Saturday, March 28, 2015


Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of heading to French Lick, Indiana for a blogger meet up.  I was a little apprehensive about going because none of my really close friends were attending.  I "knew of" many bloggers who were going but hadn't met more than a few in real life.  I stepped outside of my comfort zone and went alone and am SO glad that I did!   I decided to go kind of last minute, so most people had roommates.  Luckily, Jessica, Melissa, and Brittany took me in!  *Thanks so much, girls!

I headed out Friday afternoon with my Sbucks iced-tea in hand  I arrived Friday night after a LONG 5.5 hour drive.  My GPS was a bad girl and took me through the country roads.  Yes, horses and buggy country roads.  It may have also been pouring rain. Awesome combo.  I was just driving along and Bam!  It was like Disney World appeared out of nowhere!  These huge signs for French Lick were all around me as I drove up to the resort.  I quickly checked in and went up to my room to meet my oh-so-sweet roomies!  They are three of the nicest girls!

We decided to head down for dinner and saw lots of other bloggers who also joined us!  Dinner was fantastic and I had such a great time meeting new friends.  Staci from Simpsons Superstars was so sweet and hilarious!  I also loved meeting Mr. Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard.  We shared a lot of laughs!  I am now realizing that I barely took pictures Friday night.  Probably because I was a nervous wreck.  #hopenobodycouldtell

Saturday morning we were up and at 'em to get ready for the main event.  We had a wonderful lunch full of chatting and sharing tips and tricks.  There was a Q & A session, a little team-building activity, a gift exchange, a business card exchange, and the distribution of lots of fantastic SWAG!  For the gift exchange, we had to bring one of our favorite teacher tools.  I brought the game "Tenzi" {because it's the bomb} and some dark chocolate.  I received a little Handwriting Fairy pack as my gift.  So fun!

I had the pleasure of sitting with some very influential people in education:  Deanna Jump, Deedee Wills, and Kim Adsit.  They were so kind to let me sit with them.  They are a hoot!  Kim's daughter, Megan and her daughter-in-law, Ginny were also there, and they are both super nice!

I was pumped to meet Mel from Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations!  She is so sweet and cute!

Here are my roomies!  Left to right, Jessica, Melissa, me, and Brittany.  Love them! 

I mentioned the swag above...I was so excited to see all the goodies that were donated by some AWESOME companies!!!!  We each got to take home amazing things including goodies from Scentos, Creative Teaching Press, Go Noodle, Vera Bradley, and Erin Condren!  Can you believe the great things that these companies donated?!?!?!?!?  Thank you SO MUCH!

After all of the day excitement was over, we took a break and met up later for a pajama party!  How fun is that?!  The room we had our lunch in was transformed and it was awesome!  There was pizza, cookies/brownies, GoNoodle/dancing, pillow case decorating, a photo booth, and lots of fun and laughter!  We even had fun t-shirts!  Thank you so much to GoNoodle and Teachers pay Teachers for sponsoring our pj party!!!

 It was sad to say our goodbyes, but I know I'll see more of these great people in the future.

Thank you so much to Brittany and Holly for planning such a great event!  You did a fabulous job, ladies!  Can't wait until next year!!  Thank you, Brenda, for hosting this linky!!!

See more pictures of the weekend below!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

5 for Friday 3.27.15

We made it!  Another week down!  Just a few more days until my Spring Break!  I can hardly contain myself!  Thoughts of this are going through my mind:

 I'm linking up with Doodlebugs Teaching for 5 for Friday!

Speaking of spring break.......I like to use monthly reading logs in my classroom.  They are a fun way to encourage reading at home.  When kids bring their logs back, they get a prize or a restaurant certificate.  In addition to the monthly logs, I also make some for holiday breaks.  To snag a spring break reading log, click the picture below! 2 versions included.  To see my other reading logs, click HERE.

Last week, we finished up our first "All About" {Informational Text/Non-fiction} writing.  In case you missed the post, you can find it HERE.  We wrote one together last week but this week because the CCSS calls for shared research, kids selected an animal and worked in groups to complete their research.  They had a blast and the books turned out great!  The kids got to draw and watercolor paint the ocean animal they had researched at the end!  The kids loved this!

One of my struggling readers needs a lot of differentiation so I have him work on typing his spelling words when we are doing our grade-level word work.  I just have him type in WORD.  It makes spelling so much more fun!  You can obviously have all of your kids do this!

We've been learning about magic 10 hops and "bigger numbers."  One game that I thought of on the fly was to cover a number with a sticky note and have students write/guess what it is on their slates. So simple but they were obsessed with it!

By request, I bundled my Phonics Jeopardy!  I'll be adding more this weekend and the price will go up!  Snag a deal now by clicking the cover below!  This is such a fun way to review word work!  In case you missed the post about how to play these/use these games, click HERE.  

PS-My "Level D" guided reading pack is almost ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

April Goodies

Hi everyone!  Just popping in quickly to share my April resources with you!

April Sentence Editing-Always a favorite!  These sentence edits support CCSS and are perfect for early finishers, centers, morning work, or homework!

Bunny Bash {Easter Centers}-This is one of my favorite center packs that I have created!  I love the activities included in this!  Chock full of fun for Easter/Spring!

Contraction Eggs-This is a FREEBIE to use those plastic eggs from the Dollar Tree!  Enjoy!

Hooray for Earth Day-Love this little pack!  Perfect for teaching kids about Earth Day.  Mini-book reader, coloring sheets, abc order/vocabulary, writing paper, and more are part of this little set.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

All About Writing

We're just finishing up All About Writing this week.  All About and How To are always such fun units to teach!  We began by working our way through one together.  I do this with any type of writing so that children can get a feel for the format.  We decided on "Monkeys" for our first book. We spent a week reading monkey books and watching YouTube videos about monkeys.  We slowly worked through the pages of our All About books together, saving our "Facts" pages for the very end, as a review of what we learned.  Below are some photographs of our process:

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