Friday, September 28, 2012

First Grade Common Core

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So my bestie in First Grade has been super jealous of my Kindergarten Common core book! Well now they have one ready for first grade. I told her and she couldn't be more excited.
There are so many great resources for all skills! If you need an activity for a skill or some practice for students that need extra work, you can find them all in this book. I can't say enough how great these books are.

Go now and check out First Grade Common Core! You can even download a sample copy and free common core standard posters :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Classroom Pics and the BEST sharpener!

Wow it's been a long time since I've posted. I can't believe we are already on our 6th week of school! I am loving Kindergarten though. I've had some ups and downs adjusting being a new teacher in a new school though.  I think I'm starting to be able to get a little ahead and not always feel like I am a million miles behind! 

Now here are some before classroom pics:

Back of my room
                                           I even have a little alcove!

Here are the picture of the room at open house (though I've already changed a few things :))
                                          Back and my assistants desk. I opted for a horseshoe table.
                                          Library and morning meeting area

A while back Classroom Friendly Supplies sent me a pencil sharpener to test out. If you haven't heard of the Quietest Pencil Sharpener, you need to check it out! 


The kids love to use the pencil sharpener. It comes with a mount so the kids don't have to hold the sharpener while they sharpen the pencils. Look how sharp they turn out!!! I borrowed one of my fellow teacher's dayghter to show it off :) Love this girl, she is way excited!

If you are looking for a new sharpener I definitely reccomend this one here! It is way better than the expensive mechanical pencil sharpeners!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Kindergarten Common Core

Have you started using common core?? Well I have found an awesome resource for Kindergarten common Core. Check out:

BEing a first year teacher, I am in love with this resource. It has activities and posters for every Kindergarten standard! In fact there is over 600 pages in this book! If you want to check out a sample there is a free download. I can't wait to start using this!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Catch up!

OMG I have been running about a mile a minute! So I have not had a chance to announce my giveaway winner.

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I will be sending your gift certificate!

So I went to the Alabama for conference last week where I met up with Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies, Jada who just moved to K! and Leslie from Life in First. I learned so much and the lovely ladies at Big Lake Kindergarten were awesome. I also got to snag a picture with Kim Adsit (She even gave me a unit to start off my year!)

Here is what my room looked like when I first entered it:

I'm super excited because my room is huge! It's the biggest one of the K classrooms which is pretty cool.  I have been working 8-5 every day this week. The cabinets were a disaster and so were the shelves. I think I've filled up the janitor's trash can atleast 5 times! There was so much in there that was older than me. I don't think the last teacher ever threw anything away!

Last night I had dinner with some of my wonderful teachers from my last school and I am going to miss them so!

And now for my Monday made it (even though it's Thursday) I've seen this straw dispenser all over pinterest. Well I couldn't find an old one for cheaper so I bought an acrylic one and heres how it turned out!

Well it's back to the classroom! Hopefully I can get things finished up

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Newbie Blogger Hop

I'm still pretty new so I decided to link up with Janis at Grade Three is the Place for me. Click on the picture to check out the new bloggers!

1.  I am in Mississippi
2.  I just got my first job teaching K! I am super excited and nervous at the same time.

3.  I worked with Ell for two years, then moved to an assisstant position in K for a year, and 1st for a year.

4.  I created my blog about a year ago but I didn't start posting till just a few months ago

5.  I love linky parties! You find so many interesting ideas and make new friends!

Don't forget about my 100 follower giveaway click here

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Made It and Giveaway reminder

It's Monday again! Although I do have to say I missed last Monday with everything going on! If you want to link up click on the picture below.
Ok so first up is my wonderful crayon art. I'm thinking of adding either the word CREATE or INSPIRE but I can't decide which:

Next up I made Krazy Straw birthday balloons inspired by Once Upon a First Grade Adventure. She even has the balloons for free! I absolutely love them and can't wait for the kiddos!

Third, I made sight word sticks. I got the download from Kathleen at Growing Kinders. I'm also working on a password sign but need to get more laminating sheets. I also have a container and am in the process of decorating it.

Last I made a ruler container from a pringles can. I saw this when Katie from Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans when she guest posted on Mrs. Stanford's Blog. That's my kittten Stig, he was checking it out :)

Also this is a reminder about my giveaway and thirty one party. I am giving away a $10 gift certificate to TPT. Also I'm giving all my blogging friends an additional 20% off of your entire Thirty One order. Check it out here
Here is the monthly special which you get in addition to the 20% off plus $5 personalization!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Giveaway and ThirtyOne Sale!

First off in order to celebrate 100 followers I am giving away a $10 gift certificate to TPT. To enter just leave a comment and use the rafflecopter below:

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Secondly, I am throwing a Thirty One Back to School Party. Check out the specials below: when you spend $31 you can get any of the products for only $5!!! Plus all personalization is $5. In addition to this months specials I am going to take 20% off all orders! To order visit my Thirty One Site Here and got to my parties. The discount won't show right away, I will have to go in and adjust the price after you order. If you have any questions let me know!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Exciting news times 2!

First of all I have 100 followers! Woohoo! Secondly I'm 12 kinds of excited (as Abby would say) I got a call tonight from one of the principals that I interviewed with and he offered me a Kindergarten position!! I can hardly contain my excitement, although I have my work cut out for me because new teacher orientation starts July 30th!!!!!!!! Omg! It'll be a lot of work but I'm so thankful that I have been given this opportunity! I will be back tomorrow with something!

