Friday, January 13, 2017

5 for Friday 1.13.17

Hello!  I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for another 5 for Friday!

Last Friday, I had rotator cuff repair surgery.  I have been home, heavily medicated for 7 days now. Most of my days are spent sleeping or watching shows that I forget I watched.  I mustered up the energy to type this blog post (hunt and peck style) last night simply because I was bored out of my mind.  My shoulder feels a little better each day.  It's really stiff and I can't lift it very high yet but baby steps, right?

Speaking of tv shows--my bestie told me that I need to watch Gossip Girl, so I started it.  I'm only two episodes's too early to call my thoughts on it yet.  I never watched it when it was "hot" so this is all new.  Did you used to watch it?  I'm looking for suggestions for other shows that I can watch, so please leave them below!

I've mentioned before that I am a Stella and Dot stylist in addition to my teaching job, blogging, and selling on Teachers pay Teachers.  Our new line just launched (spring) and it's pretty gorgeous!  I earned a reward and got to pick some pieces out for myself.  My order just arrived and I am loving everything I got.  Now I just have to wait a few weeks before I can actually wear them...wearing them would require me to get dressed, which doesn't happen unless it's a physical therapy day.  If you would like to check out our line, you can shop HERE.

My bestie came to visit me the other day and she brought with her my favorite Starbucks drink:
Green Matcha Tea Latte with Soy milk.  Have you tried it?  It looks disguising (green) but trust me: it's amazing.  I'm sure it's loaded with sugar but everyone feels sorry for someone who is sick/recovering from surgery, right?  What's your favorite Starbucks drink?  I'd love to try some new things.

I left all my MLK Jr. things for my sub to do with my students next week.  I love this little pack....perfect for whole-group learning as well as literacy centers.  Snag it on sale through today, Friday, January 13 only!  Click the cover image below to take a peek.

I have been using Ebates for a little over 2 years now and it is so awesome!  If you aren't familiar, Ebates is a cashback website.  It acts as a shopping portal offering coupons and cash back for over 2,000 retailers.  I do all of my online shopping through Ebates.  Here's how it works: You can head to Ebates and sign up for free (and if you use my link, you will get $10 after you redeem your first rebate!)  You must always go to Ebates before shopping online first and "activating" the cash back from the store you're going to shop from.  *I use the app, which makes online shopping super easy.  *I also have an Ebates toolbar installed on my computer, so when I type in a retailer's website, their Ebates offer automatically pops up.  

Different stores offer different amounts of cash back.  During the holidays, many stores offer double and triple cash back.  You receive your cash back quarterly via check in the mail.  In 2016, I got over $200 in cash back JUST for shopping through Ebates' site!  Sign up HERE to get your $10.  IT IS LEGIT! 

Have a great day and I hope Friday the 13th wasn't too crazy for your kids at school!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Thank YOU!

Back in October, when I was promoting my Veterans Day pack, I told you that 100% of the money earned from those sold would be donated to my local VA Hospital.

Well, a few days ago, I went shopping and delivered the goodies!!!!!!  Because of you, I was able to donate over $300 to the hospital!  Some things I purchased for them were: shaving cream/razors, toothbrushes/toothpaste, denture tabs/denture adhesive, board games, combs, nail clippers, snacks, coffee/creamer/sweetener, drinks, and MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!  So from all the Veterans in my area {and me}, THANK YOU!  YOU ARE AWESOME!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Five for Friday 1.6.17

Hi!  Welcome to the first Five for Friday of 2017!!!!!  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for this!  I was super-productive during break, and this post is about all of that!  Currently, I am having rotator cuff surgery on my dominant shoulder....BOO!  I have been so anxious about this surgery...hoping I am recovering as we speak and that everything went smoothly!  *I scheduled my post because I knew I wouldn't be able to type!

Over winter break, I cooked a LOT!  Some of the things I made were: enchiladas, lasagna, turkey meatloaf, and chicken/bean/cheese burritos.  The leftovers from many of these items were frozen so that my husband doesn't have to cook for us every night while I am laid up.

