Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sunshine Award 2011

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Thank you to the fabulous Lorraine over at Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies for giving me this award!
Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.

2. Answer the following questions below.

3. And pass the award to fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded it to them.


Here are my answers:

Favorite animal? Frog ♥

Favorite color? Purple

Favorite number? 12

Favorite drink? sweet tea (esp. from McD's)

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook

Your passion? Teaching and Being a Mom

Giving or getting presents? Giving to others!

Favorite day? Friday- I look forward to weekends off with my little guy, Sebastian! :0)  Mommy loves you!
Now I pass the award to:
PreK Paradise




Mrs. Jump's Class





Wise Owl Factory
The Wise Owl Factory Book a Day Blog

New Year's Resolutions

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Well, I can't believe it's that time again!  The new year is about to start and it is the perfect time to set some resolutions.  I have been thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2012 and here is what I have:

1.  ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE!  I would like to continue organizing files at school and 
     finish organizing at home!
2.  PRAY EVERY DAY.  I have been making a habit of taking the time to say a prayer of thanks for all I
     have been able to accomplish.  I am so thankful I have been able to teach so many children!
3.  BETTER MANAGE MY TIME.  I need to continue to find a balance between work, home, and other
     things (FB, TpT, TN to name a few).
4.  RAMP UP THE EXERCISING!  I definitely don't look like I did when I first started teaching (Can
     you say snacks in the teacher's lounge?!?)  This year, I need to find a way to take care of my body. 
     Since I have little time, I may work out using Zumba on my Promethean Board after school.
5.  BE THE BEST ME I CAN BE! As Oprah always said, "You can't be the best (enter famous name of
     choice), but you can be the best YOU!" I am going to stretch myself to the limits of my teaching
     capabilities and see where it takes me! :0)

Do you have resolutions for the New Year?  If yours go along with mine, just reference the number above.  I'd love to know I'm not alone in these goals!!!  Happy New Year!

Warm New Year Hugs and Loving New Year Smiles,

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

GIVEAWAY YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS!

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Ladybug's Teacher Files

Wow!  One of my favorite blogs, Ladybug's Teacher Files, is holding a FABULOUS giveaway!  She is giving three people one of of her very special blog designs!  All you have to do is click the picture above, choose the blog you like, and follow the entry instructions!  I want you to check it out but of course, I would like to win, too!  So, do me a favor and cross a few of your fingers for me and a few of them for you! :0)  Best of Luck and Happy New Year!!!

Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,

Education World's Teacher of the Day

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A big thanks goes out to Education World for making me today's Teacher of the Day!  I think it is great that they highlight teachers for their hard work!  Check it out here:


Thanks to all who have supported me! 

Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Need a little Kleinspiration?

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Hey all!  Everyone needs a little "Kleinspiration" once in awhile, right?  Well, you need to go over there and check out the new store!  It is just starting up and it features products from some of the TOP SELLERS from teacher sites!  Check it out here:  http://kleinspiration.weebly.com/science.html  It is so easy to browse as the store is divided into subject areas that are easy to navigate.   The best part is, ONLY teachers who have QUALITY products will be offering them at this store for immediate download!  No worries about paying lots of money for products you could make at home.  ALL of them are HIGH QUALITY.  So, what are you waiting for?  Get stocked up for the New Year!  Fill the files over at Kleinspiration's new store!  You'll be glad you did!
Kleinspiration
Click the pic to take the fast track!
Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,

Friday, December 23, 2011

It's Jivin' January!

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Check out my newest product, Jivin' January:  A Winter Theme Unit!  You can get to it by clicking on the picture below. In it, I included everything I will be doing with my first graders as we return to school in the New Year.  I am printing it out just so I can be ready for when they come back.  After Christmas, I am NOT going to want to think about going back to school but at least I'll be prepared!  I hope you have something ready as well.  We all know the next week or so will fly by but the students will be waiting and ready for some winter fun!  I hope you enjoy using this theme unit as much as I enjoyed making it!



Marshmallow Hugs,

What Teacher Doesn't Like a Timesaver?!?

