Monday, July 28, 2014

Finally on the Ball- Monday Made It plus FREEBIES!

Happy Motherload of Monday Made Its!!!
 
Ok I have a confession to make...I have totally been a SLACKER this summer! :(
Then I had a panic attack this past week! I only have 2 weeks until school is back. Oh boy!
So be prepared for the motherload of Monday Made Its that I am about to bring your way. I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics!

 Keep on reading though, because I have some freebies that are headed your way!
First off, I have been working on classroom décor packs for my friends and myself. I am changing after 5 years of doing a pirate theme to doing a rock star theme. I am so STINKIN' excited!
I created this *editable* rock star themed pack!
 
Here are a few examples of what I included:
 
I made this editable sign for my classroom door!
I also created my alphabet line...
I had to have some rock star subway art, so I created these inspirational quotes from famous musicians! I found the frames at IKEA for $1.99 each. They are plastic instead of glass which is perfect for those little classroom accidents!
 
You can find this & more right HERE!
 
I also created some *editable* jungle themed décor for my friend!
 
There is so much that it includes! 170 pages of décor! Here's a sneak peek:
 
 
You can see more details about this editable décor pack HERE
 
Then I did some more creating for my classroom! My colors are pink, black, and white zebra stripes this year. I had the hardest time finding pink caddies this year, when one day...VOILA! There they were at my most favorite store...Target!! :) I created the tags and got some zebra ribbon at Hobby Lobby (another favorite of mine). I wrapped it around the caddy and hot glued it in spots. This is how they came out!
 
Next up, I worked on table signs for each of my tables. I also found these plastic frames at IKEA (no glass involved ;)) They came in a 2 pack for .99 cents each. You can't beat that price!
Here are the table signs if you are interested in using them. Click HERE for your freebie!!
 
Next up I bought some Pop Rocks and created a tag that says, "First Grade is Going To Rock!". I also made tags for Pre-K through 5th. This is what the final product looks like:
 
 
I would like to share this freebie with you!! Click on the picture below to download this for free!
 
 
 Right now, I feel like I'm on a long car ride asking, "Are we there yet?" We are finally nearing the end of this post. There is one more item I created. The new school that I am starting at is big into Reading Counts. I created a Reading Counts clip chart in my theme to track the number of points that my students are earning. As they get to the next level, there will be special prizes that they can earn! I'm excited to implement this!
 Well that's about all I have for you today!! I feel like I accomplished a lot this week, and I have much more to work on for next week!! See you around friends!!
 
 


Friday, July 25, 2014

It's a Florida Blog Hop!!!!


Welcome to the Sunshine State! Enjoy yourself as you take a tour around our wonderful {and large!} state! Grab some freebies along the way, and be sure to enter to win our Bundles of Sunshine!

I have lived in the Sunshine State since I was 5 years old. I am originally from New Jersey. When I try to tell people that, my husband just laughs & says "You're from Florida!" And I am proud to be a Floridian. I grew up in Deltona which is the next town over from where I live now. I went to college up in Tallahassee, FL at Florida State University! Go 'Noles!
After college, I returned home & got married. About 3 years ago, we moved to Debary which is the next town over from where I grew up. It has that hometown feel. It is a small, very established town.

Debary has a history that goes back into the 1800s when the Timacuan Indians lived here. In 1871, a wealthy wine merchant named Samuel Frederick deBary built what is now known as Debary Hall, which is a 20 room mansion that still stands today. It housed several visitors including Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleveland.

 
Debary is on the famous St. Johns River so there is a lot of boating around here!
 
We are about 30 minutes from Daytona Beach and Orlando, which means I spend a lot of time on the World's Famous Beach and with Mickey Mouse. The weather is ultra hot in the summer, but most years our winter is very mild (except for last year when we were all freezing in the United States!) We are usually able to enjoy our beaches by March!


This weekend, we have freebies for you to enjoy! Stop by each of our blogs for an activity or idea to use in your classroom. To grab my freebie just click the image below!
 
 
This freebie is perfect for beginning first graders and your high kindergarteners. It is called Cut It, Sort It, Glue It: Short A Edition. Click on the picture to download it. Also, check out my Making Words Mega Pack: Word Building for the Entire Year. This pack is all no-prep! Just print it, set it, and forget it! Your students will have the pattern of Making Words down pat in no time! It will be on sale all weekend in my TPT store. Click on the picture to take you there!
 


