3 Million Strong Sale!

I'm sure you've all heard the awesome news of the event happening tomorrow and Friday. Teachers Pay Teachers has reached 3 million teacher-authors. WOW! That's really all I can say. I'm so glad I joined in on the fun and am proud to say I am one of those 3 million.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Lamb.

My store will also be on sale so that means you can save 28% in my store. 

Here are some of my most recent items added to my store:




 My Suffix book is the newest item. It's actually part of the Popping for Suffixes pack, but I figured that people may be interested in just the booklet, rather than the whole thing. 

I hope you all get some stuff checked off that wishlist! I know I will! Happy Sale!

Liebster Award!

I hate to admit when I'm a slacker, but apparently it is completely necessary. You see, a couple weeks ago, Heather from The Land of I Can nominated me for the Liebster Award. Then, this weekend CaseyJane from Wiggling Scholars nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Then last night, Courtney from Ramona Recommends nominated me for the Liebster Award. Have I done a post? No, I haven't. I.AM.A.SLACKER. Plain and simple, people. Plain and simple! I must say that I have appreciated them nominating me for these and they sure did make me feel downright special! I'm combining all three into one big, long post. Kudos to you if you make it down to the end, where you find out about my very boring life.

So, on with the show, am I right?

Liebster is a German word that means beloved, cute, lovely, dearest, and welcome. (Awww shucks, you make me blush, am I right?)

Here are the rules:
To accept the nomination, I must...
1. Link back to the blog that nominated me. 
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posted for me by the nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about myself.
5. Create 11 questions for my nominees.
6. Contact my nominees and let them know I nominated them. 

First, my nominees!

1.  Simply Creative in Kentucky
I found Katie on Instagram when she first started her TPT account and she's just a sweetheart. She does flash freebies that are simply just too good to be true. She's so creative and is a sweetheart! I always love seeing when she has something new to post!


The Sassy School Teacher
Ashley from The Sassy School Teacher is someone I found through one of the Five For Friday posts. One, her blog design is just stinkin' adorable. Two, she posts adorable crafts and school products. Three, she's getting married soon. So, you should stop by and tell her congrats!

Amna from Teach Two Reach is someone who I found through Instagram. She is full of wonderful teaching ideas that she posts both on her blog and her Instagram. She is the sweetest when it comes to her encouraging comments and support. I'm so glad that I found her! Plus, she posts some adorable photos of her adorable kids!

4. Shelby from First Time Firstie- I found her through a Five For Friday post, I think? Or maybe another linky party, I can't remember. Either way, it turns out, she works like 20 minutes away from where I live. Crazy town, right? Small. World. Anyway, she is just plain darling. It's her first year teaching and she posts cute things she does for her classroom and her cute outfits.

5. Teach2Love- I found on TPT. She's currently hosting a giveaway, which I am a part of :) It ends February 28th, so you should hurry and enter! One of my favorite posts was when she posted about why she loves her job. It's such a sweet, touching message that I think all of us in the teaching profession can relate to.

Questions from Heather:
1. What grade do you teach and why do you love it?
This is my first year teaching first grade. My first three years of teaching, I taught second. I liked it, but my goal was always to be in first and I am so happy that I am there. First graders come in barely knowing how to read and then over the course of the year, they blossom into these wonderful little readers. Reading is my favorite thing to teach and there is just so much to teach them. There's something about how their eyes light up with they know how to use their reading strategies without me prompting them to remember. 
2. What is your favorite book to read to your students?
I love reading any SkippyJon Jones books. I like when they get to sing the song-y parts with me and they clap. Plus, I like to attempt to read in my muy Spanish accent.
3. Which do you love more: sticky notes, hole puncher, or dry erase markers?
DRY ERASE MARKERS. Hands down. Especially my neon ones that I can use on the windows. 
4. What is your drink of choice to get you through the day?
We recently received a Keurig for Christmas. My favorite K-Cups are the Nantucket blend from Green Mountain and the Archer Farms Caramel Macchiato. Those definitely help my mornings.
5. Favorite school lunch that your cafeteria serves but you might not actually eat?
Chicken Nuggets with mashed potatoes and gravy. This was actually my favorite when I was little and if school lunches weren't so expensive for teachers, I'd probably eat them at school too.
6. How long have you been blogging?
I attempted blogging a few years ago, but didn't go through with it. I started back up again in September and have kept up with it because I enjoy it so much! I love meeting other teachers this way.
7. What is your favorite TPT product?
  Kristen Smith's What's The Main Idea? It's perfect for teaching the main topic standard and my kids absolutely loved the different animals she included. Definitely a great product.