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TIMESAVERS for TEACHERS.com - World's largest collection of REPORT CARD COMMENTS, printable, interactive, often-used teacher FORMS, spelling activities, 1000 Writing Prompts, worksheets, math forms, award certificates, downloadable resources for busy teachers - lots of FREE stuff
Hi everyone!  I was just thinking the hustle and bustle around the holidays reminds me of preparations for the first day of school!  With so much going on, I am going to need something to help save me time after the holidays.  I am going to be purchasing more products from one of my favorite sites, Timesavers for Teachers!  http://www.timesaversforteachers.com/ashop/affiliate.php?id=213
REPORT CARD AND IEP COMMENTS for teachers:  Introductory comments, Homework completion, Class participation, Group work, Problem solving, Behavior, Writing tasks, Writing process, Proofreading, Editing, Language conventions, Spelling, Reading, Reading comprehension, Decoding, Reading fluency, Oral communication, Listening skills, Self-control, Motivation, Work habit, Organizational & Social skills, Math, Problem solving, Science... and more!.My newest favorite product is the Teacher Report Card Comments book!  You can get yours here by clicking on the picture of the product.
I know the last thing on your mind is school right now, but after the holidays, we are all going to have to plow through those dreaded report cards.  Why not save yourself some time? I did!  :0) 

Happy Holidays,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Your Students Can Be Eggsperts!

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I have to say, I really love using the Eggspert game in my classroom!  The buzzers give students a chance to play in a Jeopardy-like way which they have so much fun doing!  This game is so simple to pull out when I want to do a review and the students are always begging to use it!  This is the cheapest I have found the game as I would like to purchase a second one for my classroom.  If you haven't checked it out, you're missing out!  :0) 

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Math in the Sky!

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I couldn't believe this shot of the sky I got on my way to work one day!  Inspired by the book, Butterfly Alphabet by Kajell B. Sandved, I took pictures of the sky for my math class.  It is a great "real-world" connection to parallel and intersecting lines!  It's amazing that math can be found everywhere!  


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Of Course She's Fabulous- She's My Upper Grades Twin!

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Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies
It's my blog twin!  I absolutely LOVE this blog and highly recommend it to any grades 3-5 teachers!  BTW, I LOVE the perfect pencil sharpener over there!  After going through about 12 last year, I'm ready to buy this one and KEEP IT!  LOL!  Happy Froggy Bloggy Hopping!

CONGRATS!

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Congratulations to our Surprise Stocking Contest winner, Sharon Winter!  Sharon, I will be contacting you to claim your prize!  Thank you to everyone for entering and I hope you got the chance to use your 10% off coupon over at Thistlegirl Designs!  Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lovin' the Liebster

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Wow!  I feel honored!  Today, I received the Liebster Blog Award from Journey of a Substitute Teacher.  This award is given out to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers. 


The rules are...
1.  Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2.  Thank the giver and link back to them.
3.  Reveal your Top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
4.  Hope that your followers will spread the word to other bloggers.

Here are the blogs who will receive my Liebster Blog Award (please check them out and give them some LUV- thanks!)...

2.  Globicate!
3.  Sub Hub

HO! HO! HO! IT'S A CHRISTMAS CONTEST FOR YOU!

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HO! HO! HO!  Santa has visited Teaching Tales and guess what?  He left a stocking here just for you!  It's filled with ALL KINDS OF GOODIES teachers love!  The best part is...the goodies are a SURPRISE! Enter using the form below for a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TREAT!  Oh, and the best part?  I am teaming up with THISTLEGIRL DESIGNS (http://www.thistlegirldesigns.com/) to bring everyone who enters a coupon to use over at her store!  Yay!  Contest ends Saturday, December 17th at 8pm EST.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BEST WISHES FOR A SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

December is Delightful Sale

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Hey everyone!  I am holding a 40% OFF DECEMBER IS DELIGHTFUL SALE over at TeachersNotebook!  That's almost HALF-OFF ALL PRODUCTS!  Click the Santa-Dog to go right to my shop!  Don't forget to add my shop as a favorite while you're there!  That way, you get all the updates on new products and sales. Stay tuned as I will be adding more products over the weekend so you get the most out of the SALE!  Happy Holidays!

Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,

Thursday, December 08, 2011

STAMP, STAMP, STAMP!

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Okay, everyone, don't laugh at me...when I was at BINGO the other night (I only do it once in awhile and it was for Christmas baskets), I had an idea!  I always use BINGO daubers to mark student agendas in red, yellow, or green according to their daily behavior.  However, I have never used them for anything else in class.  Then it hit me!  I could use them to have the students STAMP their Word Wall Words!  So, I got out these and some letter stamps and set up three centers in my classroom.  I taped bulletin board paper across the tables and let the students go to town!  They did not make a peep the whole thirty minutes!  They stamped and spelled and have been asking to do it every day since!  My friend, Sharon, is making some printable words for early learners to use with the BINGO daubers and I will be sure to pass along the link to that when it becomes available.  Try it and see what you think!  Also, comment if you have any other ideas for how to use these in class.

Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Cute Christmas Freebie from a Friend!

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This is such a cute Christmas freebie from the blog, Cooperative Learning 365!  Click the pic to go to the freebie!



Happy Holidays!

My New Favorite Tool- EXPO Bright Sticks!

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If you haven't checked these out, yet, go get some NOW! 




These are so great for so many classroom projects!  They allow you to make the walls, doors, windows, etc. of the classroom look like those cute signs at Starbucks!  I have written on the cabinets for science vocabulary and on the door with winter words!  By far, my favorite use has been writing words on the word wall!  No more annoying cards to laminate and cut out!  Just shake, write, and smile!  Here is a picture of my word wall using the EXPO bright sticks...
This is my classroom door...

This is my cabinet...

The sky is the limit!  I would seriously go purchase these.  They are around $18.00 and they have made my life so much easier!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Ultimate Christmas Unit is here!

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Check out the latest Christmas products over at my TpT store!  They have been going like crazy! Just click on each picture and you will be taken straight to that product.

 A big thank you to all those who enjoy using these with your students!  My students LOVE when I make new things for them!  :0)  They keep me motivated and give me feedback on everything I create!  Thank you to all who have purchased my products and to all who have left fantastic feedback!  YOU ROCK!  

Rated 4.0 on TeachersPayTeachers!




Happy holidays!  As always, don't forget to leave feedback for your purchases!  I take your feedback very seriously as I want to create the most superior products for all of our students to use!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

'Tis the Season to Be Jolly!

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I don't know about you, but I am in such a jolly mood!  My tree is up and decorated, online presents have been ordered, and the weather is getting er uh, warmer?!?  Well, you can't win them all! :0)  Snow days will eventually come! 

How about you?  Have you been feeling jolly, yet?  Are your students getting excited about the upcoming holiday?  Mine are already making their lists and checking them twice.  It seems like the Christmas pencils I gave them today paled in comparison to what they are asking for Christmas!  I feel like I need to stock my prize bin with video games and laptops! LOL! 

On a serious note, how do you celebrate the holidays in your classroom?  Do you use the word, "Christmas", or do you have a "Winter Celebration"?  Have you created any cute activities that you think others would like to use in their classrooms?  If so, leave a comment and let everyone know! 

Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Stay Tuned for My New Christmas Packet!

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Hey there!  I have been busy working on my Christmas Unit for my first graders and I am so excited to share it with them (and you, of course!)  It should be ready for download tomorrow on both TpT and TeachersNotebook.  Yes, it is part of the Cyber Monday Sale!!! Woo hoo!!! 

I have to thank you for all of your support and feedback on my teaching materials!  Together, we create a partnership that benefits the students we teach.  Each time we provide feedback or chat about a lesson, we are making it just a little better for the kiddos!  That's what I love about teaching- it is about challenging yourself to be the best you can be! 

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!  Check back tomorrow for a link to "The Ultimate Christmas Unit". 

Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,

Monday, November 21, 2011

"Run, run as fast as you can- now on SALE 'The Gingerbread Man!'"

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Hey everyone!  I wanted to share that I just posted a FABULOUS new unit called, "The Gingerbread Man".  It is full of activities with a holiday theme for those who can and cannot teach a Christmas unit at school!  Your students will love the whimsical designs on each page and will be engaged with plenty activities for the month of December.  Right now, it is on sale over at TeachersPayTeachers, so get it before the sale is over!!!  I hope everyone has a restful Thanksgiving! 






Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Easy Word Work Centers

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My first graders LOVE word work and the best part is, it didn't take much work on my part to make it fun!  Here are some simple things I did to make working with words exciting and I did not spend a ton of time or money to make it happen!

1.  I asked teachers with older kids to donate any old word games they had at home.
2.  I found nice Melissa and Doug wooden magnetic letters at a Tuesday Morning store for about $3.00.
3.  I utilized the Promethean Board to play games (which are already made on the program).  If you don't have an electronic white board, give the kids dry-erase markers and a regular white board- they still have a blast making words!
4.  We have one computer but it is great to keep two students busy playing on Starfall or ABC Mouse.

Learning doesn't have to take too much time or money!  Post some ideas you have for cheap and easy centers! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Newest Site I LOVEEEE!!!

