Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer reads

I hope everyone is enjoying their summers.  For me, I am just about in the middle of my summer, but I know some of you are getting ready to go back - I hope that it is a peaceful and easy transition for you all.  And still don't forget to make time for yourself :)
I wanted to share a few books I have been reading this past spring and summer that I have absolutely loved-I tend to go for the YA novels that are quick and easy reads (I also love animals, mystery, and suspense!)
1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
This book was probably my favorite on this list.  The story is told through the eyes of a wonderful golden retriever about life, tragedy, and the beauty and love in this world.  

2.Oogy by Larry Levin
What I loved about Oogy is that it is a true story.  It makes you really think about animal cruelty, but how one person can change the life of an animal.  You will easily fall in love with this sweet pup! 

3. The Cage by Megan Shepherd
The Cage was by far my quickest read.  This one is tied for my favorite with The Art of Racing in the Rain, but in a different way!  I loved how this whole story took place in "another world" and you really start to fall in love with each character.  I was completely absorbed.  Megan Shepherd has other wonderful books out such as The Madman's Trilogy, but I have not read them.  The only thing that made me angry about "The Cage" is that it came out this year and it is the first of its series!  Be prepared for a serious cliff hanger - I wasn't ;)

4. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
 This book was longer than the others I have read this summer, but it didn't stop me from reading it cover to cover.  It is a story about a beautiful girl that has mysteriously "disappeared" from the small town, Bone Gap. Finn, the main character in the story, goes through so much to try and solve the mystery of Roza.  You will find strange characters, love, mystery, and an eery corn field!

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I just finished this book yesterday - what a thrilling and unforgettable story about a rich, upscale family called the Sinclairs who have lots of money, love... and secrets and betrayal.  This book is only a little other 200 pages, so you will easily be able to read this one in just a couple days.  I highly recommend it!

 6. The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
I am not finished with this book, but this is such a powerful story on bullying.  The language is mature, so it is definitely not for younger students, but for YOU as an adult, it is a very easy read about a young girl Alice who is not called some nice names - the book has been switching point of view from student to student... maybe I will hear from Alice in the end!

I hope some of these recommendations help you find another book to read this summer :) They were all so wonderful and it was hard to pick a favorite!  Happy reading! 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July Sale

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July weekend.  For me, it's a time to relax a little bit (while still being productive) before my summer job begins.  It is my 13th summer working at a remedial reading and writing program.  I absolutely love it and the people I work with.  I have been reflecting on this wonderful year I had with my K-1 class as well - I miss them already but will hopefully keep in touch with their families as they continue to grow.  I am so proud of their hard work :) It makes me so incredibly happy to be a teacher.

I have linked up with Buzzing with Mrs. McClain on her wonderful 4th of July linky!  ALL of my products (including BUNDLES) will be 20% off July 4, 5, and 6th! I hope you can find something to use for either the summer or back-to-school!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Laura-Love-To-Teach
 I am excited that I just posted my completed First Grade Vocabulary Task Card product as well - I hope you can check it out! Perfect for tutoring or using in your classroom :)  A few examples of vocabulary words include shout, alligator, after, stove, and practice.  Let me know if you have any questions!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Vocabulary-Task-Cards-1939768

Another product that I am SO excited to share is my Close Reading Bundle - these have been so helpful with deeper-thinking and comprehension with my readers. I hope you can check out this great 20% off price (already at a discount!)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-and-Second-Grade-Close-Reading-BUNDLE-1886844

I hope you are enjoying your summer.... Happy 4th of July to you, your family, and friends!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June Currently 2015

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One of my favorite months.. June.  It is difficult for me to say goodbye to my beautiful children every year at the end of this month, but I sure have a lot of fun enjoying the last few weeks of school -
We do a fun 10 day countdown as a school (as a little family) and pop a balloon each day.  Some of the activities can include an ice cream party, sidewalk chalk and bubbles, and even a fun camping day!
We don't use a specific product on TPT, but I did find a few GREAT freebies that you may be interested in for your end of the year!
End of the Year ABC Countdown IDEAS~Freebie!
 I love these countdown ideas from Always First!

End of Year Balloon Pop Activities
Balloon pop fun with Briana Beverly!

The Ten Day Countdown!
From my dear friend, Deb Thomas, I love her 10 day countdown!

