Thursday, February 27, 2014

It's Time to Save! "TPT 3 Million Teachers Strong Sale" is Here!

TPT is throwing a HUGE "3 Million Teachers Strong" SALE TODAY and TOMORROW! - Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th!

Thanks to Krista Wallden for the adorable button!

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 TPT3 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!  

Here are some items that may be perfect for the upcoming months!

Seasonal Fun!

 Social Studies



End of the Year THEME Days FUN!

And be sure and grab these freebies too!

 Happy Shopping!  Our cart already overfloweth! :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

George Washington Carver

Hi Friends!! I've been a little sad this week!! I guess I am just having Post Princess Blues!! Came home Monday from an awesome ALL Princess weekend! Yep just girls, hanging, running, eating, shopping and oh yes don't forget getting some awesome BLING.

Me (Page) on the left and my Aunt Michele on the right!
We are loving our 3 medals! One for the 10k, one for the half marathon, and one for doing both!
The Glass Slipper Challenge!

Well back to business it is!! While February is ending, our study for Black History Month continues!!! This week we will be learning about the fabulous contributions made by George Washington Carver!! I would never have been able to finish a half marathon without fuel from some yummy peanut butter!! Thanks George!!!

Have a great week!! Let us know what you think!!! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Student Teacher Shout Out!!

Happy Winter Break to everyone out for a little bit!! Happy Sunday to our Friends who will be heading back to school sooner than later :).

Cristy and I love stealing from, working with and sharing with other teachers!! We get so excited when we see and learn new things! After all teaching is the only profession where thieves are rewarded!!

Well in December, Cristy and I were fighting over who was going to get a Student Teacher! While I love Student Teachers, I am a CONTROL FREAK!! Just ask my student teacher from last year! I am pretty sure I drove her to MADNESS!!

While Cristy was more than willing to take the Student Teacher, she thought my group of kiddos may provide a student teacher with a somewhat less challenging environment (get my drift??).

So Yay! I was the winner of the Student Teacher. She started in January and well, to be honest!! Cristy and I still fight about her!! I am so happy and Cristy is sooooo sad!! Cristy wishes she would have been the winner of the Student Teacher!!

Anyway to the point!! Ms. White's college is Jacksonville State University in Alabama! When she came to my class we were required to do Pairs Training and learn about the different ways to Co-Teach!!

Now, probably friends, you already had Co-Teaching training and are already awesome working with student teachers, but for some reason, after 18 years of teaching I had never been trained on how to effectively be a mentor teacher and successfully implement Co-Teaching!

This training was awesome!!! It allowed Ms. White and I to develop a great working relationship as well as provided us with a guide for transition from me teaching to her teaching!!

Here are some tips that have made having a student teacher an even more amazing experience than ever!!!

1. 1 Teach/ 1 Observe = Week 1 I taught/ Ms. White observed, took notes and helped when asked or helped when noticed a need
2. Team Teach= After week one,  we taught together! I started the routine/ She started the routine, we took turns asking questions, telling information, giving directions!! AWESOME!!
3. Parallel / Differentiated Teaching = Ms. White and I discussed plans for small groups! We both taught similar content but different ways
4. 1 Teach / 1 observe = Now, when Ms. White takes over, we have slowly changed rolls!! COOL

Less turmoil for the kiddos!! Great practice for Ms. White!!  Ease of giving control over by the CONTROL FREAK!!

Now including my AWESOME assistant, we have 3 teachers working continuously with students!! Lots of one-on-one conferencing with Cafe! Lots of guided reading!! Lots of math and writing conferences!! Best experience ever!!

Thanks Ms. White and Jacksonville State!!

If you have any tips to share, we would love to hear them!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Part II: Interactive Sight Word Flap Books, Readers, and More!

Part II: Interactive Sight Word Resources:
 Emergent Readers!

This FREE pack is for the sight word COME!  Our littles are having SUCH a hard time remembering this word for some reason.  And I swear, this word is in EVERY stinkin' book that we use to test them on fluency and comprehension.  And if they don't know it....boom!!!  It doesn't matter how well they do on everything else...this one word kills them.

So here is part 2!  You can check out Part I: Flap Books if you missed that post!

Here's the 2nd activity we included... 
Sight Word Emergent Readers---3 Levels!

Click either image to grab the pack for FREE in our TpT store!

 There are 3 versions of each reader so that you can choose the best fit for each of your kiddos. 

Level 1 has simple repetitive text. 

Level 2 has longer sentences, but still relies heavily on picture clues. 

Level 3 is the most challenging with more complex sentences. 

Students should circle the sight word come on pages 2 and 3.  For page 4, they will need to spell the word in the letter shape boxes.  

The books are made by folding in 1/2 and then in 1/2 again.  

Simply print,fold, and go!

We are creating individual packs for each sight word.  Then if your kiddos are having a hard time with any particular word, you can get the pack that works on that word.

If these work well for folks, we will bundle ALL of the sets and sell the set at a BIG discount.

Please tell us what you think of this pack. Can you see it working for your kiddos?  Is there a standard/skill you would like to see included?  We would LOVE any feedback you can give us!

We hope you enjoy the freebie!  We'll post about the last part over the next couple of days!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Rosa Parks for Young Kiddos

Happy Monday!! Hoping for a Second full week of school in a row!! Not looking hopeful because of another round of Wintery Craziness is headed to GA! Yikes!!

Anyway! We love discussing famous people with our Kiddos! They really become so interested and excited about learning! We are so excited that we just finished a mini pack on Rosa Parks! We really needed a recording form for kiddos to take notes, some emergent readers to guide a discussion and a place for students to write what they learned!  Our kiddos did such a great job!! They impress us more and more each day!!

Check out this fun mini pack! FREE today Only!

Let us know what you think!!!