8. What holiday do you look forward to most during the school year?
This is a toughie. I love Christmas and our Christmas-related activities, but I also love celebrating Valentine's Day with the kids. 
9. What do you do with your summers?
I always teach summer school, which is typically done by the third week of June... I think. Last summer, I also had 11 credit hours for grad school. I was a hot mess last summer. Since I graduate in May, I get to enjoy this summer! I'll have summer school, pool time, and I plan to read and craft a lot. We also go to as many Royals games as we can. I also like to shop for and make things for my classroom. 
10. Do you pick out your school outfit the night before or the day of?
It just depends. I used to every night before, but I've gotten lazy. If it's a picture day or something important, I might the night before. Otherwise, I just think about my closet and plan my outfit while in the shower.
11. What do you wish all your students would know before coming to your class?
I wish they all knew how to tie their shoes- even the round ones that are hard to tie. I feel like at the beginning of the year, I spend a lot of time shoe-tying.

Questions from CaseyJane:

1. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas! Hands down.
2. If you were to name your blog something else, what would it be? Originally, I was going to name my blog "Missing Tooth Grins and No Red Ink Pens", but I realized that was just way too long. I don't like using red pens. They are ugly and remind me of every single missed point in school.
3. What is your dream retirement job? Oh my, if I could retire and write children's books, I would be in heaven.
4. What is your biggest pet peeve? When people change their mind at the last minute. I don't really know if that is the biggest one, but that is definitely a big one.
5. Name the book that changed you. I don't know if this book particularly changed me, but The Daily 5 definitely changed the way I structure my classroom. I would highly recommend it to any teacher, especially beginning teachers.
6. What is the best concert you have been to? Would you judge me if I said Taylor Swift or N'Sync?
7. When and how did you figure out you wanted to be in education? I think I just always knew, but I really figured it out when I started college and really didn't have a major- was just taking my gen eds because I didn't think I knew. I finally figured it out when I was just completely bored with the regular classes.
8. Are you a rule-follower or a rule breaker? Follower. Definitely. Breaking the rules makes me freak out.
9. Do you love or hate the cutest kitty YouTube video? Don't judge, but I have never watched this! I know what I'm doing after I hit publish!
10. What was the last movie or musical you went to? I think it was Anchorman 2 over Winter Break.
11. What was your most prized possession when you were the same age as the students you teach? Probably all my Barbies. I had hundreds, I tell you. Hundreds.

Questions from Courtney:

1. What do you pack in your lunch for school? Same thing every day- turkey/ham sandwich and applesauce. Granola bar for my afternoon snack.

2. What is your favorite font to use on your teaching materials? Any of the KG fonts. I just love them all.

3. Favorite teacher supply? Hmm... Sharpies and scented markers.

4. What word do you say a lot?I had to ask the DB. He said that I say, "You know" a lot. Psh, what does he know, you know? :)

5. Do you play music for your students? I actually don't. I always mean to play some soothing, classical music during writing time, but I think I've only remembered once or twice.

6. What grade do you teach? Private or Public School? 1st grade in a public school- definitely my favorite grade to teach!

