I LOVE today's topic.  I cannot wait to go around and read everyone's top 3 Thankful Thoughts!

http://www.theteachingtribune.com/2014/06/monday-meet-up-5.html

It was really hard to think of just 3.  I could have said health (SUPER thankful), happiness or even trials and tribulation (what doesn't kill you makes you stronger), but I decided to go with people.


So first up is family.  Ahhh!  Where would we be without them?  We have my fantastic kiddo, my hero dad and my amazingly talented mom.  I'm thankful for my family.

Second is this group of girls.  They are just a fantastic group of ladies.  Each one is amazing by themselves and together they are a powerhouse of humor, kindness, smarts and grace.  I'm thankful for Lauren, Jen, Caron, Melissa, Michele, Becky (and not pictures Ally and Laura).

Third is the fantastic group of ladies that live in my computer.  I cannot believe that a chance comment one day on Cynthia's 2nd Grade Pad FB page led me to this amazing group...and another powerhouse of friends.  I'm thankful for Kathy & Susan, Martha, Patti, Samantha, Michelle, Merinda, Christi, Wendy, Terry, Cynthia, Diane, Randi, Mel, Jennifer, Monique, Lacey, Laureen, Karla, Teresa, and Christina.
(I hope I got everyone!)  Plus, I am thankful for all of the other bloggy friends that I have met along the way.  You know who you are! ;-)

So, what are you thankful for?  I'd love for you to leave a comment and tell me.  :-)



Are you hopping around to all of our blogs collecting our FREEBIES?


We all form a big circle, so make sure you hop around and collect all of the goodies.

My FREEBIE is a sampler from my Spin and Learn Print and Go unit, which you can grab for 50% off on Sunday only.

To collect your FREEBIE simply click on the picture below.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spin-and-Learn-Print-and-Go-Activities-for-Centers-Early-Finishers-SAMPLER-1297466

Now to go to the next hopscotch square, click on the picture below.




Well, it's Two for Tuesday time again and I'm linking up with other sellers over at The Teaching Tribune.  Each of us are bringing you two fabulous products at 50% off.



So it has been requested to put some of the Explain-it-All Series units on the Two for Tuesday, so you asked for it, you got it.

Today we have 50% off Paisley & Sawyer's Prefixes and Suffixes.
(Click on the picture to take you to the product.)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Paisley-Explains-All-About-Prefixes-Common-Core-Aligned-Explain-It-All-Series-1054471

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sawyer-Explains-All-About-Suffixes-Common-Core-Aligned-Explain-It-All-Series-1080022

Don't forget to go over to The Teaching Tribune to catch some other bargains. 
I am so loving this series from The Teaching Tribune.  So thankful for Mel and her great ideas.  I love reading about everyone and feeling like I truly do know them.  

So are you ready for today's


Here is my Monday Meet Me







Anyone else nervous about flying?  I can't remember the last time I did it.  I know it was before September 11, because that only made me more nervous.

I would lov eto hear what is on your bucket list.  I also want to see the Northern Lights...ever more than skating in Rockefeller Center.  Have you done either of these things?

Awwww...my dream.  My cute, little teacher store.  



It’s time for more Fun and Games and this one has a prize attached to it!
This week’s game is a Scavenger Hunt! 


In order to play, find the picture below somewhere in another post on my blog.  After you find the picture, record the title of the blog post and enter it in the Rafflecopter at

This is the picture that you’re looking for:


One lucky person will win a $20 TPT gift card.
You can earn extra entries for pinning this post.  Copy your pin and enter it into the Rafflecopter.
Be sure to visit all of our blogs for the most chances to win!


It's time for Two for Tuesday over at The Teaching Tribune.  
(Can't believe I missed Meet Me Monday - I may have to go back and do that one.)

Aren't these buttons just too cute?  Gotta love sweet Mel from Graphics From the Pond

So up today for Two for Tuesday are two of my best selling items.

We have
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Flip-Flap-Fun-for-Phonics-Interactive-Notebooks-958216
 (This one is actually my second best selling product of all time.)

and of course, the companion,
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/MORE-Flip-Flap-Fun-for-Phonics-Interactive-Notebooks-982767

Just think...with each one 50% off, you can get both for the regular price of just one!

It's Week 2 of TTT's Summer Bloggin' and my first time linking up for




Have you tried Interactive Notebooks?  Can I just tell you how much I love them?  
So many reasons why...
  • It completely engages the kiddos.
  • It shows where you've taught the skills.
  • It allows students to take notes around the topic that you've taught.
  • It is easy to differentiate.
  • It allows your students to tap into their Multiple Intelligences.
  • It is simple to implement Kagan strategies when sharing the notebooks.
I wanted to share a newly listed FREEBIE with you in case you're interested in trying out Interactive Notebooks.  I mean for FREE, why not, right?
This is a really fun clock activity.  
When the product is finished it should look like this:

My kiddos loved working with these.

