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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A HUGE Science Book Set and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Click on the picture to see this product on Teachers Notebook.
CLICK HERE to find it on Teachers Pay Teachers. 
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to FINALLY post this product!  I have been working on it since the end of the last school year.  A couple of the books were finished, but I wanted to wait until I had at least 25 before posting the product.  Here it is!  I found myself always needing more materials to go with our science curriculum.  Plus, I love it when I can integrate science and reading, sending a mini-book home with each student for further reading practice and reflection on our science topic.  My goal is to have books for every topic that we cover.  Here's a picture with all of the books this set contains so far:  

Here's a list of all 27 books that you will find in this set:
  1. The Life Cycle of the Butterfly
  2. The Life Cycle of the Chicken
  3. The Frog Life Cycle
  4. The Plant Life Cycle
  5. The Life Cycle of the Pumpkin
  6. The Life Cycle of the Apple Tree
  7. The Five Senses
  8. My Body
  9. All About Insects
  10. All About Amphibians
  11. All About Reptiles
  12. What is a Mammal?
  13. All About Fish
  14. All About Birds
  15. All About Penguins
  16. All About Hibernation
  17. Forest Animals
  18. Desert Animals
  19. Arctic Animals
  20. Ocean Animals
  21. Rainforest Animals
  22. Float and Sink
  23. The Weather
  24. The Water Cycle
  25. The States of Matter
  26. That is Gravity!
  27. All About Magnets                              AND STILL COUNTING!

Each book comes in 2 versions.  Version A has shorter sentences and easier language/more sight words when possible.  You have no idea how difficult this is for science topics!  So, here's my disclaimer:  I tried my best to make Version A as simple as I could while still covering the material.  Version B has longer sentences, more specific science vocabulary, and a little more information about the topic.  Even with my kinders, I found that some of my students needed more of a challenge.  They were ready to read science books with more detail.  So, I made sure to create 2 versions of books.  

If you simply love this set (like I do!), then you can grab it on sale for 50% off (only $6!!!) thru midnight CST on Friday, July 18th.  Click here to see it on Teacher's Notebook.  Click here to see it on Teachers Pay Teachers.  THIS WILL INCLUDE ALL FUTURE BOOKS THAT ARE ADDED TO THIS SET!  My intention is to keep adding books until either the file gets too large to upload or it reaches 50 books.  Then, I might start a second set!  


Get ready for fall!  Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post for your chance to win $25 worth of credit to my store (1 winner).  You can choose this science set as part of your $25 in products or, if you have already purchased it from one of my stores, then you can choose something else!  


This giveaway is open to residents of the US age 18 and older.  Please take a look at my "Terms and Conditions" page for the giveaway.  Also, every effort will be made to verify your responses, so please remember that honesty is the best policy here!   If it is found that you did not complete a requirement, then your entry will have to be disqualified.  :(

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Markdown Monday! See What's on SALE!

Click on the picture and scroll down to see ALL OF THE SALE ITEMS!!!
I'm so happy to be participating in Markdown Monday with Kelly and Kim!  Everyone picks an awesome item from their store to discount from today until Friday.  If you click on the picture above, you can take a look at ALL of the discounted items.  Or, scroll down to take a look at what's on sale in my store!  

Click on the picture to grab this already discounted set for another 40% off!!!

I created this set of "Secret Word" write the room sets because many of my students were just getting tired of the regular sets.  My high flyers needed more of a challenge to do on their own.  Those students who needed a little assistance found friends to help them or asked me.  Usually, after doing one or two with help, they were soon doing the work on their own, needing help only with reading the clue.  This set was definitely a hit in my classroom!  I hope your students will enjoy it, too!  

Thanks for reading and happy Monday!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Handwriting Practice WITH Sight Words!

Today, my soon-to-be first grader and kindergartener were practicing their writing AND sight words using my new "Handwriting Workbook:  Sight Word Sentences."  This product has one sight word sentence for each letter, including over 100 Dolch sight words!   Each page also offers students the opportunity to practice upper- and lower-case forms of the letter.  

Using this workbook, students will focus on letter formation, sight words, capitalization, punctuation, and spacing.  Two copies of the book are included in this set:  one with a block font and the other with a D'Nealian-style font.    

Click the picture to see this on Teacher's Notebook.
Click HERE to see it on Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Thanks for reading!  

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Keep 'Em Buzzy Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Welcome to the "Keep 'Em Buzzy" Blog Hop!  Several blogger friends and I got together to offer you some ideas that will KEEP YOUR KIDS BUSY this summer!  I don't know about you, but with 3 ACTIVE little ones under 6 running around, I could certainly use some great ideas!  

My idea combines some READING and a FUN CRAFT . . .

