Saturday, June 27, 2015

Camp GoNoodle

The time of year when teachers go back to normal.  
But also the time of year when parents truly appreciate their child's teacher!  ;)  

If you are looking for something to help keep your kiddo's active, entertained, and occupied this summer, then I have the perfect program for you!

This summer, GoNoodle is launching a free summer program called Camp GoNoodle that helps kids stay active, use their imaginations, and explore their world. Each week in July, there will be a set of adventures to complete, two Camp GoNoodle songs to learn, and a badge to earn!

Once you join (totally free), you’ll receive an email when the new weekly adventure
has arrived. Your child can go to to check it out on their own, or you
can do the adventures together as a family.

To join, go to, and sign up for a free parent account. If you already
have a GoNoodle home account, all you need to do is look for your first Camp
GoNoodle email on June 29.

My class LOVES GoNoodle!  It helps us help us get the wiggles out, focus, dance, stretch, practice mindfulness, and much more!   GoNoodle is free and easy to use.  All you need is a computer with internet access and you are good to go!  

What are you waiting for?  
Head over here to check it out!

My Camp GoNoodle Summer Faves!

Attention Bloggers!
Want to help spread the word AND win some amaing GoNoodle Swag?
1.  Grab the GoNoodle Linky Images for your blog post.
2.  Fill in the linky image answering the questions.
3.  Write a blog post about Camp GoNoodle.
4.  Use this inlinkz code in your post so everyone who links up will show up on your page, too.

Friday, June 26, 2015


Last year I couldn't find an alphabet that I liked that also matched my classroom color scheme.  
So I ended up making my own.  
I absolutely LOVED it!  

This year I'll be making one using Schoolgirl Style's Hello Sunshine theme.  
Since I'm using her templates, I won't be able to post it.  

Two of my co-workers this year wanted to update their classrooms and asked me to help them.  
Now I have two new beautiful alphabets to share with you!  
They both wanted simple, cursive alphabets, since they teacher upper grades.  
I absolutely LOVE how beautiful and simple they are!

I also just figured out how to add custom categories in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  
Now you can find all three of my alphabets in one place!

Great news!  
All of my alphabets are on sale this weekend!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dare to Dream

It's time for week 2 of the TpT Seller Challenge!  
This week is all about our dreams with TpT.

I started blogging in 2010 as a way to share ideas with fellow teachers, as well as the parents of students in my class.  I offered lots of free activities and downloads, and never planned on selling on teachers pay teachers.  But after many of my blogger buddies started, I thought it seemed like a great way to make a few extra dollars.  I had no idea the possibilities and outcomes TpT could bring me!  It has already helped me pay off my debts, start a savings, and pay for a few trips to visit family and friends.  It's been a wonderful blessing! 

Today I sat down and thought about what I'd love to my future with TpT to be.  

I have started to build a small savings, but of course would like that to keep building.  I'd like to have money for when emergencies come up or future purchases (car, house, etc).  I just want to be prepared.  :)

My family all lives up in Canada.  For some reason, I chose to live in the warmth of AZ instead of the bitter cold of Canada.  That makes it a little difficult to see them as often as I'd like.  While I don't want to move back to Canada (I can't handle all that cold!), I would love to be able to visit more often than once or twice a year.  I'd love to make it back for birthdays, baptisms, and other special events.  

Inspire and Be Inspired
Reading other teacher blogs and browsing their TpT stores has inspired me so much!  I find amazing ideas for my classroom and love all the inspiration they give me.  Likewise, I love to be that inspiration to others.  I love sharing my ideas and activities with other teachers.  New teachers have it so good with all these teachers on social media.  Oh the teacher I could have been when I first began teaching!  

I want to see the world!  I went to Hawaii two years ago and that gave me the travel bug.  I don't have specific places in mind.  I just want to see it all!!  

Bottom line:  I want to enjoy life.  I don't want finances to be a reason why I can't do something or go somewhere.  I dream of the freedom Teachers Pay Teachers can provide me.  

What are your dreams?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Best Gift

This year I received one of my most treasured gifts!

Two of the parents from my class got together and made this ADORABLE photo book!  The best part was, they {and my entire class} kept it a secret for so long.  They copied pictures from my phone, blog, and instagram to use without me having a clue.  I'm so glad, because it was the best surprise!  Each two page spread has a sentence starter that each child finished.  My parents kept each child's exact answer, incorrect spellings and all!  It is too adorable!  

I wish I could show you the entire book.  It literally melted my heart!

Here are all the questions my class answered.  

Any teacher would LOVE a book like this.  
It is definitely something I'll treasure forever!
Click here to download the questions for yourself.  

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Makeover Madness!


I am so thankful for these four, sweet ladies who started this amazing challenge!  

Sparkling in Second

Peppy Zesty Teacherista

At the beginning of the challenge, I recorded my stats.  
Even though I started in 2013, I still feel like a newbie.  It takes me FOREVER to find the time to perfect a product.  I'm excited for this challenge to give me the boost I need.

The first challenge was a MAKEOVER!  Too much fun!  I have some products in dire need of a makeover.  When I first started creating for TpT in 2013, I used word and had a limited knowledge of clip arts and fonts.  Now that I use powerpoint, I am blown away with how easy is it to create!  

I have two completely redone products to share with you.  

First up, my Handprint Calendars.

My Handprint Calendars have been COMPLETELY redone!  I kept the main font the same {how can you go wrong with Cara Carroll???} but added a few other matching fonts.  I also redid the look of the calendars.  Before I only included black and white for Canada and US.  Now there are color versions, too.  I also included some with holidays, some without, some with the premade calendar numbers, and some completely blank.  And, the best part is, they are now EDITABLE!!!  

