Like so many others, I heard there was a "spring cleaning" sale currently underway at TPT and I wanted to participate, too!
Who doesn't love a good sale?! Especially when it involves shopping for your classroom? Can anyone else get on board with that?! I find that shopping for chart tablets, dri-erase markers, cap erasers (in every color of the rainbow) and pocket folders simply makes me happy. How about the smell of a new notebook? Is it not intoxicating? It's weird, I know. My parents tell me I've always been that way.
In any case, not only will I be purchasing a few must-haves to carry me through the remainder of the year, I also wanted to pop in and tell you about my newest product that I've used daily in my small groups for months.
It's called Word Workin' Witch and it's a collection of mats in which the children manipulate letter tiles * at your direction * to form words. (Simply put, it feeds my love for teaching phonics. )
As you can see, I recently taught the oa/ow vowel digraph so we're using both mats to practice our new words. It's fast, efficient, and my own firsties seem to associate the letter pattern with the adorable clipart just a tad bit better than before. I'd love to give away 3 free samples. Leave a comment telling me your favorite subject to teach and I'll send a copy right along. Don't forget your email address!
Teachers Pay Teachers is now 3 million teachers strong and we're ready to celebrate! What?!
The lovely teachers at Blog Hoppin are hosting a fabulous link up to celebrate this wonderful occasion and I wanted to participate as well. I mean, like... who wouldn't enjoy participating in this shopping bonanza? The products in my own store are 20% off and if that's not enough... enter the promo code TPT3 for additional savings - up to 28% off! The celebration begins at midnight! Don't be late!
At the end of a long week those three words honestly have the ability to add that extra "oomph" back into my step.
It's simply amazing, I tell ya.
before I get to the freebie, I have two or three things I'd like to share with you.
If you've got the time, I promise to talk
I've been teaching for 24 years and the resources that I've accumulated over time have all fit nicely into the filing cabinets in my classroom. THEN, I discovered how to create my own activities, games, and printables and my filing system quickly ceased to be a "system" of any sort. So... I recently purchased these lovely tubs at the Big W where I probably paid too much (What am I saying? I KNOW I paid too much!) In any case, they made me happy and I had to have them.
Given the state of my filing cabinets, it made sense for me to organize my math centers first. After a few hours one Sunday afternoon, I'm pleased to report they're now sorted into each of the 4 critical areas. To categorize them a tad bit more, I used a sharpie to label each bag with the specific standard that the game/activity addresses. With this method I'm finding that I can also identify the standards in each domain a wee bit better than before. Second...
We've been studying penguins this week. Like... who hasn't been? :) Here are two of our projects we completed.
My school didn't have the appropriately colored butcher paper to make a cutesie penguin KWL chart, so we improvised with this project. Each kiddo simply wrote two facts and I stapled it alongside his/her project. Here's another...
along with a writing sample I collected, too.
This sweet girl writes... Penguins can swim and they can lay eggs and they can slide on their bellies and they can huddle in groups when their parents are gone and the parents are gone for 60 days. Third... I taught greater than/less than in math this week. My lovely teacher friend across the hall shared this wonderfully fun activity with me. Perhaps you've seen it...
The "kiddo engagement" meter was off the charts. I'm thinking these wonderful projects she shares with me must be related to her membership in the pudding club! Finally...
Hello! I'm a wife of 21 years and a mom to two teenagers. As a family, we enjoy hiking, swimming, and watching movies.
Professionally, I am beginning my 24th year of teaching first grade. It's been my pleasure to teach six and seven year old children to read and write!