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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Congrats and a Flash Sale

Hey friends!  I have a winner for the 500 Fabulous Followers Giveaway Galore. 

Congratulations to Sara Hatch!  Check your email if you haven't already Sara!  You should have lots of goodies waiting for you.  A huge thanks to everyone that donated items for the giveaway.

Also, I'm having a flash sale at my TPT store to help celebrate my birthday today.  The more you buy the happier my birthday is!  Hehe!!  Totally kidding friends!  I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!  I'm off to celebrate!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More of My Candy Theme

Hey ya'll!  Besides finding the candy theme plates and cupcake liners at Hobby Lobby awhile back, I have not had any luck finding anything to go with my candy theme.  So today I got busy and made my behavior chart for next year.  Last year we "floated boats".  This year we'll just move our little gumball machines.  I don't have a cute rhyme for it. :(  Sorry about the picture being blurry.  I had to use my phone to take it.  And I don't know what's up with the black edge. 

Everyone will start the day out with their gumball machine on green (and hopefully stay there).  Don't I wish?!?  Yellow's a warning.  Orange loses some recess time.  Red is a note home.  This doesn't happen very often.  Thank goodness.  Knocking on wood now after writing that.  I thought about adding blue and purple for them to move up to for random acts of kindess and such but I'm not sure that my 4s and 5s won't get confused by that. Do any of you that teach K use those clipcharts that move up as well with your kiddos?  If so does it work well with them?  

Here's a closeup of their little gumball machines glued onto clothespins.  They were not fun to cut out.  I didn't even attempt to cut around that little blue star at the top.  I would've chopped it right off!  My hand is just not that steady.

I'm heading downstairs to watch the DVR.  I'm thinking lots of Toddlers and Tiaras were recording earlier today plus a new one I believe. I don't know why but I love watching it.  Maybe it makes me feel like a really, really, really sane mom after watching some of the moms on there.  I will however not be watching Real World tonight.  Nor did I get to watch the full episode of Teen Mom last night! I'm one of those lucky DirecTv customers that has lost MTV while this whole Viacom situation goes on and I'm NOT happy about it! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Brown Bear

Woo - Wee!  I FINALLY finished up my Brown Bear, Brown Bear packet.  This one seemed to take forever because I've had to steal small spurts of time here and there to work on it.  Of course I love it now that it's finished and can't wait to use it with my sweeties next year.  Without fail, Brown Bear is a favorite in my classroom each and every year.  Most students have the predictable text memorized after a couple shared readings.  Pair that with using the Eagle Eye reading strategy to teach students to look for picture clues and you have yourself a class of students whom have quickly come to view themselves as young readers.  It brings a smile to my face just thinking about how excited they all get reading Brown Bear. 

                                                Here's some of what's included in the packet.

Act It Out Cards

These will be used to make necklaces for students to wear while acting out the story.  I'll just punch a hole and add a ribbon to each one.

Beginning Sounds

I'll place these in a pocket chart and students will match the letter to the beginning sound of each object.

The following I made to use during math and literacy center rotations. 

Clip the Color Word

Students clip the color word and write it in the box under the animal on the recording sheet.  A color word chart is also included to provide a control of error for students who may need to check that they have the correct word clipped before recording it. 

Color Word Mats

Students will use dry erase markers to trace the color words on the mats.  They will color in the words on the recording sheet with markers or crayons.

Picture and Word Match

Students match the pictures with the words and record the word beside the picture on the recording sheet.  A word set without the colored border is also included to make it more challenging. 

Retelling Necklace

Students cut out the pictures, hole punch and add to a string in the order of the story to make a necklace they can use to retell the story.

Spelling Color Words

The color cards will be cut apart and students will use the letters to spell out the color word on each card.  If needed the color word chart can be used for them to spell the word correctly. 

Counting Hearts

Students will count the hearts on each animal card and match it to the correct number. 

M&M Sort

Each student will get a small bag of M&Ms to sort.  They'll count how many of each color they have and record it on the recording sheet.

Month Matchup

Here they will put the months in order and match the number that corresponds to each month.

Number Word Matchup

Students will match the number to the number word and record the word beside the correct bear on the recording sheet.  There is also a set for 11-20 with a recording sheet. 

Tens Frame Counting

Students will count how many counters are on each tens frame and write the number in the circle beside the bear and draw tally marks to show the number in the box. 

You can check it out here.

So if you've read all the way down, you have a chance to win this Brown Bear packet.  My birthday is coming up within the next week.  The first person to leave a comment guessing my birthday correctly and their email will be the winner.   And don't forget to enter My 500 Fabulous Followers Giveaway if you haven't already.  Just click the picture below to go to that post.

Friday, July 6, 2012

My Very Own 500 Fabulous Followers Giveaway Galore


Ya'll I've finally made it (well almost) to 500 fabulous followers!  Only 4 more to go but I figure it's okay to celebrate a wee bit early.  I'm about to make a huge confession.  I haven't blogged very much lately.  Every time I sit down to post I feel guilt.  Like I'm a big fat liar.  Why??? Because I'm a .........................closet blogger.  Am I the only one?  Only 1 of my friends knows about this little adventure I very randomly decided to embark upon.  I think there's another that knows but hasn't told me she knows so if you're reading this, just tell me you know!!! At first I wanted to make sure I could blog and sell on TPT successfully before telling anyone.  And now that a little over 3 months have gone by, I don't know how to tell them.  It's like I'm living another life that they know nothing about.  Are they going to hate me?  Friends if you have somehow made your way here and are reading this I'm sorry.  Okay confessional's officially over for the day.  Let's get back to the good stuff - The 500 Fabulous Followers Giveaway Galore.  One lucky person is going to win BIG!  Lots of sweet blogger friends have offered up great items to help me celebrate and I'm extremely thankful to them for doing so.  They're the best!  Here are the prizes up for grab.

From Deb @


From Teri @

Winner's Choice

From  Marlana @

From Amy @

Winner's Choice

From Deanne@

From Christina @

From Krissy @

An Item from Her Store


From Jessica @

Winner's Choice

From Arlene @


From Mary @


From Tami @

An Item from Her Store

From April @

Winner's Choice

From Samantha @

Winner's Choice

From Angela @

Winner's Choice

From Erin @

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From Rachel @

From Monica @

Winner's Choice

From April @

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From April @

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From Mary @

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From Melissa@

Winner's Choice

From Donna @

Winner's Choice

And I'm offering up my entire TPT store plus all new items I post for the next year.  Now if you're the winner, you will have to email me whenever you see I've posted a new item because I will forget.  My mind is so not what it used to be. 

I'm using Rafflecopter this time.  Just log in with your email please and follow all the great bloggers and their TPT stores to earn entries.  The giveaway ends next Friday night at midnight and one lucky winner will win it all.   Good luck! 

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Mrs. Standford's Giveaway

Hey sweet friends!  Just wanted to take a minute to let you know about a great blog and giveaway that's going on.  The sweet, cute and bubbly Jessica has reached 500 followers and is having a great giveaway.  If you aren't already following her blog, you've got to head over and become a follower.  Reading her blog always makes me smile.  I've never met her but I imagine her to be a bundle of built up energy bouncing all over the place.  Am I right Jessica???  Anyways she has lots of great prizes up for grabs so head on over and enter to win.