Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ikea here I come!

Well...I have 1 week people! 1 WEEK!!!!!!!!!! EEK! I'm so not ready...mentally and physically. Before I completely stress out and freak out...I'm headed on a little vaca. Every year we (the girls in my family) head to visit my cousin in Ohio. LOVE this trip. First lots of bonding time, but second - WE LOVE TO SHOP. We shop the entire 4 days. Exhausting but fun. (And expensive.) One trip I am taking...IKEA. For my classroom. Here is what is on my list:
 
Laundry Baskets for Reading Center - $4.99



Or maybe these: $4.99
 
These mirrors for my sink area: $8.99

 
Rug for underneath my ACTIVboard: $14.99

 
I'm sure I will stock up MANY more items. I get so overwhelmed in there!!!! I'll be sure and share my find with you when I get back!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Winner and Freebies!

I'm back with my winner!
 
Cherie Ong
 
Please email me or leave a comment below and let me know which Vertical Behavior Chart you would like. (Chalkboard, Polka Dot, or Chevron).
 
I know most of you are headed back to school soon. I spent all afternoon working in my room and plan to do the same tomorrow. I just wanted to remind everyone that I have 2 great Back to School Freebies in my store.
 
My Back to School Forms (which I have recently updated just a bit)
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/5-Back-to-School-Forms-289899

And my Editable Student Checklists
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-Class-Lists-324349
 
I've been working hard in my room and I hope to be back very soon with some sneak peeks! Stay tuned!
 
 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Well Hello!

Hi. My name is Sarah and I have failed you as a blogger. Yup. It has been OVER a month since I blogged. Sorry. My summer has FLOWN by and well...I have less than 2 weeks until I start back full time. With all of those stinking snow days and us having to go until the very end of May...they tacked our PD days to the beginning of the year! Boo! I know!
I've had a wonderful summer. I looked back at my summer bucket list to see how I have done! I've not done great. Most importantly I have done #1. Lilly and I have had a WONDERFUL summer together and enjoyed every bit of it. I have worked and finished SOME TPT units (keep reading) and I went on my vacation. That's about it!
I have been back to school shopping. (More on that at a later date.) One thing I did get done was create a new Vertical Behavior Chart and update my other 2. I made each section larger (to allow for more clips) and updated the behavior logs to include the dates for the 2014-2015 year. I was having trouble with my kiddos knowing which object to color (since we missed so many days here and there.) Here is my new Chalkboard Vertical Behavior Chart.


 
As with all of my behavior clip charts, it contains the actual chart to place in your classroom, a parent letter, note to send home if student reaches parent contact (editable), behavior logs for August-June, and class list (editable) to record student behavior each day.
 
I also updated my Polka Dot Chart.



And Chevron.
 

 
These are one of my best sellers and work great in the classroom! Want to win one? I will give one lucky reader their choice of Behavior Chart. Just enter below! Quick. It ends tonight!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, June 6, 2014

Five for Friday

I'm liking up with Kacey for Five for Friday today.

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2014/06/five-for-friday-linky-party-june-6.html
 

 
 
 
I'm soaking up this summer with this one. We make a pretty good team and had a great 1st week together!


 
 
 
I've been doing a lot of this and I look forward to a lot more!!!
 
 

 
I'm finishing up parts of my house that need to be completed. I haven't hung pictures yet and it's been a year. It's a commitment problem, BUT I've decided on a collage about my couch. This pretty thing from Z Gallerie will be among the mix! Loving him!
 
 
 
Uh...look how adorable this shirt is! One of my sweeties wore it the last day of school and I about died. I immediately got on my phone and ordered my little one for her last day of K next year!!! Wanna know where I got it! Justice.  (Ok...I despise that store. Sorry. Personal opinion. I try to stick to Crewcuts, GAP, Target, Carters for my little one. The less I can expose her to that store the better it is for me. She likes sparkly and LOUD...me...not so much!)
 
 

 
One of my summer goals is to complete a bunch of TPT units. This puppy is up first. I've been working on it for a few months...just haven't had time to finish it!!! Hopefully it will be up next week!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Are You Ready for Kindergarten??

I recently had the opportunity to review a new product from Lakeshore Learning (one of my FAVORITE companies). They recently released a whole series of ARE YOU READY? games. These are designed like a game show, but for play at home (or school).

I had the opportunity to review the Are You Ready For Kindergarten? game since my daughter will be headed to kindergarten next year.




Here are the pieces that are included: a gameboard, Math and Language Arts cards, Bonus Cards, Cash and Coupons!
 
She was SO excited to play. Like begged for days to open it!

 
You place 1 card of each value in the gameboard to set it up.

 
The player choses a card.

