Saturday, May 5, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Sale!!

I'm so excited about Tpt's upcoming sale!  I've got a few items on my wish list I've been waiting to buy.


I'm also having a Teacher Appreciation Sale!  Everything in my store will be 20% off.  You will get an additional 10% discount from TpT. Most of my items are $2.00 or less so that's a great deal!! :) Don't forget to use the code TAD12 when you check out!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring Freebie!

I am loving this spring weather!  Sadly, here in Louisiana, it only sticks around for a brief amount of time!    I've been busy making a few spring literacy stations.  Click on the picture below for a scrambled word freebie. I added this station a few months ago and my kids have loved it.  I had no idea it would be such a hit! I hope your students enjoy it also. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Super Spring Giveaway!!

My teaching partner, Lisa, at Live, Laugh, and Love to Learn,  and I are having a Super Spring Giveaway!

We are giving away 2-$25 gift cards to ANY online store you choose!  Click on the picture above to check it out.  There are 9 ways you can enter!  Good luck!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The countdown in on!!

I can't believe I only have 34 days of school left!  Where has this year gone??  I was making stations today and realized they would probably be the last ones I had to make for this school year.  Click on the picture below for a freebie that I made for my students to practice aw, au, ow and ou.  Hope you can use it. 

I've also added many more things to my Tpt store in the last few weeks so go check them out.  

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Baseball and a Freebie!

Life in my house is about to get crazy now that baseball season has started! My youngest son plays baseball and baseball season is the craziest time of year for me with practice three nights a week and weekend tournaments. I wouldn't trade it for anything though! :) I was in the mood for baseball, I made this game. It's a phrase game similiar to BAM and a review of Fry's first 100 words/Phrases. Click on the picture for a free copy. I am trying to make one for each set of phrases and will upload to Tpt as I make them.

My students love these types of games. I also time them to see how many phrases they can read in one minute. They LOVE doing that! Hope your students enjoy the game. (The strikeout cards means they have to put all their cards back in the pile.)

I have also uploaded a new station to Tpt. Click on the picture to check it out.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Top Ten Blog Award

Thanks so much to Ms. T at Second Grade Math Maniac for this awesome award!

Now, I get to pick my top 10 blogs. I have so many it's hard to choose just ten but these are some of my favorites!

Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff
Kelley at Buggy for Second Grade
Lisa and Beth at Made in the Shade in Second Grade
Sarah at Sweet Times in 2nd
Mrs. Lemons at Step into 2nd Grade With Mrs. Lemons
Lori at Conversations in Literacy
Erika at The Honey Bunch
Sandy at Soaring Through Second
Amanda at Learn, Laugh, Grow!
Stacy at 2nd Grade Paradise

Also, I just read that we needed to give permission to pin. SO.....feel free to pin anything you would like to from my blog! :)

I have just uploaded some Easter themed literacy stations to Tpt so be sure to check them out. I am working on several other things right now so check back tomorrow (hopefully...if I can stay focused!) for a freebie!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

One GIANT LEAP... TpT Leapy Linky Party

I am linking up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for her TpT Leapy Linky Party. Click below to check out all the great sales.

I am having a 20% off sale at my TpT store on Wednesday.

I just uploaded a few March literacy stations. Click below to check them out.

Click here for a freebie from the set. Hope you can use it! :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Liebster Blog Award and What Do You Love Linky Party!

I got an award! Thanks to Andrea at Cheers to School for passing it on to me! I am feeling a little under the weather, not to mention exhausted after a LONG day at school. I have to say this really lifted my spirits :)

These are the rules for the award:

1. Thank the award presenter and post a link back to their blog.
2. Put the award on my blog.
3. Pick 5 blogs with less than 200 followers, let them know about the award, and encourage them to pass it on.

I awarded the following blogs:

Sandra at Sandra's Savvy Teaching Tips
Sandra at Sweet Times in First
Sandy at Soaring Through Second Grade
Miss DeCarbo at Second Grade Sugar and Spice
Melissa at Second Grade Bliss

Go check out their really cute blogs!!

I am also linking up with Kimberly at Funky in First Grade for her What Do You Love Linky party. Come join the fun!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Giveaways and Currently!

Hope at Second Grade Shenanigans is having an awesome giveaway. You don't want to miss this one!

Also, you could win a cute Thirty One mini pouch at Adventures of Ms. Smith.

I am linking up with Oh Boy Fourth Grade for this month's Currently!

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Kelly at Busy in Kindergarten is having a giveway. Go check it out! It ends tonight.

Also, I just posted some new items on my Tpt store. We are studying problem/solution next week and I always like to use the book Ira Sleeps Over for these lessons. Click here to check out some of the activities I made to go with this story.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


The winner of my giveaway is..

