Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fill Your Basket! A Spring Freebie!

Hoppy Spring, friends!  Are you ready for some fun?!
Grab your basket and follow the Freebie-licious bunny trail...
We have a TON of freebies waiting for you!! :)

My treat for you today is a little making words activity!
Just print, cut, and laminate the letter cards.
Then pop them in a center with the recording sheet!

Grab your freebie from my TpT shop!
My kiddos always have a blast with this center!  I hope yours will too :)

Keep hoppin'!  Your next stop, A Year of Many "Firsts":

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Congrats to...



Congrats!!  I'll be contacting you shortly :)  Also, thank you SO much to EVERYone who entered and left sweet comments... I read all of them!!  It really means a lot to me that I have so many friends out there. :) :)

Is anyone on break this upcoming week?  Today marks the start of my time off...  Woohoo!!  I celebrated with my two teaching besties at Rosa Mexicano, followed by a little shopping :)  Now I'm sprawled out on the couch, looking forward to 10 days of relaxation... and creating of course. :)

I am just about finished with my fact families craftivity pack {which I will blog about soon}, and I have a sweet surprise for you on Sunday, so be sure to check in!!

See you later, alligators! :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy 3000, Cupcake!!

Wooohoo!!!
{Papers by Sandra Matadamas.  Fonts by KG Fonts.}
This lil blog reached 3,000+ followers last night!!
A big THANK YOU to each and every one of you!!! :)

Let's celebrate!

One winner will receive a $25 gift card to the store of their choice
{Target, Amazon, or Lakeshore Learning}.

*and*

That same winner will win three products from my shop... they can be current items, or you can save 1, 2, or 3 choices for future products! :)

To enter, please use the Rafflecopter below!
This giveaway will end on Wednesday night... Good luck!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Five for... Sunday? {Plus Freebies!}

Hello, hello!  I'm finally feeling better, so I've been out and about this weekend.  Hence why I didn't link up for Five for Friday on Friday... or Saturday... but hey, I'm linking up now! :)

Graphics by Ashley Hughes.  Fonts by KG Fonts.
Friday I made a little stop at Dollar Tree, looking for something that I could give my kiddos as a before-Spring-Break / Easter treat.  I came across these clear carrot eggs and thought they'd be perfect holders for jelly beans!  Cheap and cute!  I made two tags: Hoppy Spring! and Hoppy Easter!  Grab your copy {HERE} for free :)

On Saturday, I got my hair did!  To my surprise, I realized I hadn't gotten my hair cut in a year.  It was time!   I chopped off four inches and got some combination of highlights and lowlights. I love it!!

After the salon, my husband and I made a few stops and ended up at Joe's Crab Shack for an early dinner.  It was YUMMY!!  If you go, you HAVE TO try the Great Balls of Fire {jalapeƱo, shrimp, & crab balls}... seriously delicious!!  And by the way, my "crab daddy" requested that I crop most of him out of the picture because "it wasn't his best."  What a girl! ;)

Outside Joe's was a Cupcake Cafe... hello, we had to stop!  We picked up three delicious treats!  Only one remains.... :)

I knew I had an Easter freebie up in my shop, so I took a look and found my hippity hoppin' hunt {printable clues} download!  If you're in school this week and looking for a little fun for your kiddos, head to my TpT shop and grab this one.  Just roll the clues up, pop them in Easter eggs, and hide 'em around the classroom! :)
See my original post about this {HERE}.

I will be back this week with a fun fact family craftivity!  Keep your eyes peeled ;)
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and have a GREAT week at school!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

If I Were a Bunny...

