Monday, December 5, 2011

Fact Family Freebie-Gingerbread House

Here is a short and “sweet” post!

I plan to try this activity this week as we are currently doing fact families. Print the boys and girls and cut them into triplets. Write the fact families on the tummies and use as cards. Print off the house and put into a page protector so the students may write with dry erase makers. The students choose a card and then write the facts on the mat.

 Click here for the Gingerbread House Mat and Boy/Girls Cards.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Target and OfficeMax deals this week!

If you are anything like me right now, you are having a difficult time keeping up with reading blogs—let alone writing for a blog. Sorry about my absence but I’m still settling into my first year of teaching first grade. It’s been fun and great, but a lot of work! I will share more later.

As for today, I went shopping and Target is having 70% off most of their dollar spot! For thirty cents each I got:

    • 30 write on white boards
    • 13 blue hanging pocket charts
    • 8 sets of 4-black bowls (good for math manipulatives)
    • teachers signs (saying things like “Line up here”)

At OfficeMax, they have a sale on hanging folders and manila file folders for $5 a box (certain boxes only). I had $11.00 in Maxperks and got them for free! While there, I also turned in my used printer cartridges for more Maxperks.

Hope you are able to grab some of these back to school clearance prices too!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


My first week of teaching 1st grade for the first time in 11 years of teaching is over. I think I’ve been learning just as much as the students have been learning! I have been introducing WBT (whole brain teaching) to the students and they’ve been doing well with it. If you have been teaching with the enVision math series these first weeks of school, then the next bit of info should be helpful.

I’ve learned a new word, subitizing. What is it? Well, basically it is being able to see a group and be able to tell how many there are in the group without having to count them. As teachers, we use dice and dot cards to teach and reinforce this skill. There are some great freebies out there that help to teach this skill. Click below to see the links on subitizing (scroll down when you get there).


Saturday, August 20, 2011

This week’s reflections: open house, teacher meetings, and scrambling!

I know I’ve not posted in..a…long….time but my procrastination indecisiveness concerning my classroom got the best of me and it all came to a head this week. I did a few 12 hour days at the school this week and got my room finished just enough in time for open house on Thursday night. I met all of my kids and parents!!! I was excited they all made it! Keep in mind, this was also the day of our teacher meetings so I knew I had to get things basically ready by Wednesday night; which I did by 9:30pm Wednesday! Whew!

You know, getting a primary grade classroom ready takes sooooo much more time and effort than when I was teaching middle school. Hind sight is 20-20 though and next summer I will hopefully be ready way before the day before open house!


  1. not taking pictures of my classroom before and after the overhaul (with all my moving boxes, etc.),
  2. not being able to be ready for open house earlier than the day before,
  3. spending so much money (I think it is at least $1000, but don’t tell my DH!),
  4. not having my writing and listening center set up yet.

Now, I just need to be mentally prepared for the week and create a schedule template that makes me happy.

As for now, I’m wiped out and need to rest up for Monday, the first day of school! Smile

Monday, August 8, 2011

A New First Grade Blogger and a Freebie

There is a new first grade blogger-teacher over at Cause That's How We Roll in 1B. Go check out Gracie and give her some bloggy love! Why? Well, she is decorating her room in owls, she teaches Treasures reading series in Maryland, and when she showed off her new lesson plan book in a pic I saw the CAFÉ book and D5 book right there in plain view! I think I love her already! Oh wait, I know she’s a keeper because she loves Pinterest too! Another one I can stalk!
My current freebie is a Word Journal that is printed front to back and formatted to be folded and stapled. I have printed these and it did work for me. Just make sure to follow your printers particular instructions on printing front to back. Keep all pages in the order shown, fold all the pages in order in half, staple and it should work. The Google Doc looks a little funky but when you download the PPT version you should be able to edit it or add your name, grade, etc.
Word Journal

Friday, July 29, 2011

I just got $40 worth of Kiddo Tags™ for $8!


