Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Attention Grabbers *FREE* Download :)

You know how every teacher has their little "thing" when getting the attention of the kiddos?  Some teachers do the clap & kiddos echo.  Others do the "Give me 5" and kiddos quiet down and hold up their hands?  Well, when I first started at my campus, teachers would say "listen" and kiddos would echo with "listen."  It grated on my nerves for awhile but I found it worked pretty well. 
So, I started saying "munchkins" and they would echo with "munchkins."  Then we'd say lollipop, or quack, or whatever silly thing popped into my head.  It was fun! 
Since this year is going to be the best year EVER, I'm thinking I need to switch it up a little after looking a little more into the whole brain teaching effect.  I think these attention grabbers will do the trick. 
This is a set of small cards meant to cut out, laminate, and stick on a ring for easy access.  Click the pic below to download your *free* copy. 



Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ch-ch-ch-changes and ch-ch-ch-checkies!! :)

Changes & Checkies!  I obviously have a problem.  I like to change things up.  I like to rearrange the furniture, paint over canvases I've already painted, re-organize, re-design, re-everything!  I really like changing the things around me.  Changing myself is a whole 'nuther problem.  :)
Now that my confession is out, you must now that I am now obsessed with the checkie theme I've got planned for my classroom for 2013-2014.  Because of this new checkie theme, the Bloggie obviously needed a redesign!  Ya with me?  I have issues, I know.  It's ok.  I've accepted it.
So far, I've added several new checkie themed products to my Teachers Pay Teachers catalog and I'm excited about the things I have in mind. 
For my own classroom, I am planning on going with deep greens & blues, but chevron is crazy popular right now.  I may add a few touches of the pretty pattern in various spots in the classroom.
Below are the products I've completed thus far!  Click the pics to visit my TPT store if you're interested. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day :)

We live in a land where many things are possible because of the brave men & women who put their own lives on the line for the sake of our freedoms. 
I am VERY thankful to live in these vast, diverse, and beautiful United States of America!  
Happy Independence Day, everyone!  :)