Friday, August 1, 2014

Five for Friday!

Hi friends!
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for this week's Five for Friday!
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I have not had an exciting week this week..Ella has been sick so we have hardly gotten out of the house! So....my pictures come to you from {mostly} last week! 
I got my first Stitch Fix box in this week!! My bestie teammate has been talking about about Stitch Fix forever and then after seeing all of my favorite bloggers doing it...I caved! And I am SO glad I did!! I don't live in a big city...we're not small, but I don't have a ton to choose from. Also, I don't have patience for shopping. I know! I like to go in a store and grab exactly what I need. I shop online a lot! So having a stylist choose clothes that fit my style sounded PERFECT!! My box was totally amazing...I would've kept every single piece except some didn't quite fit. These are the pieces I kept! LOVE!
 We went to down to the hill country of Texas last week....my FAVORITE part of Texas! If our family wasn't here in Lubbock Josh and I would be out of here and down there! So it's nice to visit every once in a while. We did a little fishing and went to Schlitterbahn! It was the first time we've taken the kids to a big water park and they LOVED it!
 
They're the cutest, right?! ;)
I've been trying to work on my classroom...it's slowly coming along! I've posted a picture of my word wall on Insta and you guys went crazy! I got the idea from this blog. I adore her black background...but I don't have a bulletin board for my word wall...I just tack it up on the wall so I just used the bright paper! I bought a pack of bright scrapbook paper from JoAnn's and trimmed it down to 10x10. I tried it at 12x12 and when I laid it all out...it was ginormous!! 
If you want the word wall labels, snag them up HERE.
 I've been working on getting my last few TpT projects finished up this week before next week. I LOVE using sight word chants when I introduce a new word. These are included in my Guided Reading: Fluency Fun packet.
And lastly. YUM!! I tried this 24 hour Whole Wheat pizza dough recipe this week and it was FABULOUS! The kids helped me {hence the funny shape :p} and we grilled it outside...it was great! 

So...what have you been up to this week?!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Guided Reading FREEBIE!

Hi friends!

I've been trying to get a bunch of stuff organized before I go back to school. Are you with me here?! I have been working on containing all of my guided reading into one binder {right now I've got stuff ALL OVER my classroom!} I have files in the cabinet, I've got bins full of games that are made up and ready to use...but it seems like I can never find the right thing when I need it!

So...I've been working on some binder pages! 
These binder pages complement my newest guided reading packets on TpT! Take a closer look!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Guided-Reading-Fluency-Fun-1361419
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Hop over to download the binder pages freebie HERE and then check out the fluency packet HERE!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wish-list Wednesday!

You guys. It's been a long week and it's only Wednesday! My little Ella has been sick all week {somehow her body knows that it's school season!} and it's been scary! The worst part is it's some virus (am I the ONLY one who has kids that only get viruses?! It's never an easy fix!) that we just have to wait to get over...and she's missed a birthday party, gymnastics, and VBS all week. Being sick in the summer is the worst!! We're going to have a lot of making up to do next week!

So, for my last wish-list Wednesday I'm going to put my 5 top sellers on sale TODAY and TOMORROW only! These are some of my most favorite packets and they ALL are year-long tools for your classroom.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Rowdy-In-Room-300
Click on each picture to head straight to the packet:
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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Writers-Workshop-Folder-PK-1-787007
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactive-Alphabet-Notebook-813365
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Monday, July 28, 2014

School Supplies!

So..I am officially on the "back to school" countdown! It's a month still until school starts but I go back in 2 weeks for a million hours of trainings. One thing I always do mid-July or so is change my habit when grocery shopping! We use the reusable bags when getting our groceries, but starting in July I ask for paper bags instead.
For meet the teacher night, I usually have a decent amount of students that come with their school supplies. I do not do community supplies {other than pencils and I will post more about that later} so I like my students to all have their own bags of supplies. Sometimes they come in with a plastic bag, sometimes it's all stuffed into their backpack. I like it all to be organized, and I have a method to my madness...so paper sacks is the easiest way to organize it all!
My parents will have jobs that they have to complete {all in their manila folder that is in their child's mailbox} and one of them is to put their child's sticker onto the brown bag and place supplies inside. I usually have them find their child's locker and place the bag inside. This way I can come back to it later when there are not {what seems like} 200 people in my classroom.
{supplies nestled all neatly in the paper sack. I pull out supplies as we introduce proper care of them each day the first week of school. My TA is a HUGE help and places labels onto all of their folders, binders, notebooks, etc.}
It is so simple...but seriously! LIFE changing!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Comprehension BUNDLE!

Hi friends!

I'm super excited about bundling up my comprehension packets! I've been working all year..season by season to make a comprehensive (and cohesive) unit that can be used throughout the year! 


I use these packets all throughout the year- beginning at teacher table and then I slowly place it in my stations baskets as my students become more comfortable with reading them! {If you buy the bundle, you're getting a 20% discount off buying the packets separately!}
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Comprehension-for-Kindergarten-The-Seasonal-BUNDLE-1330262

Here are some pictures of the Fall packet- each packet includes 20 differentiated stories {low, medium, high} and then 5 create-a-story pages or scrambled sentences. Each story has connection and comprehension questioning pages that go along with the story. There are visuals for your students to use with each packet {so there are no "but Mrs. Alderson, I don't know howwww to draw a leaf!"}
 Here's a little look at the packets that are included in the bundle:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Comprehension-for-Kindergarten-The-Seasonal-BUNDLE-1330262
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Click on over to my store to snag this packet up 20% off through this weekend only!! That's like getting each packet at $4 instead of the $6 that they are priced separately! CLICK HERE to see the packet in my store!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Guest post from Trashy Crafter

Hi friends!
I'm having Kim from Trashy Crafter visit and share her story! Welcome Kim!

