Sunday, June 21, 2015

Teachers Prepping Teachers Workshop

Hi there! I am so excited to share my next adventure with you!! Two of my favorite blogger-teachers and I are teaming up to prepare you for the best school year ever! Jessica from Ideas by Jivey, Mandy from Mandy's Tips for Teachers, and I have collaborated to bring you a day filled with three awesome sessions to enhance the core subjects in your classroom!

This session will take place at Chattahoochee Tech in Marietta, Georgia. It will be a fun-filled, full-day session (9:00 AM-4:30 PM) with a lunch break. When you register, you can order a Firehouse boxed lunch for a few extra dollars, or you can bring your own lunch. It's your choice! Please buy your box lunch ticket by July 21 if you want the Firehouse lunch!
We will have some awesome swag for everyone who attends, fun giveaways, and of course, super-informative sessions that will get you in the perfect mind-set to get your school year started off on the right foot! There will also be discounts offered on our products the day of the workshop!

Ready to register?
Prices will go up July 5th,
so make sure to sign up to get the early bird discount!

We are so excited to get you prepared for your new school year! We hope to see you there!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Makeover Madness- We COMPLETELY revamped our Subjects and Predicates Pack!!

Hey there!!  We haven't been the best bloggers lately.  I'm so sorry about that!!  In order to try to get involved, you'll see that we'll be joining some linkies and recently, we found one to get the ball rolling so that we might be better bloggers and creators FOR YOU!

We are joining up with several lovely bloggers (you can find out more by heading to Emily's blog at Third in Hollywood) to do a product makeover.  I thought some of you may be really THRILLED about this because maybe you OWN the product, and now you can just redownload it and I think you will agree it looks A LOT better!

I chose to redo our Subject and Predicate Pack because, well, it was one of the products we FIRST made and we did it based on what we had made years before and still used in our class.  We did try to make it look better, but now that we have a few years under our belt on TpT, we just didn't feel comfortable leaving it like it was because people often buy several of our grammar units because they like how they are set up, and, well...this one just wasn't up to par with the new units we had made.

So, we thought CLEARLY it needed a makeover, we just needed to DO IT.  So I did!!  Here's what it looked like before:

Originally, it was a "Monkeys at the Beach" kind of theme.  Which was cute.  There was a lot of white space and there were pages where when I had originally made the practice sheets, I put two sheets on a page because I was *illegally* printing them from my printer and so I was trying to save paper.  Well, we now know there are other ways we can save paper and so I needed to fix that.  Plus, I changed the clipart and made it a little meatier (in my opinion), now that I sort of know what I'm doing.  Oh, and I tried to format it like our other grammar units.

Here's what it looks like now!
In case you need to see it side by side:

Here are more pictures of what it looks like now:

Looks a wee bit different, right?  So, if you own this product hurry!  Go!!  Redownload it!!  You can click HERE to see if you already own it.

ANNNNNND, if you don't own it, but think you could use it, I'll have it on sale for HALF OFF until Saturday.  Click HERE if you'd like to buy it half off!

So, what do you think?  (It's okay for you to be honest...truly!)

Doesn't everyone love a makeover?  ;O)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Math Manipulatives- Organizational Tips and Tools Linky

Happy June!!! I can't believe the SUMMER is FINALLY here! :)
I'm sorry I have been away so long....finishing the school year and prepping for baby has been crazy busy! Exciting and fun, but so much to do!
I am enjoying the warm weather and preparing for the arrival of our sweet baby boy- could be any day now! Until then, I'm linking up with The Primary Peach (a collaborative blog with teachers from Georgia) to share some great classroom organization tips.

I'm excited to share some organizational tips and tools with you- this will be a weekly Sunday Linky through The Primary Peach.

