Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sprint Prints! April {Printables & Craftivity}

Last year I shared a picture on my Instagram of some cute chicks that we made in class:

Aren't they just adorable?!  As we were making them again this year, I realized they would be the perfect addition to my Sprint Prints! April pack!

As you know, these themed printables are great to grab in a pinch!  Fast finishers, morning work, time-fillers... however you use them, your kiddos are sure to love these activities!  Included are 15 fun printables to keep your students engaged during the month of April.

Skills covered include: addition & subtraction to 20, even/odd, ordering numbers, compound words, R-blends, punctuation, and more!

If you're interested in adding Sprint Prints! April to your monthly resources, you can find it in my TpT shop!

You can also find Sprint Prints! April in the Sprint Prints! Growing Bundle for a discount!  It currently includes November through April, and will eventually include printables and craftivities for ALL 12 months :)  If you already own the Growing Bundle, just head to your "My Purchases" tab on TpT and download the revised copy for free!

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Blog Look / Giveaway!

Happy April... 6th!  Today I am on day two of a three day Spring Break, and I am enjoying every.single.second with my gorgeous Summer girl!  She is 9 months and crawling, standing, and saying mama/dada on repeat.  I love it!!
Those little teeth!!!!

If you can tear your eyes away from my cutie {it's hard, I know!!} then you'll notice that Cupcake has a new look... and I'm so happy to share it with you!  Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs did an amazing job. She hit the nail on the head from the start, and throughout the process she was so patient with me and made all of my tiny changes without complaint.  If you're in the market for a new design, I highly recommend ABIH!


To celebrate, let's have a quick giveaway!  You can win a product of your choice from my store... up to $10.00 in value!

All you have to do is visit my little TpT shop and find the product you'd like for free.  Leave the link in the comments {along with your email!} and I'll come back tomorrow to choose the lucky winner.  You MUST leave the actual clickable link to the product and not just the name of it in your comment.  Click my pretty new button below to shop my store and get your link!

CONGRATS to #28, Jen F.!  Check your email for the Writing Center Starter Kit!! :)  BIG THANKS to everyone who entered and left such sweet comments!! :) :)

Good luck!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

St. Pat's Treasure Hunt! {Freebie}

It's Friday Eve!  Holla!  :)

I'm popping in tonight with a little freebie for St. Patrick's Day.  It's actually an oldie {but a goodie!} that I updated with new fonts and clip art.  It's a treasure hunt!

I usually tell my kiddos that a leprechaun is loose at school, and has left behind these clues to find his gold.  The clues take the kiddos around the classroom, and eventually lead to a pot of goodies!  The kids LOVE it!!

If you want to have a little St. Pat's fun with your kiddos, head on over to my TpT shop and grab your free copy!!  I hope your kiddos enjoy it!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March Bulletin Board {Tutorial} and Sprint Prints!

Today I'd like to share my completed March bulletin board with you!  I shared "part one" on my Instagram a few days ago:
I received a few questions about how I made the rainbow, so here's a quick tutorial!  All you'll need is some Scotch masking tape and rainbow streamers.

First, put a long strip of masking tape down on your work space, sticky side up.  To hold it in place, just fold the stick part down on both ends and secure it to the table:
You'll work with one streamer color at a time.  Take the streamer and stick it to the masking tape starting at one end.  Then start scrunching and sticking, scrunching and sticking-- that's the best way I can describe it!  Here's a little visual:
When you're done covering the whole strip of tape, simply cut the folded ends off... you'll be left with a flexible yet sturdy streamer.  Now it's easy to maneuver and staple it into a rainbow shape on your bulletin board!
Here's a view of the whole, completed bulletin board:
We make these little shamrocks every year.  I finally decided to make them into a little writing craftivity with a fancy font {as opposed to my bubble letters above} to share with you!  It's included in the latest edition of Sprint Prints!
There are four different prompts to choose from... Lucky Me, I Am Lucky, I Feel Lucky, and Lucky Charm.  You can choose one for your class, or an assortment!  Also included in Sprint Prints! March are various math and literacy printables:

These themed printables are great to grab in a pinch! Fast finishers, morning work, time-fillers... however you use them, your kiddos are sure to love these activities! Included are 15 fun printables to keep your students engaged during the month of March.

Skills covered include:  ten frames, plus ten, fact families, skip counting, CVCe words, digraphs, syllables, and more!

If you're interested in adding Sprint Prints! March to your monthly resources, you can find it in my TpT shop!

You can also find Sprint Prints! March in the Sprint Prints! Growing Bundle for a discount!

