Friday, November 29, 2013

Want a FREEBIE? How bout 20?!?

Hey friends!
I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for that it's hard to put into words! I pray that you are just as blessed!
I am about to begin the daunting task of leveling my library but wanted to pop in before I got started!
All of us ladies over at The Primary Chalkboard are hosting a Summer in December FREEBIE Hop on our Facebook pages! That's TWENTY freebies up for grabs! And trust me, they are ALL fabulous! Whether your 1st or 2nd (or even K), you will be able to use these freebies at some point of the year!
Click on the pic to get started and then keep on hopping til you get back to my page! I know you won't be disappointed!
Also, in case you haven't heard, TpT is having their huge Cyber Monday sale on December 2nd and 3rd! So many sellers are participating and you can snag some great resources for up to 28% off! My whole store is marked down 20%, plus, don't forget to use the code to get that total of 28% off! :)
Click on the pic to check out my TpT store and get your Wishlist READY! Happy Shopping!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Take Me Back Tuesday: Vowels + Freebie

Hello Loves!
I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving break, or if you had school today, I hope you are STARTING to enjoy your Thanksgiving break! It has been wonderful to escape the realities of work and spend some much needed time with my sweet family!

We enjoyed a wonderful time at ICE! at the Gaylord Texan!
So I'm here today to link up with Hope over at 2nd Grade Shenanigans for her Take Me Back Tuesday linky! This is where we can go back to our older posts and dig them back up for those who may not have seen them yet!
I have only been blogging since March so I don't have a super huge library of posts to dig up, so I picked my MOST VIEWED post to re-showcase for any new followers of mine who may have missed it!
So here it is! Enjoy
I am excited for this post today!
I love to dance! I love to play the Kinect Dance Central games in my living room any chance I get! Dancing is fun and gets you up and moving around!
Kids love to dance too. And you know what else they love to do? Sing!
So why not take those two things and combine them with LEARNING!
I still remember the "50 Nifty United States" song that I learned in 3rd grade! I am 26 years old and can recite the entire song, with all states in alphabetical order, to this day! And let me tell you, social studies was NEVER my strongest subject because it has never really interested me. So why do I still remember that? Simple, it was a song and it was fun to learn!
I love to use music during brain breaks or while the students are working. I especially love Dr. Jean and her songs for the primary students! They are very fun and upbeat and educational!
Y'all already know that this past year I taught with Tamara from Mrs. Russell's Room and we did a LOT together and had a blast doing it! One of my FAVORITE things that we collaborated on and did together was our "I Know My Vowel Sounds" song to the tune of Gangnam Style. It was truly a 50/50 split on the effort and creativeness because we sat in my classroom for about 3 hours one Wednesday after the students left, listening to Gangnam Style over and over and over, trying to re-write the lyrics! I would come up with a line, then she would feed off that and we went back and forth until we had the song completed! Little did we know that the ELC students were in the hallway listening to us the whole time.. so of course we had to do a performance for them!
Why did we do that you ask? Why would we take 3 hours to re-write lyrics to a song?
Well, that's a very easy question to answer. We knew our students were struggling with short versus long vowels sounds and while our phonics program is wonderful, we wanted to provide them one more strategy for remembering the difference. 90% of our students had heard "Gangnam Style" on the radio. They knew the beat and the tune and they semi knew the lyrics. I mean who REALLY knows the lyrics to the original "Gangnam Style"?!?
Anyways, what better way to get students excited and involved in their learning??
We taught them the song and even choreographed a dance to go along with it. Everyday they would ask when we were practicing it.
But there was one defining moment where I really knew the song was stuck in their head and they had it as a permanent strategy. We went on a field trip and I was sitting across the aisle from two of my students and they sang that entire song from memory for the entire 30 minute bus ride home! They even mimicked the movements of the dance! I can just picture them now, taking a standardized test when they are older, singing that song to themselves if they can't remember a vowel sound!
You're probably wondering what my point is. Well, my point is this...make sure you are creating moments in your classroom where students can apply modern day things they love to their learning. It makes the connections so much more fun and real for them and they truly take ownership in learning it. Get your kids out of their seats and don't be afraid to dance and have fun with them! Use music in your teaching as much as possible!
If you are interested in HEARING the song, you can click the picture below to see Tamara and I singing it. I wish I had a more updated version as this was our FIRST run through of singing it for our class, but nonetheless, I hope you enjoy it!

