Sunday, November 25, 2012

A TPT sale!

  Hey teacher friends!  I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t wait until today.  I am definitely getting some of my wishlist products over at the TPT store!
I too am having 20% off of my entire store!  Yeah!  So now is your chance to get your hands on some of my goodies!  For an additional 10% off enter “cmt12” at check out!1205772
Thanks to Ashley for the logo:)
Be sure to come back this week for some fun December activities!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Stuffed with Thankful Thoughts

Hey there!  Today I thought I would take part in the


Fun right?  Well here are a few of the things I am thankful for…


This little girl is my heart.  I am lucky that she calls me momma.  I love her to pieces.  Still can’t believe that she is 8.


Good times with my girl.  Our evenings are busy.  I am always correcting, creating, or trying to get organized for the next school day as well as trying to create fun times with Alyson.  This photo captures one day this week when she insisted on a game of headbands.  What a great choice.


My little photography business.  It has blessed me in so many ways.  Capturing memories for families, is completely awesome. (Click the photo to take a look).


My blog.  I have blogged over here for over 5 years.  (Not all posts are there).  And I love that I can glance back to see what we were doing at any given time of year.

And of course, ALL the teacher blogs out there.  They have inspired me in many ways.  Thank YOU! 

Thanks for stopping in!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Three Pigs

  Hey there!  I am glad to see I have some new followers and so many have enjoyed my freebie.  I finally finished my Three Pigs Unit.  Every year we use this story along with our unit on Homes and Family.  I have struggled for years trying to find some meaningful activities to do with the kiddos.  So, I created some!  Eventually, I hope to add to this unit, so make sure to follow my store so I can send you updates.


Just click on the photo to go to my store!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!  I love three day weekends!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Freebie for YOU!

  Hey there!  I know I am sporadic posting here, but the truth is, I can’t do everything.  But I always try.  Isn’t that always the way with teachers?  Well, last month I added my own Question of the Day packet to TPT.  I did not originally think of this idea. I piggy-backed off of First Grade Blue Skies QOTD packet.  As I grew more familiar with it, I found that I would add my own seasonal QOTD, and eventually, it just worked itself into a packet. 

Since I am quite late with November, I thought that I would give this one as a freebie.  They are made in no particular order, you can decide what’s best for your class.

Anyhow, click on the picture to download your copy.


I would love if you could follow me in my TPT store!

That’s all for today!!  Have a great Thursday!


Freebie Fridays

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October Question of the Day


Happy weekend!  This weekend has FLOWN by.  I have had 2 photoshoots (1 more to go), and little time for myself.  But I’ll take it!  I did create this October word of the day packet.  I have been using First Grade Blue Skies packet for 2 years now, and I LOVE it!  My kiddos do too!  You may remember my question of the day door?  If not, here it is again, your welcome.


Recently, I have been adding my questions in to go with the month.  It was really nothing fancy, I would write it on a paper and slip it in.  Well.  I decided to finally type some up to save myself some time. 


So…here it is incase you might want to add them to your daily routine too.  Just click the picture and head on over to my TPT store. 

Thank you!


Thursday, October 4, 2012


I have seen this many times around blogland, and thought I would play along this week.

Thanks for stopping in!


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fire Safety Pack

Hello there!  I can't believe that October is here!  Ack!  But, at the same time, yeah!  I love October!  It is going to be a month full of fun!

I thought I would share a couple photos of my classroom right now.
These are all taken with my phone, so the quality could be better.  I always forget that I have a flash on my phone, but I still try not to use it.

These No, David's, are completely adorable.  They make me smile when I look at them.  The faces, the hair, and the teeth, oh, the teeth!

This Helper board is right by our classroom door.  It is in a spot that can't otherwise really be used, so it works out.  

My classroom door.  I am in a bungalow, so we only have one door.  I am planning on changing out those apples with something for October. 

I also have my question of the day on the door.  The strips of tape have the student numbers so that my teacher's helpers have an easier time putting them back at the end of the day.  Did I mention that my kiddos LOVE the QOTD?  I am still reading it to them as they walk into the door, but I know by the end of the year, they will be reading it on their own, I LOVE that!

This sits behind my kidney table.  It is basically my own personal bulletin board.  I have their birthdays listed.  I also have our class newsletter, a calendar, important items I need to remember, etc.  I used wrapping paper for the background.

Oh, and most exciting?  I have a birthday each month with this class.  That hasn't happened in a LONG time.  Usually they are bulked in one part of the year.  But not this year.

