Friday, March 29, 2013

Five for Good Friday!

Spring break at last!
We are off today (Good Friday) and all next week!  I was sooooo ready for some time off.  Sometimes you just need a little break, ya know?

1.  Things to sign up for-  
If you haven't heard, Google has killed Google Reader.  That means if you read blogs using Google Reader, you need to find a new way.  I tried Bloglovin and I like it so far. Click {HERE} to see me there! There is an iPhone app that's free, so that's a plus in my book!  You may want to check it out.  You can make sure you never miss a post of mine by clicking the button below.
I'll be delivered to your inbox every time I post! Sadly, that's not been to often since about December.  I've just been SO busy.  And I don't even know with what.  Just feels like there is never enough time in the day.  I have all these ideas that I want to write about, but never the time to do it!  I'm going to try to do better though... You can also find me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Have you heard about Educents yet?  It sounds like Groupon for teachers!  Sign up BEFORE April 2nd and you'll get a $10 credit!  I've already gotten mine! Click the logo below to get yours!
This is a daily deal site that will have educational products 30-90% off!

2.  Did you know that in addition to my weekly Tuesday feature of new bloggers, that I've also started a Monday one of inspirational/inspiring pics, posts, and pins?  This is a linky!  I would love for you to link up and share yours as well!  they can be current or past posts.  The goal is to get our weeks started off in a positive way!  If you are new to bogging, email me to be featured on a Tuesday.  To link up with Inspiration Monday, visit the most current Monday post from Monday through usually Wednesday.

3.  We're dying some eggs today!  A fun and cheep little activity!  Cheep-cheap...hee hee...couldn't resist. :)
That is, all the eggs that survive Abby...



4.  I got this little guy this week.  I'm totally honored and still a little speechless...

5.  I'm going to a local church service tomorrow night to hear Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty speak.  I've looking forward to hear what he has to say!

Oh and I'm having a Good Friday sale, today only in my TpT store!  Check it out...I've got some NEW products!

Link up to share your 5 random Friday things at Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Teacher Blog Tuesday with Janet & a freebie!

Welcome to another edition of


Today's new blogger is Janet from


1.             Name of blog and link:


2.          Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
I am addicted to teacher blogs! I absolutely love collaborating with and being inspired by my colleagues. Originally, I wanted to create a blog to share my ideas and creations, but I opted to try a different approach. I love using technology in the classroom. Our kids’ brains are hardwired to be techy. So, I want my students to have an active part in helping me create a class blog. I’ll still be sharing my teaching ideas and activities with my teaching colleagues, but I really want the kids to get involved. I’m really excited to try this out and hope you’ll join us in this adventure! We’d love to have other classes blogging with us!  

3.            Tell us a little about your teaching background.
As a little girl, I knew I was going to be a teacher. Upon learning that I was offered my first teaching job, I was jumping and screaming with excitement. The HR lady couldn’t help herself but to laugh at my reaction. I just LOVE teaching!!!

I graduated from Sacramento State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. In August 2006, my childhood dream of teaching came to life. In June 2009, I received my M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Touro University.

This is my 7th year teaching. I taught 1st grade for 6 years and 2nd/3rd combo for 1 year in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. I now teach at a new school Star Academy in Sacramento, California. Star Academy is in its 3rd year and a charter school. I absolutely love my job. We do NOT have adopted curriculum (boxed/prescribed curriculum). Everything is teacher created. It is definitely a lot of work, but I LOVE the challenge and freedom to create and do what I think works.

No matter what situation a child comes from, I hold all of my students to high expectations and standards. I love witnessing the growth, sparkle, and excitement for learning in my students. Learning is a safari...a journey. As a teacher, my goal is to facilitate learning in an exciting and meaningful way for each child. I try my best to instill this love for learning in each of my students. Of course along with all the learning, you will see and hear lots of laughs, smiles, and love.

4.            What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
“Black and Gold”
“And All These Little Things”
“Try”

5.           What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
One of the hardest things I have ever done was to watch my boyfriend leave for duty to Afghanistan. The whole waiting processwondering when they would have him deployto the final moments before I saw him go. I was an emotional wreck but was determined to stay strong for him. I did not want him to worry about mehe knows I can be a big baby. I email him every day and we Skype or talk on the phone at least once a week. I just hope and pray him comes back home safe this fall. I miss him terribly.

6.           What’s your favorite TV show?
I LOVE all the CSI shows and Hawaii Five-O.  

7.           Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl/guy and why?
Totally DJ Inkers kind of girl!!! From the gecko, I loved DJ Inkers. J I love having some sparkle and curly-qs in my fonts! They make me happy!!!

8.           Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
My last birthday cake had 31 candles. Number 32 is coming soontoo soon.

