December 17, 2015

TPT Milestone

We are celebrating our 1st big or at least big to us TPT Milestone!! We have reached 100 followers in our TPT store! When we began our journey this summer we were just really looking to create some centers and printables to support our Words Their Way instruction. It's really fun creating meaningful and engaging activities that I know my students need. Enjoy 20% off our TPT store 12/18-12/20! Follow us so you will get updates on our newest products!

December 16, 2015

Featured Teacher

Hey everyone! Welcome back for another week of Featured Teacher Tuesday. This week we are showcasing Melinda King from Tales of the Sassy Teacher. (
Melinda is married with 2 children who are 10 months apart. She has started her 15th year of teaching. She has been at the same school for her entire career. She has taught 1/2 split classes for 2 years, 2/3 split for 1 year, 2nd grade for 2 years, K-2 reading teacher for 5 years, K-2 writing for 4 years, and this year she is teaching 1st grade math. Melinda’s dream is to teach Kindergarten or her 1st graders all day with all subjects.
Melinda has been on TPT since 2011 but hasn’t really started selling until a year ago. She loves to create products that are not just for sales. She creates to get her students excited about learning.
Some of the products in her store that her kids love using are…..

December 8, 2015

It's that time again....

Welcome back for another Featured Teacher Tuesday! This week, meet Sarah Hankinson from Learning is for Superstars!

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Sarah is in her fifteenth year of  teaching in central Virginia and is a Liberty University graduate. She taught 8 years in fourth grade before moving six years ago to first grade. She has an interesting group this year - a combination of first and second graders! All of these years have been at the same school.

Even with the busyness of life and teaching a combo class, she loves to create whenever possible!  The most popular item in her Teachers Pay Teachers store is her money pack for first graders. It is full of counting pennies, nickels, and dimes individually and in mixed groups. There are picture cards with money amounts to sort and match, along with printables for each coin. Since Sarah teaches in VA, which doesn’t have Common Core standards, this is designed to meet Standards of Learning for Virginia.

Another popular unit is her Benjamin Franklin pack, one of the famous Americans taught to first graders in Virginia, although the social studies standards change for next year! Included is an informational booklet, along with word/picture matching cards, word search, and comprehension questions.
Who doesn’t need a quick print and go, especially at this time of the year?! Look no further! Sarah’s Christmas print and go is perfect for your first graders! Full of 20 black and white printables, including labeling, beginning sounds, syllables, CVC words, writing prompts, alphabetical order, addition fact fluency, and word problems!

And for a winter freebie, which will last you past Christmas and into January! My children LOVE I Spy activities and this reviews distinguishing between long and short vowel sounds.

Want to follow Sarah? Use the links below!

December 6, 2015

Anybody Stressed yet?

As I was sitting at my daughter's and niece's cheer competition yesterday chatting with my sister, I had this overwhelming feeling of stress take over me. WE were talking about school as usual and our county has decided that even tho it is only the 67th day of school, that we need to start our middle of the year benchmark testing now!! Have you tried to make 6 year old's listen in December??? Exactly my point and it will not be the middle of our school year until January, so am I missing something here? Oh, did I forget to mention that with our Mclass TRC testing, we have to test each other's students? Yes that's right, so not only are we testing but we have to organize a way to test each other's students, Now do you see where the stress is coming from. Plus it's Christmas and I want to enjoy my students and see the excitement of Christmas through a 6 year old's eyes. So I decided last night that I would not let this put a damper on my Holiday cheer. I am breaking out the paints, cinnamon ornaments and other crafting supplies and enjoying this time of the year despite the testing. Yes I will test and know I will rejoice in the progress I see my kiddos make in their diebels score. I will be able to take all this wonderful data and be ready to hit the floor running (okay, not running but you know what I mean) in January.
I love making products for my classroom that my students needs. It's hard to keep students on task during the holidays, they are so excited and anything off schedule just sends them into a tizzy. I love to incorporate holiday themes through my stations, giving the kiddos a little motivation to keep working hard. My students have loved working on their December Journals. The picture gives students ideas on what to write about. I included the word box to expose students to December Vocabulary and help those struggling writers with what words to include in their sentences.
Enjoy this freebie, It's a sample of one of the December Journal pages. Students love sharing how they decorate their homes for the holidays.
Students are so engaged when they are telling their own experiences. These are great activities to use during literacy stations as apart of a writing station. 

