Sunday, September 30, 2012

Flash Sale and Giveaway Reminder

* Graphics courtesy of The 3am Teacher and Tales from Outside the Classroom :)
To celebrate the last day of September and to welcome in October, I am having a flash sale in my Teacher's Pay Teacher's Store and Teacher's Notebook Shop.  I am giving you 20% off every item!  Hurry, the sale ends at midnight tonight!  Thanks to Stephanie from 3rd Grade Thoughts for loaning me the graphic!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway.  It's a big one, with 6 Rafflecopters.  That means 6 luck winners.  There are TpT product prizes, $80 to Vista Print, a Starbucks gift card, and the coveted quietest classroom pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies.  You don't want to miss it!  There are SO many ways to enter.  Click the graphic below to go to the Rafflecopters.  Feel free to pin, tweet, Facebook, or post this giveaway for all to see!

Have a great Sunday! 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The {self-proclaimed} Greatest 500 Follower Giveaway of All Time!

Wow.  I never imagined myself hitting this milestone!  Thank you so much for taking the time to read this little blog!  I have had MANY generous people willingly donate items to giveaway to help me celebrate this awesome occasion!  With over 50 prizes and 170 chances to win, you're sure to find something you want!
Feel free to blog, pin, Facebook, tweet, or Google+ about this giveaway!
Six different Rafflecopters for 6 different winners!

Who likes Vistaprint? How would you like $80 to spend at Vistaprint products? Start filling your shopping cart, because in about a week, you could be my lucky winner!  Enter below-
How would you like to win the world's quietest classroom pencil sharpener??  This thing is a teacher's dream come true.  Skeptical?  Read {THIS} blog post or the many other blog posts out there that sing this little guy's praises.  Enter below-
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One person will win this Rafflecopter and choose 1 item from each of these TpT shops!
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Here's another fabulous group of contributors.  You can also enter this Rafflecopter and the winner will choose 1 item from each of the following TpT shops-
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One winner will receive the following 22 amazing products:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

First Grade Common Core

Most of us are making the switch to Common Core, recently made it, or will be making it soon.  If you are like me, you are scrambling to find any resource you can to help you.  We have had numerous training and meeting over Common Core and I have learned of some really good websites and books.  The most recent book I have discovered was introduced to me today by Mrs. Simpson from Simpson's Superstars
This book is filled with activities for English and Math standards.  There are over 550 pages of activities, posters, and worksheets.  
Bloggers can receive a free copy!! Click {HERE} to find out here!

Click {HERE} to view a 74 page preview.  It looks awesome!

To order or just read more about First Grade Common Core or the books for Kindergarten through 5th click {HERE}..

Here are some reviews of the book:

  1. 5out of 5
     – :
    WOW! This is truly incredible. I see a lot of things that I can do with my students using this workbook. This is absolutely magnificent. I love that the graphics are kid-friendly, the graphic organizers are wonderful, and there is a wide range of literature used! Thank you so much!
  2. 5out of 5
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    I am so excited about this First Grade Common Core Workbook. I love how there are models for the kids, hands-on activities, and also their own worksheets to complete. It’s very user friendly and has lots of worksheets you can use for homework and independent work. The workbook has cute graphics and I look forward to using it in my classroom this year!
  3. 5out of 5
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    FANTASTIC! Love the many hands-on activities! The graphics are great too…very kid friendly. I bought the Kindergarten Workbook and was afraid the First Grade Workbook would be similar. Though they have similarities, they are totally different. Love the many task card questions! Thank you So Much!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Teacher Blog Tuesday

Guess what??  It's Tuesday and that means only 3 more days until Friday AND you get to make some new blogger friends!
First up....Caitlyn!

1. Name of blog:
Sliding into First!

2. Why did you start blogging?
I was sucked into the blogging world in the fall of 2011! It was my 2nd year of teaching and I couldn't believe all of the great ideas that were being shared that I had no idea were even out there! I decided to start my own blog so that I could join in on the idea sharing! It has been such a fun experience.

3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I did a full year of student teaching. It was a great program that allowed me to finish my coursework and be in the classroom at the same time! I spent most of the year in a 1st grade classroom but also got 8 weeks of experience in a 5th grade classroom as well. I graduated college in 2009...and finding a job was difficult. I ended up being a parapro in a junior high special education classroom and in November was hired to fill a 5th grade position for someone that was retiring. It was an interesting situation! After finishing the school year, I was hired as a 1st grade teacher in the district where I student taught. I was so excited. I'm still with this district and will be going into my third year of 1st grade in the fall. I love it!

