Sunday, May 8, 2011

SRA Imagine It and looooving Mrs. Tabb right now...

Geeez. I get so many ideas from you all out there and feel like I have nothing to share. My district is REALLY strict about what we teach and how we teach it, so all of the things I create are directly related to our Language Arts adoption (SRA's Imagine It! -- verrrrry similar to Open Court). Is anyone else out there using either of these? Leave me a comment if you are so I can start sharing some stuff. I have things for Kinder and 2nd grade. 

On another note... my new favorite blog to stalk... Just another Day in First Grade. She has some amazing freebies and the most recent one is incredible. It's totally TpT worthy, but Mrs. Tabb is such a sweetheart and offered it for free. If you have an ocean unit, this is for you. Or if you just like cute stuff and dream of having the freedom to use something like this in your class ::cough, cough:: save it and pray for the day. Click the sample picture of her packet below and leave her a comment letting her know how great she is. 

Have a great week everyone! In California, we are having a Week of Action, rallying and protesting all of the cuts to education. I have been lucky to dodge the cuts the past 4 years, but as of now, I have a pink slip and it doesn't look like I will be hired back. Wish us luck in our battle! I can't imagine what I will do if I can't teach next year. 

More Giveaways?!

Is it Christmas?! It seems like everyone is hosting a giveaway! Sooo exciting! Kelley at Mrs. Randall's Learning Library just reached 200 followers and is giving away a $25 Pottery Barn gift card. Be still my heart. Be still.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Amazing Giveaways....

So excited about these... Considering I just spent a small fortune on TpT stuff last night, free stuff is right up my alley. Wish me luck and head on over to Teaching in High Heels and May the 4th be with you! I forgot to use that one yesterday. Is it to late? Or nerdy? Oh well...

And in case you want to double your odds, Little Treasures is having a giveaway as well. She's giving away one of these super cute signs (Don't worry - She is having your name put on it. LoL) and a $25 Scrappin' Doodles gift card! Yes please!

Who doesn't need a Blog Makeover? Ladybug's Teacher Files is giving away a free design! I really, really, really, wanna win this one. How cute is this?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to Me!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week everyone! All of you bloggers out there really inspire me and make me love my job even that much more, so thank you! I bought myself a little gift, or actually a lot of little gifts, at TpT. I went totally nuts and am too embarrassed to admit how much I spent, but I thought, "you know what? You deserve it!' and went ahead and bought everything on my wish list. Eeeek! I haven't even had time to go through all of it. Sooo excited! I know the kiddos are going to love it all. 

On another note, Mother's Day is coming up and I had to go and be a copy cat. Growing Kinders had this idea posted and I thought it was too precious. Plus, I didn't have to spend a dime! More money for TpT! lol. Here are some pictures...

Our laminator was broken at school and I went to my friend's class to complain to her and she offered me her little personal laminator. I actually had one already, but had never took it out of the box. Well, now I am obsessed. I swear, if I could marry this Scotch laminator, I would. It is AMAZING! I did A LOT of laminating today and it never bubbled or wrinkled, was actually pretty fast, and the lamination itself is pretty thick. I of course blamed thanked my friend for my new found obsession and went back to my class to find something else to throw in the machine. In case you are wondering, the machine is super cheap. I think I payed like $20 for the machine and 50 laminating pouches at Costco or WalMart/Sam's Club. 

Well, I'm off to print my new purchases and do some laminating. Wild Wednesday night, I know.