Friday, July 21, 2017

Monthly Reading Logs for Elementary Readers!

We recently added Monthly Reading Logs to our 2nd grade Homework Routine. It is such a great way to ENCOURAGE daily reading and give you, as the teacher, an idea how much your students are reading (or not reading) at home. I also loved learning about the types of books they chose to read and it allowed me to get a sneak peek into their reading interests!

Most of my students could fill out the log on their own and parents would simply initial that their child read for the day. My own daughter was a 2nd grader last year and we would take turns recording her reading but towards the end of the year, it was completely her responsibility. Score! All I had to do was initial.

So, I decided TODAY that I would wrap a pretty bow around my Monthly Reading Logs to share with everyone! What does that mean??

Well, it means these reading logs are now on TpT and they are FREE for 48 hours (thru July 23rd!) Yes, hurry, go snag it NOW!!

But, I did decide to add another version to these logs for the younger readers (K-2)...

This version has columns for "Read to Child" and "Read by Child" for those beginning readers who may feel more comfortable being read to! As teachers, we want our kids immersed in good literature and if they aren't reading on their own quite yet, it's ok! This allows the parent to know that it's ok and also gives the option for choosing good fit books for their child to read independently!

Here's a preview....

I have both versions available from AUGUST-JULY. Why in that order? I actually created these 1 month at a time last school year and started with August. Since we got out of school on June 1st, I actually didn't use June or July. But I created them today, in case anyone has year-round school or summer school!

FREE for 48 hours! (thru July 23rd)
If you snag this for free, I would GREATLY appreciate it if you would rate and give feedback!
Thanks, in advance!!

Friday, July 14, 2017



Want to score some extra spending money to help you purchase everything you need for your 2017-18 classroom? A team of amazing teachers and I have grouped together to gift THREE awesome teachers TPT gift cards. 

1 x $200 TPT Giftcard. 1 x $200 Amazon Giftcard, 1 x $25 Starbucks Giftcard, and 1 x $15 Starbucks Giftcard!


Also, there is a SECRET SECRET HASHTAG SALE for two days only! Search #schoolsavings in the Teachers Pay Teachers search bar to find products 1/2 OFF! (14th-16th)

Here is what I have on sale for 1/2 off: 

And one of my BEST SELLING products...

Don't forget to search #schoolsavings on TpT for some other amazing finds at great prices!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

1,000 FB Likes = GIVEAWAY!

I know it has been MONTHS since I've kept up with this little blog of mine but I am so thrilled that I have met a Facebook milestone today! 

To celebrate 1,000 likes, I'm throwing a Giveaway to win a $25 TpT Gift Card!!

Do you know how many awesome resources you can get with $25?!?

I know! I'm excited for the winner! 

And while summer is the perfect time to RELAX, it is also a great time to start thinking on how you can step up your A-game in the classroom.

What can YOU do to inspire your students next year??

What will you provide them to bring out your students' creativity??

The possibilities are endless! 

So, if you want IN on the giveaway, head on over to my Facebook page. It's quite simple: Just LIKE the post (and my page if you haven't already), COMMENT, and SHARE for your chance to win.

I will choose ONE winner by random generator on FRIDAY night!! Good luck!

Friday, March 24, 2017

#SpringBackIn TpT Gift Card Giveaway & More!

Yippee, SPRING!! 

Whether you are loving the changes in scenery with flowers abloom or suffering from pollen allergies, there is no denying it... Spring is Here!

At least, here in Texas!

I've teamed up with an AWESOME group of teachers to help celebrate the Spring season with a $200 TpT Gift Card Giveaway AND #SpringBreakIn hashtag sale!!

Gotta love hashtag sales. Simply search the hashtag #SpringBackIn on TpT for an abundance of spring teaching resources marked down to $3.00 to celebrate this 3rd month of the year!

I have marked down my newest resource, Spring Into Writing: Writing Prompts and Writing Pages.

You can also find my top-selling, The Great Sub Reference Binder, marked down to just $3.00!! (Regular price-$7) Holy moly, that's a steal!

Check out more from my store HERE!


Check out the graphic below to see all of the stores who are participating.  

Grab some awesome bargains this weekend.

Rafflecopter is open from March 24th and closes March 31st........Don't miss out your chance on winning a gift card.

Enter the Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY HERE!

Also, stay tuned for another fun hashtag sale, just around the corner...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

4th of July Give Away Alert! Let "FREE"dom ring!