Visit our TPT Store for some other great December Activities. Our December Christmas Math Activities have been a life safer during this busy time of the year. I have use these for morning math warm up. Students can come right in and get started on these no prep printables and these allows me time to work with students in a small group to help with counting strategies. 

Ready for another freebie?

Hope you can use these No prep Christmas Math activities to make your next few weeks a little less stressful!

December 1, 2015

Featured Teacher

Featured Teacher Tuesday is back from our Thanksgiving break!  

This week we are featuring Elisabeth from Literacy and Lattes!

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Elisabeth has been teaching kindergarten and first grade for 11 years and is a National Board Certified Teacher.  For the past 4 years she has taught a literacy, science and social studies in a first grade classroom and provided one-on-one reading intervention in Reading Recovery.  Elisabeth is passionate about helping her students find a love of reading and making sure that each student feels loved and valued when they come to school each day.  

When she’s not in the classroom or creating products for her students, Elisabeth spends time with her husband and two crazy kiddos.  She loves to hike, read, watch Grey’s Anatomy, put monograms on basically everything and drink way too much coffee!

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Elisabeth is also a Teacher-Author on TpT.  You can find her store at Literacy and Lattes and she specializes in products for Reading Recovery/reading intervention and science in the primary classroom.  

Her newest product - Learning Letters with QR codes - is a perfect no prep literacy center.    
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Her best selling product - Reading Recovery and Small Group Data Collection and Planning -  includes everything you need to track data in reading intervention or guided reading groups.

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Elisabeth also loves teaching science in the classroom and making materials for simple science lab investigations.  

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Keep your literacy centers fun and engaging with the Super Fun Centers packs!
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And how about some freebies?!?
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You can also follow Elisabeth by clicking the links below.


See you next week, when we feature Sarah from Learning is for Superstars!

Be sure to check out what these other great teacher bloggers have in store for you this week!

November 22, 2015

November TPT Sale

Who's ready for the last two days before Thanksgiving break.  Me!!! I'm so excited that we are having a sale in our TPT store on all our November products. These packs are great for morning work, math and literacy stations or independent work. Our testing window opens up this week, so we will being our Diebels testing this week, so I wanted to create some printables that would be engaging and easy for students to use while I am busy testing! Got to get my Diebels on this week. So check out these No prep November packs in our store for 20 % off

November 17, 2015

Featured Teacher



This week our Featured Teacher is Heidi Martin from Droppin' Knowledge!

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Heidi Martin is a 1st Grade Teacher & Whole Brain Teaching Staff Member!  She is also a mother of a 13 year old daughter (lord help her), a newlywed, and expecting a baby boy in January!

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Heidi has been a teacher for 4 years at a priority school in Racine, WI.  You can read all about her teaching journey HERE!  She was voted 2nd best teacher in her county last year & recently won 3rd Runner up in the Thred-Up – Raise a Hand for Teachers Campaign!  Heidi has a passion for helping under-privileged students & loves to watch her First Graders grow into leaders.  Through Whole Brain Teaching, Heidi teaches her students to become teachers & run a self-managing classroom.  Whole Brain Teachers like to call it “teacher heaven”!  You can read all about Heidi’s WBT Journey here!

If you want to learn more about Whole Brain Teaching, join Heidi for WBT Wednesdays on her blog and Blab.IM show! Just search WBT on Blab to find upcoming & past shows!

Besides running her blog, Heidi is also a TpT Author!  You can find her store at Droppin’ Knowledge with Heidi Martin. Some of her newest products include…

These packs are perfect for working on sentence structure while team-building at the same time!

To see how she uses these in her classroom (and see other versions available), CLICK HERE!

Her **BEST SELLER** is her Editable Newsletter Templates!

This comes in a PowerPoint format so all you have to do is add your own text!

Now, how about some FREEBIES?

For 2 days only (November 17th & 18th), you can get a copy of Heidi’s Add the Room activity ~ November Edition! & the Add the Room DECEMBER edition for FREE!

A favorite forever freebie are Heidi’s “Author Check” cards!
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Get more Freebies HERE!

Thank you for checking out this week’s Featured Teacher!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving and we will see you back on Tuesday, December 1st to meet Elisabeth from Literacy and Lattes!