And if you are feeling INSPIRED to teach this song to your class, click the picture below to get the lyrics for FREE! Yay!!!!
I also have an exciting announcement to make later today on Facebook! If you haven't "liked" my FB page yet, head on over, grab yourself some fan freebies, and find out my exciting news! :)

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Positive Reinforcement {+2 Freebies}

I'm blogging over at The Primary Chalkboard today! Stop by and check it out!
There's TWO BRAND NEW FREEBIES for you to grab while you're there! :)
And don't forget to enter the giveaway that ends soon! Click here to enter!
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mix-Match Flip Books!

Hey guys!
I have a brand new resource hot off the presses!
It's 440 pages and has 6 different versions of all 10 types of books! Great for differentiation! My kiddos did one this week and they loved it! They were super engaged and that's not normal for my group of kiddos this year! ;)
Here's a peek at what they look like. This example is the Short Vowel Flip Book.
Kids will put together their book by cutting it out and stapling. It looks complicated but is really quite easy! Students then flip through the strips to find the pictures that have the matching skill that you're working on. So for this Short Vowel pack, they would find the 2 pictures with short 'a' sounds, 2 pictures with short 'e' sounds, etc. They then label their picture and add a third example of their own! That's the 1st variation but like I said, there's 5 more types! Click on the pictures above to check it out on TpT and check out the preview! It will show you all of the different versions! Plus, full directions for all versions are included in the download along with pictures. Plus, there's a nifty tip in the directions that will help kiddos stay organized with their pages! :)
I plan on expanding this pack in the future too! :)
You can enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win it! :) Good Luck!

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Giveaway Alert!

Popping in really fast this evening!
Wanted to let you know about a giveaway I'm participating in that you should really check out!
Meg over at The Teacher's Studio is on her final day of giveaways and you can win up to $120 in prizes of YOUR choice from some awesome clip artists!
Click the pic to check it out!
Good luck!

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

1K Follower Giveaway Winners! Did you win?!?

We can't thank you enough for all you've done to support us over the last year! :)
Your sweet notes on our Facebook page, Instagram accounts & blogs keep us encouraged!
We hope that you've enjoyed this giveaway as much as we've enjoyed hosting it!
Here are our fabulous winners! :)
Thanks again for participating!!

Winners, check your email! :)

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Daina & Tamara's 1K FB Follower Giveaway - Day 6 {LAST DAY}

Well friends, we are on our LAST DAY of giveaways! Again, we truly want to thank you for your support and help in reaching this amazing milestone! We can't wait to continue sharing our adventures with you! :)
We hope you have enjoyed the last 5 days of giveaways, daily deals, and freebies! Today is the LAST DAY! Prize Rafflecopter will run for 2 days only just like all of the other ones and the giftcard one is ending soon! Don't wait, make sure you enter today!
Today's Daily Deal:
**Click the pictures to check out ALL of the themes on sale!**
*Click the pictures to download*
Product Prizes!
 Denise from Sunny Days in Second Grade is donating:
Faith from 1st Grade Fantabulous is donating:
Lisa from Growing Firsties is donating:
and her DECEMBER Common Core Crunch!
Nicole from Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade is donating:

Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win these awesome products!

Last chance to enter to win the giftcards!

And lastly, stop by Tamara's blog to see her Daily Deals and Freebies!
Thanks for joining us on our journey! Can't wait for more fun times to come!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Daina & Tamara's 1K FB Follower Giveaway - Day 5

Day 5 has arrived! Let's see what's in store for you today!
My Daily Deal:
**click the picture to head to the product**

Click here to see how to use this freebie!
Today's prizes:
Marie from The Hands-On Teacher in First is donating:
Sara from Miss V's Busy Bees is donating:
Tammy from The Resourceful Apple is donating:
Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win!
Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win the Giftcards!
Don't forget to stop by Tamara's blog to check out her Daily Deals and Freebies!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Daina & Tamara's 1K FB Follower Giveaway - Day 4

Here we are! Day 4 already?? Where has the week gone?!?
There's only 2 days left after today so make sure you are stopping by each day to enter! Product Rafflecopters are only open for TWO DAYS each so you have to enter soon after they're posted! Also, Daily Deals are only 50% off on the DAY they are posted, then they go back to regular price! We hope you are enjoying the freebies also!
My Daily Deals for Today:
**Click the picture to go to the product(s)**
**Click the picture to download**
Click here to see how I implement this freebie in my class!
 Now for the product prizes!
 Anna from Simply Skilled in Second is donating:
Katie from Queen of the First Grade Jungle is donating:
Wendy from 1st Grade Fireworks is donating:
Stacy from Funky Fresh Firsties is donating:
Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win these awesome products!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter the Rafflecopter below to win 2 awesome giftcards!
 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to visit Tamara and check out her Daily Deals and Freebies too!

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