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Sunday, July 31, 2016

It'$ Time To $tart $hopping!

It's here! It's here! It's here! 
TPT's Back To School Sale!
We wait all summer for it. . . and NOW 
It's here!

Thank you to Deanna Kahlenberg for this
 cute picture to showcase the sale!

Go to my store HERE and see what you have in your wish list that you want to grab. The sale starts tomorrow and ends on Tuesday. You can even cash in on your credits from other purchases to lesson your total at the end. 

If you don't know about credits click HERE

Sometimes the things that you have purchased a while ago, get updated. If you'd like to find out how to do that click HERE

I hope you have fun shopping and find some great deals!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tips on How to Navigate Around TPT

This summer I have been on the lookout for some fabulous posts that others have done. I will share them here in case you didn't see them before. 

This post is from JD's Rockin' Readers. She is explaining TPT to everyone. There are many parts to TPT that you may not have known about. This post will really help you. . . especially if you are new to TPT. 

Click HERE to go to her blog post.
 You won't be sorry.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Facebook Freebie

I am back from a glorious vacation and I want to share my happiness with you. Go to my Facebook page, be sure to like it, and see the freebie that is offered there for just a few days. I would love it if you would also leave good feedback on my TPT page too. 

Click HERE to go to my Facebook Page. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Another Trick to Conquer Place Value

I love place value. . . I think everyone should. . . but alas. . . not everyone does and not everyone understands it as quickly as we'd like them too. 

I found this great post and I thought I'd share it with you too, just in case it would work for you and your kiddos. 

Marcy from Saddle Up for 2nd Grade (and she is from Texas, wouldn't you know!) has a great way to get your kids up and moving in order to learn. Click HERE to find out more about it. I hope you love it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

More Sight Word Practice Ideas

Two years ago I subbed in my daughter-in-law's kindergarten classroom. That was a real stretch for me! But I did survive and am alive to tell about it. 

Learning sight words was a huge undertaking for many students. I just came across a great blog post that shares some good quality and easy ideas to get those kids to practicing with their sight words. 

If you click HERE, you'll go to Surfing Into Success's post about them. 

Even if you're not a kindergarten teacher, I think you could use this with some of your student's who need extra practice. 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Help to Get You Ready for This Fall

Many of you will be starting school soon. If you're from Michigan, most of us won't start until the day after Labor Day. . . It's the law. . . however, some schools have been granted waivers so they can start before. 

Anyway, I found this neat post about 6 Things You Must Do Now to get ready for next year. I think if you read it, you'll find some quality things here. 

Click here to go directly to that post. 

If you click on her Home tab, you'll find some other great ideas that you will love. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How to Organize Your Library

If you are like me, you have a ton of books in your classroom library. But do you have them organized? Do you like the way you have them organized? You could read The Teacher's Treasure Chest and see how Ashley organized her library. I think you'll like it. 

(This is a repost from earlier this year and it has a giveaway at the end. . . so just skip over that part.) 

Click HERE to see her post. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Easy Back To School Tips

Do you follow Sailing Into Second? If not, you might want to think about it. . . 

Let me share her link and you can judge for yourself. 

Last year she posted some great suggestions and they are worth passing on. Just click HERE to see her blog of back to school ideas. 

And if you like what you read, be sure to tell her so in the comment section. We all love to hear from you!

Friday, July 8, 2016

School's Out Blow Out Giveaway

There are 14 hours left to enter to win $100.00 TPT gift card. (Just in time to buy back to school stuff!)

Click here to see how to enter. 

Plus each person who is in this linky has offered a freebie that will only last until the give away is over. .  that means 14 hours from the time I wrote this post. 

This is my freebie that you can grab!
I hope you enter and even more important. . . 
I hope you WIN!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sharing a New Room Decor

I just have to share this blog post! I usually like to decorate with bright colors. But Allyson from Going Strong in 2nd grade used brown tones and a few bright colors.

 It. Looks. Amazing! 

See for yourself! 

Click HERE to go to her blog and if you have time, she would love to hear some of your thoughts about it too!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

July PInterest PIck 3

I'm joining with my friends from Pawsitively TeachingJust Reed, and Inspired Owl's Corner to share my top 3 July Picks. I hope you find something fun for yourself. Be sure to look at the list at the bottom of this post to see many other fun picks from other teachers.

There are many things that I could have chosen to share with you today. But I decided to showcase things that might take some time to get ready. And if you're like me, you have a bit more time in the summer to get things ready for the fall. 

This bright colorful frame will be a hit for the kids and the parents. Doesn't it frame that adorable face just perfectly?

Click on the image to go to the Pinterest Link.
I love this bulletin board because it's not too difficult to do. It's 3 dimensional. And it's bright and cheerful. Keep your eyes open for the dollar racks at fabric stores. You can get great prints to use as your background on your bulletin boards, as shown below. 
Click on the image to go to the Pinterest Link
This pennant looks cute and eye catching, too!
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Click on the image to go to the Pinterest Link.
I hope you found some things that you could see yourself doing. And if not, then be sure to check out the list below and maybe you'll find other cool things that you can do. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

School's Out Blog Blowout!

I'm participating in a fun blog hop that Sarah from Kovescence of the Mind is hosting. I hope you all jump in and join us because not only can you find out about some cool things, but you can also enter to win a $100.00 gift card to TPT.

To win, all you need to do is read on!

My daughter (who is also a teacher) went to a math training that was hosted by Author Nicki Newton. She came home and told me all about it. I was very intrigued by a new phrase she used. "Running Records for Math." 

That sounded like a great thing and certainly something I could use. So I bought the book and am just starting to read it. 

Since I haven't finished it yet, I thought I'd include the summary that Amazon has. 
In this new book from popular consultant and bestselling author Dr. Nicki Newton, you’ll discover how to use Math Running Records to assess students’ basic fact fluency and increase student achievement. Like a GPS, Math Running Records pinpoint exactly where students are in their understanding of basic math facts and then outline the next steps toward comprehensive fluency. This practical book introduces a research-based framework to assess students’ thinking and move them toward becoming confident, proficient, flexible mathematicians with a robust sense of numbers.
Topics include:
  • Learning how often to administer Math Running Records and how to strategically introduce them into your existing curriculum;
  • Analyzing, and interpreting Math Running Records for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division;
  • Using the data gathered from Math Running Records to implement evidence-based, research-driven instruction.
  • Evaluating students’ speed, accuracy, flexibility, and efficiency to help them attain computational fluency;
Each chapter offers a variety of charts and tools that you can use in the classroom immediately, and the strategies can easily be adapted for students at all levels of math fluency across grades K-8. Videos of sample running records are also available for download at

I'm excited to dig into this in the next few weeks. 

For one week, you can grab this FREEBIE! 

This is a bundled set, so you get both the color and 
black and white sets together. Please remember to leave some quality feedback after grabbing it. It's very important to me to hear your thoughts.

Click here to visit everyone's stores. Be sure that you are following them to stay connected with some cool products and information!

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