Shout out to Teaching with Love & Laughter!

I HAVE to give a 
SHOUT OUT!
Lori Rosenburg  from
Teaching with Love & Laughter
Her Pocket Chart Compound Word Cards
ARE THE BEST!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pocket-Chart-Activities-Compound-Words-Edition-1070623

MY kiddos LOVE this game! We mix the cards up in one pocket chart
and then make the compound words,
put them together in another pocket chart,
and then they use the compound words 
in a COMPLETE SENTENCE to a partner!
 THEY LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ,THIS!
One of my EL boys brought me "COWBOY" and told me a story
of COWBOYS, horses, & boots! ( In as much broken English as he could!)
The best part...he used COWBOY in his journal!
Even went to the pocket chart to make sure he SPELLED
"cowboy" correctly!
So much learning in his little mind!
Makes me sooooo happy!
Just wanted to tell Lori
 a HUGE 
THANK YOU!

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CRAZY WEEK! FB HOP, SALE, GIVEAWAY!

WARNING!
CRAZY WEEK AHEAD!
First...
Go to my FACEBOOK PAGE for a HUGE FB HOP!
(FREEBIES GALORE!)


THEN.....
TPT is having a SALE!
A HUGE SALE!
Get out your wishlist & Buy ALL those goodies YOU want!
(I'm thinking Spring & end of the Year....maybe things to START the YEAR!)
MAYBE...BOTH!
Click on the picture below to be taken to MY store...1stgradefireworks
NEXT... ( I know..I told you CRAZY  Week!)
A GIVEAWAY!
Who doesn't LOVE a GIVEAWAY!
Kristen at EASY TEACHING TOOLS
is having a HUGE giveaway!
I feel truly lucky to have met so many wonderful teachers from all over the world...literally.  In honor of feeling so lucky, how about another giveaway with some amazing products, just in time for the huge sale!



















Have a wonderful week sweet friends!









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PREVIEW TIME!

So the BIG SALE is near!
TPT is running 
  The 3 Million Teachers Strong Sale 
WHEN? Feb. 27-28
ARE YOU KIDDING?
 TPT is adding 10% off ...on top of the store sale!
My store is 18% off + TPT 10% = 28% OFF EVERYTHING!
Get your wish list ready!
In order to help showcase the products I have for sale ,
Some friends & I thought we would
""Share" Some GOODIES with you!
This FB hop will help you see what is available in our TPT stores! 
Stop by my Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/1stgradefireworks
and GRAB A FREEBIE!
Here's a sneak peak!


Enjoy!

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NANA post...

I know...I shouldn't post about family...BUT
She is soooooo darn cute!

And...
SHE LOVES TO READ! (Well, learning to read!)


Yes, I am a HAM..."CHEESE!"
This is my 2nd of 3 ( and 1/2 ...on the way ) granddaughters.
Turning 2 soon...can tell, by her new word.... "NO!"
Daddy in US NAVY...so is MOMMY...
One in school  & the other across the country.
So what does a family do?
TAKE TURNS!
Uncle & Auntie have her during the week
and...PAPA & NANA have her from Friday PM - Sunday PM!
So fun! Cousins are sooo cute together!
(Grandparents get to do things like
 go to the park, walk by the lake, go to the petting zoo..)
AND NOT FEEL GUILTY ABOUT CLEANING HOUSE!
When my kids were little....LOTS to DO!
Now...All will get done...LATER!
 Now it's time to PLAY!
So today we celebrate BOOKS! 
And Barbies.
 And WORMS ( she LOVES them!)
Welcome to my world!
Happy Sunday!


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IS is SPRING BREAK YET? Don't Blink..Freebie..

I LOVE the Song by Kenny Chesney
"Don't Blink"
Don't blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink...
Well.....  I  BLINKED!
I am still taking down Christmas Decor
and it's almost MARCH!
Wait! Slow down! I AM NOT READY!

So...I am slowing things down in my classroom.
We are almost done with the third quarter
of first grade.
We have "phonemic awarenessed" ourselves daily.
We practice word families.
We have learned more grammar rules than I ever dreamed.
We write 1,2,3,4,5 times a day.
We read every half hour.
We know more math than our parents.
We know about Presidents, animals, weather conditions, 
We know HOW TO, Who, What,When, Where, & Why
(Well...some most of us do)
We have TESTED & RETESTED...
And now...we are SSSlowing things down!
Time to take a breath & practice
 using ALL of this new first grade information!
My kiddos have come a LONG way.
Very proud of them!
As we finish the next 3 months..
DON'T BLINK!
It will be gone before you know it!
( PS...Is is SPRING BREAK yet?) :)
Happy Monday Tuesday!
Thanks for hanging in there all the way to HERE!!!
FREEBIE FOR YOU!



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DEAL OF THE DAY! YIPPEE!

