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Monday, September 12, 2016

Parent Wish List with Oriental Trading

Happy Monday all!  It's back to school time and I am excited for a brand new school year with little students to get to know.  We have our full first week back so I need to be energized! I have a big group this year but they are so cute, I forget all about it once they walk through that door!  They are so smart too.  So I'm excited to see what they are capable of!

Before school started, I was stressed.  I had to go back to school shopping and that requires me getting supplies, rewards, decorations and so much more.  It's hard to do it all on a budget. Right?!

I was able to team up with Oriental Trading and come up with a wish list.  There's so much we would love to do for our class, but it's hard to do it all.  With a wish list for parents, your able to let parents know what exactly you want and hope they can donate something off your wish list.  
This could help a ton, especially at the beginning of the year! 

A great way to showcase a parent wish list is this cute little display…

You can grab this cute freebie from Teach Create Motivate here.  I'm going to set this up and show the parents at Back to School Night next week.

I created my wish list and then got everything on my list! I'm not patient. LOL  
Instead of having parents donate, you can always make a list of what ya need and grab and go.

So what did I get? So many goodies that I can't wait to use!  
First lets start with my most favorite thing ever!

My storage baskets!  These baskets are perfect for markers, pencils, reading phones and so much more. I love the way it looks behind my reading desk.  Check out these storage baskets by clicking here.It comes in a set of 6 and it's the perfect amount.

What do you spy in those baskets?

I always have a shortage of pencils.  They are always missing, stolen, or broken. With this mega stack of pencils, your little ones will always keep these safe.  They have such cute designs, wether it's smiley faces or hearts or soccer balls.  These pencils are cute and I can't wait to use them as an incentives for those hard workers!

What else do we spy in those storage baskets

Okay seriously, my little ones LOVED these last year!  My cuties would go to their reading center and pick up a phone and read to themselves.  It was so nice to see. It's excellent for phonemes awareness and the kids are able to monitor themselves as they hear themselves reading on their own.  
What a great buy!  And who doesn't love the bright colors ?

I also added dice to my wish list.

I use these all the time for math centers, roll and cover and bingo.  It's a great way to reinforce number recognition, addition and more. Check out these foam dice here.  The size is perfect for the center bins!

The last item on my list will probably be used daily!  

These will be used so much, I already know.  We work on number lines at the beginning of the year and use it all throughout the year.  I love that you can write on it as you jump up and down the number line and then ERASE!  Easy Peasy!

Okay, so after I received these products and loved them, I had to go back to Oriental Trading for some more supplies.  I can't wait to receive them in the mail and put them to use!  Stay tuned for that next.

To check out the awesome products Oriental Trading has to offer, click here!

What's on your wish list?  

I was provided Back to Schoolproducts featured in this post from Oriental Trading for review purposes. All opinions are mine alone and based off of the experience I had with the products I reviewed.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Staying Busy in September!

Has it seriously been that long sing I have blogged?  My goodness!  Where have I been?  My life has been crazy hectic.. but I am back!   With a fun little pack to get your little ones and MINE excited for back to school.  

Last year, I literally relied on my Staying Busy Packs all of last year.  I have a bunch of packs from amazing bloggers, but these packs were mostly used for centers and homework last year.  Here is a sneak peak of what's in my latest pack.   It's filled with things that would go perfect for the month and has tons of activities the kids will love to work on.

I love to introduce just the *idea* of ABC order at the beginning of the year.  We work on it slowly and as the year progresses, they start to understand it more.  This is a fun printable just to get the idea introduced.

My little ones loved my making connections sheets.  They enjoyed it mostly because they are working on so many different things, they don't have time to relax.  Their reading, writing, highlighting and drawing.  It's always a hit!

Printables like these make my little ones think and thats a good thing, right?!  I have a few printables like these that work on cutting, pasting and sequencing.  

First graders love numbers and they love to understand what's bigger and smaller.  This is perfect for working on greater than and less than.

Another cute worksheet that works on more than one skill.  I know my little ones will enjoy doing this for centers, buddy work or even homework.  

Matching numbers is perfect for back to school.  My little ones struggle with identifying number words.  This is a perfect little practice sheet that can get them working on these important skills that will definitely be needed through the year!

What do you think?  If you grab this set let me know what you think.  Check out what else I have for back to school in my TpT Shop

This packet includes:

*letter identification
*using sequential words 
*abc order
*tapping out
*writing printables
*making connections with text
*sentence order
*can has is


*number identification
*associating numbers with pictures
*roll and cover numbers
*bigger or less than
*cutting and pasting numbers
*roll and fill using number words
*identifying number words
*fill in missing numbers
*odds and evens
*number sense

I hope you love it!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Staying Busy in March!

I'm a tad late but it's finally done!  My Staying Busy in March pack is complete.  It's full of cute and fun printables perfect for the month of March.  March is one of my favorite months because it means it's getting closer and closer to my birthday!  I know my little ones will love completing this during the month.  I've snapped a few of my favorite printables to show you what inside…

I've included some really fun writing prompts to get my little ones thinking.  My firsties are just starting to get really into writing and these printables will help encourage them to write about some cute topics!

