Friday, November 7, 2014

Stop, Swap and Roll!

I'm so happy to be part of a group of elementary educators participating in this awesome Stop, Swap and Roll adventure! 

Before we get started I want to say THANK YOU to Melissa from Jungle Learners for putting this together for us. She has been working very hard at getting everything up and running. Thanks so much Melissa!

So, here we go...

I was paired up with the talented Emily from Emmy Mac's Class. 

Emily is a 1st grade teacher from Ontario, Canada and has a ton of creative and useful materials in her store. When given the opportunity to pick any item from her store to swap and review I wasn't sure what to choose! There truly were so many amazing products. I chose her Breakfast Bonanza: A Bonanza of High Frequency Word Games because I felt it could be used all year long with my students. I love that it is adaptable for the different levels of kiddos in my classroom.

This product has endless possibilities. Emily created four different games in the set. They all have a breakfast theme (obviously!) and are awesome for word work, sight word review and RTI. Here are some pictures of the different games that are included. Click on the pictures to visit her amazing store!

There are over 150 1st Grade high frequency words. I teach Kindergarten, so I adapted it to work with my students. We used the words we have already learned and I added in some of the harder ones for my more advanced students. I also used the blank game pieces to write in extras of our newest sight words. 

One of the awesome parts of this set is that Emily included black and white versions too! I printed one of the games in color but the rest were printed in black on colored paper. She also included various spellings for Canada and the US. :) 


Here are some pictures of my kinder kids' favorite game from the set - SPLAT! We used some of the utensils from our dramatic play area to make the games even more interactive. 

The students took turns using the spatula to flip over the pieces. If they could read the word, they put the food on their plate. If they couldn't read it we put it back and mixed them up.

But beware of the SPLAT cards. If you find one, you need to empty your plate and start over!

This is just a small sampling of the pieces for the SPLAT game!

You really should try this game with your students. They will "flip" for it! :) 

Want a chance to win the Breakfast Bonanza games? You can enter to win one below!

Don't forget to check out the product that Emily chose from my store by clicking here. I will have all of my "In a Snap!" products on sale through the weekend. So be sure to stop over and get them now. :) You can see ALL of the bloggers participating in the Stop, Swap and Roll by clicking here

Thanks for stopping in - hope to see you again soon! :) 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Halloween

I love this time of year! The crisp apples, the carved pumpkins, the ability to wear bulky sweaters that hide the enormous amounts of Halloween candy I have indulged in... I just wanted to share a few pictures from my Kindergarten team. We ordered shirts online that said, "Kindergarten Rocks" and dressed up as rock stars. The kids loved it! One little girl kept telling her that I was tickling her neck every time I would walk by her seat. :) 

Last year we were Kindergarten Super Teachers, this year we were rock stars... now it is time to think ahead to next year. There are already a few ideas that we've thrown out there. Any suggestions for a group costume? 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

So Many Amazing Things Are Happening!

I can't believe that it is August already. Anyone else feeling the crunch?

August means that it is time to link up with Farley for another Currently! 

What are you currently doing? Head on over to Farley's to share with us all! 

August also means a few other things. The first one is this exciting giveaway that I am honored to be a part of. Click the picture below to enter for your chance to win one of SEVEN amazing prize packs! 

The next exciting tidbit of information is the super-de-duper sale at TpT! Last year the sale was held later in August and I was a little sad because it was so close to school starting here in Minnesota. Teachers in other areas had already started school. This year it is happening earlier! Hooray for TpT listening to their customers and sellers! They are awesome! 

So when is this big sale? NEXT WEEK! Yikes - I had better go fill up my cart. Oh wait, it is already pretty full. I better go add more to it! 

If you don't want to wait for the sale, all of my items will be 20% from Sunday - Wednesday! If you add the discount code BTS14 on Monday and Tuesday you will get a total of 28% off! 

I am also working on a HUGE bundle. I've been creating "In a Snap!" activities that you can simply print and use instantly in your classroom. I started last year in February as a request from a friend. I will be making one for every month. They aren't done yet, but I'm going to put my bundle on sale and will add to it every month until it is finished. Want to get in on the savings? Click on the image below. Add it to your cart now and enjoy an additional 28% off during the BTS sale! 

And the last item of interest is this unbelievable Blogger/Teacher Bonanza taking place on August 20th. You can attend for only $10! And trust me... it will be soooo worth it! We have been getting tons of freebies and giveaways ready for everyone. It is going to be full of information, fun and new friends! Please come join us! 

I guess I should probably change my "currently" listed above. I am now listening to my daughter breathe loudly as she snoozes on my shoulder. I am loving the snuggles. I am thinking that I should have put her on the potty chair before she fell asleep. And I am wanting to take a nap myself! But then nothing that I am needing to do would ever get done around here! 

Have a fabulous day! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Rally!

My heart is beating at what feels like a kajillion miles per hour and I have butterflies in my tummy as I post this! So much preparation and hard work has gone into this giveaway and these products.
 I won't go on and on for too long- I promise, but I think it is important to tell you how this giveaway came to be. 

There are incredible TpT creators out there. There are the BIG ones who we all know, love, adore and go to again and again to fill our classrooms with love and learning. I am so thankful to have resources literally at my fingertips no matter where I am. 

I have spent a lot of the summer creating and collaborating with other teachers and have come to find some "hidden treasures" in stores with very few followers. So what better way to showcase these incredible teachers and all their work than with one of the most enormous giveaways we have ever seen? 

 Over 100 TpT sellers and Etsy creators have donated these products. There are 7 prize packs and each are grouped by grade level. You can enter to win them all! The more entry tasks you complete the better your chances of winning. Plus you can share this giveaway on your Blog, Facebook or Pinterest once a day for an additional 10 entries each day! So without further ado.....

Prize Pack #1 includes 18 products from TpT sellers, a handmade "welcome" banner for your classroom from M Paper Designs and a personalized teacher cup from Sugar Stitches Designs!
Click any of the pictures below and a link will take you to the listing for each product. 

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Prize Pack #2 includes 19 products from TpT sellers, a teacher planner  from The Nifty Planner, and a  personalized teacher sign from Blended Creations Inc.

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                                                          Product of your choice!

Prize Pack #3 includes 17 products from TpT sellers, a handmade classroom garland from MPaper Designs and a pencil door sign from Details in the Deisgn.
 Prize Pack #4 includes 18 products from TpT sellers, a handmade classroom garland from MPaper Designs, and a personalized pencil door sign from Bows and Bells Hangers.


Prize Pack #5 includes 15 products from TpT sellers a personalized sign from MACInspired Crafts plus a personalized teacher block sign from Blended Creations Inc!

Prize Pack #6 includes products from 16 TpT sellers a personalized door sign from Cara's Southern Designs, and a personalized teacher cup from Mommy's Latte Fund!

Prize Pack #7 includes 16 products from TpT sellers, a teacher planner of your choice from Little Drop Designs, a personalized door sign from MACInspired Creations plus a personalized teacher cup from Mommy's Latte Fund!

Whew! That was A LOT to think about! Did you enter to win? I hope so! 

A special thanks to Hope from Teaching With Hope for organizing this enormous giveaway!