Congratulations Kelly! I'll be emailing you soon! :) Thanks to everyone who participated!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dibels, Comprehension Freebie and a Giveaway!!

I'm not a huge fan of the Dibels assessment tool but, like it or not, that's what our district uses. We had benchmark testing last week. Since my kiddos last year appeared to have a weakness in their reading fluency, I have focused more on that this year. Now the fluency is much better but retell/comprehension is lower! Uggghhh!! Now I'm trying to find some ideas to help them improve in this area. I made these cards to use in small groups and reading stations. Click here for a copy. I'd love to hear comprehension strategies you use in your classroom.

On a more positive note, I am excited to have almost 50 followers! I have had so much fun blogging the last few weeks! I have loved reading other blogs and getting some new ideas. All the sweet comments everyone leaves provide so much encouragement! To celebrate, I am having my first giveaway!

The giveaway....

and a surprise!!

You can enter this giveaway three ways. You can......

1. Follow my blog and leave a comment.
2. Follow my Tpt store and leave a comment.
3. Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment.

I will pick a winner Saturday using the random number generator when I figure out how to do that (or when Lisa shows me how)! :) Good luck!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tag! You're it!

I have been tagged by Chrissy at Buzzin' With Ms. B! I also just discovered her really cute blog in the process so hop over and check it out!

Here are the rules.

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

Ok...12 fun facts about myself...hmmmm...I don't know if I have that many fun facts but here goes!

*I am a huge New Kids On the Block fan....was seriously obsessed and apparently I still am. I have been to two concerts in the past three years!
*I do not like dogs...actually I'm terrified of them (all sizes). Sorry dog lovers! :)
*I love teen movies and tv shows like the Vampire Diaries and all the Cinderella Story movies that come on ABC family.
*I have two little sisters that I am just getting to know in the past few weeks(they are 19 and 17)and a 32 year old sister.
*I cut my left hand (falling on a coke bottle) when I was 5 years old and was told I probably would never be able to use three fingers on that hand but all worked out fine!
*I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 16 years.
*I worry wayyyy to much...don't what I'm going to do when my kids start to drive!
*I spoil my little niece (I have boys) rotten with no shame! Hope my sis forgives me when she's a terror in Kindergarten.
*Dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy is on my bucket list even though I can't all!
*I love my job! I wanted to be a teacher for as long as I remember!
*I am fascinated with Native American Culture.
*I love the beach.

2. Here are my answers to Ms. B's questions.

1. What is the best part of teaching? The kiddos and those moments when they say or do something that reminds you why you teach!
2. What's your favorite holiday? Christmas
3. Who is your best friend and why? My husband because he's the only one I can tell everything to.
4. What did you want to be when you were a kid? a teacher
5. What's your favorite outfit? Jeans and a t-shirt
6. What's your favorite breakfast? (calories non-existant)Cream filled chocolate donuts
7. What's your favorite TV show of all time? That's tough....probably Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
8. What weird habit or behavior did you have as a kid? (I'm assuming everyone had at least one) I used to sing into a hairbrush (loudly and horribly) and dance around like a pop star while watching myself in the mirror.
9. Siblings? How many? 3 sisters
10. Beatles or Elvis? Elvis
11. Beach or Mountains? Beach!!
12. What's the BEST trip you've ever taken? My hubby won a trip to Palm Beach at the Breakers resort and it was awesome!

Here are the bloggers I have tagged.

Angie at Myers Magnificent Moments
Rachel at Ms. Rachel's Room
Erin at Creating and Teaching
Miss DeCarbo at Second Grade Sugar and Spice
Hope at Second Grade Shenanigans
Jenn at Finally in First
Lisa at Stories From Second
Heather at Heather's Heart
Natalie at Teachery Tidbits
Erika at The Honey Bunch
Debbie at Sailing Through First Grade
Sandy at Soaring Through Second Grade

AND here are the questions for these ladies to answer.

1. What is your favorite hobby?
2. Do you have children? How many?
3. What was your most embarrassing moment?
4. What type of books do you like to read?
5. Harry Potter or Twilight?
6. What is your favorite meal?
7. What place in the world would you most like to visit?
8. If you could go back in time and meet one person, who would it be?
9. What is the last movie you watched?
10.Are you usually late, early or right on time?
11.Who is a person you admire and why?
12.What's your favorite type of music?

Now I'm off to tag! Wow, I'm going to need a nap after this!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

What a Week!!

This was such a long week! I am exhausted! We were Dibels testing (FUN!) so I think that was partly to blame. It changes the routine and that is never a good thing for my kiddos! If I have ever had a group of students that need structure, it is most definitely my homeroom class this year. :)

I am curious as to what everyone plans for their early finishers. I have students who can finish their morning work in about 2 minutes while it takes other WAY longer! The "rule" is the early finishers are supposed to read but they never seem to be doing that! I think I'm going to try journal writing so we will see how that goes. My kids also LOVE mystery word activities so I created some for them to grab when they finish morning work early. Click here for a freebie of the mystery word activity.

