Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Sale

Being on maternity leave this entire school year means I haven't purchased anything all year except tons (too much) clipart. I got a call from my principal yesterday letting me know which grade I will be teaching next year which got me excited about getting back in the classroom. Talk about perfect timing! I get to take advantage of today's Teacher Appreciation Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook.
I am linking up with Speech Room News to show you what's in my cart. Is it bad that my cart totals up to almost $200. Yikes! Before I show you my goodies here are my 3 must-haves that I use every year.
Every week we focus on a new sight word & read our sight word reader for that sight word every day at my guided reading table. Students write their new sight word to complete each sentence and color their reader to personalize it. Every Friday they bring their reader home to read to their parents. After we have covered that sight word I then add a laminated version of that reader in our class library. I find this to be especially favored by my readers who need extra support. These readers can make any child feel like a pro reader. 
Just click on the photo of the products for all the details.
Who doesn't love a little FREE taste of a product. 
Get the From Sight Word Reader for free.

Starting the school year right with discussion on our school & classroom expectations is a must for the beginning of the year. I do this successfully with The Monster Came to School story & activities. This is my #1 best seller in my store.

The school year is coming to an end for all of y'all & what better way to show love to your students than by celebrating them! At the end of each year I host an End of the Year Celebration in my classroom every year and it is a favorite time for me, the students and the parents. Read more about it HERE.

 Now, as for my cart...
Reading & writing have always been my strong points in teaching so when looking for resources for next school year I was on the look out to improve my areas in math & science.
Have you seen this AMAZING Nonfiction Resource Bundle? Oh boy! I can not wait to get my hands on this!!! I think this could help my science lessons go to the next level.

Deanna & Deedee recently posted these FREE & totally awesome Guiding Kinders Math Lesson Plans and Curriculum Map that help demonstrate how they plan using these Guiding Kinders Math Units. I was reading through the comments & ratings and one buyer mentioned how it is perfect for her teacher assistant to use to teach math lessons while she works with those students who need extra help. Hey. Wait a minute. That is exactly what I am looking for! I usually focus on reading & writing skills at my guided reading table while my TA works with students on math skills that they have learned.

 Working on improving your strengths never hurt anyone, right? I think Deanna's Chit Chat Bundle can help me do just that. 
I am still on the look out for more math & science resources so if you have any recommendations please feel free to share. :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hosting End of the Year Party with Awards & Giveaway

Do you hand out awards at the end of the year to your students as a class or as a grade level? Our end of the year celebration is one of my favorite times at the end of the year. At my old school we handed out our end of the year awards as a grade level. The school I am at now does not have an end of the year celebration with awards so I just had one for my class. You can't have a celebration with invites right? Here are the invites I used for my class. I invited my parents to join us.
This is what my invited looked like that I sent to parents. Below is an editable invite you can use if you'd like.
I had coffee, juice, water, biscuits & jam put out on my table for parents and students. Students had to wait until after awards to dive in to the breakfast goodies. 

 As you can see, this sweetie got the Accessory Award. She literally also had 2-3 pairs of shoes, sandals or heels (yes, heels!) in her cubby to change into through the day. She also loved wearing her purse, jewelry & lip gloss to school. 
See the green paper on the table behind her? Not only did this serve as a table cloth for when the kiddos ate their breakfast, but it also served as their doodling paper. When they finished their breakfast after awards they could grabs crayons & markers to color on the "table". This helped me see who all was done with their breakfast and gave the kiddos something to do while everyone finished up & parents could make their exit.
And that colored poster board folded in half, stapled & decorated.... That's the kiddos' portfolios. Each student's got to show their parents their portfolio and all their work inside of them. I love putting these out for parents and kids to look at after our awards ceremony because afterwards the parents take these home with them. This helps us avoid students having to carry these big & heavy portfolios on the bus, to their car or home.
Are you one of those parents who would have out your camera to snap some shots of your sweetie receiving their award? I know I totally will be. I had students make this personalized hand print backdrop for us to hang so the background for pictures would be cute. Please excuse my big pregnant self. These photos are from last year when Raley was still a bun in the oven. :) 

 If you are still in need of End of the Year Awards I have 2 giveaways going on right now.
You can enter to win via Instagram @lovelyliteracyandmore.

You can also enter to win via Facebook

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Yay Spring!!! Oh, and a FREEBIE!

Hey hey y'all! I hope everyone had a great Easter, enjoyed lots of yummy food and spent some well deserved time with family. To be honest I started the Easter weekend a little homesick. Being so far away from home and my side of the family always gets to me during the holidays, especially now that I have Raley & think about how she doesn't get to enjoy a southern Easter. We still had a lot of fun here with my hubby's family. It is pretty awesome that she has so many cousins to celebrate the holidays with. It was even warm enough to have an Easter egg hunt outside! Waawhoo!!!
Of course the egg I sit her in front of to grab had a spider jump off of it. Eekkk! Did I mention that I hate spiders?! They creep me out. It was such a delight having no snow and nice weather on Easter.

