Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekend Reflections

Well, we have just finished up our 3 teacher reporting days and the kiddos will be coming on Monday...ready or not!

It's time for

We were so lucky to only have just a few meetings and were able to spend a lot of time working in our classrooms, meeting with grade levels, etc.  I am sooooo thankful that my sweet son came up and helped me and the school a LOT...in fact, we went up yesterday and he spent about 2 hours helping in the office.  LOVE that boy!!

My classroom reveal will be coming soon, but I just have to say that I really don't care to move classrooms again.  WHAT.A.LOT.OF.WORK!

Soooooo....how was your week?  You can link up right here:



Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekend Reflections

Here is Las Vegas, the public schools are not in session yet, although I have been working on it (reveal coming soon).  We officially report back on the 20th with kiddos coming on the 25th.  I have actually given myself the week "off".  Which only means I'm not working in my classroom, but I am getting work done at home.

So, it's time for
 

I do have to share one thing that we did this week, which was attend the AMAZING school supply giveaway that the MGM Resorts and their employees put on every year.  I got enough goodies for my classroom to cover one of the tables in my classroom.  If you come to Vegas, I hope you'll consider staying at an MGM Resorts hotel. 

Here's my IG collage that I created from the event.


Now the for the linky.  Feel free to link up your blog post below with your reflections on YOUR week.  I can't wait to see what everyone has been up to this past week!  (Remember, you can use products in your blog post, but please don't link directly to your TPT store, if you have one...and don't forget to include the button, please.)



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


Today I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice for


 This is my sweet son helping me in my classroom.  The kiddos don't come for two more weeks.


Here's my question for you...Do you go in early to get your classroom ready?  If so, how early?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meet the Teacher Blogger Linky


Hi there!  I'm linking up with Stephanie over at Falling into First for a really fun Meet The Teacher Blogger party.


So, this is me



It's time for a


Spending time with my sweet son,  hanging out with my fantastic friends,  pretty much any crime drama (Blue Bloods, NCIS, CSI),  being creative, anything dark chocolate, fountain Coke, apples with peanut butter, foot massages & pedis, stormy days, shopping, and the ocean.

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
First of all, I really can't imagine NOT being a teacher.  It encompasses so many things that I love.  BUT, if I had to, I would love to own a little store that totally caters to teachers...amazing school supplies, delicious and reasonable lunches, coffee bar...just a fabulous place for teachers to hang out.
THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Giver.  Stressball.  Mom.

 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
"I just LOVE it when the copy machine consistently jams wasting my entire prep time!"
 

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
Oooh!  Hmmmmm!  We were just talking about this the other day.  I would love to know my grandma as a grown up.  I would totally have to have her there.
As for a famous person, how about Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney for entertainment.

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE? 
Keeping Your Head Above Water

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
 
  The ability to make time stand still.  I always look around and am amazed at how quickly life flies by us.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING? 

Be Kind.
 
Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
  I think you would all be better off if I didn't sing!  YIKES!!

 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
YES!  I love staying up late, but I also love getting up early.  Not a good combo, huh?  I absolutely LOVE the early morning hours, but it's so great just to be able to stay up late!
 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
I can't necessarily say it's my favorite, but I really enjoyed creating my most recent science units.
Science is so interesting to me.  I love having my students dig deeper with whatever unit we are studying. 

This is a bundled unit featuring plants, matter, and weather.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Interactive-Notebook-with-Experiments-BUNDLE-Matter-Plants-Weather-1369448

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Interactive-Notebook-with-Experiments-BUNDLE-Matter-Plants-Weather-1369448

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Interactive-Notebook-with-Experiments-BUNDLE-Matter-Plants-Weather-1369448

I love that there are so many facets:  an interactive dictionary, interactive activities centered around the topic and 4 fun experiments with directions and interactive recording sheets for the students.  (Can you tell I am in love with interactive?)
Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 

Wow!  Something you don't know about me?  I'm pretty much an open book.  I guess if there's something you want to know about me, just ask!



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Weekend Reflections - A Look Back at Your Teaching Week

Hi, friends!  If you're just stopping by for the first time, welcome!  If you've been here before, welcome back!  

Today I want to introduce a new weekly linky called Weekend Reflections - A Look Back at the Past Week.