I would love to hear everyone's suggestions! I'd love to get some more ideas!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Harcourt Storytown activities and Freebies!

It's been nice hearing from a few people who also use the Harcourt Storytown reading series! It doesn't seem like there are many of us on here! :)

If you follow the series, you know about review weeks. I HATE them! We teach/review the same skill for two weeks as it is. Then....every five weeks there is a review lesson where we teach them all over again. I guess it is good for students to get more practice but I get so bored! Next week is one of those weeks so I am trying to create some activities to make the week a little more exciting!

So far, all I have managed to make are these games/stations for reviewing silent letters. I just listed them on TPT. Click here to check them out.

Click here for a freebie I have TPT with a vocabulary match and spelling words for the pocket chart (Lesson 20).

For spelling last week, we worked on frequently misspelled words. Click here to to see the unit. It includes a concentration game, tic-tac-toe game, words for the pocket chart and ABC order worksheet. Click here for a freebie from the unit.

I'm so excited to have 40 followers! :) Check back soon for a giveaway to celebrate! I'm still trying to decide what to actually give away!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Giveaway, Weight Watchers, The Valentine Bears and a Freebie!

Go visit Miss DeCarbo at Second Grade Sugar and Spice for a great giveaway!

On another note, I am at the end of my first week on Weight Watchers and I am starving! :) Why does all the food that is bad for your have to taste sooooo good! I found myself digging around in my pantry for junk food and debating whether or not it would be okay to eat hot chocolate with a spoon! This is going to be a rough few weeks! After this torture, I better be at least two pounds lighter at weigh in Monday! Lisa, I am expecting a gym partner next week if you are reading this!

One of my favorite Valentine's Day book is The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting. I just uploaded some activities to my TPT store to go along with the book. Click here to check them out.

And finally, I teach reading and spelling using the Harcourt Storytown series for second grade. Each week, I try to make some things to go along with the weekly unit. Click here for a freebie of what I've made for Lesson 19 this week. It includes words for the pocket chart, a few matching games with vocabulary and reference materials, a word building activity with the syllable skill and reference posters.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Love to Joplin Linky Party and Stations!

I am linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for a Love to Joplin Linky Party!

What a great idea! I sent lots of materials and hope as many teachers as possible are able to do the same.

On another note, I just posted my Read/Write the Room stations on TPT. I love read the room stations. They are so easy to change out and the kids love them! I made a station for each month of the year and they cover many different vowel sounds.

Here is a freebie from the kit for February! Click here

Enjoy! I'm going to watch the Saints! Who dat! I sure hope they do better than my Tigers!!

Friday, January 13, 2012


I'm linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade for her Currently January Linky Party!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Back to the Real World!'s back to work tomorrow! I have to admit, as much as I loved my time off, I am ready to get back to my normal routine. I hope I still feel that way tomorrow after school! :) It's purple and gold day for the kids (Geaux Tigers!) and I'm sure they will be excited about the big game.

I have been working today on activities and stations for February. It's hard to believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I just uploaded a few to my TPT store.

Here is a free plurals worksheet from the packet. Hope you can use it!

Love Birds

Have a great week!

Friday, January 6, 2012

My First Blog Award!

I'm so excited to get my first blog award! Now I'm going to really have to get busy and post more! :)

The rules for this award are.......

1. Thank the person who presented the award to you and link back to them.
Thanks to both Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher and 2B Honey Bunch!

2. Tell seven things about yourself.

1. I LOVE to read! I have spent my entire holiday vacation reading instead of doing other things (cleaning, laundry, etc.).
2. I am addicted to reality TV (Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, The Bachelor).
3. I am a huge football fan! Geaux Tigers and Saints!!
4. I have two awesome sons that are total opposites. My youngest is an athlete and loves to hunt and fish while my older son (who has Asperger Syndrome) loves video games and computers. If anyone watches The Big Bang Theory, I'm rasing a smaller version of Sheldon.
5. I plan on eating healthy and exercising when school starts back Monday. I figured if I actually typed this I might be more motivated!
6. My favorite movie of all time is Grease! I have seen it so many times I can't count!
7. I am such a procrastinator. I heard a saying one time that said "Procrastination is the habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done day before yesterday!" That's me!!

3. Pass this on to 15 newly discovered blogs and let them know they've received the award.

This is really hard. :) I may just add some of my favorites. I'll be searching and adding over the next few days! I will start with my teaching partner!

Live Laugh and Love to Learn