I LOVE A SALE!
No...I mean I REALLY LOVE A SALE!
(My kids call me cheap...my hubby calls me Frugal!)
As my gift to YOU...
I am hooking up with
Stacey at Teachingeverafter 
for the DEAL of the Day 
I am putting my Valentine's Math Packet
BE MINE
on sale for Sunday, February 9, 2014
for 
$1.00!
DID YOU HEAR THAT??????
ONE DOLLAR!
WOWZA!
That's a $5 packet...on sale for ...$1!!!!!
It will be on sale until Sunday night , when I go to bed Pacific Time!
HURRY!!!!


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Class Stuff...





I know...2 blogs..1 day...
The world must be ending...NOT REALLY!
I have a few moments..
baby sleeping. :)
I haven't blogged about my class in awhile.
SOO...
I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!
We have been working on writing..I mean REALLY working on writing!
I work at a TITLE 1 school, low parent support, high NEEDS!
ANYTHING I want mastered...is done in my class!
(Yes I give homework...but only practice...might get done/ might not)
My day includes EVERYTHING! 
Just wanted to share my MORNING!
We have pullout interventions from 8:30-9:45
That means every 20 minutes ( yes every 20 minutes )
6 kids from my class are leaving
AND
6 kids are returning ( having MISSED 20 min of instruction)
SO...
We do Daily 5 (sort of) from 8:30-9:45
I move them ( timer ) because I want them to have practice at ALL stations!
While they are at stations...
I do Guided Reading / Writing Conferences / Assessments
( not every day...a "Mixture" of sorts)
I have:
1. Technology Station ( 6 laptops)
2. Writing...I used to use a daily prompt...now FREE WRITING
3. Reading..Independent or Partner ( stuffed animal or real person)
4. Word Work...Spelling always first..then games
9:45-10:00  RECESS (Daily duty either AM or PM recess)
We do have a "CORE CURRICULUM" which we do whole class after recess.
Anthology, Decodable, Grammar, Comprehension,Phonics,etc..etc..etc..
11:20-12:00   LUNCH
Wanted to share some writing..
(of course my "high" kiddos...
you can only see my "beginning writers
 if you can READ.. 
"FIRSTGRADEASE" :)
Kids LOVE LOVE LOVE Magnets!
OK...so he was reading & writing when he entered my class.
BUT...We have IMPROVED EVERYTHING!
Such a sweetheart!



The ladybugs were HATCHING on the playground yesterday!
She said she went home & MADE A
 "TEXT TO WORLD" CONNECTION! :)

OK..we haven't had RAIN in a while...
BUT...IF WE DID! :)

Here's her story...  

I Love First Grade!

So we keep on working, smiling, singing
Giving hugs & High Fives
and laugh, knowing...
These are the kiddos who will be adults someday
Making our world go round!
WORLD...we will be OK! :)





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Currently..FEBRUARY...ALREADY????

Well, I'm linking up with
for...CURRENTLY!

Well....
US NAVY son & ZOE are here!
We are helping to take care of her ( switching weekends) 
with my Older son & his GENEROUS wife, Jess!
(They have 2 daughters & she is PREGO!)
They will take Zoe during the week
and we get her on the WEEKENDS! YIPEE!
US Navy wants son in FLORIDA, we live in CALIFORNIA,
for 8 weeks! So here we go!
She LOVES to read books!
Good job, DADDY!

We are working on CLEANING UP THE BOOKS! :)

We are going to son #2 house for SUPERBOWL PARTY!
I really should be getting food ready...BUT
I NEED COFFEE!
Coffee maker.....HURRY UP!
2 truths & a Fib:

1. Truth: I really do have 5 gardens. Hubby ( nickname FARMER WITHOUT A FARM)
took out about half of our backyard & made gardens. We grow year round!
Here in CALI we have SUN, SUN, & SUN! We grow veggies, fruits, herbs, &
some flowers...trying to grow what we will eat..I like to try new plants but...do I
really NEED 300 Zucchini's?

2. Truth: I really can drive a UPS "type" truck.
My mom & I owned a
FLOWER Business... LOOOONG   AGO!
We transported our flowers in a huge truck.
I learned how do drive a stick ( 5 speed) in a truck & park
 using ONLY SIDE MIRRORS!
Fun times!

3. FIB: I LOVE camping...outdoors, campfires, the whole thing!
I HATE sleeping on the ground!
I don't like being COLD OR WET!
I HATE getting up & walking to a POTTY late at night!
I will camp anytime, any place...
in MY TRAILER!
(We sold it last year...didn't use it much.)
Hubby wants to camp...again..TENT camping!
NO! NO! NO!
( I think he needs to go with the guys....they can BOND!)
I will have a CLEAN HOUSE when he gets back...MAYBE :)

Happy FEBRUARY!



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