Sunday, November 24, 2013


I'm linking up with Bex's Time to to Be Thankful linky party @  I find these lists so difficult!  Not that I don't have much to be thankful for - the opposite is true.  It's just difficult to come up with only 10 and ones that you want to share with others.  I do have much to be thankful for!  I think it is even easier to look back and realize the "what might have been" scenarios and see how good it is. My 2 boys were both "miracle" babies who had medical issues and were in the NICU.  I'm so thankful for their amazing health!  My parents visited a few weeks ago and took the boys out bowling and they said a driver went right into their lane and was coming at them head first. At the last minute he swerved and they were able to avoid an accident.  My mom said she was shaking.  It was dark and they couldn't see what caused the driver to do this, but she suspected texting. She said the other driver must have been shaken also since he/she pulled over to the side of the road and stopped their car.  Scary!  I'm thankful for each day.  It truly is a gift.  Click on the picture to go to the linky party.  Here's my entry:
I've been listing new winter themed products at TPT.  Here's a little preview.  Click on the picture to see these items on TPT.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Giveaway @ Growing in First
Erin is having a great giveaway at her blog!  There are 20 teaching products you can win, including my Synonym pack.  Just click on the giveaway button above to go to the entry page.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Grandparent's Day


TTH - Grandparents Day, a set on Flickr (Click on the Flickr link to see larger images -- clicking on the picture will give you a link to pin to pinterest)
We used to celebrate Grandparent's Day in the spring and this year changed it to the Friday before Veterans Day. It was a joint Veterans Day/Grandparents Day celebration. I'll post more about the Veterans Day activities next time.

One of the activities we did for the grandparents display was this adorable craftivity I found at TPT. It is based on the book "How to Babysit a Grandpa." They did a good job with writing their stories. They really learned a lot about story sequencing and transition words. And the grandparents turned out ADORABLE! One of the hair patterns for the grandpa has 2 tufts of hair - one over each ear. One of my little cuties said he just needed one tuft for his grandpa and it went right on the top of his head. It actually did look a little bit like his grandpa! :) Too cute!

Friday, November 8, 2013

November Facebook Frenzy

The November Facebook Frenzy is here! This is the place to be if you like freebies!
I'm in the 1st grade group.  The picture above will link you to my Facebook page.  I've made my Pilgrim Path game free this weekend just for my Facebook followers.

After you get that freebie, you can click on the haystack to go to the next stop.

There are 6 separate blogs hops involved in this frenzy!  Here is the Frenzy map so that you can visit the other grade level hops.  It's also helpful if you get "stuck" somewhere along the hop and can't go to the next stop. 

Have fun & have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Have you heard of Diigo?

I recently saw a post about a teacher using diigo to manage bookmarks and to post to her blog.  I was intrigued since I find it so difficult to manage blog post during the school year.  Hopefully that will be better next year when I am FINALLY finished with grad school! I also needed a good bookmarking tool. 

Diigo has free and paid accounts.  They also offer a free upgrade to educators.  I love it when that happens!  So far, I've only signed up for the free account.  I was easily able to add a toolbar to the firefox browser.  It lets me bookmark, highlight, capture, read later and more all while browsing the internet.

I'm excited to use this new tool  for blogging and for organizing teaching ideas. 

Here's a little preview of what it can easily do.  I bookmarked some free things I found this morning and added tags.  The tags will help you organize your content.  I was then able to specify the bookmarks I wanted to share on my blog by entering a tag and clicking a button to generate the html code for my blog.  Easy! :)

Only 2 more days in October and I am counting them down.  The kids are way too excited to focus much.  :) Enjoy this list of freebie I compiled for you today!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

2 Day Giveaway ~ 10 winners!

 2 day giveaway! Ends 10/29 (Tuesday) at 12:00 pm  PST.  Subscribe to my newsletter and leave a comment to enter. If your google account name is different from your subscription name please put the subscription name in the comment. You must use a valid email address to subscribe. The emails will only be used to send an occasional newsletter or contact the winner of a giveaway. 

This giveaway is running on my blog & Facebook as a single giveaway.  I will merge the results and then selects the winners.

