November 29, 2015

SMILE: TPT Cyber Sale and Wishlist Items

Tomorrow starts the 15 day countdown to Winter Break! There is so much to accomplish with the kids before breaking for the holidays and the time will fly by! After a week off for Thanksgiving, we are all recharged and ready to do this!  

Tomorrow also marks the TPT Site Wide Cyber Monday sale.  You can stop by my store, and hundreds of others on TPT, to save BIG bucks.  In my store you will save 28% all your purchases, 20% from my sale and an extra 10% from TPT when you include the savings code SMILE at checkout.Save on all my products including the money saving BUNDLES. This is a great time to save on all your wishlisted items. 

I have linked up with Jen from Teaching in the Tongass for a Wishlist Linky.  Below are the top 3 wishlisted items from my store.  Are they already on your wishlist?

My Meet the Teacher Night Packet is a great resource to help you during your Meet the Teacher Night or even Open House.  There are a variety of signs, forms and ideas to help you during these important parent meetings.

The STAAR Reading Vocabulary Packets are great to help students prepare for the STAAR test.  They come in versions for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade reading and math.  There is also a packet for 5th grade science.

The Parent Teacher Conference Packet is a great resource that contains all you need to plan, prepare and hold successful parent conferences throughout the year. 

If you are interested in any of these products, click on the pictures above for direct links.  Or to visit my store, click the picture below:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great time shopping!  Don't forget to enter the code: SMILE when you check out so you get your extra discount.  Also remember to leave feedback. When you leave feedback for items you purchase, receive points that you can use towards future purchases on TPT.  I have purchased many items for points just by leaving feedback.

Until Next Time.....

October 24, 2015

Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Welcome to the Trick or Treat Blog Hop. It is really exciting to be participating in this fun event this week.  A big thank you to Rachael at Classroom Game Nook for coordinating this spooky event.  As you hop to each of our blogs, you will gather many goodies.  Each of us has a TRICK of the Trade to offer.  What would Trick or Treating be without a TREAT?   We all have two for you: Keep reading this post to learn how to get a great FREEBIE and enter the GIVEAWAY. But you better hurry.  All offers end on October 31st - Halloween!

Are you looking for a great motivation system to use in your classroom?  Some form of classroom currency or cash to spend at a class store and auction is a great Trick of the Trade.  As a motivation/reward system for students, a class store and auction can be both an incentive and also allow them to take part in a real-world economic activity.  Reward systems such as this can have positive effects when used on a regular basis with students throughout the year.  Each day students earn cash for everything from good behavior to scores on work and assessments. At the end of each week, students can spend their Class Cash at the Class Store or they can save up for the end of the grading period when they will participate in an auction by bidding on a variety of items.

How to Start:
Start by collecting items to use in the store and the auction.  The store can be filled with small things that students would like: pencils, erasers, notepads, chips, juice boxes, granola bars, small trinkets from the dollar store and reward coupons (No Homework, Extra Computer Time, Sit with a Friend, etc.) Click this link to see the Rock Star Owl Reward Coupons I have in my TPT store.  At grade level meetings or open house, ask parents to donate things that kids would like. The Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores carry many items that students would want and you can buy them for very little money.   My husband and I love to visit garage sales on Saturdays and you would be amazed at what you can find that kids will love. Things I have used in the past have been books, posters, comics, baseball cards, Hot Wheels, Happy Meal Toys, marker sets, etc.  You can also try asking for free coupons from fast food and local restaurants, and promotional items like water bottles and key chains from businesses.

Introduction Lesson:
Introduce the reward system with a lesson on economics which includes earning, saving and spending money.  Explain the structure and criteria of earning the Classroom Cash and how it can be spent. Cash can be old Monopoly game money from garage sale finds, printed cash like I used below, or any other type of money you create.  Be sure to cover guidelines for organizing and storing their money.  Some teachers like to create a bank where students can deposit their money until it is needed.  Students would then need to keep accounting of how much they have stored in the bank.


Classroom Store:
Cash can be spent weekly at the classroom store.  The last 15-20 minutes of the day on Friday, you can open the store for students to buy items.  It is easy to store the items in baskets and set the baskets out on a table to let students choose.  Be sure to give prices so they know how much the items cost.

Live Auction:
At the end of the grading period you can hold an auction. Explain the auction process to students.  Let them know about auction items a day or two before the actual auction.  Some teachers leave items out on a shelf throughout the six weeks to remind students what they are bidding on.  This allows students to save up money if there is an item they really want.  Bidding for each item will start at $1.  The bidding continues with increments of $1 to $5.  The item is won when the bidding has stopped.  After the auction is over, ask students what they learned about auctions from the experience and what they might do differently for the next auction. Students are able to learn valuable lessons about supply and demand and saving versus spending.

