What can I say!? Ever since I returned from my amazing trip from Africa this summer, I've been living in a whirlwind of chaos! I'm hoping to get back into blogging more, but I'm not going to promise anything!
I have some great pictures to share with you from Africa! It was truly a life changing experience, and words cannot express how emotional, full-filling, and rewarding my trip was.
I fell in love with all the school children!
The school room we worked on building!
The amazing safari adventures!
Needless to say, I started getting a little scared being thisclose
to a lion!
For the next 2 weeks, my classroom is going to be all pumpkin themed activities! My kiddos are working on skip counting by 2's so I created this cute lil' math center for them.
You can check out Funky Pumpkins on TPT by clicking the picture above. You can grab the FREEBIE below that is a worksheet that goes with the center.
As a huge THANK YOU for those who continue to follow my blog despite my absence, I'm going to give this activity to my first 10 wonderful followers who comment and leave me their email address!
Who doesn't love great deals, especially during Back to School time! Amanda over at First Grade Garden is having a Back to School Linky Party! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a back to school sale on August 12th and 13th. They are offering 10% off, plus tons of great bloggers are offering 20% off their TPT stores too! That's 28% off! I can't wait, my cart is overloaded with stuff! Click on Amanda's cute button below to head on over and join the party!
Oh Em Gee! I cannot believe that I've been gone from this little blog for so long! Is it even aloud?? Anyways, I've been caught up with life in general and just plain ol' enjoying summer vacation! I don't go back to school until September 4th which I know to you may seem like a mile away! However, have you looked at that TickerFactory on the side of my blog? Yes, it says 14 days .... 14 days until I leave for my trip to Africa. I am so excited and nervous all at the same time! But, I cannot get ahead of myself here because I NEED to have everything ready for the first day of school because I don't return until the eve of the night before school on September 3rd! Yikes, i'd better get on it, I only have 2 weeks. I know this post is all over the place but I just thought i'd stop and check-in! I'm hoping to be back soon with some back-to-school posts :)
This week has been a blast so far! On Monday, I kicked off my insects unit and let's just say the kiddos are LOVING it! Many of my lessons are coming from Deanna Jump's Insects Math and Literacy Fun and Kacey's amazing BUGS Math and Literacy Activities from Doodle Bugs Teaching. These units are both fantastic, if you haven't checked them out already you must!
I also wanted a math station that counted by 2's using odd numbers, so I created this little freebie below. If you would like a copy just click on the picture below and it will take you to my TPT store! All that I ask is that you follow my blog and of course I would love to have some feedback too :)
If you are still looking for an Earth Day unit or cute craftivity be sure to check out this blog post!
I've been out of town for the weekend and I just noticed that some AMAZING bloggers are having a Tax Break Sale with 15% off the items in their TPT stores. I am joining in on the fun (plus I extended my sale an extra day since I linked up late!) Click the picture below to start your shopping!
I can't wait to celebrate Earth Day next week! After a long day of printing, laminating, and cutting my Earth Day Unit I am ready to go! Plus, I was the winner of Tammy's Earth Day Packet over at 1..2..3.. Teach With Me, her unit is adorable so i'm going to have to add it to my plans!
As promised, I said I would giveaway this unit to one lucky person when I reached 125 followers!
So here's what you gotta do, there are 4 ways to enter, and blogging about my giveaway will give you an extra entry!
6. Would you rather teach at a year-round school, or traditional school (what is that called??)? Traditional School - I love my summers!
7. Are you reading The Hunger Games? Nope
8. If you could travel anywhere, were would you go? Africa - as mentioned above, I'm going this summer!
9. What is your favorite jungle animal? A monkey!
10. Who is your favorite children's author? Mo Willems
Last, but not least are Lou's Questions from Pencils with Pizzazz:
1. What is your favourite literacy resource? Small Group Instruction by Beverly Tyner
2. What is one piece of advice you would give someone that wants to be teacher? When your having a bad day remember that some of your students are having their best day just by coming to school.
3. What is one piece of advice you were given that has stuck with you? Make time in your personal life because school time can take it all up.
4. If you could be anything OTHER than a teacher, what would it be?
I answered this above, I really don't know!
5. What subject would you say you feel most comfortable teaching? English Language Arts
6. Who inspired you to become a teacher? My Grade 2 Teacher
7. What is your guilty pleasure? Eating junk food
8. One teaching moment that really challenged you? When I student told me the best part about their day was when they get to come to school. (so sweet, but really so sad when you think about it, especially in this home situation)
9. Favourite read aloud? Anything by Mo Willems!
10. Funny teacher moment? Okay, I know I have a ton but no great ones are coming to mind - i'll be back with an answer for this one!
So have ya heard of Rob from Hoot & Crow? NO?!?! Where have you been! I'm kidding, Rob is fairly new to the clipart world and I first found out about him when I won a Misty's giveaway from Think, Wonder, & Teacher. I won a fab clipart set from his Etsy store!
Anyways, Rob is awesome. I couldn't seem to find an Earth Day set of clipart that I loved. I asked him for a small favor, AND he created this set for ME! (well I suppose you can use it too :P) I am really happy how my unit turned out and I love how his clipart is fun and unique.