Hey friends! Are you ready for some 4th of July celebrations? Well I am super excited to team up with the fabulous Ashley over at The Blessed OCDiva for a “Let ‘Free’dom Ring” give away next week! Entry is going to be easy peasy and required in order to win. You will get to choose one product of your choice from each of our TPT stores!!! If you have not already followed our stores, blogs, or FB pages please do! That way you will get the first notifications for when we go live! 
OH! And there will be TWO winner winner chicken dinners!! Please share this info with all your friends and keep your eyes peeled Monday!

UPDATE!! (finally)

Wow-my poor, little blog has been collecting dust for WAAAY too long. Some years are just busier than others and as with life, some days are longer and it still seems you can't get it all done. ((SIGH))

BUT...I did take the time yesterday to update my Great Sub Reference Binder for the 2016-2017 school year. I have had 2 requests recently from potential buyers so I knew it was time!

This has continued to be my top #1 seller.

 I created it for myself many years ago when I first went on maternity leave when I had my daughter. I was able to provide my long term sub with all the important info and she was so grateful. 

Then two years later when we were blessed with another pregnancy, I revamped my sub binder for my sub and I was able to make it even better. 

Fast forward several more years and it was and still is my top seller on TpT. Last year, I participated in the TpT Seller Challenge and gave it a complete makeover...

I loved how it turned out! It is now updated with the 2016-2017 calendar, so be sure to check it out. Here's a sneak peek at a calendar page. 

If you have already purchased, then all you need to do is go into your purchases page and download the latest version.

Don't have a sub binder yet? This could be great for a short-term sub, too! Once you have it prepared, it can stay on your desk for whenever you have to be out! This page could be handy...

Simply enter your text and print! 

This binder also includes black and white pages for easy printing. :)

CLICK HERE to go straight to the link!

I'm also working hard this week to update my teacher binders...I will be adding a planner to the binder, too! I'll be sure to post when I have them ready to go!

Thanks for reading and HAPPY SUMMER!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Great Reindeer Rebellion Letter Writing Activities

I'm going to do it. I'm going to actually type up a blog post. It may be a miracle. I had such high hopes that over the break I would blog all about some of our super fun class activities. I planned to share with the world all the awesome things my sweet little class has done so far this school year.

But, instead...

I spent time with my family.

Ate a lot of yummy treats. 

Drank a couple cups of tasty coffee (a day).

Went shopping and spent most of my gift cards on new things. Whoo-hoo!

Binge-watched all the Star Wars movies (in order!)

I cannot complain, it has been a great 2 weeks off.
That is what a "BREAK" is all about and I certainly made the most of it! 

However, the guilt started to overcome me as I woke up on this last morning of our break. I just had to do something. So here it is. I will take you back in time to 2015, before our winter break to share all about a letter writing activity we did with the book, The Great Reindeer Rebellion by Lisa Trumbauer.

If you haven't read this book, well, you should! It is super cute and this year was the first time I had read it to my class. Thanks to my amazing teammate over at the Polka-Dotted Pencil, for planning  writing for our team and coming up with the cute idea. 

Basically, it's about the Reindeer going on strike. They are tired of pulling Santa's sleigh and come up with a list of (comical) demands that must be met in order for them to help fly Santa's sleigh again. But before the demands come, Santa seeks out to find different animals to pull his sleigh. But, of course, no other animals work out. The Reindeer are clearly the best option but they have a few requests.

Before the requests were read aloud to the class, I stopped reading there and turned it over to the kids asking, "If you were one of Santa's reindeer, what would you demand?" 

We brainstormed some ideas as a class and had a fun class discussion. We reviewed the parts of a friendly letter as the kids would be writing to Santa directly to share their requests.
They were so excited to get started.

I decided to type up some printables to go with it. 

First, the kids came up with their plan for their letter to Santa. 

Then they used this sheet to write their letter....

Then just as a cute touch, I added this cute reindeer topper from The First Grade Schoolhouse, you can download her cute reindeer template FREE.

Here are some examples....turned out super cute and they had a blast. 

Once all of our letters were complete, I thought it would be fun to have students read them aloud TO SANTA!!

Since the big man was quite busy up in the north pole, I pulled up an image on my computer and projected on my screen for the class. They stood up once I called their reindeer name and read them persuasively to Santa. It was so fun!

The kids really got into it. 

Here's a cute video of one of my Dancer reindeer reading her letter. 

I also added another writing activity to bundle up with this FREEBIE.

This one was for the kids to write about a different type of animal to guide Santa's sleigh. This could also be used with the letter-writing pages in the set. 

If you would like to snag this for your class to use next Christmas, you can find it HERE at my 
TpT store. It's FREE!

Enjoy and have fun!!

Happy New Year!!