This Week's Tip: Organizing Math Manipulatives 

My Math Manipulative Organization is nothing fancy or cute, but it works for me and my students. I've found the best way to organize these materials is to sort them into plastic containers and label them. I keep them all on a metal shelf behind my desk. This way I can grab the bins I need easily and distribute the materials to the students. And if I realize I need something else in the middle of a lesson, I can have one of my students go grab it. :)

For games and centers that require manipulatives, I pull out however many I need and place them in a smaller labeled container or plastic baggy. Then I can keep it with the game or center for the kids to use as needed. That way, I still have the bin of remaining manipulatives if I need them for a mini lesson or small groups.

My favorite place to find containers for manipulatives is Dollar Tree- they're cheap AND cute! Take a look below- I really want some of those pink and blue clip top lid ones- so cheery and bright!

I hope this gives you some ideas for organizing your manipulatives!

Please check out other Organizational Tips and Tools on the Primary Peach Blog- just click the image below.

Happy Sunday! Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Primary Peach Blog Launch, a Freebie, AND a Giveaway!

Hey there!  We are so excited to share some special news!!!  We are joining around 30 other bloggers from the great peach state of Georgia on a new collaborative blog called The Primary Peach!  Be sure to follow it so you don't miss out on amazing freebies and blogposts!
To kick off our launch, each of the authors is sharing an End of the Year freebie in a blogpost on their blogs so that they can introduce themselves!!  This is an amazing opportunity for you to find new bloggers to follow AND to SCORE with a bunch of FREEBIES!!!  :O)

So, please let us introduce ourselves!
Stacia and I first met when she did an internship with me in my third grade classroom about 8 years ago.  She came back and student taught with me the next year and we have been best friends ever since!  We love to collaborate and share ideas, but mostly, to learn from others!

Hi!  I am Amanda!  I'm the proud mama of three kiddos who keep me quite busy!  I taught 3rd grade for 11 years and this is my fourth year in 4th grade!  I've loved teaching both grade levels.  Next year I am moving into an instructional coach position at my school and I will be coaching teachers in grades 3-5 in language arts and math.  I'm a little nervous about this change but mostly excited!  I can't deny that I will miss having my own classroom, though!

Hi! I am Stacia! My husband and I are excited parents-to-be in just 2 months! We are looking forward to meeting our precious baby boy. I taught 3rd grade for 4 years, and I've taught 4th grade for the past 4 years. I love working with this age group. The kids are so full of energy and excited about learning! 

Our End of the Year freebie is a fun game that students can play to reminisce about the past school year. Just click on the picture below!
Here is what the directions page looks like:
We hope your kiddos enjoy this game and the memories it will bring back from the year!!

Now, here's where it gets REALLY exciting!!!  Because we are just launching The Primary Peach, not only are you getting all of these awesome freebies in this hop, BUT you can also enter to win our HUGE giveaway!!!

There are 4, count them 4, chances to win!  The biggest prize is a $50 gift certificate to TpT!  But, if you aren't the grand prize winner, no worries!  You can still win one of four $25 gift certificates to TpT!!  Make sure you go over to The Primary Peach to enter to win, then come back here and hop to the next author and get your next freebie!!
Good luck at winning the Rafflecopter!!  Now, please hop on over and visit with Deb from Fabulously First!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tips for staying stress free and a GIVEAWAY!

Hey there!!!

We know it's that time of year.  Testing.  Finishing out the year.  The kids have spring fever.  It can get pretty stressful!  There's a lot going on and it's often times overwhelming!!

So, how do try to beat the stress?  What about helping kids handle end of they year stress.  We're here to share a few ways we try to stay stress free AND we've got some great prizes to giveaway to help take away some stress!

First up, music always helps me.  It can totally change my mood.  I think this can also be true for kids!  We like to try to find inspirational songs (or thematic songs) that go with situations.  One of Stacia's favorites is from Hercules.

Next, Stacia also recently found that Disney did a weekly affirmation for a while that's actually really cute and makes good posters.  Even if you just show it to the students, I think it can be pretty motivational! (linked HERE)




Last, GoNoodle is a life saver!  When the kids are super squirmy and I'm trying to teach as much as possible before testing, these short brain breaks are the best!