4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Don't Stop Believing, Summer Nights, Wouldn't Want it Any Other Way

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever done?
Since I'm only 25, I'm sure I haven't yet encountered the "hardest" thing I ever will. However, I think letting go of my grandpa has been the most difficult so far. He suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. It was so hard to see his memory fade over the years. He eventually had to be put in a nursing home for Alzheimer's patients. Before he died, I only made it to the nursing home once to visit him. It was so hard to see him and know that he had no idea who I was, no idea that he was so important to me, no idea that he was the one that had taught me to tie my was a difficult time and I still miss him.

6. What's your favorite TV show?
I have quite a few shows that I never miss an episode of so I'll just name a few: Revenge, Modern Family, Pretty Little Liars, HGTV Design Star, Dance Moms

7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
Definitely DJ Inkers. Times New Roman is too boring and I like things to look different, not all the same!

8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?

9. What was the last book you read?
Teaching for Deep Comprehension (Dorn & Soffos)

10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
I hate vacuuming...and folding laundry. Yuck.

Next up- Stephanie!

       1.                   Name of blog and link:  Maestra Bilingüe (

2.                  Why did you start blogging? Like many fellow teacher bloggers, I started out by stalking blogs based on pins I found on Pinterest.  Also, since I have moved to a new city and am starting in a new district, I wanted to have a way to keep in touch with one of my teacher friends (Angi @ First Graders From Outer Space), so we decided to create teacher blogs together in order to do that! 

3.                   Tell us a little about your teaching background.  I taught bilingual second grade for two years, and bilingual first grade for one year.  My district moved me around to a different school each year, so I never got to really feel settled!  This year I’m starting in a completely new district, and I will be teaching bilingual/ESL 4th grade.  I’m really excited to move into the upper elementary grades!

4.                   What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? I love alt-rock and am a huge 90s music fan! For go-to peppy songs, I would say “Bleed” by Anna Nalick or “Dark Blue” by Jack’s Mannequin. For more pensive songs, “Are We Afraid” by Toad the Wet Sprocket or “Sabra Girl” by Nickel Creek.  And basically anything and everything by the Goo Goo Dolls – my all-time favorite band!

5.                  What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Probably persevering to reach the end of this school-year.  I had a really tough year, which is one of the factors of why I’m starting in a new district this fall.  But I persevered, kept a smile on my face until the end, and I’m on to a much better situation for me now! 

6.                  What’s your favorite TV show? I love watching “Say Yes To The Dress” on TLC!  I’m also a big fan of the show “The Amazing Race” – I love it when they visit places where I have also been (I got especially giddy when they were in Buenos Aires!).

7.                  Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why? I will say DJ Inkers, because I like using more unique and creative fonts, but I will confess that I had to look up what DJ Inkers was!! I get most of my fonts from free font websites. J

8.                  Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?   25!

9.                  What was the last book you read? I’m currently in the middle of reading “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson.  My reading kind of took a backseat during my packing up and moving to my new apartment, but now that things have settled down I’m back in the thick of it!  Reading is one of my absolute favorite activities.

10.              What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cleaning the bathroom!! It always feels like it takes forever to do!  

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Have a great Tuesday!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Talking about Touch Math

Happy Monday everyone!  Today, I am a guest blogger over at Learning 4 Keeps.  I was completely flattered when Leah asked me to write a post for her while she was on a cruise.  Once I got over my jealousy, I agreed! Click the pic below to read all about my experience with Touch Math.  I'd love to know your thoughts on it and hear about your math teaching methods!
Learning 4 Keeps

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Sale on TpT & Giveaways!

Happy fall y'all!  
I am participating in a TpT sale/linky which was started by Casey at Second Grade Math Maniac.  If you would like to see the list of all participating stores, go to the end of this post..
Click the TpT logo to get to my store!

Here is a 100 follower giveaway I am participating in:

Liv to Teach has reached 500 followers in her TpT Store, so she is celebrating by giving away 42 products!
I am one of the 42 bloggers who have donated something:

Be sure to check out all the goodies over at Taking a Walk on the Wild Side!
Here is one more 100 Follower Giveaway I've discovered-

The Moffat Girls are giving away a really cool Elapsed Time Clock from Educational Insights.  Click her button below to get there.
The Moffatt Girls

Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade is giving away an awesome paper cutter-

Teaching with Love and Laughter is having a giveaway-

Owl Things First is giving away a laminator from!!

Teacher's Toolkit is having a 100 follower giveaway.  One of the prizes is any item from my TpT Store. 
Here is another awesome giveaway celebrating 200 followers!

An awesome giveaway from Miss Nelson!

Click below for another great giveaway!

One more...

One more little tidbit for ya- On Monday I will be a guest blogger for Leah at Learning 4 Keeps!  Be sure to hop over there and ready what I have to say about math!
Learning 4 Keeps

And, I PROMISE my 500 follower giveaway will be up soon!  It takes some time to get 50 different products in to a Rafflecopter.  Yes, that's right, I said 50!  Phew, it's wearin me out...ha

If you know of anymore great giveaway or news, please comment below.
Have a great weekend!

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