Monday, March 25, 2013

Giveaway winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered, blogged and commented on my giveaway!  I am so blessed to have this outlet to share my classroom wanderings and ramblings!

Our winner is....

a Rafflecopter giveaway Amy, leave me your email address and I will get your prizes to you! Congrats!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Life Cycle Studies

**Don't 100+ Followers giveaway ends at midnight tonight!**
Where did Spring go?  We here in SW Missouri woke up to about 2 inches of snow and gusty winds.  Ugh!  I want my 75 degree temps back!!
Next week I will start my favorite time of year, cycles, plants/seeds/
mud/worms and animals, including insects, frogs and zoo.  I stayed up late last night and worked all day today to create these two mini packs to help me include some more non-fiction in my day.  Click on the covers to go to my TpT store. 

This week is all about of my most favorite units to teach.  Here are a few products that would work great in your plans!
My newest little game...Cracked!  A "Egg"cellent Sight Word Review Game
All About Chickens-A Mini Unit from Kaci at Mrs. Hoffer's Spot. 

The Incredible Egg-Oviparous Math Stations from Deedee at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

Then it we will be going "buggy"!  Here's some things that your kiddos will love!
Caterpillar, Caterpillar Pocket Chart Poetry from Maggie at Maggie's Kinder Corner
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs Math Work Stations from Deedee at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten
All About Butterflies-A Mini Unit by Kaci from Mrs. Hoffer's Spot
After that, it will be plants and frogs.  Emergent reader and retell card packs for those are in the works so stay tuned!  I am dying to use my dear friend Debbie Clement's song Polliwog!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

100+ Followers means a GIVEAWAY!!

What a wonderful week (sans the snow storm we are supposed to be getting) this has been.  Rest, relaxation, fun times with friends and family and meeting a milestone!  Sunday, I got a comment from my 100th follower.  What?  100?  I can't believe it!!

As a thank you for everyone who has encouraged me and followed me along the way, I have put together a giveaway of some fantastic products from some fantastic ladies.

Ignore the title...I teach Kindergarten therefore I can't count!

This giveaway will run from Friday until Monday at midnight.  Good luck!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wow...what a weekend!

What happens when you mix 4 ladies that are passionate about kids, blogging, TpT, shopping and fun?  A complete and utterly fabulous weekend!

This last weekend was our Midwest Blogger Meet-up.  Here we are! 
These lovely bloggers are (left to right) Elizabeth from Mrs. Hodge and Her Kinder Kids, Kaci from Mrs. Hoffer's Spot, Jennifer from Herding Kats in Kindergarten and me. 

We started out eating at my absolutely fav restaurant, Chili's.  For 2 hours, we gabbed and traded "insider" secrets.  Believe me, I soaked up every bit of their knowledge!  Then it was off to Mardel's for a little teacher shopping.  I was so excited to snag one of these pocket charts that Kaci had guest blogged about.  Click on the picture to read all about it!  I'll be off to the Dollar Tree today to pick up some of the nifty envelopes.
Then, I got to share a wonderful place for teachers with my new friends...
If you've never been and are near one...GO!  Here's a picture we snapped inside. 

This picture does not do it justice!  The front half is divided into Constructive Playthings (dramatic play, blocks, etc) and teacher resources and the back half is entirely Oriental Trading.  We'd died and gone to teacher heaven!  We got there 30 minutes before closing, so it was a quick trip.  If you go, plan on at least an hour and a half. 
Then it was back to some serious non-school related (ok almost non-school related) retail therapy.  We spent the rest of the evening at Legends Outlet mall. 
I would venture to say we made a small dent.  This is 3/4 of our loot at the end of the night.

One of the restaurants is a neat place that I would have taken Little Miss called T-Rex.  Outside are cool fossils and skeletons.  Jennifer was fearless, climbing up for a closer look.  Notice the small sign in the background that reads "Do not climb on the rocks".  Ha! 
At TJ Maxx, we hit the biggest score of the night.  These games usually sell for $15, but we scored them for $4.99 a piece.  The lady at the registered asked if we were teachers and if we had cleaned them out!
How else would we end our weekend but with one more lunch, some great laughs and a little bit of facial hair?
Thanks to these lovely ladies, I laughed so hard I cried and snorted, my face muscles hurt and I had a much needed break from everyday life.  I'm so glad I did it!
Not only did I get to start my Spring Break right, but after returning on Sunday, I had a comment on my blog from my 100th follower!!!!  YIKES!!  How did that happen?  I was so excited!  So, check back on Friday when I'll be announcing my first giveaway, just to say thanks for following me.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hanging With My Peeps!

I can't wait until this weekend...the Great Midwest Blogger Meet-up in Kansas City!  If you would like to attend, shoot me an email (my addy is the sidebar) and I'll give you the particulars.

In honor of getting to meet this lovely ladies, I've just uploaded my newest product....Hanging With My Peeps!  Sure to get your kids listening for those sounds, this packet has 3 levels of differentiated play.  Click on the cover to go to my TpT store and check it out!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

March Madness Sale!

March Madness is upon us!  I, being the most non-sport enthusiast/playing person ever, refer to the weeks before Spring Break as "March Madness".  You know, crazy weather + crazy kids + grade card testing = March Madness.  :-)

I am so ready for Spring Break!  This week is parent/teacher conferences and after that...Spring Break, Bloggy Friends Meet up in Kansas City and some much needed down time.  To make this week a little sweeter for you, I'm so jazzed to share this...
...great products by my great Kinderland friends--20% off all their stores! Stock up now for spring!   Click on the sale button to go to my store.  Happy shopping!