If you're a blogger, this will be a great place to stop by and link up as you reflect upon the previous week...maybe an amazing lesson that you taught, maybe a hilarious, hard-to-believe-if-you-weren't-there story, or maybe something that touched your heart in such an incredible way that you just have to share.  (To participate, just plop this button on your page and link up.  I will also be pinning your posts throughout the week.  It's as easy as that!)

As a reader, this will be a great place to gather ideas and inspiration from other teachers around the world.  

While I, personally, have not started back to school yet, I know several friends have, so it's time to get this linky party started!

So everyone, welcome!  Come in, link up, sit a spell, and enjoy.  






Friday, August 8, 2014

A Triple Scoop of Second Grade

Are you a second grade teacher?

I am joining with several other bloggers to bring you


Today I am featuring three products to get you started for the new school year.  
(Have you started yet?)

So look below to find out the "scoop"...after all, don't all teachers deserve a "sweet treat"?
(The sprinkles on top are that these products are on sale for 20% off!)


Recently as I sat down with my amazing grade level to plan for the upcoming school year, we talked about the idea of having a writing boot camp at the beginning of the year to teach and practice those oh, so important basics.  After all, doesn't boot camp come at the beginning of enlisting in the military?

So out of that came this product

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Beginning-of-the-Year-Writing-Boot-Camp-1363406

Not only does it work great for the beginning of the year, it is also great to go back and visit throughout the year.  

In this unit, you get




This is what they flip flaps for the interactive notebooks look like when they are all put together.



The second scoop is another new unit.  It works great as a stand alone product, or to enhance your materials that you already have.  Everyone can use more science materials, right?

There are three different topics in this science series, but this is the matter one.

In it you get flip flaps for interactive notebooks, as well as an interactive dictionary of terms, and directions for 4 experiments as well as recording sheets for students.  (If you want to grab a free sampler of this product, click here.)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Interactive-Notebook-with-Experiments-Matter-1341502


Now for


I am featuring my sweet and amazing friend Martha from Primary Paradise!  Love, love, love this girl...and can you believe we've never even met in real life?  

I simply LOVE her Main Idea Flippers.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Main-Idea-Flippers-Pack-964392

You can get a little preview of them over on her blog.

So that's it a SWEET START to the new school year!  
I sincerely hope that all of you have a fantastic school year!






Have a GREAT year from


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hide and Go Seek Blog Hop



The Teaching Tribune bloggers have teamed up to bring you amazing freebies and the chance at one of 2 $50 TPT gift certificate as well as a custom door hanger (for a US winner). We will select one US winner and one international winner for the gift certificates!

As you play Hide and Go Seek, you will hop to 20 blogs where you will collect freebies. Hidden in each freebie is a school supply with a price tag. You will need to collect all 20 supplies and add up the price tags. Once you have the sum, then you will enter to win one of two $50 TPT gift certificate as well as a custom door hanger at the final stop, The Teaching Tribune. 

If you are looking for school supplies to fill your backpack, then you are at the right place! Start by downloading the recording form

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B32nVrO-giedeW9xSDVMR1NZOVk/edit?usp=sharing

This is the 14th stop as you play Hide and Go Seek Back to School Blog Hop.


 Are you ready? Well, what are you waiting for...get seeking!

Now all you need to do is download my freebie and find the school supply! Then you will complete a circle with the other bloggers to collect their freebies and school supplies. 

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Interactive-Notebook-Matter-Sampler-1366954
Click the Find my freebie button.

This freebie is sampling from my Science Interactive Notebook and Experiments Unit - Matter.  If you want to find the complete products, you can find them here:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Interactive-Notebook-with-Experiments-Matter-1341502

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Interactive-Notebook-with-Experiments-Weather-1321990


You can complete the loop by starting at the first blog or continue on by visiting the next stop. Either way, you will make a complete loop to all the blogs, freebies, supplies, and final prize!

Don't forget to become a follower of our blogs as you continue on. You never know what we will be doing next!

Just click either picture below to continue Hide and Go Seek! 

http://lifeinspecialeducation.blogspot.com/2014/08/back-to-school-blog-hop.html
 
Make sure you make it to the final stop at The Teaching Tribune to enter to win!
http://www.theteachingtribune.com/2014/08/back-to-school-hide-and-go-seek.html


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