Friday, August 29, 2014

Five For Friday: Freebies too!

Happy Friday everyone! I have had a LOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGG week...and am ready for this LONG weekend! 

Hope you had a fantastic week...thought I'd share a bit from my week with Doodle Bugs Five for Friday!

This week I introduced the 99 chart with my Firsties and this picture is one of my favorite students a cut up 99 chart (usually about 10 pieces) and asking them to put it back together. As they piece it together they have to tell me what they are looking for and how they know those numbers go together....GREAT informal assessment of place value and understanding of the 99 chart.


My class has been studying Amphibians, specifically frogs and toads for the past few weeks. This week our tadpoles arrived and so I made this FREE Tadpole Observation booklet for my students to use as we watch them transform.  CLICK the picture to go grab the freebie!

#3 class asked me "WOULD YOU KISS A FROG?"'s my answer LOL

If you are interested in a healthy lifestyle and wanna follow my weightloss journey, be sure to follow me on Instagram! As of this week I am down over 14 inches, two shirt sizes, and two pants sizes since March. I'm a work in progress and would love for you to follow me on my journey. My IG name is thehandsonteacher 

It's time for FOURTH FRIDAY FREEBIES! These are the two freebies I would like to shout out this week!
Click the pictures to go grab them!

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL holiday weekend!

Friday, August 15, 2014

What You've Been Wishing For! A BLOG HOP!

Hey Ya'll! Thanks so much for checking out our BLOG HOP! You are at stop NUMBER keep scrolling to check out my MOST wish-listed product!

My most wishlisted item is my set of Student Brag Bracelets! I get so much positive feedback on this product, which makes me SUPER HAPPY because this is a product that allows YOU to give your students some positive feedback! This WILL help you with classroom management as well as student motivation! :)  You can click the picture to check it out on TPT! :) 

You can grab 1 of the bracelets by clicking HERE

Do you want to win this product and tons of others???

Enter here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now...let's keep going! :) You get to HOP on over to Angela's blog: 
The Daily Alphabet


Sunday, August 3, 2014

August Currently and What's in my TpT WISH LIST?

Happy August Everyone! I'm linking up with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade for her monthly CURRENTLY!

MY newest music obsession has to be this guy:
 My two fave songs from Sam Smith are 1. Stay with Me and 2. I've Told You Now (If you haven't heard him yet, YOU ARE MISSING OUT!)

The rest of my currently is pretty self explanatory this time around...I think every teacher that makes it through summer break can attest to me wanting my next YESTERDAY! lol

And...for all of you that are just now going back to school, you are some lucky ducks! I'm a teacher at a modified year round school and I've been back for 3 weeks now! 

I am also linking up with Sun, Sand, and Second Grade for her fun What's in Your Cart linky party! With the big TpT Back to School sale happening this week it's the perfect time to clear out those carts!
So, here is a peak at what's in my cart...currently! It will be OUT of that cart and INTO my computer files by the end of this sale!!! :)

To see what some of my other blogger friends have in their cart, just click HERE!   There is also a GIVEAWAY happening over there, so be sure you get entered!!! :)
 Happy Shopping!

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!!!!
 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 me. BUY IT.

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 

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!!!


 I am so excited to announce that 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


Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF


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


First Grade Literacy Bundle - 74% OFF


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


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


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


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

Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF


Don't Miss It!

Sunday, July 20, 2014


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, 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 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:

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