I am excited to be linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade - Miss Farley! Love her.. she's so awesome, isn't she? And to do these awesome linkys every month.. whoohoo to you, Farley! I missed last month's (insert sad face here!) but I am definitely not missing this one :) 
School ends at the end of this month - and I would actually love more time with my kiddies! All of my non-teacher friends, think that I get a major break over the summer.. but little do they know that I work double hard to save a little money, just to spend it on bills, bills, bills and other such things! I have lots of personal goals that I hope to meet before/during summer.  :)

Please go help Wimberley :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway and Sale

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!
I am SO thrilled to be teaming up with the wonderful The Applicious Teacher yet again this year for some amazing.. TRULY AMAZING prizes - when I think about all of the love and donations for the fellow teachers, it makes me so happy!  Thank you Leigh for another wonderful week of fun! 
Here are the fantastic teacher bloggers that are donating some extremely useful and fun gifts.  We are celebrating you this week, so I hope you enter each day! Best of luck to you! :) 

Don't forget about the Teachers Pay Teachers Sale!! Everything in my store will be 20% off and an additional 10% off using the code ThankYou

Check out my close reading printables that are on sale and working great for others!  I am working on more soon when I get the time.  I have found these to really engage my kiddos and have them develop their higher level thinking skills.  This is probably great for second grade, and higher level firsties :)
First and Second Grade Nonfiction Close Reads

First and Second Grade Close Reads - All About Countries
Enjoy your week!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

I just have to say I had one of the best days of my life this past Saturday... some absolutely wonderful TPT sellers got together and created a TPT meet up that I will NEVER forget.  Thank you to all of you for making it such a perfect day.  Birds of a feather flock together - I will always be in your flock whenever you need anything :) 
organizers
We met in Binghamton, NY which was only a couple hours from me.  I had a wedding to attend in the evening so I had to leave a little early, but every moment was worth it! I got to witness wonderful presentations from THE Jen Jones {Hello Literacy} and the amazing Shelly Rees from Appletastic: Blossiming in 5th Grade and get to know some wonderful people.

Here are some fun photos from our event! There were so many amazing sponsors and hard work put into this beautiful day! - Thank you to ALL of you for making it quite a blast!

Photo booth! Love it!
 The beautiful giveaways made my jaw drop.  The etsy sellers that donatd to us were so wonderful !

 Check out the goodies below! We were so lucky to be blessed with some great prizes and offers!
 TPT provided us with breakfast for the morning :) Love you, TPT!
 Look who I met! My sweet friend Melissa Machan from First Grade Smiles :) LOVE her!
 We did a really fun Teacher Tool Exchange, and I got Megan Shea's amazing gift! Magnetic write-on dice! - I don't have anything like this and I can't wait to use it for all subject areas.  The kids will go crazy.. thank you Megan! {Included were some yummy chocolates that I was very excited about! hehe}
 Selfies with my ladies :)
 Love me some Special Teacher for Special Kids! She is wonderful!

 Love these ladies! The Template Teacher, sweet Robyn, and Brain Waves Instruction!

Teachers Pay Teachers also provided us with this adorable TPT bag with some goodies inside - thank you so much to them for making our lives great!
Sooo did you see the Giveaway table that was a few pictures up?! This is what I WON! :) An adorable plant with our slogan.. Birds of a Feather Flock Together! We are all so alike and work together as a flock.  Love it!  And if you live in the Rochester area in NY, definitely check out Cheesy Eddie's! YUMMY!
 My lovely handmade gift was from Jo'Elle Coastal Crafters - a beautiful pillow with my motto! I love it so much... check out Joelle's Corner for some beautiful gifts on Etsy!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoellesCorner

To my surprise, Amy from Teachers Pay Teachers was also present at the meetup.  I was sooo excited.  She just has this aura about her that is so beautiful!  I am so happy I got to get a selfie with her.  Love you Amy - thank you for EVERYTHING!
 Overall, an amazing experience.. and I made it all happen with my busy schedule because of this beautiful lady right here!
Jen Jones is just an overall beautiful person, inside and out.  She brings a positive energy to my life and inspires me in the classroom every day.  Thank you Jen for your kindness and friendship!! I heart you!
Overall..I am so blessed and lucky.  Life is good. XO