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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Primary Teachers are..QUIRKY! #GIGGLES #Freebie # Giveaway

Primary Teachers 
are
QUIRKY!
HUH???
Quirky is defined as...  
"  something that is strange/not normal but cool. Unconventional, surprising, odd."

You mean ME?  I am.... ODD?
YES! YOU!

Here are the top 5 reasons PRIMARY Teachers are QUIRKY!


We like to "DRESS UP"!
Now in most professions there is a RULE of  PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE.
In Teaching...we are a little "QUIRKY"!




We tend to "go the extra mile!"
And it's a GOOD thing!
( May have to add that to THING 1 & THING 2).
You get MY drift!

How many TEACHER Tshirts do YOU own?
Do YOU wear SCHOOL shirts on FRIDAY?
Do YOU OWN a Dr. Suess HAT?
Do you DESIRE a pair of shoes or socks that look like a PENCIL?

See?  Just a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
 AND ...HEELS??? 

 Who can chase little ones
 or grab the glue bottle
 before it puddles 
on the floor..
in heels?

You see...QUIRKY!


SMELLS..
Who doesn't LOVE to walk into a room smelling of...
LAVENDER
COFFEE
FLOWERS
COOKIE DOUGH
etc.,  etc.

We all DO!
And so we PACK IN THE SMELLY STUFF!




And then ...24 LITTLE ONES go outside for RECESS.
AND they come back in...
SMELLING LIKE WET PUPPIES!
UGH!
 And SOME of those 6 year old WET PUPPIES..
NEED  DEODORANT!

And so...we retreat to our OLD FRIEND...
* in MY district you NOW must obtain a 1 hr. PD and  get a "CERTIFICATE" to use CLOROX wipes in the classroom.

A Little QUIRKY!

But...we do what we need to do to survive!

Myself...I prefer cookie dough candles..  JUST  ME.
DON'T LIGHT THEM...JUST SMELL THEM! :)



Lunch.

A Primary teacher's lunch is a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
First, it has to have pieces that can be held in
ONE  HAND!


I always laugh when someone says,
" You HAVE 40 minutes for LUNCH?"
Yeah...after I get 25 kids to the cafeteria.
AND...one doesn't forget their lunch and we have to walk back & do it AGAIN!
AND...if I don't have to call a parent.
AND..if I don't need to run off papers.
AND..if I don't need to correct spelling tests, prepare the SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS, write a note, 
AND..HEAVEN FORBID..
GO TO THE BATHROOM!
( Don't forget to EAT...it will be ANOTHER 4 hours until you are FREE!)

So...bring a lunch that can be eaten in ONE HAND!
The other hand MAY BE BUSY!

A LITTLE QUIRKY!



DIY
Those DREADED WORDS!
Do  It  YOURSELF..NEVER!  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

I don't think I have EVER started a DIY where I didn't involve someone else!
 Thank YOU to my WONDERFUL HUBBY..
He puts up with my QUIRKINESS!

Spray PAINT!
Did YOU feel your hands get clammy?
How your heart rate INCREASED?
You have a smile on YOUR FACE?

NEON    SPRAY   PAINT!

Do YOU feel the "NEED"...to  spray
SOMETHING?

I know..it's OK..
I think some people are "wired" with it.
The NEED  to PAINT!

And we do..




We will SPRAY EVERYTHING!
And...it's OK!
( I'm sure SOMEWHERE...there is a 12 step program for this!)
QUIRKY?
YEAH!



BAGS!

No.Not grocery bags.
I mean BIG, LONG HANDLED, BRIGHTLY COLORED, (maybe) on wheels,
BAGS!

"I Like BIG bags & I cannot lie..."
(I think it's a SONG)
Me dancing...






But...
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT COLORS!

We will carry 50-80 POUNDS of STUFF in ONE BAG..
GOTTA keep MY hands FREE!

And not think twice about it.
I AM NOT walking BACK to MY classroom AGAIN!
Yes...I can carry it ALL in one trip!

(Why do my shoulders & my back hurt so much?!)

But LOOK at the BRIGHT COLORS! So cute!

No...I will NOT buy 24 folders at TARGET for 17 cents each!
 I just bought the CUTEST  "31"  BAG..  :)

A LITTLE  QUIRKY!

And so..
Some of us were MEANT to be PRIMARY TEACHERS.
AND some are NOT!

To those who are...
HOLD YOUR SPRAYPAINTED FINGER UP HIGH..WEAR YOUR TSHIRTS PROUDLY...
AND  SMELL  the QUIRKINESS  in YOUR  WORLD!

WELCOME  to the CLUB!

If you have HUNG in here for this LONG  POST..
Keep GIGGLING..

Here is a FREEBIE  for YOU!


Who wants to win A TPT Gift CARD?
( For the BIG  TPT   BTS   SALE!)