The Florida teachers below have two fantastic giveaways for you! You can enter once from each one of our pages. All you have to do is follow my blog! Hop around to all the blogs listed below, and be sure to follow them to get more entries. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Each pack also includes a Starbucks gift card (because, well, a teacher's gotta have a coffee!).


Come find out more about the beautiful state of Florida by reading about these other sweet teachers!
 


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January Currently, Sale, and MLK Giveaway/Freebie!!

Wow! Happy New Year Friends!,
 
It's hard to believe another year has come and gone! 2013 was an amazing year for me & is going to be a hard year to beat, but I'm ready to tackle 2014 head on.
Well since it's the first of the month, it's time for Currently with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade. Here's what I'm up to Currently!
 
Listening...that's pretty self explanatory!!
Loving...I am just so blessed to have my 2 girls! They are my world. I am so grateful that God has blessed me with them!
Thinking... a few of my blogger friends & I have something big in the works. We are still working on it, but I am so excited to be a part of it!! I can't wait to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak!
Wanting...I just started watching Scandal a few nights ago on Netflix! O.M.G! I flew through season 1 already & I can't wait to start on season 2. I was instantly addicted! Who here watches Scandal?
Needing...Another week of Winter Break! I have enjoyed having this winter break off so much. No stress, time to work on creating...it's fabulous!
My favorite memory... Both of my daughters' first Christmas. My little baby Reagan just celebrated her first Christmas this year. Here is a picture of my girls!:
 
Also, to ring in the New Year, I'm throwing a sale today & tomorrow in my TPT store as we all prepare to go back to school next week (sigh!)
 
Click on the picture to take a peek!
 
Also if you don't follow my Facebook page, I am having giveaways on January/February products all week long! Click HERE to follow my FB page if you don't already!!
 
Speaking of prepping for school, I just created my "Our Friend Martin" unit for January! I am so stoked about this unit. I can't wait to use it with my class!!
 
It includes:
*A colorful class reader that you can use on your projector.
*A black and white reader for your students to color & keep.
*Several graphic organizers (KWL, Circle, Tree Map) with writing extension.
*Fair or Not Fair cut & paste sort
*Keeping the Peace pocket chart sort
*Martin Luther King Jr. 3-2-1 accordion book to make & take
*Varied "I Have a Dream" writing sheets
*The Importance of Martin Luther King Jr. writing response
*Rainbow of Character craftivity & writing
*I Can Change the World bus craftivity & writing
 
Here is a little freebie writing from the unit: 
 
 
I am giving away 2 copies of this unit! Leave me a comment of one word that you would like to focus on for yourself this new year. My word is strength! Don't forget to leave your email!! :-) I will pick a winner tomorrow!!
 


Monday, December 30, 2013

Teaching Blog, Instagram, and New Year goals linky parties: The motherload!

Happy Winter Break folks!,
 
I am taking the time in this post to make up for lost time. I don't like making New Years Resolutions, but if I'm to make one, it's to BLOG MORE!
I used to be so good at blogging. I would blog everyday, then life hit me & a baby later plus more demands in teaching= lack of time!
So today, I'm linking up with a few linkies from instagram & my 2014 goals at First Grade Nest.
 First up is the instagram linky party from Kickin' It in Kindergarten.
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*If you don't follow me on instagram yet, my username is @learningissomethingtotreasure. I would love for you to follow along!
I'm kinda (okay maybe EXTREMELY) obsessed with instagram. It involves one of my favorite hobbies: picture taking!
Okay here it goes:
 
3. This is the most popular picture that I posted on Instagram. These are the birthday cups that I made at the beginning of the year for my students. As you see, they look like ice cream floats! :)
My students absolutely love receiving these on their birthdays. I definitely plan on making these again next year!
 
Next up...
 

2. I love posting quotes & sayings and when I stumbled across this, I knew I had to post it! With all we go through with teaching, this describes our career perfectly. Although it is tough at times, I am sure many of us wouldn't trade it for the world. Teaching is filled with the most passionate professionals that I know, which inspires me to be the best that I can be!
 
