Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's a TPT Sale and giveaway!

I know, I know...I hear ya'.  We've been due for a sale right?!?  I'm so excited and pumped up about it.  I have added so many products since our last sale.
You are all HEROS in my eyes... I love this graphic.  Let's celebrate YOU and all you do for kids across the world!
 In honor of you I'm giving away a $20 TPT gift card.  It will be given TONIGHT so you can shop the sale!
This is the time to stock up on bundles - just go to My Categories on my store home page and click on bundles.  I'm so excited that I've decided to giveaway a TPT giftcard for $20.  So add some goodies to your wish list and enter my rafflecopter so your money can go even further.  Check out my Close Reading and I've updated lots of my old products too.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Are you reaching EVERY child?

This is a constant thought going through my head.  It seemed so simple when I had 17 kids in my I have almost 30.  It is much more difficult if I'm going to be real here.  Of course there are the kids that you know the families, or you had an older sibling and you've known ( and wanted ) the child since they were in their mommy's tummy.  Creepy - ha just wanted to get a laugh.  But seriously I want you to head into work today asking yourself - Am I reaching Johnny, David, Sarah, etc.  These children NEED us - not PART of us but ALL of us!  And you know what ?!?  We need them too.  I have students that I think of from 1995 - when the Lord puts them on my heart I still pray for them by name. 
I saw something in my Instagram feed that really challenged me -
No matter where you teach there are kids with needs and in every class you will come across a child like this.  Maybe this little 8 year old that drives you batty is watching some kind of abuse happen in their home or their parents are fighting every night.  When I stop and think about those things I find more patience from deep within me.  It's our job to teach yes ~ ~ ~ BUT a truly great teacher does MORE than teach.  They love, accept, inspire - think on these things this week.  I promise if you take it from another perspective you will find it much easier to understand those little minds and hearts we are touching everyday! 
Tell me what you did to inspire a kid this week...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Currently ~ February

It's already February people!!!!!  I can't believe it... as always I love to link up with Farley for Currently.  Why not join in the fun and link up too?!?  

So Farley added a fun little twist at the end which I LOVE!  I can't wait to read what everyone wrote for their title.

So I'm listening to Say yes to the Dress..hubby is from Boston so soon I will be listening to some Superbowl screams I'm sure.
I joined the bandwagon and now receive a monthly Stitch's so great!
I am longing for that long weekend which is very , very soon - just wish it was here already!
I started cleaning out my closet and donating clothes...need to finish!
My pageant title would be..... Coffee~ Ista!  I love coffee and am kinda a fashionista - HA!
Hope you are having a great Sunday and Happy February!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Making Cursive Fun with a Cursive License

To be honest...I don't think you have to work too hard to make cursive 'fun' for your students.  This is my first year back in third after about a 10 year span of being in first and second.  I forgot how excited they get to learn cursive!  I spent the first semester carefully teaching them the proper strokes for each letter and learning we are a full fledged cursive class!  Part of that involves having my students receive a CURSIVE LICENSE.  They ate this right up and were thrilled to earn it.  I decided to make 2 ~ a large one for the wall to hang up like this:

Then I like to also make them smaller ones that I shrink down and laminate for them just like an I.D. ( on both they are required to sign and date too )

Now I also tell them that their licenses can be 'revoked' if they don't take care in writing neatly.  I have a license little pack if you are interested - it's already done for you:

I hope you are able to use a cursive license in your classroom...your kids will love it!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The greatest pencil sharpener...EVER!!!

I'm so excited to share with you something that has been working out beautifully in my classroom this year.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on the ever amazing World's Quietest Pencil    Sharpener!  { click the picture below or here to visit the website }

First off I got to choose a color ~ seriously it comes in hot pink!  Hello - that was easy.  Yes please!  When I first found out that this sharpener was invented by a teacher I knew it was going to be amazing...and I was NOT disappointed one bit!  This sharpener is revolutionary!  I truly mean this.  I have used the wall mounted one...NOT a good idea!  The mount starts to fall off and it only lasts about a year or so.  I have used the LOUD mechanical ones that vary in how long they last.  Annoying!  
But this sharpener is all that it says it is!  It is QUIET!!!  It is EASY to use!  It sharpens QUICKLY and EFFICIENTLY!  I mean sometimes I stand in front of my mechanical one and pull it out several times only to find the pencil either a stub or not fully sharpened.  THIS one works so fast and when I pull it out I still find myself shocked at how sharp the pencils are so quickly.  Not only that you can easily sharpen them one handed.  Let's be honest...teachers multi task ALL the time!  So being able to be one handed is actually a nice option sometimes.  
You need to RACE on over to their website and get your hands on this asap.  You will NOT be disappointed at all.  There are so many colors to choose from ~ 5 in all.  Red, Black, Pink, Green and Blue.   Not only is this the best sharpener I have ever used ( in 21 years of teaching ) are supporting a fellow teacher.  This is a win- win.  Be sure to check them out today!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Currently ~ January 2015!!

Hi my friends ~ ~ welcome to 2015!!!!  I can't believe how fast this school year is going and it's already January!  I have linked up with Farley for her Currently.  Swing on by her blog and link up - I'd love to hear all about your life.

So: I love Forensic File type shows if you don't already know that about me.  I still am in awe that it snowed in Temecula ( north of San Diego ) on New Year's Eve.  It was amazing!!!  

I really need to get my rear in gear and head over to my school to be sure everything on line is ready for report cards and that I'm prepared completely for the first week back.

I really WANT a pair of TIEKS but don't NEED them...someday!

I need to clean out my car and get ready for going back to school and carpools, etc.

I love to exercise but need to eat better (bye, bye chocolate pretzels).  I really want to do a real PD not just one for my school.  It would really stretch me.  I wish I could get my books published that I have had written since I was like 12.  
Hope you are healthy and happy in 2015.  I appreciate you all!! xoxox

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Do you use sign language in your classroom + a helpful website

I'm fairly certain after visiting friend's classrooms and my colleagues that some sort of sign language goes on in your room.  Even if it's a form of unwritten/unspoken gestures that you use to communicate with your students. Here are a couple I use every year: 

One year a few years back I had the sweetest girl that was hearing impaired.  I used this device to help her.

Communicating is so important in the classroom to help second language learners feel more help kids that have hearing issues or verbal issues of some kind and to be honest just for a teachers sanity sometimes as well.  Whether you have a second language learner, an emotionally disturbed child that has verbal issues or want to establish a well run classroom I'm sure you agree how important non verbal cues can be.  
If you are looking to reach a more diverse audience on your website for your classroom or your blog you need to check out:

They offer website translation so you can reach more of an audience or the parents in your classroom even on your own classroom website.  Swing by and check them out!