7. What are 3 of your favorite blogs to read? Queen of the First Grade Jungle, The First Grade Parade, and A Teeny Tiny Teacher.
8. What is your personal style? Link up a picture from pinterest. Jeans, scarf, brown riding boots, cardigan. Like every day. Except at school, the jeans are replaced with skinny black pants or leggings.

9. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas!
10. Share your favorite reading lesson you taught this year? I love to teach about the story elements. I don't have a post to link up with this because I just didn't make one, but that's definitely my favorite reading skill to teach.
11. Favorite TV show? Just one? Dexter. No. Big Bang Theory. No. Friends. No. Pretty Little Liars. No. Parks and Rec. No. The Fosters. No. Grey's Anatomy. No. Brooklyn Nine Nine. No. New Girl.
 Ohmyword. I watch too much tv. The sad thing is... There's definitely more.

11 Random Facts About Myself:
1. My two favorite foods are tacos and mashed potatoes. I don't ever eat them together because that seems wrong, but if I could eat them every day, I totally would.
2. My dog, Jasper, just turned five years old on the 16th and I turned 27 (whomp whomp whomp) on the 21st.
3. I am obsessed with Netflix. Recently, I started watching Dexter. I never would've thought that I would like that show, but I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF DEXTER. 
4. I'm an Instagram-aholic. I love browsing through the pictures, especially under the hashtag, #teachersfollowteachers.
5. I'm a homebody. I like to go out and spend time with friends and family, but I love staying home and spending time in my yoga pants under a warm blanket, watching tv, maybe blogging or TPTing.
6. I love doing laundry.
7. My teacher brain is nearly always turned on, I feel.
8. I feel like ever since I started selling on TPT and becoming more familiar with it and all the amazing teachers out there, I have become a much better teacher.
9. I'm a Kansas City native, which means I love everything Kansas City- Kansas City Royals, Sporting KC, Kansas City Chiefs, Oklahoma Joes, bbq in general, the Country Club Plaza, the fountains, etc. I just love Kansas City.
10. I love Ben & Jerry's Red Velvet Cake ice cream. Ohmyworddelicious.
11. I love the show, Friends. I wish they'd have a reunion. I need it. My best friend and I quote it on a day to day basis. It's quite sad, but awesome at the same time. We are awesomesauce.

Here are my questions for my nominees:
1. What is your favorite subject to teach?
2. How do you unwind after a long day?
3. If you've had a stressful day, what is your guilty pleasure?
4. What is your morning routine? Do you have something specific you do each morning to pump you up for the day?
5. What is your classroom theme (if you have one)? If you don't have one, what would you dream of your classroom theme?
6. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
7. Who/What inspired you to be a teacher?
8. What are your must-haves in your classroom?
9.What is your favorite book that you've read recently? I need some suggestions over here.
10. What's your favorite show on Netflix? Dexter is almost over. Again, I need suggestions over here for my next obsession.
11. What do you plan to do this summer?

Giveaway + Facebook

I'm so excited to be part of another giveaway! I can't believe I haven't blogged about it yet. Teach2Love is having a giveaway over at her blog and it's amazing people! Just click the pictures below to take you to her post.


 Look at all those awesome products! There's also a giveaway for grades 3-5.

Also, I created a Facebook account for my blog/TPT/teaching life. I'm pretty excited/scared/apprehensive/happy about it all! I'm excited to see all the new people I meet through the process and to see what I post/what I learn, etc. If you are interested in liking my page (and I would LOVE if you would... I only have three so far... Sadface), you can click here

I hope everyone had a great weekend, especially those of you who had today off too! Tomorrow we have professional development and the kiddies come back Wednesday. And, my BIRTHDAY is on Friday! What, what?! So, there will be a sale in my store that day if you're interested!

Five For Friday!