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Hi there!  I am so excited that I found a new site that I just LOVE!  It is found at http://www.abcmouse.com/ and it is FREE for public school teachers!  I was searching the Internet this morning looking for online activities for my preschooler when I came across this site.  It has activities for learners from 2 years old up through elementary school.  I have to say, it is the BEST!  The teacher can add students to her classroom and differentiate the level of learning based on the needs of the student.  I was happy that I could use this for my son at the Pre-K level as well as for my first graders!  I was so pleased to be able to adjust the level of learning to match my first graders' needs.  As you can tell, I am LOVING this FREE site, so please go check it out and let me know how it worked for you!  Happy Learning!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

WOW! HUGE THANKSGIVING SALE!!!

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Thanksgiving is all about giving and I am in a giving mood so I am throwing a HUGE 50% OFF SALE over at my Teacher's Notebook store!  ALL ITEMS ARE 50% OFF TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY!  That means you could purchase ALL 18 ITEMS on my store for JUST UNDER $30!  Now is a great time to stock up on those Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Winter activities so don't miss out! 

I will also be GIVING AWAY 5 COPIES OF MY NEWEST CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES TO 5 LUCKY WINNERS!!!

 To enter do the following (1 entry for each number):
1.  Join my blog and leave a comment saying you joined my blog.
2.  Follow me over at Teacher's Notebook and add my shop as a FAVORITE!  Comment and let me know. Thanks!
3.  Follow me on TeachersPayTeachers and become a follower!  Comment and let me know. Thanks!

WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN THIS THURSDAY, A WEEK BEFORE THANKSGIVING!  BEST OF LUCK!

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S.  If the spirit hits you too, please comment about your SALE and where we can find it!  Thanks! :0)
Click here to go to the sale:  http://www.teachersnotebook.com/shop/TeachingTales/sale 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Fall Y'All!

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Hi there!  It has been awhile since I've checked in, but life has been C-R-A-Z-Y!  I think we all know how that "teaching" thing can keep you busy here and there! ;-)  I can't believe it is almost November already!  I am so excited because tomorrow all of the teachers and students at our school are dressing up as book characters!  I will be a very whacky Fancy Nancy!  FYI...pictures will be coming! 

This month, I have been focusing on developing some activities for word work and literacy centers.  The first one has just been posted on TpT and it is called, "Don't Let the Crows Eat the Corn!"  Check it out here...

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thanksgiving-Word-Work-Game



I hope everyone is having fun preparing for Thanksgiving!  We celebrated October in Maryland with a round of Autumn snow!  Check back for more exciting activities and freebies!  I promise it won't be a month this time!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Halloween Spooktacular!

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If you LOVE Halloween as much as I do, you need to check out my latest resource, "Halloween Spooktacular:  Math, Literacy, and Science Activities and Printables".  It is full of activities your young students will enjoy during the month of October!  Click the link below the picture to check it out! 

P.S. I am having a sale over at TeachersPayTeachers, so you can get this at 10% off!  Hurry before the sale ends and it goes back to regular price! :0)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halloween-Spooktacular-Math-Literacy-and-Science

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Visualizing

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I was searching for a great book to use for visualizing when I came across this fabulous book by Pat Hutchins. In it, the wind blows several objects away as the owners chase after them!  The students really loved this book and I barely heard a peep out of them as I was reading!  To teach the lesson, we began by doing a visualizing exercise with white boards.  I described a scene with a tree, a flower, the sun, a bird, and a house.  Students were to draw the scene as it looked in their minds.  We stood in a circle and showed our pictures to the class and discussed why they were similar but not the same!  It was because we all had different schema, of course!
Then, I introduced the book, The Wind Blew (I had the cover hidden).  I told the students I was going to read it and they would draw the pictures they saw in their minds, reminding them that good readers visualize as they read.  After each page, they would draw and share their pictures with an elbow partner.  Then, we would look at what the illustrator drew and talk about the words in the text that helped us to visualize.  The students were so engaged and were having fun visualizing!  At the end, they made a prediction about what they thought would happen, but there was a surprise ending...the wind blew out to sea and left all of the objects behind.  They were all mixed up (the students laughed so hard at the mixed up objects and people). 
After the reading and discussing, we talked about how much fun it was to visualize.  We made a promise to visualize and make mental pictures every time we read.  We talked about how we make mental pictures even when the illustrator has made them for us because our schema helps us to see the book differently! 
I highly recommend this for your first graders!  You will love the lesson as much as they do! :0)  Happy Teaching!
Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Time Savers for Teachers

