Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stress FREE Teacher Giveaway!

Wow!  I can’t believe another school year is ending!  I have really had a great group of kids this year- yes, there are always challenges but I do feel blessed to have had these kids in my life the past 9 months.  With that said- I am ready for SUMMER!  I’m sure you are too and to celebrate I am having a giveaway to help make your summer STRESS FREE!  I also have a few quick and easy tips to share on how I try to make the most out of the end of the year to make the beginning of the year a little easier!  Then it’s a little easier to enjoy my SUMMER!

1.  Orders:  Do you get classroom money each year?  We get $400 for classroom supplies.  Throughout the school year, I keep a list as I start to run out of items or things that I realize I need.  I do my order BEFORE leaving for the summer.  Then, I have my items in July so that I can get started right away.

2.  TPT Purchase Order:  Do you use TPT as a major classroom resource?  Are you tired of spending your own hard earned money?  Well, this goes along with #1.  I try to spend the LEAST amount of money on supplies as I can so that I can use the rest on TPT.  Here is how I do it.  If I have $100 left after ordering, I buy a TPT Gift Card using a Purchase Order with the rest of my money.  It’s easy to do and then I can use the card throughout the year as needed. 

3.  Beginning of the Year File:  When I am packing up the classroom, I start a Beginning of the Year File.  This file contains everything I may need at the beginning the year including my class information (which we get before the year is out).  The first time I go into my room to start the new year- I go to this file first.

 Then, you can walk out of the building, feeling ready for summer!  I have a special gift pack for you to help keep your summer stress free!  I will be sending it out snail-mail because getting a package is always super exciting!  So, here it is!

What’s included:
1.  Amazon- $25 Gift Card to get some good books to read for the summer!
2.  Starbucks- $15
3.  TPT- $25 Gift Card
4.  Beach Wear- hat, towels, cup, beach wrap, ear buds
5.  Younique 3D Fiber Mascara
6.  Bath and Body hand soap

This package is valued around $150! AND- the best part?  I have a few friends who are also sharing tips and are also having a giveaway!

There are a few rules for this giveaway. You must currently be teaching. While I greatly appreciate student teachers and retired teachers, this particular giveaway is for teachers who are currently stressed out after a long school year. Thank you for your understanding. This giveaway is open internationally! I would love to ship to someone internationally if you win. Just keep in mind that it may take awhile for your prize to reach you. :)  Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

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As awesome as my giveaway is, I'm excited to share that my fellow blogging buddies are doing their own stress free teacher giveaways too! Click on each link below to check them out.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

End of the Year Countdown

It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of the school year- in fact, I only have 17 student days left.  I’ve had a great group of students this year so it’s going to be a bittersweet ending to this school year! 

I wanted to share one of my end of the year FREEBIES!  I love doing a little end of the year countdown!  I actually do it for all of the First Grade Teachers in my school.  I put the “rewards” in an envelope and seal them so the teachers don’t even know what the reward is for the day!  It keeps them on their toes!

Have fun the last few weeks of school!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mother's Day Ideas

It’s hard to believe that Mother’s Day is right around the corner!  We are starting to get our projects going this year.  So, I thought I would share with you what we are planning.  Two of the things we have done the past couple of years.  The third is something new we are trying.  So, here they are!

 1.  Spa Mom-  I cannot say enough how much I LOVE this project!  I think it’s just so original and the kids absolutely love making it for mom.  This project was made by Fluttering Through First Grade.  Click on their name or the picture to take you to their blog post about this project.

2.  The World Needs Moms-  This is a book that I made for the kids to make for their mom.  There are different questions for the kids to answer about their mother.  It’s great to see what they come up with!  Included in the product, there are also pages for Grandma in case you have any kiddos that don’t have a mom to make it for.  Some sample questions are:  What kind of little girl was your mom?  Who’s the boss at your house?  What does your mom like to clean?  What does your mom do in her spare time?  I usually choose 8 different questions to put into the book.

3.  Word Cloud- This is something new we are trying this year.  The kids are going to make a word cloud about their mom.  We are using the Word Cloud on  If you type in the word mom several times, it will make it bigger than the other words.  There are different layouts you can choose and different color schemes.  I have made a simple planning page for the kids to use to come up with their words.  You can download it HERE for free.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

French Lick Blogger Retreat

Sometimes I feel like there aren’t other people that share my same CRAZY passion about teaching and making products for my students… and then I go to the French Lick Blogger Retreat and I’m in a room filled with a ton of them.  This is my second year going to this meet-up hosted by Holly from Ehle’s Kindergarten.  She has a great team of teachers that help her prepare for this amazing weekend.

My teaching partner Kelly and I took a half-day off of school to head to French Lick, Indiana.  We had about a 5 hour drive and arrived Friday evening.  We met a few people and had somewhat of a late night at the casino.  Let’s just say it’s a good thing we didn’t start the next day until 11:30.

The next day, was our “conference”.  We got to be inspired, eat lunch together, and go to a few round table discussions.  We had a little gift exchange among grade levels where I received a box with a poem written by Christina DeCarbo.  The box is used to put student creations (letters/pictures) etc.  or parent letters or anything that will brighten my day when things are a little overwhelming. 

 Amy and Nicole from TPT came to our retreat too!!!

This years theme:  Take your Passion and Make it Happen!

We had a little “auction” with some really AMAZING prizes from our Teacher Sponsors!  I even won a class set of seat sacks! 

Everyone got a TON of freebies from many different sponsors!

The best part of the weekend was the 80’s party!  Here are some fun pictures! 

 Richard Simmons (A.K.A. Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasbord) 
I can't even explain how much fun this weekend was!  I was able to connect with so many people and get a little "recharge" going into the end of the school year!
Saying good-bye was hard to do!

Kelly, Jonelle (A Place Called Kindergarten), and Me!

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