 Weekend in Review!

Oh my goodness!  I am writing today about my weekend with 120+ other teacher bloggers!  What a great weekend!
I learned a lot and got to meet some AWESOME people!

I roomed with Amy from Math, Science, and Social Studies, Oh MY! and Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard!    We had a great time and stayed up much to late talking.  We think that we may have even heard the ghost that supposedly haunts the 7th floor of the French Lick Resort! Too bad the only picture I got with my roomies I have my eyes shut!

The whole weekend was about:

I learned so much and had such a great time!  We all worked together to make the sign above!  I was at the R table!

And...I got to meet Deanna Jump!  What a sweetie!  
She made my evening.

This amazing teacher extravaganza was organized by the amazing Holly Ehle of Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connection  and Brittany Banister 

Also a ton of thanks needs to go out to all those folks who donated and helped sponsor the event!
Erin Condren donated a teacher planner to everyone who attended!  It was definitely an Oprah moment!  We were all very excited!  Thank you Erin!

Scentos donated markers, gel pens and stickers!  Hurrah!
Vera Bradley sent adorable shopping totes!  Can't have enough of those!
Lakeshore Learning sent teacher bags!
  Thank you!
Thank you, Teachers Pay Teachers for co-sponsoring the Saturday night
PJ Party with Go Noodle !  We got adorable lanyards and got to dance the night away! A HUGE thank you!
We got very spoiled!

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

March Bright Ideas: 3 ways to make setting up your class calendar easier!

Hurrah!  March! It's almost Spring...I can taste the warm weather!  Are you ready?

I'm back with a fun bright idea for your calendar this month!

1.  Stikki Clips!  I use Stikki Clips to put up the days on my calendar!

I love these things!  You can stick them up anywhere and insert a piece of paper and Voila!  They are awesome!

2. I mark what day it today with a clothespin and a bright orange sticker.  This was a spur of the moment, oh!  I have to mark the date...what can I use... types of inspirations and I love it!  You can also see the Stikki Clip in use here.

3. Velcro Dots.  As a teacher I really should own stock in velcro dots, plastic baggies, sharpies, and stikki clips.  I would probably be rich!

I use Velcro Dots to hang the month header at the top of my calendar.


My calendar hangs in my room above a whiteboard where I can write the date and any other important tidbits of information!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Real Teachers of Blog County: Classroom Pet Peeves

Welcome to the third installment of The Real Teachers of Blog County!

Today we are talking about Classroom Pet Peeves.  
As a teacher, I LOVE my kiddos.  

I LOVE my classroom. 

I still LOVE teaching. 

 But, there are always a few things that get on my very last nerve.

I try really hard not to let thing bother me, I really do.

I am not a germophob, I am not OCD (and I don't have a problem with those who are because they are usually very lovely people), and I have a VERY high tolerance for a lot of silly things.  

But... there are a few things that get under my skin.

Exhibit A:
Why oh why do kiddos feel like they need to chew on everything?  We share the red pens, and they are all a bit nibbled on...yuck!
I can never catch them nibbling either!  Grrrr....
I know, I could give each kiddo their own, but they would lose them.  We use them all the time, and we need them.  But yuck!
We even have the big talk about not chewing them.
Maybe I should just throw the lids away...

 Exhibit B:

AHHHHHHHHH!  Why do they always feel the need to write on things too?
These are the labels for my mailboxes.  I don't even have a #23 this year and this is what the label looks like!  I know that normal wear and tear happens, and that the labels pull up and get ripped (even though I mod podged over the top of all of them).  But to just scribble on them?  What purpose does that serve!  Grrrrr!!!!!

What are your classroom Pet Peeves?

Would you like to join us and link up?  Here are the "rules": 

1. Use the graphic above at the top of your blog post.

2.Once you link up please visit 2 other blogs and leave meaningful comments!  We all love comments!

3. Please link up your "The Real Teachers of "Blog County" post directly.  Please don't link to products or your store!  

Thank you Real Teacher Bloggers!  

Next month's topic will be: Best/Worst Student Story:  What is something that a kiddo has said or done that you will NEVER forget (good and bad)? I will be post on second Wednesday of each month. Next month will be April. 8!  Thanks for stopping by and linking up!
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Leave a comment with a Real Teachers of Blog County topic idea.  If I use your suggestion, I will send you an item (not bundle) of your choice from my TpT store!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mentor Sentences!

Oh my goodness!  I couldn't be more excited to share with you this fun product that I had the privilege of trying out in my classroom!
Mentor Sentences Unit: Second 10 Weeks (Grade 2)

I had never heard of mentor sentences before, when I came across this blog post by Ideas by Jivey.  I was intrigued.  At first I thought that this would work well with older kiddos, but let me tell you, my kiddos were champs with the one that we worked on in class!  
Ideas by Jivey

At this time of year we start working on Folk tales and Fairy tales, so I chose The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett.

We started by reading and enjoying this wonderful book.  Then, during Writer's Workshop time we started talking about mentor sentences.
They liked the story about my having a mentor teacher to help show me the way when I was a new teacher (they had a hard time believing I was ever new).  They got the concept pretty quick, so I showed them the sentence and invited them to notice things about the sentence.  They noticed a lot!

We talked about capitals!  We talked about periods!  We talked about nouns, verbs, and (gasp!) collective nouns!  We even talked about past tense and adjectives!  I was very proud of my kiddos! Now, did they use those precise words?  Some!  We used noun, and adjective, capital letter and telling sentence.  But, one precocious little darling pointed out that a family was a group!  That opened up the conversation about collective nouns very nicely thank you very much!

So, next Writer's Workshop we read the book: 

A Cache of Jewels by Ruth Heller.

This book has all different sorts of collective nouns.  We really enjoyed this one! Their favorite was "a bevy of beauties".

So, the next day I gave everyone their own copy of the sentence to glue into their notebooks. We labeled all of the parts that we could.  They love saying big words like collective noun and possessive pronouns.

The next time we discussed our mentor sentence we revised it.  Revising can be a really tough for second graders, so we tried adding an adjective.  This little darling added a few things and I think that she did a marvelous job!

A polar bear family had just started to eat their delicious soup.  Yum!
The last day of our mentor sentence adventure the kiddos were to write their own sentence modeled after the mentor sentence.  It was a lot of fun to see what the kiddos came up with!

The flock of birds were flying south for the winter.

A third grade class had just started to read in their dictionaries.

My kiddos did an amazing job with this mentor sentence!  I am so glad that I got to try this out! I will definitely be using these again...a lot! 
Ooooooooo!  and the best part is, I am giving away Jivey's first set of mentor sentences!

Mentor Sentences Unit: First 10 Weeks (Grade 2)

and, your kiddos can use their wonderful new sentence writing skills using my newest product:

Writing: Just for Fun Pick a Prompt

Enter to win both of them below!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Teachers are Heroes!

I have been WAITING for this sale!  My cart is FULL!
This little linky is to show off some of the things that we are planning to buy with this sale!  Hurray!

Text Evidence Reading Passages BIOGRAPHY Edition

I love these Text Evidence Reading Passages by Miss DeCarbo.  I have all of her other sets except this one!  I can't wait!

Interactive Social Studies Journals {K-2}

I have not yet delved into Interactive Notebooks, but I am looking forward to it!  I can't wait to try these Social Studies Journals by Primary Graffiti!

Literary Genres Cartoon Clipart

Aren't these adorable?  I so NEED these fun little clips by Ron Leishman.

What are other teacher buying?  Check them out here:

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