You can grab yours by clicking on the picture below.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Flip-Flap-Fun-Math-FREEBIE-Clock-1272634

If you want to check out the whole unit, you can find it right here:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Flip-Flap-Fun-for-Math-Interactive-Notebooks-970853

 I hope you love Interactive Notebooks as much as I do!
It's time for some more Summer Bloggin' with TTT!

Today's topic is


Today is a perfect chance to grab two popular products for 50% off!

So how about today we reduce the price on this one to just $2.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spin-and-Learn-Print-and-Go-Activities-for-Centers-and-Early-Finishers-1212480
This is great for word work, math centers, literacy centers or early finishers...and best of all there's no prep!  All you need is a paperclip and a pencil!

How about this one, too? 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Butterflies-An-Integrated-Math-Science-and-Literacy-Unit-1209172
This unit is great because all of the subjects are included.  
Just grab and go - one stop planning!

I hope that you're having a fabulous week.  Feel free to leave me a comment telling me what you're up to this week.  I'd love to hear all about it!


YAY!  It's time for more fun with The Teaching Tribune!  Today is 

 I think that pretty much everything on here is known...except maybe my not so secret addiction to soaps!  LOL!  Can't believe my two faves are still on the air.  My mom watched Days when she was pregnant with me and my friends got me hooked on GH when I was in high school.  I don't tune in every day, but I watch enough to know what's going on.  Anyone else out there have a sinful, secret addiction?  LOL!


I teach -  Last year our school was part of the second year of implementing a new program in our district.  It's called the Accelerated Learning Model (ALM).  It was an amazing year, but I switched from first to second in order to do it, so I kind of felt that I was playing catch up this year.  Next year I am fortunate enough to be able to teach it again.  So excited!

I have - I think the hardest part on here was to write that my son is going to be in EIGHTH grade!  I did ask him the other day if he's seen this chubby-thighed little boy that used to run around here singing Kenny Chesney songs.  Boy, the years really do fly by!

I watch - Find me a good Law & Order marathon and I'm in!  Of course, I can barely stand to watch repeats, so my episodes are pretty limited. ;-) 

I listen - My son is so trying to get me to like rap music, but it's usually country or popular music for me.

I read - I have Notice and Note and WBT on my professional reading list this summer, along with a few "just for fun" books.

I do - Yep!  Shopping!  Retail Therapy!  Enough said.  

So that's it...that's me!  I'd love to "meet" you, so feel free to comment below about yourself.  

Are you ready for a summer full of relaxation and rejuvenation?
How about some fun and games?
Well I've teamed up with some fabulous friend, who also happen to be amazing bloggers, for



We know that right now you're probably not even thinking about next school year and dreaming of the leisurely days of summer, but we know that in a blink of an eye summer will be over.
So we wanted to add some fun and excitement to this summer.

Follow along with us for giveaways, contests and FREEBIES!
There will be something new every week and a ton of fun along the way.
If you "play your cards right" you just might be a winner.

Tomorrow kicks off all of the fun with a game of Crazy 8s!
Be sure to tune into our Facebook page for all of the details.
Be sure to get in on all the fun while you can, because once it's back to school time, it'll be "game over".

So, what do you think...are you game?

YAY!!  I'm linking up with The Teaching Tribune for Two for Tuesday.  What is Two for Tuesday you ask...well, each person that has linked up has two fabulous products on sale for 50% off in their store.  

www.theteachingtribune.com

You can click on the pic above to take you to The Teaching Tribune so you can find more products on sale for 50% off.

So, which 2 products can you grab from my store for 50% off?

How about...

a nouns and adjectives bundle
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Explain-It-All-Series-Common-Core-Aligned-Nouns-Adjectives-Bundle-1240898

and...

some Flip Flap Money Fun for Interactive Notebooks
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Flip-Flap-Fun-Money-Interactive-Notebooks-1167246

I hope that you're able to snap up some bargains!  Happy Shopping!
Have you seen all of the fun that's planned over at The Teaching Tribune?  You will not want to miss one single day of it.  First up is...

http://www.theteachingtribune.com/2014/06/monday-meet-up-2nd-june-2014.html

So today I would like you to meet my wonderful friend Cynthia!  About a year and a half ago I noticed that Cynthia had been doing some pretty cool things on her TPT FB store and thankfully I asked her about it.  She invited me to team up with some other amazing and wonderful ladies.  They have been such a gift to me and because of them, I have "met" all of you.  I am so thankful for that day, because it really has changed my life in so many ways!


If you want to visit Cynthia's blog or her TPT store, you'll find plenty of teaching ideas for grades 2-3.

If you haven't already done so, grab a bloggy friend and hop on over to The Teaching Tribune and link up!
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