Monday, August 3, 2015

LOVE Back to School Must-Haves!

By now it's no secret that there's a HUGE site-wide SALE going on at TpT!  I thought I'd highlight some of my *favorite* Cupcake B2S products before I head to fill up my cart!  Everything you'll see below {AND MORE} will be on SALE Monday, August 3rd and Tuesday, August 4th!  Enter code BTS15 at checkout to save an additional 10% off your purchase!

I hope you've seen something you can use in your classroom!! Happy Shopping!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Word Family Slide & Find for Short Vowels!!

Happy Thursday, Cupcakes!  I am so excited to be stopping in with a NEW PRODUCT!!  With a little one, it takes me a *bit* longer to finish something.  But hey, it all gets done, and I get baby snuggles, too! ;)

I created a set of practice sheets to help kiddos practice and master word families!  The pack is called Word Family Slide & Find for Short Vowels!!  You might have seen a little "teaser" on your Instagram feed a few days ago...

Each page includes a cute slider which kiddos will use to create 8 new words, plus a word search with all 8 words hidden inside!  On the bottom of the page, there is space for your students to use one of the family words in a sentence.

Here is an example of one in use {by me... I need to practice my word families, too!}.

There are 31 short vowel word families covered in all:
short a: -ab, -ack, -ad, -ag, -am, -an, -and, -ap, -at
short e: -ed, -ell, -en, -ent, -est, -et
short i: -ick, -ig, -in, -ip, -it
short o: -ob, -ock, -og, -op, -ot
short u: -ub, -uck, -ug, -um, -un, -ut

These printables are fun, engaging, and sure to be a hit among your students!  They are great for whole group, small group, or independent practice!

I'm also working on a set for long vowel word families!

If you're interested in grabbing Word Family Slide & Find for Short Vowels, head on over to my TpT shop!  They will be on sale until Midnight EST!  I hope you love them!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Scent-sational Birthday! {Featuring Astrobrights #25DaysofColor}

We've known each other a while now, so I think it's *quite obvious* that I LOVE color.  Not only does color just make everything better, color actually makes LEARNING a more fun and impactful experience.  Using color paper can add creativity to everything in the classroom.  You can't beat that, right?!

Astrobrights is celebrating color in a big way this summer.  Their #25DaysofColor campaign began in early July, and is led by familiar teacher-bloggers!  For 25 days, Astrobrights Papers will feature a project using a different color of its paper, providing ideas and inspiration on how to #ColorizeYourClassroom.  This is a great opportunity for teachers to discover new and colorful ideas for the upcoming year!

As part of the #25DaysofColor team, I've been given three HERO colors to feature.  Today's inspiration is brought to you by Venus Violet!
I'm always looking for quick and easy gifts to give my firsties on their birthdays.  This year, I had the SCENT-sational idea to give them Smencils!!
I was able to find Happy Birthday Smencils which are Birthday Cake scented... perfect, right?!  You could also use other smelly gifts like Scentos, Scent-sibles, or Snifty Pencils!

I whipped up a cute gift tag to attach, using the "SCENT-sational" pun... teachers love a good pun!

Then I backed the circle tags with squares of Venus Violet and attached them to the Smencils using tiny rubber bands (Rainbow Loom, ha!) to complete the PERFECT birthday gift for my firsties this year!
I love how the Venus Violet allows the colors on the tag to really POP.  It's the perfect background color!!

 I just KNOW that my kiddos are going to love receiving these pencils on their special day!!  Grab your freebie SCENT-sational tags HERE!

 Be sure to watch my Facebook and Instagram accounts for ideas using my other HERO colors over the next couple days!  And for more ideas on how to Colorize Your Classroom, be sure to follow #25DaysofColor, Astrobrights Papers social feeds {Facebook and Instagram} and visit  You can also head to the Astrobrights Tumblr page for even more ideas!

Post your own project using Astrobrights Papers with the hashtags #25DaysofColor and #ColorizeYourClassroom for a chance to be featured as the Colorize Your Classroom project of the week!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Capture Summer Memories! {Giveaway!}

I'm joining some friends to bring you a HUGE giveaway that you won't want to miss!!
YA, I told you it was HUGE!!

Let's start with the camera... a Canon DSLR T5.  I have a Nikon, but I've heard *great* things about this camera and how crisp the pictures are!!