TGi{almost}F!  And not only that, but tomorrow is dress down day, too... you best believe I will be dressed as comfortably as possible!!  I'm thinkin' a velour tracksuit and sneakers! :)

As usual, we had some free time at the end of today to work on a fun writing craftivity.  I pulled out the pieces of my recently updated bunny hop {a craftivity} pack and we got to work!  Here is our completed display:
I super-duper LOVE how the bunnies turned out!!  My kiddos worked really hard on these, which makes me smile!
See the one in the green?  That's my little perfectionist friend! Check out his handwriting:
If I were a bunny, I would eat so many carrots and steal other people's carrots, too!
The girlie bunny with the mustache cracks me up!
If I were a bunny I would hop all day and play with my other bunny friends.
The next bunny isn't finished yet, but I wanted to share the prompt:
If I were a bunny, I would play tag and if I win I am going to get a carrots.
This little boy's writing has come SO far since the beginning of the year, and I'm very proud of him...  He did this all by himself :) :)  That's what it's all about!!
Hoppy Spring!! :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Organize Your Centers! Part 2

A little while ago I wrote a post about how I organize my centers... the ones that are "in use."  Now I thought I'd share how I store the whole kit 'n kaboodle!

If you have a ton of literacy and math center packs like I do, then you know that organizing them all can be a *little* overwhelming.  There are so many pieces: recording sheets, task cards, sorting mats... To keep it all together {and to keep myself sane}, I use clear, poly envelopes.  I print out the cover page and pop it in the front of the envelope so I know which pack I'm looking at:
Inside of the envelope, I have master copies of any recording sheets that go with the centers from the pack.  This way, I can just pull them out and send them to be copied when I'm ready to use a center.  I then separate the pieces of the different centers into little Ziploc baggies:
Each baggie contains the cards or sorting mats needed to complete one center, as well as a mini copy of the directions page {I print four to a page}:

When it's time to use an activity, I will take it out of the poly envelope, out of the Ziploc baggie, and transfer the pieces into our supply baskets.  The activities stay in the basket all week, and the baskets rotate from group to group throughout the week.
Read more about these baskets and the rotation {here}!

I'd love to hear about how you keep yourself organized!  I'm always looking for new ideas :)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bunny Hop {a Craftivity} --Updated!

Hi everyone!  Hope you're having a nice weekend!  I've been stuck in bed/on the couch the whole time because I'm sick for the 12,931st time this year... what's going on with me?!  I don't know, but let's not dwell on that :)

Since I can't do much else, I decided to update my bunny hop {a craftivity} unit!
I spruced up the craft a bit {same patterns!}:
And I updated the writing pages, making them way easier to print:
I also added a can-have-need page and a describing page:
If you already own bunny hop {a craftivity}, then head to your "My Purchases" tab on TpT and download the update.  If you don't own it but want to check it out, just hop on over to my TpT shop!

Alrighty, I am off to do more nothing and hope the worst of this cold heads OUT before tomorrow.   Have a great rest-of-the-weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Losing Your Chex Mix Too Easily?

Please forgive me, but this post is going to be quick... I am EXHAUSTED!  Hopefully you can use the following tip... which actually has to do with losing pencils, not Chex Mix. {I hope you know the commercial I'm referencing, or else I might just sound crazy comparing Chex Mix and pencils... anyways!!}

In my classroom, pencils are eaten lost all the time.  It's enough to have to deal with our community pencils disappearing {the ones in the "sharp/not sharp" buckets}, but I just can't take it when my center pencils are missing, too {the ones I keep in my center supply baskets}.  To help prevent this, I decided to label those pencils:
 I simply wrapped some decorative tape around the eraser-end of the pencils.  Now my kiddos know that the taped pencils MUST go back in the center bins!  They are not free for the taking!!  So far, so good :)

Okay, I did say this would be quick!  I'm off to pass out!  Sweet dreams!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

What's Hatchin'? {Craftivity & Printables}

What's hatchin', friends?!  Easter is coming early this year, so it will be here before we know it!  And you know me... I like to stay ahead of the game a bit!  This weekend I worked on finishing up my latest craftivity:
This little unit, what's hatchin'? {craftivity & printables}, is perfect for brightening up your spring displays!  Your kiddos will make a chick hatching from an egg... wearing bunny ears :)
As well as this lil chickadee, the pack also includes a bunch of fun printables, like these:
And various writing prompts, too:
If you want to grab a copy, or to learn more about what's hatchin'? {craftivity & printables}, head to my TpT or TN shops!  As always, I'd LOVE to hear what you think!!

