Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Freebies and Updates

Hi everybody :) Week is flying by, that's for sure! I have been extremely busy trying to get all of my schoolwork done and it is very difficult to do during the day when I am running to Dunkin Donuts on my break, and tutoring and teaching piano straight through the evening.
I am actually excited because tomorrow I am getting together with Tara from K-2 is Splendid because it is her BIRTHDAY! Please head over to her blog and wish her a happy birthday :) She's the best. I will be joined by another wonderful lady, Joanna over at Love for Early Learners.. she is a new blogger and quite creative and amazing ;) Please make sure you check out her blog!!
I will be walking the runway for a designer of outerwear and accessories this upcoming Saturday.  It is a fundraiser for our school called "Fall into Fashion" and they asked some of the teachers to model.  At first my answer was "absolutely not" but after I thought about it, what other time would I ever be asked to model... but then I realized that we should all love ourselves how God made us and even though I'm not a size 4, that's okay. :)  At least that's what I make my boyfriend tell me! ;) Um and plus I am 5'1 so I am a little under the height requirement ;)

I was busy this week creating a couple freebies for my kids and of course, you :) The first is an European Explorer freebie... this comes with fact cards about John Cabot, Henry Hudson, Christopher Columbus, and a few other famous explorers.  I have also included 2 pages of notes about the background of this time period relating to my textbook (that I rarely have the children read from)... I hope someone will be able to find it useful!! Check it out here on Teachers Pay Teachers and here on Teacher's Notebook.  Let me know what you think!

My second freebie comes from the fact that some of my students really needed a boost with comprehension.  As my kids begin to read more difficult chapter books, the content often will have a deeper meaning that I want them to understand.  My coworker Heather uses thinkmarks in her own way, and I decided to do the same! I created this freebie tonight, and made up the chart below with my students.  This will be perfect for them to keep track of their progress while reading.  Check it out on TPT and on TN :)
I haven't been sleeping great lately, so I am heading off to the couch to relax and hopefully fall asleep before 11:30 tonight... Take care lovelies!


  1. I love your idea for organizing Thinkmarks! I've been going through Post-Its like none other. I can't wait to use your template with my small groups!

    And the explorer cards... well, I don't know when I'm going to use them yet, but I'm totally going to find some reason! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

    1. Thanks so much, Jenny! You are too sweet :)

  2. I absolutely love these freebies, Laura! They're incredibly useful and super cute. I've never heard of thinkmarks before now but that's absolutely a creative idea!

    Miss V's Busy Bees

    1. You are too sweet!! Thank you so much doll :) So glad you could use it.. and I am so glad my coworker Heather was using Thinkmarks because she gave me the idea to create the freebie :)

  3. I have just found your blog! I look forward to following along - I hope you are sleeping better over the weekend!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

    1. Hi Alison! So glad I found your blog as well :) I love teaching Math! I am your newest follower, look forward to reading your ideas and working with you in the future


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