This is my other wall with the rest of my No, David's.  I have 32 kiddos, there isn;t much room.

This is in my library area.  We made some Officer Buckle's.  They came out adorable, but again, too many to fit on the bulletin board.

  So, as you can see, we are well underway to a great start.  I can't believe we are going into week 6!  What???  This week we will be finishing up op our community  unit and taking a closer look at fire safety.  (We will incorporate this into community workers).  It works out perfectly.

  Last year, before I got my own TPT store, I put together a couple worksheets to go along with my unit.  I finally updated it and added some additional pages.  It is a simplified packet that can easily be incorporated into your busy schedule.

  Here is a sneak peek.

Click the photo to go to my TPT store.

That's all for today!

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!


Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Week of Apples

So this week was all about apples!  I love this unit.  I love teaching it and love how excited the kiddos get to put those kindergarten skills to use.  One of my littles even knew what Photosynthesis was - wow!

I thought I would share a quick freebie with you today.  I need some apples to decorate my anchor chart, so I created this one.

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Here is what it looks like around my Anchor Chart!

A few more apples on my classroom door. Our question of the day chart is below them.

That's it for today!

Have a great day!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Hey there!

  I finally got around to make a button for my store and this little blog.  Please take a look if you are on Google reader (or any other reader).

  So, I have a few more things in the shop today.  Yay!  Finally getting into the groove of creating these things (that I would've anyway), and adding them to my store without it taking an hour.

  Here is what I have so far.

This first one is a minibook that I put together for my kiddos at the beginning of the year.  I revamped it a little this year.  Click on over to my store to get yours.
This is a letter recognition and sound recognition test.  I give this at the beginning to see where all my kiddos are. This is especially helpful for those new students.

This is a packet that I use with my kiddos while I start assessing.  They are writing their names, the alphabet, recognizing their colors, etc.  It is a great indication of what they retained over the summer.

Hop on over and take a peek at all that I have created!  I can't wait to print them and use them this week!

Have a great one!

Friday, August 24, 2012

In Progress

Hey there!  My second post here!  trying to "feel" my way around this new blog and the angle that I want to take.  Not as personal, and definitely more professional.  I am a crafter in my "home" life and have had the pleasure of working for some pretty wonderful scrapbooking companies.  All my hobbies, and my job intertwine in a wonderful way, that definitely comes full circle.

I want to start by sharing where I have been holed up for the past 2 days.  With my trusty sidekick, of course.  
So this is what my little old class looked like Tuesday morning.  MUCH cleaner, and MUCH more organized than I remembered (giving myself a nice pat on the back).  And ignore those ugly yellow tables, they irk me to no end, but it's what we have.

Our school was used for Special Ed summer school.  Mine was one of the classrooms that was used.  Everything was just as I'd left it.  Thank you!  It is so hard to let others in my class to use without me there, but it is part of the job and I am happy to do my part.

Now this was a funny sight.  I opened my closet to see it as a sort of teacher Jinga. One wrong move and BAM! LOL!  Thankfully, the shelves are much less cluttered now.

*Okay took a break and I am back and it's Friday - ha!  My attention span isn't too great these days.

  On with show...

Then I got completely sidetracked while checking my email- ha!  Can't beat this cute necklace for $10!

Back to work...
Well this is what A was doing while I was working.  Making tracks and playing with all the center blocks, leggos, etc. Notice the pillow there?  She came prepared!
And although my room looks a complete mess, I had been working my butt off for hours!

That's it for day 1.  such a mess, that was only about to get bigger (you'll see).

Until next time!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hello there!

Hey, all.  This is my new little blog, that I have wanted to create for a long time. I have finally done it, and here is the start of a fun school blog!

A little about me.  I am a First grade teacher that is has been blogging for the past 5 years.  I am a huge crafter, photographer, and family girl.  I love to spending time with my daughter, and take tons of photos of her.  I also have an obsession making thinks extremely fun and cute for my little firsties.

  I have been inspired in so may ways by the teachers over at TPT and hope to so the same for others.  I have (finally) put together my first product and it's FREE!

  I have long used student dictionaries in my classroom.  There was one year that I simply forgot to copy them off for my class, and let me tell you, I remembered it as soon as the first kiddo said, "How do you spell..."  So, I now remember to copy them right away.  I changed it up from previous years, and this is my new and improved student dictionary.

Click on the photo to go to my TPT page!

I would love to know what you think.  Any changes needed to be made?  Let me know!

Have a great day!