Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday... on Spring Break!

It's officially spring break.  In fact, I have been on break since Wednesday afternoon.  It has been GLORIOUS already!  

Since I have just a little extra time, haha, I thought I'd share what we've been up to in this week's Five for Friday.

Bulletin board time!  We needed something for spring.  These little birdies are adorable!  And birds can stay up on the bulletin board for a LONG time... perhaps until June!  ;-)

My stamps came!  I am loving VistaPrint.  These custom stamps were so easy to make!  And Maria from Kinder-Craze even has a video tutorial to show you how it's done.  Check it out {HERE}.  My firsties are LOVING the "Rock Star Quality Work" stamp.

I know you've seen other bloggers talking about Sit Spots.  I ordered some and finally got around to putting them on my carpet.  They are AH-mazing!  The colors match my classroom decor perfectly.  So far they are a hit with my kiddos.  Let's hope the novelty doesn't wear off any time soon!  I love that everyone has a specific spot to sit.  This is helpful for partner talks, classroom management, and personal space issues.  Thank you Sit Spots!!!

Check out this email I got this week.  I feel like a real winner, haha!  I mean, I should get some sort of actual award for this.  
Apparently I have saved far too many TPT files at school...
Good thing the tech department likes me!!!  ;-)

The time has arrived!  I'm off for a week of fun-in-the-sun in Myrtle Beach, SC!!!  I cannot WAIT to get there.  Just gotta get through that 14+ hour drive (yuck).  But here's what's waiting on the other end...

I'm off for a much needed pedicure and then to pack my bags.  Vacation here I come!!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Currently

It's April!  Thank goodness.  March seemed to last FOREVER.  Perhaps that was because it was still snowing like crazy.  Ugh.  

Finally spring has sprung in the northeast.  I can actually see grass and the remaining snow drifts are melting quickly!  A new month means it's time to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for this month's Currently.

Listening - Let Her Go by Passenger.  Not to be confused with Let It Go from Frozen.  I might be the last person on the face of this planet that hasn't seen that movie yet, haha! 

Loving - I cannot believe this is my "loving" for April.  Running is a new-found love for me, as I've only really been running for less than a year.  My running coach gathered a training group for an upcoming 10 mile hilly race called the Mountain Goat.  Let me be clear - I have no intention of actually running this race, haha!  I just like running with a group and my awesome coach.  We started a few weeks ago and have been adding a mile each week.  This is quite challenging for me.  When we started I had never run more than 3 miles.  Our first week we ran 4.7 miles, yikes.  Last weekend I went a whopping 7.5 miles.  WHAT?!!  Crazy.  And I love it.

Thinking - It's not even 10pm.  I'm exhausted.  My bed is calling... loudly.

Wanting - I am seriously wanting some more energy lately.  I'm not sure what my problem has been the last week or so, but I have been completely drained for no apparent reason.  Time to get more sleep perhaps.

Needing - I am in serious need of INSPIRATION!  I haven't blogged in a month.  I haven't created anything for my classroom.  I'm in a serious slump.  I'm blaming it on the March snow.  Hopefully the sun will bring me some new ideas!

Hours and Last Day - Our contract hours are from 8:20-3:45.  The kids arrive at 8:35 and leave at 3:25.  Not too shabby.  On the downside, our last day isn't until June 26th.  That seems like a century away.  This is the latest in the year that I've ever taught.  Good thing I love my job!!

What are you Currently up to?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sight Word Game {Flash Freebie} and Word Work Activities Update

Just a quick post tonight to announce a lil' FLASH FREEBIE!  

I love the sight word game BOOM and until now I had just been mixing in some BOOM cards with the sight word cards that I already had.  (Which were plain and boring and did NOT match my BOOM cards.  And of course, that just won't do!)

This game includes the Dolch Pre-Primer, Primer, First, and Second Grade lists.

So snag it while it's FREE!

And, if you already own my Word Work Activities, I have updated them to include this game!  If you don't already own it… now would be a good time to buy it!  With the addition of the Sight Word BOOM game the price will be going up tomorrow!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Currently and a Sunday Five for Friday

Ah, the weekend.  And a new month.  And more snow.  Well, two out of three isn't bad!!  Time to kick off the month with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade and share my week with a Sunday Five for Friday at Doodle Bugs Teaching.

Listening - It is snowing.  Again.  I'm beginning to think that the sound of the plow is NEVER going to go away.  I know I live in Syracuse, but this is getting ridiculous!  I'm very afraid that I will be blogging about snow in April's Currently, too.  EEK!

Loving - Well, I squeezed the February budget and scraped up the money to buy my new camera bag.  I am in LOVE.  It is beautiful… and roomy… and chevron of course!  So excited about this purchase!  It's a purse and camera bag all in one.  Want one?  Check out Darby Mack Designs.  They have a TON of styles and my bag came in less than two weeks, even though it was on back order!  I highly recommend them.

Thinking - Sun and spring will happen… right?!

Wanting - I bought a lifetime license for KG Fonts during the big TPT sale!  So psyched to start using all her fonts.  I had been scraping by a with one-font license here and there, but now I have carte blanche to use all her fonts, all the time.  I feel like a real big shot now.  Let the creative juices flow!!

Needing - I need nothing.  What a good feeling!

????? - 45 days.  I have been reading others' posts and this is a really tough one on most people's blogs!  I'll give you a hint…

Okay, now onto my week.  We returned after a nice, long week off for February break.  Everyone was grumpy on Monday morning, haha.  And I think this is the first week we have had school for five straight days, with no days off or snow days.  Wow.  Good thing we made it count!

This week we celebrated our 100th Day!  I kept it simple and we celebrated with a hat.  Love me some hats on first graders.  These 100th Day Ten Frame Party Hats came from Kelly Dolling at Teacher Idea Factory.

This week we worked on place value.  We use base-10 blocks to count the days we've been in school, so the kids have a lot of background knowledge by the time we get to place value in math.  Here we are playing Place Value Top-It.

It's been forever since we've practiced sight words on our iPads.  This week we worked on the First Grade Dolch sight word list using the app Word Bingo.

Stop the presses.  I actually got a bulletin board prepped and ready in plenty of time for the upcoming holiday.  Gasp.  This NEVER happens.  Bulletin boards are not my thing!  I'm proud that on Friday I was able to put this up.  Aren't these leprechaun's adorable?  This Leapin' Leprechaun craftivity is a creation from Teri at A Cupcake for the Teacher.

If I were a leprechaun I would go to the other side of the rainbow to steal gold and go steal some diamonds.

This week I was a WINNER!  I won $30 to spend at Teachers Pay Teachers, just in time for the big sale.  Christy and Tammy at Fluttering Through First Grade rock!  Thanks a million ladies!  I snagged a ton of great items during the sale.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BIG Sale and New Products

Just a quick post to let you know I'm participating in the big sale.  There's nothing I like better than a good TPT sale.  My own wish list is ready, baby!  How about yours?

{My Store} will be 20% off.  Be sure to use the code TPT3 when checking out for an extra 10% off!

March is just around the corner, so be sure to check out my St. Patrick's Day products…

Check out what's included in this pack…

I also recently finished my Holiday QR Code Bundle - Read the Room.  This bundle saves you money big time… especially if you get it on sale!  It includes Read the Room QR Codes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and St. Patrick's Day.

While you're in my store, check out a couple of my best selling products...

Happy Shopping!