Sunday, 22 March 2015

Another Winner!

It's been a lucky week for some people! Congratulations Colleen. In celebration of the launch of the new collaborative blog iTeach First, Colleen has won my Spring Math Centres and Spring Word Work Centres! I hope they bring some beautiful spring weather!



Come check out some new ideas over at iTeach First!


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who participated in my Joy Cowley giveaway! Congratulations to Cherie who won her own big book copy of Joy Cowley's Do-Whacky-Do! Such a fun and silly book.


Don't forget you still have until the end of the month to enter the Joy Cowley Grand Prize contest and win a package valued at $1000! Click the picture below if you haven't entered yet!


And you still have 3 days left to enter my iTeach First blog launch giveaway. Go to this post to enter!




Sunday, 15 March 2015

New Collaborative First Grade Blog - iTeach First

Friends.
I have a very exciting announcement to make! 
I have decided to team up with some of my very best first grade buddies to write for a collaborative blog! 
That means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome First Grade teachers!


One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out! 


I'm SO excited to get started on this new adventure, and am thrilled to invite you along for the ride.  Let's celebrate with a little giveaway!  


You can win two of my spring packs--First Grade Spring Math Centres and First Grade Spring Word Work Centres. Nine math centres and five word work centres to keep you busy for the next month or so! Hopefully they will get you in the spring mood!

All you have to do to enter is follow us over at iTeach First then follow the instructions on the rafflecopter below.  



I can't wait to get started sharing some great First Grade ideas with you!



Saturday, 14 March 2015

Hoppy Easter! Freebie

Easter is coming up in a few weeks. I'm trying to avoid the stores because all those Cadbury Creme Eggs and Mini Eggs are just so very tempting... lol. I did pick up a few little bunnies for my neices and nephews though. Zoe's a little too young for the treats, so I got her this cute little puppy wearing bunny ears. It looks like my Molly and Zoe jut loves her Molly dog. :)


I whipped up a few simple labels to attach to the chocolate bunnies. Click the picture below to download them.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

2015 Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway

Are you familiar with the author Joy Cowley? She is the genius behind the delightful story of Mrs. Wishy-Washy and many others! I love her early reader sets because they are the perfect levels for first graders. The text is simple and the stories are very entertaining and humorous for young readers! These books are perfect for guided reading groups, read to self or partners, and home reading programs.


If you love Joy Cowley and her books, you will love the giveaway that Hameray Publishing is putting on. The lucky grand-prize winner will receive a classroom package of Joy’s stories, which include the newest adventures of cherished characters Mrs. Wishy-Washy, the Hungry Giant, the Meanies, and others. This year’s package includes ninety leveled readers, eighteen big books, and a set of finger puppets, with a prize total valuing at $1,000!



To enter the contest, head over the Hameray Publishing website and enter their rafflecopter! Click {here} or the picture below to head over there now. The contest runs from now until March 31, 2015. A winner will be chosen and announced on that day! (That's also my little Zoe's first birthday! Fun!)


Hameray Publishing is also hosting a little mini-contest here on my blog. One winner will receive a big book copy of Do-Whacky-Do, a fun story about ten silly clowns! To enter this contest, enter the rafflecopter below! This contest will end in two weeks, on the 18th! Good luck!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

March Currently

Oh me oh my. How is it March already. It feels like just yesterday I was finishing up report cards and getting ready to leave my classroom to have my baby. In fact, it's been 11 months since that happened! My baby is turning one at the end of this month. How did that happen?? Anywho, it's time for Currently! Go check out Farley's page and join up with your own Currently.



*listening* -- Zoe loves the Wiggles. If I need ten minutes to make her breakfast or have a shower, BOOM. Ready, Steady, Wiggle it is! She loves music. I love watching her bounce up and down and clap her hands. So cute!

*loving* -- I feel like spring is here. It's suppose to get warmer this weekend. Maybe the snow will start to melt away. Wouldn't that be exciting??

*thinking* -- I am definitely going to bed right after I post this.

