Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Getting This Garden Growing!

Today was Day #2 in my classroom. Two weeks from today there will be little faces looking back at me, but for now I'm working on getting organized. One of my big projects today was to begin preparing my Heart Garden display. If you missed my previous post on this, you can read about it here.

On the to-do list today was my tree. I had Susanna at Whimsy Workshop Teaching design this for me, and she didn't disappoint. I was going to drag an old overhead projector down to my room for this (I even made the transparency!) and then I had a "Eureka!" moment... I used my SMART Board! It was a little tricky when the cursor made something jump on the screen, but it worked pretty well!
I got much farther than I even anticipated, not only getting the tree traced, but cut out AND the posters laminated and trimmed! I am SO thrilled with how it looks!

The little posters are magnetic - I'll be able to move them around on my board. (Yes, it is a chalk board! lol I know they are somewhat outdated!)

I'm super-excited to start adding hearts to this display, and continue adding throughout the school year! Stay tuned for more updates on this fun program!

Another big job that I'm happy to have more than half-finished is sorting, cleaning and re-labeling my classroom library! Today I made it through 3 of my 5 shelving units and I'm pretty impressed with how it is looking. Last year's paint job has held up pretty nicely, I think!
You can see my new bin labels. The book labeling will be left for another time - just maybe a good job for my lunch helpers! ;) I imagine I'll have lots of volunteers when mid-winter arrives!

If you're interested, both of these products will be included in tomorrow's HUGE Teachers Pay Teachers Back-To-School Booster Sale! They will both be 28% off when you use the promo code BOOST.

Best wishes to you for a great transition back into the classroom, or a great school year if you've already begun!

One last thing before you go... I'm nearing 1000 store followers on Teachers Pay Teachers and have a HUGE giveaway planned! Head over to follow me to make this closer to a reality, and let the fun begin! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Getting Back Into The Swing

Hello! Sorry for the absence these past weeks, but this gal is on holidays! ;) I really SHOULD be setting up my classroom right now, but here I am... sitting in front of my computer talking to you! With good reason, however, as I have two really exciting things to share!

Well, maybe I shouldn't say "share" as I'm not going to tell you too much right now... but here is a little teaser:
Who doesn't LOVE awesome?!

Second, if you don't follow my Teachers Pay Teachers store yet, you are going to want to! That's because:
Click the image to head over, find the RED STAR and click it to follow my store! I can't wait to share the news with you!

Have a great week!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Go! It's a Triple B Giveaway!

Today is the day that Kristy at 2 Peas and a Dog launches her Triple B Giveaway!
I'm thrilled to be helping her celebrate by donating a copy of my Back-To-School Literacy Centers to the winner of her K-2 prize!
Take a look at all the awesome goodies up for grabs in this prize pack:
Be sure to head over to Kristy's blog to congratulate her on Blog-versary and wish her a Happy Birthday, but be sure to enter the Rafflecopter before you go!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Get Ready!!

I'm getting ready to help Kristy at 2 Peas and a Dog celebrate THREE special occasions this week with a Triple B Giveaway! This is her Birthday, Blog-versary, and Back-to-School celebration, and she has giveaways happening all week long!
Be sure to come back tomorrow when the K-2 Giveaway kicks off!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blast Off Back To School!

There are fewer than 8 hours remaining in the HUGE TpT Blast Off Back to School Sale! Take a look at some of the awesome products you can grab now at 28% off:
What are you waiting for? Head over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store NOW!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back-To-School Bonanza 2014!

Can you feel it?! The back-to-school buzz has begun!!

I have exactly one month before I head back for the first day, but know that some teachers have begun the new school year already. Now is the perfect time to be thinking about new routines and special resources that will make this school year shine, so I'm hosting my Back-To-School Bonanza Linky once again!
School graphic by Whimsy Workshop Teaching
I have some new resources for my classroom that I am very excited about and I'd love to share with you!

First up is my Back-To-School Literacy Centers.
I am so excited about this one! It includes 10 literacy centers that will be perfect for the first few weeks of school. Once they get working on these I'll be able to complete individual assessments and conference with each new student. This will be such valuable time for me to connect one-on-one with each child, and I know the students be engaged in valuable learning activities! I've just begun printing these and LOVE how they look!
If you'd like to win a copy of these centers, I'm giving away 5 at Teacher's Notebook! You can enter to win by clicking HERE!

My next new product is going to be a year-long focus in my classroom. Gone are the buckets, in are the gardens!
I can't wait to get my Heart Garden program set up! If you missed my blog post about this amazing new character education program, you can read it HERE.

I can't wait to see what other fantastic resources are waiting for us out there!

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