My Friends ( BFF's)  and I are giving YOU a chance to win a 
 $40  TPT CARD!
YOU  WILL  WANT  THIS!
BIG  TPT  SALE  COMING!







Enter HERE!


Some friends and I have gotten together to bring you a Back to School Giveaway! We know that you are probably gearing up to head back to school (and some of you have been back for a week or 2)!
So, we all teamed up and we are giving away a $40 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card for you to spend at the back to school sale that is happening August 1-2!
Here are the amazing teacher-bloggers that are bringing you this gift card! Click on the blog buttons to go to their blogs. Then, below each button is a link to the stores where you can add lots of things to your cart for the SALE!
Adventures in Teaching

The Groovy Teacher

Curious Firsties

Learning is Something to Treasure

1stgradefireworks

Happy  BTS  my friends!

Stop by my TPT store ( BIG  SALE ) coming soon! :)


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DJ INKERS Giveaway & A FREEBIE..HINT BRAG TAGS!

WOWZA!

You will be gald YOU are HERE!

My wonderful friends at
DJ INKERS
are giving YOU
a chance to win CLIPART!

CLIPART ADDICTS..UNITE!

I am giving away
 1 Clipart CD
"Kidillywinks" !!!!!!!



If you haven't previewed this..HURRY!

DJ Inkers has a brand new website with 
LOTS of FUN SMILES
for 
BACK TO SCHOOL!

(Click HERE to go to DJ INKERS )




Go here to get goodies from the DJ Inkers email list!

Here is MY  FREEBIE for  YOU!
( Made with clipart from DJ INKERS Kidillywinks )

 COMMON  CORE
BRAG  TAGS!

CCSS  standards   listed on EACH tag!

I am going to use these after assessments, goal setting, report cards, etc

This set is ONLY  for
KINDERGARTEN  &  Grade  1
( sorry other grades...more  coming  SOON!)
Keep checking back...





Click HERE to get FREEBIE!
Don't forget to follow me:

Now....   for the 
GIVEAWAY!

The Rafflecopter giveaway will run from 
July 27 - August 3

**BTW....IF you JUST CAN'T WAIT...
Kidillywinks 
will be ON SALE 
 from July 28-Aug. 3

Who wants to win?
(Hands up...ME! ME! ME! )

You can win 
1  Kidillywinks Clipart CD ($40 value )


courtesy of
DJ INKERS!

Enter  HERE:

You can't win....IF YOU DON'T  ENTER!!!

If you are interested in MORE BRAG TAGS...





GOOD   LUCK!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

GAME CHANGER!!!

I love it when
SOMETHING WORKS!

YESSSS!!!!

I have
discovered, learned, found a BETTER WAY!

I LOVE 
BANNERS!

Obviously..
So  Does  PINTEREST!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/486670303464326987/


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/211317407494866485/

and so...

I needed some vocabulary words for MY classroom.
Different ones for EACH MONTH.
FAST & EASY for me.
High Interest for Kiddos.

TADA!

Vocabulary Banners!

I have a 
GAME  CHANGER
for YOU!



Tie a triple KNOT!
Yes, a TRIPLE KNOT...and staple it to one side of your board ( or window ).
Measure side to side. Add 3-4 inches!
Tie another triple knot and staple to the other side.
( I measured to make sure both sides were LEVEL.)
I know...those of you who kow me... I NEVER MEASURE!
EYEBALL  IT!
But...I want to do this ONE TIME...not taking down the yarn until the END OF THE YEAR!
Staple BOTH sides of the KNOT! 
The Knot will HOLD the yarn. NO SLIDING!



 

HERE IS THE 
GAME  CHANGER...
After you have laminated the banner ( OR TAPE THE TOP EDGE BEFORE 
you HOLE PUNCH!)
Use a hole punch to make two holes at the top.
I went down about ( No measuring there ) a 1/2".
THEN...
SLIT THE HOLE TO THE TOP!
( SEE  the  PICTURE )
WHAT??????
"NO! Then it will fall off!"
NOT!
No one is pulling on these. They are for 
LOOKING...NOT  TOUCHING!

What this does is allows you to change the BANNER page 
without having to 
remove & put up new string!

JUST CHANGE THE BANNERS!
YESSS!!!


Alternate sides when you add the vocab. cards.
I wanted an ODD number...
so I could have 1 in the middle.




Add another layer.
Same  directions.


I cheated in the middle layer.
Stapled the middle card ( so the arch would be close to the others).



TADA! 

WONDERFUL Vocabulary words at my writing center for kiddos to use!
BIG pictures...spelling...variety 
for EL's, independent work, & everyday  writing!
And i can change them each month...
IN A FLASH!
Just change the cards...not the string!

Here are  my











And so..
A GAME CHANGER
for me!

Here is a video to help:



Happy Back to School!


Are YOU  ready?