***I will choose TEN winners.
** They each can choose any 1 item from my store. 

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Good things come in 3's ~ a sale, free ebooks & a giveaway!

TPT surprised everyone this weekend with a 10% off sale!  I've put my store on sale for 20% off so you can save 28% through the 14th.  Visit my TPT store to save!

I found a great website that features over 250 free e-books and they've just made everything tablet friendly.  I tried it out on the iPad and it worked great!  It is Oxford Owl by Oxford University Press.  This is a UK company so you may want to point out the differences between British & American English if you are in the US.  Some of the stories used mum (vs. mom). I'm really excited to introduce this site to my first graders!  It would be great for Daily 5 - listen to reading.

Last, but not least, I'm having a mini giveaway!  A few days ago I reached 2400 followers on pinterest.  I'm giving away $24 in products from my TPT store to 1 lucky winner.  They can choose the items they want.  To enter, simply follow me on pinterest, and come back here to leave a comment that you are following!  The comment should include your pinterest name &  email so I can contact you if you are the winner.  This giveaway ends on Sunday (10/13) at 8pm PST. Good luck!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

24 Hour Freebie!

I just created an account at BuySellTeach and posted my teaching products.  I'm offering a 24 hour freebie there.  My synonym pack is normally $4.00.  It includes a game, posters/bulletin board set.
The freebie will be available until 9/28 2:00 pm PST and then it will go back to being a priced item. 
So, here's how you can get it:

1) Sign up for your free account at BuySellTeach

2) Download the free synonym pack

3) While you're there I'd love for you to *follow my store *leave feedback *check out my other freebies (my new I Can Write a List freebie has been very popular! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall Facebook Frenzy ~ Tons of freebies!

I apologize for being MIA!  Back to school is always such a busy time and this year I had the added challenge of a difficult final (with a big project!) that was due right before school started.  Things are starting to go more smoothly now.  Next year, I'll be so thankful to finally have a summer with no classes! 

Yesterday, the Fall Facebook Frenzy began.  It is only for a few days - ends Sept. 23rd.  If you haven't participated in one you are missing out!  There are lots of great freebies this time.  It's a fall/apple theme.  There are 3 grade group categories.  I'm in the K-1 (although my product could work for K-2) and I've posted my Apple Science and Literacy Unit for free during those days. I'll be listing it soon as a paid product on TPT.  Now is the time to get it free!  I went through the whole K-1 group and found some great freebies.  I also went through the 4-5 group because they had some good clipart freebies.  I even found a few games that I downloaded for my 4th grader at home. :)  I still need to get through the 2-3 group. 

The way these FB frenzies or hops work is that you should be able to start at any page within the group and then go to the next page and circle around until you get back to where you started.  So, I'm linking to my facebook page and you can just start from there.  You will need to like each page in order to access the freebie.  I follow most of these facebook pages and I get lots of info. on freebies, teaching ideas, books, etc.  Just today there was a great conversation on a facebook page about music for work/study times.  I found some great suggestions.  I shared the conversation on my facebook page so you can read through the suggestions also.  Hope you have are having a fantastic school year!  I'll be back soon to share what we've been doing in my 1st grade classroom.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Exciting stuff! Winner ~ Facebook Frenzy ~ Daily 5 Links

Congratulations, Cathy Hoffart!  You are the winner of the Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener.  Check your email for the details I need from you.  Thank you to all those who entered!   Classroom Friendly Supplies regularly posts links to other sharpener giveaways -- so you can keep trying!  I loved reading all of your responses to classroom organization challenges.  I'll try to post something soon for us to find tips on these areas and share what works in our classrooms!
Today is the first day of the August Facebook Frenzy.  There are 40 pages in the K-2 category.  That means there are 40 free items up for grabs!  There is also a whole other frenzy for 3-12 + clip art!  You can start at any facebook page and then go from there.  It should take you in a circle through all the participating pages.  Here are a few places to start:

*My Facebook Page  - K/2 Frenzy
* Dancing Crayon Designs - 3/12+clip art Frenzy

Lastly, I've been working on creating link collections for Daily 5 downloads.  I'm still working on them, but I wanted to share what I have so far.  If you have some great links for Daily 5 freebies, please leave a comment. :)








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