Monday, December 31, 2012

Summer in the City by Kathleen Wainright to be Released in March!

(Click the image above to go to her FaceBook Page)

New children's book set to release in March 2013. Please follow this Facebook page to stay updated on events and giveaways!!  She is a wonderful bloggy friend and Top Teacher friend as well.  As a fellow educator I support her in her efforts in getting the word out there for her new book!  I can't wait until her new book is released in March because I know I will be purchasing it to read to my students.    

Please support her by stopping by her page and checking "like" to support her in her efforts.  Wow, I have a lot of friends that are authors now and that is so awesome!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's a New Year Linky Party!

It is that time again where we sing and celebrate a year out and ring in a new one!  Please join us in our New Years Resolutions and link up with The Teacher's Cauldron.


To work on my health and health issues to make life better for me and those I love.


To schedule more posts on my blog and do a newsletter for my Bloggy Friends and Followers!

Okay, I know it looks simple enough but I am a procrastinator and if I can do both of these I will be making leaps and bounds in my personal and blogging life!  

Please link up with us over at The Teacher's Cauldron for "It's a New Year" linky and have some fun with us!  See you there...


Friday, December 21, 2012

Welcome Winter Sale!

I am throwing a SALE at my TpT Store!  There are a lot of other bloggers joining in so come on and join in with us. 


Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Elf for the Classroom and a Rafflecopter Giveaway!

It is that time of year when elves everywhere make their appearance and try out some new mischief.  This week in my classroom we had some mischief happening when I brought our classroom elf to school.  We read the book "The Elf on the Shelf" and some of my students talked about some of the things their elves at home were already doing.  Now we can talk about some of the mischief that our classroom elf is doing.  The first day he sat on the shelf and was quiet.  We came in the next morning and this is what we found:
He brought his own elf crayons (yes, they are really that small) and drew on paper all over the room.  The second evening we left him alone on the shelf and came back to having unifix cubes thrown all over the carpet with the box emptied.  He was sitting in the box with some unifix cubes in a red and white pattern to match his elf clothes.

On day three he obviously was playing with our computers and got in trouble.  His foot got stuck in one of the headphones and got stuck hanging upside down with a "help" sign in his hands.  The kids came in and were laughing at him and the sign.  Later on that day Laia came up to me and said, "if he creates this much mischief in one night what is he going to do this weekend with two days"?  I laughed so hard when she said that but then I thought I hope he lives up to her expectations on Monday morning.  Here he is hanging upside down from a computer headphone.   

If you are interested in starting your own classroom mischief I have a packet to help out with your elf mischief needs in my TpT store. Click the picture below to take you to the packet on TpT:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tips for Top Teachers: A Smorgasbord of Teaching Resources: Ho! Ho! Ho! It's a GIVEAWAY, You Know!!!

Tips for Top Teachers: A Smorgasboard of Teaching Resources: Ho! Ho! Ho! It's a GIVEAWAY, You Know!

To celebrate the holidays Top Teacher-Style, we are getting together to throw you a HUGE GIVEAWAY just in time for the holidays. We have contributed to this BIG GIVEAWAY so we can bring one lucky winner a BRAND NEW NOOK COLOR HD!!!  This would be perfect for your holiday reading!  Maybe you want to download a new teaching ebook. Perhaps you would like to peruse TpT for products for the new year. You may want to download the newest edition of The Mailbox Magazine. You can do all of that and more with your Nook Color HD!!!  As if that weren't enough, you will also receive OODLES of TEACHING RESOURCES from the FABULOUS TOP TEACHERS!!! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

When I Was In....Linky Party

Oakhurst Elementary 1961

Me Now

Yes, I really was a first grader once many years ago.  My first graders wanted to know what I looked like when I was in first grade so I took this picture and put it in dropbox and headed off to school.  I also had to take in my trusted and faithful friend and "Huggy" so that they could see my old doggie named Hippie that I carried around when I was little.  They were fascinated with the fact that I had a "Huggy" and still had it.  Since this is a "Linky Party" head on over to Second Grade Sparkle and join in the fun!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cyber Monday Plus Tuesday on TpT!

Click on the picture above to go to my TpT Store

Please join us in our Cyber Monday plus Tuesday Linky and our stores will offer up to 28% off our products.  TpT sellers are throwing a HUGE sale on November 26 and 27th and you don't want to miss it.  I am linking up with a fabulous group of TpT sellers and you can find all of these fabulous blogs linked up together on Michelle's blog by clicking on her button below:
Yes, it is that time of year when Thanksgiving is celebrated and "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" become a part of our shopping.  I don't know about you but I try to stay away from any store on Black Friday and strongly prefer Cyber Monday instead.  If you are like me and enjoy Cyber Monday then come on over to my TpT store and fill your cart with things you want and have before the sale actually begins.  Here are a few cute suggestions in my store:

Click on either image to go to the products!