My second makeover was one of my very first products, Counting with Cookies.  I converted everything over to powerpoint, redid the cover, fonts, and graphics.  I also added a couple more independent practice pages.  

Both of these products are on sale in my TpT Store for the rest of the week!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Parent Appreciation Gift

Do you have parent volunteers in your classroom?  

Some years I have had tons of parent volunteers and other years I have had none.  Let me tell you, parent volunteers make all the difference!  My volunteers do everything from copying, cutting, assembling, filing, sorting, working with students, and much more!  I could not have survived this school year without my amazing parent volunteers.  So, to show a little appreciation for all their hard work, I gave them this little gift.  

I put movie tickets, popcorn, and this note in a bag.  It was quick, easy, and they loved it!  You can grab your copy of the note here.  

How do you show your parent volunteers you appreciate them?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

3rd Grade Here I Come!

I am so thankful for the big Teachers Pay Teachers Sale!  I loaded up my cart with a bunch of materials to use in 3rd Grade next year.  I left a lot on my wish list, but purchased plenty of fun to start the year.  

Here's what I bought:

I'm still going to use Class Dojo next year, and thought these would be a nice addition.  

I found out today that I get to teach ART once a week just for fun!  No CCSS alignment, no craft to accompany their writing, just ART!  You better believe I snatched up this growing set of directed drawings to use throughout the year.  

I'll start the year off right with these fun centers!

A few fun packs more aligned to 3rd Grade math. 

I thought a biography would be a fun way to start off the year.  But we'll see!

You've got a few more hours left to take advantage of the sale!  

Check out my TpT Store here.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Sale

The big TpT Teachers Appreciation Sale is starting soon!  
My little store is on sale, too!  

Don't forget to leave feedback on all your past purchases, in order to earn TpT credits!  Check out this tip I recently learned.  

I've got my cart loaded up with lots of new resources for my move up to 3rd grade.   Now that I will be looking for 3rd grade materials, I need to find new teachers to follow.

Who are your favorite 3rd Grade teachers to follow on Teachers Pay Teachers?

Wrapping Up The Year - Birthdays!

I am linking up with our awesome collaborative blog, Hello Sunshine!
This month, we are sharing ideas to help wrap up the school year.  I'll be sharing another fun, end of the year idea on the Hello Sunshine blog tomorrow.  Be sure to check it out!  :)

I became a little too obsessed with the Elf on the Shelf at Christmas time.  As soon as I saw the birthday version, I bought it instantly and knew I HAD to figure out a way to use it in the classroom.  

And I did!

During the school year we celebrate individual birthdays minimally.  We sing to the child and they get to take home a small birthday gift from me.  They are allowed to bring treats to pass out during lunch.  In order to make each child feel special and enjoy their birthday, I like to have one big birthday party at the end of the year.  I bring cupcakes, we play games, and have a really fun time!  I'm super excited to involve the birthday edition of Elf on the Shelf this year.  My class LOVED having the Elf on the Shelf visit us during Christmas, and I know they’ll LOVE seeing him back at our birthday party. 

I also included a behavior management aspect.  To help manage the kiddos during the last month of school, they are going to need to earn the birthday party.  In the note the elf leaves, he explains that he will be watching their behavior each day and reporting to Santa.  If the class displayed appropriate behavior, he will leave them a green dot to put on the present.  If the class did not display appropriate behavior, he will leave them a red dot to put on the present.  The class needs to have 15 green dots on the present, in order for the elf to be allowed to come to the party.  

What's included in this packet?
-Directions for how to set it all up
-Invitations, Thank-You Notes, and Weekly Reflections 
-An Acceptance letter from the Elf
-A Classroom Management plan incorporating the Birthday Elf
-Blank Calendars for April, May, and June 2015
-My calendar for May filled out with elf antics
-Poems to accompany each day
-9 Birthday Party Game Ideas

Click here to check it out!

Now go link up with Hello Sunshine to share with us how you wrap up the year!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Currently May

It's time for another round of Currently with Farley.  
I haven't joined in the fun for a while and am excited to be back in the game!  :)

Listening: It's Saturday morning, and that means laundry/cleaning!

Loving: I am in love with Arizona weather!  We just hit 100 this week and am eager to get to the pool this afternoon!

Thinking:  This has been a wild week full of changes!  I am so thrilled to announce that I am looping up to 3rd grade with my class next year!  I may have said some comments this year on how I love this class so much and want to go to 3rd with them.  I really didn't think that would happen, but it did!  I am THRILLED to spend another year with them.  They are the sweetest group of kiddos ever!  It doesn't get much better than this!  :)

Wanting:  I really need to slow down time.  I always rush through the end of the school year and don't take the time to really enjoy these last few weeks.  Although, now that I get to move up with them, I'm a little less sad.  I'm still trying to frantically get everything finished as soon as possible, so I can spend my last few weeks in 2nd enjoying our time together.

Needing:  That being said, I really need to get my grading finished this week  Luckily I enjoy grading a lot more when I can do it by the pool!  :)

Summer Yes:  Vegas!!!  I am beyond excited to go to the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference this summer.  I was so jealous of everyone who got to go last year.  I can't wait to meet and mingle with so many amazing bloggers/tpt sellers!

Summer Hope:  My life has really gotten out of control this year.  I focused WAY too much on school work, and let my diet, exercise, and personal life go by the wayside.  My goal this summer is to complete a Whole 30 and a Couch to 5K program.  #noexcuses

Summer Dream:  Every summer I plan on doing some serious organization but I never really get to it.  The pool just ends up sounding so much more appealing.  Ha, maybe this year!

Head on over to Farley's Blog to check out what everyone else is currently up to!  I love reading these blog posts!

Happy Saturday!