Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. I know I spent lots of time outside. I just posted the banana split game on tpt check it out the students are loving it, all while learning about subtraction.

Today is the last day for the contest for the flowers. You can clip them on your hair, bags, dogs (That’s what I would do if I had a girl dog). I make them for everything. I am only posting pink and yellow but you will get to pick from a couple colors. Check out below on how to enter.

Next we have some lovely butterflies in our classroom. We have been learning about the stages in the classroom as it happens to them. I posted these caterpillars / larva project that have facts on them to learn about the stages.

I did the facts one by one and didn’t show them what it would turn out like until we were done. They were so excited to see that the facts all make a caterpillar. I posted it free on tpt for you all to enjoy! It is put so that you can copy all the facts on different colors or it has one sheet that has all the facts together on it. Plus it makes great decorations for hanging up in the room.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Give away

Busy week! Also, I have been having trouble with my blog and logging in. Tons to share today before the long weekend. Check out this new subtraction game I made for my students. I will be posting it on tpt. Since I teach Kindergarten and 1st I like them to play the same game but just different levels. It’s called banana split subtraction. There is a beginner level that has pictures to match the subtraction problem. Except anything subtracted by 0 to start to have them get the idea. Next it has subtraction problems with answers from 0 – 11. The kids had so much fun making their banana splits with a cherry on top!

The item I am most excited about is a give away. I will be giving away two flower clips that I make to two lucky people. They can be used in all different ways! I personally love them and made them for myself and others in all different colors. See the ways below how you can enter. June 1st is the last day for the contest.

1. Follow me

2.Add me as a friend on teachers pay teachers

3.Post a link on your blog to mine

Once you have done one of those please write me comment to let me know!

I hope that you all have a wonderful long weekend!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Math and reading websites

I had a couple questions about what I used to put their faces through the flower. Here are some of the flowers that I have used. My newest flower I found at the teacher store and I just cut it out. In previous years I just made my own pedals and glued them together. Then I put a craft stick at the end of it. Hope this helps!

I am putting together a list of websites that have reading games and math games for k – 2nd graders. I am making this to give out to my students' parents for the summer. I am looking for your help! Please leave a comment on some of your favorite reading and math websites. I will post it on tpt or on my blog (I am just learning how to post documents on my blog so we will see) and it’s free. I will as well write your name on the final product that teachers download. Thanks for your help let’s keep these kids from falling behind in the summer.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Blooming children

DRUM roll please……..the winner of the first four to win the dig for words/letters are myteachersmarket.com, Jena with 1stgradewithmisssnowden.blogspot, Mrs. Johnson with wildaboutkindergarten.blogspot.com and Beth
http://primaryconnections-beth.blogspot.com/ feel free to check it out at my tpt http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dig-for-words

Happy weekend everyone, here’s to hoping it’s a warm week with sun to let the flowers bloom! Here is a little project that I do every year. The parents go crazy over their blooming children! I have my students put their face in a flower and then I take a picture. They color any flower template they want. Trace their hands and cut it out. It's an easy project, but always gets a lot of attention.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dig for words / Letters

This is my spring spelling / work with words station right now. The kids are enjoying it so much. I teach k and 1st grades, so when the students get to the working with words station they know to look under K or 1st for their sight words. In the station they have to dig for the letters on the shells to make their words. I bought the bucket at the dollar store, it came with the bucket, shelf, and shell toy all for 1 dollar. The first four people that add me on "blogs that I follow" on their own personal blog will get this for free. Please leave a comment on my blog so I know that you added me. Happy digging!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Birthday

