Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back to School: Teacher Tips (HUGE Educents SALE TOO!)

Say WHAT?!?! You mean, the rest of you are gearing up for Back to School now? I had to go back TWO weeks ago! <insert whiny voice here>


 I've actually had a really good first week with kiddos, but I'm ALWAYS exhausted after the first week or two. 

I definitely seem more tired than the parents that I see skipping down the hallways after dropping off their kids!

Before I tell you about an AMAZING sale happening right now, I wanted to share with you just a few things that may save your sanity this Back to School Season. I mean, so far they have kept me a HAPPY TEACHER!


#1: Booze
If not FireBall, maybe it's wine or mojitos...whatever your pleasure, make sure you have that handy! We all know after the first day with a new group of little CUTIES we all need a little (or a lot) of booze....

#2: THIS BOOK!!!!
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 because First graders (or any kid between PreK and 3rd grade) are cute, but HOLY COW do they like to tattle on each other! This book did in ONE DAY what I tried to do all year last year....trust me. BUY IT.

#3: A POSITIVE REWARDS SYSTEM
because...EVERYONE isn't just intrinsically motivated. Some of us need a little nudge or praise. These bracelets do JUST THAT! My students love it when I walk over and slap one of these bad boys around their wrist. You'd think that I had just given them a brand new diamond studded Tiffany's bracelet!


  

These customers I think put it best:
If you haven't seen these bracelets yet, you will want to check them out for sure! Click HERE to see the Brag Bracelets!  (They are also in one of the bundles below...keep reading!)

Which brings me to 

#4: EDUCENTS!!!
Yes...EDUCENTS is quickly becoming one of my fave places to shop for things for my classroom, as well as for my own kids and they are having an AMAZING deal right now!!!

BTS_Newsletter 

 I am so excited to announce that Educents.com is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peak into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

Click on ANY of the pictures below to go check it out and grab it for yourself! HOWEVER, my BRAG BRACELETS are featured in the Management, Decor, and Organization bundle!

Preschool Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 72% OFF

Preschool

Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF

Kindergarten

K-2 The Write Stuff ELA Bundle - 68% OFF

GradesK-2(writestuff)

First Grade Literacy Bundle - 74% OFF

1stGrade

School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) - 74% OFF

Grades2-3

Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) - 75% OFF

Peotry

Tricky Math Curriculum Bundle (Grades 3-5) - 69% OFF

  Grades3-5(trickymath)

Complete Full-Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 6-8) - 77% OFF

http://www.educents.com/#handsonteacher

Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF

Management(allgrades)

Don't Miss It!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

TpT TOOK Over Vegas! PICTURES!

I am sure by now most of you, if not ALL of you, have heard about the amazing TpT Conference that was held last Friday in Las Vegas! Some of you may have even seen me there! (If I got a picture with you, send it to me!) 

What an AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING trip it was! I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more! TpT really is an all-around kick-ass company! The people I met, all the way from the TOP (Paul) to the likes of me :) were just as sincere and sweet as they could be! Here is just a glimpse into my time in Vegas:

Got to meet SO many fabulous bloggers and TpTers! Including Deanna Jump, Hope King, Whimsy Workshop and Greg Smedley! Not to mention, I carpooled from AZ to Las Vegas with Katie from Kindergarten Craftiness!

And, WOWZA...I met Paul in person...for this man to have created TpT, he is the most HUMBLE and NICE guy ever! He must have taken HUNDREDS of pictures, but still smiled and spoke so kindly. I also got to finally meet the ladies behind Fluttering Into First, AND Amy, from TpT!
My girl Tamara, from Mrs. Russell's room and several other bloggers went with me to see New Kids on the BLock...and YA'll?!?!?! THey still got the right stuff!!! :)

I also finally got to meet Valerie from GA Grown Kinders!
All in all, a FABULOUS trip....needed some coffee to keep me awake for parts though! LOL

Ahhh...Vegas...the last chance I'll have to get all fancy for a while! LOL


ANd probably the last time I'll be serenaded for a while too! LOL


If anyone out there hears of NKOTB coming to a city near you, my advice would be GO GO GO!!!!!!!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer Randomness and Teacher Tshirts!

Hello, my name is Marie and I am a blogging slacker. I haven't blogged regularly in months and am beginning to think of myself as a blogging failure...lol....BUT, I do have a pretty good excuse. Actually, I have several excuses.

Excuse #1: One of my little darling children shoved what looked like dried bananas into my laptop's charger input hole....yep....I had to clean it out then figure out how to fix it so I could charge my laptop again. Not gonna lie...it took me about a month to realize (with help from a friend) that I could just look this up on YouTube and find a solution! AND VOILA....I can now charge my laptop.

Excuse #2:
Yeah...believe it or not...I have actually been getting AWAY from my class/blog/teacher work for a little summer break. This is the first time in years that I haven't spend half my summer break (at least!) in my classroom. And, DAMN does it feel good!

Excuse #3:
I went with my kids on a family vacation to GA and FL where I got to explore and let them hang out on my dad's farm and see cool scenery that they just DON'T get out here in the Arizona Desert:



Excuse #4: 
I adopted this amazing pitbull mix from our local pound...and he is ABSOLUTELY the sweetest thing I've ever seen!!! I'm enjoying taking him for walks and having him here at my feet right now as I type this :) and my children LOVE having a dog. It's the first one we've had since I have had kids....

