## Thursday, January 28, 2016

### 100th Day Fun in 1st Grade!

My sweeties had a great 100th Day today!  This year, I'm teaching 1st grade, so in addition to my normal 100th Day activities, we tried some new things. This morning during our morning meeting, we brainstormed a little about the number 100...

 I love these responses!
In math, we played "Race to 100", which helped reinforce our addition skills.  Using a 100 chart, two dice, and some counters, the worked with their partners to see who could move their counter to 100 first. This was an excellent early finishers activity after they had finished their CGI problem this afternoon.

 Race to 100 Game
To play:
1)  Each group of partners need a 100 chart, two dice, and two counters of any kind.
2)  Partner 1 rolls both dice, and adds the total of the two dice together.
3)  Partner 1 moves their counter that many spaces on the 100 chart.
4)  Partner 2 rolls both dice, and adds the total of the two dice together.
5)  Partner 2 moves their counter that many spaces ont he 100 chart.
6)  The partners continue taking turns until someone reaches 100!

**To differentiate, you could have students just use one die for an easier version, or use three dice for a harder version.

Happy 100th Day!!!

## Monday, November 10, 2014

### Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is the perfect opportunity to teach our kids about the sacfirfices that military men and women have made for generations in order to fight for our freedom and protect our country.

This Veteran's Day in our classroom, we will be remembering those who were willing to make sacrificies for our country, and honoring them by writing thank you letters to veterans that will be delivered to our local VFW.

 Wonderful text and vibrant pictures!

 This book is excellent for teaching early learners the holiday basics.

Happy Veteran's Day!  I hope you and your students enjoy learning about and honoring our veteran's on this important day

## Sunday, July 27, 2014

### My Favorite Back-To-School Freebies for Primary Grades

It's that time of the year...Back-to-School time!  Every year I'm so anxious and excited about getting back into my classroom, setting up my stuff, and implementing all of the ideas and materials that I've gathered over the summer.  This year is no different!  While looking through my Pin Boards, I compiled a list of my all-time favorite Back-to-School FREEBIES from fabulous TpT sellers, and thought I'd share!

The following items are all things that I've used in my classroom, and would highly recommend!  However, as a TpT seller, I know how much work goes in to creating a product, even a free one, so please remember that if you choose to download any of these items, LEAVE FEEDBACK for the seller!  It means so much to us to see that you appreciate our hard work!

1. Schedule Cards by Cara Carroll
**These are sooo cute!  You'll be able to see why it's the top downloaded freebie on TpT!

2. Pick an Apple {An Open House Donation Idea} by Amy Lowes
**I used this last year and had tons of success getting those extra things that we all need!

3. First Day Hand Print Puzzle by Deanna Jump
**This is adorable for the first day of Pre-K or Kindergarten!

4. A Bright Future (Student Gift) by Hope King
**I love this Open House gift idea!

5. Getting to Know You Sheets by Miss Nelson
**Perfect for primary kiddos who are able to read and write!

6.  Take-Home Reminder Notes by Amy Lowes
**I use these all throughout the school year, so I make sure to have them printed and on-hand at the beginning of the year.

7. Common Core Informational Pamphlet for Parents by Christine Statzel
**This is an excellent explanation of Common Core to give to parents at Open House.

8. Open House Signs by Sparkles Smiles and Successful Students
**These Smart Board Welcome Signs are adorable!  They are available for multiple grade levels too. :)

9. Picture Directions by A Cupcake for the Teacher
**I LOVE these!

10.  Our Classroom Rules and Procedures Handbook by Teaching With Love and Laughter

Have a wonderful beginning of the year everyone!
--Amy

## Monday, July 21, 2014

### These Are a Few of My Favorite Things... (Products I Can't Live Without!)

Back-to-School time is upon us my teacher friends...Ready or not it's coming!  I've been slowly getting myself into the groove, and by that, I mean SHOPPING for my classroom. :)  The following is a list of things that I'm glad I don't have to live without during those first few weeks of school (or anytime for that matter)!

Mr. Sketch Markers
I don't honestly know if I could survive without these!  I love the broad lines that easily hide errors on anchor charts, the wide variety of colors, and most of all---the yummy scents!  I once had a teacher friend who would draw stars on her students' hands as a reward with these markers. The possibilities are endless!

Really Good Stuff Deluxe Plastic Desktop Helpers
These are the best name plates you will ever find!  They actually last all year!  Even in a Kindergarten room--imagine that!  Really Good Stuff makes several different varieties of these name plates, but I love the ones pictured below.  The 100 chart comes in really handy throughout the year, as does the alphabet line.  These are a little pricy, but well worth the extra money!

