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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Back to School Sale & Giveaway

Yesterday I shared with you all why I dislike the back to school season. You can read my reasons here. Of course, I also shared some reasons why I love getting ready to go back to school. One of my favorite reasons to love the back to school is the yearly sitewide Teachers Pay Teachers sale.


So what does that mean for you? Basically, most sellers have everything in their store available for 20% off. As if that's not amazing enough, you can get an extra 10% off on top of that by using the code BESTYEAR at checkout. That means you save a total of 28% off any product you purchase. {And yes that includes bundles!} So now is the time to clear out that wishlist and get all of those amazing items that you will need for the upcoming school year. {P.S. I have some even more exciting news at the bottom of this post if you are willing to wait for it!}

My Teachers Pay Teachers store will have some amazing deals during this sale that I do not want you to miss out on. You can find each deal by clicking on the pictures below.

Newly Updated Telling Time Bundle


I just updated this brand new bundle of products to review telling time. It's 4 products for the price of 3 which is a great deal. Three of the products focus on telling time to the hour and half hour while the fourth product has word problems to review a.m. vs. p.m. The product is priced at $6, but during the sale, it is only $4.32. 


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cowboy-Themed-Center-Bundle-2049683

 These four products are a great deal at only $8.00. However with 28% off, you can get all 4 products for only $5.76. These first and second grade games focus on synonyms, antonyms, and contractions. The task card set asks students to identify whether sentences are complete or not. All words and sentences are simple enough for even early first graders to read.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Monthly-Sort-and-Solve-Story-Problems-Growing-Bundle-2189880
This bundle is the best deal of this sale by far. This growing bundle will soon include 24 sets of story problem task cards - 2 for each month. August is almost complete, and September will be finished shortly after that. Each story problem set is priced at $5.00 so the bundle is already a great deal at $25.00. With the discount and bonus code, the price drops down to $18.00. That means each set of story problems is only $0.75. You don't want to miss this deal!

Now I promised you some even more exciting news, didn't I? I am giving away a $10 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers so that you can buy all of the awesome products you need for the new school year. You can enter down below, and I will email the gift card to the winner first thing Monday morning. {Just in time to do all your back to school shopping.}
Good Luck! And Happy Shopping!

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

3 Reasons I Hate Back to School {and 5 Reasons Why I Don't}

Back to School season is creeping up on us again. Some of you may have already started your new school year while I go back on August 23rd. I am definitely looking forward to starting a new school year, but I'm not going to lie, I am also dreading some aspects of the back to school season.



There are 3 main reasons why I am dreading starting school again.


I'm not looking forward to packing lunches again. The idea of getting lunchboxes ready every night fills me with a sense of dread more than any other task.

I'm also not looking forward to that exhausted feeling I always have every night during the first week {sometimes month} of school.

More than anything else, I do not want to start getting up early again. I am not a morning person so setting that alarm every morning is probably my least favorite thing about back to school.


Of course, I have my top 5 reasons why I absolutely love going back to school!


I  enjoy getting back in the routine of school. I may not like getting up early or feeling tired, but I do like getting back in the habit of a daily schedule. 

 During this time of year, I always feel less guilty about spending money on school supplies. After all, I have to buy everything on the list for my son. Doesn't that mean I have earned a new set of Flair pens?


I have always loved school. Even as a little girl, I looked forward to starting school every year. I have definitely not outgrown that excitement yet. Hopefully I never will.

Every year when school starts again I am filled with a wonderful feeling of newness. No matter what happened last year, you get to start again with a brand new year. It's almost the same feeling I get from buying a brand new planner.


But more than anything, I am always excited to see my students again. Teaching at a small school means that I get to see my students every year even if they aren't in my class. I love getting to hear about their summers and to see the excitement on their faces as they put away their new school supplies and find their desks. It's a joy that simply can't be explained. And I can't wait!

Let me know in the comments why you are looking forward to going back to school. (Or why you aren't.)



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Giveaway: Thirty-One Summer Survival Bag

I am excited to be linking up today with Doodlebugs Teaching for Five for Friday.



This week has been one of our busiest weeks this summer. My son has had tennis camp every morning, and our church has Vacation Bible School every evening. It has been crazy, but oh so fun.


Our Vacation Bible School was space-themed this year. We have a huge rocket ship made out of cardboard and a wall with all the planets on it as the main attractions. The kids are loving it!


On Monday, I had the chance to meet another Jan from Laughter and Consistency. She is a great blogger who I have gotten to know online, and I know can say she is my real life friend too. I will admit I was nervous, but we had a great time together. 
We hung out at the beach while our kids played.  She currently is offering a free Math and Literacy Activity set on her blog to celebrate her 2 year anniversary of blogging. Make sure you stop by and grab it!



I have been working hard this week on back to school prep. We start again on August 28th. Even though that is over a month away, I am starting to feel that push to get things ready. It probably doesn't help that I am changing grades again. I am going back to teaching upper elementary this year!
I have been planning and prepping math interactive notebook pieces to use with my 5th grade this year. I plan on sharing some of what I have worked on and created with you over the next few months. If you have a specific concept or skill that you would like interactive notebook pieces for, feel free to leave me a note in the comments or drop me an email.


I have also been thinking about what my upper elementary students will be focusing on early in the school year. Our grammar curriculum usually starts out with a unit on nouns. I decided to make a set of task cards that will help me identify students that need more help in this area.


