Thursday, July 31, 2014

TPT Sale and Giveaway

I am very excited to announce the annual Back to School TPT Sale August 4th and 5th -- ALL of my products (including bundles) will be a total of 28% off with the code: bts14.  There will be so many amazing sellers participating in this sale, so please make sure that you fill up your wishlists now!
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Here are a few of my favorite products that I have on sale--just click the photos of the ones that you would like to look at further! xo 
Thank you to all of you for following me on my shop, blog, facebook, etc.  It really means a lot! 
Happy Shopping!

And my latest product that I just LOVE... My Grade 1-2 Nonfiction Close Read Product :)

What would this post be...without a giveaway?! :) I am giving away a $10 gift card to Target.  There are so many wonderful things to buy at Target (especially my favorite--the dollar spot.)  So as a THANK YOU to all of you for being so awesome, please enter the rafflecopter below from 8/1 - 8/6 midnight! 

Homework Notebooks

I am getting ready to get my homework notebooks ready for my kiddos.. but I wanted to show you pictures of my last years kids :) These worked out PERFECTLY for my individual students who were in all different places (especially Kindergarten! They come with all different experiences and knowledge, and I LOVE what they all brought to the classroom!) This year I am teaching a K-1 mix, so I will definitely be doing a lot of differentiating :)
I wanted to share some GREAT products for Math with you for homework journals.. these are perfect because I am able to cut and paste and put right in each journal.  Not every notebook is the same - if someone needs more practice with subtraction, then I'll focus on that, etc.  It's the perfect way to differentiate and I really emphasize the

Word Problems for the Younger Learner {1st grade}
Those two are my favorites!
 And I also have my own Kindergarten Word Problem Set as well.. 16 total questions :)
Like I said, a great tool for smaller class sizes where you can differentiate and really teach to the individual :) Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Real Treat

Good evening everyone! I should be trying to get to sleep since I am working summer school early in the AM, but I just have to tell you about a wonderful site called Treat.  To me, there is nothing better than a homemade or heartfelt gift - and a card is just that.  I love looking through cards at the store, but I never knew that CREATING cards could be so fun and personable (for around the same price!)
On top of their quality cards, the workers at are there to help you and make sure that you are completely satisfied with your experience and your purchase.  They are awesome!
Treat is a greeting card company that want to create that special memory for you to send to your loved ones! There are so many different options at Treat, and there are wonderful "Thinking of You" cards just like the one I created below :)

I recently created this beautiful card for my mom.  Why?  Just because.  I think those are the best kind of gifts.. unexpected, and just from the heart.  I was able to easily navigate the site and pick the template that I liked... and on top of that, I could add any picture that I liked!  The picture I featured was on my phone, a little blurry and out of focus.. but it's one of my favorites, and I knew my mom would love it too.  I was very impressed with the quality of the print, and I couldn't imagine how amazing it would've turned out if my phone picture was even more in focus!

Something else that I love about making these personalized cards, is that you can PERSONALIZE almost everything about them! Instead of handwriting your message (which you can gladly do so with these cards as well) I was able to type the message I wanted, AND... it came with a beautifully typed up envelope to send straight to my mom's house.  Perfect!

Needless to say, takes greeting cards to a whole new level - sharing memories through photos and words from the heart, cards are something that will never go out of style - you can personalize them as much as you want, and make them PERFECT for your loved one : ) These can be printed or sent digitally - there are so many options!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fun Way to Book Shop

Happy Summer! I am already thinking about "bright ideas" for back to school - how can we not, they are all over the place ;) 
A cheap and fun way for students to book shop is with... book bags! Not the book bags you put on your back, but the cute little shopping bags that you can find in Target and other stores near you (I got "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "One Fish, Two Fish.." at Target for only $1 each!)
My students use these books during Daily 5, but you can incorporate them into any of your literacy blocks.  After talking about good fit books, the students are able to exchange their books weekly.  Especially with the little ones, they find it so much fun to use these bags and book shop! I let them do it a couple at a time, and with consistency and modeling, they quietly select books that they will enjoy and read for the week, while putting their other books back.  
 I use the little hooks like these and they will hold forever since the bags are so light :) I also recommend making a schedule for your children so they know when their book shopping day is!
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