Silent Auction:
Each item has it's own bid sheet and students are able to bid and outbid each other to get the items they most desire.  The items can be set out throughout the day for students to place bids when they are finished with work or during lunch and recess. The auction should have an exact ending time where you pick up all the bid sheets and collect cash from the winners.


I have a TREAT for you!  During this Blog Hop you can download my Halloween Spooktacular Activities, Games and Puzzle packet.  This product helps students have fun and stay focused on learning in the days leading up to Halloween.  The packet has easy and engaging activities, centers, games, puzzles, worksheets and lesson ideas that you can use with the students in your classroom. 

This packet will be available for FREE on my blog during the Blog Hop from October 24 - 31, 2015.  It sells in my TPT store for $5.00.  If you want it for FREE, click on the picture below to download it.  I hope your students enjoy the SPOOKY Halloween fun! (Blog Hop has ended.  Click on the link below to find this in my TPT Store.)


As another treat, one lucky winner will receive three of my Writer's Workshop products.  The products include Writing Templates for Writer's Workshop and Writing Papers for Holidays and Seasons grades K-2nd and grades 3rd-5th.

These templates are great to get your Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade students excited and organized with their writing.  It also includes a set of Writing Process Posters!  Here are a few samples from the packet:

For your chance to win these three great writing products, enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below:

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Bonus Treat: For your chance to win $10 worth of products from my TPT store, enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below:

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Thanks for dropping by.  Hop on over and visit Emily's blog: A Neighborhood Kindergarten by clicking the picture below.  Have a Spooktacular Halloween!
Until Next Time.....

October 21, 2015

Something FUN is Coming!

Mark Your Calendars! Something Fun is Coming! 

Join a group of forty-five awesome teacher bloggers on Saturday, October 24th,  for a Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop extravaganza where you will have the chance to collect freebies from every blogger AND enter to win some amazing prizes! So, Saturday morning, grab a cup of coffee and get ready to trick-or-treat for TONS of goodies when the posts go live!

Until Next Time....

August 30, 2015

New Blog Design Launch

September is a time of new beginnings! A new school year, a new autumn season and for me, an exciting new blog design.  I am so thrilled with the awesome new look of my blog!  I want to thank Blogs Fit for a Queen who created this WILD and exciting new design for my Blog.  I am so excited with the outcome.  What do you think? I absolutely love it!

I want to celebrate with some great giveaways and a freebie!  Enter one of the three Rafflecopter giveaways below.  The first two are products from my TPT store. 

Bundle #1 includes these six K-2nd grade products:

Bundle #2 includes these six 3rd-5th grade products:

Bundle #3 is for 10 packs of clip art which have been generously donated from graphic artist, Winchester Lambourne.  There are so many great clip art packs to choose from in this Etsy Store.  Click below to see what is available.

The giveaways will run from Monday, August 31 to Friday, September 4.  Winners will be notified on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

In addition to the giveaways, I want to add one of my popular back to school products as a FREEBIE you can download from my blog:

This packet is great to use during the first day or first week of the new school year.  It contains four different activities you can use to get to know your new students and keep them engaged on the first day of school.

Time Capsule Booklet that students fill out now and you
save to give back to them at the end of the year.

New School Year Fun Page so you can get to know
your students a little better.

A Getting to Know You Scavenger hunt so the
students can get to know their classmates.

A fun School Supply Seek and Find.  Great activity
to have on students desks waiting for them to complete
as they arrive in the morning of the first day.

This packet will be available for free on my blog only the week of my Blog Design Celebration from August 31-September 4, 2015.  It sells in my TPT store for $5.00.  If you want to get it for free, click on the picture below to download it.

Thanks for visiting my blog and celebrating my new design.  If you like what you see, please follow me on:
Until Next Time.....

August 3, 2015

TPT Back to School Sale

Wow! We are already gearing up for back to school. Seems like we just packed up and locked up for the summer. Now we are starting back, refreshed and ready for a new year. To help get us ready to greet students on the first day, TPT is having a two day sale on August 3rd and 4th.

Now is a great time to load up on those back to school products.  Check out the great Back to School Bundle by clicking the picture below:

It is a bundle of great products that are in my Teacher Pay Teacher store,  These products help you during the hectic back to school season.  Click on the pictures below to find out more about each product that is included in the bundle:

These products sell separately or you can purchase them in the Bundle which saves quite a bit of money.