Want to win a copy?  Leave your email address along with your comment!
I'll pick a winner later tonight :)
Congrats to #30 Mel D. and #43 Julia!
And thanks to all for the love!!!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

An Anchor, a Tip... Five for Friday!

Friday is here again!  On Monday, it seems so far... but now that it's here, it seems like it came so quickly!  But enough rambling :)  Time to link up with Five for Friday!

Girl inspired by Scrappin Doodles!
Today my kiddos and I continued our discussion about weather... specifically, we talked about the people who study & predict it.  We made this anchor chart so we don't forget what we learned!  I did make a sloppy copy first, and then stayed after school {like a looney toon on a Friday} to pretty it up!  I can't wait for my littles to see the new, completed version on Monday.  They saw me starting to draw it during my prep period and they were VERY interested :)

We also worked on a simple writing craft as part of Fun Friday.  This was my sample... I'm lucky to have a great class! :)

Earlier this week, I put up a March bulletin board using last week's Fun Friday projects.  Usually Michelle helps, but the poor girl has no preps on Monday's!   The rest of these cuties are hanging up along the wall outside our classrooms.

Here's a closer look at one of my leapin' leprechauns:
To catch a leprechaun I would leave a trail of green apple punch and get the gold.  My little friend here also informed me that leprechauns like to drink whiskey... I thought it best to leave that part OFF of the writing prompt :)

Back to weather... Sometimes I have so many books that I want to display {for holidays, themes, etc.} that I run out of room on my magnetic display shelves.  My solution: magnet men! They're super strong, and are perfect for holding up floppy books on any magnetic surface!

And last but not least:  Today it SNOWED.  Everything was covered in about 4 inches of snow when I woke up, and it was still coming down throughout the day.  We did have school, so I made my way outside with my beloved cupcake umbrella!  It's a clear bubble umbrella with little cupcakes all over it.  LOVE!  Almost makes being outside in the snow/rain a little more bearable :)

That's it for my Five!  Be sure to link up and/or check out the others!! :)
fiveforfriday

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

St. Pat's Gift Idea {Freebie}

This weekend, I stumbled upon "candy kettles," aka teeny pots, at Party City.  Immediately I had a vision!  Gifts for my students!  And so this was born:
And then a photo shoot happened:
On my reversible yoga mat:
I have about 10 more pictures but I'll spare you :)

To make this super adorable gift, you will need:
*candy kettles {from Party City, $3 for 12}
*pretzel bags {found in the candy making aisle of the craft store}
*Skittles
*Rolos
*ribbon
*my freebie gift tag

Just fill up the pretzel bags with Skittles and add three Rolos at the top.  Punch a hole in the gift tag, loop ribbon through, and tie the bags.  Then push the candy-filled bag into the kettle {if you use the pretzel bags, they will fit perfectly}.  Voila!  A cute gift for your little leprechauns!

And if you don't feel like spending the extra $ on the candy kettles, or making the trip to Party City:
For these kettle-less gifts I put five Rolos in the pretzel bag first, added the Skittles on top, and tied the bag with the ribbon and tag.

You can grab the gift tags {HERE} for free.  :)
If you do pick up a copy, I'd love to hear from you! :) :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Gold!

I'm linking up with Mary today to share my St. Patrick's Day goodies!

As you know, I've been working on updating some of my older packs... yesterday, I updated  a St. Patty's {Paddy's?} product!
This goodie, leapin' leprechaun! {a st. patrick's day craftivity}, now has printer-friendly patterns and updated b&w "If I Were a Leprechaun" writing prompts:

This year I added another fun craft to my files:

Aaaaand I made some centers:

I also have a treasure hunt freebie in my shop:
rainbow treasure hunt {printable clues} will take your kiddos around your classroom in search of a pot of gold!

Be sure to check out a bunch of other St. Pat's products!