As my daughter and I were reading "Princess Posey and the Next Door Dog," she discovered a CRAFT page at the back of the book. (BTW, this is great beginning chapter book.)  I don't know about you, but whenever my students find these pages, they beg and beg to make the craft!  (I have this snowflake book with a "how to cut a snowflake" craft at the end.  Right after we read it, I just plan on making snowflakes.)  My daughter was the same way!  After we finished the book, I promised her that we would make the craft.  And that's what we did!  
Click to find this and other Posey books on Amazon.com  
I used to LOVE making paper beads as a kid.  If you would like to make some at home, here are the steps:

1.  First, cut the paper into long triangles.  We used wrapping paper, but thicker paper would make better, more "rounded" beads. 
2.  Second, turn one of the paper triangles upside down.  Place some glue on the tip of the triangle.  Roll the paper around a pencil, starting at the base of the triangle.  Make sure it's tight--but not TOO tight--so you can slide the paper bead off of the pencil.  
3.  Third, string your beads on something until the glue dries.  We used kabob skewers and stuck them in play dough (just found lying around at our house!).  
4.  Last, just wait for the beads to dry, then string them on BRACELET cord.  We used elastic cord that you can purchase in the bead section at any craft store.  My daughter was very pleased with our results.  The bracelet was very pretty.  
Now, you have a chance to get a copy of this book, too!  Just enter the Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY below for a chance to win the $25 Amazon.com gift card!  Good luck!

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for more great ideas to keep your kids busy this summer!  
Just click on the button below. 


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Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Stock Up! Classroom Decorations and 2 FREEBIES!

Are you already thinking about how to decorate your classroom this fall?   If so, you'll LOVE my latest revision of an old item:  Calendar Numbers for All Year!  I needed some different calendar numbers with better graphics and a nice variety of patterns (AB, AAB, ABB, etc.) for my little ones.  So, I made a COMPLETELY NEW set!  

This product includes 15 sets of calendar numbers.  It has numbers for each season, as well as many holidays and common primary themes.  CLICK HERE OR ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO TAKE A LOOK!  

This set includes the following themes and patterns:  

Leaves for fall, ABC pattern
Halloween, ABC pattern
Thanksgiving, AAB pattern
Christmas, ABC pattern
Gingerbread, ABB pattern
Snowmen, ABC pattern
St. Patrick’s Day, AB pattern
Valentine’s Day, AABB pattern
Flowers, AB pattern
Butterflies, AABB pattern
Jungle, ABB pattern
Owls, AAB pattern
Ocean, AB pattern
Pirate, ABC pattern
Farm, ABC pattern

AND . . . I also have 2 freebies that go with this set.  First, grab 2 additional sets of calendar numbers for FREE from my TPT store!  The free set includes a snowflake numbers for winter (with no pattern) and back to school numbers with an AB pattern.  CLICK ON THE PICTURE below to download your FREEBIE!  

Then, grab a set of FREE editable labels from my Facebook page.  Look for the small app picture that matches the one below.  Click on the picture below to visit my Facebook page and get this second FREEBIE!   Sorry, but this freebie was only offered for a limited time.  Visit my TN and TPT stores for more freebies!  

As always, thanks for reading!

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Thank you, Teachers Notebook!

My colleague, Joy, with her new iPad!  
Do you remember the Teachers Appreciation week iPad/gift certificate sweepstakes from Teachers Notebook?  (If not, here's the link to my post about it on May 4th.)  I won an iPad!!!  

I was so thrilled!  But, since I already have an iPad, I gave this one to my friend and colleague, Joy!  Now, both of us are thrilled!   We are so excited to have another iPad to use at our school.  I know that she has already wasted  invested a lot of time lately checking out cool educational apps!  

On behalf of Joy and myself, I want to extend a very heart-felt "Thank You" to Teachers Notebook.  Now, more of our students will have access to this innovative, engaging 
way to practice reading, math, science, and more.  We really appreciate it and will definitely be putting the technology to good use!  

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Little Summer Peace! Purchased from the Dollar Tree

My daughter paints a little elephant bank purchased from the Dollar Tree.
Are you looking for activities to keep your children busy this summer?  I am, too!  So, here's what we did today . . .

It was rainy today in Chicago, so my 3 were restless and bored with their usual indoor activities.  My daughter (who likes shopping a little too much and KNOWS how much I love buying teacher stuff at this store), came up with the idea of going shopping at Dollar Tree.  At first, I said no.  The vision I have of "shopping" with 3 kids is not a good one.  Yet, after a little thought, I realized that the trip would get us out of the house AND that some guidance regarding their purchases might be to my advantage.  

My son colors a cardboard and velvet 3D car from the Dollar Tree.
And so it was!  First, we walked every toy and craft aisle in the store.  Walking around, looking at everything, and deciding on their purchases took a good 45 minutes.  Then, once we got home, everyone went to work.  My daughter painted, my older son colored and glued, while my 3-year-old played with his new toy and puzzle.  Everyone was content and focused for almost an hour!  

My older children made little animals from the clay I purchased at the Dollar Tree.  
Needless to say, my attitude toward shopping with them is much improved.  As if a great trip and some quiet time weren't enough, after dinner, they asked for the clay.  I found a great set of clay with 8 or 9 colors that I also knew would come in handy on a rainy day.  They played with the clay for another 45 minutes!  

So, if you're looking for a pleasant, rainy day, time-consuming activity, look no further than the Dollar Tree!  I thought that the time spent doing meaningful, quiet activities was well worth the $5 I spent on their fun!  

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