Sunday, February 26, 2012

TpT Leap Year Sale

Have you heard the good news?

I just joined the Leap Day Sale at TpT. ALL of my products will be 20% on Wednesday.  Then with the promo code for another 10% off, it works out to 28% off-EVERYTHING. If there was something you wanted, it's a great day to get it at a really good price.

I am linking up with others that are also throwing a sale.


I hope to have my 1st Grade Treasures unit for 6.2 completed and posted before the sale begins.

I also plan on having a freebie sometime this week.  I'm having trouble currently keeping my head above water.  I will feel much better once I have my unannounced observation.  There are only two regular education teachers left in our building....and we are both anticipating it to be this week.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Needing Your Help and Advice

Okay friends...I am in need of some help from all you creative teachers!  Within the next two weeks I know that my unannounced observation is going to happen.  I know this because there are only two of us left and our principal plans to be done with them before Spring Break. 

We use the enVisions math series and I begin Measurement on Thursday.  I looked on TpT and did not see any cute measurement units (if I over looked one that you have used, please tell me).  Can anyone give me some cute/fun ideas for this unit?  I really appreciate your advice!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

New TpT Units

I can't believe it's Sunday night already.  I have spent the majority of the weekend in bed...sick.  My hubby is on night shift this weekend, so I've had to get up to fix my 7 year old dinner and that is about it.  I've been sick since Thursday and I really need it to go away.  The worst part has been the severe earache.

I have been able to stay awake a few hours today to get a few things done that I have been working on.  I have now posted Unit 6, Week 1 of the Treasures 1st Grade Story (Dot and Jabber).  I have also posted a math unit, 2nd Grade Treasure Vocabulary Cards, Spelling Cards, and High Frequency Word Cards.  Below are pictures from the units.

I am very jealous of all of you that are off tomorrow.  We don't have kids, but we have professional development all day.  I hope I can make it through it.  Enjoy your Monday!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

New TpT Unit

I have posted Unit 5, Week 4 for 1st Grade Treasures to my TpT store.  Below are a few of the items included.  If you would like to purchase this unit, just click on the picture below.

I am feeling just a little overwhelmed these days.  I feel like there is not enough time in the day to work, take care of my family, cook, clean, and work on school things.  Today, I was working on another TpT unit and my 7 year old said, "Mom, come watch cartoons with me."  How could I say no?  Of course, I didn't get everything done for school this week that I wanted...I'm not even sure I'm ready for Valentine's Day.  I am hoping that this feeling will go away as soon as I have my drop in evaluation.  Why must everything be so stressful?

Oh well, I hope everyone has a great Monday!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Giveaway Ending Soon

Hello everyone! Be sure to enter the I Love 2nd Grade giveaway that is ending soon.  You can win some wonderful resources from a bunch of awesome bloggers. Head over to the giveaway by clicking the image below. Good luck! Be sure to enter on the giveaway post on Swimming Into Second.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tag...I'm It

Stacy over at 2nd Grade Paradise tagged me earlier in the week and I'm just now getting around to participating.

So here are the rules:

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

12 Fun Facts...

1.  I am married to my husband for the second time (we were divorced for a few years and he wised up, lol).
2.  I am raising my 7 year old nephew and have a son who is 19.
3.  I love watching football!
4.  I love to spend the summers on the water...I love to swim, boat, and float!
5.  I could be a professional college student.  I love to learn new things.
6.  I have a hard time telling people no.
7.  I would try anything once to prove that I can do it.
8.  I was a legal secretary (1 semester away from being a paralegal) before I went back to school to   become a teacher.
9.  I love to cook and try new things.
10.  I want to visit Australia one day soon.
11.  I secretly want to own a restaraunt.

So...onto the 12 questions left for me...

1. How long have you been blogging? a little more than 6 months
2. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?  chocolate chip cookie dough
3. Who is your number one blogging addiction, as in, gotta' read their new post every day??  Amy Lemons
4. Best find on Pinterest to date? (slightly selfish motivation)  various anchor charts
5. Most memorable freebie from the blog world to date? (more selfish...)  too many to pick one
6. Worst experience as a teacher?  I have a very challenging class this year that makes me feel every day to be the worst.
7. Best?  Seeing a student barely reading at the beginning of school to being on grade level after Christmas.
8. Why did you become a teacher?  It was my childhood dream to help others.
9. What are you obsessed with BESIDES blogging?  My children
10. I feel the best when __________________ (not really a question and yet, it so is!)  I am on the water somewhere...lake...ocean...pool...
11. What celebrities have you met if any?  Hmm...not anyone that is really a celebrity
12. What shows can you NOT live without watching?   Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice

Here are the questions for my 12 to answer...

1.  How long have you been teaching?
2.  Where do you get your clipart and backgrounds?
3.  What is your best find on Pinterest?
4.  What is your favorite lesson to teach at school?
5.  Do you purchase things from TpT or TN?
6.  What is your goal this year when it comes to your class?
7.  What is your best organizational tip for your classroom?
8.  Do you have a classroom "theme"?
9.  What is your favorite food to cook?
10.  What is your favorite Valentine's Day activity?
11.  What is your worst experience as a teacher?
12.  What is your best experience as a teacher?

Now...I'm tagging the following bloggers....

Anyone that hasn't got tagged seemed like everyone I was going to tag had already been tagged and I didn't want to do it again.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Huge Giveaway

Hello friends!  I wanted to let you know that my teaching partner has put together a HUGE giveaway!
Lots of bloggers have teamed up to offer a huge giveaway just in time for Valentine's day.  Please stop by Swimming Into Second's blog and enter.

Check out the amazing resources that you can win!

Here's how you can enter the giveaway.
(1) Follow all 23 blogs. Leave a comment that says, "I follow all 23 blogs."
(2) Follow all 22 stores. Leave a comment that says, "I follow all 22 stores."
You can find links to all the blogs and all the stores above.
Please leave your email so we can each send you the resources. 
The giveaway will end on Tuesday, February 6th. 
The winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 7th. 
Be sure to enter your comments on Swimming into Second.
Good luck!
Over the past few weeks, we have been working on writing friendly letters.  On Friday, my class each wrote the Tooth Fairy a letter after we read the book Dear Tooth Fairy.  When class started on Tuesday morning, one of my students noticed a big envelope addressed to our class.  The Tooth Fairy had written each student back.  We also made kids in their pajamas.  

Today our math lesson was making new shapes out of pattern blocks.  I love to see how creative the students can be.

The best part of my week has been....