I was once told that having a kid(s) makes the holidays so much better & were they ever right.
My little lady liked her ball the most.
Okay. Okay. Back to teaching related.... I created a little sight word building activity. You can find it in the TPT store or guess what (in my whisper voice), you can grab it for free right HERE

Along with Splashing in Sight Words, I have also added Flower Picking Ch & Sh Sort for those needing to work on those beginning sounds this Spring.

 Rolling in Sight Words is another sight word building activity that goes great with a farm unit.

Don't forget to get for the end of the year with End of the Year Award Certificates because it'll be here before you know it!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Raley wore red today in celebration of the Dr.'s birthday. We also read a few of his books. 
She may or may not have preferred to eat them.
LISTENING: Is flipping through the channels a man thing or is it just me? That or when he does find something it's hockey. Ugh! That's what I get for marrying a Canadian who was a hockey player until his 30s. 
LOVING: My baby girl will be 6 months next week & has finally started getting to the point where she doesn't need my 24/7 attention or maybe it's the fact that I introduced her to the T.V. and Curious George. Does that make me a bad mom? Eeek. Hey, whatever I can do to get 5 minutes to have her sit in her exersaucer and allow me to throw some clothes in the laundry, cook super without wearing her on me and best of all... actually get to work on my computer to update and create products.
THINKING: We fly South in May to visit family in Mississippi and are staying there for 3 weeks. I can not wait!!! I miss my family and friends so much. I also can't wait to introduce Raley to the beach. :)
WANTING: I can not wait until the night that I get a full night's sleep. My little one wakes up 2-4 times a night to eat. It used to be 3-5 so we are making progress. A LOT more progress compared to where she was last month. It only continues to improve from here I am guessing.
NEEDING: Okay. Okay. So maybe ordering my soon to be 6 month old baby girl's first birthday outfit isn't quiet needed just yet but I get over excited for things like that. In my defense the Etsy company I am ordering it from only ships to the U.S. so if I order it now and ship it to my mom then I can bring it back with me when we go visit in May.
SPRING BREAK PLANS: Every day is a Spring Break for me but that Spring Break includes a lot of snow and very very cold weather.
Thanks Farley for your wonderful Currently as always. :)

I love seeing how everyone celebrates the Dr.'s b-day in their classroom. Here are a few of my favs.
School is a Happy Place features this adorable craft and writing on her blog for Put Me in the Zoo.

Mrs. Terhune;s First Grade Blog has some great Dr. Seuss activities. I like how she displays if her students like or don't like green eggs and ham.

The Kinder Wife features an addition activity on her blog that I really like. My students do something similar to this activity during our Ocean unit. She has some other good Dr. Seuss activities as well.

Primary Press has some great rhyming activities that she incorporates with Dr. Seuss activities.

Kindergarten: Holding Hands & Sticking Together has some yummy themed treats along with activities and videos.

Elizabeth over at Kickin' It In Kindergarten has a book shelf that I am envious of. Doesn't that make you jealous?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Favs & Freebies

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you are spending the day with the ones you love, though I hope that's everyday. :) Me and my little cutie are spending the day relaxing while Daddy is off at work. Even though the hubs is working today I am happy he is off for the next 3 days. 

Who else out there LOVES Pinterest?! Oh, me. Me. I do. I do. 
I have gathered up some of my favourite Valentine crafts, activities and freebies.

I am SO glad I found you, April over at Chalk Talk. I am a huge fan of what I call "math art" and so are my students. At the end of each year I take each student's math art and bind them to create a math art book. At the end of each year the students really enjoy looking back at all their math art they created. These "math art" activities April created in her classroom are pretty awesome. April has TONS of amazing Valentine activities so don't miss out. 

If you are looking for Language Arts centers or activities you should check out Little Minds at Work. Look at how great some of these activities are.

Mrs Ricca's Kindergarten class made this cute Bee Valentine craft. Isn't it bee-utiful?

I know Splat the Cat is favourite book in most classes. School is a Happy Place has a purr-ty (I couldn't resist) Splat the Cat V-day craft and a... tah-dah.... Valentine Splat the Cat Freebie.

Now we end with everyone's favourite.... The FREE stuff!
Who doesn't love freebies, especially free Valentine readers. I found this cute Valentine reader from Little Miss Kindergarten

Grab this Valentine Shape Graph sheet here

I always use the week of Valentine's Day to focus on friendship and what makes a good friend. Here is a Valentine Friendship Writing freebie

Oh yeah... Don't forget to check out these if you need Valentine ideas for the classroom next year.
from Babble.com

Enjoy 20% off my TeachersPayTeachers Store today until Tuesday in celebration of Valentine's Day and President's Day!


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