And finally...

 
This is our first official family portrait. It is impossible to get my husband to take pictures, so I was so excited when I was finally able to convince him to do it! This is always a picture that I will treasure!!
 
Don't forget to follow me on Instagram as we make more photographic memories: @learningissomethingtotreasure
 
Next up is always a goodie... my goals for 2014. This linky party is from Jessica at First Grade Nest!
 
 
 
1. I have started juicing as of 5 days ago. My Christmas present to myself was to buy a juicer. My years of bad eating have caught up to me & now I'm having some health issues due to this. Now my goal is to make myself healthier again.
 
2. Folks, I admit it...I've been a bad blogger. Having a baby this year consumed my time. Now I'm starting to renew that spark that blogging & TPT creating has brought to my life. My goal is to blog 2-3 times a week, so I am not making an unreasonable goal.
 
3. I also want to be better prepared each day. I am bad about prepping everything last minute. I want to try to prepare everything for school the week before so I'm not running around like crazy the day of.
 
4. Avoid people that bring me down! Unfortunately there are some negative, hateful people out there. Sometimes you don't have to do anything to make them resent you. Unfortunately there are 1 or 2 out there that are like that toward me. I have come to the realization that there is not anything I can do to make them like me, so oh well. There's no sense in beating myself up to figure out how these people will like me. I am who I am & I love myself for who I am!
 
5. Maximize my family time! I want to spend more time enjoying activities with my kids and just having fun being the best mom I can be to them!
 
Thanks to Jessica for this great linky!
 
One more thing...looking for more blogs to follow. Check out this linky from Simply Kinder!!
 
 
There are so many new bloggers out there every time I turn around. Check out this linky for some new blogs to follow!!
 
Wow this was a long one!! I'll see you soon! 
 


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Currently December, Holidays Interactive Notebook Winner, and CYBER SALE!!

Happy December 1st Sweet Friends!,
 
What?!?! December 1st already?!? Where did the year go? I can't believe how busy life has been lately. Since it's December already, here is my Currently from Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade!
 
I am loving that the Christmas season is upon us! I went out Black Friday shopping Thursday night and Friday morning to kick off the season. It gets me in the Christmas spirit (not the pushing, fighting, or meanness of people), just the shopping!
 
We had our first family portraits done last night!! I am so excited to share one with you. This is our first picture since the baby was born!

Changing gears, I need to announce a winner of my Holidays Around the World Interactive Student Notebook!!
 
I did the random # generator & it was #9!!!
The winner is....Tina from Crofts' Classroom!!! Tina, I will be emailing you the pack shortly!! If you are interested in this pack, click on the picture above & check it out in-depth in my TPT store!
 
Lastly, I am sure that you have heard about the awesome Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale at TPT!!!
 
Come & fill your sack with some of these goodies:
 
 
Click on the pictures above to take a look at my TPT store!!
 
 
Have a wonderful week!,
 

 


Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Bonanza SALE + Holidays Around The World Interactive Notebook GIVEAWAY!

Good Morning Sweet Friends,
 
I hope you & your loved ones had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! I wanted to stop by & tell you about a few things that I've had in the works!! First, I am having the biggest sale of the year in my TPT store!!
 
In the spirit of my most favorite shopping day of the year, I am having a Black Friday Bonanza in my TPT store. 40% off all Christmas/Winter themed products!! The catch is that it's TODAY only, so don't miss out. Head over to my store HERE!!
I also wanted to share with you my newest creation: Holidays Around the World Interactive Student Notebook.
 
This pack includes a table of contents, ticket, passport with stamps, an interactive information sheet for 15 countries, as well as a foldable of information for each country to make learning more effective. Here are some pictures of it in action:
 
                   
 
 
 
I am SO excited to use this with my students when I get back from maternity leave in a week!! It's a great keepsake for them to have to remember the different traditions around the world. It's marked 40% off at my TPT store for the Black Friday Bonanza today only, so click HERE to check it out!
Alright folks, here's the deal:
Leave a comment below & tell me your favorite thing about Christmas and I will pick a winner to send this pack to tomorrow morning! Don't forget to leave your email address with your comment!
 
Well I'm off to go out for round 2 of Black Friday shopping!! Have a great day!!