So I present to you... DON'T POLLUTE ... GIVE A HOOT!
Click on the picture to go to my TPT store!
I also created a little craftivity for my class to go along with their Earth Day learning! It is available as part of the unit above, or separately in my TPT store.
I'm thinking i'll have a mini giveaway once I reach 125 followers. I'll give away one of each of the items above. I would love some bloggy friend help getting there!
Speaking of help, (am I asking to much tonight? haha) Can somebody please tell me how to remove the black line border that automatically goes around my pictures in my posts?? I'm not sure I like it all the time!
Also, I've been tagged... I'll be back this week with my answers!
WOW! This past week I won my first giveaway, and my second (all in one day)! It was egg-citing to say the least! I won Misty's giveaway over at Think, Wonder, & Teach and Amber's HUGE giveaway at Adventures of a Third Grader (she has TONS of cute freebies so go check her out!)
Speaking of a GIVEAWAY WINNER ... I know you've all been patiently .... Congrats to Ms. Patterson @ email@example.com you are the WINNER of my Egg-cellent Easter Math & Literacy Activities, i'll send you an email shortly! This unit is a big hit right now so hop on over and check it out!
In other news, my Spring Break has sadly come to an end. Thank goodness that next week is only a four day week :)
Wowza! When I first started my little blog in January I never imagined that I would ever reach 100 followers! I am SO excited! So as promised, I am having a giveaway! One lucky winner will be receiving my Egg-cellent Easter Math & Literacy Unit that I just recently uploaded onto my TPT store. In addition, I will be throwing a 20% off sale on everything in my TPT storeuntil this Tuesday, it's only fair I award ALL you amazing blogger friends!
I am officially on SPRING BREAK and I could not be happier! I’m so excited to kick back, relax and spend time with family and friends.
So who follows The 3AM Teacher? She is just SO generous! Michelle created The Giver Award for all of her followers and their followers too! There are just so many great bloggers who are givers out there, so here’s an award to you, just save the image and post on your blog! Be sure to click on the award and go thank Michelle too!
There are so many giveaways going on right now it’s CRAZY! Check out all these fabulous chances to win great prizes!
Whew! With all these Suess-tastic activities I've been so busy and realized I haven't posted for a week! First of all I wanted to thank Kelly at All That Glitters In First Grade for the Top 10 Blog award! Kelly you are just too sweet! If you don't follow her blog you must go check it out!
This award was created 5 months ago and the purpose is to encourage and congratulate new bloggers!
10.Teaching First(Plus Rebecca is having an AMAZING giveaway, go stop by to enter, you don't wanna miss it!)
To celebrate my new award, I want to give all of my great followers a sneak peak at my new St. Patrick's Day Math Stations! Click below to grab your FREEBIE off of my TPT site. If you do, please leave a comment :)
Here is my 60 page St. Patrick's Day Math Station Unit
First of all, that you so much to everyone who bought any of my items during the great Leap Year Sale yesterday on TPT! It really means a lot to me as all funds are going directly towards my volunteer trip to Kenya this summer.
Secondly, a BIG thank you to Barbara at Grade ONEderful, for giving me this sweet sweet blog award. Her and her cute little blog really are wonderful ! If you haven't check it out head over now!
Check out this sale! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a 10% off sale on February 29th. In addition, everything in my TPT Store is going to be 20% off - that's a total of 28% off! This means all my units will be LESS THAN $5!!!
I have just finished my St. Patrick's Day Math Centers.
(Just in time for the big sale!)
The first one to comment (who follows my blog and my TPT Store) will get this 60 page unit for FREE! Yes, FREE, just remember to leave me your email address and i'll send it out tonight! If you are not so lucky tonight, wait until Wednesday to purchase my unit and you'll get 28% off!
Now go load up your TPT carts and get ready for this sale!
Ugh! Technology is driving me crazy, I still can't upload pictures properly but I managed to get this snapshot inserted so I could reveal the winners of my first giveaway! Thanks to all the lovely ladies who entered! The winners are:
Thank you all so much for entering my very first giveaway! Unfortunately, Blogger is giving me lots of issues today and I am unable to upload pictures. I don't want to announce the winners without showing the results that the 'Random Number Generator' produced so hopefully it will be up and running tomorrow!!
Well we finally had our first snow day today! I'm battling this sore throat bit so it's kinda nice to have a day at home without having to worry about a sub plan. It also gave me some time to finalize the activities that I am going to do with my class for Dr. Suess's Birthday on March 2nd.
Now, onto my very first giveaway! I am going to give a copy of 'What A Suess-tastic Day' to 5 lucky people. You will have until Thursday, February 23rd to enter, winners will be posted Friday, February 24th. There are 3 different ways you can enter, or you can have up to 3 chances to win! Either: * Follow my blog * Follow my TPT store * Blog about my giveaway Make sure to leave a comment and your email address for each entry!
Can't Wait? I have posted 'What A Suess-tastic Day' on my TPT store, click the picture to purchase!
All my clipart is from the fabulous Michelle @ The 3AM Teacher. If you don't already follow her, you must go check out her blog!
