Monday, March 16, 2015

My First Stitch Fix & a GIVEAWAY

After reading all about Stitch Fix from my friend, Maria at Kindercraze, I knew I had to try it.  Well, that was about a year ago... and about a year ago, I found out I was pregnant.  Knowing that I would soon be in maternity clothes, I had to put my trial of Stitch Fix on hold.  {This would no longer be the case though!  Stitch Fix now offers maternity!  You mean I wouldn't have had to wear the same 4 shirts over and over again during my pregnancy?}
So, now it was finally time to try it.  I headed back over to Stitch Fix and completed my Style Profile.  I also started loading up my Pinterest boards with clothing styles that I liked, so my Stitch Fix stylist could see my style and get some ideas.
I was so excited when my box arrived.
 The styling card is so helpful because it gives you some ideas for how to wear each of your items and what to pair them with.  Note to self...I desperately need to go shoe shopping!!
So, what was in my first fix?

1.  Cecily Crew Neck Sweater
I have to be honest, when I first saw it in my box, I wasn't impressed.  I mean, seriously, a boring gray sweater.  It's almost Spring and I'm sick of gray.  However, the more I looked at it and tried it with different things, the more I liked it.  I actually really like gray, and it was a great fit and super comfortable.  It was a perfect piece to add to my closet.
 
2. Arturo Fleece Jacket
This was really comfortable, but not flattering.  It was too big on me, and I am not in need of any more jackets right now.  Like I said earlier, it is almost Spring.  I want to be thinking about packing away my outerwear, not adding to the coat closet. ;)
 
3. Emily Lightweight Chevron Infinity Scarf
&
4. Connely Skinny Jean
 
I am a sucker for scarves.  I LOVE them, and this one was no different.  However, I just couldn't see spending $28 on a scarf that I can get cheaper somewhere else.
The black skinny jeans were the biggest surprise.  I don't do skinny jeans well.  They are always too long on me and they never seem to fit right.  These were perfect!!  They are more expensive than I would normally spend on a pair of pants, but they are seriously a perfect fit.
I tried them out with flats and a shirt that I already had.  The pants are definitely a keeper.
 
 
5. Kasia Tie Waist Dress
My last item was this dress.  I liked the color and the material, but I felt like it was too short for me.  I just didn't feel perfectly comfortable in this dress.  {Hello pasty, white legs that need some sunshine.}
I tried it with some black capri leggings as well.
 
Not bad, but not worth $68 to me.
 
So...final decision time.
Cecily Crew Neck Sweater - Keep
Arturo Fleece Jacket - Return
Emily Lightweight Chevron Infinity Scarf - Return

Connely Skinny Jean - Keep
Kasia Tie Waist Dress - Return
 
Want to try Stitch Fix?
Head on over to Stitch Fix and fill out your Style Profile.  Each fix will cost you a $20 styling fee, but if you choose to purchase an item from your fix, your styling fee is deducted from the cost of your clothes.  If you purchase all 5 items, you get them all at 25% off.  I'd love for you to use my referral code, and head on over.
 
Want to win a $20 Stitch Fix Gift Card?
Enter using the Rafflecopter below and then head on over to Kindercraze and ENTER HER GIVEAWAY as well!
 

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Monday, March 2, 2015

5 Step Fluency

I am always looking for ways to make fluency a little more fun for my students.  It is such an important skill for readers to develop because it is truly the bridge to comprehension.  When students don't have to put all of their effort into decoding the words they are reading, they can focus on comprehending what they are reading instead.
I came up with an idea called 5 Step Fluency.  These five steps could really be done with any passage, but I created a packet that includes everything you need.
The 5 Step Fluency approach includes:
1. Read It & Mark It - This is a cold read of the passage.  Give the student the passage and set a timer for 1 minute.  {For faster readers, you could give them 30 seconds instead.}  Have the student place a mark after the last word they read.
2.  Read at Your Own Pace - The second reading allows the student to read the entire passage at their own pace.  Do not time the student during this reading.
3.  Highlight Word Work - The third time going into the passage, the student will be focusing on a particular word work skill.  This truly is just another way for the student to reread the passage again, but for a different purpose.   Each passage in the packet includes a Word Work skill for the student to work on. 
4.  Silly Read - This is a fun way for students to reread the passage.  Students will be rereading like monsters, grandmas, pirates, and more.
5.  Read It & Mark It - This is exactly like the first step, but this time the students have now read the passage four times.  They will try to beat their score from the first read.



