Friday, May 31, 2013

Volunteer Gift and Beach Bound

Wow what a crazy, but fun end of the year!!

Are you still in school with Kiddos? Is it your post planning? Are you finished for real?

Not to celebrate or anything because we do love, love, love our jobs, but we are officially out for Summer Break! And no, we are not doing a little dance of course, or smiling from ear to ear!! Just kind of a small grin that goes from ear to ear!!

 It is a bittersweet end to our year!! We are losing our most awesome Principal of the Universe! She is retiring and we wish her lots of luck and fun times to come!!

While we are really sad to see her go, we are super, super excited about our new adventures to come at Arbor Springs!!

It was a super year in our rooms because we have great assistants, great kids and several very, very helpful and generous volunteers!! For our special, room mom who did everything for us we wanted the perfect gift for her that was thoughtful, not too expensive, but showed her how much her time and help meant to us. Well, we found this idea on Pinterest. 

This is the sample we found on Pinterest. Click the picture to go to original idea! Thanks for sharing Fairy Dust Teaching!!
It was super easy! Mrs. Archer cut out a red heart large enough for all our kiddos to put their hands around. Then we put the heart on our blue picnic table outside and the kiddos all placed their hands around the edges of the heart. After we got the picture printed, we had it matted and framed. The kiddos all signed around the edges of the mat with different color pens. It was so beautiful and she loved it!!

These are my cuties' hands!!
 So we have to brag a little!! Our own, personal kiddos (you know the ones that go home with us in the afternoon), received lots of great awards at all of their awards ceremonies!!! We are some proud Mamas! Awesome Job BOYS!!! We love u guys!!

Speaking of BOYS! Here are my two right after the last day of school! What better way to end a fabulous school year, but with a yummy ice-cream from Brusters! Listen to this friends! It was my lucky day! I don't know if your like me but I am very reliant on my debit/credit cards! I am not one to carry around cash!! It goes way too fast. Anyway, I went to pay from our ice cream and guess what??

What you ask? Well, the credit card machine went down and the nice Ice-Cream Boy told me it was on the house since the machine went down. I told him I would come back and bring cash and he told me, NO WAY!! Enjoy and have a great day!! Wow, that was super nice :). 

I know what you are thinking! Yikes those boys need haircuts!! Don't laugh but they just had haircuts last week!!
Hair only a mother could love, right? :) Well I have to love that hair because it is just like my hair!! CRAZY!!
Thank goodness for the invention of products like mousse and flattening irons!!
So,  We hope all of our blogging friends have a great end of the year!! Let us know what you are doing this summer!!

Well Cristy and I started our summer off right!! Pedicures right after we left our last planning day! Check out my Skittle toes!! Cristy thinks they are crazy, but they are my favorite!! What do you think? Too much??

Any way, this is Page!! I am Off to Valdosta for the weekend, Daytona for 2 weeks, back to Valdosta for a week, St. George for a week, back to Daytona for a week. Then, I guess finally home for a week before I go back to Daytona for a long Girls/Cousins' Weekend!! And yes friends, that is my summer and by the time I get it all planned it will be over.

Not to mention I am very scared about what will go on this summer! I am not sure when or what will happen, but it will happen. The birthday fairy has been sending cards since I turned 39 last July! The cards are all warning and foreshadowing about the many things that are to come when one turns 40! Yes!! I will turn 40 very soon!!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

FREE Popcorn and Movie Day Pack for Everyone!

Just a quickie post to remind you about our FREE Popcorn and Movie Day Pack!  Next week is our last week...wahoo!!!  Whether your year is wrapping up too, or even if you have a few weeks to go, this pack will hopefully bring you some much needed peace and quiet to your classroom!
We joke that using theme days the last week ensures there are no tears...not even from the teachers!  We created and used this pack last year and ---oh---my---gosh, the last few days were actually FUN again because we weren't going crazy with chaos and disorder, just focused fun!

It's an easy pack to use too.  You just need to gather 4 bags of popcorn-butter, cheese, kettle, and caramel.

Then the kiddos have a tasting party, poll classmates on their favorite kind and graph the results, and then do some fun and creative POPCORN and MOVIE writing like narratives, acrostic poems, and more.

(Click on ANY of the images to snag it for FREE over at our TPT store!)

There's also a GREAT game to play with your whole class that involves "popping" some words and kiddos use phonics skills taught throughout the year to decode each "theme" word.  They LOVED this!

If you need more THEME DAYS to keep your kiddos focused, then be sure and check out our other theme day packs...Beach Day, Bubble Day, Ice Cream Sundae Day, and Game Day!

Hope you have a FUN, FOCUSED, and PAIN-FREE end of school! :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Awards Ideas for your Kiddos!

Wow!! Yahoo!! What a relief!! Our kindergarten play, EIEI OOPs was a huge success. The kiddos looked adorable, did a fabulous job and we are relieved to leave all the stress behind us.

Class DVD (What a nightmare! Crashed about 4 times! New computers are overrated!!)
Volunteer Gifts

What next??? We will just finish out the year strong continuing Café, Daily 5, Measurement, and our unit on Animals. We are even having a learning celebration the last day of school to share our animal projects and our PowerPoints from our Community Unit. I am a little behind Cristy! She is the WOMAN!! Her class shared their PowerPoints of course at the logical point in time, which was at the end of the Community Unit :).

So how can we help you with the little time you have??? 
Well, the most challenging part of award night was coming up with an individual award for everyone that was special! Some of the individual awards we gave were related to academics but some we gave showed how well we know and love each baby :).