I so can’t wait to get these cute labels! They are Dishwasher and Microwave Safe, Waterproof, Weather-proof (UV-Resistant) and scuff-proof. Kiddo Tags are durable labels with over 50 character icons, 10 different colors, 18 different fonts AND 8 shapes and styles/types to choose from! With so many options, your kiddo will have the most unique label in the room! Printed in the USA, and operated by a stay-at-home mom. FREE SHIPPING (USA orders over $35) and a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.

If you click HERE you can get a $10 credit! That’s how I got the awesome deal (it may be you have to click it on the right sidebar). This deal is only good for a few more hours so hurry!

Kindergarten CCSS links now ready!

Just a quick note to let you know that the sister blog to


is now ready for access! I find that even though I teach first grade, it is helpful to know what they should know coming in from their kindergarten year. The links on the Kindergarten CCSS links blog might be great for review work stations at the beginning of first grade! Can’t wait until both blogs are full of free, useful links! Remember that if you link a freebie to your blog, most likely it will lead to other “clicks” around your blog for more great resources! Click the link below to go there right now to check it out:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Over 100 Followers! A-Maz-Ing!

Well, thanks to all who participated! I hope someone is ready to start laminating!



Congrats, Amber! Leave a comment here with your e-mail within 48 hours and I will contact you. I will delete your post with the e-mail so as not to expose you Smile.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Last Chance!

I will be choosing in 10 minutes after 11:59pm EST. Hope you got to do all you wanted to do! Good luck!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Shoes and Quackers

You’re on the playground and a little one comes along and says, “Teacher, look at my new shoes!” and then you’ve got 10 more kids running toward you with the same request. I have to admit, they’ve got some really cute shoes!

Mrs. Tab has created a really cool unit on shoes! She is so right when she said that kids adore their shoes and at the beginning of the year they adore their brand new shoes! Well, there’s the motivation for the students to learn graphing and such using the topic of shoes. 

She created a unit so go check it out!image

One of my favorite children's books is

Q Is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Gameimage 

Since I am moving to first grade, I’ll be able to use this book in my classroom! It really helps kids think outside the box when it comes to alphabet books. I also want to do an activity where the students come up with their own ideas for an unusual abc book that we can compile as a class.


Heads Up!

imageCheck out this new blogger who is celebrating with a TPT certificate giveaway!


Also, check out a giveaway for all at image.


Don’t forget to here to win a thermal laminator!!! You know you want it!

I’m working on my first freebie and hope to share it very soon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

(closed) 50+ Followers Giveaway: Thermal Laminator!!!


Wowzers! I’ve reach 50+ followers! I’ve gotten so much from the teaching blog world lately and some of it needs to be laminated. I love my thermal laminator and so I thought why not give one away, a brand new one at that!  The brand rhymes with “snotch” and seems to be a popular one to use! If you despise the limpy lamination at school, the thicker lamination pouches that go through this baby are totally worth it! If you already have one, keep one at home and at school!
Thermal laminator details:

  • Laminates items up to 9 inches wide
  • Two roller system with two temperature settings
  • Suitable for use with photos
  • Will laminate pouches up to 5 mil thick Shipping info. for this prize is as follows:  applies to U.S. delivery addresses in the 50 states only, including Alaska and Hawaii; applies to APO/FPO addresses when using a United States ZIP Code only.
    Deadline for all entries is 11:59 pm EST on Monday, July 25, 2011.
    The winner will be chosen by an online random number generator on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 so check back to see if you’ve won. The winner must notify me of her/his address within 48 hours of my posting the winner. If not, another winner will be randomly chosen and announced to contact me within 48 hours of my posting. Please keep this in mind when you enter. I don’t do this to be mean but to be fair and make sure this prize is received in a timely manner.

    There are 7 ways to enter!! Leave one comment, below and on this page, for each:
    1. Follow this blog (leave 1 comment)
    2. Add my blog to your blog roll (leave 1 comment)
    3. Add my button to your blog (leave 1 comment)
    4. **Blog about this giveaway with a link back (leave 1 comment)
    5. Follow the blog 1st Grade CCSS links (leave 1 comment)
    6. Add your own link to 1st Grade CCSS links (leave 1 comment)
    7. **Blog about 1st Grade CCSS links (leave 1 comment)
    Note **these may be combined as one post
    Good luck!
  • Monday, July 18, 2011

    (closed) I’ve reached 50 followers! Giveaway alert!

