Sunday, May 29, 2011

Summer Reading Linky Party

Hi everyone!!

I hope that you have all had a chance to check out my giveaway and get to know a little bit about Ms. Magee, Brooke and Mrs. Tabb! They are wonderful teachers and bloggers and I hope that you are enjoying our giveaway! And in the theme of fairy tales...

is having a linky party and sharing summer reading lists. I have 2 (of course)!

My school summer reading list will include:
1. Rereading The Daily 5

2. Rereading The Cafe Book

3. Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement


Now....for my SUMMER FREE TIME  reading list:
1. The Help

2. Water for Elephants

3. Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

I am sure that their are about a million more books that I will want to read but these are the ones that I have already purchased and have been waiting patiently for me to have the time to devote to them. Summer is around the corner, so their wait won't be much longer!!! I have a kindle (and I do love it) but there just isn't anything that compares to turning the pages of a great book! What will you be reading???

HUGE (and absolutely ADORABLE) GIVEAWAY!!

It's finally time!!!! In celebration of all the wonderful work my students achieved this year, I am hosting a giveaway of one of their favorite units of study! Drum roll please..........
Fairy Tales!!
I had an amazing time finding new and creative ways to teach in my classroom and am happy to celebrate that with you....with a giveaway!

Here is what you can win:


that your kiddos are going to love!!

We have amazing and talented unit writers in our blogging community and Ms. Magee, Brooke and Mrs. Tabb have all offered a copy of their fabulous work to one of our lucky followers!!
Here's how you can enter to win these ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL units:

Follow our blogs:
1. Ashley's Blog First Grade Brain
2. Brooke's Blog Primary Perspective
3. Follow my blog
4. Mrs. Tabb's Blog Another Day in First Grade

Follow us on Teachers Pay Teachers:
4. Ashley's TpT store
5.Brook's TpT Store
6. My TpT Store
7. Mrs. Tabb's TpT Store

Download a product and leave a lovely product review for an extra entry!!

Follow us on Facebook:
7. Ashley's Facebook page
8. Primary Perspective Facebook Page
9. My Facebook Page
10. Mrs. Tabb's Facebook Page

Follow us on Twitter:

10.Follow Ashley on Twitter
11. Follow Brooke on Twitter
12. Follow me on Twitter
13. Follow Mrs. Tabb on Twitter

14. Post about this giveaway and leave a comment with a link :)

Are you excited?!?
That's 18 ways to win!! Woohoo!!
The giveway will end on June 5 at 9 pm centeral standard time so make sure to share this giveaway and click away!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Another Little Extra :)

I wanted to share a subtraction version of my Beach Ball Addition Review....
Hope you like it :)


Freebie, Big News and a giveway!!

Woohoo!!! It's Memorial Day weekend and I am ready for a great finish to another eucational year!! Yesterday was the big day when we all found out what we would be teaching and after 11 years in first grade, I will be moving in to a new phase of my career. I will be teaching


next year!! I am so excited about my new opportunity and am looking forward to seeing my firsties grow and develop as learners for another school year. So, know I am curious, any advice for the new second grade teacher on the block? I would LOVE to read your comments and start planning for the next year!

In other news,  I created this math review to cover a few of the strategies that my firsties learned this school year. I plan to create a subtraction page as well so make sure to stop by and check it out :)



I will be celebrating the end of the year and my big move to second grade with a GIVEAWAY!!
Stay tuned for all the magical details in my post this weekend.....

I am all smiles today and I hope you are too!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

I am SOOOOO excited to have you here!!

Happy Monday (last one of the year for me - Woohoo)! I am so happy to be back on track after what seemed like forever since my last post! As you all know, the school year is very quickly coming to an end and I have been super busy finishing grades, going to meetings, DRA testing and a million other things. But, I am looking forward to this short week and saying hi to many new friends through Tag! You're It over at TBA. I am so happy to be a part of such an amazing group of teachers and am honored to be a featured author this week.

I started blogging in January as a way to find new materials for my classroom...and WOW did I ever!! I have not only found so many wonderful and inspiring ideas but have been so lucky to find a new group of PHENOMENAL teachers to collaborate with through blogging. I have meet some of the sweetest and most dedicated teachers I have ever known and I am so grateful to have found this opportunity to grow as an educator.

This week, I will be posting some freebies and also having a MAGICAL giveway with the lovely Ms. Magge from First Grade Brain and Ms. Perry from Primary make sure to come by and visit this week (and invite a friend along too!)

So to start your Monday is a little something that I used with my kiddos that I hope you will enjoy:

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Winner of the Mother's Day Giveaway!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful day! I know I have!!

Now, on to the fun part...using .....

True Random Number Generator : 5

Congratulations to .....

 Hadar from Miss Kindergarten who said...

"That is such a sweet song :) I would LOVE $5 to Just to Scrappy!!! You are so sweet!"

I will email you your $5 certificate so you can do lots of shopping tonight!!


A Mother's Day Giveaway!

Good morning and Happy Mother's Day!
All though I have to spend some time today getting ready for an ESL training I am giving tomorrow, I am definitely planning to make sure to spend A LOT of time with my parents, sisters and the love of my life- my daughter, Bella. She is my whole world and I am so very blessed to have such an amazing daughter.

So, for her, I dedicate this song. It expresess just how she changed my life and how lucky I am to be her mom....

In My Daughter's Eyes

I honor of Mother's Day, I would like to have a little giveaway!
Gift Certificate - $5
It doesn't sound like much but today is the last day for the big sale at Just So Scrappy!
If you haven't checked it out.....hop on over! The prices are up to 80% off! 
I got 9 kits for just 6 dollars!!

Here's what you need to do....

1. Become a follower
2. Post about this blog
3. Invite a friend to become a follower and leave a comment

That's it! The sale ends tonight so I am going to chose a someone with a random generator by 6pm CT!!

Have a great Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rolling with punches....ouch! :(

I wen to TpT today and was so sad that someone did not care for my Pirate Unit....{insert biggest frownie face possible here}.  I worked so hard on that very first "big" product and have recieved such great feedback from so many people {Thank you, thank you, thank you!} but now my little baby for TpT...the project that took me most of my spring break to make... has one vote and a 1.8 rating.

I know that the business world can be tough and I am really trying to roll with the punches and know that everyone won't like everything all the time but it kills me that when I see my listing, it has that awful rating because of one vote.

What would you do?
I would love your advice!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

YAY!! I {heart} Paul and Teachers Pay Teachers!!

I was so happy this morning when I woke up and saw that Paul over at Teachers Pay Teachers (he is such a cutie!) is extending the sale and promotional code TAD11 for another day!! I have also extended my sale so make sure to go shopping!! You can get some great deals that you and your kiddos will LOVE!! :)

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TpT Sale Extended!

I know that there has been an AMAZING amount of interest in the TpT sales today and that the website has had a little bit of trouble. Teachers Pay Teachers is a great website and a fabulous resource and I hope that everyone knows just how much they appreciate their teachers. In hopes of lifting you spirits, I am extending my TpT sale, along with other wonderful bloggers.

Come by and check it out!

Monday, May 2, 2011

TpT 40% off Sale!!!

Tomorrow is Teacher Apprciation Day and I wanted to show my appreciatation and gratitude (along with several other great bloggers) for all that you do each and everyday! I will be having a 20% sale at my store and TpT will be offering 20% as well!! That is a savings of 40% just for you!! All you have to do is....

1. Visit my store and recieve the products of your choice for 20% off
2. Use the code TAD11 at checkout to recieve an additional 20% off your purchase

What a great way to celebrate!!!