 
This packet includes 45 original passages.  I have included 3 different levels {15 of each} in the packet. 
You can check out the packet by clicking on the picture below.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/5-Step-Fluency-1741360
 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

March Nonfiction & a Sale

Where in the world did February go?  I can't even believe it's almost March.  My little one is now 3 months old and it has gone by in the blink of an eye. 
I was able to finish up my Nonfiction in March packet over the weekend.  It includes units on Rainbows, St. Patrick's Day, Inventors & Inventions (Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, & The Wright Brothers), & Magnets.
 
As always, these include a reading passage about the topic, comprehension questions, vocabulary words, fact cards, writing organizers, and more.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nonfiction-in-March-1720386
 
Now for some more exciting news!  Have you heard?  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Jodi-Southard
 
My entire store will be 20% off.  Then if you use the code HEROES at checkout, you will save an additional 10%.
Just click on the picture above to head on over to my store.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Ultimate Word Work Bundle

Towards the beginning of the year, I started putting together Word Work packets for each phonics skill that we were working on.  This started with the short vowel sounds.



 
These became a staple in our classroom each week.  They were perfect for a "no prep" work station because the students knew exactly what to do each week. 
Anyways, I finally finished all of my packets:  Short vowels, Long vowels (including silent e, ai/ay, ee/ea, igh/y, oa/oe, ew/ui), Digraphs, Beginning Blends, au/aw, oi/oy, ou/ow, oo, & Bossy R.
 
I decided to place ALL of my packets into one ULTIMATE bundle!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Work-The-Ultimate-Bundle-1708984
 
Just click on the picture above to head on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and check out the bundle.  I may eventually be adding to this (hard/soft c & g, ending blends, etc.) bundle. 
 


Friday, February 13, 2015

The WRITE Stuff, Baby!

Hi there friends!!  If y'all are anything like us then you are stoked about NKOTB being on tour right now! #ThrowbackGroupie  A few of my favorite blogging friends got together and we are super pumped to be hosting the "You Got the 'Write' Stuf, Baby!" writing resource giveaway in honor of these yummy guys and... 
our sweet little "new kids on the block!"  All of our precious families have recently grown (or are growing...Abby!) and we wanted to give away a few of our favorite writing resources to celebrate!! 
 
Check out what each of us are giving away below... 
(Click on our pics to visit our blogs and click on our babies to visit our resource in our TPT store)

http://www.darlininfirst.blogspot.com/
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HandwritingFine-Motor-Growing-Bundle-1629932
 
http://www.fun-in-first.blogspot.com/
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Picture-Perfect-Narrative-Writing-Photograph-Prompts-Graphic-Organizers-1104531
 
http://www.theinspiredapple.blogspot.com/
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Handwriting-Makes-Me-Happy-BUNDLE-All-Dolch-Words-1287160
 
http://flyinghighinfirst.blogspot.com/
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Launching-Writers-Workshop-lower-grades-852778
Click below for 8 chances to win our "You Got the 'Write' Stuff" Bundle!!  The winner will be announced Sunday evening!!  Good luck sweet friends!!
  


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Things I Love Book

Valentine's Day is just around the corner so it's the perfect time for kids to talk about things that they love.
I made this little "All About the Things I Love" booklet that would be perfect during this week before Valentine's Day.
I have included a variety of pages to choose from.  You can decide which ones fit best for your class or you can have your students customize their own book with the pages they want to include.
I also included this one page sheet that you can use separately.
Just click on the picture below to head on over to my TpT store.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Things-I-Love-Booklet-1701168
 
 


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Love is in the Air

Who doesn't love technology...especially when it's working correctly ;)  I'm teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers for a technology giveaway that you won't want to miss.  Can you feel the love in the air?
 
We are teaming up to give away an iPad Air! Then to add to the love, we are each having an additional giveaway on our blogs.  In addition to the iPad Air, I will be giving away an iTunes gift card.
Just click on both of the Rafflecopters below to enter to win.
 

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Don't forget to visit all of the other blogs and enter to win!
 

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