Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christmas in July

So I'm joining everyone else and celebrating Christmas in July!!

To make this sale even more exciting I've made a North Pole Breakfast pack which is going to be LOADS of fun for you and your students at Christmas time.  If you are not familiar with the Elf on the Shelf or a North Pole breakfast you are missing out!  I did a breakfast with my sweet son who was celebrating his first Christmas this year and I did one for my students as well.  I have to say it was 2 of my favorite days during the holiday season last year. Their faces just lit up!  Yes...even my 6 month old sons' face lit up as well! ;)  Well anyway a North Pole breakfast is the kickoff of the Elf on the Shelf season.  Basically Santa visits your classroom/house and drops off a special holiday themed breakfast (with super cute decorations of course) along with your class/family Elf on the Shelf.  He leaves sweet notes for your students/family letting them know that he is watching them this holiday season and his elf will be watching and reporting back.  If you'd like to incorporate a fun North Pole breakfast in your classroom this year then this pack is for you!  Included are fun writing activities for the kids, Letters from Santa templates, holiday themed banner materials, a North Pole breakfast menu, and so much more!  Click on the picture below to be directed to my TPT.


Chevron Clip Chart Freebie

This year I plan to use the clip chart behavior system that EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER uses!! I know...it's not creative, but I did create a new, modern clip chart with chevron print and KPM Doodles safari  clip art that I am using in my safari themed room this year.  If you'd like to grab a copy for yourself click on the picture to be directed to my TPT store to download it for FREE!!!  Hope everyone is enjoying the end of their summer vacation.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Sweet Amanda over at Hoppin' into First nominated me for the Liebster blog award.  It recognizes new teacher bloggers who have under 200 followers.  Thank you so much Amanda!!  Now my job is to find 5 other new bloggers and let them know.  Here are the rules:

1.  Copy and paste this award onto your blog
2. Thank the giver and link back to them.
3. Reveal 5 other bloggers and let them know by commenting on their blog.

Here's 3 bloggers I'm nominating: (I'll have to find 2 more later when I'm not so tired! )

1. First Grade Hip Hip Horray!
2. There's no Place Like Second Grade
3. T is for Teacher

Monday, July 16, 2012

Must Have Picture Book Linky Party!

Lindsey over at The Teacher Wife is having a linky party about favorite picture books.  Just like her and many others out there, I LOVE picture books!  One of my favorite things to do during the day with my students is pull out cute books.  I often send my students on little errands to neighboring first grade teachers to ask "Can we borrow a cute book?"  I LOVE to read a cute book.  Here are a few of my favorites...but first...I found all of these for 1.75 at one of the Goodwill locations in my town. 35 books for 1.75!!!! Can y'all believe it???!!!

1. Super Completely and Totally the Messiest-  It's a SUPER cute book about two sisters who are completetly opposite.  One is super organized and "perfect" and the super messy and clumsy.

2.  Chester's Way- A classic Kevin Henkes book!

3. I Love You Mouse-  It's a super cute book by John Graham with classic illustrations by Tomie dePaola.  I mostly love it because it reminds me of my husband and son.  The little boy tells everything that's special to him how he loves them and the dad was following him the whole time and says he loves him at the end.  Super cute!!

4.  Sloppy Joe- Just plain cute!

5.  Ping Pong Pig- Just plain SUPER CUTE! haha

Monday, July 9, 2012

Back To School Safari Pack

This year I plan to do a safari theme in my classroom and incorporate my love of primary colors.  I really don't want it to be dark colors with lots of zebra and cheetah print everywhere.  I plan to keep the main vibe of the primary colors and throw in accents of giraffe print, and safari animals/pictures/posters.  For Meet the Teacher I plan to have a safari themed "Welcome Back" banner.  I also will have a safari themed bulletin board outside my classroom in the hallway that will be titled "We Are Wild About Learning"  The title will be a banner as well.  I'm super excited and can't wait to take pictures to show y'all!  If you'd like to purchase my Back to School Safari Pack. Click on the elephant below to be directed to my TPT store.  Included is:

- "Welcome Back" safari banner
-"We Are Wild About Learning" safari banner/ bulletin board title
-Safari themed name tags
-Safari themed team signs
-Safari themed classroom labels
-Safari themed subway art

PS- I wanted the subway art to not only be a decorative fun piece for my classroom, but also something that the kids could read.  I always think the subway art is a little difficult for my first graders to read so I made mine with a little chunkier font and larger spaces between the words.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Safari Book Freebie

So I am officially a bad blogger.  I knew I probably would be but at least I have lots of good ideas for this year that I hope to share with everyone!  In honor of my blog return I made a freebie for anyone who has a safari/jungle theme in their classroom.  I love the idea of the responsible communication binders/notebooks some of you use in your classroom.  I plan to do a safari theme in my room this year but I couldn't find a cute enough safari binder cover that I liked.  Since I'm obsessed with using primary colors in my classroom I designed a primary colors S.A.F.A.R.I binder cover to go with my theme.

Just in case you don't know what a Safari binder is let me briefly explain.  It's basically a binder to help your student and families stay organized.  I've never used one in my classroom.  I've always had the basic home work folder, reading log folder, and daily take home folder all separate.  I really liked the idea of having all of these folders in one place.  If you search on the internet you can find many other acronyms for various themes such as the F.R.O.G binder.  The SAFARI binder stands for Students and Families are Responsible and Informed.  I really like that this binder also has a zipper pouch for money and notes.  That way I don't have to see checks and envelopes on the floor anymore that have fallen out of folders and backpacks.

PS I DID NOT COME UP WITH THIS IDEA MY SELF.  I just made a cuter version of the binder that I wanted to use in my classroom.  I used KPM Doodles Zoofari clipart and her Primary Alpha clipart for the title.  She is fabulous!

Click on the picture to be directed to my TPT store where you can download the cover for free! :)