What can I say!?  These DVD's are absolutely amazing!  My kiddos start recognizing their sight words in a flash after watching these.  I typically pop one in the DVD player as we're packing up for the day, and instantly, the kiddos are glued to it.  I can honestly say that this was one of the best educational purchases I ever made!

This is the one that I let me kiddos use.  The one that makes NO NOISE, and gets the pencils super sharp!  Disclaimer here:  I still have two pencil buckets in my classroom.  One for sharpened pencils and one for broken pencils.  However, at the end of the day I have a special helper, and that student sharpens the pencils from the broken bucket for the day.  This totally cuts down on pencil interruptions throughout the day.  Now, back to this sharpener... I love this because, it's fairly indestructible, making it perfect for my Kindergarten sweeties.  No more breaking the electric sharpener by ramming pencils into it as hard as you can! Yay!  Plus, it comes in a variety of cool colors, and we all love that. :)

These were a new discovery for me recently.  Granted, I can see how it could create a distraction for some kiddos, the sweeties I tried these with LOVED them, and seemed more able to focus.  They're super cheap too, which is nice!  I highly recommend trying these for kiddos that need a little something to stimulate while they're working.

These are some of the most frequently used items in my classroom.  These things are versatile!  They can be used as counters, for patterning, for BINGO games, for board games, and for word work with Elkonin boxes.  I love them so much because my kiddos are actually able to see what they've covered up while playing BINGO or completing word work tasks.  No more moving pieces, and losing your place!

Last, but not least, one just for me...

Having a tough day?  Classroom a bit chilly?  Need a pick-me-up?  This is what does it for me.  I love this tea!

What are a few of your favorite things?  I'd love to know!

--Amy

## Monday, May 5, 2014

### Teacher Appreciation Sale and Giveaway!

I hope you're all having a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week so far!  To make it a little sweeter, I'm participating in the site-wide Teachers Pay Teachers Sale this week!  My entire store will be 28% off  May 6th and 7th when you enter promo code TPTXO.

And that's not all!  On Friday, May 9th, I'll be giving away \$20.00 worth of free products from my store to one lucky teacher (his or her choice of products)!  All you'll need to do is comment below or on my Facebook page under the Teacher Appreciation Sale and Giveaway post with your email address to win!

I have posted some really great new No Prep Printable Packs during the past month, so if you haven't already checked them out, I hope that you'll stop by my store for a preview.

 Sale price only \$4.32!

 Sale price only \$3.60!

 Sale price only \$7.20!

Have a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week friends!
--Amy

## Tuesday, April 29, 2014

### Follower Flash FREEBIE!

Hey there everyone!
As I was preparing for our insect unit next week, I realized that I was a literacy center short.  Soooo...I hopped on my laptop last night and whipped out this Lady Bug CVC Scramble

I've never made a literacy center like this one before, but as much as my kiddos enjoyed the Spring Time Sight Word Scramble from my Hoppin' In To Spring Math and Literacy Unit, I know that they will like this!  They totally think word scrambles are "big kid stuff", so I'm sure they'll feel like the big first graders that they almost are completing this one! ;)

Because I literally have the sweetest followers ever, I decided to offer this literacy center for FREE in my TpT store, but you have to be quick because it will only be FREE now through Thursday, April 30th at 10 p.m. Central time.

Have a great week everyone!
Amy

## Tuesday, April 22, 2014

### Gettin' Buggy and Feelin' Froggy GIVEAWAY, plus a FREEBIE too!

Next week, my kiddos and I will be learning all about frogs!  I absolutely love teaching this unit every year!  My kiddos have become super little emerging scientists, and they are way into learning all about life cycles, which makes this unit even more fun.  Here's a little bit of what we'll be doing...

We'll be reading the following fan-tabulous books:

I know that there is a lot of great non-fiction text out there about frogs, but I particularly like these books because they are well-suited for early learners.  If you click on the pictures, it should link you straight to Amazon, where you can pick them up for a just a few bucks a piece. :)

We'll also be using my Gettin' Buggy and Feelin' Froggy Math and Literacy Unit.  This unit is full of Math and Literacy centers, emergent readers, math booklets, printables, science materials, and other ideas that will have your kiddos eager to learn!  Scroll down to see some of what's included.

And that's just part of it!  There are many more insect-themed centers and materials included in this unit including these centers, and more!

As many of you know, I've been working hard to gain followers on my blog, my Facebook page, and on Teachers Pay Teachers in the last several months.  As a token of my appreciation to all of you who follow me here, on Facebook, and on TpT, I'd like to offer you the chance to win this unit for FREE!  This is what you'll need to do:

1.  Go to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store and download my newest freebie-- Frog Fun Subtraction FREEBIE
2.  Leave feedback on this product.
3. Follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers (if you're not already a follower).