Friday, October 2, 2015

[The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener]

Something pretty awesome showed up in my inbox this morning! These are the best pencil sharpeners of all time! (Seriously, ask any teacher that has one!). 

And something new and super fun is coming soon from the makers of The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener... 
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Monday, August 3, 2015

[Waves Hello...] Daily Calendar Work for First Grade

Well, guys, I have some news. After 19 years of teaching (which is basically my entire adult life!), I am taking a leave of absence for the 2015-16 school year. It's still freakishly weird for me to not be getting my classroom ready, and planning the first week of school, and...and...and. But on the flip side, this is so great!!!  

My plans for the year are to do a lot of nothing. ;)

Just kidding. I've started designing digital scrapbook kits (if you're a digital scrapbooker, I'd love for you to come follow me on Etsy). I hope to expand my skills in that area with some fun school clip art and papers and borders and...and...and... 

I also will be doing more photography. 

And - I'll be going back through the things I have created in the past to update and improve them. There will also be new activities and lessons posted hopefully weekly here on the blog. Some resources will be free and some resources will still cost money. (This no paycheck thing is kind of scary!!).

The first new product I'm listing is a daily calendar and number sense pack. I developed this in January because I really was not a fan of the calendar program we were given. My kiddos LOVED calendar time once we implemented this! They really caught on quickly and became rockstars at money, time, counting by tens and ones, expanded notation, and creating equations.  Because the only thing that changes from month to month is the actual calendar to fill in the date and the graph (because we totally ran out of grid on the sunny day bar by like April!!), this becomes a great morning routine that the students look forward to and enjoy.

You can find it on Teacher's Notebook. Incidentally, I'm having a sale. :)  And...just for fun, the first 3 commenters here (YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS in your comment or email me directly!) will receive the full file free! 

Have a super great day - and good luck with school! I know I'm going to miss it, but right now, this is what my family and I need.

Monday, January 19, 2015

[Detective Scoot FREEBIE!!] CCSS 1.OA.D.7

One more game.  One more chance for my littles to practice this before the test. I'm pretty sure that I found and fixed any errors.  However, if you see something out of place, PLEASE let me know.  Image is linked.  This one's free for a few days.  Maybe forever.  

Bread is rising, and I'm going to do something.  Not sure what.  Maybe play with paper.  Maybe make a game for the next chapter.  Maybe make a review sheet for Go Math Chapter 5.  Maybe have a nap.  Wouldn't that be so nice?!

McKayslin and I went to town today and found some great things to decorate Kenton's grave for Valentine's Day.  Tomorrow after school we'll stop to see our boy, take down Christmas (finally!), and put up llloooove day.  Thursday marks 2 years that Kenton's been gone.  This is a super hard week for our family.  Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

[Cattle Round-Up] CCSS 1.OA.D.7

CCSS1.OA.D.7 ~ Understand the meaning of the equal sign and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false

Here we go again.  ;)  Image is linked.  $2 at Teacher's Notebook.  Practicing equations with values of 1-6 only in this set.

Last night my brain tumbled around and around and over and over with game ideas for this concept.  This is the one I settled on this morning, although I may or may not have a game of SCOOT in the works also.

I find that once I start working on games/plans/etc... just being creative ... that my creativity increases like crazy and I have ideas tumbling about in my head all the time.  That makes me happy and I am determined to not let go of this chain of creativity that seems to have found me.  It usually doesn't stick around for more than a few days, so I need to harness it and use it while I can.  

Gratefully Luke just picks up all the slack all the time, and more so when I get locked into creative mode.  Yesterday he washed the dishes, did all the laundry, and swept and vacuumed the whole house.  I'm pretty spoiled.

Have a great Sunday!  Hopefully I'll "see" you tomorrow with something else new and fun.

Friday, January 16, 2015


Wowsers did my kiddos ever struggle with this concept!  CCSS 1.OA.D.7 ~ Understand the meaning of the equal sign and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false.

They did better yesterday than Wednesday, but a little more practice is absolutely necessary before our chapter test.  

So last night while Luke was off playing basketball with some friends, and McKayslin was sleeping, I sketched out this little game.  And this morning, I pulled up some of my favorite clip art and boom!  Here's the game we'll be using for review!

TRUE OR FALSE - the image is linked to the FREE download.  There are 10 pages.  5 in color and 5 in black and white.  Same game.  Same cards.  

Happy Friday!  :)

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

[crickets and tumbleweeds...] and Martin Luther King, Jr. - a math and literacy pack

I think that's all you hear when you come by my little blog anymore.  Life's still crazy hard and I mostly feel like I'm flying by the seat of my pants all.the.dang.time.  Whatevs, right?  We all have hard stuff.  Thanks for sticking with me.  I really hope to spend some time in the next couple of weeks updating my blog and old products and getting some of the new stuff up on Teacher's Notebook and perhaps (hint, hint!) a few FREE resources only for those who actually read this poorly neglected bloggity blog.

I just uploaded the pack I've been using with my class this week (and will continue to use next week) about Martin Luther King, Jr.  It's a dandy pack chock full of literacy and math for first grade (CCSS aligned).

You can find it at Teacher's Notebook (click on the image).  It's $5 and has at least 5 days of activities.  We're on day 4 and still have a bunch of material left to use (we spend between 30-45 minutes a day on this).

I'm also giving away ONE copy of this pack tomorrow morning - all you have to do is leave a comment with your email right here on this post before midnight on January 15, 2015.  I'll choose one winner from all the entries (and really, there are only about 3 people who actually still read, so your chances are pretty darn great!) and send you the file in the morning.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Snakes_Half Day Sub Plan

I love these half day sub plan kits!  I keep a couple of sets copied and ready to go in my binder all the time for those days that I just can't make it into school (I've already used 2 of them this year!!!).

There are several sets available on Teacher's Notebook - at $5 each, it's pretty cheap peace of mind for days that writing out extensive sub plans just isn't going to happen.  If you want to check them out, here are the links:

Today only (November 4, 2014), I'll send you the latest set (SNAKES) free if you leave me a comment with your email address.  :)

Each kit contains a foldable mini book, vocabulary sheets, 2 pages of story problems (addition and subtraction) with model drawing examples, 2 pages of number sense work related to the story problems, and writing plan and publishing sheets for a report about the animal.

This half day plan (more than) covers the time that isn't programmed at my school.  We have Tier II reading groups for an hour, and specials for 40 minutes (except for Friday), plus lunch and recess times.  I haven't had a substitute make it all the way through a full set of plans yet.  (Which is totally fine, because then I can use the rest of the material to fill in those extra moments during the day when I'm back).

Today is Kenton Day.  The day we stop at the cemetery to see our boy.  Tuesdays are always a little more tender.  A little sadder.  I appreciate your continued support and prayers, and hope that you have a wonderful day!