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Whew!  It has been quite busy with back-to-school time but I have not forgotten about you!  :0)  As I was surfing the web tonight, I came across a site with fabulous products for teachers!  It is called Timesavers for Teachers and I would highly recommend purchasing the Teacher's Binder.  Trust me, the resources are worth it!  Check it out here:

http://www.timesaversforteachers.com/

I just LOVE when teaching printables are so well-made that I do not have to do any extra work myself!  I hope you get a chance to peruse this site as I am sure you won't be disappointed in your purchases! 
 
Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9-11

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If You're Proud To Be An American Wave
This Flag In Honor Of The Fallen Men
And Women Who Served Our Country
For those who have served in the past 
For those who are serving now
And For Those Who Are Still Fighting
THANK YOU AMERICAN HEROES.
Keep this posted at least through  Sunday 9-11-2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Follower Freebie!

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Line Up

Great Read!

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I am really enjoying a new teaching book I picked up from the library called, "Teaching Outside the Box:  How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains".  The title alone made me want to pick it up and read it!  I am just beginning the book but let me know if you have read it or if you're interested in reading it with me! :0)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

No first day of school- WHAT?!?

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So, Hurricane Irene has decided she doesn't want to go back to school!  The first day of school in my county in Maryland will be cancelled due to the storm damage.  I have never in my life heard of the first day of school being cancelled!  I am so disappointed that I won't see the students tomorrow but I am glad to be able to finish some tasks before the first day. 

I will, however, use Hurricane Irene as a teaching opportunity.  Perhaps we will read about hurricanes this week and map each state that was affected by it.  We can create an analogy about how the conditions need to be just right for a hurricane to occur and compare it to how success in the classroom depends on that same type of scenario.  I hope this is all that Mother Nature has in store for this school year as I am sure she has a few snowstorms up her sleeve as well!  Is anyone else off of school tomorrow due to Irene?  Tell us about it by commenting below!

Monday, August 22, 2011

New Favorite Site!

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Okay, so I began decorating my new first grade classroom today and realized how much I still enjoy doing it year after year!  I absolutely LOVE being a classroom teacher!  As I was hanging fabric on my bulletin boards, I was thinking of ways I could be more creative.  To help myself along, I did what every other teacher would do...take a walk down the hallway and check out what others were doing.  I went into my second grade friend's classroom when she showed me some of the projects she had been working on.  She was using her Cricut machine which she got at JoAnn Fabrics for $50!  It was a smaller machine but with the sale and teacher discount, she got it at a great price!  She had made so many cute things with her Cricut and when she told me she had gotten the ideas from blogs, a lightbulb went off!  "Ooooooooh," I thought, "a blog with Cricut ideas for the classroom?!?"  I know, I was getting excited, too!  So, I haven't had much time to peruse but this site happened to be the first I visited and I liked it.  Check it out if you have time!  Also, if you have used the Cricut for classroom materials, let us know! 

Cricut Your Classroom

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Back from Vacation!

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Whew!  I am finally back from a fun-filled vacation to Hilton Head, SC!  It was fabulous and as always, I learned so much to share with my class!  I am eagerly awaiting the beginning of the school year (1 week and counting) and tomorrow, I will enter my new classroom for the first time.  First grade, here I come!  I must say, at this point I am going through my mental checklist of routines to be sure the year starts off well!  I would love it if you could share your favorite routines such as pencil sharpening, bathroom breaks, classroom jobs, etc.  How do you help your classroom run efficiently for the school year?  What techniques do you use that are a faithful "go-to" each year? 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Exciting News to Share!

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Greetings everyone!
I have exciting news to share!  I am officially an author over at Me and My Gang (see button on the sidebar) and I will be blogging on the FIRST GRADE PAGE!  Yes, they have pages for EVERY GRADE LEVEL to come, join, and share about teaching!  If you haven't checked out Me and My Gang, you are MISSING OUT!  We would love for you to be a part of the excitement!  All you have to do is click the button, find your grade-level, and join!  I'll be waiting to see who can grab the first spots! 

Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,

Thursday, August 11, 2011

And the Winners are... (I LOVE GIVEAWAYS!)