Happy Birthday to me Well I know it’s not about teaching but some of the things I got are great ideas for teaching, and just because I had a great birthday I want to share. First, my birthday fell on a Sunday so my husband had a day planned out for me on the Saturday before. We went to Arts and Scraps in Detroit. I love arts and crafts all the way so I was so excited to go see what this place was all about. It’s a great deal for teachers and if you are into crafts. You fill a brown grocery bag with whatever you want for 7 dollars, or 6 for teachers. The place is full of recycled materials, donated goods, and anything else you could imagine to make different projects. My favorite area was the fabric heaven which is a room filled with all different fabrics. Also, they had some cool letters that you can put on shirts. Check them out at www.facebook.com/pages/Arts-Scraps/70181887802. Then, from there my husband took me to get some more bling to add on to my engagement and wedding band that was a total surprise for me. No pictures of that because it’s custom made so it’s not done. Then had a nice dinner out. On Sunday I had a party with my family. My mother planned a pink purse party theme (can you tell she is a teacher as well). She still makes my birthdays special after all these years. I had made my dog Pepper this pink tie for the party, so he fit right into my mom’s theme.

A great birthday gift I received was a Silhouette electronic cutting tool. I am so pumped to get the creative thoughts flowing. It will be great for projects in the classroom as well.
Keep checking back for my first give away, coming soon. Friend me now on my blog or tpt at www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dig-for-words and you will be put in double for the drawing. Hint about my give away; I do like arts and crafts.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mr. Golden sun has been showing his face around us some. Let me tell you it has been GREATTTT! My kindergarten and 1st grade students made these darling suns that I found by googling for art projects. Then I had them write about a sunny day. It really had the kids excited (ok really me) about some fun times coming our way. You can find the writing paper at my tpt for free.http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sunny-Day

Monday, May 9, 2011


my Pinkalicious

Do you love the books Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann? I think these books are pinktastic because they not only are about a girl who loves pink but they also are filled with creative interesting words. This year we had to do a door decorating contest for books at the book fair to get the kids excited about the upcoming book fair. I knew right away what book I would be using. In the book Pinkalicious the girl eats to much pink food and turns pink. I had the students write what turned them pink. Then I took their picture and just printed it off on the school copy with no color. Then I had the students color themselves pink with highlighters and crayons. They loved doing this as well it’s a great because you don’t need color ink. Hopefully everything opens and works for everyone, I am just learning about this blog stuff. Check out the free writing paper on my tpt http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pinkalicious

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I have finally joined the world of teacher blogs. For the past year I have searched and looked at all your wonderful blogs for,  I have to admit, hours on end. A little about myself; I come from a family of teachers, my mother is a teacher, my father is a retired teacher, my Grammie was a pre-school teacher and my brother, he said he wanted to have nothing to do with teaching, so he decided to be a pastor. Which I hate to tell him is a teacher, just not at a school. I have been teaching for six years now. Let’s just say the past six years of teaching have been interesting to say the least. My first year  of teaching I taught special education which I am not certified but it was a short term position so they were able to do that. After, I had to find another job because I was not certified in special education which took me to an inner city school outside of Detroit. I worked for this district for 4 years.  I could write books about my experience there. Let’s just say I grew up very sheltered and those little kids taught me a lot about life. It was very challenging to say the least but I loved every little bit of how much those kids love on you and soak up any attention you give them.  I taught kindergarten, 1st and even a K/1st split class while I was there.  Every year I was laid off  which meant packing everything. It was a lot, because everything that was in the room was mine except the tables and chairs. Then I would have to wait all summer until a week or two before school to find out if I would have a job and what my placement would be. It was not a great time waiting for the phone call or letter to come in the mail. Then once I got it I would have to rush to take everything back to school and set up a classroom and sometimes learn a whole new grade. One year I was so lucky to get do it twice with in one year. I just didn’t see how I could do that every year. Let me tell you I knew people that had that experience well over four years in that district. Going on my sixth year of teaching, again waiting to see where I would be placed, I received a phone call from my former school district that I attended when I was younger to come interview for a k first split. I knew that it was God telling me it was time to leave (I didn’t even apply for the job) my previous district.  It was sad to say good by to my former students and my teacher friends but I knew that I couldn’t handle that many more years the way that it was set up. My goal is not to forget about those kids in the inner city where my heart is at, but just to reach out in other ways to them. Well I got the job for the K/1st split and am enjoying some stability in my life.