Below is a list that we came up with by GOOGLING awards or just thinking about our own kiddos. Sometimes with just some award ideas, we were able to think of kids that fit that award.

Hope this list helps!!! Let us know what you think or if you have any other special awards that you give in your classroom. We are trying to compile a list to save for next year, so we are not thinking for days about the most special awards :).

Enjoy the rest of your school year!! It's downhill from here! Sad the year goes so quickly. Wish we could slow down time just a little bit :).

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Game Day Give Away!

Hi Pals!! Hope all is well and your year is winding down with a little LOT less stress and craziness than our year!

Yikes, we are having nightmares about all the things we have to do: get ready for the play, finish assessing and enter GKIDS by Friday, make photo stories for kiddos, awards, volunteer gifts, animal projects, PowerPoints, end of the year theme day fun, and the list goes on and on and on!!!!

Could we just add an additional week to the year, then maybe we could fit it all in! Just kidding! We are ready to hit the beach :).

Did I mention end of the year theme days??  We just updated our game day pack. We added a few more ideas and activities! We love the end of the year theme day packs because they help give our fun days some structure. We still have fun, but also keep the kiddos engaged and reviewing the curriculum as we race to build words, collect data about our favorite games, write steps to play a game, and tons more (including enjoying our favorite Game Day Munchies! :). Check it out below.

Leave us a comment and include your email address.
Then, we'll pull a lucky winner from the HAT :).

We can't wait to see what you think about the new Game Day pack! Well--- off to shop in the last few hours of the TPT teacher appreciation sale!! So much good stuff!! Can't wait to get lots of bargains!!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

TPT Sale (up to 40%) and Buy 3, Get 1 FREE!

I am a coupon-a-holic!  I LOVE to make our money s-t-r-e-t-c-h as FAR as it can go.  Can I get an "AMEN!"

If you are a kindred soul...then THIS will be music to your wallet ears!

TPT is throwing a HUGE Teacher Appreciation Sale this Tuesday and Wednesday - May 7th and 8th!

We are offering 20% off ALL of our products in our store...and we mean ALL of them...even bundles that are already marked at a 20% savings off the individual packs!

Enter code TAD13 at checkout and you'll save another 10% off the sale prices courtesy of TPT!

That's a TOTAL of 28% off ALL products and you end up saving about 40% on our bundles!  

We hope this saves you some extra cash for an awesome beach trip with your toes in the water and boo-tay in the sand! :)

AND...for EVERY 3 products you purchase from our store on May 7th and 8th, you can choose ANY product priced $5 or less for FREE!  Oh yeah!!!

Simply email us at after making your purchases.  Be sure to include the name you purchased under (your TPT username), your email address, and the item/s you would like as your FREE choice ($5 or less).  That's it!  Easy, right!

Here are the latest products we have listed, updated, or just think you might enjoy this time of year!

This is our "End of School Theme Days" bundle.  The popcorn pack is a freebie and the other 4 packs sell for $3.50 each for a total of $14.00.  The bundle normally costs $10, but is on sale for only $8!  Wahoo!

Or you can snag them on sale individually for just $2.80 each!

This one is a FREEBIE!  Just click on the image below to grab it on TPT for FREE!

 Here's a fun Father's Day Craftivity on sale for only $2.00.

And finally, if you are already thinking about next school year, here's out BEST SELLING Back To School Lessons and Activities MEGA Pack on sale for $8.00!

We truly do appreciate all of you!  You are our brothers and sisters, the ones who get in the trenches EVERY SINGLE DAY to touch children's lives one kiddo at a time!  We know it's not easy!  Thank you!

Thanks to Beth over at Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah Designs for the cute TPT Sale button!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Currently...Oh yeah!!!!

Wahoo!  Love me some currently!  I have so much fun reading these babies.  And I have to confess...I secretly check Farley's post trying to be one of the first Currentlys posted, and people...I am NOT alone!  Once Farley hits "Publish", I think 50 Currentlys go live in like 5 seconds!

Somehow I always end up being "Lately" and not "Currently"! ;)

But this time---oh this time---I might just get in under 100!  Seriously...100!  REALLY!  Farley you must just be a rock star and ALL the cool kids wanna hang with  you!  HOLLA! ;)

Anywho, here's our latest currently!

I know! I know!  For those of you who follow us, I am so sorry.  I am simply obsessed with Adam Levine!  I think he's made it into the last 3 or 4 currentlys!  He's hot in a totally NOT my type kinda way.  And Blake, that man is a riot (and pretty hot too!)  But really...LOVE that show.  Fun to watch!

Wasabi peas!  Is it wrong to love hard crunchy peas with hot sauce all over them...and when you eat cry a little bit---seriously...burn your nose hairs kinda hot!  Really---I think something may be wrong with me!  

17 school days left!  Gotta buy volunteer gifts, make End of the Year Kindergarten DVD's for my littles, Mother's Day necklaces, silhouettes of the kiddos, make backdrop/costumes/learn dances for the school-wide kindergarten play, report cards, GKIDS (GA assessment), awards...Are you feelin' me on this one?  I know you guys are RIGHT THERE WITH ME!  Hang in there...see next comment!

Zac Brown said it best, yeah?  Toes in the water...

Seriously...please just fall off TONIGHT!!!

Been running around like a mad woman...ready to slow down and take it ALL in!  Love summer with my own personal littles and hubs!

So...what's up with you?  Can't wait to check out some more Currentlys.  Be sure and head over to Farley's at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade.  Trust's good times over there!