Monday, June 29, 2015

Free Editable Calendar

I am currently on vacation at Lake Michigan, but a rainy morning, and a sleeping baby let me get a little bit of work done.  First, I have to share this picture of Maria from Kindercraze, Marsha from Differentiated Kindergarten, and myself.
On Friday, my husband had a work meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so we came up a day early for our family vacation.  My Michigan blogging friends were SO sweet because they drove over and met me for the day.  I just love these girls!
I have been getting a lot of reminders lately to update my School Calendar Freebie for the 2015-2016 school year, and I finally had a chance to work on it.
This calendar includes two different editable versions.  Just click on the picture above to head on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Free Printables for Parents

I shared these last year as a Fan Freebie on my Facebook page, but I went ahead and threw them into my Teachers Pay Teachers store as a freebie.  This seems to be an easier way for some people to get the files.  I like to send these home during Parent-Teacher Conferences, but they are also perfect to include in a Welcome Packet for back to school.  Just click on any of the pictures below to head on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
I'd love for you to leave me some feedback in my store after you download them.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Using Songs in Your Classroom

Oh, hi!  Remember me?  I'm the one that used to blog around here ;)  Then, this thing called life got in the way.  Blog posts just take a r-e-a-l-l-y long time to write, so I find myself posting on Instagram WAY MORE OFTEN than I do here.
So, after a little bit of a creating hiatus (I've been working on my SDE I Teach 1st presentations instead), I finally finished this A Year of Songs packet.
I love using songs during our school day!  Kids LOVE to sing.  They sing with abandon, and they do not care who is listening.  I, on the other hand, cannot carry a tune to save my life!  You will NEVER catch me doing karaoke.  Thankfully, 1st graders don't judge, and I can get away with singing to them ;)
Our Classroom Community Meetings each morning are the perfect time to add song to our day.  I included some general "welcoming" songs to start your day.
I also included songs to fit some common themes that you may be teaching this school year.  It's all about integration!!!
Every song comes in a color, and a black and white version.  The color version is perfect for displaying on an easel or on a document camera.  The black and white version is great for song and/or poetry journals.  Your students will love practicing these songs, and it's perfect for working on fluency!

I also love the idea of printing these 4 to a sheet, laminating them, and putting them on a metal ring.  You can carry the songs with you for those times when you may need a quick song to fill "wait time," or put the songs at a literacy station for your students to sing.
My girls always like to try out my items, so here is a little video of my soon to be 3rd grader teaching my soon to be Kindergartener one of the songs.
This is the song that they were singing.
Here is the Table of Contents, so you can see which themes are covered in the packet.
Head on over to my TpT store to check out this packet of 37 songs.
Do you use songs in your classroom?


Friday, June 5, 2015

Stitch Fix #4

It was Stitch Fix time again this week.  I left a note for the stylist that I would be going to Michigan at the end of the month, and then to Vegas shortly after that. 
{4 of my 5 items were black, so I'm guessing people wear a lot of black in Michigan and Vegas.}
I was pretty pleased with my fix overall.  I feel like they are starting to get the hang of what might be my style (even though I don't even know most of the time), and what will fit well.
So, here's my fix.
1. Sanctuary Kai Dress

