Monday, June 27, 2011

Giveaways and Freebies

Giveaways and Freebies - 2 of my favorite things!  I just found this great new blog and they are having a giveaway.  You have until July 4th to enter, so hop on over and check it out!


Lesson Plan Diva is also offering her Kung Fu Panda ABC order center for FREE!  It's only for today, though, so hurry!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Math Workstation Rotation Dots

   So I just finished reading Guided Math and am beginning Debbie Diller's Math Workstations book.  My plan was to read it in time to keep up with the book study on the different blogs, but that didn't work out so well.  I'll just have to go back and read the posts. 
   Anyway, Diller suggests using numbers on your workstation management board to show the kids which station they will be working in.  She also suggests using 2 different colors (1 for each round).  So, since I'm doing a polka dot "theme" in my room next year, I thought that these would be cute for my rotation chart.  If you like these, feel free to grab them.  If you'd like different colors to go with your classroom, shoot me an email and I'll try to get them customized for you!


Yeah!  I did it!  I figured out the whole blog button thing!  In answer to my last post, yes, it was just me (I was copying the wrong code for the picture).  Thank you so much Leslie for your help (and for this cute design).  If you haven't checked out Leslie's site, you need to go right now.  She has some great ideas and is a wonderful help to newbie bloggers like me!


Ok, should it really be this hard, or is it just me?  First of all, Leslie, thank you for the great tutorial on adding the "Grab My Button" box.  As you can see, I figured that part out.  Now, however, I can't get the picture of the button to show up.  I have copied and pasted the html code, but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong!!!  Can anyone help me?

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Blog Button (but I still need a little help!)

So a MILLION thanks to Leslie at Kindergartenworks for creating a blog button for me to use until I could figure out the whole button thing.  Maybe it's just the computer I'm working on (I'm at my Momma's for a couple of weeks and her computer is...well...not the best), and maybe it's my extreme lack of blogging knowledge (don't laugh), but I can get the button to appear on my sidebar - I just can't figure out how to get the code below it so people can grab it.  Any suggestions?

Help With Blog Button

So I really want to create a blog button, but I have no idea even where to begin!  I know that there are many talented bloggers out there that may be able to help me, so please leave me a comment if you can and let me know how you create your great buttons!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A New Giveaway and Some Great New Blogs

So I ran across this giveaway. Y'all know I love giveaways, but I got excited about this one because I found some great new blogs from it! Check it out and enter to win!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Teacher Information Sheet

So, I have to admit the end of the year snuck up on me. All of a sudden, it was the end of May and I was scrambling to figure out what to get my children's teachers for end of the year gifts. Now, I have to say that this year was tough, because my children had 11 teachers between the two of them (my daughter had 3 teachers, my son had 1 teacher and 2 aides and then they have 5 resource teachers). So to avoid this problem next year, I've decided to have their teachers fill out this little information sheet at the beginning of the year. I figure, we get a ton of information sheets on our students, why not get one for your child's teacher as well?

teacher information sheet

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Too Good to be True!

So as I'm blog surfing (which seems to be my new summer hobby), I found this AWESOME giveaway. Anna from Crazy for First Grade, Melissa from Mrs. Freshwater's Class, Erica from Erica Bohrer's First Grade, Michelle Oakes from Fabulous in First, Amanda from One Extra Degree, Cara from The First Grade Parade and myself, Kinderglynn have teamed up to offer you a ton of fabulous units and games! This is HUGE! Head over to Kinderglynn and check it out!

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Helpful Hint and Another Giveaway

So every year, I laminate my name tags and anything else I put the kids names on that I want to last all year or that I want to keep and use another year. I spent years thinking that I was being so smart and saving money (which I was), but at the end of every year, I would find myself scrubbing the names off and thinking, "Is this really worth it?" If you've ever used nail polish remover, white board cleaner, etc to scrub names off, you know that it really dries your hands out and, at the end of the year, you're so tired you really don't want to take the time to do it.
So this year, about January, I had a "duh" moment. I typed up all the kids names, printed them out, and taped them on cute little owls (we had a camping theme this year), leaving just the bottom edge untaped. Then, all I had to do was grab the bottom of the name and pull it off! No more scrubbing or dry skin. I know...all of you have probably been doing that forever, but no one mentioned it to me! If you don't want to use tape, I have also found that the Mr. Clean magic eraser works wonderfully too and since it just uses water, you can have a student do it for you before they go home for the year. I know they would LOVE that job!

On another note,the Lesson Plan Diva is having the best kind of giveaway - the kind where everyone wins! Just head on over and win!

It only lasts for a few more hours, so hurry!

BIG giveaway at kindergartenworks!

KindergartenWorks Raffle Ticket

OK guys, this is a big one! KindergartenWorks is giving away a HUGE calendar pack. What's so neat about this one is that it includes 159 pages of printed material (no, that's not a typo) and 104 pieces of clipart. Too cool! Just follow the link above to see how to enter. What a great way to kick off the summer!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Proud Mommy Moment

So, I just have to take some time out to say what a proud momma I was today.  My little man had his pre-k graduation.  I can't believe he'll be in Kindergarten next year.  Here he is in his cap and gown:

Sorry, just had to brag for a moment.  Back to regular posts tomorrow!

Friday, June 3, 2011

It must be giveaway season!

Here's another great giveaway!  Head on over to Miss Snowden's blog to register to win a $30 gift card to Staples, Target, or Wal-Mart. I just love giveaways (can't you tell?)!
1st Grade with Miss Snowden

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Another Great giveaway

Y'all know how much I love surfin' the web and discovering new blogs.  I just found this one:
The Creative Apple
She has some great ideas, and has just started a series about guided math.  I am super excited about that because I want to start guided math in my classroom next year.  I was even more excited when I saw that she was giving away a gift certificate to!  Hop on over and check it out!