Sunday, September 28, 2014

Super Word Book {A Student Dictionary}

And just like that, it's been three weeks since my last post.  The beginning of the school year and being a new {and working!} momma is kicking this girl's butt.  But, I wouldn't trade any of it!  I am getting into the swing of things-- I think-- so please bare with me!!  I'll give ya a cupcake ;)

I also realized I haven't posted my classroom photos yet!  That's because our school was getting some work done {new windows/framing} and my room wasn't quite done… until this week!  So I am going to take some pics and get that post up, ASAP!

Now I'd like to share a new product with you!  I'm so excited to start using Super Word Book {A Student Dictionary} with my kiddos, and I hope you will be too!!

This pack will be an AWESOME tool for little writers!  Each Super Word Book includes 26 alphabet pages {A-Z} with the 220 Dolch words PLUS 95 nouns already listed.  Because I followed the list, some pages, like "Q" and "Z" don't have any words... YET :)  Each page has writing lines so kiddos can add their own words {primary/secondary lines available}.  At the bottom of each A-Z sheet is an extra word with a little picture… too cute!!

I also included 18 themes {two themes to a page}.  There are words for Back to School, Fall Harvest, Farm, Fire Safety, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Dental Health, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Weather, Earth Day, Spring, Plants, Patriotic Holidays, and Summer.  Each list has blank lines for more words, and a tiny picture at the bottom.

And last but not least, there are 10 reference lists, too {two to a page}.  Word lists include Days, Months, Numbers, Ordinal Numbers, Colors, Shapes, Pronouns, Contractions, Action Verbs, and Adjectives.  Space for extra words is provided.

When you put your student dictionaries together, don't forget to add one of these cute covers!  

I plan on 3-hole punching the pages and popping them into a 3-prong folder.  This way, my students can also use the folder to store writing pieces!  I left my example folder at school {womp!} so I will post a picture of it later.

If you're interested in grabbing this pack for your little ones, head over to my little TpT shop!  I really hope you love these Super Word Books as much as I do!!  Leave a little love {and your email} in a comment below, and I'll send this set to one lucky winner! Congrats to #18, Cherie!  You've got mail!

Super Word Book {A Student Dictionary} is on sale through Tuesday, September 30th!

Goodnight & sweet dreams to you!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Express Gift Card Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be teaming up with my favorite freebie-friends for a BIG giveaway to help get you going this school year! Over at the Freebielicious blog, we’re giving away a BIG, GRAND PRIZE (scroll down to the bottom of this post to read all about it!) and right here on my little blog, I’m giving away $25.00 to my favorite store to go school shopping: Express.

Express is my favorite place to shop for clothes.  Take a peek into my closet and you will discover that the vast majority of my "teacher clothes" come from Express.  Many outfits that I buy there can double as work AND everyday clothes, which I LOVE!  Match a peplum top with a pair of Editor pants for a great teacher look, or exchange the Editors for your favorite pair of jeans on a Saturday night!  

Another great PLUS to shopping at Express… the coupons!!  I get TONS of coupons all the time, sent to both my maiden and married self {double coups means I have to buy twice as much, right?!}.  They also have a rewards program and you can earn MONEY towards future purchases.  I'm an A-Lister… just sayin'.  ;)

If you want to shop 'til you drop in my favorite store, then I've got you covered with a chance to win a $25 gift card to Express.  Woohoo!

Please enter with integrity, using the Rafflecopter below. I’ll choose a winner a week from today.
But, wait! That’s not ALL!
The Freebielicious ladies know how much of your own hard-earned money goes into buying supplies, tissues, books, and classroom d├ęcor to get your classroom “kid-ready,” and we want to be able to put some of that money right back in your pocket. Over at the Freebielicious blog, we are giving away a $300 Visa gift card! YES…YOU READ THAT RIGHT! $300!!!

To enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, click HERE or on the button below!

Also, while you are there, be sure to check out what the other Freebie-ladies are giving away. Be prepared for some AMAZING prizes. Take a peek at some of them below!

               Good luck!! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Behavior Calendars {Non-Editable with Codes!} 2014-2015

Happy Monday!  Whether you were back in school today, or still home on summer vacay, I hope it was a GREAT day!!  I am still in my bed… after 6pm… with a little munchkin asleep on my chest.  My hubby had off today and we've been super lazy, watching season two of Sons of Anarchy on Netflix all day.  Ah, summer :)

Anywho, I'm stopping by today to share a new product with you!  I received a TON of requests from sweet Cupcake followers, so I have *finally* added my non-editable behavior calendars WITH codes back into my shop! 

Each non-editable calendar includes 10 codes at the bottom to make noting behavior quick and easy for both teachers and parents!  The calendars come in color and b&w for easy printing.  You can purchase them from my TpT shop if you're interested!

If you're looking for an editable version, they are available in my store as well!  Click on the covers to take you to the shop listings:

Whichever version you choose, these behavior calendars are really a wonderful communication tool.      At the end of the month, you can collect all behavior sheets and keep them in folders to refer to during conferences, etc.  I also use them to reward good behavior by giving a little prize to those kiddos who did not clip down all month.  I hope you find them as valuable as I do!!

Now it's time to get back to being lazy :)  Enjoy your night!!  XOXO!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fun with Numbers 0-20 {Printables}

Last summer I made a set of letter finds to use as review with my incoming first graders.  This summer, I made a set for numbers, too!

Fun with Numbers 0-20 {Printables} is a great way to practice/reinforce number recognition with your new bunch, while providing a way for you to see who might be struggling with the skill.  Pre-K kiddos and Kinders would love these printables, too!

