Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cyber Monday SALE!!

It's officially the most wonderful time of the year! 
Yesterday, we went to the tree farm and picked out our Christmas tree.  My girls had so much fun coming home and decorating the house.  I just love Christmas! 
Anyways, have you heard...Teachers Pay Teachers is having their Cyber Monday + Tuesday sale starting this Monday!
Button by Ashley Hughes
 
I will be putting all of my TpT items on sale for 20% off, then you can use the code cmt12 at checkout to get an addition 10% off.
 
Stock up for December with some of my December products.


           


 
Here are some of my best sellers that you might be interested in.
 
Plus many, many, many more items.  You can head to my TpT store by clicking HERE.
 
You can bet that I will be busy today and tomorrow filling up my cart at TpT.  Here are some of the things that are already in my cart for the sale. {I will be adding MANY more.}
This adorable craft by A Cupcake for the Teacher.  She has the BEST crafts!!
 
This fun unit by Sharing Kindergarten
 
These sight word lists by A Teeny Tiny Teacher.  My students always need work with Sight Word Fluency and this will be perfect.
 
Happy Shopping Everyone!  I'm off to continue filling up my cart!
 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Common Core Morning Work for December

Wahoo!  My day off today allowed me to officially finish my Common Core Differentiated Morning Work for December.  I just started using these with my students last month, but I love them and I feel like it's great review for my students. 
 
This packet has 15 days worth of morning work instead of 20 because most schools will not be in session for the entire month of December.  {Therefore, saving you money.}

 
The thing I love about these sheets is that they are differentiated, but so similar that students will most likely not even notice.  My students have also loved reading the sight word fluency poems on the back.
You can find this packet by clicking below.

 
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!  I cannot even begin to tell you how thankful I am for the blogging community {followers, other bloggers, teachers, etc.}.  You have made me a better teacher and I am inspired every.single.day!  Happy Thanksgiving!
 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gearing up for December and Sparkly E

Last week, we began working on words with silent e.  This is always a turning point for many of my students because all of the sudden, everything they think they understand about stretching out words, changes. 
You may remember this post from last year about Sparkly E.
I introduce Sparkly E to my students by saying, "Here is a word {mad} and along comes Sparkly e.  Sparkly e is just so beautiful and fancy that "a" has to introduce itself.  'Hi!  Nice to meet you.  My name is A.'  Sparkly e doesn't say anything back because it's silent, but the vowel says it's name."
Here is a song that we sing together.
 
We practice making words together.
 
Then the students make their own by using glitter glue on index cards and gluing them onto a popsicle stick.
 
I put the song and some word cards together into one packet that you can download for free by clicking below.

Example of the word cards.
 
I am also gearing up for December!!  I have completed my December Poems and Songs Packet.

 
I have also officially aligned my December, January, and February Fluency packets to the Common Core and have added the standards on each passage.  If you have already purchased any of these, you may redownload them to get the updated version.


 
You can also get ALL three months in one packet by purchasing the Winter Fluency Packet {which is also Common Core Aligned.}
 
Still to come...December Differentiated Morning Work.  I'm only about a quarter of the way done, but with only a 2 day week ahead of me and five glorious days off, I plan to finish it by next weekend :)
 
 
 
 

 


Monday, November 12, 2012

Addition Fact Strategies

I am loving today!!  We have the day off to celebrate Veterans Day.  So, first off I have to say, THANK YOU VETERANS!!  Not for the day off, but for all of the sacrifices you make for our freedom.  My brother is in the Air Force and is currently serving our country overseas.  I could not be more proud of him!
This weekend, I have been working hard to complete this packet and I am really excited that I finally finished it.
We use Everyday Math at our school and while I love parts of it, I feel like it's really lacking in addition fact practice.  We have to supplement every year with other things.  I have been wanting to make this packet for awhile and I'm so glad it's finally done and ready for me to get started right away!
The packet includes 8 addition strategies that you can introduce.  I will be introducing one a week.  Each strategy includes a poster, a song to help your students learn the strategy, a parent letter, and practice pages. 
You can check it out by clicking below.

 
 
 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Veterans Day

Did you vote today?  I am so glad Election Day is finally here.  I am so sick of political ads!!  But, I am feeling patriotic so I came up with a Veteran's Day freebie for you.

 Click HERE to download it at TpT for free.  {I tried to put it on Google Docs, but it wasn't cooperating with me tonight.}
We will also be completing this Veteran's Day booklet this week.
 
You can check it out by clicking HERE.
 


Sunday, November 4, 2012

November Writing Prompts and Demolition

What a weekend!!  After an extremely busy week, we have had a whirlwind of a weekend.  I finished up this writing unit and posted it on TpT on Friday night, but am just now getting around to blogging about it.
It includes 11 different writing prompts to get you through the month of November.  Your students will be using a variety of writing genres including Persuasive, Informative, Narrative, Letter Writing, and Making Lists. 
You can find it by clicking below.  Click on the download preview button to download a free sample of the unit.

 
 Here is what our weekend has consisted of....kitchen demolition!!!!
We bought our fixer upper house about 8 1/2 years ago and the first thing we wanted to do was remodel our kitchen.  It was tiny and really outdated.  However, we started remodeling other rooms and never got around to the kitchen.  Plus, kitchen remodels are expensive and we had to save that long to do it.  Well, the time has finally arrived and the contractors start on Monday :)
Here is our old kitchen:
Not horrible, but really small and the cabinets were tiny.  We couldn't even fit a full sized dinner plate in them.
Now, our house was built in 1890, so we have found some pretty interesting things while remodeling, but this one is the icing on the cake.  My husband knocked out one of the shelves in our cabinets and found out it was actually a Ouija Board that was painted white on the bottom.
And...when did we find this? Halloween!!!  Talk about creepy.
This is a picture of the lovely wallpaper that was behind our cabinets.
That is one of about 6 different types of wallpaper that we found in our kitchen.
Anyways, here are some pictures of what I am living in now and will be for the next 2 months.
This is my current kitchen.  The wall between our kitchen and dining room was removed.
What is that sitting in plastic in the middle of the room?  Oh, that would be my washer and dryer!
 
Because our laundry room is part of the remodel.  This is what that looks like now.
 
So we will have dirty dishes and dirty clothes for awhile ;)
This is our temporary kitchen that we set up in our foyer.  We will make it work, even though it's driving me c-r-a-z-y!
 
The worst part though is definitely the dust!  My husband taped everything off with plastic and sealed it with duct tape, but it is seeping through the walls and under the baseboards.
This is not the kitchen below...this is in the living room!
 
  There is a layer of dust EVERYWHERE!
 
But, it will all be worth it in the end!  That is what I keep telling myself :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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