Sunday, September 21, 2014

Parent Communication Logs - Sweet Surprise


Happy Sunday all!  I'm so excited my COWBOYS won!  My hubby's happy too so it's a sweet day.  I'm stopping by today to explain how I communicate with my parents.  I have been using this system 
for the last few years and it's a great way to communicate with parents!




I grab a few of these each and every year.  They are so easy.  You can check them out here on amazon.  They are so inexpensive!



So let me walk you through how I use these.  I use these to let parents know how their child is doing in class.  I will send it home if a child is being chatty or if he/she is having a fabulous day.  It's a great way to keep parents updates on what their child is up too in the classroom.


This is a fake note.  But just a glimpse of what a sheet looks like.  So what I love about this is that it has  2 parts.  There is a white copy for the parents, and then a carbon copy right under that is a duplicate of the note your sending home.  


This is important because you get to keep the copy you sent home and remember that you want the original copy signed. 


 The past few years, I have just been stuffing the notes in a drawer, completely unorganized and I would always forget if a parent signed it or not.  Typical me. LOL But this year I realized I could store it in an accordion little pocket like the one above.  I labeled the inside with the different marking periods so I know exactly what notes I sent and what quarter.  Definitely important for when you have IEP meetings and parent conferences.



If you see I already start storing my notes for the first quarter.  I had to chop off my thumb in this picture.  Haven't gotten a mani in about a month.  God my nails are just terrible right now.  LOL Moving on…. I'm excited to be a bit more organized this year with parent notes.  Phew!  LOL 

How do you communicate with parents?  I'd love to hear your ideas as well!



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So just for giggles,  as some of ya guys knows, I recently got married and moved to a house.  As I am unpacking,  and yes if your wondering, no i didn't do my packing… my mom did.  LOL So I have no clue what the woman was packing.  She really wanted me to go, I was finding things that I haven't seen in years, actually over a decade.  LOL  SO I stumbled upon my JUNIOR PROM dress!  Yes! WHAT! I was shocked, giggled a few times and then thought, why not?  Let's give it a go and try it on!  If your wondering how old I am… I'm 29.  So this is 12 years old.  Makes me laugh so hard that I found this… well here it is!


Yes thats me posing! I felt great still fitting in it. LOL I am now on a mission to find an actual picture of me in this dress in my youngin days!  Stay tuned.  



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Giveaway - Sneak Peek!



Hey all!  
 Wanted to let you know to hop on over Cotes Class for a huge giveaway she's having.  She reached a huge milestone and wants to celebrate with you all! 


I don't know about you but I love Amazon.  So many bloggers are participating in this giveaway including myself!  Drop by and enter for your chance to win!


Wanted to give you a sneak peek of what I am almost finished with… my Space Unit.  I have been putting this on the back burner for so long, but finally I worked all day to finish within the next couple days.. If you want to take a look, drop by my Instagram to check it out.

Happy Sunday!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Classroom Reveal


Yes, I am late to the party….classroom reveal party that is!  I usually would decorate my classroom mid august but we weren't allowed to go back until 2 days before school started.  I seriously didn't waste time.  I got straight to work and with some help of some friends.  





I got purple fabric from walmart.  I tried fabric last year and I was obsessed.  By the end of the year it was still perfect.  I only changed it because I wanted to solid color throughout the board and because purple is my favorite color!


I'm very into neon colors this year, not sure if you could tell.  But I am obsessed with my word wall!  


This is my new objectives board. The title of the board is from Amy Groesbeck.  What I love about them is that they are editable.  So I was able to make a title for each board in my room.  It kept with the bright theme.  I got the headers for the subjects from Learning in Wonderland  
I got the subject titles from Crockett's Classroom and the "I Can" statements.

This is one of my fave things in my room!

Newho about this objectives board. Last year we kept hearing we need to put up a focus wall or objective board somewhere in the room.  I am so happy I stumbled across this one!  It's bright, cute and I think it will grab people's attention if they were to pop in.  What do you think?


So this is my BARE helpers board.  I haven't found anything neon isn that could match with anything else.  Do you know of anything I may like?  I need one asap!  I need helpers to stop me from losing my mind.  Don't mind the wrinkle.  I had that last year and it went away on it's own.  

Calendar board. UGH. Love the brightness!  I know my little ones will just love it.


Birthday Board - Straight and to the point. 




I will tell you why I love this bulletin so much.  It is loud and right smack in the middle of the room.I love the directions because they are easy enough for my firsties to understand and follow.  I also love the clip chart next to it.  They go hand in hand.  If the little ones follow directions, they will move up in the chart or if they don't make good choices they will be clipped down.  I am excited to try this different strategy this year.

Here's a close up look…



If your interested in this sweet set, I got this from the lovely Maria Manore.  The pics are so bright and cute.  


