Wednesday, June 14, 2017

7 more days to go!

I feel like the little engine that could ... I think I can, I think I can ...

For those of you already on summer break, I hope that you are having a fantastic, well-deserved break.  If you're like me ... we've got this - summer break is almost here!!!!

For a few weeks I have been receiving requests for updates to my FREE, EDITABLE calendar for 2017-18.  Good news ... it's finally posted!

You can find it HERE.


Enjoy and I'll be back in the near future with a new math activity that I've been working on. :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

St. Patrick's Day freebie

Hi all!
I hope you all been well.  I know that I promised to post more often, but man oh man ... life gets busy and the days zoom by!

In the last couple of months I have become Fitbit addicted!  Seriously!!  Do any of you wear one?  If so, I'd love to hear any tips or tricks from you.  Back in January I bought a Charge 2 which I LOVE, then a few weeks later a picked up a Flex 2 because it's smaller, waterproof and I could wear it on the days I didn't want the larger one or was afraid to ruin it.  I've been competing with a few friends at work and it keeps me motivated to keep moving.  Then there are those badges - who knew that I'd be motivated by them and I had no idea how many times a day I ran up and down the stairs!!

Back to business ... I've been doing some lesson planning in preparation for St. Patrick's Day. I have my leprechaun door up and ready for tomorrow and am excited to see what the week will bring.  I have my St. Patrick's Day literacy stations ready to go and my dice games will be put to good use as well.  If interested, you can see more of my St. Patrick's Day activities by clicking on St. Patrick's Day on the menu at the right. ------>

Now for my new freebie. I just loaded a St. Patrick's Day themed number maze to my store.  You can find it by clicking HERE.

Enjoy and I'll visit soon - I promise!!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Want to win a TPT gift card?

Have you heard????   Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide sale!

I have marked down all the products in my store (and many other sellers have too) by 20% for the 2-day sale.  Then, if you use promo code LOVETpT when you check out you'll receive an additional 10% off.


Now, I don't know about you, but this girl has a wishlist that's a mile long!  I'd love to help you a little bit with your wishlist so I'm giving you a chance to win a $10 TPT giftcard.  I'll send the winner the gift card Tuesday evening so you'll have it in time to use for the sale.  Enter below and good luck!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hameray Giveaway!

I hope that you have had a chance to enter the giveaway I posted about last week.  If not, please do!  Hameray Publishing will be sending me the name of the winner soon!!  But there's  more ..... keep reading!!!


The Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway by Hameray Publishing is here! One lucky classroom will win an entire set of Joy Cowley Collection leveled readers (60 books), Joy Cowley Early Birds lower-leveled readers (45 books), all of her newest big books (34 big books), a set of finger puppets, and more!  Wow!!!  That's an AMAZING bundle of loot!!
These books pull in even the most reluctant readers with their humor and whimsy. Your students will clamor to keep reading about their new friends: Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Hungry Giant, the Meanies, and more. Recurring characters make them reach for the next book, and playful storylines lead them to finish it. All books in this package are written at guided reading levels C–I. Read more about the books included here.

Click HERE to enter.

This contest is closing February 28, so enter now! Winners will be announced March 1.
Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This is a giveaway you won't want to miss!

**********UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS TO SHEILA SELF WHO WAS THE WINNER!*********

It's no secret that I am a fan of Joy Cowley!  I haven't read a book of hers that I didn't love but I am especially in love with her Mrs. Wishy-Washy characters.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear that Hameray Publishing wanted me to host a mini-giveaway!!

It's almost time for the yearly Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway from Hameray Publishing, and this year they're running special blogger mini-contests like this one with additional prizes!

Joy Cowley Early Birds features Joy's "learning with laughter" writing style, made famous by the Mrs. Wishy-Washy books, at low levels for your beginning readers. The series now includes big books that will get your students excited about reading. Written at guided reading levels C–G, these books are perfect for welcoming your emergent readers back to school.

The mini-prize being offered in this contest is a copy of the Wishy-Washy Garden big book! Your students will love finding out what Mrs. Wishy-Washy's animals think of her garden. I have a small copy of this book and would LOVE the big book!


A $22.50 value, it would be the perfect addition to shared reading time. Enter now by clicking HERE.  

Also be sure to check back here soon to learn more about the big giveaway opening on February 1st! The grand prize for that one is worth over $1500!

Good luck!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Number Mazes

A month or so ago you might remember I posted a 1 to 20 number maze in my store.  While looking for the post to link this one to I see that I neglected to post about it so you may or may not have seen it! - oops!!! It looks like this ...
Students subitize their way through a maze to create a 'path'.  They use numerals, ten frames, tallies, dice and dominoes to reach the finish.

If you haven;t tried the free one, please do - you can find it HERE.  Then if you like it you can look at the 12-pack :)  The free maze is not included in the pack, so even if you purchase the pack you'll still want to download the free one.


You can find the full learning pack HERE.  When trying to decide on a clip art theme I went with camping since your students will be creating a path just like these adorable hikers!

As always, the first 3 people who comment on this post will receive a copy of my newest learning pack.






Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year 2017 FREEBIE

What a whirlwind week it has been!  I knew that teaching until the 23rd would mean Christmas would be busy, but yikes - I went right from 20 super-excited, elf loving, energetic students to Christmas Eve overnight - literally!!!!!

But now ... RELAXATION is in order until January 9th!!  Netflix and I have some catching up to do!

A few weeks ago I updated my New Year's mystery picture but haven't had a chance to let you know.  Students solve to find the number, then color.
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My kiddos get so excited when I copy the 2 pages side by side on an 11 X 17 piece of paper - which they think is a 'poster'.  :)

You can download this for FREE HERE.


I hope this helps make your January planning a little easier.  Enjoy and I'll be back in the near future with a new product I'm working on. :)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Magic Seeds!

Christmas is such a magical time for children and adults alike.  This activity will help keep that magic alive and get students doing some writing.

My classroom elf will be stopping by with some Tic-Tacs Magic Christmas Seeds, a bowl and some sugar.
He'll have instructions with him and I'll have a few candy canes tucked aside along with a writing flip book for them to record their observations.  My plan is to have the candy canes 'grow' when they are out for recess. :)

You can find this activity at my TPT store HERE
As always, the first 3 people who comment on this post will get a copy. :)



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Candy Cane Investigations

Happy December!!!  I absolutely love the holidays and enjoying a few candy canes is no exception!  Using those yummy treats in my lesson planning is a no-brainer!   For that reason, I've put together my Candy Cane Investigations to engage students and get them writing!
This learning pack is editable to suit your students and their needs.  For my class I placed min candy canes in water, 7-Up and vinegar and let the magic happen!

I've provided lots of options and made it easy for you to differentiate.

You can find this learning pack HERE at my TPT store and as always, the first 3 people who comment in this post with their emails will get a copy. :)




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Number Maze

As a review of representing numbers to 20 I created a number maze of ten frames, dice, dominoes, fingers and tallies and my students had a blast!!!  So much so that I thought I'd share it with you as a freebie.

This activity really showed me who my quick subitizers were and who needed a bit more more practice.  Click HERE to download and enjoy!!