August 19, 2014

Back to School 2014

Whew! My first day with students was today. I'm pretty sure there is no tired like  
teacher at the beginning of the year trying to get everything ready tired

We had our Meet the Teacher last night and it was so exciting to meet my new firsties! It was a long day of getting everything ready for them. My wonderful parents came in to help me get everything set. My library collection is pretty massive and I gave my mom the job of organizing my new books and making all the bins look pretty. I usually take on this job because I'm kinda OCD about it. From now on this will be my mother's job, she turned out even more OCD than me! My library has never looked so good! I keep my books organized my AR level and my mom even sorted them by height within each bin so they would look nice for Meet the Teacher. She organized all 60 bins! Let's be honest, the books will not stay looking that nice, but at least they started out well, haha!

I made these little welcome gifts for my students for Meet the Teacher:
Our Meet the Teacher is the night before school starts so I thought this book was fitting.

I also made these little coworker gifts for my awesome team:

And my AMAZING husband brought me this nice little treat when he came to help out:
And today I had my first day with the little ones. They are so cute and eager to learn and I am just so excited for this school year! I used chalkboard marker to make this sign:

I took a picture today of each student holding the sign. They are such a cute group!

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August 3, 2014

Back to School Sale 2014

Stock up for the new school year at the Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale! My store will be 20% off and you can get an additional 10% off by using the promo code BTS14. The sale will run Monday to Tuesday.

Check out some of my favorite products:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rocks-Minerals-Unit-538607

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Animal-Habitats-Informative-Writing-Unit-581340

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Binder-1205952

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Reader-Bundle-1326230


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July 30, 2014

School is Cool Mega GIVEAWAY!

Becca at Teaching First has organized an AWESOME giveaway!

http://teachingfirst-abc.blogspot.com/2014/07/school-is-cool-mega-giveaway.html

The lucky winner will win 23 great items, including my Vowel Teams Phonics Readers.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Readers-Vowel-Teams-1326170

Check out my blog post about my Phonics Readers!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Simply-Second/Category/Phonics-Readers

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July 23, 2014

Chalkboard Labels

Every summer I used to go label crazy! I would make, print, laminate, and cut out labels to go all around my classroom. I like to keep things super organized, but it's not something I'm naturally good at. My labels always started out so great, but then the school year started. I plan like crazy during the summer, but I found myself always needing to rearrange what I stored in all my pretty little plastic organizers once school was in full swing. I always ended up buying new manipulative or activities, but I never seemed to find the time to make new labels for them.

This. Drove. Me. Crazy. {But not crazy enough to actually find the time to make, print, laminate, and cut cute new labels}

Last summer I tried something new. I completely reorganized my classroom because I was switching rooms and grades. I threw out all my paper labels. This time I put chalkboard labels on most of my plastic bins and used chalkboard markers to write on them.


I LOVED it this year! If I got new supplies and needed to change what was in a bin, I just wiped it clean and wrote the name of the new supply. So quick and easy! 

I recommend using chalk markers because you have to use a wet paper towel to erase them {meaning they didn't smudge if my little firsties touched them}. I found lighter colors erase the best.

As I'm getting ready to prepare my classroom for the upcoming year, I find I'm not dreading labeling. Some of it will stay the same, and the rest of it can easily be rewritten. I also like the look of chalkboard. 

To make my labels I bought chalkboard vinyl and cut it to size on my Silhouette. Then it was just peel and stick! I've also seen sheets of chalkboard stickers for sale.

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July 19, 2014

My Favorite Fonts

I'm linking up with Ashley Reed for her Favorite Fonts Link-Up. I am a little {ok, a lot} obsessed with fonts. A good font can make anything look better. I also love experimenting with how fonts look together. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Now make sure you check out Ashley Reed's linky and enter her awesome giveaway {5 KG Single Font Licenses}!

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July 17, 2014

Phonics Readers

Last year I made the switch from second to first. I don't know how people constantly switch grades, it was SO much work! I love my little first graders though. In first grade there was a much bigger focus on phonics. I needed to get these little ones to learn and apply each phonics pattern. Some of them could master the pattern in isolation, but really struggled with the pattern when they came across it in real text. 

My Solution: Phonics Readers

My small group reading time is so precious and I felt I could be more effective during that time. I needed something for my groups that struggled with phonics. I came up with these little readers so we could study phonics patterns IN CONTEXT. 

 

One thing that was important to me when making these was that they were easy to copy and assemble. I really don't have time to cut out individual pages, sort, and staple. These are made so that you can use a copier to run double sided copies, staple (I use the staple feature on the copier and then just add a few more staples to reinforce), and cut (just one slice with the paper cutter). This will give you two books. Easy Peasy.  

If you are a washi tape addict like I am, you can add a little tape to cover the staples and color code the books.


These books are great to use in guided reading groups, or you can send them home with students.  I like to use highlighters (or highlighter tape), finger pointers, and Wikki Stix to have students interact with the text.




I made 70 different readers! I wanted to cover all the major phonics patterns. I have sorted them into six different sets. 

The first set has one reader (ing) and is free so you can see what the readers are like. I also have sets that cover short vowels, silent e, blends and digraphs, r-controlled vowels, and vowel teams. They are priced so each individual reader is only 50 cents. So the sets that have 6 readers cost $3. If you want to buy them all and save, I have a bundle available that saves you 20% off the price of the sets sold individually. You can click pictures below to go to the store link.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Reader-ing-free-1325983http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Readers-Short-Vowels-1326041
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Reader-Bundle-1326230

Happy Reading!

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May 5, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

There's a huge TPT sale in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. The sale is May 6-7th. My store will be 20% off and if you use the promo code tptxo you will get an additional 10% off. Get those shopping carts ready!
Here are some things you may like from my TPT store:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/TASK-CARDS-Word-Problem-Bundle-1-2-Step-728476      http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Animal-Habitats-Informative-Writing-Unit-581340

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Opinion-Writing-Unit-650562      http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blast-Off-A-Solar-System-Unit-688028      http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rocks-Minerals-Unit-538607

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/BUNDLE-Alphabet-Blends-Digraphs-Vowel-Sounds-1068278      http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Binder-1205952


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