9.           What was the last book you read?
I heart my iPad Mini!
For leisure reading, I read all 3 books in the 50 Shades of Grey series. Haha! I totally did not pay attention to all the talk about this book until last November. In 1 week, I read all 3 booksit is addicting! Then, I read the first book again.

For work related reading, I read Transforming School Culture by Anthony Muhammad. Love Dr. Muhammad’s message on the importance of building a healthy school culture. It is honest and really makes you reflect and think about you as a professional. What type of teacher/contributor are you to your school culture?

10.        What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
I HATE dusting!!! I’d rather clean and scrub the bathroom over sneezing and dusting the house. One of the reasons why I don’t own “dustibles” (aka collectibles that sit and collect dust)gives me a reason to not dust as often.

11.         Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.
Twitter janet1choi
Pinterest Janet Choi
Free Teaching Item -  100 Book Log
The 100 Book Log is a document I use with my students to encourage reading at home. Every time a child completes 100 books (or chapters), s/he is rewarded. I prefer to keep my rewards simple but also something the kids will get excited over. I promised my class that I would dye my hair a funky color is ALL 26 of each read at least 100 books. Oh myThey are REALLY close. I have 5 more students who have to turn in their logs. Ahhh!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Manic Monday seasonal freebie


I'm linking up with TBA for Manic Monday. Here's a little seasonal writing you might could use this week!
Click on the image to download from Google Drive.


Like it?  You can get the entire unit {HERE}.  26 different topics!

Be sure to check out my other Monday post (yes, I posted twice in one day...forgive me!) for a little inspiration!  Click {HERE} to get there!


Inspiration Monday

Thanks for coming by for some inspiration today!  I hope you will enjoy what you see here and link up your own inspirational pin or story!  Don't have a blog?  Leave it in the comment section!
I did both this past weekend, so I'm good!




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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Teacher Blog Tuesday & Free Products


Our first new teacher blogger is Ashley from

1.                  Name of blog and link:

2.                 Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
My blog is geared towards teachers of grades K-3. I love to share resources and ideas with other teachers. Throughout college, I learned so much from the teachers I was under as well as their teams. The school I teach at now is very small (only 1-2 classes per grade level), so I hope to collaborate with as many teachers as I can through blogging!

3.                  Tell us a little about your teaching background. 
I graduated about a year ago with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Because I graduated in the middle of the school year, I substitute taught for a while. I now teach Kindergarten in Tennessee and LOVE it.

4.                  What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? 
Any Taylor Swift songs. Some people may not want to admit that they love her, but I have no shame!

5.                 What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
The hardest thing I’ve ever done was move away from my family. I moved about five years ago for college, but I still miss them every day. I am fortunate to only live four hours away from them, yet I wish I was close enough to stop buy more often.

6.                 What’s your favorite TV show? 
I love lots of different TV shows. My favorites have to be So You Think You Can Dance, Dexter, and The X Factor.

7.                  Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl/guy and why? 
Definitely DJ Inkers. I can be kind of font (and clip art) obsessed. I find a font and use it for everything until I come across another font I love.

8.                 Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake? 
23

9.                 What was the last book you read? 
The last teaching-related book I read was The Daily Five. (I am now using a modified version of The Daily Five in my classroom and LOVE it!) The last book I read for fun was Catching Fire.

10.            What chore do you absolutely hate doing? 
I hate doing the dishes, but who doesn’t?

11.             Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.

Here is a link to my TpT store that has all of my freebies: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/K-3-Connection



I'd also like to introduce you to Holly from


1.               Name of blog and link:
               Special Smart Special Hearts

2.           Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
                   I started my blog because there are not a lot of blogs out there for special needs teachers and I was having a hard time finding enough ideas, and I could always change everything done on all the wonderful kinder and 1st grade blogs. So my blog is for people who maybe need ideas to work with special education students in the general ed classroom as well as just helping and teaching students with all kinds of sever and multiple disabilities.

3.            Tell us a little about your teaching background. 
This is only my second year teaching. I taught my first year in Waco Texas in a elementary Life Skills class and this year I am in Austin Texas teaching in my dream job an Autism unit. I am finishing my Masters this May from Texas Tech University were I got my bachelors. I hope to one day get my doctor and be a professor in the area of special education.

4.            What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? 
                  Anything country or pop!! I like it all really!

5.           What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? 
Hardest thing I have ever done is probably saying bye to loved ones in my family when I wasn’t ready to at all.

6.           What’s your favorite TV show?
I have to many to only name one! The Bachelor and Bachelorette, CSI, Law and Order, Suits, Burn Notice, Boardwalk Empire, White Collar, CSI Miami.

7.           Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl/guy and why?
I hate Times New Roman because it’s just so plain and boring to me and reminds me of all the school work (papers) in college haha I like DJ inkers better for sure!

8.           Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
                23!

9.            What was the last book you read?
Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge- Its an amazing Christian book for ladies!

