Saturday, April 19, 2014

4,000 Facebook Fans and Counting...

Happy Saturday to you all! :)
It was a great week in my room! :)  This week, the intermediate grades had FCAT and the whole week was topsy turvy!  We kept busy with lots of wonderful activites though!
The kids loved the Easter Egg Hunt we did on Wednesday!  We even saw a robin's nest complete with eggs!



We had a field trip to the Orlando Rep this week too!  We got to see The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!  It was a fun trip!  I was really glad that Brooke could come with us! Next week is her last week in the classroom! :(

This week I hit two really cool milestones!
I now have 4,000 fans on Facebook!


I also now have 1,500 followers on TPT! :)
Who would have ever thought so many of you would come along on this journey with me! :)


So, to celebrate my 4,000 milestone on Facebook...here is a brand new freebie! :)
 

 

 

 
If you would like to download this freebie for your own classroom, please click HERE, and don't forget to leave me some love in the comments! :)  I really am so encouraged by all of the comments! :) So, thanks so much! :)
And to continue the celebration...you have to stay tuned!


Check back on Wednesday for some really fun stuff!



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Fluency Folder






Do you have a fluency binder or folder for your kids?  Wat do you put in it?
Comment below with your thoughts. :)


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Product Swap: First Grade Smiles

Happy Sunday everyone! :)
I'm so excited to be a part of a product swap with several of my favorite firstie bloggers! :)
Before I get started...let me thank Cassie over at Adventures in Teaching! :)

Adventures in Teaching

She got us all together for this little bit of Sunday awesomeness! :)
Thanks so much Cassie! :)


Meet Melissa of
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First Grade Smiles
She has a wonderful set of writing papers that are easily added to any Daily 5 writing station! :)
I love how easy these are to use!

When you first open up the pack, you'll see that she has some generic writing papers that could be used from Kindergarten through second grade.  The versatility in the lines can be used by writers in any stage!

Within the pack, she's provided task cards that are not only specific to the theme of the month, but there are also options for the writing style as well!  You have a choice of opinion based prompts, narrative prompts, informational prompts, and year round style prompts to give students lots of different idea starters for writing!

My favorite part are the writing slips that are included to match the prompts!
In my room, students can use their writer's notebooks or writing paper provided in their centers for draft writing.  Having the slips available to the children to use makes it so much easier for them to get started and be INDEPENDENT!  Just glue and GO! :)

Every student has the purpose for their writing at the top of their writers notebook automatically! :)  No needing to visit with me to check on what to write about!
Because of the variety of prompts included in the pack, we have lots of opportunities throughout the month for shared writing experiences!  For example, this week, we'll be going on an egg hunt as a class!  There are several prompts that relate to an egg theme'.  Students will have the shared background knowledge to write competently about the topic!

This one pack was so good, I had to comb back through her store to see if there were others!
And guess what....

There WERE! :)
THANKS MELISSA!!!

This week, Melissa is blogging about how she uses my fluency passages for the spring in her classroom! :)
I can't wait to read it! :)  I hope you'll check it out! :)
You can click on Melissa's button above to be directed to the site!


There are other Firstie Friends that have swaped great products too! :)
Check out this list of fantastic bloggers!!

Click on any of the links below to check out who else was swappin' up some serious goodies this week!

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Would you like the chance to win Melissa's wonderful writing pack...or any of the other swappable goodies that are listed here?


 Fill out this rafflecopter for a chance to win!
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Helping Out Dawn

I wanted to write and tell you guys about something amazing that happened after something pretty awful.
This is my friend Dawn.
She is so much fun! :)  She teaches first grade at a school across the county from me.  She was my very first mentor teacher when I moved to this county and encouraged me to get my National Board Certification! :)
Love her! ;)
She's got two super great kids...Hailey and Ryan.
Two weeks ago, while Ryan was riding a gator with his granddad to get the Sunday morning paper, he fell off and hit his head.
Honestly, the most paralyzing feeling in the world is wanting to help and feeling helpless.  My heart immediately broke for Dawn in this situation.
She was told that Ryan would be in a coma for a few weeks before they could wake him, and she'd be out of school for the rest of the year.
I figured that I might be able to help her by gathering some things together for her classroom sub.
I really didn't know who would volunteer...it was kind of a shot in the dark...but...boy oh boy!
After I asked a few friends, it was a windfall!
Since then, Ryan has been steadily improving and the doctors feel that in time, he should make a full recovery.
We don't often get to celebrate each other, but I just wanted you guys to know that I have some of the most generous blogging buddies in the whole wide world! :)
Here are the bloggers that lent an hand this week, and the packs that they so generously sent out to my sweet friend!



If you are not following these sweet ladies...you should be!  They are fabulous teachers...AAAAND fabulous people as well!
I know that Dawn is overwhelmed by all of the love and support that people have shown her sweet family this last two weeks.  She may never meet any of the bloggers or prayer warriors who have been with her in spirit on this journey, but...she thanks you with all of her heart!
Thanks for helping me not feel helpless girls.
Thanks for helping me love on my friend when she needed it!
Love you all so very, very much!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Birthday Bash Giveaway Winners

Happy Wednesday Everyone! :)
I just wanted to announce the winners of my big birthday giveaway! :)



 If you didn't win...don't feel too badly! :) 
I have a brand new freebie on my Facebook Fan Page! :)
Make sure you are already following my page! :)
That way you'll be able to pick it up! :)
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Susanna made us brand new birthday clips for our birthday bash! :)
They are absolutely adorable!