I have just posted my newest item at my TPT store. It's simple, but these letters and numbers can be used for many things in your classroom (wordwall headers, flash cards, letter and number game cards, learning carpet and more) plus they are not themed so they can be used all year long!
I'm working on an official write-up to add to my TPT items, but until then I want to let my blog friends and TPT buyers know that I appreciate each and every purchase I get. All of the money that I raise on TPT is going directly towards my trip to Africa this summer. I am going with a small volunteer group to help build a school in a high poverty area. I am sooo excited to have this amazing opportunity!!!
I've been busy tonight putting together Valentine activities for our class party next week as well as getting the kiddos little gifts ready! I thought i'd share this super fun gift idea with you all. It's super easy, all that you need is packs of silly straws (available at most dollar stores) and the freebie below! Click the picture if you wanna grab a FREE copy of the gift tags for yourself over at my TPT store - if you do, i'd love to hear about it!
Also, I would like to thank everyone for your all your sweet comments and emails on my new blog lately!
I have recieved my very first blog award. This blog community is so welcoming and generous! It is the Liebster Award and is given to bloggers with 200 followers or less. It was given to me by Angela from The Daily Alphabet, make sure you stop by her fantastic blog! Thanks Angela :)
Here are the rules for accepting this award:
Thank the presenter and post a link back to their blog
Put the award on my blog
Pick 5 blogs with less than 200 followers and notify them of the award, and encourage them to pass it on!
Angela over at The Daily Alphabet has tagged me in my first ever bloggy game! I have to tell 12 things about myself, then answer 12 questions from the person who tagged me, and then create 12 brand NEW questions!!!! Whew!!!! That sounds like a lot, but here goes!
1. I have just recently started my own blog after many months of blog stalking! I`ll admit, it`s been tougher than I thought!
2. Aside from teacher blogs, I LOVE pinterest! I`ve found sooo many awesome ideas that I’ve used in my classroom already!
3. This summer I am going to Africa to help build a school – I am ALL kinds of excited about it and I can`t wait!
4. I absolutely love musicals. This coming weekend I am going to Beauty and The Beast!
5. I teach Kindergarten to Grade 4 in one classroom! Some say it sounds crazy but I actually love teaching a multi-age class!
6. I got a Cricut machine for Christmas but I really need someone to help me out with it! I think I have the basics but I know it is capable of so much more!
7. Recently I`ve been having thoughts about going back to school to work on my Post-Bachelors degree – any insight?
8. I think I may even love it more than a SmartBoard because there is not an actual board taking up space when it is not in use!
9. Last week I went to an incredible PD session on Children`s Art in Literature – I must remember to share more in a later blog post.
10. I am a sucker for reality T.V. Is that a good thing or a bad thing …. well I’m still not sure!
11. My favourite colour is purple.
12. I love spending my summers relaxing at the cabin!
Ok – Onto Angela`s Questions:
1. If you were not a teacher, what would you be?
If I were not a teacher, I would probably run my own daycare, I love children!
2. Paper or plastic.
Paper? I am obsessed with buying coloured paper to create materials.
3. What is one thing that you wish you had learned when you were younger?
I wish someone would have told me to take advantages of any travel opportunities possible. My schools often had trips planned and I never took advantage of the great opportunities L
4. What advice would you give to novice teachers that you wished you had received?
I`m only in my third year of teaching so I am still a novice teacher learning from others too!
5. Do you like technology? Why or why not?
I love it when it`s working! Nothing is better than being able to interactively learn in the classroom with technology.
6. How and why did you begin blogging?
I began blogging to share my ideas and TPT items with the many other teachers I blog stalk on daily basis!
7. Do you have a class pet? Why or why not?
Nope. It`s not allowed at my school.
8. If there was one thing that you wished you were allowed to do in your classroom, what would it be?
This is a tough one but I would LOVE to paint my classroom! I`ve seen many classrooms with murals or `clipart` that has looked so cool!
9. What is your classroom decor style?
Bright colours and lots of student work displayed.
10. Where do you want to be in 3 years?
I hope to have a full-time permanent job in the city that my boyfriend and I decide to reside in after he completes university.
11. What is something that you wished you would have done differently in the beginning of your teaching career?
I think it is really still too early for me to tell only having 2 years under my belt!
12. What will you do this weekend?
I`m going to the Beauty and The Beast musical – seriously cannot wait!
My 12 Questions:
1.What is your favourite children`s book?
2.Where is your favourite place to shop for teaching stuff?
3.Where would you go on a dream vacation?
4.What advice do you have to new bloggers like myself?
5.What is your favourite T.V. show?
6.What do you do to relax after a long day at school?
7.If you HAD to pick the blog that most inspires you, who`s would it be?
8.What is your favourite snack food?
9.How many years have you been teaching?
10. Can you describe your classroom in one word? What is it?
11. What is your favourite educational website?
12. Will you purdy please follow my blog? J
Now to tag new blog friends...how many? You guessed it, 12!
(Well, seeing as I just started my blog and only have 3 followers this is tricky, but hopefully these blogs that I have newly found will follow me!)