10.         What chore do you absolutely hate doing? 
Doing the dishes- ugh!

11.            Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.

 I am on Pinterest and Facebook under Holly Phinney and on Twitter my handle is @Hollphin My email is also Hollyphinney@gmail.com if needed. 

If you'd like to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Inspiration Monday

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you will find something here that inspires you!
I love this quote.  I would read it everyday back when I was just starting to run.  I haven't run in awhile....maybe I should start reading it again! ha
yes!


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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day Sale!

I am linking up with Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade and putting my entire TpT store on sale for 1 day only!  Sunday, March 17th, everything in my store will be 20% off!
{Graphics for button provided by Mrs. Stanford, Creative Clips, Primary Paradise, and Mrs. Cupcake}

Here are some products you may be interested in- 
#1 best seller!
This powerpoint covers the following vocabulary words: wants, needs, goods, services, factory, industry, producer, consumer,and worker.
There are two videos linked from Youtube. 
I used this with first grade but would be good for kindergarten and second grade.

#2 best seller!
Compound Words
Multiple ways to play!
~Memory with the picture and word cards or Memory with the word cards that make the compound word
~Adjective/compound word practice worksheet
~Compound worksheet
~color and blackline masters included~
Common Core Standards for Compound Words Kinder: K.L.6 and K.RFS.3.c 1st: 1.L.6 and 1.RFS.3 2nd: 2.L.4.d 3rd: 3.RFS.3, 3.L.2.e, 3.L.4 and 3.L.6
Adjectives
1st: ELA-Literacy.L.1.1f
2nd : ELA-Literacy.L.2.1e
3rd : ELA-Literacy.L.3.1a


This pack includes writing prompts for the months of August through May, generic prompts for winter and spring (do not include any holiday references), and a rubric.
Here's how I do it- 
*Fold a piece of construction paper in half.
*Glue prompts to front and rubric to the inside of the front and back cover.
*Laminate and staple 7 pieces of white paper inside.
I have my students number their stories instead of the pages. This helps keep track of what pages go with which story.

This packet is a bundle of my 5 long and short vowel activities. 
There are word and picture cards to sort for each vowel, as well as cut and paste handouts. Each vowel has approximately 10 pages. 
I have included black lines and color copies of picture cards.
A includes short a and long a spelled ai, ay, and a_e
E includes short e and long e spelled e, ee, and ea
I included short i and long i spelled i, y, and igh
O includes short o and long o spelled ow, oa, oe, and o_e
U includes short u and long u spelled u, u_e, and ue
You will save $$ if you buy this bundle rather than individual vowel packs!!

Happy Shopping!
Visit Mrs. Wheeler's blog to see a complete list of all the stores participating.




I Heart a Good Pen!

Don't you just love new pens?  Especially when they are one of those "good pens".  The kind you are tempted to keep when your signing your receipt at a restaurant or in your school workroom.  I recently received some really good pens I'd like to tell you about.  They came in some fabulous colors as you can see below-
Here are the products pictured:

·         PENBL107A - Pentel EnerGel X Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen - http://www.shoplet.com/Pentel-EnerGel-X-Roller-Ball-Retractable-Gel-Pen/PENBL107A/spdv
·         PENBLN105C - Pentel EnerGel X Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen - http://www.shoplet.com/Pentel-EnerGel-X-Roller-Ball-Retractable-Gel-Pen/PENBLN105C/spdv
·         PENBL110A - Pentel EnerGel X Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen - http://www.shoplet.com/Pentel-EnerGel-X-Roller-Ball-Retractable-Gel-Pen/PENBL110A/spdv
·         PENPL107C - Pentel EnerGize X Mechanical Pencil - http://www.shoplet.com/Pentel-EnerGize-X-Mechanical-Pencil/PENPL107C/spdv


I have loved using them.  My daughter quickly claimed the mechanical pencil as hers, and loves it! I passed a Pentel EnerGel X Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen on to my educational assistant to use and let me know what she thought.  She loved it!  There was not anything I did not like about the pens or pencil.  All of the pens write sooooo smoothly.  The colors are great for grading papers at school.  My students love the bright colors.  
You can order these pens and pencil from a great online company named Shoplet! Not only to they have writing utensils, but every office product you could need! 
You can follow Shoplet.com on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest 


An update for Stick Pick

Awhile back, I told you about a cool classroom app called Stick Pick.  You can read about that post {HERE}.  Well, the people at Stick Pick somehow discovered that I blogged about them and they asked me to share an update with you.  The wait is finally over. Stick Pick, the popular iOS teacher-tool app, is finally available for Android tablets and smartphones. In addition to being an Apple "Staff Pick" for a few weeks last year, Stick Pick has been, and continues to be among Apple's "Top 100" Education apps. Presently, it's featured in a special "Instructional Tools" section on iTunes, providing precious exposure. Stick Pick's user base continues to grow. On average, Stick Pick acquires anywhere from 1,000 - 2,000 new users per month.  News of the app spreads via word of mouth, through social media outlets, blogs, and at conferences, staff meetings, and presentations around the world.