Until Next Time

July 20, 2015

Summer Learning Activities

Welcome to the Fun, Fun, Fun Summertime Blog Hop!  Thank you to Crystal Wyatt at Wise Owl Teacher Creations for hosting this Blog Hop.  I am really excited to participate. I have teamed up with almost 20 awesome bloggers to participate in this hop where you can read about ways to help keep your kiddos learning throughout the summer and pick up a lot of freebies as well. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to hop to the next blog.

Teachers often notice that students experience skill losses over the summer break if they do not continue to be involved in learning opportunities. Our hope is that parents will take the time to do some activities that will help students maintain their skills over the break.  My husband and I try to do many things with our daughter to keep her mind engaged during the summer. We also try to encourage our student's parents to do the same thing.  There are many ways this can be done with things you have in your home.  Take a look:

Paper Plate Pantry Math

Post Paper Plates next to the Pantry or on the Pantry Door.  On each Paper Plate, post a set of Problem Solving Questions for your child to answer. For example:  Pick two cans of vegetables.  Which can weighs more?  How much more does it weigh than the other can? Have several plates with several sets of questions.  Each day have your child solve the questions on one of the plates.  You can even let them create some questions and write them on a plate to post for younger siblings.
TV Time

TV watching can be a math learning experience. When your child sits down to watch his/her favorite program, have him/her write the time on a piece of paper or Post-It type sticky note. Post it on the side of the TV or on the coffee table.  When the program is over, add another post-it with that time.  How much time elapsed between the beginning and ending of the show?  Post the time each commercial comes on.  How much time elapses between commercial breaks? 

Language Arts Letter Magnets

Magnetic letters can be found very inexpensively at dollar stores around town.  They can stick to the refrigerator, a filing cabinet or a cookie sheet. They have a wide variety of uses for kids of all ages: 
ABC Challenge: Put the letters in alphabetical order but then pull every five or so letters out of the mix.  Place the ‘lost’ letters under the alphabet and ask your child to replace them.
Find Me….: For the early letter-learners, simply asking, Can you find me a letter ‘M’?   What letter makes the sound…   etc.
Family Names: Start with the child’s name, add Mom and Dad, family members and pets. Challenge your child to build these names. 
Sentences: If you have several sets of letters your child can create sentences.

Travel Games

Many families take road trips during the summer.  This is a perfect time to interact as a family in fun learning games.  But even if you are just driving around town, you can engage your children in learning in the car.  When you are driving in a city, each person looks for words on signs and billboards that contain letters of the alphabet. (Exclude the letters in License plates, that is a separate game)  You have to find the letters in order  (Ex:  A in Target, B in Best Buy, C in MacDonald’s, etc.) and once one person uses the sign, the other players may not use it.  The first person to make it to Z is the winner.  That same game can be played using only letters found in License Plates.  Start at A, when a player locates an A in a license plate they move on to look for B. The first person to make it to Z is the winner. To make these games cooperative instead of competitive, have all players look for the letters together.  After someone spots A, everyone looks for B. And the game continues until the last letter is found.  Then,  celebrate: High Fives for everyone in the car! 

All these activities and many more can be found in the Lazy Days of Summer Activities, Games and Puzzle Packet. These activities can be used with your own kids or the students in your class.  Choose the pages you want to print and send home with students as a summer packet at the end of the year. This is not an ordinary packet full of worksheets.  This product contains many games, activities, puzzles and ideas that parents can use to help their child continue to learn and grow throughout the summer. Here are a few sample pages.

Packet Includes:
•Cover Page with Parent Letter
Math Interactive Activities and Games
Hundreds Chart
Language Arts Interactive Activities and Games
Summer Reading Suggestions and Ideas
Reading Logs for June, July, August
Travel Games for Riding in the Car/Plane/Train/etc.
Summer Writing Journal Ideas
My Summer Vacation Writing Prompt Page
Vacation Maze (two versions-easy and more difficult)
Fun in the Sun Crossword (two versions-easy and more difficult)
Summer Word Search (two versions-easy and more difficult)

Click the link below if you are interested in finding out more about this product:

Click here to get Free Reading Response Bookmarks.  These bookmarks are great reading incentives. They can help students to track their reading at any time of the year. Print these bookmarks on cardstock and give them out to students when they leave for summer break.  Give each student a goal for reading a certain number of books or pages over the summer.    As students complete a book, they document the title and date on the bookmark.  Then, when students return in August or September, they can return bookmarks to you or the school librarian for a special treat or reward.  What a great way to encourage reading and learning over the break!

 Enjoy the rest of the summer and I hope you are able to help your kiddoes avoid the "Summer Slide!"

Be sure click below to "HOP" on over to Kovescence of the Mind to learn more about summer learning!

Until Next Time...