Wednesday, February 26, 2014

No Prep Spring Holiday Math and Literacy Printables GIVEAWAY and a HUGE SALE!

Spring is jam-packed with holidays and celebrations that are so fun for little ones!  I've had such an overwhelming positive response to my No Prep Printables packs, that I decided to create a pack that included materials for Read Across America Week (Dr. Seuss' Birthday), St. Patrick's Day, and Earth Day!  (Easter will have a No Prep Printables pack all of it's own!)

Anywho, I'll be giving away this new pack to five lucky winners who follow me either on Facebook or my blog, and leave a comment with their email address under the No Prep Spring Holiday Math and Literacy Printables post!  You can click on the Facebook link on the top of this page to enter there. Winners will be selected on Wednesday, March 5th! If you can't wait until then, this product and all of the other products in my  TPT store will be on sale on Thursday, February 27th and Friday, February 28th for 28% off when you enter the promo code: TPT3

Scroll down to see a sampling of what's included.

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Read Across America Week Activities

I was so excited when we found out this week that our school had been selected as a stop on The Missouri NEA's Cat Tracks Tour for Read Across America Week!  Charles Smith, the Missouri NEA president will be visiting our school along with The Cat in the Hat!  I know that our kiddos are going to love it!

Photo Courtesy of MNEA
What are we doing to celebrate?  Each Kindergarten through 2nd grade teacher is participating in a Read-a-Thon, by setting a reading goal for their classroom and encouraging students and parents to participate.  If the goal is met, our principal has agreed to have a bucket of Oobleck poured over his head during our Cat Tracks Tour visit!

If you've never made Oobleck for your class, it's so simple and fun!  Just mix 2 cups of corn starch, 3-4 drops of green food coloring, and up to 1 cup of water together in a bowl until it has a slimy consistency.  Your kiddos will love it! :)

We're also participating in dress-up days all week, themed around various Dr. Seuss books.  If you'd like to do this at your school, here are some ideas:

Oh, the Places You'll Go: Dress for your future profession
The Cat in the Hat: Wear your favorite hat
Fox in Socks: Wear crazy socks
Wacky Wednesday:  Wear backwards, mismatched, or inside-out clothing
The Sleep Book:  Wear pajamas
The Foot Book:  Wear slippers/ house shoes
My Many Colored Days:  Dress in your favorite color 

We're also creating some interactive bulletin boards to get our students involved.  I found the first one on Pinterest, but it was only a picture, so I don't know who to credit for this great idea!  We're going to use the second one with the older students in our building, and give out cute Dr. Seuss bookmarks as prizes.  :)

In my Kindergarten class, we'll be completing several Dr. Seuss-themed activities, including making Horton Headbands and Thing 1 and 2 hair!   This Seusstastical Party Hat Rhyming Picture Match  is available for FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!  If you'd like to use it in your classroom, I'd really appreciate your feedback on TpT!

 We'll even be having some Seuss-themed snacks!   

 These adorable Lorax cookies are from Embrace My Space.

   I made the Cat's Hat on a Stick last year, and my class loved them!

 I found the Green Eggs and Ham Snack idea from Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives blog. She has some cute ideas there as well! :)

I'm also so excited to use some of the materials from my new unit No Prep Spring Holiday Math and Literacy Printables!

This unit also includes materials for St. Patrick's Day and Earth Day--it's just a Spring holiday mash-up! :)  Scroll down to see some of the Dr. Seuss-themed printables that are included.

I hope that you all have a fun-filled Read Across America week!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

100th Day Fun!

This time of the year flies by!  My class had so much fun celebrating Valentine's Day last week, and today was finally the 100th day of school for us!  It's never been this late in the year before, but we've literally had 18 snow days this year!  Anyhow, we had the most fun day ever today! 

Usually we celebrate the 100th day by dressing up like we're 100 years old, but since today was also class picture day at my school, we had to skip it this year--BOO!  Well, in leiu of dressing up, we donned 100th Day Crowns and Fruit Loop Necklaces.  You can find a free download for the crowns from Julie Lee's TpT store by clicking on the link.  I had my kiddos put 100 Fruit Loops on a 100 chart to ensure that they had counted exactly 100! 

Later in the day, we made these cutie-patootie 100 Year-Old Portraits from Deanna Jump's 100th Day Math and Literacy Fun Mini Unit.  These may just be the cutest thing we've ever made! :)

We also got creative and made some 100th day art out of 1's and 0's.  I love the cat and bird duo and monster truck from Mrs. Holland's Kindergarten class!

 We even made 100th Day Snack Mix during our snack time!  Click on the link for a free download of the sorting sheet from my TpT store.

I'd love to see and hear about what you do to celebrate the 100th day in your classroom! :)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

200 Follower Customer Appreciation Sale and Giveaway!

Wow!  Tonight when I logged on to Teachers pay Teachers, I was so excited to see that I now have 200 followers!  As a thank you to everyone who follows me on TpT, my blog, and on Facebook, I am having a 20% off sale from Monday, February 10th through Thursday, February 13th.  Additionally, I will be having a giveaway of $20 worth of free products from my store!

To enter to win, simply comment below or on my Facebook link with your email address.  A winner will be selected this Friday, February 14th. 


Without your support, I wouldn't have had the success that I've experienced over the past 15 months.  Words cannot express how exciting it is to sell a new product for the first time, or the sense of accomplishment that I have when I receive feedback from a follower who says that my products made a difference in their classroom. :)  The opportunity to serve other teachers while doing something that I love is amazing, and I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart! 

If you are interested in the sale, you can pick up my latest creation, No Prep Spring Math and Literacy Printables for only $3.20 this week!  It's loaded with 30 Math and Literacy activities that can be used all Spring, many of which are hands-on!  You can download the preview my clicking on the link.

No Prep Spring Math and Literacy Printables

Have a great week everyone! :)


Monday, February 3, 2014

No Prep Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Printables GIVEAWAY plus a FREEBIE for everyone!

Wow!  Valentine's Day will be here in a few short weeks!  My kiddos are so excited!  During the past week, my little one was unexpectedly sick and I was so thankful that I had these No Prep Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Printables on hand for my substitute teacher to use!  They are fantastic for morning work review, in a Math or Literacy center, for early finishers, or as extra skill practice. 

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I LOVE sharing my work with other teachers.  Next Tuesday, February 11th, I'll be giving away this unit to five lucky teachers who follow me on Facebook and comment under the No Prep Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Printables post with their email address.  You can click on the link at the top of this page to enter.  If you choose to share the post on your Facebook page, comment "shared" also, and I will enter your name twice in the drawing.  Scroll down for a sampling of what's included in this unit.

Click on the link here for a full preview in my TpT store.  Also, for those of you who would like to have something to use NOW in your classroom, you can download this FREEBIE from my TpT store which includes two free printables!  If you choose to download it, I'd really appreciate your feeback! :)


If you're looking for more Valentine's Day themed materials, you may also like my Valentine's Day Fun Math and Literacy Unit which contains five Literacy centers, a high-frequency student reader, and three Math centers and focuses on the skills of rhyming, ending sounds, medial vowel sounds, long and short vowels, blends, digraphs, skip counting, addition to 10, and measurement.

Valentine's Day Fun

Good luck everyone, and happy Valentine's Day!