Now that I'm all out of excuses, my computer is fully charged, and I am well rested, it is time to get some SERIOUS classroom prep done for the upcoming school year....and it's time to get my craft on! :)

I will be posting much more regularly beginning next week and you will NOT want to miss my posts about creating ready-to-go math and literacy centers as well as some fun classroom decor and organization ideas!

BUT, before I go, I also need to hare my Aunt's new FB page that shows off her cool Tshirt creations. She has several for teachers and can custom create ANYTHING you can think of pretty much. 
Just click her link below:
https://www.facebook.com/sewsouthernstitching



Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summer Reading List! Linky Party



Well, I made it! I made it through another year of teaching Firsties...without going into all the little details, I can honestly say this school year has been the TOUGHEST year of my life. My husband asked for a divorce in February and moved out in March. Going to school each day and seeing my students has been a huge blessing...a great distraction. 

Since school is now out (our last day was Friday) and I have some extra time when my kids go visit their dad, I've decided that I really want to take up READING FOR PLEASURE again...

This idea used to make me laugh...until yesterday. Yesterday morning, I grabbed a book that I've been meaning to read for a couple of months now and I sat outside of a Starbucks in the sunshine and read...

Ya'll...

I didn't just read....I read that whole dang book! In ONE SITTING I read a book....and it was a book that had no other purpose than to just take me to another place....

Here's what I read:


After I finished this book, I had such a sense of closure...and I felt this weird sense of accomplishment...
but mostly,
I felt RELAXED.

It occurred to me that the last time I read a book for pleasure had been at least a year ago...and the last time I took the time to read a book in less than a month was over 6 years ago.

I think Moms are so busy...and working women are so busy...that we forget the simple pleasure of just sitting and reading one of our favorite authors.

SO, I'd LOVE to hear what you're reading right now, or what you'd LIKE to be reading right now. You can leave a comment, OR if you are another blogger, you can LINK UP with your post  below telling us all about your current SUMMER READING LIST! Just be sure you link back to this post in your post and use the image from the top of this post.

Happy READING!



Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Currently and FREEBIES!

MAY...oh, sweet beautiful May....I have only 16 days left of school and you are just a sight for sore eyes! I love my kiddos...I really do....but the beach is calling my name and I could use a break from planning and emails and discipline plans and report cards and....well, you know!

Teachers just need a BREAK!


So, to get me in the spirit of May, I'm linking up with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade for the newest edition of CURRENTLY:


Listening: Yes...as much as I'd like to say I'm sleeping soundly right now, instead I'm finishing lesson plans and working on my blog posts...and listening to my son's sweet lullabies sound machine :)
Loving: That I am gonna see my family in just over a month!!!! I live across the country from my entire family, so when I go home it's a BIG deal.
Thinking: I need to hit up some Goodwill stores and Kirklands and maybe Home Depot to get some inspiration for a new bedroom design ON A DIME.
Wanting: What I ALWAYS WANT...enough said. lol
Needing: To laminate my centers for Cinco de Mayo!!! BUT, unfortunately, I'm also needing laminating pouches. I ran out and have been too broke to buy new ones...so guess what I'm doing this weekend since tomorrow is payday? Yep...exciting stuff.


Before I go, I wanted to highlight a couple of new freebies in my store, just in case you haven't seen them yet:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/May-Word-Problems-for-First-Graders-A-freebie-Sample-1221457

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/About-My-Mom-Mothers-Day-Freebie-1220368

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Read-The-Rhyme-Rhyming-Center-FREEBIE-1219187

 AND, if you haven't checked out Kindergarten Craftiness yet, you are missing out! She is a new up and comer in TpT that you WILL want to watch if you teach Pre-K or Kinder! 

Kindergarten Craftiness


Here is one of her best sellers:
Early Skills "Clubs": Posters, Assessments, Recording Char




Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1,500 TpT Follower CELEBRATION!

Happy Wednesday All! 
I have to say, before even starting this celebration, that this is not something I EVER thought I'd be celebrating. When I began blogging and creating for TpT, I truly thought it was just going to be a hobby...something that I did occasionally when I was working on my own classroom plans and lessons....WOW, what a wonderful couple of years it has been. I have gained some AMAZING blogger friends and have really grown as a teacher! I'm joining one of my blogging BESTIES for an amazing way to celebrate BOTH of us passing 1,500 TeachersPayTeachers followers.


We are going to be celebrating with FIVE DAYS of FREEBIES, DAILY DEALS, and a Rafflecopter giving away a $25 Amazon Giftcard!


Today's DAILY DEAL is my Building Better Paragraphs packet! 
This stoplight method of writing includes writing activities to really get students thinking about their topic, details, and ending/conclusions!!! 




Today's new FREEBIE is all about EARTH DAY!


The rest of my daily deals and freebies will be featured on my FACEBOOK PAGE and NOT on my blog...so if you aren't following me yet, YOU SHOULD BE! 

THank you again for supporting us on our journeys!!! Please enter for that $25 Amazon Giftcard below, and then head over to my friend Tamara's blog to see what her daily deals are!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tamara's Blog




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