Here is a FREEBIE just for stopping by and joining our Linky:
Click Below

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day 2012 and I Am Thankful!

In the United States, Veterans Day is usually observed on November 11.  However, if it occurs on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave, and if it occurs Saturday then either Sunday or Saturday or Friday, may be designated.  Regardless of when it occurs we should all be thankful to those who served in the military.  As a military family I know that it is not just the veteran that gives but their families as well.  

So today I thank my two sons for serving and providing the freedom that some of us take for granted.  Thank you to all military families and I know a lot who have given so much in the name of freedom.  I have a lot of people tell me to tell my sons "thank you for serving in the military" and it always touches my heart.  

I have a son still a home with me after three years and still disabled from serving.  Three years ago I drove to Tuscaloosa to find my son in the hospital for what we thought would be a short stay.  It was the longest four hour drive of my life to get there.  After serving he finally just collapsed one day and was taken away in an ambulance.  We were called to be by his side and we were there for him.  Three years later the V.A. still denies his and thousands of claims because they refuse to recognize that PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is a defined and legitimate disability.  For him there was a huge loss; he lost his home, his girlfriend, had to drop out of school with only one semester left only to find that the V.A. would not help him and he had to move back home.  He was headed to Purdue for his Ph.D. in organic chemistry and now all of that is on hold or may never happen because the V.A. refuses to recognize my son's disability.  

Yes, this is tough to handle and there are times when I think I can't handle it any longer but then there is always someone who encourages you to go on.  To be honest if he were not living with me he would just be another homeless veteran and there are a lot more of them then you know.  So today or any day that you are around a person in or out of uniform please tell them that you appreciate everything they give up to serve.  

I know this was not teacher or blog related but it is life related and we all need an education about what really goes on in the life of our veterans.  He is trying so hard to turn his life around and doing woodworking and has an Etsy shop called Thomas Fine Woodworks and it helps us pay for the medical expenses that we have to pay out of pocket.  My TpT money that I earn goes toward helping him out as well.  I am just thankful that TpT is here to help us out and be able to keep our home.  When I lay down at night I am always thanking God for the roof over my head and that I have provided one for someone else.  It is tough, but at the end of the day we are family and we love each other and trust God to provide for our needs.    


Friday, November 9, 2012

Teaching Blog Addict's Friday Freebie and Thankfulness!!!

Click Here to go to TBA

Today I have a "Freebie" posted on Teaching Blog Addict's website and I am thankful for Fern who gives her time so willingly so that teachers can post their free products each week to share with other educators.  She even gives us a reminder that we need to get our freebies ready and have them posted early on Friday morning.  

As we approach the Thanksgiving Holidays I am thankful for so many things in my life and in the lives of each person in my family.  I am thankful for my four sons and that they love their Mom enough to come home and celebrate family and just being together.  I am thankful for my daughters-in-law and that I would have chosen them to be my very own.  I am thankful for my two beautiful and sweet grandchildren, even though I had to admit I was getting older by being a "Grandma" to two children I love so dearly.  I am thankful that I have God whom I can go to anytime I want and pray for those who are in need.  In these past few weeks there certainly have been a lot of prayers going out to all those who have had to begin putting their lives back together from Hurricane Sandy.  

As you approach the Thanksgiving Holidays is there something or someone that you are thankful for?  Do you tell them that you are thankful for them and that they are a blessing in your life?  I am thankful for all my blogging friends and you all know who you are.  It is hard to believe that at the end of January of this coming year that it will be one year since I began this blogging journey.  Wow, I have learned a lot since the beginning of this year. I have learned so much I don't even know where to begin except to say  "thank you for all you have taught me".  

Click the image above for your free product

Thank you for dropping by my blog today and downloading your free product!  I hope you and your children enjoy this fun game together.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Erica Bohrer's First Grade: Hurricane Unit Fundraiser

Erica Bohrer's First Grade: Hurricane Unit Fundraiser:

All the proceeds from my Hurricane unit will go towards Hurricane Sandy relief in Lindenhurst, Long Island, NY.  This is the town I live in and teach in.  I have been blown away by the generosity and comradery I have witnessed this past week.  My town is full of awesome people!  Way to go Lindy!!!  

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

OH NO!, I Have Been Boo'd!

OH NO! I have been BOO'd by Dana over at Fun in 1st Grade!
Click Below to visit her Gorgeous Blog!
Thank You Dana for sending a BOO my way!

Here is her TpT Store too!

I am going to share a BOOK, a CRAFT and a PRODUCT for my being BOO'd!

