Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Freebie for My Followers

I was so excited last week to see that I reached 800 followers. Wow! I never thought I would get there. So I've been racking my brain to figure out what to do for all of you. I happened to have the book "Splish, Splash, Splat!" at my house so I decided to make a game for it. I am a big fan of Splat the Cat. The illustrations and stories are so adorable. I know that you probably can't use this now but hopefully you will be able to save it for the fall.

Click on the image for the freebie.

I would love it if you would leave me a comment either here or in my store if you grab a copy.

Also, I am going to be updating my blog list for 2nd grade. If you teach 2nd grade and want your blog listed, please leave me a link to your blog so I can add it. Thanks for your help!


Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Weekend Sale

Happy Friday everyone! I'm off to my last day of work before summer begins. I'm throwing a Memorial weekend sale in both my stores. You can get 20% off everything until Monday night.






I'm so excited to see that I've reached 800 followers on my blog and 1300 on TPT. Wow! I'll be coming up with a special freebie next week so come back to visit me. Have a fabulous weekend!


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Labels

Is anyone as obsessed with labels as I am? I think that's why I am such a Pinterest addict because everything is organized and put in a neat little category. Well, I wish my classroom was like this. I've kind of let it go this year because I had many other things I needed to focus on. As I am packing up for the end of the year, I'm trying to organize myself so I am more ready for next year. I've found lots of labels that I like but I just couldn't commit to a certain color scheme so I created my own in 7 different color schemes so you can mix and match, stick to one color, or change your mind later on.
These are now available on TPT  and Teacher's Notebook for $2.50 for the rest of the week.  The set contains 144 labels of each color to help you get your classroom organized. If you need any more labels, just email me @ swimmingintosecond@att.net with your suggestions. Happy organizing! 











Saturday, May 19, 2012

Don't Forget + New Planner

As the school year winds down (only 2 1/2 days for me!), don't forget to link up your classroom gift ideas. Feel free to link up your gifts for parent volunteers, teacher's aides, and anyone else you can think of. I am always looking for good ideas.  Click on the picture to head to the linky party.


In other news, I got a new planner from Erin Condren this week and it is absolutely amazing.

Here are some pictures of it. Sorry for the terrible picture quality.





I got a great deal on this planner and right now, she has 20% off for teachers using the code TEACHME20. I've tried a new planner every year and this one is by far the most impressive.  I'm not being paid or reimbursed anyway for this plug. I just really love this planner so I thought I should let you know about a great resource for teachers.



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Winner

I never heard from my original winner for the "In A Pikle" bag so I am picking a new winner.  Congratulations to Dawn! Dawn -- You should have received an email from me. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway


That's about all I have going on right now. Things are a bit crazy for me right now as I am sure they are for you too. We have 4 1/2 days left! What about you? 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Summer Bucket List

Summer is only 7 1/2 days away! I can't wait! I'm joining in on this fun linky party hosted by Hadar @ Ms. Kindergarten, Teri @ A Cupcake for the Teacher, and April @ A Modern Teacher.





Here's what I plan on doing this summer...mainly Pinterest inspired.

(1) Organize my office/extra bedroom. It's a complete mess. I'm loving these colors!


(2) Go to Ikea. I need a new nightstand and a dresser. I gave my old one to my cousin so I'm in need of some new ones.

(3) Paint my mom a picture. She wanted me to do it for her birthday in February but I haven't had time with school going on. 

(4) Make/find a headboard for my bedroom. I love this tufted headboard.

(5) Organize my classroom library. I love the colors of these libraries!



(7) Maybe..just maybe..change my classroom decor to owls. I am loving the owl collection from Schoolgirl Style.

(8) Relax and read books that have been on my bookshelf for months!




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Grin and Bear It (with freebies!)

Well, the end of the year behavior is here. It's been here for a while but this week it has really hit.  I feel myself constantly saying, "Only 10 more days..only 10 more days." I had all these fun things planned out to do but the behavior and cramming in our last math units are kinda getting in the way.
We've been doing activities from the fabulous Cara Carroll's camping unit. Let me just say that this unit is AH-MAH-ZING! So fun!
Yesterday, we focused on bears in between all the math lessons and testing. We did the fun craft from Cara's unit and read a few books about bears. After we read some nonfiction books about bears, we filled out this chart.
Click on the picture to grab a copy.  
I found some camping clip art from DJ Inkers on my computer so I had to make a few things. Do you ever forget about what clipart you have? Maybe that's a sign of a clipart obsession. 

We also made a class book about what would happen if we ran into a bear. These were so funny! Several of the kids said that they would call animal control.Umm, yeah, I don't think that would cross my mind at the time.
Click on the picture to grab a copy.

Click on the picture to grab a copy.

Click on the picture to grab a copy.
Tomorrow is tie-dye day and I am so worried about this new way we are tie-dying. I'm afraid I won't have enough paint or it won't look good when we are done. Anyone have any tips??

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"In A Pikle" Winner

Congratulations to Iniray Luper! She is the winner of the "In A Pikle" bag.
 a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks to everyone who entered!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Scaredy Squirrel Pack

I've finally finished my Scaredy Squirrel pack. It ended up being much bigger than I anticipated but I kept getting new ideas.  It includes games and activities for all 5 of the book.

Best of all, it is included in my sales at both of my stores. Click on the links below to check it out.



One interesting fact about Scaredy Squirrel: We have the same birthday. The first person who can figure out when Scaredy Squirrel and my birthday is will get this pack for free.

Special Sales

 Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous end to the school year. We only have 12 more days! Yeah! We went to visit our third grade yesterday and it was so great to see my kids from previous years. Our school only goes from PreK to 2nd grade so we hardly ever see our 2nd graders after the school year is over. Last year, I had the best class ever so I really miss them. Last year, I moved up to second grade and I had some of the same kiddos twice. One little sweetie came and gave me a hug yesterday in his classroom. He told me that his years in my class were the best 2 years of his life. Oh my goodness...my heart melts!
In other news, Teacher Appreciation week is next week and there are lots of sales going on. I am throwing a sale in both my TPT and Teacher's Notebook stores. I'm working on some new stuff today that I hope to have posted by tomorrow.
Everything in my stores is 20% off from May 6th- May 8th. Use the promo code found in the banner to get an additional 10% off. 

I'm also having a sale of 20% off in my Teacher's Notebook store. They are also having a sweepstakes where a lucky winner will win $100 worth of products. Awesome!

Happy shopping! I can't wait to purchase a few things that I have had my eye on.



Don't forget to enter my "In A Pikle" giveaway while you are here. Only a few days left!


Click the picture to enter the giveaway.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012