In addition to cooking a LOT, I also worked a LOT!  I made 4 new products!  I made both a 2D and 3D shape sort for Geometry.  These are great for Math stations/Guided Math/Small Group/RTI.

I also completed and uploaded my Math Games on the Fly: Geometry edition pack.  If you own the growing Math Games bundle, you'll want to head over to TpT and snag the update for free!

I finished up my Winter Pocket Chart Match!  I love these for centers or guided reading.  They are differentiated for three different ability levels!  If you don't have the Fall edition, you can grab it HERE.  *Spring will be coming in the next couple months!

I had many people request that I list my Guided Reading Awards, so I listed them separately from the Guided Reading Resources pack.  Grab them HERE.

I did some major closet/dresser purging!  I got rid of 5 HUGE bags of clothes, accessories, and shoes! We have a great place called Clothes Mentor near us that I take my old things to...if they are in good shape, which most of them are because I am so particular about my clothes!  If Clothes Mentor doesn't take the stuff, I take it to Goodwill or send to ThreadUp.  Feels so good to have more room!

I got a TON of stuff done on my to-do list!  I love crossing things off!  I keep a small spiral notebook with me at all times.  I write EVERYTHING that I need to do/buy in it.  It keeps me super organized. I've been doing this for 13 years now.  My student teaching mentor taught me this!

One thing on my to-do list was to write out my Christmas thank-you notes.  Do people still write thank you notes?  I don't usually get them, but I always send them.  My mom taught me this at a very young age.  We ALWAYS wrote thank you notes for everything we were given...birthday, holidays, and just because.  That has stuck with me throughout life.  Manners are important!  Thanks, mom!

Finally, I'll leave you with a photo of our little family!  I love them all so very much!  We had a great few days together celebrating Christmas!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Centers for January/Winter

It's winter!  And the year is halfway over!  Woo Hoo!  Time certainly does fly, doesn't it?!?!  Now that we've gotten over the hurdle of getting our kids to learn how to be students/behave/begin to read/etc, we are smooth-sailing!  For centers in January, I continue to use the same model that I've used before.  *You can read more about that HERE.*  However, the kids are much more independent now and it makes center time time sooo much easier!  Almost all of my center activities come with optional recording sheets.  Up until now, we didn't usually get to them because of time constraints.  Starting in January, I know my kids will be zipping through their centers and have time for the extended practice with the recording sheets.

I love using my New Year Centers and Winter Centers packs.  Heck, I love all of my center packs!!! Hahaha!  As I got ready for this week, I pulled out said centers and chose 5 for the kids to work on.  Below, I've shown you some of my favorites from the two packs:

New Year Sentence Scramble-Sentence scrambles are excellent practice for kids...they work on so many skills...decoding, sight words, punctuation, capital letters, self-correcting, etc, etc, etc!  Add some New Year sentences and clip art for the icing on the cake!

New Year ABC Order-ABC order is a life skill, people!  Throughout life, many tasks require putting things in abc order.  Even though we don't use phone books like we did when I was a kid, putting things in alphabetical order is still important--in my opinion!  In my classroom, there is almost always an abc order center every week from January through the end of the year.

New Year Sight Word Game-We're onto list 1c of the Fry's Sight Word Lists!  This fun sight word game has kids reading sight words as well as adding and subtracting!  The goal of the game is to try to have the most stars and keep them!!!

Common and Proper Noun Sort-We'll continue to review these...before break, I noticed my kids were having a really hard time grasping this concept, so throwing in a center to review it is perfect!

New Year Sight Blends Game-Blends can be hard for many students, especially those with language delays.  This Spin n' Cover game is perfect for practicing those tricky blends!

Winter Listening Center {The listening center is a weekly staple!}-See my thoughts on the listening center and grab some free recording sheets for the listening center HERE.

Winter Singular and Plural Noun Sort

Winter Sentence Scramble

To check out  all of the activities shown above, click each picture below.  To get a year-long bundle of ALL my centers and save $$$, click the picture below!