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Okay, so I am a little late on the GIVEAWAY (teacher friends stopping by) but the winners have been chosen on http://www.random.org/ and a BIG CONGRATULATIONS goes out to:

First Place (Gift Card and Two Teaching Products):  Rachel Keller

Second Place (Two Teaching Products):  Christy Alzati and Donna Harris

Third Place (One Teaching Product):  Mary Wortman, Alexia Algius, and Jennifer Kadar

Winners email me at mrsbteaches2@gmail.com to claim your prizes! 

Thanks to all who participated!  More to come as we head back to school!!! :0)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

FREE WEBSITE

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I have been wanting to set up my own teaching website for some time now.  After having years of paid sites, I got tired of shelling out $60 to have a website that was limited in what I could do.  My best friend, Sharon Winter of Pre-K Paradise, told  me about Weebly so I decided to check it out for myself.  I have to say, I LOVE IT!  Check it out here:  http://www.weebly.com/   They have a choice to set up a FREE WEBSITE or a FREE EDUCATIONAL WEBSITE which allows parents and students to interact with you online!  Either way, I am in the process of creating a website I love while not paying a dime!  Check it out for yourself if you have time!

P.S. ONE DAY LEFT FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!! GET YOUR ENTRIES IN NOW!  A WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN THURSDAY, AUGUST 11TH AT 10 AM EST.  BEST OF LUCK!

FREEBIE! Book Conferencing Schedule!

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Monday, August 08, 2011

Three Days Left...Don't Be Left Out!

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Hello everyone!

I am so glad to see us all connecting and sharing our love of teaching!  Please be sure if you have taken steps to be entered in the giveaway that you leave a comment.  If not, I won't be able to accurately count your entries so a quick, "I joined your blog" would work!  I am so excited to be giving away a Scrappin' Doodles gift card along with the Back-to-School resources!  Best of luck!  Three days left!

Lots of Love,

New Blog Design

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I am just loving my new blog design thanks to Ladybug Teaching Resources on Blogger!  Check them out- their designs are awesome and they are so helpful!  In one day, I had a complete blog makeover for less than $50.  That is a FABULOUS deal!  If you've been thinking about changing the look of your blog, head over to Ladybug Teaching Resources- you will be so happy you did!
Check them out here:


Saturday, August 06, 2011

Counting Fishies

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Is everyone getting ready for Back to School?  I am!  Check out a new product I just added to my TpT and TeachersNotebook stores:

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!  I must say this is definitely one that will be used a great deal in my classroom this year!  Let me know what you think!

Friday, August 05, 2011

$10 Scrappin' Doodles Giveaway!!!

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Okay teaching friends... I say we need to have a "Motivation Contest". For all of us who are sellers on TpT and TeachersNotebook, let's see how many quality products we can make and post by Monday! Be sure to share your products and how many you've made here- this way we can all compete! Just post with your name/blog/website and product below! All who participate are eligible to win a first prize $10.00 gift certificate to Scrappin' Doodles!  You will also receive my "Essential Back-to-School Resource" as well as "Monthly Newsletter Templates" from Pre-K Paradise!  Two second place winners will receive both the EBTS Resource and MNT.  Three third place winners will receive the EBTSR.  I know this will help you get ready for the new school year! The contest will run from Friday, August 5th until Thursday, August 11th!  Good luck and get moving! :0) 

Warm Hugs and Loving Smiles,
Leanne


$10.00 Scrappin Doodles Gift Certificate
 
 
 
 
Here is how to enter:
1.  You will get 1 entry for every time you comment on this contest.
2.  You will get 5 entries for joining my blog and leaving a comment letting me know.
3.  You will get 5 entries for following Teaching Tales on Facebook and leaving a comment letting me know.
4.  You will get 5 entries for following me on Teachers Pay Teachers and leaving a comment letting me know.
5.  You will get 5 entries for following Teaching Tales on Teachers Notebook and leaving a comment letting me know.
6.  You will get 10 entries for creating a post with a link to this contest and leaving a comment letting me know!
 
Best of luck!

Monday, August 01, 2011

New Back to School Resource Just Posted!

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Check out the new resource I just posted on TpT and TeachersNotebook! Both stores have AMAZING sales running right now so I would get it before the sales expire!

There are two ways to pick up "The Essential Back to School Resource":

Follow this link to TpT: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Essential-Back-to-School-Resource

Follow this link to TeachersNotebook: http://www.teachersnotebook.com/shop/TeachingTales

I hope you enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed creating it! I am very excited to use this resource with my new first graders!!!