This is not something that I would have picked up in the store, but that's what I love about Stitch Fix.  I put it on, and actually really loved it.
The material is super lightweight and comfortable.  It will be perfect for the hot Vegas weather.  I also loved it paired with a sweater, if I want to eventually wear it to work.
2. Kut From the Cloth Lily Cutoff Denim Short
3. Fun2Fun Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse
While I do really need some new denim shorts, these were not the ones for me. They don't look too bad from the front, but I really hated the pockets in the back.  They looked like "mom jeans."  They were a little saggy, and needed some embellishment on the pockets or something.
The shirt wasn't bad, but there was just something about it that made me feel like it was on backwards.  The details at the top were pretty, but I just couldn't see myself wearing this very often, if at all.
4. 19 Cooper Jazz Embroidery Detail Blouse
I liked this top because it was very comfortable, and I feel like I could really dress it up, or make it a little more casual.  I kind of wish it wasn't black because this time of year, I love some brighter colors.
I also liked that the back was a little different.
5.  Eight Sixty Maresa Mesh Sleeve Dress
I liked the look of this one on, and it was pretty comfortable, but the material was super thick and heavy.  I would have been SO hot in Vegas!  I probably would have kept this one if it had been a different color.  Again with the black!  I LOVE black clothes, but give me some color! decision time.
Kai Dress- Keep
Lily Cutoff Denim Short- Return
Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse- Return
Jazz Embroidery Detail Blouse- Keep
Maresa Mesh Sleeve Dress - Return
Overall, I liked most of the items in the box. 
 Do you 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.  Just click HERE to use my referral code.

Friday, May 15, 2015

End of the Year Book

The end is near!  Can you believe it?!
I made this End of the Year booklet that's a perfect keepsake for your students to complete during the last week of school.
I included a version for Kindergarten, as well as two separate versions for 1st and 2nd grade.  (One very similar to the Kindergarten version, and one with more space to allow your students to do more writing.)
You can check out this booklet by clicking on the picture below.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Summer Activity Calendar {FREEBIE}

The school year is almost over.  This is the time of year when I start to panic.  Did I teach them everything I needed to teach?  Are they ready for 2nd grade?  What if they forget everything over the summer?  Add in all of the regular end of the year chaos, and it leads to a lot of sleepless nights ;)
A couple of years ago, I made this summer activity calendar to send home with my students.  It has a very quick activity for each day of summer break.  I wanted to keep those brains engaged, but still let them be able to enjoy the pure freedom of a childhood summer!
These calendars are perfect for parents to hang on the refrigerator or keep in the car. (Car rides always seem to be the perfect place to sneak in some academic skills.  Maybe it's because the kids are buckled in, and can't go anywhere.  Whatever works right?)
You can download this FREEBIE by clicking HERE or either of the pictures above.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Stitch Fix Treat for Teachers

I hope all of you had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week.  Just know that you are ALL appreciated!
As one last treat for Teachers Appreciation Week, I'm joining some of my blogging friends to bring you a HUGE Stitch Fix Giveaway!
I just received my 3rd fix this week, and I still love it!  It's just so much fun to get a package in the mail and be able to try on clothes at home.  With a baby and two super busy daughters, it is almost impossible to get out and shop.
It was a hot-mess kind of a week (crying, cranky baby, plus a husband with a broken arm and a concussion), so I have misplaced my slip with the "official" names of these items.  I don't have the names and brands of the items, but I do have pictures.
1. High Waisted Black Pants
The fit on these wasn't too bad.  They were maybe a little bit long, and kind of bunched at the bottom.  I really didn't mind these, but they were more expensive than I was willing to pay, plus it's almost summer.  I do not need any more black pants right now.
2.  Teal Hi-Lo Shirt
I LOVE this shirt.  It is so comfortable!  The material is super soft!  I am definitely one that dresses for comfort the majority of the time, so I liked that I could dress this up or make it more casual.
3. Spoon Necklace 
This necklace was cute.  It did look like little spoons hanging from the chain ;)
4. Blue Cross Front Dress
 This is my favorite Stitch Fix item so far!  I LOVE that it is SO comfortable, yet still flattering.  Plus, I'm a sucker for blue!
5.  Coral Bomber Jacket
Ummmm.....just no! decision time.
Black Pants- Return
Teal Hi-Low Shirt - Keep
Spoon Necklace- Return
Blue Dress - Keep
 Coral Bomber Jacket - Return
Do you 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.  Just click HERE to use my referral code.

Now, here is the exciting part!  You can enter below to win a $200 gift card to Stitch Fix.  Then you can scroll on down and enter to win a separate $20 gift card.

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Make sure you head on over to enter Maria, Mary, & Marsha's giveaways as well.

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