Friday, November 30, 2012

Tomorrow's the BIG Day!!

Don't forget to stop by here tomorrow!!!

12 days of giveaways with some awesome must have holiday products from your favorite bloggers...12 days of freebies...You DON'T want to miss this!! There will be products given away for primary and intermediate grades throughout.

Tomorrow's giveaway will have prizes from...


and myself! :)

See you tomorrow friends!! :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cyber Deals + Upcoming GIVEAWAY Scoop You Don't Want To Miss!!

Happy Thursday...(almost FRIDAY) friends!,

I hope you have had a fabulous week!! I think...if possible...that I am officially SHOPPED OUT! Thank you for all of your support during the Cyber Monday + Tuesday sale!! I was also so excited to add some new editions to my collection. :)
I just stumbled upon this great Cyber Deals linky by sweet Stephanie from Falling Into First.


from Blog Hoppin'!

Here are some of my newest editions to my collection:
I just adored Katie's Busy Teacher's Best Friend: Thanksgiving Edition from Queen of the First Grade Jungle. I couldn't wait to get my hands on her newest Busy Teacher's Best Friend: Christmas Edition!

Find it HERE!

Last year I bought & used Rachelle's Holidays Around the World Pack from What the Teacher Wants & was elated to see that she came out with Holidays Around the World Part 2!

Find it HERE!

Next, I just ADORE Teri's craftivities from A Cupcake For The Teacher so much that I just can't stand it!! I snatched up her cute Reindeer Games Craftivity!!

Find it HERE!

Next, I was looking for some great writing ideas to get my firsties in gear! I couldn't resist Susan's packet from T.G.I.F:

Find it HERE

Now, for my newest obsession...clip art! I totally broke the bank and stocked up on oodles of clip art including the following from the amazingly talented Ashley Hughes:





Click HERE for Ashley's store!

Now that we're broke from all of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness, let's talk GIVEAWAY!!

A BIG heads up for a BIG giveaway coming from me and some awesome bloggers. 12 days of  Christmas giveaways in fact, beginning this Saturday December 1st!!! Stop on by each day for a chance to win some fabulous Christmas/Holiday themed items from some amazing bloggers that I have teamed up with. You won't want to miss it, I promise! I don't know about you, but I am SUPER excited!! :)

Happy (almost) Friday!,

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Shout Outs + SALE time!!

Happy Sunday Friends,

I hope each & every one of you had a great weekend!! Hang on--this is a long post, but full of good stuff! I spent most of my weekend making some new Teachers Pay Teachers creations. Check out my newest pack!!...The biggest one to's called Sensational Snowmen and it is 133 pages of Common Core Literacy & Math Fun!

I also just finished my Christmas Fun With Mooseltoe Unit & Craftivity! This is one of my favorite Christmas read alouds, so I couldn't wait to put this pack together!!

Click on the pictures to go to these items in my TPT store!! 

Okay, since tomorrow is the BIG Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday Sale, I wanted to give some shout outs for some of my fellow blogger friends & their cute creations. Have you filled your cart yet? Mine is well on it's way to maxing out! If you need some ideas, please see below:

Greg from Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten is the King of Cuteness right now. Have you seen his new Gingerbread Unit??

It is so amazing & full of wonderful math & literacy activities!! You must check it out by clicking HERE!

And Greg hasn't stopped there...he also made a Holly Jolly Christmas unit that is absolutely AMAZING!!

I can't wait to get my hands on these. Click HERE to check it out!

Next, I found some great items from Sally over at Elementary Matters that my students will benefit from greatly!! I love this Holiday Fluency Pack...
This will help my students tremendously!! Click HERE to see this!

She also has a great nouns and possessive's pack that you can see HERE!! 

Next up is Valerie from All Students Can Shine! She has the most adorable craftivities. I shrieked when I saw this bundle of cuteness!
See it HERE!!

You also must check out her...
This looks absolutely amazing... perfect for your struggling students too~find it HERE!

For something non-holiday related, Leslie from The Groovy Teacher has this MEGA Math pack with every skill you can imagine to practice for 200 days. I can't wait to grab this up!!
See it right HERE!!

She also has a Problem a Day pack for the first 100 days that you can see HERE!

I hope you aren't tired yet, because I have some more goodies to shout out!
Last is Lynda from Curls and a Smile. She has some adorable items in her TPT store, including...

These awesome poetry activities based on the Gingerbread Man stories. I always like to incorporate poetry in my curriculum whenever possible. Check it out HERE!
Also, she has something that is perfect for this week!!

We are working on personal narrative writing all of the time in my class, so I can't wait to see this. Click HERE to take a peek!

Well that's about all for now. Don't forget the BIG Cyber Monday + Tuesday sale tomorrow. My TPT store will be 20% off, plus an extra 8% off when you type in the code CMT 12.
You can scoop up some goodies, including:

Here is the link to my TPT store if you want to take a looksie:

Happy Shopping!! :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fabulous Blogger Friday Featuring Jessica from Tales of A First Grade Teacher

Happy Friday Friends,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! I know we all have so much to be thankful for & it is nice to take a moment and remember our blessings! I had a wonderful day with my family and it was truly special.
Last night--after I stuffed my belly full of turkey--I hit the crowds for Black Friday shopping! I got most of my Christmas shopping done!! I was out from 8:00 last night until 7:00 this morning. Needless to say, I have spent most of the day lounging around and sleeping. How many of you went out Black Friday shopping?? Did you get some great deals?
Today I am featuring a super sweet blogger! Please meet...