One of my favorite books for Halloween is:

Room on a Broom is a great story to read and the kids will love the rhyming.

A blog post for for being BOO'd would not be complete without a great craft idea from Pinterest would it?  So here is a cute little idea for the kids that want to go out and deliver their own BOOs!!!  

(Click the above photo to go to the website)

What could be more simple than a small square of white cloth, a ribbon or piece of yarn and a black pen? Simply take the piece of cloth, center the lollipop underneath, tie it off with the ribbon/string and let them decorate the face. Too cute!

Now for the Product:
Click above to go to this adorable product from "A Cupcake for the Teacher"  It is a great writing craftivity (love that word) for the kiddos!

Here are the directions if you have been BOO'd:

If you've been booed, copy and paste the above pic and these "rules" into your post.
1.  Give a shout out to the blogger who booed you and link back to their site!
2. Share 3-5 October activities, books, products (yours or someone else),
or freebie(s) that you love!
3.  Share the Boo love with 5 bloggers- make sure you check this link to make sure you don't boo someone again:
And don't forget to tell them that they have been BOOED!
4.  Link up {here} so that others can find you and read about your October ideas!  And while you are there... check out the other great blogs!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Place Value Tips and a FREEBIE!!!

Place Value is a "hit or miss" kind of concept for some children. They are either ready or not ready to take on this concept. I have found a really easy and quick way that probably isn't far from what all teachers start with and that is "houses".  We all live in some type of house although it may appear different on the outside, it is where we live. I teach my children that numbers live in houses just like we do and when we move to a new house our address changes just like numbers do. 


The concept of tens and ones is the foundational basis for our numeric system; students should be exposed to the idea of bundling 10 ones immediately. Students must be familiar with and demonstrate their knowledge of this basic premise that a one-digit number indicates the number of ones, while a two-digit number indicates the number of tens and ones.  The idea that each digit in a number has a specific value is key to moving fluently through math. Here is the standard listed below: 

1.NBT.2                                                                                          Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. Understand the following as special cases: 

-10 can be thought of as a bundle of ten ones — called a “ten.” 
-The numbers from 11 to 19 are composed of a ten and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones. 
-The numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 refer to one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine tens (and 0 ones).

Here is my tip on helping students understand place value a little better.  I bought 25 of the baseball card protector sheets that hold 9 cards so that I had a pocket for ones, tens and hundreds for my first graders.  I have a file where they can go and get a sheet protector.  Laminating the numbers makes it easier for them to insert since it makes them stiffer and the laminating makes them glide in easier.  They load in the numbers and it begins to click a lot easier for them.  Eventually they don't even need the sheets any longer.

Click this image for your freebie!

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Crazy Pre-K Classroom: Fall Freebie Linky Party!

The Crazy Pre-K Classroom: Fall Freebie Linky Party!: Hello All, I am trying my hand at my first linky party! YEAH! Since fall is my favorite season I thought I would highlight it with links ...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Welcome To Another Magical Product Swap!!!

This Graphic was created by the talented 3AM Teacher
(Click on the Graphic Above to go to ALL the Blogs in the Product Swap)

YEAH!!! It is time for another FABULOUS MAGICAL PRODUCT SWAP!!!  

A product swap is where a group of teacher bloggers get together and try out each others products.  We create and put their product together, take lots of pictures and write a review about their wonderful creation.  

I am SO lucky because I got to swap products with Lisa Richling and her blog is "Learning is Something to Treasure"
(LOVE the pirate theme!)

                       Lisa's Blog                     Lisa's TpT Store

While Lisa is over at her blog reviewing my product I am going to offer my product "Finally Fall Literacy Centers" as a giveaway.  Please enter your information to win my product that Lisa is reviewing.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

In her adorable pirate themed packet there are math and language arts centers.  There is also a great bonus center called Pirate Thinking Maps and the whole packet is full of creativity and FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Here are some collage photos of the activities she provides in this fabulous unit:

Pirate Palooza Unit by Lisa Richling!
(Secret!!! It is on Sale in her TpT Store, SO GO and Get It!!!)


Sailing Through the Sounds

"X" Marks the Spot Sentences

Vowels on a Voyage

Pirate Palooza Paragraph Writing

Arrrrrr Controlled Vowels


Shiver Me Timbers Number Sequence

Pirate Place Value

ARRRR, Some Addition

Subtraction Sail-abration

If you have not seen Lisa's creative and fun products you must go to her blog and TpT store to see how wonderful they are!!! Thanks so much for being a part of the "Magical Product Swap" this weekend.  A BIG "Thank You" to Lisa for sharing her "Pirate Palooza" product with me and all of you!