I'm planning on using my Noun Search Task Cards as a fun assessment towards the end of our noun unit. It will be an easy way to pinpoint students who are still struggling with this concept.



I'm definitely not spending my whole summer working though. We have been spending plenty of time having fun including several trips to the beach. To help you celebrate summer, several teachers (and myself) have teamed up to give away a Summer Survival Bag.


This super cute 31 bag is the perfect size for family trips to the pool or the beach. It can easily fit all of your towels, sunscreen, snacks, and maybe even some pool toys. Not only are we giving you an amazing bag, but we are also including a cute towel, a pair of flip-flops, sunscreen, and a travel cup - everything you need for a day at the beach.
Make sure you enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer Snapshot: Tell All Tuesday

 

Tell All Tuesday is here again with another fun topic: Summer Snapshot. I have been busy this summer with a whole list of fun things. We have - 
gone to the beach multiple times,
rode fair rides at a local street fair,
toured the Nautilus (a submarine),
swam in a friend's pool,
climbed the tower at Fort Griswold,
spent a day at a family reunion in New Hampshire,
enjoyed a week at Myrtle Beach,
cheered at a 4th of July parade,
and spent tons of time with cousins!



I think my favorite thing this summer by far has been watching my little munchkin learn to swim. He has really been working hard to be able to swim in water over his head. He has practiced and practiced. I love watching him work so hard to achieve something, and then his excitement when he realizes he can do it is contagious! Thankfully he has had plenty of opportunities to practice with our beach trips and pool days with friends. 

Make sure to stop by My Day in K and Teach Talk Inspire to catch some summer snapshots from other awesome teachers! 


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Two Truths and the Lie Revealed


Yesterday, I shared three things about myself for Tell All Tuesday. Your job was to find the statement that was a lie! Congrats to all of you who commented with the correct lie. I hope your free product is a help to you in your classroom. So here are the truths about myself:


I've never been pulled over by a police officer is TRUE. I'm not saying that I never speed. Just that I have had the good fortune to never be stopped for speeding. Which also means that I have never gotten a ticket. (I'm really hoping that putting that in writing doesn't change the good fortune that I have had up until now.)


My favorite hobby is cycling. This fact is a LIE. I am not a person who loves any form of exercising. I prefer to read, watch Netflix, color, or work on my computer - pretty much anything that doesn't include exercise. I will occasionally go for walks with my son around our neighborhood, but even those are short. And yes, my doctor has told me that it would be good for me to exercise. Unfortunately that doesn't make me want to do it any more than I did before.


I teach at the same school I graduated from is TRUE.
I graduated from a private Christian school in Connecticut that has grades K-12. I taught at another school for several years, but through various circumstances was able to come back and teach at my alma mater. I am so thankful for my school, and consider it a blessing to teach here. Plus I have an awesome administrator and great teachers to work with!

I hope you had fun trying to guess my lie. Stop by next Tuesday for more summer fun!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tell All Tuesday: 2 Truths and a Lie About Me



Happy Tuesday! Diana from My Day in K and Jayme from Teach Talk Inspire have started up Tell All Tuesday again this summer. Tell All Tuesday is a fun summer link up where we as teachers can share with you some fun facts about ourselves. (It is always fun to find out more details about the lives of other teachers!)

Today we are supposed to share two things about ourselves that are true and one that is a lie. I have decided to use my three as a chance to give away a product or two from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Simply write a comment with your guess as to which fact is a lie. In the comment, include your email and a product of your choice from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. If you have correctly guessed the lie, I will email you the product of your choice as a prize! Happy guessing!


I've never been pulled over by a police officer.


My favorite hobby is cycling.


 I teach at the same school I graduated from.


Remember if you comment with the lie, your email, and a product of your choice from my TpT store, then tomorrow I will send you the product as a prize! Make sure to click on the links below to find more fun teacher truths and lies.

 


Monday, July 11, 2016

Answer Keys Reorganized: Planning for Next Year

I'm sure some teachers are pros at spending their whole summer relaxing and not thinking about school at all. I am not one of those teachers however. I am the ultimate type A teacher. I like to plan everything well in advance. I spend the summer thinking about next year, organizing things that bugged me last year, and prepping my new ideas for the new year. So I thought I would share with you some of the things I have been working on this summer. (And maybe make your planning a little easier in the process.)


Last week I spent time reorganizing our answer keys. We have a great curriculum with premade tests we can order to use after each chapter/unit. So of course, each subject in every grade level comes with a test answer key packet. This is wonderful, but our answer keys had become a disaster. Different grade levels were mixed together. Second grade English tests could be found in the same binder as fifth grade math test or third grade science tests. The binders were broken, not all the tests were separated by dividers, and some of the answer keys were missing all together.

I brought home all the answer keys I could find for all the grades. Then I bought six binders and a TON of dividers. When I was done, I had all the answer keys sorted by grade level and subject within the binders.


 Next I decided to make binder covers and spine labels for each binder. I printed and laminated the labels. (Yes, I laminated the labels. I couldn't get them to slide in the binder spine without bending. Probably I could have printed them on cardstock with the same result, but laminating worked great too. And what teacher doesn't use any excuse to laminate something?)




I would love to share the binder and spine labels with you. You can download the PDF by clicking on the image below. Then simply print the cover and spine that you need for the grade (or grades) that you teach.

http://bit.ly/AnswerKeyBinders

You can find even more organizational ideas on my Classroom Management Pinterest board.