Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Recap (with a freebie)

Long time, no post. I've been so busy with moving and now I have to pack up my classroom for the summer because we are getting new floors. I've been dreaming of boxes.

In my classroom, we've been up to some end of the year fun. Only 3 more weeks! My genius (now retired) teammate Joni shared a fabulous end of the year idea with me a few years ago. She had an appreciation day for all the kids in her class. Each student writes a letter to the other student and tells them why they are appreciated. It's a big hit and makes the appreciated student feel really special.


We started off our appreciation days by writing letters to our principal telling why we appreciate her. Each student reads their letters to the appreciated person. Then, I make them into a book for the student to keep. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fy2rsxzc8whjb0b/Appreciation%20day%20paper%20freebie.pdf?dl=0

You can download this freebie by clicking on the image above.

We celebrated our secretaries with this poster and my students all made them a card.


Love how this turned out! I painted Dixie cups yellow and covered them in glitter. Then I used pipe cleaners and tissue paper to make the rest.

We had cowboy week last week and it was lots of fun.We read Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope. This is a really cute book.

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After we read the book, we used character traits to describe Calliope. We also drew Calliope together. I love kid artwork!



We also made cowboys using a pack from First Grade Fever by Christie. These take a while but they turn out so cute!

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Some of my boys insisted on making beards and goatees. Love the personality of these!

Hope you have a good week! I'll be back to packing but I'll try to post soon. 
Don't forget that the TPT sale is this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can save up to 28% in my store. 

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Five for Friday: April 3

Welcome back! It's been a while since I've posted. I've been busy moving to my new house and all that entails. I had today off for Good Friday so this is a perfect time to catch up with you.

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We made these Arnie the Doughnuts last week when we were studying character traits. I LOVE how these turned out! You can get a free minilesson with Arnie the Doughnut in my TPT store. Click here to download.
We finished our unit on telling time this week.
This huge time mat from Learning Resources was great practice and my students loved using it.


We used the Time Tutor pack from The Queen of the First Grade Jungle.

We also playing some games from Amy Lemons' "It's About Time" unit.


On Monday night, I stared at my computer for hours trying to get a video to download for a professional development the next afternoon. I was slowly going crazy because it was taking way too long. It finally worked but it was way past my bedtime. So glad that's over with!




We've been reviewing contractions this week so we made this cute contraction crocodiles from Cara Carroll. They turned out really cute and really showed me who knows their contractions.
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Picture from Cara Carroll

I made this yummy Chicken Enchilada Pasta from Cara Carroll's home blog "Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour." It was so good and really easy to make. It had rave reviews from my friends and family. It will be going on my regular dinner rotation.

Have a great night! It's a stormy night here in Tennessee so I'm planning on watching some movies. 


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Trashy Crafter Lanyard + Discount

Hi all! I'm dropping by today to share one of my newest loves. If you know me, you know that I love books. I am a bit of a book hoarder. I just moved over spring break and I noticed that most of my boxes were books. I just can't stop myself from buying new books.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrashyCrafter?ref=l2-shopheader-name


 Over the summer, I started following a new craft store on Etsy called "The Trashy Crafter." One reason that I started following this store is because I just loved how Kimberly, the owner, recycled damaged books and made them into unique bracelets. I ended up buying two bracelets and I love wearing them because they are so unique.




 Now Kimberly has branched out making new items from books. She has earrings, necklaces, and lanyards.


Kimberly was kind enough to send me one of her new lanyards. 

 I just love that she recycles paper to make envelopes for her products. 


My lanyard is made from the book "Oh the Thinks You Can Think" by Dr. Seuss. It is so colorful and fun. Plus it is super sturdy. One of my pet peeves about lanyards is how flimsy some of them are. This one is just perfect! 

I have to go back to school tomorrow from spring break (boo!) but I am excited to wear my new lanyard.

 Kimberly has graciously offered a discount code for all my readers. You can get 15% off any item in her store by using the code booklover. Visit her Etsy store to get this great deal and check out all the amazing products she has made.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrashyCrafter?ref=l2-shopheader-name





Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Design

Thanks for stopping by! I am in love with my new design from Megan at A Bird in Hand Designs (and also I Teach, What's Your Superpower)

http://www.abirdinhanddesigns.com/

She was amazing taste and it was like she read my mind with what I wanted on my blog. Thanks so much, Megan! If you are looking for a new design or starting a blog, go check out her designs on her blog. I love all of them!