Thursday, July 14, 2016

7 Days of Wishlist Savings!

Friends, it is finally that time of year to offer my 7 Days of Wishlist Savings! Each summer I offer 7 heavily wish listed items from my store at a great discount. Continue reading below to find out what those items are this year. Each one will be offered at 30% off list price and it includes all versions of that items (including "build your own"). Click the links to be taken to my store for a better look and description.

SUNDAY 7/17:
Word Wall Headers with Sight Word Cards (All versions)
Cost: $2.45
"Build Your Own": $3.85

MONDAY 7/18:
Teacher Survival Binder (All versions)
Cost: $4.20
"Build Your Own": $5.25

Class Jobs (All versions)
Cost: $1.40
"Build Your Own": $2.80

Apple Activities
Cost: $1.75
Word Work Labels (All versions)
Individual: $2.10
Bundle: $18.20
"Build Your Own": $3.32

FRIDAY 7/22:
Thinking Maps
Cost: $0.87
"Build Your Own": $2.27

Fairytale PBL
Cost: $2.10

Friday, July 1, 2016

Five for Friday!

Another week of summer gone. One week closer to school starting back up. I might normally say I'm sad about the days going by so quickly, but I am so excited for the next year to start. I have mentioned before that I am changing grade levels. It's going to be a huge change, but I can't wait to start my new adventure. I have lots of fun things included in this post, so read on to see what my week as looked like. 

It is totally necessary to bold and ALL CAPS that title. If you haven't heard of "Get Your Teach On," it is a two-day conference put on by the fabulous Hope King and Deanna Jump. There were a bunch of other wonderful teacher authors who also shared a lot of great wisdom with two giant rooms full of teachers ready to be poured into. 

Some of my biggest take-aways came from the very last session where we talked about the top 10 ways to get our teach on:
10. What's your hook?
9. Get off your seat and move your feet.
8. Never underestimate the power of relationships. 
7. It's not all fun and games. Find a balance between rigor and fun. 
6. Good vibrations. "The more we elevate one another, the stronger we all become." - Kim Bearden
5. Fire it up! "Be the energy you want to attract."
4. Be unpredictable! 
3. Choose JOY.
2. Go for it! Don't miss the moment by staying inside your comfort zone.
1. Don't hide behind "I can't."

I highly encourage all of you, if you haven't already, to find those positive teachers who uplift on a daily basis and model after them. We are in this together, y'all! We have to find those people who are doing this for the kids, not for themselves. 

I finished catching up on Grey's Anatomy last week, so I decided to move on to another series that I left behind awhile ago: PLL. I feel kind of like a high schooler watching it. I can't help it, though. I always get sucked in. 
After this series I think I'm all caught up on old series that I neglected to finish or keep up with many years ago. Any new suggestions are welcome! 

Alright, I decided on a new book for this week. It's called Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I knew I wanted to read more of Flynn's books as soon as I finished Gone Girl. And I just saw not two minutes ago that Dark Places was made into a movie that was released last year. WHAT?! I must watch it as soon as I'm done with the book. I also discovered that Mary Kubica has a book that I haven't heard of before called Don't You Cry. That will be next up on my list.  

Have any of y'all done pen pals before? Now that I will be in third grade, I really want to try doing pen pals this year. A colleague of mine and I met some great teachers at the GET YOUR TEACH On and talked with them about the possibility of doing pen pals with each other. They are from Indiana, and I think it would be awesome for my kiddos to experience a place unlike Texas. I found this super cute idea from a fellow Texas teacher for putting all the letters together at the end of the year. If you have done pen pals in the past, did you like it? Was it easy to get your kids excited about it? What did you have your kids write about (specific prompts or did they write about anything)? I would love any input.

I am very interested in starting a focus wall for this next year. It would be a great to have everything in one central place. I would like to set it up like the one below but add social studies and writing with it. Do any of you use a focus wall? Have you noticed any difference in your class?

Happy Friday, y'all!
P.S. Make sure you are following my store Kinder Happenings
I will be having a sale July 3rd-July 5th!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Five for Friday + GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited for this Five for Friday. My summer has been so enjoyable so far, and I love being able to share about it. 

 In a recent Instagram post, I mentioned that I was going to start offering products that are "build your own." It is going to eventually include all of my classroom decor products. As of right now, there are 9 options to choose from but more to come in the future. Current options include: 

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win ANY of the "build your own" options listed above. Each task is worth 2 entires and you can do each of them once a day. Contest starts today and goes until Monday.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 I used to be completely, utterly obsessed with Grey's Anatomy. I sort of fell off the bandwagon a few years ago. Didn't care too much about what happened or who died, but everyone has been talking about it recently. I realized that there's no way I can leave it unfinished. No. Way. I am very much a make a list and check it off type of person. It leaves me searing inside to know that I have 3 seasons to catch up on before I have caught up. So, I have watched 1.5 seasons in the last 3 days. I don't even feel bad that I've seemingly wasted several days. Nope. Not one bit. Because I'm on summer vacation, and I deserve to selfishly binge watch my favorite TV shoes for the next 2 months! :)

As teachers, we all know that summertime isn't JUST for binge watching all the TV. It's also a time to read every book you wanted to during the year but never had the time to. I have been known to have book ADD, so that certainly doesn't help my case. I have never been able to finish a book without reading another one in the process, so it usually takes me a million years to finish one book. I am so happy because I have finally finished:

Now onto:

I would absolutely love, love, love any book suggestions for anything you're currently reading. Some of my favorite books have been suggested by teachers. 

Summer is also a time to stock up on all the cute teacher things that everyone posts on Instagram and Facebook. It's so hard not to fall victim to the Target Dollar Spot and Big Lots, but alas I cannot resist. Thankfully, I haven't poured too much into my summer haul, though I'm sure that's about to change very quickly. Here's what I've got so far. I also managed to snag a bunch of the adhesive label pockets. Not a clue what I'm going to do with half of these things, but I'm sure I'll figure something out!

YALL! Next Monday and Tuesday, I get to experience Get Your Teach On with some of THE most incredible teachers on the planet. I am really looking forward to having an abundance of knowledge thrown my way. I'm especially excited to learn everything I can about third grade. I am confident that the amazing teachers of Texas will help me out more than I can imagine. 

Be sure to head over to Doodle Bugs blog for more!