Firstie Friends Giveaway!

My BFF's @
Firstie Friends
and I are giving you 
 GIFTS!
From July 30-Aug 1... You can enter to WIN!
We are giving away 5  TPT gift certificates worth $25 EACH!
AND THE TPT SALE IS AUG. 3-4!

YES! You can SHOP TPT  on US!  :)


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Giveaway! WOWZA! It's Elementary,My Dear!

WOWZA!
I am linking up with 
Lindsey @ It's Elementary, My Dear!
for a HUGE
GIVEAWAY!

These are the WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTORS!




WOWZA! You can win:

  • 4 - $50 Target Gift Cards
  • 1 Marketing Maven Photo MOCKUP MEGA TOOLKIT
  • 1 Lindsey Petlak FONTS MEGA TOOLKIT
WOWZA!

Enter HERE:


Good LUCK!



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It's ALMOST here..Not Christmas...BTS

Are YOU ready?
Are your own kiddos ready?
Is your classrrom ready?

Sort of.

Well, Yes...sort of.



Writing Center folders are DONE!
( Kids will color & glue on covers....make them their OWN!)


Construction paper sorted & crated 
( LOVE THIS!) 
 CHECK!


(RAH...READ  AT  HOME  books
 leveled & sorted..More on these later)
CHECK!


Word Word  &  Fluency  Centers..ready!

CHECK!


And classroom  LIBRARIES
 ( YES..I said LIBRARIES..plural)  
 are ready!

  Green  baskets  are leveled library ..
bottom  tubs  are  AR   books.
ANOTHER classroom library by themes..
on the other side of the room.

CHECK!

BUT...well...I am ready...sort of.

LESSON   PLANS

The first week is so.....FLUID! 
It's so  "mixed up"!
I don't know if I will be teaching reading, 
writer's workshop, math skills, etc.

I HOPE SO..
BUT..it depends!

Will they get the rules?
Will they understand the procedures?

WILL I MAKE IT TO RECESS????

(Breathe)  OK....
I will make it ( NO COFFEE )...
but..

LESSON PLANS!
OK  OK   I got that! :)


 Lesson Plan book.

AM  left..PM  right  (  PM  is after  lunch )
I make the frame in PowerPoint 
( anything that USUALLY doesn't change).


ELD,Calendar,  Reading, Guided Reading, Partner Reading, 
WHOLE CLASS (We use CA Journeys)
Spelling, Phonics, Centers.....WHEW!

Then..LUNCH!

 FINALLY!


Read to Self, SPECIALS :) , Math, Guided Math,
 Social Studies, Science, Author's Chair, DISMISS!
WOW!  What a Great  Day! :)

Here's my REAL one...pencil scratch...gotta be FLEXIBLE!



OK...I think I'm ready!

SORT OF! :)

Enjoy the end of YOUR SUMMER!
Get ready..SORT OF!  :)

These are the products I use the MOST for Back to School!








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Nibits for Newbies 7.26.15

Welcome!

The next installment of...

Nibits for Newbies!


If you are "NEW" to the team...
this is the place for YOU!

This week's  theme:

Oooooo...the dreaded  "PARENT'S ARE COMING!"  Night!

We ALL get nervous speaking to a room of parents!
(Wear  good  deodorant, use a breath mint , and  wear  comfy  shoes!)

So..THEY are coming.
 (I will discuss what "papers" I have for them in another post.)

Today's tip is about getting parents to sign up for everything you need!

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE!

I work in a Title 1 school.
Most parents DON'T WANT TO COME SEE ME!
So I have to make it very "inviting". 
I tell the kids to "drag" their parents to talk to me.
(Not literally!) Two hands!
I give stickers to kids who "hand their parents the BTS night NOTE!

And then...


Have Food!
A bowl of apples, a plate of cookies, Mini bottles of water!
CHOCOLATE CANDY!

They will come for food!


Even though parent conferences are MONTHS away..
MAKE a chart of dates & times YOU are available,

AND HAVE THEM SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE!
(You will send a reminder note as it gets closer..let them choose first!)


If you have any WISH LISTS, or things you might need..
HAVE THEM SIGN UP TO PROVIDE CLASSROOM ITEMS
( We can always use glue sticks, expo markers, tissues,etc)

AND  LAST...

If YOU want volunteers for classroom work , parties, field trips, etc...
HAVE THEM SIGN UP!

This is the ONLY night they will ALL be in YOUR classroom!
USE IT!

Sometimes a CAPTIVE AUDIENCE...is a good thing!

Good Luck!






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FRIENDS...BFF's...Life Friends...Friends I have "YET" to meet

This crazy summer has been a "gift" of friends for me!

I was LUCKY enough
 to be able to "reconnect" 
with some friends from high school!


Now we graduated...um..MANY years ago!
YEAH CLASS OF 1981!!!

So LOTS has happened since then.
We have endured marriages, births, deaths, moving, staying,etc..etc..

We try to "connect" as much as possible, but folks...
LIFE  IS  BUSY!

So when we can reconnect...it's HUGE! 
And it WAS!  So FUN!
WONDERFUL LADIES!