*wanting* -- A snack. I did go for the cheerios. Dry. No milk. At least I don't have any stuck to my butt. (See my Instagram post here.)

*needing* -- I hate money. I know things will be fine. I just need to stop worrying about it.

*spring break plans* -- We're not going away anywhere this year. We had our trip to Phoenix in January. We've got Zoe's first birthday to plan (just kidding, I've been planning it for a year... lol) and a new house to start building. Well, someone else will be building it. I get to supervise and pick things out. Much more my style.

Now I will leave you with some pictures of my grown up little girl.

She loves walking around with her little Minnie Mouse car. She's already taken a few steps on her own. Walking is coming any day now.

I was so excited for her to learn how to clap. She does it all the time and it is so cute!!

Those bangs are getting long but there is NO WAY I am cutting her hair. lol. I started putting little Pebble Flintstones pony tails in the front. So cute!

We starting going to Gymboree Play & Learn classes and she loves it. She learned how to climb stairs there. 

How can you tell I'm a teacher and stalk Kindergarten blogs? I love sensory bins. This was Zoe's first one. It was a fresh snow sensory bin. She loved it!

Don't forget to check back here on Wednesday! I will be having a mini contest on the blog with a fun prize from Hameray Publishing!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Desks or Tables?

Which do you prefer in a Grade 1 classroom--desks or tables? I have had both and I have to say that I prefer tables all the way. Desks just accumulate too much clutter. Also, I always had my desks in groups and I hate how they always moved and shifted and never stayed in the same spot! I find tables promote more cooperation and community. The only issue I find with tables is storage. Last year I tried a few different things to help with that.

I had plastic tower drawers for storing all our booklets and journals. I would have my helper of the day and a friend hand out the books when we needed them and then the students would either return the books to my green "finished tub" or right back into the drawer. This worked well and I will continue to do this next year. Then I had caddies on each table to hold the group's pencils. These worked ok, but students still had to go to their cubby every time they need a school supply other than their pencil.


Each student had a cubby (plastic dish tub on a shelf) to store their stash box and extra supplies. These were quite handy for storing everything, but often got messy and the kiddos had to always get up from the tables to get their crayons or scissors.


One solution I am excited to try is to give each student a small pencil tray with a cup hot glued inside. The cup will be to hold their crayons (a pack of 24 easily fits in it) and the tray will hold their pencil, eraser, sharpener, scissors, and glue stick. These are essential items we use all day the long and it will give them easy access to their supplies! No more going back and forth to the cubbies all day long. Each student will now be responsible for their own pencil, as opposed to the group caddies. Hopefully this will cut down on "I can't find my pencil!!" I say hopefully because we will always have those students who would loose their pencil even if it was duct-tapped to their hand! I plan to use sticky velcro dots to keep the trays bolted to the tables. That way students can easily take their tray to music or another spot to work in the class. I can easily switch student spots as well! No more scraping the name tags off the tables and recovering them at a new spot. (I'm going for simpler next year, so I can spend more time home with my baby girl!) **The pencil trays were inspired by Stephanie over at First Grade Fabulous Fish! Check hers out {here}.**



As I was testing it out, I just used a paper cup from the Dollar Tree, but I think I will use these plastic cups from IKEA. They come in 6 bright colours and a pack of 6 is only $1.99!

I made name tag labels to fit on the sides of the small pencil trays. They are about 2" x 8.75" each. I made them in six colours (to match the IKEA cups) and made a boy and girl version of each! You can find these in my store for free! It is an editable PowerPoint. You can type your students' names right in it an print! (The font I used on the name tags is KG Primary Lined NOSPACE and it is embedded in the file, so you don't need to have it installed on your own computer. Use the | key to make a space between first and last names. You can always change the font to anything you have on your computer!) Click any of the pictures to check them out at TpT.

  
Oh, and if you haven't heard, there is a big TpT sale tomorrow! 28% off everything when you use the promo code HEROES! Go check it out {here}!