Can anyone tell me how to get a Rafflecopter to work in Blogger? I got the code but am not sure how to get it to work on my post. THanks!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Fabulous Finds, Birchbox and Giveaway Winner

I had a fun day in Birmingham today! I met some great ladies, which I will post about tomorrow. :)

I am linking up with Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B for:

I didn't get to post because I ended up babysitting last night. Anyways I have had my eye on the EK circle cutter for awhile now, well the other day when I was in Hobby Lobby I came across one on clearance for $10. I absolutely love it! The mat I ended up getting off Amazon because the cutter can slice through a couple sheets of paper at once.  You can make small circles or larger ones:

I also received my July Birchbox! If you haven't heard of Birchbox it's wonderful, it's $10 a month and you get a box of high end beauty samples. I know other people who get them and we've never gotten all the same thing!  I've gotten a lot of things I have never heard of so it's fun to get. It is well worth the money because you get so much more in product. Plus everytime you provide feedback on something from the box you get $1 to spend in the Birchbox store! Here's my box for this month:

If you'd like to get a box click here.

And finally the winner of my giveaway is Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies! If only I picked earlier since I just met Jennifer today! I will be emailing you to see what you would like for your banner!

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Interview tips and last day for giveaway!

Since I have two interviews for K jobs coming up I'm asking for any advice that might make me stand out against the other candidates. I have a portfolio that has resume, letters of rec, philosophy, sample lesson plan and newsletter. I would love to here what you have to say!

And do forget my 50 followers giveaway ends today!

 I'll anounce the winner later tomorrow because I will be attending the Alabama blogger meet-up!!!! Super excited to meet some lovely ladies!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


So I'm struggling right now. As of now it doesn't look like there will be an open position. So my two options are stay assisting or sub. With assisting I would have insurance but would be making less money. With subbing I could get a lot of teaching experience and if I could get the days I would be making a lot more money, I mean it's $150 which is pretty good.  What do y'all think? I've talked to my principal and she is willing to work with me I just hate to leave her hanging!

So I just got a call for an interview, so maybe there is hope yet :) They wanted to do it ASAP so I will be interviewing for a Kindergarten position on monday!

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OMG OMG OMG Freaking Out I just checked my email and I have another interview Monday for another K position in a different district! I'm getting excited now!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Don't forget my giveaway ends this Friday! I'm designing a banner for your classroom!

Also over at Run! Miss Nelson's Got the camera she is having a mega giveaway for 500 followers!

Leslie at Life in First is giving away an easi-speak!

Lacey at Wild about Teaching has a 500 followers giveaway!
500 Follower Giveaway copyKeri from Teach~Play~Smile is giving away a headphone spliter which is awesome!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Made it #6

It's Monday and it's time for another Monday Made it over at 4th Grade Frolics!

This week I have made two things. First my READ letters that I have seen around the blogging world. I used digital scrapbook paper from Dreamlike Magic on Etsy an mod podge to attach the paper (love that stuff!). About the bumps and mod podge. You can get those if you don't smooth the paper and let it dry a minute. Sometimes it'll bump but when it dries it smooths itself out.

So my next project is inspired by Scentos Markers:

I mean have you seen them???? They are so cute and smell wonderful! I can not wait to use them in the classroom, I didn't want to just stick them in a drawer because they are meant to be seen. So I've been looking for the perfect holder but haven't found one. So while at Hobby Lobby I picked up some small pieces of wood, painted it, cut it and decorated and tada!:

Can't wait to set this little guy in the classroom. It just makes me smile. Even the hubs kinda liked it :)

And don't forget I have my 50 followers giveaway where I'm designing a Welcome banner for the winner!

Friday, July 6, 2012

50 followers giveaway!

So I think I've decided for my 50 followers giveaway I will design a Welcome banner for your classroom. I'll let you choose colors and theme.  Here is a sample of the one I did.

I know it's not much but I've been having fun creating and I don't have a lot created. I might do a bigger giveaway when I hit 100!

All you have to do to enter is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment about anything :)

Giveaway ends next Friday, July 13th!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Currently, Blogger Meet Up and Giveaway to come...

OMG! I can't believe that I have over 50 followers, I'm working on a little giveaway, but haven't decided what I'm going to do yet, so be on the lookout!

Now to Link up with Farley at Oh'boy 4th!
My husband is using the game Rock Smith to learn to play the guitar, it's seems to be helping. He's sounding a little better each day.

If you haven't checked out Monday Made it at 4th Grade Frolics, you need to do so, it has inspired me!

Summer...Please stay longer, I'm not ready to be headed back. By the time the next currently comes around we will be back....

I'm still trying to figure out next year. No job offers yet, so my two options are assistant or subbing.  I'm leaning towards being a sub but my hubby is worried I won't have a steady income.

My gardens and flower beds are a mess. The weeds are taking over but it's been sooooo HOT that I can hardly get outside without sweating everything out.

Last Farley's rules which she changes each time. One read aloud that I love is Betty Bunny! The kids love it and laugh the entire time. They have a new one too: Betty Bunny wants everything! Second my teacher book: I just finished the Daily 5 and it truly made me think about the way I feel about teaching and strategies to use in the classroom.

I'm also able to go to my first bloggy meet-up! I can't wait to meet Jen over at First Grade Blue Skies who is putting this all together. If you are in the Birmingham, AL area, you should come!