If you're interested in this set for your little ones, stop by my TpT shop!

Want to win a copy?  Leave a comment with your email address!  A winner will be chosen later tonight! :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet the Teacher Blogger!

Today I am joining my girl Stephanie for her super fun Meet the Teacher Blogger linky!  

That's me with my beautiful daughter, Summer!  Let's just pause for a minute and take a closer look at this beauty:

In. Love.  She was four days old in this picture… now she is six weeks!  Slow down time!!

Let's start with a quick mini bio!  I am a 20-something wife and new mommy.  I teach first grade in New Jersey and this will be my 7th year on the job!  I love to laugh 'til my stomach hurts and shop 'til my wallet hurts. ;)  Here's one of my favorite snapshots of me and my hubby:
Next, Stephanie prepared a little Q&A session!  Let's get to it!

Q: These are a few of my favorite things…
MAC makeup, sunshine, colorful pens, cupcakes, shopping, crafting, skinny jeans, flip flops, pedicures, TV, and sleep.

Q: If you weren’t a teacher, what would you want to be?
Maybe I would be a fashion designer or a stylist or an actress!

Q: Three little words that describe you.
Happy.  Perfectionist.  Creative.

Q: Finish this sentence, “___________________, said no teacher EVER!!”
"More paperwork, please!" said no teacher EVER!! :)

Q: It’s your birthday and you can invite anyone {dead or alive} to the party. Who are you inviting?
Justin Timberlake or Tom Hanks… totally different choices, I know.

Q: If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?
365 Days of Summer.  It's all about her!!!

Q: You get to pick one superpower. What is it?
Wouldn't it be fun to read minds?!

Q: What’s your favorite quote or saying?
Tough!  I have books and post-its full of sayings/quotes that make me happy.  One of my favorites, from a movie I never saw:  "…and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches, we found that we were one tree and not two."  That's love!

Q: If you HAD to sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
"This I Promise You" - NSYNC or
"All of Me" - John Legend

I get a lot of practice singing them both to Summer when she's fussy… she calms down and falls asleep.  Probably so she doesn't have to hear my singing voice. ;)

Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
NIGHT OWL!  Not a morning person AT ALL.

Q: What’s your favorite resource that you’ve created in your TPT shop?
This is a tough question, because I love ALL my craftivities and it's seriously hard to choose just one!  I'll go with Johnny Appleseed {Craftivities} since it's coming up on apple season!
I also really enjoy my starter kits because they are super helpful and my kids love to refer to them.  I chose my Reading Center Starter Kit! {Printables} just because! 

Q: Share something we might not know about you!
I'm incredibly indecisive!  My husband and I are known to be STARVING yet not eat dinner for another two hours because we just can't decide what to make or order.

And that concludes this episode of Meet the Teacher Blogger!  I hope you enjoyed learning more about me :)  To meet more of your faves, and to link up yourself, click on the button below!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Back to School Must-Haves!

Today I'm joining some of my girlies for a back to school blog hop!

I'm sharing some of my favorite Back to School Must-Haves!  There are PLENTY more I'm sure, but I could only fit five into a nice and neat little graphic ;)

Clockwise from the top left…

A new set of colorful pens is a MUST for the start of a new year.  I happen to really like Ink Joy… the colors are vibrant and the ink flow is just right!

Your shoe choice can make or break your day-- a COMFY pair of shoes is a KEY ingredient for a happy teacher.  Tieks are my new shoe of choice.  They are a bit pricey, but they are well made, pretty, and comfortable!!

Each year I stock up on Wallflowers plug-ins from Bath & Body Works, both for my home AND classroom.  I tend to gravitate toward the fall scents… Pumpkin Apple is DELICIOUS!  I keep one plugged in at school, and everyone who comes to visit always compliments me on how yummy the room smells!

Our classrooms are basically like second homes, so it's important to make them a place we want to be!  I love to bring in FUN and COLOR wherever I can.  This year I'm adding some lantern string lights to my decor!

Germs run rampant in schools, so hand sanitizer is another necessity.  I stock up on the PocketBac sanitizers from Bath & Body Works.  I keep them everywhere: in my purse, in my lunch bag, on my key ring… Yes, I'm a germaphobe!  :)

Keep hopping along to see what other tips and tricks my friends have in store for you!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

BTS14… Are You Ready?

Are you ready for the new school year?  I meet my new little ones a month from tomorrow--yikes!-- and I know many of you will meet yours much sooner than that!  With the start of a new year comes A LOT of preparation, and if you're anything like me, a big hit on the old wallet.  Wouldn't it be nice to save a little bit on some of our back to school purchases?? Luckily, TpT is coming to the rescue by throwing a huge SALE!

On August 4th and 5th, my entire shop will be 20% off… and you can save an additional 10% by entering the code BTS14 at checkout.  That's a discount of 28%… pretty sweet! :)

I have lots of goodies in my store that you might be interested in!  Click on the pics to view the listings in my shop!

The newest item in my store is great for practice the first few weeks:

Also available:

My center starter kits are great for reinforcing skills and displaying on focus walls:

Not pictured:

Sentence Builders are a fun way to practice putting sentences together:

Sentence Builders individual sets:

Lovin' bright and chevron?  Then my chevron theme decor & management sets might be for you:

Classroom Set-Up individual sets:

Keep parents up-to-date with behavior calendars:

Also available:

And of course, there's something for the crafter in you, too:

And, plenty more!  HAPPY Shopping!!!