The Growing Bundle currently includes the months of November, December, January, February, and March... but will eventually include printables and craftivities for ALL 12 months!  It's priced to SAVE, too!  If you already own the Growing Bundle, just go into "My Purchases" on TpT and download the revised copy for free!

Want to win a copy?  Stop by my Facebook page!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Silly McGilly Giveaway!!

Meet Silly McGilly, the newest way to bring fun, excitement and learning to your classroom during the month of March!  

Silly McGilly is a friendly leprechaun who loves visiting classrooms to play fun little tricks on children throughout the St. Patrick's Day season.  Isn't he too cute?!

Here’s how Silly McGilly’s magic works:  read his story, then place his doll in the window on the night your classroom is ready for a trick to be played.   This is the invitation for the “real” Silly McGilly to come and visit you.  The next morning, your students will delight in seeing what shenanigans Silly McGilly has been up to while they were home!

The magic of Silly McGilly is as limitless as your imagination!!  And just in case your imagination runs into a roadblock, the website offers tons of fun tricks to play at home or in the classroom!

You can purchase your own copy of Silly McGilly HERE... or you can enter to WIN a copy using the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Writing Topic Cards and a Sale!

"But teacher, I don't know what to write about!"

How many times a day do you hear that?!  For me, at least 23 times... the same number of students in my class ;)  It can certainly make any writing period frustrating, for both me and my littles.  So, I knew I had to come up with something!
And then the lightbulb went off... Writing topic cards!  With word banks!  Once I got started, I just couldn't stop.  I created over 100 topic cards across 11 categories {myself, people, places, animals, snacks, sports, travel/transportation, holidays, make-believe, school, and seasons & weather}.
Here's a look at one of the topics under the "Seasons & Weather" category:
I designed the cards so that they could be easily organized on binder rings.  I included tiny circles in the template so when you punch, the holes will all be even! ;)  The category title cards also have little tabs so you can quickly flip around.  ALL of the cards fit on jumbo binder rings {as seen in the photos above}, but if you want to make smaller sets...
...just separate them on mini binder rings!  I snipped off the tabs for the individual sets, but you could certainly leave them on!  Another look at six of the sets in my writing center:
If they pick a different card each day, my firsties can write about something NEW for over 100 DAYS!  What?!!  So far, my kiddos are *LOVING* it... and so am I!!!!  
And here's another fun look at my writing center!
Of course I had to share the love with my fellow teachers!  I bundled all of the cards together in one set for your classroom!  Writing Topic Cards {PLUS Vocab}!

You can learn even more about this set by downloading the preview from my TpT shop!  I hope you LOVE, love, love this pack as much as I do!!!

Want to grab Writing Topic Cards {Plus Vocab}! on SALE?

My entire shop will be on sale on Wednesday, February 25th!  Save 20%, PLUS an additional 10% using the promo code HEROES.  That's a total of 28% off!!  Can't beat that ;)  Go and fill up your carts...

Happy Shopping!!!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine Gift Ideas! {Coworkers, Students, Parents}

Valentine's Day came a day early in first grade!  It was a crazy, sugar-filled Friday {the 13th, no less!}, but a great start to my WEEK OFF. :) :)  I wanted to stop in and share a few ideas for Valentine goodies... you can put them in your pocket for next year!!

Backtracking for a sec, my teacher girls and I decided at our Secret Santa exchange that we needed a "Secret Something" exchange for every month of the school year.  Just a *little* surprise gift, because we like surprises.  And gifts.  So, we drew months out of a hat and set a buying limit of $40 {which is $5 per person}.  I drew February, which was my first choice!!

Fast forward to last night when this Secret Valentine finally decided to put her gifts together...!  I bought 8 EOS lip balms and whipped up some gift tags.  Voila!
To place the EOS in the card, I used a 1.5" circle punch to make a hole.  Then I opened each balm, sandwiched the card between the top and bottom, and screwed it shut.  Don't worry, I'm a germaphobe and washed my hands thoroughly! ;)  Easy as pie!!

For my student gifts, I picked up some bubble rings from Walmart and stuck them to a little card using glue dots:
Nothin' too fancy {that's what happens when you make the tags at midnight the night before}, but the kiddos loved them!

And last but not least, another last minute idea!  We made gifts for our parents:
They are as simple as they look:  two hearts glued together, two handprints in two colors.  Quick, easy, and certainly a keepsake! :)

I hope you can pin these ideas and use them sometime!  Have a WONDERFUL Valentine's Day, Cupcakes!  I can't wait to share the day with my little love bug!  XoXo!