August 26, 2016

Five for Friday {Link Up.. August 26th}


Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool. Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.


Week 3 - Day 15 DONE
Honestly, it's been tough. 
My little firsties {are cute and fun!} but are also a handful. 
18 little bodies that are constantly on the GO and they are a social little bunch. 
{otherwise.. they could talk for DAYS!!} 
I have enjoyed them and we will eventually get into a more solid routine with procedures.
It's just taking a little extra time and a lot of patience for me. 
This is year #17 for me. 
Let's skip to October! 
They will be AWESOME first graders then and I probably won't be so tired!



In whatever spare time I have had the last few weeks I have finished up a fun apple math centers unit. It includes 12 apple centers with recording or follow up sheets.



Oriental Trading let me pick a few items to use in my classroom then share with you on my blog.  
I picked these unifix cube cards immediately!
These pattern cards were a perfect early finisher activity during my small group time this week. 


They have some great items in their Education Category. 
These cards are really sturdy cardboard. And, there are 50 of them in a set.
And they best part.. They are $5.40. 
A perfect hands on activity for my first graders.


I also created a Oriental Trading wishlist a few weeks back to share with my parents and social media friends. It's a perfect way to ask for donations!




We have been working on short a word families the last two weeks. 
These word sorts are perfect for table time with me.




And as always.. Friday is my favorite day of the week! Happy Weekend. 
Jump over to pinterest to follow my Friday board!

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August 22, 2016

ONE DAY Teachers Pay Teachers SALE {Monday, August 22nd}


Did you miss the BIG Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale a few weeks back? Or do you need a few more items? Today is YOUR DAY! Teachers Pay Teachers is having another one of their sitewide BIG SALES. But, this one is one day only. These big sales on come around about 4 times a year. And, I am not expecting another one to be announced for months. Today is the day to jump over and grab a few new resources for back to school, fall, Halloween and possibly even Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

My WHOLE STORE is on sale and if you enter 
promo code OneDay at checkout you can get even more savings. 

Click on the product covers below to jump over and see some of my favorite resources!


August 20, 2016

Amazing Apples Math Centers


I have a brand new set of math centers to show you today. 
Store Link: Apple Math Centers


This unit features 12 sets of math centers with recording sheets or a follow up sheet for each one. Answer keys are also included.
Some of the skills included are: ordering numbers, number words, addition facts, subtraction facts, greatest number, counting by 5's, telling time to the hour,  and missing numbers
 I love apple week in my classroom so I cannot wait to put these in our weekly center rotations. 
There is plenty for 2 (or possibly 3) weeks!
Here is the link again if you are interested...
Store Link: Apple Math Centers




August 19, 2016

Five for Friday {Link Up.. August 19th}


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August 14, 2016

A quick PSA {Sunday morning Mr. Sketch Amazon Sale}


Occasionally Amazon has a $5 sale on Mr. Sketch markers.. and today is your lucky day!
Hop over and stock up on a few boxes. 


And you should TOTALLY buy a box or two for your favorite teacher friends {or your own child's teacher} just as a little happy. 
Quick Link: Mr. Sketch on Amazon




August 12, 2016

Five for Friday {Link up.. August 12th}


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Well I survived!  Barely!
This first week of school has been brutal.
I KNOW every year is tough. I know it takes time and patience
{and more and more and more patience}!
Rules, procedures, rules, procedures.. it goes on and on.
I want my babies back from last year. They were trained.
Come on mid-September.
I KNOW then it will be tons better and all of this will be a memory!
This is year #17 for me. I know by now each day will be better.



And if being tired wasn't enough.. I am BROKE! HA! Cause going back to school is expensive for the teacher! Everybody needs a little extra cash, right. I blog about Ebates often. It seriously takes NO effort and earns a little cash back. {$78 this payout} 


I've been a member since February 2011 and use it almost daily!




Just in case you missed it. 
I blogged earlier in the week about these easy birthday treat cups I made up for our classroom birthdays. Everything came from Oriental Trading.




I also http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2016/08/back-to-school-bulletin-boards-ideas.htmlblogged about my back to school bulletin boards last weekend. And, the etsy seller who made my first grade felt banner is offering 20% off if you are interested in purchasing one.
I bought the Happy Birthday banner and she changed the wording to first grade for me.
The code for 20% off is THANKYOU. Her etsy store is A Felt Affair.



I wish that I could say my firsties rocked our first week of math centers. 
But....
I knew it just wasn't going to happen. 
So, I prepped them and we have been doing one a day "whole group" while I put the cards on my Elmo and they write the answers on the recording sheet. 
WHY?! Have I never done this?! 
This seems to be working great to an introduction to my centers. I have explained so much this week. I've been using my Back to School Math Centers so they fit right and are a perfect kindergarten review. 

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August 8, 2016

Birthday Treat Idea {Oriental Trading Products}


I got the sweetest opportunity a few weeks ago to partner up with Oriental Trading to showcase some of their awesome-ness and how I can use it in my classroom.

One of the things on my summer to do list {like every year!} is to go ahead and get my students birthday treats made and packaged up so I can just grab and go when we have a classroom birthday.

So, when I got the opportunity to pick a few items. I knew immediately I wanted to find some birthday treats. AND... I wanted a CUTE but EASY way out. 


These cute little plush monkeys were just too stinkin' cute for my girls!


And, usually my boys are the hardest to buy something. 
But, I knew immediately I wanted these little squishy footballs.


And, I purchased these swirl suckers almost every year for some occasion. They are a great deal!

And seriously, I just stuck everything in a party cup!


I also added a little paper shred to each cup.. because I had it available. 
But, TOTALLY not necessary!


Here are the links one more time for easy access..

I also want to mention they have a great educational category
check out the goodies there while you are shopping.

And.. one more thing {but, it's a great idea too!}
Oriental Trading has a feature where you can set up a wishlist to share with your family and parents. I know parents or some years are better than others with donations. But, parents seriously have NO idea you want donations if you don't ask for them.. create a wish list and share it with them. If you get a couple of items it will be worth it!