Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blending Boxes GIVEAWAY

Hey, y'all! I am up late tonight since we are having our second snow day tomorrow! Snow in the South is never taken lightly and I am ready for a comfy day in...Pinterest recipes ready to try and a list of TpT updates to make in my shop! 

I just posted my newest unit, Blending Boxes {Short Vowels}! I love Blending Boxes and used them every single week in my small groups in first grade! 

I use the Blending Boxes to introduce the sound in small groups on Mondays and then use the boxes to set the purpose of our small groups throughout the week. It only takes about a minute to have the children blend the words, but it is a great way for little readers to build their confidence. 

Blending Boxes {Short Vowels} includes 20 color pages and 20 black and white pages! There are four pages for each vowel - three pages have cvc words and one page has ccvc words. 

Now that I am in Kinder land, I am working on blending boxes for each letter of the alphabet. I still use the short vowel boxes and will use the blend and digraph boxes this spring with my Kinders!

Head over to Facebook to enter the giveaway for this unit!

Be sure to check out TpT's Teachers are Heroes sale TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 25!! You can save 28% with the promo code HEROES. I can't wait to load my cart UP!

Enjoy your snow day, southern friends!! 

Monday, February 2, 2015

100th Day Hooray!

Hello? Hello? Anyone there?
I am embarrassed by my blog absence!
 I will sum it up in two words. 


Haha! Let me elaborate!

 When we moved to Georgia, I accepted a Kindergarten position. I have been teaching first grade for the past four years! After just four years, I COMPLETELY forgot what the first few weeks of Kinder is all about. Whew! I recovered sometime in October, but then it was time for the holiday trifecta! So, here I am!!!

We moved twice in the past six months! We moved from Birmingham to Atlanta and stayed with my parents until our house was ready. Then, we moved into our house a few weeks ago! Simply said...boxes instead of blogging! 

I am thrilled to be back! I have seriously missed blogging and creating! I have kept tons of notes in my iPhone about blog post ideas and upcoming units! 

100th Day Hooray! is the newest mini unit in my shop and it is FREE! Please check it out! Nothing fancy...just some festive fun ideas, a Tootsie Roll Pop experiment, and printable prompts! 

Have y'all celebrated your 100th day already? If so, tuck it away for next year! I LOVE that TpT now gives you access to your free downloads. Such a time saver!!!

I am off to enjoy some Super Bowl leftovers {yummo dips}
Have a great week!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back to School!

Hi, friends! Happy September! 
Leaves, apples, pumpkin spice lattes! I can barely contain my excitement! 
Hope your back to school time is going swell!
We are in week 5 and I am just coming up for air!!! 

My last update was in July as I told you about how I was unassigned! 
I am THRILLED to share with you that I am teaching KINDERGARTEN!!!!
I am just loving it! I am at a FABULOUS school, with a FANTASTIC team, and I have a DARLING class! I seriously could not be happier! Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers! God has a plan for our lives that far supersedes our understanding! God is good! We are thrilled to be back home in Atlanta with our family and friends! :)

Since I am now in Kindergarten {pinch me!} my new products will be geared toward the littlest of learners! :) 

A few updates coming soon:

- I am working on an alphabet writing activity that will be posted on TpT shortly! Be on the lookout for a giveaway! 

- I will be updating the Roll and Read {Fluency Phrases} packets with more pages...and phrases for each vowel letter! 

- I will be doing a recap of sorts at the beginning of each month! I will be back shortly with a recap of August. This is my first year back in Kindergarten after teaching first grade for four years... I am jotting notes down about units, when I introduced certain activities, etc. I want to use this blog to help me remember - haha - and to hear your input about when you introduce certain tasks with your Kinders! 


Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Update

Happy summer from the South! Hope everyone had a marvelous 4th! Can you believe summer is half way over?! July means classroom setup! June is still easy breezy...full of beach, lake, and pool days! But, JULY?! It means business! 

I have taken a break from blogging because...we have been preparing for our move back to Georgia from Sweet Home Alabama! We will miss our awesome Bama friends and neighbors! I am also leaving behind a fantastic school filled with the sweetest parents, kiddos, and some of the BEST teacher friends a girl can have! We are so excited to be close to family and friends again after living in Bama for 6 years!!! 

