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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Calendars and Labels: A Start to My Classroom Organization Tour!

Organization could probably be my middle name. I like to organize things that are organized. I thought it would be fun to share some of my classroom organization and teaching organization! This post is mainly about calendars and labels, but stay tuned because the rest will be coming soon! :)

Calendars...who doesn't love calendars? I use these in my personal lesson plan binder but you can also use them for student calendars as well!

Although this doesn't necessarily pertain to organization, I also have reading log calendars that I send home monthly with my students. This helps students stay organized and track their at home reading!

Of course, the only way I'm able to stay sane with all of the million supplies us teachers have is LABELS! I LOVE goes with the territory of being super organized, but when I say I love labels....I mean I'm OBSESSED. I wish I could take pictures in my classroom now to show how many more labels I've put up, but I promise I will get to that as soon as school starts back up!


In addition to supply labels, I have number and letter labels. These chevron numbers and letters are great for classroom labeling, math tub labeling, student tables, and MORE!

and now of course, there are many things that you probably just want to label yourselves, so I made a blank EDITABLE labels pack!

and of course I always have to throw in a fun FREEBIE! Here are some FREE black and white editable labels!

Thanks for checking out this post! Stay posted for the other awesome organization posts! 


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sprout House and Bean Observation Journal

On Earth Day, we had a "Planting Day and Jack and the Beanstalk Day". It was a blast! Each kid brought in a plant and on this day we were gardeners and made our very own garden!

The kids had SO much fun with this that we continued to do our planting over the next couple of weeks. We made grassheads (which were SO fun!). 

We also planted a bean (just like Jack did!) in our very own "sprout houses".

It was so fun watching the beans transform! The kids used an observation journal to record the changes that they observed. 

You can grab this freebie in my TpT store if you would like to try it out for yourself! I can guarantee that your kids will have a blast! Click on the picture :)


Monday, May 4, 2015

Teacher Appreciation TpT Sitewide SALE!

It's the end of the year and it's time to show teachers how APPRECIATED they are for ALL that they do. Not just in the classroom, but out. Teachers spend their lives dedicating themselves to the little ones they love so much! Now, teachers, it's time to put yourself first for once and stock up on some great products for you and your little ones!

So, to celebrate YOU, TpT is throwing another awesome sale! This sale will be May 5 - 6 and you can get 20% off of my ENTIRE store as well as other sellers who are participating! That means it's time to go through your wish lists and get any or all of your products cheaper!!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Lynn and Megan for being the winners of the End of Year Memory Book and Class Awards! Thank you for everyone who participated in iTeach First's Win-It-Wednesday!

Be sure to continue to check back for more giveaways and freebies! Also, don't forget to enter in iTeach First's current giveaway!! You could win 1 of 4 gift cards!


Sunday, April 26, 2015

If you give a teacher a....

It's the end of the year. You're exhausted. You have so much to do to get your kids ready for the end of the year. You're dealing with the testing and the paperwork that needs to be finished. You need a break. Well lucky for you, it's time to appreciate YOU! It's a time to remind you teachers that you are appreciated! 

So, it's time for the bloggers of iTeach First to also show their appreciation for YOU!

I know what you're thinking....I would buy this for my classroom, that for myself, this to eat, etc. We teachers LOVE giftcards!! So, how would you like to get a gift card from Target, Amazon, Starbucks or TpT? Well,  it's the most wonderful time of the year! It's Teacher Appreciation Week and it's time for the bloggers over at iTeach First  to show you their appreciation by having a giveaway! This isn't just ANY's a giveaway where YOU can win 1 of 4 $25 gift cards to some pretty amazing places!

Now,  this gift card giveaway got ME thinking as to what I would get. Obviously the Starbucks would go quickly with my COFFEE addiction! But in addition to the coffee, I LOVE the Bacon Gouda Breakfast Sandwich. If you haven't had one yet I would recommend you try it out! 

Then, of course there's Target. This would be a NEVER ending list, but an obvious one is organizational supplies: notepads, pens, paper, you know all that FUN stuff!

I'm sure you're getting excited just thinking about what you would buy SOOOO check it out!

Just hop on over to iTeach first, follow us and enter the Rafflecopter and keep your fingers crossed! YOU could be that lucky winner!! ;)


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

End of the Year Memory Books and Class Awards Giveaway!

The end of the year is coming, which means it's time to put together memory books and make class awards! If you're looking for a great resource to help you with this, you've come to the right place! AND if you're lucky you would WIN all of that!

Hop on over to iTeachFirst to enter a giveaway to win my new updated version of my End of the Year Memory Book and my Class Awards! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Musical Chairs Reading

I just had to share with you the FUN we had in our classroom last Wednesday! We have had a crazy schedule due to testing and haven't had all of our resource classes. Well, during our media time I thought it would be fun to play some games WHILE reading! Yes, that's right! We played musical chairs, READING style!

So, what I did was put a book on each chair. We played a practice round of musical chairs and then I told them how we play this version. When the music stops, you sit down at the chair closest to you and you get to read that book until the timer goes off. When the timer goes off, we play again and you then read the next book you stop at. Obviously in this version, we don't take away chairs and no one gets out.

But can I tell you that they had the BEST time ever! You seriously have to try it. I had kids that don't normally love to read, begging me to read a book again that they stopped at, or really wanting to go back to that chair so they can read it again! WOW! 

If you try it, let me know! Or if you have any other fun ideas like this, I would love to hear about it! :)