Friday, November 23, 2012

Sale starts TOMORROW!!!

Yes, you read that right!

My sale starts tomorrow! I know you probably want to wait until Monday (if you are going on TPT), but if you are in need of something before then....

If you wait until Monday or Tuesday for TPT, put in bonus code: CMT12 at checkout for an additional 10% off!!
If you shop Teacher's Notebook, they will take an additional 10% off on Saturday, Sunday and Monday! 

If you have been following along with my treasures series then you can snag the Unit 3 Bundle Pack this weekend... yes, it is FINALLY done! Woohoo! 

Click this pic to head to my TPT store :) Of course I also have it on sale at Teacher's Notebook HERE

I am all ready to start shopping! I have a few things in my cart already...

I am sure I will be throwing in a few more items! What are you shopping for?? 

Have a shop-a-holic weekend! Back to work on Monday!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Here is a TREAT for you!

I know I have posted a couple times recently about order cards from TinyPrints. (Adorable!) They also have another branch of their company called TREAT. Treat allows you to create personalized cards! Perfect for your secret santa! We just picked ours at school... I can't wait to order one of these clever treats for mine :)

Just click the picture above to go straight to the TREAT site. Enjoy!
Have a Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It is Turkey time in Tennessee!

I have to admit... I am not feeling the holidays yet. I mean, I feel like I don't have any TIME this year to do some of the stuff I was able to do last year. We have had so much going on at school, and time is flying... I just haven't been able to fit it all in! So, my firsties got a lack-luster Thanksgiving this year. We read some picture books all last week about Thanksgiving but I just didn't have time to do a HUGE Thanksgiving unit ;( I really wanted to though!! 

We did have time for this: 

The adorable Turkey Glyphs this week from Deanna's Thanksgiving unit. 

And this:

yes, that is pigeon. 

We did this play on disguise a turkey with Turkey Wants a Hot Dog. This was so much fun and look how cute they turned out! Technically we were working on Persuasive writing, but I don't think the kids felt like we were doing any kind of work... because this was so much fun (did I say that already?)

Look at some of their persuasion:

Since hot dogs can be prepared quickly, dinner will be ready soon. We will have more time to eat desert. 
Hot dogs can come in different sizes because for kids you can slice it to make it smaller. You can make a big hot dog for a grown up. 
I think hot dogs taste delish.
How funny are those!! Plus we got to read an old fave: Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog.

So, I mentioned earlier how I haven't had time for all the other Thanksgiving stuff. Our district provides us with Science kits that we "have to" use as our science curriculum. They are generally very helpful and supply us with almost everything we need to effectively teach the topic. The problem is we only get the kit for a limited time. So, it was either do weather during Thanksgiving or Christmas. I decided Thanksgiving so we could do a fun focus on Holidays Around the World for Christmas (I have a VERY multi-cultural class). 

The past couple weeks we have been learning about clouds and rain. The kids have been so excited about it. They love science!!!

We made cloud people:

I loved the idea on Abby's blog to show the height of the clouds by using legs. The kids had fun with this!! 

We talked about why clouds turn gray:

We did a little experiment on how rain comes from clouds:

I know we are all keeping busy... hopefully we can relax over Thanksgiving break! 
Have a great weekend and upcoming Turkey day (had to throw in my baby- she is ready for turkey!)!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

another long week ahead... oh, and an elf!

This past week was a crazy one...

Tuesday we went to the pumpkin patch- for the whole day!!! 
Wednesday was Halloween and we had our Fall Celebration (joy!)

Just 2 days of pure exhaustion! This week isn't much better-

Tuesday we don't have school for Parent/Teacher Conferences...not really stoked about these
Friday...morning- Veteran's Day assembly
             afternoon- another field trip to the Children's Theatre. 

All this "stuff" is no good.... It is messing up my kids schedules! We are becoming talkers and unfocused and we keep asking "When's recess??" 

At this rate-- we don't have time for recess! (But we will have recess, or I might go crazy!!!)

I want a normal week... where I can teach ALL 5 days and KNOW that my kids have gotten those skills and not just an overview! 

Anyway, sorry for the complaining but I think we have all had to deal with strings of weeks like these, where there are lots of interruptions and it seems like not enough learning happening! 

Off my box... here's my currently:

You should check out the Children's Lullabies on Pandora. My firsties enjoy them but so do my 3 year old. I put it on at bedtime and she is out like a light! 

This week I did get something exciting in the mail:

I can't wait to use this little guy after Thanksgiving! I got the whole kit for FREE! There is a teacher portal on Click here to check it out. The first so many teachers who signed up got a free elf kit! I also bought this:

Pretty excited about our little elf! Did you use him last year? Leave me a comment and give me some ideas for his hiding place! 

Gonna finish this weekend strong with a nap! Have a great week! 

p.s. Check out my newest Treasures packet...