 Books are magical, they give you the ability to go on a jungle safari one minute and a deep see dive with mermaids the next, but what happens when books has gotten lots of love from years of use? The pages get creased, dog-eared and ripped, the bend or even start to fall off.  That’s where my Mom Helen and I come in, and this is where the story of Trashy Crafter begins.  
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrashyCrafter

My name is Kim, and I have pretty much been a crafter since I was old enough to hold scissors in my hand and not eat the Elmer’s glue.  As a little girl I would come home from school each day, and as long as my homework was done I could create crafts all afternoon at my Grandmas house until my Mom and Dad came to pick my sister and I up after work.  My Grandma made beautiful crafts and sold at lots of holiday craft shows, crafting ran in my blood and it was bound to become a part of my life some way or another.

One day while I was in my senior year of college and my Mom and I went to the local thrift store. While there we noticed they had these auction bins out front of the store full of damaged and outdated books.  We found out that when books would not sell at the thrift store because of being damaged or outdated, they auctioned them off, and if the folks sifting through the auction bin thought could not sell the book or it was too damaged it was just thrown away.  
  
Needless to say my Mom and I were heartbroken that all those beautifully illustrated children’s books were just thrown away… so we grabbed about 25 books each in our arms and took them home.  I was really busy with school at the time, so the books sat in the corner of my room for about 3 months.  I was trying to think of a useful thing to turn the books into when it hit me!  I was very lucky to have a 3rd grade teacher that was very crafty, her name was Mrs. Bryant.  She had taught us how to roll magazines pages into paper beads (I’m sure many of you have done this in girl scouts or grade school).  I made my first few beads and knew from then I was hooked, the most magical part about it to me is that you not only create beautiful, colorful unique beads made from something that was going to be thrown into a landfill, but you know what book or item it was made from!
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Everyone has stories, and connects with them so well, the reason we continue to create recycled book beads, map beads and sheet music beads is that when people purchase a set at a local craft show or online they have a story behind what they wear…. Perhaps they went on a road trip across the country, and that map bead bracelet they wear reminds them of the fun they had, or they had a band teacher that taught them to play an instrument, so they give them a sheet music bracelet as a token of appreciation… or even a gift for a mom or teacher that read you a book as a child that connected with you and stayed in your memory to this day.  As humans we all connect universally with stories, and it’s a beautiful thing to throw away, so my Mom and I plan on fighting the good fight and continuing to turn old books into beautiful, wearable works of art.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrashyCrafter
Our Process:

My Mom Helen and I gather the books from a lot of different places, sometimes we find them in cardboard boxes outside of library’s, in thrift stores on the clearance shelf or in the bins, and even get books, maps or sheet music donated from folks that love and support our mission. Once we gather all of the books we measure and hand cut the book pages into long narrow triangle strips and roll them one at a time onto lollipop sticks.  Once they are on there we coat each bead 3-5 times depending on the thickness of the paper.  Once that is done we spray them with a matte finish and then we start to make them into the finished jewelry.  We purchase damaged necklaces and bracelets from the local thrift store and strip them apart to repurpose the beads.  We create the jewelry with a mixture of the paper book page beads we made along with the repurposed beads. Once that is finished, we hand cut recycled cardboard bracelet holders and place the book labeling on to each set so folks know what book their bracelets were made from!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrashyCrafter
 I hope you enter my giveaway and take a peek at my shop!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun giveaway!

Image MapI have a super fun post for you today! I've been loving a few things lately and want to give you a chance to score with some of them! {keep reading!! you can win here!}
The first thing up is Jamberry nails! I have a few friends who sell them and they are SO much fun! Plus, they have one that practically matches my blog so you know I was all over that! ;) Here's a picture of my friend Lesli...aren't her nails perfect?! I did mine...and I am embarrassed to show you my cuticles because I don't take care of them so you get Lesli's instead! ha!
Ok...so I'm not showing you my fingers but here are my toes!! eeeeeek! If you don't like feet, then look away friends. I'd been wearing my Jamberry nails for about a week in this picture. I wear them on my toes for at least a month at a time! LOVE!! Just ignore that flip flop tan line. Pretend like it's not there.
Here's the fun part! Click THIS LINK HERE and you can snag up a sample of Jamberry nails to give a try...this way you can try for yourself!

Next up are these SUPER cute and SO cool bracelets from the Trashy Crafter! These bracelet beads are made from OLD BOOKS! {We are all (mostly?)  teachers here, right?! Who doesn't love a bracelet made from old books?!}
I received my package in the mail this week...just look at it! I love me some vintage/ antique-y/ recycled products!
I chose this teal/ black and white bracelet. I wear a lot of teal so I knew it would work with a lot of my wardrobe!
So cute, right?! And I love that it's made out of old books that would have otherwise been throw away! Kim is going to share her story about how she creates these beads on Monday on my blog! Are you excited?!

Now the fun part...you can enter to win a bracelet of your own! Just enter using the rafflecopter below! If you can't wait for the giveaway, then use the code TC2014 when you check out at Trashy Crafter to get 15% off your purchase!