I'm linking up again with Doodle Bug Teaching for her awesome Five For Friday weekly linky party. I hope everyone had a super week!
My week started like this:

 Yea, boo. It all started with a stuffy nose back in December. But, a stuffy nose? Of course I let that go. I popped nasal decongestant. It didn't work. I popped another nasal decongestant. It didn't work. Then, I was feeling all sorts of dizzy and off balance. Let it go. I thought my vision was bad. Then, my eye was red (eek!) and I thought it was just my contacts. Let it go. Finally, last Sunday I had enough and went to the minute clinic. Umm... Sinus infection, ear infection, pink eye, and some allergies too? Geez! Talk about waiting 'til it's bad! Anyway, I'm finally feeling like I'm on my way to decent health again!

I was excited to start my first book project with one of my guided reading groups. I pulled a book about the Statue of Liberty and they were so interested in this book! More so than I thought they would be! There's so many great facts and vocabulary within this book. We started with a KWL chart.

 Here's just an example of how much they wrote. They already knew more than I realized, but they wanted to know so much! They really are so on their way to second grade!

Valentine's Day!

I made these little cuties this week for today. I included four pieces of bubblegum. It matched my classroom theme and my firsties love them some bubblegum. Very fitting :)

There were some amazing Valentine boxes in my room today! I wish I could include all the pictures, but that would be quite a few :) Here are some of my faves:

 I absolutely adore the cupcakes! Those two sweet girls said that they made cupcakes so their boxes matched our classroom! So sweet! That first one has boas for the top and the last one's base was with a flowerpot! A lot of my parents said they found their ideas on pinterest! Gotta love that pinterest!

And last, flowers from my honey!

 Now, off to pick up our "Heart Breaker" pizza from Papa Murpheys! 

Happy Valentine's, everyone!

Five For Friday! {Plus, a Giveaway!}


I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her fun weekly linky party! I'm worried this won't be a very exciting post though. We had three snow days this week! So, what on earth do I talk about? 
I have to post the most exciting part of the week first. Introducing this little girl who has completely stolen my heart...
This is why I didn't post last night. We drove about an hour and a half to meet this little lady who completely stole the mister and mine's hearts. I am just so in love with her. We get to bring her home at the beginning of March. I'm so excited to bring her home. 

Yesterday was our first day back at school since Monday. Monday seriously feels like it was so far away! I had mixed feelings about going back. I was stir crazy from being inside for three days straight, but there's always that why-do-I-have-to-get-up-and-be-in-real-clothes feeling. When the kids started coming in, one of my sweeties gave me this sweet little note. Definitely the ultimate pick-me-up! Love how she spelled eyes by the way (yeyee's)! 

With that time off, I had the opportunity to sit at my computer and finish something that I was really excited about. It's a pack all about the -ing family. I am loving these graphics from Graphics From The Pond.


I don't have a picture for this, but I'm much too excited to not share about it! I started my masters program fall of 2013 and am happy to announce my graduation date is May 3rd! Sweet love, my goodness am I excited?! I worked on my action research project all three snow days... While watching Dexter (I'm obsessed. Seriously, don't know how I never watched this show before. Thank goodness for Netflix!). Anyway, it's taken a lot of work and I'm so ready to be done and to celebrate!

Lastly, I'm part of a fun giveaway! It went live today! An Apple for the Teacher is hosting a HUGE giveaway to celebrate some big milestones! A big congrats to her for getting 300 followers on bloglovin' and 330 on TPT! AWESOME! Click the picture to take you to the giveaway. It's huge, I tell you- over 60 people donated! I seriously suggest you check it out!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Snow Day #3

Well, my dream came true this week. We had a snow day.

And then another.

And a third today.

Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love my job. I love teaching. I couldn't imagine doing anything else with my life. But, we hadn't had a snow day at all (except for one cold day right after winter break) and I desperately needed to work on some grad school stuff. After all, I graduate in MAY. Yep, May 3rd to be exact. I haven't decided if I actually want to walk across the stage or not. The school is an hour north and I've actually never stepped foot on campus considering there is a center in my school's town that I go to for classes. We do all our classes through an ITV. 

Anyway, we received 11 inches of snow. Craziness.