  Jessica Berggren 

Tales of a First Grade Teacher. 

Jessica with her family! 

Grade or Subject You Teach?  
First Grade (this is my 15th year teaching)

What inspired you to become a teacher? 

As a kid, I was the child who wanted to play with the babies, play school when my friends came over and I even wanted to pretend grade book like my teachers.  My elementary school experience was wonderful. I had so many amazing teachers, that it made me want to be like them. My college Reading Professor, Dr. Anita Voelker, was the most amazing mentor. She taught us, modeled for us and showed me what Good Teaching looks like everyday.

Describe your teaching "personality":
  I love making my kids think.  My college professor taught us "Don't be the sage on the stage, be the guide on the side". I love letting them construct their ideas and build from there, I never underestimate them.  I always make my expectations known to them, {this is what we are going to do..., this is what you are going to learn...} because I know they will strive to reach it. I received my Master's Degree in Math, science and Technology for Elementary Education--which taught me to integrate the disciplines (even literacy) and allow kids to use their hands to design and build actual projects with their knowledge.

What is your favorite subject to teach?
  Ha!, I laugh because I love them all, but I guess I have to choose.  I guess it would be writing, because I model, but the outcome is always the creativity of the child.  I lead them, but what they write--they own!

What made you decide to begin blogging?
  I honestly had no idea how big the blogging world was until this past March. A friend of mine told me about TpT.  When I started surfing around I found all these blogs with great ideas.  My initial thought was "I can do that"  It took a long time for me to figure out all the technical things, I am a work in progress.  I love making my own documents with my ideas and sharing them with other people.  It was a great decision, I've "met" a lot of great teachers with amazing and creative ideas.

If you could give one piece of advice to your fellow teachers & bloggers, what would it be? 
    Be patient, ask questions--There are a lot of wonderful bloggers out there    
    who will help you--(like you lisa) be honest, be yourself--don't try to be 
    something your not--That goes for real life too. In your school, there are 
    teachers with lots of knowledge, they will help you--you just have to ask.

Finish this sentence: You know you're a teacher when you get excited to go school supply shopping and buy all the pencils and crayola crayons you can find!.
My new favorite quote: We teach, and at the same time allow ourselves to be taught by those we teach. We talk, and at the same time, listen. We experience the world anew through another's eyes. And therein lies the secret of renewal. It comes, in part, from allowing ourselves to accept from students some of the same positive energy we try to put out into their lives. We refuel each other._ Eliot Wigginton

Any personal links you would like to share with readers (TPT, TN, Pinterest,

Check out a cute product in Jessica's TPT store!!:
   Building Words at the beach---
Here is a freebie from Jessica!!:
Freebie--Jitter Glitter bag toppers for the first day of school--

A BIG thank you to Jessica for letting me feature her. If you want to be featured, please email me at :)

*Also stop by Jessica's blog today!! She is having a big giveaway for hitting 150 followers!! Way to go Jessica. Several bloggers, including myself, are giving away products. Go HERE to check it out!

I'm also participating in the huge Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) sale at TPT!! 

Button by Ashley Hughes

I'm linked up with Blog Hoppin' and The 3am Teacher. If you have a sale to link up, click on their names & link up!! :)

Have a great evening friends!!,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Wrap Up and upcoming SALE!!

Happy Wednesday Friends!,

Ahh, the sweet sound of Thanksgiving break. I must admit, I was counting down the days. It was so nice to not have to worry about an alarm blaring into my ear this morning and puttering around the house. Now to rest up for tomorrow--not just for Thanksgiving, but for Black Friday shopping. This is a huge tradition with me. I am a little obsessive about finding great deals. I found this ecard & have to share it! true!!

I'm going to share a few things that I did in my classroom the past few days. Thanksgiving was in the air in my class & I was so excited to be able to take a few days for some good old fashioned F-U-N!
Thank you to some of my wonderful fellow bloggers for creating such wonderful ideas to use in my classroom.
First, we did this ADORABLE craftivity from Kelley over at The Teacher Idea Factory. She created "A Plate Full of Thanks". They came out so stinkin' cute. Here are a couple of pictures of how my students did!

This little one was after my own heart...I am thankful for Mrs. Richling...I swear that I didn't bribe her to write that either! lol :)

We also made these awesome Mayflower hats from Erica over at Sprinkles To Kindergarten!!

She has a freebie on Teachers Pay Teachers with the patterns that you can download for FREE! We received a lot of compliments on these!

Of course, we had to throw in some academics! We did some Roll and Colors (a freebie from Teri over at A Cupcake For The Teacher)! :)

And have you seen Katie's new packet, The Busy Teacher's Best Friend from Queen of the First Grade Jungle. I bought her Thanksgiving edition & words can't even describe how much I puffy heart love it!!

We did some activities out of here. Her Supper Sequencing number order page was one of my favorites!

Don't miss out on  it...great investment!! 

We also used a free unit that First Grade Wow had on her blog for "Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving". My students loved it! 

And...I was so excited to walk into my neighboring teacher's room & see her doing my Trivial Turkey Facts craftivity from my new Thanksgiving Craftivity & Writing Pack! So cute!

Whew! What a busy week!

Now the moment you have been waiting for...have you heard about the BIG Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) mega sale at Teachers Pay Teachers?!?!? I will be participating in the sale. Everything in my store will be marked down 20%, with TPT throwing in an extra 8% off for savings of 28%. Don't forget to enter the code CMT12 for your additional savings.

Button courtesy of The 3AM Teacher

From my family to yours, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!