And, because we know it can be stressful, we joined in with some friends for a giveaway!  Be sure to scroll through the rafflecopter because you have the chance to win 4 awesome prizes!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and try to stay stress free!!  ;O)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lucky You!!

Hi there!!!  LUCKY YOU to drop by today!  We are involved in a blog hop with 19 other upper elementary bloggers and we are all giving away freebies!  Whoopee!

Before I show you our freebie, I wanted to tell you why I feel lucky!!  It's probably not going to surprise you that Stacia and I feel lucky to get to work together!  It literally is what gets us through the day sometimes.  And we don't just feel lucky about getting to work together, the two of us, but also for our wonderful 4th grade team!  We are a very close group and we have become a family!  The support and love we have received from our teammates through the last few years helps us all get through the stress!
Now, onto our freebie!

Do you need something fun that will help your students practice identifying different lines and angles?  Well, then we have just the thing for you!

We hope you can use this freebie!!  If you download it, please please leave us some feedback and let us know what you think!!

Head on over to the next stop on our blog hop for another freebie!  Click the button below:

Have a fantastic weekend!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Alphaboxes- Fun from A to Z!

Hey there!!

I know!!  It's been so long since we've blogged.  I feel ya.  It's not because we don't love you, it's just that thang called life!!  Is anyone else overwhelmed?  Can I get an amen???

Well, I promise we are teaching.  So, I did something the other day that was super simple, but the kids loved it.  What was it you ask?  ALPHABOXES!!  I'm sure you've probably heard them and use them all the time.  But, it's one of those "things" that I know is awesome and simple, but I forget about it because THERE ARE SO MANY great things and I probably over complicate things.  But as I've said here many a time, simple is sometimes best!
So, we've been learning about the American Revolution (my all time FAVORITE unit in Social much so I get behind in the curriculum because I just love it so...)

And we were talking about the Declaration of Independence.  We read a really fun book!

I guess it's your normal ABC book, but wait!  Not really!  One of my students even commented, "It's amazing that the author could put the events leading up to the Revolution chronologically with the letters!"

Wait what?!?!  Did my amazing student just say THAT???  Yes, yes he did!!  God bless him!!  He was right!!  This book has events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and events afterward!!  And, all in order using the alphabet!  AMAZING!!

I wanted to read this book because it was a great review of what we had already discussed and a great preview of where we were going!
You don't even have to use alphaboxes with an ABC book!  You can just use it to go over material already taught, in ANY subject!

And you know what?  My kids LOVED this!!  We could have just copied what each letter stood for but we didn't stop there! Oh no!  They wanted to brainstorm every possible word they could think of for the American Revolution that started with that letter, and we added it to the box!  LOVE IT!!
They even got so excited, they started color coding!!  This was very motivating for my students, so I'm linking it up with my sweet, sweet friend Joanne for
If you'd like a copy of the alphaboxes that I used, click HERE and you can download it!  We pasted it into our notebooks, but you can use it anyway you'd like!  :O)

I hope you have some fun!  From A to Z!!  :O)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Teachers are HEROES and we have a product for you that might save the day!

Hi there!!

With the upcoming TpT sale on Wednesday, we want to help you find "heroic" products that have helped others in their classrooms. We decided to get together with some blogging friends and share products that have helped others, but also to show how thankful we are when get sweet feedback on our products.  It really means a lot to hear that something we made is helping others!
We recently got feedback on our American Revolution Articles (Important Events) Nonfiction Articles and Interactive Notebook Activities that we really appreciated.  Take a look:

We're so glad that this helped make Jenifer's sub plans easier and was a "lifesaver" for her!  Our Social Studies nonfiction articles really are a unit in one!  Just print and go!  If you haven't seen any of our articles, click the image above or HERE to see them!  We will be having a sale on Wednesday, so that's the perfect time to buy!

Browse around the linky for other heroic products, or feel free to grab the graphic and link up your own! Link to a post containing one heroic product and its feedback. Use the graphic if you wish. (No direct links to stores or products, please.) Include the linky button and link it back to this post so others may find great heroic products.

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