Here's the URL:

In addition to its release on the Google play store, Stick Pick is also coming to the Amazon Marketplace later this week.

Currently, Stick Pick is under review at Apple for its much needed iPad update, an update that will take advantage of the iPad's larger screen. Users who have already purchased Stick Pick will automatically receive the app on their iPads. 

For more information, visit us:

It really is a cool app that I recommend you checking out!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Teacher Blog Tuesday!

If this is the first time to come by my blog on a Tuesday, then you might not know what happens here...I introduce you to new bloggers!  If you are new to blogging and want to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com.

Our first blogger is Breanna from Ms. Third Grade

1.            1.            Name of blog and link:


2.          2. Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
My name is Breanne Marsh and I'm in my sixth year teaching 3rd grade.  I got my Master’s degree in technology and love incorporating technology in any aspect of my teaching.  Another thing I love...making worksheets!  I know it sounds crazy, but it is a great creative outlet where I can differentiate activities specifically for my students.

Last year I started selling my worksheets on Teachers Pay Teachers. It was so exciting whenever someone was interested in something that I made. I became addicted to it :)  So here I am now, starting my blog.

3.          3.  Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I am in my sixth year of teaching third grade.  I have been in the same classroom, grade, and school since I started teaching.  I come from a background of teachers and truly love each and every day with my little ones.

4.            4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
·        Diamonds- by Rihanna (Always shine bright like a diamond)
·        Work Hard Play Hard- by Wiz Khalifa (You always need an equal balance between work and your social life)

5.           5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
The hardest thing I have ever done is watching my grandmother lose her battle with cancer.  She was the reason I became a teacher and honestly my biggest role model.  I miss her and think about her every day.

6.           6.  What’s your favorite TV show?
I am addicted to reality TV.  Some of my favorites are Teen Mom, Real Housewives, The Bachelor, Dance Moms

7.           7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
TOTALLY a DJ inkers kind of girl.  Everyone at my school knows me for my fonts.  I love creating activities and worksheets that are appealing to my students (and fun for me).  My favorite fonts are smiley monster, appleberry, Janda safe and sound, and wish I were taller.

8.          8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
28

9.           9.  What was the last book you read?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

10.      10.   What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Matching socks from laundry.  I live by myself but somehow a sock is always missing.

11.         11. Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.
Free teaching item- This 11 page resource has 20 different journal topics to go along with any story. This would be great for a center, small groups, or seat work for early finishers. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Journal-Topics-for-any-Story

Our second blogger is Lori from The Kindergarten Pod

1.             Name of blog and link:

2.          Tell us about your blog and why you started it.  First, I started this blog because I truly loved reading everyone else’s.  I could totally relate to the things going on in other classrooms across the country.  I wanted to share my own ideas and experiences with others.  Second, I wanted to provide a place where new teachers could come and get ideas on things for their classrooms.  I remember when I started I felt like I
didn’t have a clue what to do or how to set things up.  I hope that someone, somewhere can get a practical, useful idea from my blog.

3.            Tell us a little about your teaching background.
This is my third year in Kindergarten. I formerly taught 1st grade.  I love the little kiddies but I would also like to teach 2nd / 3rd.  I wouldn’t even know what it’s like to teach kids who know how to tie their own shoes J  I truly believe in educating the whole child.  Children in Kindergarten are learning as much socially as they are academically, and both skills are crucial to their development.  I also believe that learning must be FUN at this age.  I try to make a game out of everything I teach. 

4.            What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Manic Monday (self-explanatory), Ramble On because you just have to keep on moving,  The Gift because I am the happiest I’ve ever been in my life, I’ll Be Loving You because I just got engaged, and You’ll Be In My Heart because my own children are growing up and I want them to know I will always be here, no matter what.

5.           What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
I would have to say the hardest thing I’ve ever done is putting my life back together after my ex left.  It was a horrendous time but it also led me to such a better place so I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.  It really taught me how to be independent and to learn what really made me happy.

6.           What’s your favorite TV show?
       The Big Bang Theory & The Voice

7.           Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl/guy and why?
Definitely DJ Inkers because anything I am writing should be fun to look at!

8.           Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
The BIG 4-0!!!

9.           What was the last book you read?
What Great Teachers Do Differently

10.        What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Cleaning the bathroom and folding laundry, oh.and food shopping!

11.         Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.
Twitter:  @KindergartenPod
Freebie:  Word Hunt
            This is a cute little activity to add to your Library or Literacy Center. It helps students isolate and notice sight words within text.

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