The hubs got a great new job in Atlanta and I had a Kindergarten position at a fantastic school! But...don't you hate the but? 

I don't know what school or grade level I will be teaching this school year!  I am sort of having heart palpitations just typing it!!!! Of course, with Kindergarten, we know comes the numbers game! I have played this game for many years! I taught Kinder in Georgia for two years and in Alabama for two years! In Alabama, I was the newest hire and both summers it was touch and go all summer to see if we would have the numbers for me to stay! The third summer I was lucky enough to have a chance to loop up to first grade with my sweet class, and I jumped at the chance! No more numbers game....sign me up! 
Alas, here I am again in the same boat! After nine years of teaching {four in Kinder and five in first grade} I am back at the mercy of numbers! 
However...I have made a list of the positives and negatives...just in case some of my fellow Bloggers find themselves in my predicament! 

*I have a job! I have signed a contract and will be placed...eventually! :)

*I can't change themes, which will save me money! I was all about changing my theme...I have been a jungle theme for four years and was itching to switch! But...because I won't find out my grade level or school until the week of pre planning, there ain't no time for that!  This saves me some serious cash! 

*I can't work over the summer! This is a hard one for me...but sort of refreshing if I can distract myself with my Nook, shopping, Pretty Little Liars on Netflix, etc! This is the first summer that I have not been printing, laminating, cutting, etc! It is a nice break {so I tell myself! ;)}

*I can't work over the summer! Hahahahaha! I had to! :)

*The unknown! Eek! So scary the places my mind will go! I just pray, pray, pray! Every time I get anxious about it, I pray that He will place me where I am needed most and that there will be kiddos in my class that I am meant to teach next year!

Is there anyone that taught Kinder/first grade for several years and then moved to another grade? Like fifth? Just preparing myself! Please tell me your grade changing story! Please!!!

So, until then...I will be filling up my new planner! There is nothing more I love than a fresh new planner with brand spanking new Flair  pens! Ahh! This is a renewed obsession after I took a brief hiatus and tried to go new age and keep a Google cal.  Last year, I was all about Erin Condren, but as much as I adored it, it was too big to carry in my purse and I ended up leaving it at school or at home...and well that defeats the purpose of a planner.

 I am loving the Lilly planners this year! They have four sizes {this is the medium} and it is only $22.00. Score! It is big enough to have not squeeze your writing, but small enough to drop in my bag and go! LOVE!!!!!!

Have a great week, y'all! xoxo

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Launch into Space au, aw Word Work unit

Happy Sunday, friends! It is gloomy and rainy here in Bama and I am loving it!! Perfect day to nap and post a TpT unit, of course! 

One of my goals this school year was to make a word work unit to go along with our phonics skills with our new reading series.
I am thrilled that I am finally finishing up the last few units!! I will be posting these soon and will also bundle them together for a year long first grade phonics word work unit pack! 

The latest word work unit is posted in my shop and I would love to give it away to 2 peeps! 
Comment with your email address for a chance to get a little happy in your email inbox this week! :)

Have a great week! 
Countdown is on - 4 weeks to go!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Place Value {Quick Tip}

Hey, long lost blog friends! Hope everyone has had a fabulous spring break and a blessed Easter! 
We are in the home stretch now!!!! 

Here is a quick change that I implemented this year and it has made a WORLD of difference with my firsties understanding of place value! I saw this tip on Pinterest many moons ago, but when I went back to try to find the source, I didn't have it pinned and a quick search left me empty handed. If you know who to credit, let me know!

Instead of using straws to count the number of days in school, use place value tens towers and ones cubes! Is that not GENIUS?!

Even though we don't formally explore place value until late winter/early spring in first grade, the kiddos see ten ones cubes being traded for a ten tower on the 10th day of school! By the time we started studying place value, they had seen this trade about 10 times! I swear, y'all, it has made the BIGGEST difference in my firsties understanding of place value! 

Easy change, big impact! LOVE!

My favorite Place Value resource is from Cara Carroll - check it out!

Have a great week, y'all!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Three Million STRONG Sale!!!

Y'all!! I can't believe TpT is three MILLION{?!?} teachers strong!! How amazing is that??

My shopping cart is FULL to the brim and ready to check out on Thursday!! This sale is Thursday AND Friday, February 27 and 28. 

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