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Sunday, August 21, 2016

TpT One Day Sale Gift Card Giveaway

How exciting is it to begin a brand new school year?
It's time to sharpen those pencils, organize those bins, and welcome a new group of eager learners.

If you're anything like me, right about now, you're probably thinking of some new ways to excite, engage and challenge your students. If so, you surely don't want to miss the ONE DAY Teachers Pay Teachers sale.
 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teaching-With-Love-And-Laughter

Are you currently using interactive notebooks in your classroom? They are a very valuable learning tool. Click here, here, here, and here, to read my blog posts about them. 







If you're a kindergarten teacher, looking for some exciting activities, you may want to check out some of these...


If you're a first grade teacher, looking for some engaging activities, you can check out some of these...


Shopping during a sale is a great way to score some really good deals. My whole store is 20% off on August 22. And, TpT is giving everyone an additional 10% off if you use the promo code: OneDay. Don't forget to use it!

And, because we ALL love gift cards, I am giving away a $10.00 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers. You can use it to purchase some of your new goodies, whether they come from my store or someone else's. Not ready to shop during the sale? No problem! You can use this gift card any time you're ready. They never expire.
I'll choose a winner before the ONE DAY sale is over, and email you the code to your gift card.  Good luck everyone and happy shopping!

Enter using the rafflecopter below!
Contest will end at 12:00 PM EST on August 22.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Oriental Trading Wish List

In case you haven't heard yet, Oriental Trading now has a helpful wish list feature. Teachers are notorious for making wish lists and now you can make one while browsing one of your favorite go to sites for party supplies, arts and crafts, school supplies, toys, and novelties.

I've been an avid Oriental Trading shopper for as long as I can remember, so I was very excited when they invited me to create a wish list, and told me they would send me a few items from my wish list to review. They have quite an extensive line of teacher supplies and resources.

I've been a BIG collector of #allthebins ever since I became a teacher. I especially love bright colors. Once I saw their neon storage bins with lids, I knew I had to have them. They come six in a pack and I grabbed two packs. They are the perfect size for books, markers, crayons, glue sticks, etc. And they are nice and sturdy.


 I also grabbed some storage cups. Once again, I was drawn to the bright colors. There are a dozen cups in a pack and they are great for storing markers, pencils, scissors, crayons, glue sticks, etc. You can also use them to practice math concepts, like sorting and counting. They are very versatile, indeed!


The last thing I asked for, were these neon spiral notebook and pen sets. There are a dozen in the pack and they are the perfect size. They are great to give out as gifts to children and adults. And, they are a wonderful addition to a writing station. Children love to write notes on pretty pads of paper!


Once you make your Oriental Trading wish list, you can share it with others, just like I did today. When a parent asks you what you need for your classroom, just share the link to your wish list. Share it on your classroom website, if you have one. What an easy way to get some of the supplies you need to run a successful classroom!

*Disclaimer: This post contains information about products that were sent to me by Oriental Trading for review. However, all opinions are my own and are 100% honest.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Analyzing Classroom Behavior

Do you use a clip chart to manage your classroom behavior? I have used one for many years, with great success. I find that my students respond very well to the clip chart and always look forward to gem day and retiring their clips. You can read all about gem day here!

I use clip chart calendars each month so the children can document their behavior each day. The calendars make it super easy for the parents to monitor their behavior, as well.


At the end of every month, the children like to count up how many of each color they earned. Recently, someone suggested to me that it would be great for the children to be able to analyze the data on their clip chart and use it for discussion, reflection and setting goals. I totally agreed! I really love the idea of taking it one step further.

I created clip chart behavior calendar data sheets so students can keep track of their behavior each month. Utilizing this bar graph is a great way to integrate math and classroom management.

Students count up the colors they earned and color in the bar graph.

For some, you can stop here. The children can easily see what color they earned the most and the least and can talk about it with you and their parents. With this data, you can set goals for the next month.

In addition to the bar graph, I created six different response sheets for you to choose from. The children count up the colors they've earned and represent them with tallies and numbers.

Most of the sheets have reflection questions, as well.
This one asks them to predict how they will do next month.

I suggest sending these data sheets home to be looked at and signed, and then returned to you, so the children can compare their behavior each month. 

I know that not everyone uses the same colors or sayings on their clip chart, so an editable version is also included.

If you are interested in having your students use these behavior data sheets, you can purchase them separately by clicking here or on the image below.


You can also purchase them with my behavior calendars. If you like calendars with the weekends included, click here or on the image below.


If you would prefer not to have weekends on your calendars, click here or on the image below. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CVC Word Family Mats...a GREAT Independent Activity!

Once your young learners know their letter sounds, it is time to introduce CVC words. And it is so exciting watching them when they realize that they can read!

These CVC word family mats were created with our youngest learners in mind. They want fun. They want to play games. You want them to be engaged and challenged. You want them to work independently.

If you want all of the above, then check these out!

There are a total of 39 CVC word family mats.





Each mat contains six words for the children to read and write.

Here is an example from version 1. This version contains six words that are all from the same word family.

First, the children read the words.


Then, they find the matching pictures and place them over each word.



Once all of the words are covered, they write the words on the lines, hopefully, without peeking. But, if they get stuck, they can peek at the word.


When they are finished writing the words, they can use the answer key to check their work. 


Here is an example from version 2. All six words contain the same vowel, but are from different word families.


And, here is an example from version 3, which contains a mix of all CVC word families on each mat.




These mats are perfect for independent work time, station work, working with a partner, interventions, and reading groups.

Just prep them once and they will last a long, long time.

If you're like me, you like having plenty of hands-on learning activities for your children to utilize every single day. Since these mats are differentiated, you will be able to meet the needs of all your students.

Just click on the image below to see these mats in my store!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sizzlin' Summer Steals: ONE TIME ONLY Big Steal!


The winner of yesterday's $50 giveaway is...
DEBRA HELEN
Please email me! Thank you!

Today's steal is a BIG ONE!


This is the lowest price my 
Kindergarten Phonics Interactive Notebooks will ever be!

If you are hesitant about trying interactive notebooks in kindergarten, then these are the activities for you! In addition to the traditional cut and paste activities, I also offer JUST ONE CUT activities. I use both in my classroom, depending on the time I have each day. I like to vary which activities I use because the children really do love to lift flaps and put stuff in pockets.

Here are some images of the JUST ONE CUT ACTIVITIES.













For those of you who use Journeys, I am also offering my Sight Words and Phonics Bundle at a very low cost, as well. Now is a GREAT time to snag them!


This bundle includes all the phonics activities AND 
sight word activities for all 30 lessons.








What a bargain! Just a reminder, though, these low prices are JUST for June 29! And, until I wake up in the morning on June 30! LOL!

Still not sure about interactive notebooks?
Check out these blog posts...

Interactive Notebooks in Kindergarten...You bet!

Interactive Notebooks for Little Learners...9 Helpful Hints to Ensure Success!

I hope you enjoy my summer steals!

Stay tuned to my facebook on June 30!
I'll reveal the final sizzlin' summer steal!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sizzlin' Summer Steals: Freebie in a Flash and TpT Cash


Are you enjoying my summer steals! Did you grab the bundles? Or the products I slashed in half? I hope so!

Today, and only today, I am giving away these FREE money posters!


Update: If you missed this great opportunity to get these posters for free, you can now find them in my teaching store here!


I'm giving away, to one lucky winner, $50 in TpT cash, to spend in my store! Leave a comment below and tell me what you'd spend the money on if you are the lucky winner! Who doesn't love a shopping spree? Especially when it's FREE! I'll announce the winner on 6/29! Good luck to you! 

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