This is my reading rug.  I have been wanting to change those seat covers forever now, but I always put it off.  I should try to incorporate neon colors to match the room.  Either way I still love them and the kids just love sitting on the crates.  I make it a privilege to sit on them so they always try their best to behave to be called to the crates.






This is my fabulous desk.  I bought these inspirational posters from  A Year of Many Firsts.  I decided to print, laminate and post all around the room so my littles always know that their behavior is priority.


I love the posters right by the buddy reading area.  Totally will put my little ones in check.




I took advantage of the free spaces and added them wherever I could!  But I think they look so cute.


This is the bulletin board I share.  We decided to do something easy.  Think it came out so cute.



I STOCKED my treasure chest for the year.  I went throughout the summer and kept picking things up as I saw.  I'm excited to give away things to my sweeties.






There's wands, jump ropes. large pencils, bouncy balls.  
What's in your chest?


My favorite thing of all?    My new name!  As you know, I got married this summer and this was a gift from my fabulous mommy - in- law.  Cutest thing ever.  
What do you think of my room?  Love to hear your thoughts!

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This week we have a lot planned with my littles.  We are going to start my Grandparents Day Craft



Full of cute crafts and printables for your little ones and grandparents!  


Great activit├ęs for your firsties and their grandparents to do on Grandparent's Day this Sunday September 7.  

How do you and your little ones celebrate this day?



*side note*  I am doing a happy dance… I am almost done with my Space Bundle.  Stay tuned!!










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Monday, August 18, 2014

Colors & Number Mats & Another BTS Sale!


So recently I've been posting about my First Grade Dolch Sight Word Mats and my Sassy Sight Word Pre Primer Word Mats.  I have had some sweet bloggers ask if I can put together a bundle with just colors and numbers.  I finally finished, perfect for the bonus sale… (more on that in a minute)  Here it is!








After we pass the number 10, I decided to switch it up a bit and have them write down the number.  They can write it in pencil, crayon or markers.  Make it fun!



And here are the color mats!


Notice I posted purple?  My favorite color!


I love this pack and can't wait to use it with my little ones as soon as we start school in a few weeks!  

What do you think?  

This bundle includes

*mats for numbers 1-20
*10 color mats

You can use this for so many things;  centers, homework, buddy work, early finishers.  Make it fun.  It's a great way to introduce or reinforce the colors and numbers to your sweet kids.  

In honor of today being my 1 month anniversary to my husband, I will be making this bundle for just $1!  Grab it now and let me know what you think.


Drop by my TpT store to see what else I have or follow me and stay updated on my newest products!

Wanted to give a BIG shout out to such a sweet bloggy gal Meet Miss Parker who sent me this awesome bag!  I won it at one of her giveaways recently.


She wrote such a sweet card too.  This is really suppose to be a beach bag but it's totally going to be my new teacher bag.  Seriously it's so darn cute and big! I can fit all my teaching stuff here instead of always stuffing it in my real purse.

Thanks Miss Parker!

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There will be a BONUS sale this Wednesday!  Another SALE.  Woot Woot!  Gives me time to last grab minute things I forgot about last time.  



My entire store will be 20% off JUST for that day.  If you enter BOOST   at checkout you will get an extra 10% for a total of 28% in savings.  UMM Sweet Deal!


Happy Shopping!



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Sunday, August 3, 2014

First Grade Dolch Words Packet Plus a HUGE Salee!



Happy Sunday!

Ahhhh finally got to finish my.  I have been working on this since April and with all my wedding craziness just didn't have time.






So excited to share this with you all.  I plan on doing the bundles for K 2nd and 3rd grade in the future. Had to do the first packet for my firsties!  This packet is just like my Sassy Sight Words.  It's perfect for center work, buddy work, early finishers and homework.  I did this last year with my little ones and the students I tutored always asked for it.  It was fun to see them enjoy it so much.


Here are some snap shots of what's inside!


If you notice there is not cutting involved.  I wanted to make this clean and organized.  I know when my students cut, most of them do a great job but you always have some students who are losing letters or important parts to make their classwork complete.  So I figured it would be easier for my little ones to manage and less of me picking up!


All these mats have the same format:
color, write, rainbow write, how many syllables, word search and write & draw!
These are all fun short activities for the firsties to use when being introduced or reviewing  a sight word.







You can grab this bundle over at my TpT !
If you do grab it let me know what you think.



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Okay… are you ready for some fabulous news?!?!?  There is a BACK TO SCHOOL SALE!!  
Woot Woot!
This sale will be starting tomorrow.  My whole TpT Shop will be up on sale just in time for the new year!


*If you enter code BTS14 when you checkout, you will get an addition 10% off with a total of 28% off your entire purchase.  Love this sale the most.  It's when I grab everything I know I will need to have me all organized and set for the new year!

Not sure what to stock up on?













I can't wait for the sale.  I am stocking up my cart as we speak.


Happy Shopping

Don't forget the BTS14 code at the end to save extra. =) 


































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