Saturday, January 27, 2018

Valentine's Day Craft & A Giveaway!

I'm so excited to share these two Valentine's Day Activities with you! A good friend of mine just started his own TpT store and I had to give him a shout out and share these amazing resources!

But what fun is sharing without a giveaway???

Check out these amazing new resources by Learn and Beans and then be sure to enter the giveaway below!

Click HERE for more info on this Valentine's Day Writing Craft!

Click HERE for more info on these Valentine's Day Math Puzzles!



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Friday, September 1, 2017

Non-Fiction Reading Passages

Non-fiction gives a wide variety of information, but it's not just the information that's important. Reading can also greatly increase grammatical and spelling skills as well as improve student conversational/lingual abilities. Research says that non-fiction promotes student success!

I created the following products after realizing I was in need of non-fiction passages that would engage and motivate my students.

I've used these passages during guided reading groups, as a cold read, comprehension practice, homework, and even as an assessment. I know you will find them as useful in your classroom as I have in mine!

Teaching Tip: Extend the activity by having students highlight unfamiliar words and define them.



Back to School Resources

Like many of you...I can't believe summer is over!! I spent a lot of time creating resources I can use in my classroom but didn't have the time to share them with you here. So I'm going to take this time to share a few different items with you!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL FLIPBOOK - Self-Assessment Style
Make "getting to know" your students more meaningful with this fun and engaging back-to-school activity that will provide you with AUTHENTIC student data.
Students self-asses their strengths and challenges, and even set goals for the year.

Templates are EDITABLE so you can change them to fit your individual class needs.

Let's face are going to look at the clock! But instead of telling them to focus on their work and not the time, let these posters do it for you!

Remind them to "FOCUS" or let them know "YOU MATTER"!! Includes 5 posters in 8 different colors. Mix and Match for a colorful display or use a solid color to match your classroom decor!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Pete the Cat FREEBIE

Wow! I can't believe an entire school year has gone by and I haven't written one blog post since August! Needless to say...I've been busy. 
This was my first year back in the classroom after going into administration for 3 years and it took some time getting back into the swing of things. I created so many things that I needed for my room (and I purchased some really amazing resources on TpT!) 
It's going to take a while for me to get it uploaded onto TpT though because I have to make changes to the things that worked and didn't work. In the meantime, I did start my new "Book Buddy" product line. I was inspired to create something that I could easily print with no prep that goes along with the stories I was reading in class. I hope you find it as useful in your classroom as it was in mine.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Back 2 School Giveaway

Is it that time of year already??
What better way to start the school year than with a TpT shopping spree and a gift card to purchase anything you want! (Like maybe those new shoes you wanted!) Earn entries by following my TpT store, my blog, and by sharing this giveaway with friends, family and followers on your own social media sites.

 This giveaway includes a $25 TpT Gift Certificate AND a $50 Visa Gift Card!!

Thank you for participating and good luck!

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CONGRATULATIONS CATHY! And thank you everyone who entered my Back-2-School Giveaway!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dr. Seuss Themed Decor

As are some pics of the Dr. Seuss crate seats I created (see the post below this one on how to do-it-yourself).

With the extra material, I created a "READ" sign for my Dr. Seuss themed library:

Wood letters from Michaels (on sale for .99 each)...

I painted each letter in a Dr. Seuss themed color...

I cut out images from the extra material I had from the crate seats (above)...

I laid the images on the letters to see where I liked it...

Once the cloth images were placed where I wanted it, I pulled out the MOD PODGE!!!

I brushed it on the back of the cloth images and then brushed the images on the letters...

My first self-created sign! It's still a little wet, but I got over excited and wanted to take pictures to show my husband who was at work =)

My next Dr. Seuss project is a wooden chair and then a book shelf. If it comes out half-way decent, I'll post the pictures =)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Crate Seats for the Classroom

I decided to create those adorable crate seats that I see all over Pinterest for my classroom this year. I'm going to do a Dr.Seuss Theme and I'm so excited about it! 

I know, I know, It's JULY! School doesn't start until September!! 
But after 2 years of coaching Principals and APs, I can't wait to get back into the classroom with the kids.

As I shopped for the material, my 4 year old kept asking me, "Is that for me mommy? Are you making those for me?" How could I break her little heart and tell her it's for the kids in my class!? I COULDN'T! Soooooo, I asked her to choose the material she liked and had her help me make my first crate seat...for her =)

  • Crate: $3.97 @Walmart
  • 1 Yard of material: $5.47 @Walmart
  • Foam Cushion & Padding: (don't remember price) @Michaels
  • Wood (I purchased 4 pieces) $7 total @Home Depot (I brought the crate with me, they measured & cut it for me)
  • Staple Gun and staples
The crates at Walmart have the "lip" inside it where the wood can sit...not all crates have this so make sure you purchase one that does. Also, make sure when they cut the wood they leave a little wiggle room to fit the padding and material.

I laid the wood on the foam pad to trace...

My little peanut did the tracing...

So easy a 4 year old can do it...

I wrapped the foam and the wood with padding (the foam made the seat comfy, but the wood corners were still a little too pointy. Wrapping everything with padding made the entire piece softer to the touch)...

Next, I wrapped the entire piece in the material my daughter chose, and stapled it into the wood...


 Finished Seat...


Now that she's happy, I'll have her help me make my Dr. Seuss chairs and decorations! I'll post pics when I'm done...can't wait!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

PJ Masks Desk Plate FREEBIE

I'm taking on a new position this September...YAY!!! I'm so excited about getting my classroom in order and creating new things for the kiddos! I'm working on some classroom themed decorations and wanted to share this FREEBIE with all of you =)

I never embedded a pdf into a blog post before so I hope this it goes...