Then there's this awesome bonus... a 50mm 1.4 lens.  Want that cool blurred effect?  This is the lens that does it!!
And last but not least... a Jo Totes Camera Bag.  This bag is so roomy, and the color?  Gorgeous!
If I wasn't co-hosting this giveaway, I'd most certainly be entering!!! So, what are you waiting for?!  Just use the Rafflecopter below before June 28th for your chance to WIN!  Good luck!
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Behavior Calendars 2015-2016 {Makeover Madness!}

I'm excited to join in on the #TpTSellersChallenge!  It's just the kick in the *ahem* butt that I need to get motivated!  This week's challenge was to revamp a product or a product's cover.   Well, I kind of did both!

Each year I update my behavior calendars {editable and non-editable} for the coming school year.  I updated the actual calendars a few weeks ago, but I was lazy and left the same old, plain covers.  Then along came Makeover Madness!  Take a look at the update:

 Oh my gosh, SO much better!  The colors and fonts are so much more eye-catching {my husband said the old covers looked like "Christmas"}, and I love the addition of the girl! She is from the "Good Choices" pack by Whimsy Clips-- how perfect for a behavior calendar cover?!

Here are some close-ups of the new covers, as well as sample calendars:
The calendars are still the same design that you love, but of course the dates are updated for the 15-16 school year!  In the EDITABLE version above, you can type in whatever you want, wherever you want-- just add a text box!  Some great ideas are behavior codes, reminders, holidays, special events, and days off.

There is also a NON-EDITABLE version with the behavior codes I use already included:
Whichever version you choose, these calendars are really awesome for parent-teacher communication.  I've been using them in my classroom for YEARS, and they make daily communication quick and easy!  And the best part: parents are not only informed of poor behavior.  Kiddos color the calendars EVERYDAY, so if they clipped UP a clip chart, the calendar will show that, too!

Now that you've seen my makeover... as part of the challenge, I am also offering a 20% discount on both sets {editable and non-editable} through Sunday!  And remember, if you already OWN one of the packs, you can DL the updates for FREE! :)

It's not too late to join in on the challenge!  Head here for more information!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

#Colorize with Astrobrights! Rainbow to 10!

One of my favorite quotes declares, "Be the most brilliant color in the box!" ...But if you're talking about a box of ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers, it would be SO hard to choose which one! 

{Okay, twist my arm... just call me Fireball Fuchsia!}
When I opened up this box of vibrant, colorful goodness {courtesy of ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers}, I almost literally drooled.  Come on, I know you teachers feel me!!  There's just something about crisp, never touched, straight out of the package paper that gives me chills.  And add to that the BRIGHTNESS.  Oh, the possibilities!!!

Aside from the sheer beauty of it, COLOR in the classroom actually accelerates learning and facilitates retention.  I would not enjoy spending six hours a day in a classroom void of color.  Would you??!  And that's why I'm joining ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers to show how I use color as a learning tool.
The ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers are not only bright and cheerful, but they are great quality too; the weight is not as thin as regular paper, but not as thick as card stock... making projects durable yet easy to cut!  I ran them through my printer with ease, and was able to trim my pieces to perfection without straining my cutting hand. :)

For my project, I decided to play off an idea you might have seen on my blog before: Rainbow to 10.  It's a tool I use in math to help my kiddos remember all the ways to get to ten!  I whipped up a little craftivity to go with the concept.  Then, I picked out the perfect colors to make my rainbow:  Re-Entry Red, Cosmic Orange, Solar Yellow, Martian Green, Lunar Blue, and Venus Violet {pictured above}.
Voila!  A seriously vibrant Rainbow to 10!  Kiddos just have to follow the rainbow to make ten.  For example, if they follow the yellow, they'll see that 2 and 8 makes ten {and vice versa}.  The craft is also compact enough to keep in a desk or take-home folder, so kiddos can grab it when they need a little help!

Rainbow to 10 {a Craftivity} is now up in my TpT shop!

To further help reinforce the concept, I created a FREEBIE mini poster and practice sheet:

I also made an anchor chart to keep displayed in the classroom.  Forgive the old picture... it's so 2013:

I can't wait to work on this with my firsties!  We are currently practicing addition and subtraction to 40, and it's becoming quite apparent that we need a making 10 refresher course.  This will be perfect!  I hope you'll find one, or ALL, of these ideas useful in your classroom, too!  The rainbows are sure to be a hit with your students... I know my kiddos will LOVE them!

Now I'm off to find other fun uses for my new stock of ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers!!  Tell me, how would you use it?!  For some fun inspiration and ideas to COLORIZE your life, head to!