My little ones also love my making connections sheets.  They love to find and highlight the answers.  Iv'e included a couple in this set

Some phonics lessons that matches our Wilson's program! My first graders have been learning about glued sounds, digraphs, trick words and all this other cool stuff.  They really love it.  I'm hoping they love these printables to match it.

and of course some math printables!

There's so many more cute worksheets your kids will truly love to do!  

This pack includes:
* long/short vowel sounds
*ABC order
*making connections (reading comprehension)
*parts of a story
*glued sounds
*roll a pot of gold
*how to catch a leprechaun
*how to catch a bunny
*various writing prompts (pertaining to the month of March)
*skipping numbers
*minute math
*roll and cover (adding 3 numbers)

Come check out what else is in this pack, click here to take you there.

What are you guys up to for St. Patty's Day?  

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Staying Busy In February!

EEEEK!  How is it February already?  Time is flying by and I am NOT complaining.  I forgot to let you all in on my latest pack!  Staying Busy in February.  I am not going to lie, these packs have been getting me through my centers this year.  I just print and place in their bins and it's all set.  The rules and directions are pretty easy to follow, even for first graders!  Take a look!

I included a handful of writing prompts in this set.  My little ones are now working more on their writing.  What better way to practice than with fun prompts.

I know my little ones will love writing about these cute prompts, perfect for Valentine's Day!

With Wilson's, we have been reviewing the suffix -s and the sounds it can make.  This is a cute practice printable that gets them thinking about what sound the suffix makes at the end of the word.  My little ones love to cut and paste so this is perfect for them!

Now for Math! 

How can I forget Math?  My sweeties have been learning a bunch of things lately.  Identifying big and little numbers is one of them along with tally marks and word problems.  This cute pack has those printables to reinforce those skills. 

My kids love to color code.  Identifying which number is big and little will definitely be a go to center for me.  Word problems is also a tricky skill to master.  I have included 2 "What's the Problem?" printables for the students for read and figure out what they need to do. 

This set is perfect for the month of February. It is filled with fun holiday themed math and literacy printables that can be used for centers, buddy work, early finishers and even homework. Grab this cute bundle now and be all set for the month of February. More months to come! Click here to take you there!

This pack includes:
* long/short vowel sounds
*ABC order
*making connections (reading comprehension)
*parts of a story
*finding the suffix
*various writing prompts (pertaining to the month of February)
*true/falso math facts
*word problems
*big or small
*roll and cover (double plus 1)
*spelling with math

Hope you enjoy it!  

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Staying Busy in January

YAY!  Happy New Year!  So excited to be starting a new year.  It's always fun to get some resolutions out there and seeing them through.  My goal is to travel more.  I love to travel and take vacations with my hubby once a year.  However I would like to add a vacation and a few small side trips.  I hope that could happen!

Now that we are almost back at school (womb womp),  I created my latest Staying Busy in January.  It's filled with lots of cute printables, writing prompts and more perfect for this month. I know I always use my other Staying Busy Packs for centers, homework, classwork and even early finishers.  It really is your choice.  My little ones love completing them.  Let's take a look at what's inside…

I include a printable like this in every pack.  It has so many things the students should be practicing on; reading, writing, making connections and creating.  They love love love this making connections worksheet.  I try to always make the stories silly for them.

Writing is so important in first grade.  This is when they start to put more than two sentences together.  So for this writing prompt, I like to give them a little push with some ideas they can write about in the word bank.  It's always fun to read what they wrote.

We are about to start learning the long vowel sounds, 
so a little practice with the short vowels couldn't hurt.

I like to give this printable on Thursdays before the little ones Reading Test on Friday's.  They are to read a story and then identify the parts of this story with this comprehension sheet.  It gets them thinking about what they just read and get to put it on paper.

I love adding math printables with what we are working on at the moment.  Here are some addition math facts but I have also included subtraction as well.  

Doubles for some reason, always give my little ones a hard time.  I plan on giving them this printable a few times a week so they get their double facts down.

Tens and ones are important around this time.  Anything for a little extra practice.  This is perfect for centers.

There is so much more included in this Staying Busy in January Set.  Please click here to take you there!

This pack includes:
*Warm Me Up {short u sounds}
*ABC Order
*Writing Prompts ( new years, MLK, goals & resolutions)
*Polar Bear Troubles -Making Connections { read, highlight & write }
*past/present tense verbs
*parts of a story

*addition facts
*subtraction facts
* tally marks
*double it up
*roll and cover
*tens and ones
*odds and evens

I'm so excited for the New Year and even more excited
 for this cute little pack for my little ones.

Today is my last day before work. 
 I will make sure I do NOT get out of my pajama unless I have too.  =)  Happy Sunday.

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