Here's who I hung out with on Tuesday:

 Dude, where's my car? This picture doesn't really do justice for the crazy high snow drifts. This was yesterday after people had already cleared out cars and such from the parking lot. I didn't even venture outside until I felt it was safe. Okay, I didn't really venture outside until my dog really thought it was necessary.
 Ah, snow.

Anyway, I had some plans this week to post about math review, but I only have a few pictures and they really aren't all that great. So, I decided to postpone that post until next week when we are (hopefully) back in school. 

With all these snow days, I was pretty productive. I created a pack that is devoted to the -ing family. I know that this is one area where my students need to work in order to get them to be reading those level I books that the Common Core requires by the end of first grade. I have so many students that are this close. According to the Fountas & Pinnell book (it's at school and the name escapes me), inflectional endings is a big one for those level I books. I know -ing is not the only one, but I had to start somewhere! 

Here's what I came up with:


There's different word work activities, but what I'm most excited about are the passages. Here's an example:
Ha, Mr. Bing- yes, I'm a FRIENDS addict. And, I love Chandler. Anyway, I plan to either laminate these passages or put them in a page protector and use them in guided reading. The students will highlight/circle/underline/whatever the -ing words after reading with a dry erase marker. We will practice writing them on dry erase boards, writing what the base word was, etc. I think that annotating and finding them in the text is what will really help my little readers. We do this in close reading with a longer text, but I think being able to dig into a short passage at guided reading and practicing writing them will help them when they come upon these words on their own. 

It's a start at least! Time for me to start printing and cutting and such!


Five For Friday {Fashionably Late}

Surprise, surprise. I'm late to a party. Actually, I'm not normally a late person, but I am a person who is ridiculously tired on a Friday night. I had every intention of posting last night, but then I sat on the couch which turned to laying on the couch which turned on passing out on the couch by 8:00. We have started watching Parks and Rec on Netflix, which I find super funny and I absolutely love Amy Poehler, but it couldn't even keep me awake. 

Sad day.

So, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five for Friday linky. 

Two weeks in a row baby!

We got a Smart TV this past Sunday. I had no idea, but I guess the biggest sale for tvs during the whole year is Super Bowl week. I really thought it was the Black Friday sale, but I guess I'm wrong! Anyway, Dear Boyfriend really wanted a new tv for our living room, so we got one. Here he is trying to set it up last Sunday. It was a struggle that lasted quite a few hours trying to get the soundbar to play the sound. I don't know. This tv is smarter than I am. That's all I know.

Anyway, it can play Netflix so I'm in love.

Dear Boyfriend also attempted to teach me to play Chess. He's obsessed. Plays on his tablet all the freaking time. Me? I'm cool with watching Netflix, cruising on Pinterest, watching the million shows I dvr'ed. That sort of thing. 

The attempt to teach me was the saddest thing ever. I tried. I failed. Moving right along...

We started teaching main idea- sorry, main topic- this week. Common Core really has me messed up on that one. That glare is just downright awful on that picture. That's just embarrassing- I'm sorry to hurt your eyes like that. Normally, to start main topic, I bring in a bag with similar things tied around one main idea. Those are the details of the main idea. The kids then have to figure out the main idea of the bag. It's always a really big hit. This was not my original idea. I wish I could claim it and I wish I could say where I got the idea so I could give the proper person credit, but I can't remember. Anyway, the kids also bring in their own main idea bags throughout the week. 

We also started our new math journals off with a bang. 

 Place Value has been a little difficult for our class, but the journal has really helped. They really loved Day 5 with the cut/paste activities. 

We use our math journals at the beginning of math every day to review what we learned the day before. It really helps review the day before to move on to the new information we are learning that day. If you want to take a look at our math journal, you can find them by clicking on the picture:



Lastly, has anyone seen this picture floating around? I saw it on Facebook and immediately screenshotted it and sent it to my teacher friends. Every time I look at it, it brings me pure joy.

I wish I had that little nugget in my class. 

Have a lovely weekend!
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