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!

http://www.amazon.com/Sketch-20071-Assorted-Scented-Markers/dp/B000JKMQOE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406010796&sr=8-2&keywords=mr.+sketch+scented+markers

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!


http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/zaner-bloser-100-grid-desktop-helper/p/154710/


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!

http://www.heidisongs.com/for-teachers/details.php?product=Sing_%26_Spell_the_Sight_Words_-_Volume_1_DVD_38.11

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.
http://www.especialneeds.com/aba-and-autism-pencil-and-grips-pencil-finger-fidgets.html


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!  

http://www.republicoftea.com/ginger-peach-black-tea/p/V00580/

 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.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Amy-Lowes


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

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lady-Bug-CVC-Scramble-1226496

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.

If you download it, I would really appreciate your immediate feedback, because you'll only be able to leave it while it is available for FREE.  :)

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:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pebble+books+frogs&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apebble+books+frogshttp://www.amazon.com/Frogs-Gail-Gibbons/dp/0823411346/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398198193&sr=8-1&keywords=frogs+by+gail+gibbonshttp://www.amazon.com/From-Tadpole-Lets-Read---Find-Out-Science/dp/0064451232/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1398198444&sr=8-2&keywords=frogs+by+gail+gibbons

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).
4. Comment on my Facebook page (you'll find my Facebook button in the side bar) or here that you have done so, and leave me your email address. 
5. Share my Facebook post with your friends so that they can will have a chance to win this product for FREE too!  (This step is not mandatory, but I'd really appreciate it!)

I'll be giving this unit away to seven lucky followers who complete these steps by Thursday, May 1st!


In the mean time, I hope that you enjoy this Frog Fun Subtraction FREEBIE!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Frog-Fun-Subtraction-FREEBIE-1217341

Monday, April 7, 2014

No Prep Easter Math and Literacy Printables GIVEAWAY (with a twist) plus a FREEBIE!

Easter is just around the corner!  I'm so excited, and my kiddos are too!  In the upcoming weeks, my class will be completing a variety of Easter-themed work, including these No Prep Easter Math and Literacy Printables.  I use them for morning work, and have been really impressed that my kiddos are staying engaged, and are able to show me what they know!  Scroll down to see some of the things that are included in this unit.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/No-Prep-Easter-Math-and-Literacy-Printables-1148949




Well, I was so happy with the amount of entries that I had for my last giveaway, that I decided to do something different...  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 this unit for FREE!  That's right, you'll be a guaranteed winner!  This is what you'll need to do:

1.  Go to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store and download my newest freebie-- Easter Egg Addition FREEBIE
2.  Leave feedback on this product.
3. Follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers (if you're not already a follower).
4. Comment on my Facebook page (you'll find my Facebook button in the side bar) or here that you have done so, and leave me your email address. 
5. Share my Facebook post with your friends so that they can win this product for FREE too!  (This step is not mandatory, but I'd really appreciate it!)

I'll be giving this unit away to everyone who completes these steps by Sunday, April 13th.  Just in time for you to use it with your kiddos! :) 

In the mean time, I hope that you enjoy this Easter Egg Addition FREEBIE

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Easter-Egg-Addition-FREEBIE-1197604

 Happy Easter friends!
Amy