Friday, July 12, 2013

Favorite Pins Friday + WINNERS!!!

Happy Friday Friends!,
I just got a harsh reality check this week...I go back to school in a month?!?! Say WHAT?!?! I don't know what it is about this summer, but it's FLYING by fast. I haven't ordered anything for the new school year yet and I have to still work on planning for my maternity leave! Stop the craziness puh-lease!!
Well I'm stopping by today to share some more of my favorite pins for the Favorite Pins Friday linky party with Cara at The First Grade Parade!

1. Birthday Treat Cups
This is by far my favorite pin this week. I pinned this from Elizabeth Supan and I nearly jumped for joy when I saw it!! I have been looking to do something different than the traditional birthday bags. How stinkin' cute are these?!?!?
Easiest school birthday treat ever! Fill the cup with candy, add the gift shred for "whipped cream", punch a hole in the lid for the pencil "straw" and add the "cherry" through the large hole already in the lid. Add a label, stickers, etc. to decorate as you wish!
Of course I am going to make different tags for these cups, but I CANNOT wait to make these!!! It has candy in it, shredded paper for the "whipped cream" effect and a red tootsie roll pop for the cherry effect! LOVE!!
2. Math Journals
The back to school sale madness is ON!! I am fully in shopping mode! I bought 10 black and white composition books at Walmart to get cut in half, because I saw this awesome math journaling idea from Living, Laughing, and Loving that I want to try this year!
Math Notebooking Journals
3. Phonics Notebooks
I am learning more about interactive notebooking lately and I love this phonics notebook that I pinned!!
I definitely want to do something of a similar format for my firsties!! What a better way to go over word families? :-)
4. Pirate Fun!
Every year for our Meet the Teacher, I like to go all out and make my new students feel excited and welcome in our classroom. I send them a pirate welcome postcard in the mail and I always give them a pirate goody bag full of loot when they come in and I thought that it would be fun to add these into the mix! I repined these from A Kindergarten Life for Me.
How adorable are these?!?!?!
5. Organization Station
I am desperate to be organized this year, especially with a 2 month maternity leave. This will be our 2nd year in 1st grade that we are implementing the Common Core State Standards. I love this pin for organizing activities based on each standard! A flip of a page and there are your resources...VOILA!Each divider/tab is a different Common Core Standard. Put printables in sheet projectors and pop it into the right section/standard in the binder. Who knew that the 26 tabs from Avery would be a PERFECT fit?
This idea is from Common Core Galore and More.
6. A great reminder...
As we all get ready in the next few weeks or months to go back to school, I stumbled across this pin that I wanted to share...
This is so true! Even with all of the stress and unappreciation that teachers put up with on a day to day basis, I still feel like there isn't anything else I am meant to do, but TEACH! I still have that passion that I did when I first started. I just love this career!!
Now to announce the winners of my "Write Like a Rockstar" giveaway.....
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Congratulations ladies! I already sent the packets your way!! I also announced 2 additional winners on my FB page!! Do you follow me on Facebook?!? If not, click HERE. If you would like to take a closer look at it, click on the picture to check it out in my TPT store!
I have another giveaway of an awesome product that I am finishing up very soon that you can enter to win here and on my FB page for extra chances. You won't want to miss it!! 
Have a fantastic Friday!!,


  1. What a great idea for math journals. This was a very informative post! Happy weekend!

  2. I feel your pain- I go back in a month too!! Where is this summer going? :) Love that interactive notebook!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. Yay!! I am so excited to win!! Thank you so much! I can't wait to use it this year!!


  4. LOVE that birthday cup pin!!! And, of course, the pirate cupcakes are to DIE for! :) Since I wasn't a lucky winner, I'm heading over to snack that amazing handwriting pack right now!!!

    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  5. Hi Lisa,
    I love those cupcakes! I just wanted to let you know I emailed you about the prize you shared in my giveaway. I guess the first email I sent out--I typed the winner's email wrong. Anyway, I just wanted to make sure you got the email with her correct info.
    Thanks again for sharing in my giveaway,
    Tales of a First Grade Teacher

  6. I cut some composition journals in half last year and it was SO worth it! It gives the little ones a more reasonable page to write on. A whole page can be overwhelming!
    Just a hint: I went to Home Depot/Lowes and they wouldn't cut them for me... but at Office Depot the Copy Center is completely capable. :) They charge per cut so ask them to do as many books as possible with one cut.

    Thanks for sharing. I'd love for you to check out my blog!

    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)

  7. I love the math notebooks idea! I never thought about cutting notebooks in half. Thanks for sharing :)
    Three Cheers for First Grade!

  8. Lisa, I love the pirate idea! Sorry that I missed your last giveaway. Maybe I'll catch the next one. :)

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight

  9. Hey Lisa,
    I'm headed your way on Orlando and Daytona. I go back in about a month too. Everything looks great, your kids are so lucky to have you.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After