Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pencil Cup Labels {Freebie}

During a trip to the Target dollar spot a couple weeks ago, I found these little metal tins that look like pencils!  I already own about 2379 little metal tins from Target, but how could I pass up ones that look like pencils?!  I knew they'd be PERFECT for my "sharp/please sharpen" pencils, so I snatched up a couple and made some labels.

Now I have new pencil cups for $2 plus a little time on the computer. :)

I made the labels in two shapes and two sizes, because I couldn't decide what I wanted.  Better for you... options!  I also included "dull" in case you prefer to use that.

They're available for free HERE.  I hope you can use them!

Have a great night!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Letter Sorts A-Z {Printables}!

Recognizing and identifying letters of the alphabet is such an important skill!  It opens the door for kiddos to make connections between the letters and the sounds they make.  To help all the littles {yours and mine!} practice their ABCs, I created a set of fun letter sorts!

Each sheet focuses on one letter of the alphabet, and asks students to identify and sort uppercase and lowercase letters.  The letters are written in various font types, allowing students to recognize letters and words written in fancy fonts {like in a lot of our TpT resources}!

Here is an example I started on my daughter's play mat... appropriately the letter "M" on top of a picture of a monkey :)  First, littles will cut and sort the letters.  You can even have them color the upper and lowercase letters in different colors before cutting, to help with the sorting {not shown}:

Once the letters are correctly sorted and glued, kiddos will work on letter formation by tracing and writing the upper and lowercase letters.  Last, they can color!  There's a little checklist at the top of each printable so students know what to do next.  Here is a completed copy:

Take a look at a close-up of another printable:

Letter Sorts A-Z {Printables} includes practice pages for all 26 letters of the alphabet.  You can add this pack to your files by visiting my TpT shop!  I hope you love it! :)

This resource, along with everything in my store, will be on SALE tomorrow, August 19th!  It's TpT's MORE LOVE for Back to School Sale!!  Enter code MORE15 at checkout for an additional 10% off your purchase!

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!