 
They answer the question on the card.



 
And earn money for getting it correct. (Her favorite part.)
 
 
There is also a check list for students to check which problems they got correct. Later you can go to the internet, enter their data, and it will give you printables and links to products that can help your child work on those skills.




All in all, this game was fun! My little girl is headed to kindergarten in the fall and she enjoyed it. Most questions she ACED so it is definitely for preschool students headed to kindergarten, although it would be appropriate for my lower entering K students to use even in December. Here was a more challenging question. Not that it is challenging, but the wording was new to her.

 
This game was perfect for a single user. I also think it could be used in small groups as well. I would laminate the money and make copies of the checklist cards before using in the classroom. I really wish I had the 1st grade game to use in my classroom at the end of the year The kiddos would love it!
 
Do you want to try one of these games? You can and earn $10 off your purchase! Just click here  to get this game for $10 off! This discount is only good until July 31st! Happy Shopping!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My Summer Bucket List

Woo Hoo! I am a little late to the party...but I am FINALLY on Summer Vacation!!! My last day was last Thursday!!! Unfortunately, it should have been the 16th but we all know the story..SNOW! We have about 7 weeks off before I head back for PD. I have a lot I want to accomplish this summer so I'm joining Deanna's linky party.

http://mrsjumpsclass.blogspot.com/2014/05/top-ten-things-i-want-to-do-this-summer.html

1. Spend as much quality time with this little girl. She will SERIOUSLY be in Kindergarten next year. I have NO idea where time goes. Please tell me if you know. I think it is really hitting me hard because I know Kindergarten like no other. I know they aren't babies anymore...so that means she isn't a baby anymore! :(

 
2. Organize and finish this home. We have been in it for a little over a year and there are still some things that need to be finished and a few rooms that need to be completed.


3. Finish the 4 big products for TPT that I have been working on ALL YEAR LONG. I just can not get it done during the school year. I can not wait to get it all completed and in my store!

4. Go to this LOVELY place with my husband. So excited and can not wait to relax. (Although it will be the longest by far that I've ever left my little one!)


5. Plan a better organizing system for my classroom. I want to be better organized with my student data, notes, etc. I'm not sure if I will complete it or I will purchase something from TPT but it has to be done! I've been pinning!!!

6. Organize my classroom library. I am going to be sorting it by genre and by reading level. I've pinned lots of great ideas...just gotta get it done!

7. CRAFT and SEW....I've got lots of sewing projects on the back burner but it's time to complete them. I am basically vinyling my whole classroom this year so I need to get that silhouette out and get busy!!!

8. Blog more. My poor blog has been neglected lately. I'm going to try to make an effort to blog at least 4 times a week. I enjoy it so much but it has been the last thing on my list. I miss my readers and I miss reading blogs!!!

9. Diet and Exercise. I did T25 before school ended and started dieting. I lost a little weight and felt better. I'm back on the diet wagon today and well, exercise.....maybe it will come too!

10. Relax. That's a hard one for me. I don't relax well at all, but I'm going to try and really enjoy the summer!

It's rainy here today so maybe I should start with organizing the inside of this house!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Day 4 Winner - Teacher Appreciation Week

Congrats to:
Doreen!

You were the winner of my Day 4 Giveaway! I hope everyone had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week. Our school does a great job of celebrating. Our PTA got us $20 Wal-mart gift cards and had our class ambassadors ask us our favorites and sent that home to all parents. Let's just say I got TONS of Diet Mt. Dew and Chili Cheese Fritos. I'm one happy woman. I adore all of the sweet notes from parents and kiddos. I also got this doorhanger. How adorable???



 Whew! What a week it has been. Here was a rundown of my week!

Wednesday - Left right after school to take daughter to American Girl Store for her birthday
Thursday - Took personal day for daughter's birthday. (I've done this every day since we was born!)
Friday - 1/2 Day for daughter's Mother's Day Luncheon at preschool. Then headed back to school that night for Spring Carnival at my school
Saturday - Daughter's 5th birthday party - A Painting Party...at my house. Whew!
Sunday - Mother's Day Lunch at my house

Yup. I'm exhausted! We still have 11 days of school left but I have MOST of my stress over. We begin MAP testing this week. Anyone else MAP test? I cannot wait to see my kiddos scores! They have worked so hard and I know their scores will show it! When we are not MAP testing we have lots of end of the year wrap up to do. We will be finishing:

 Friend of the Day (more to come soon)
 
Kindergarten Scrapbooks
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-ScrapbookMemory-Book-299048
 
End of the Year Books (y'all...these are to die for cute!)
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/End-of-Year-Memory-Book-Kindergarten-253134
 
Wishing you a very Happy Mother's Day!!!!!!