I also was Lucky enough to go to 
TPT VEGAS!
( I know you have seen 1,000 pictures from VEGAS..but just a few MORE!)






These women have become a HUGE part of MY life..MY TRIBE!
Tamara @ Mrs. Russell's room has a great blog post about finding your "tribe"..
I found MINE!  

AND ...One of my BFF's is my teaching partner.
We have been together for 17 years!
Same School...same  classrooms!
She & I work "well" together!
She organizes my thoughts.
WOW! How lucky we are to have found each other.
(Her mom 80+ works in her room each Thursday...I  call her "MOM").
The kids think my " teaching partner & I " are sisters!
( She is  4ft 10 inches, dark hair & Japanese...I am 5ft 7, blonde, & German!)
No mistaking the differences!  HAHA

So, I thought I would share with you an INCREDIBLE  author & Artist!
Suzy Toronto
I LOVE HER WORK!
( Printed with her permission..check out her site ..click  below!)





In my world...WE'RE  ALL  WACKY!

I wonder who my next "friends" will be?
I hope they are as WACKY  as my current ones! HAHA

Enjoy! 




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A Little GMA Love!

Summer!
Time to R&R and reflect on what's important!

We are now "empty-nesters!"

Our youngest of 4, and the ONLY GIRL..

had a BEAUTIFUL WEDDING!

She and her hubby are now setting up their new home & a new life.
(Luckily...same small towm as us..I still get to see her..just NOT as much!)


We also have 4 grandkids!
2 of 3 of our sons...have blessed us with grandchildren!

Our grandkids are 5,3,2,& the baby will be having a bday next month!
Growing sooooo fast!
 ( Slow down...NANA wants you to stay little!)


Took girls for ice cream!
Silly girls!

Baby H is "wanting" to walk...
Slow down little one...NANA LOVES HUGS!

Kiddos LOVE to play in a water tub!
Give them a tub & a hose..& let them go!


3 year old wants to read soooo bad!
She brings me books & wants to cuddle!
( Warms a teacher-NANA's heart!)

So as my summer vacation comes to an end..
I spend time with hubby... R&R..
Hug our little ones..
and enjoy my wonderful life!

I hope you spend YOUR summer connecting with those who matter to YOU!

Happy Summer!


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Nibits for Newbies..A Weekly Series 7.19.15

Welcome!
I am beginning a weekly series called...

" Nibits for Newbies"

( NO, NOT New BABIES!)





New Teachers.
New to Grade Level.
New to  a School.
NOT a New Teacher...Just Like to Learn NEW things!

This is for YOU! 

Today's Tip...


Before passing out ANYTHING,
make a class  name chart.
 First names only  in alphabetical order.
Assign EACH student a number , try to stay in sequential order.
(I know, "AMY" moves & "Xavier" takes her number.)

Oh well! There is no PERFECT!

When passing out class sets of ANYTHING,
Books, notebooks, journals, glue sticks, crayon packs...

Write a number on each item.

When you pass them out.. count!

When YOU collect class sets of anything...collect items from the LAST number first.
( All items will have number 1 on top & last number on the bottom! )

When we finish a theme book  & I need to exchange for a different one...COUNT!

Trade  the theme 1 book for a theme 2 book!

Again ...Count from largest to smallest..1 will always be on top!

I found a glue stick LID on the floor!
WHO does is belong to?
It belongs to number_____!
(Make sure you number the glue stick & the lid..they always seperate!)

So I hope this helps you when getting supplies ready for the beginning of school!

Leave me a comment...How do YOU  account for classroom supplies?



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It's Starting to Feel Like Home... (FREEBIE)

Well..it's that time..


Next week...we go back! 

Yes..Back to School.

BUT... when we left,

I DIDN'T CLEAN A THING!

REALLY?????
I confess...Really.

I was tired..really tired...I don't have to move classrooms,
SO, I locked the door & walked away.
For 2 months! 
But...eventually...

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK!
OK..I am ready.

When I opened the door to my classroom..here is what I saw.



AAAAAAaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

Breathe...breathe....deep  breaths!!!!

Now what? Where do I start?  How will I get it all done??
UGH!
BABY  STEPS...BABY steps...baby steps.

My problem is I am highly distractable!



I  start cleaning one thing & then I realize something else needs to be done!
One step forward..two steps back.

BUT...TODAY I  MADE PROGRESS!



Classroom library ..DONE!


Desks into groups of 5 ( 5 groups )
  DONE!


Guided Reading Materials ready...DONE!


Binders all CUTE!  DONE!


Lables on EVERYTHING!   DONE!




MY DESK...TABLE..CLEAN!!!  DONE!


FOCAL  WALL ready!   DONE!


Books & Baskets...DONE!

Whew!  I am tired just looking at it!
Makes me sooooo  happy!

Next week I will tackle papers & planning!
Thanks for hanging in there with me...

Here's a FREEBIE from ME to YOU! :)


Click on picture for FREEBIE :)  

Now let's get  ORGANIZING! 

Where are YOU in the process??  Leave me some comments & let me know!

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