TpT Blind Date + Bloglovin'

First things first... apparently on July 1st when Google Reader kicks the bucket, you will no longer be following my blog (or so I'm told... I honestly had to "google" Googler Reader because that's how clueless I am about all of this).   Apparently if you like me and still want to hear what I have to say you have to follow me with a little something called Bloglovin'. I clicked a bunch of things and signed up for an account so at least now I feel in the loop about that. Here is my link!
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Ok, so now that that's out of the way, I have to tell you about a fun little meet up I had yesterday! I met fellow TpT'er and blogger Gina Wilson from All Things Algebra out for a nice little lunch to chat TpT and stuff! She is originally from my area and she was in town so we met at a cute little cafe and sat out on the patio and it was fun. It made me look forward to the one-day TpT Convention that I hope to attend so I can meet more of you lovely people!

Anyway, here we are.

Don't forget the Bloglovin thing!

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A Freebie and a Sticker Book


Hey all! Happy Summer! We are off to a busy start over in the Jones household... this week is packed full of outings, appointments, and parties! Not to mention tomorrow I am meeting one of my bloggy friends, Gina from All Things Algebra for lunch! Super excited :) 

Since its never too early for back to school, I have a little fun freebie to share to help your littles practice upper and lowercase letter matching.

And along with that, another Back to School goodie to help your little friends keep track of their progress! It's a nice little tool to keep parents informed of how their little peeps are doing and give them an idea of things they could work on. This Basic Skills Sticker Book tracks a range of skills-- personal information, name writing, letter and sound ID, reading readiness, number recognition, counting, shapes, colors, and self help skills...all packed in to one cute little sticker book!  I made the full size version for my little Brady boy, but it also comes in a mini version that can be secured with a ring clip. You can grab that here at my TpT store. 
Keep it cool! :)
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End of Year GIfts

Short and sweet post alert: Tomorrow is our end of year party! I am so, so sad to see this year end...but so, so happy for SUMMER! I just need to get through report cards, oh wait those are done.. permanent folders,  (done too), end of year tests, CHECK! end of year projects, SEE YA! slideshow, (FINITO) and class gifts (YOU KNOW IT!)  Wait... could it be!? I'm ready!!!!

Okay, so I still have a little teeny huge bit of cleaning and organizing to do, but that's neither here nor there.

Looking for some cute gifts for support staff? Who doesn't love a Target gift card? And some lifesavers in a nice cup to keep your adult beverages cold on a hot summer day?

And I was at a loss for what to get the kids, until I found these at the Target Dollar Spot (you know, the bottomless money pit). Slap a cute label on it, and call it a day!
You can download the label here (I included first, second, and third grade-- so suit yourself :))

Last Friday is tomorrow.... HOLLA! :)
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Word Wall Makeover!

So, we still have 2 weeks left of school and I am already revamping my classroom for next year. My co-teacher was teasing me the other day because I already have a bunch of stuff laminated and copied for back to school....It's never too early to start getting ready for next year though, right??  
Exhibit A: My new rainbow polka dot word wall. 
I am going for a rainbow theme next year for my classroom, and this was step 1. I just love me some polka dots, and the detail with the frames. Whaddya think? If you REALLY like them and want to snag them for your classroom, you can get them here.

So, are you OCD too and already prepping for next year with your current class still going strong? Please tell me I'm not alone! :)

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Our Time to Teach!

I have been such a bad blogger lately! With all the end of year craziness, along with a 2 year old that decided she's becoming nocturnal, I haven't had a lot of down time lately. I've been a part of a few giveaways in the past few weeks and didn't even get on to blog about them. Forgive? :)

We are into our last full 2 weeks of school and I have SO much to do still! We are finishing our non-fiction books, need to work on Father's Day, Flag day stuff, and of course, lots of assessment business. I am determined to reorganize too and need to do that before my room gets taken over for summer school. Yikes! Can we please add like 10 hours to the day please?

So, anyway-- the point of this post! Last year, one of my awesome colleagues shared an end-of-year tradition that she had been doing with her class for quite some time. It was called "Time to Teach" and it was kind of like an interactive "Show and Tell"... the kids each got bring in materials to teach the class something.
Here are a few pics of the fun we've been having so far.

They were asked to list the steps, bring in any materials they need, and practice presenting their lesson a few times at home before the real thing in front of the class. The kids are having a blast with it this year! Some of the fun ideas we've had this year include: directed drawings, making a beaded bracelet, blowing bubbles, how to do a backbend (no I didn't attempt this one, afraid I wouldn't be able to get back up), how to count in spanish, making noodle necklaces, super hero masks...and some new goodies to come this week!

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