Friday, January 30, 2015

Five for Friday

It's Friday!  I have to be honest though, being on maternity leave, I can't keep track of what day it is ;)  Definitely not a bad thing, right?
I am linking up today for Five for Friday.
1.  Have you ever heard of Boogie Boards?

We got these for our girls for Christmas and they love them.  My 4 year old uses it to take orders when she's playing restaurant, which is too cute.
My 7 year old practices her spelling words on it each week.
 You write on them with the stylus.  Then you can erase it with the push of a button.  Wouldn't these be great in the classroom?!  I am going to look into getting some for my students.
{Yes, my daughter is in her winter coat and hat.  She was practicing her bonus words this morning before getting on the bus.}
2.  If you have purchased my Flip & Read Bundle...I finished the 3rd set and added it to the bundle.
I hope to add at least one more level to this bundle, possibly more.
3.  Have you ever used essential oils?  I tried them out for the first time a couple weeks ago and I LOVED them.  My favorite so far is lavender.  I have NEVER slept well.  Add in a newborn...and I was just plain exhausted!  I started putting some lavender on my feet at night and I sleep SO much better!  Yes, my baby still wakes me up wanting to eat around 4:00, but when I do sleep, I sleep well!
There are so many different uses for essential oils!  I was so excited about them, that I signed up to be a doTERRA consultant {mainly to take advantage of the 25% discount for consultants.}  You can visit my site at if you are in need of any oils or if you have any questions.  {You can also email me.}
*They even have oil combinations to support a healthy immune system.  Can you say perfection for teachers during cold and flu season?
4.  Let's talk TV.  I feel like it's been forever since anything has been on TV.  Thank goodness for Netflix!  However, last night was TV heaven!
Did you watch the series finale of Parenthood?  Tears! Tears! Tears!  It was such a great show and the finale was just perfect!
Then, I am obsessed with ABC's Thursday line up of shows.

5. I finished another Word Work set.
I am working on au/aw, oo, and oi/oy as well.
Have Friday!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

I'm linking up for Wordless Wednesday today.
I have NO idea why I have never linked up before, but I love this concept.  You basically post one picture and a question. 
Technically, this is two pictures, but I put them together as one.
The top is my "office" now...the kitchen counter.  It drives me crazy because I have stuff spread out everywhere and it takes up precious counter space.  The bottom is the room that I want to make into my office.  It's a "formal living room" that we really don't use and I want to turn that empty space into my office. 
My question to you is, do you have an office or do you find yourself working on the kitchen counter or couch?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nonfiction in February

January has just flown by so far.  I'm pretty sure it's because I've been home with the baby, but I also think the warmer than normal January temperatures have made it go by faster than usual as well.
Anyways, I finished my Nonfiction in February packet.  I love all of the fun topics in February!
You will find nonfiction units for each of the topics above all in this one packet!

You can click on the cover page below to head on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
*Don't forget that if you have already purchased my A Year of Nonfiction Bundle, you can go and redownload it to get the February packet at no additional cost.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Flip Book FREEBIE

Nothing like a last minute Martin Luther King, Jr. activity, but I made it a FREEBIE for you to make up for it. 
I realize that I may be a little obsessed with these Flip Books lately, but they are just so fun!
This Flip Book contains a two page biography about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and his accomplishments.

 The last page contains vocabulary words that you can discuss and comprehension questions to check for understanding.
You can download this FREEBIE by clicking on the picture below.
I hope you are enjoying Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Flipping for Reading

I cannot even tell you how excited I am about this new product!
I'd like to introduce you to what I'm calling Flip & Reads.
I liked my New Year's Flip Book so much that I wanted to use the same idea for something else.  As I was feeding the baby the other day, I came up with this idea.
Each flip book includes a cover page, a story, a graphic organizer, and a comprehension question page.

This unique format makes reading comprehension a little more exciting.  My daughter couldn't wait to try it out!

It made my teacher heart happy to see how easy it was for her to flip back to the story to check her answers.

When she was finished, she actually wanted to do the rest of the stories that I had already printed out.
This first set that I have completed is my Level 1 set.
This set would work well for Kindergarten readers, 1st graders, or even 2nd graders.  The Level 1 Flip & Reads includes 12 different stories.
So, here's the deal...since I knew I would be making more levels of these, I went ahead and created a growing bundle.
Right now, this bundle only contains the Level 1 set, but will include all of my future levels.  The price is higher than just the Level 1, but in the long run, the bundle is a much better deal because I will be increasing the price of the bundle each time I add a new level. However, you will be able to download the packet at no additional cost once you purchase it at the lowest price.  
I have already been working on writing the stories for the Level 2 packet and I hope to have it posted before the weekend.
So, what do you think about Flip & Reads?

I {Heart} Penguins

This is the time of year when I begin teaching about penguins.  I love penguins.  They are just so dang cute!
Here are some great nonfiction penguin books.
You can click on the pictures below to find each of these books.


You will also find a section about penguins in my Nonfiction in January packet.
I also love to throw in some fiction penguin fun as well.  Tacky the Penguin books are perfect for that!

This packet pairs perfectly with the Tacky books.
Just click on the picture above to check out this packet.
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