    Actually it’s officially 50+ followers! Thanks to all for joining this journey with me. I’m so excited! Look for my first giveaway post in the next couple of days so that you can enter to win!

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Vistaprint linky party

    Nancy over at The Apple Basket Teacher is have a Vistaprint linky party and since I just receive my first order from them I have to share! All first grade classrooms use the themes of monkeys and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ABC.



    I leave my school keys all over the school so this will help them have a more speedy return to me!



    I PICK rack cards for my students when they choose books for their book boxes.




    Instead of a ‘desk fairy’ I guess you could say I have a ‘desk monkey’! These are business cards.




    Teacher’s desk pad




    A ‘lawn’ sign to put in my classroom library for reminders.




    Window decal for my room door




    Return label stickers for the students doing ‘good’




    I will write the students names on these and will put these on my magnetic board to keep track of groups.




    We grade by 3,2, or 1 so I can just stamp these on as students and parents adapt to this grading




    This is a banner that I totally lifted from someone else (if it’s yours please let me know so that I can give you credit). This is from the ebook Clip Chart System by Rick Morris here.




    My plan for this coffee cup is to use it for student names on tongue depressors and I will choose students randomly to be called on during class.



    So, there’s my Vistaprint haul!

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    Who Doesn’t Like A Giveaway?

    Head on over to imageto help celebrate her first giveaway for reaching 25 followers! Congrats Maureen! I know I’m coming up on 50 followers so be on the lookout for a giveaway of my own.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Linky Party Invitation: "Welcome Students" letters/notes

    Ok, now I will be a new first grade teacher this coming year, and I will soon be receiving my postcards to send to my students. The postcards will have a note welcoming my students to my first grade class. What do I write? How do I write it? We are talking first grade here so should I write it in a way that the student might be able to read it or write it assuming the parent reads it to them? What about a rebus-style note?

    Here is where you come in. I need your help. Join this linky party and let us know your grade level, what you write, how you write it, and if you use any special formats (postcards from a printing company, perhaps?). Show me what you got! I can't wait!

    P.S. This is my first linky party! TIA for showing some love :)

    Looking for a Daily 5 primer?

    Well, head on over to Castles and Crayons! Mrs. B starts with her own Daily 5 schedule and each of the categories, from how to introduce it, build and maintain. Lots of great info. I love to see many takes on Daily 5 and how teachers implement it in their individual classrooms.

    Daily 5 at Castles and Crayons

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Another Giveaway!

    Head on over to First Grade Honey Bunch for many chances to win some fun and useful prizes! Good luck!

    First Grade Honey Bunch
    Sorry, but I couldn't get her cute button to post.

    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    Fellow Bloggers Have Some Awesome Giveaways!

    Check out Little Literacy Learners for a new giveaway for reaching a whopping 500 followers! Congrats to Mrs. McKown and good luck to you on the contest.

    Little Literacy Learners

    Also, how would you like some Bath and Body Works? Then go check out Fun 2B in First and enter for a chance to win!

    Fav Font Linky Party!

    I'm going to participate at my first linky party! Finally in First is having a linky party!

    I have many favorite fonts for many different categories. The fonts I share now are ones that are good for cutting out and enlarging. I used the first font for my bulletin board last year in my Toy Story theme.

    AlphaClouds at dafont
    Infinity Formula at urban fonts

    I love freebies!

    Makin' Cute Blogs is what I used to design my blog. This is the first blog I've created with my own designed header. Since I've dabbled a little in digital scrapbooking it wasn't too difficult for me. I also have Windows 7 with the snip tool to easily save anything I created into a png file to insert as a picture for my created header. The digital elements I used were from digital freebies from Rhonna Farrer and Shabby Princess. I'm not sure if they are available freebies any longer but there are other freebie digital scrapbook kits to search for on the web.

    Special delivery

    I awoke this morning with a gush of excitement! I am the new parent of a blog! A blog for me and my preparations for my upcoming "baby"--my FIRST first grade classroom! I hope you find some nuggets of goodness here.