TpT Sale {Morning Work Repost}

We’re still in the midst of summer… or more accurately less than four weeks from the beginning of the school year. But, it sounds MUCH better to say it’s “summer” and not, “it’s almost time for school”. Are you cringing at every back to school commercial on TV? It just can’t be that time yet!

740 × 400But seeing as how the start of the school year is creeping up on us, I wanted to point out that starting tomorrow, August 1st, Teachers Pay Teachers is having an amazing sale. My whole store- First Grade Adventures- is on a 20% sale. This is the perfect time to stock up on everything you need for the start of the school year.

Looking for how to run successful guided reading groups? Click on the picture below to link to my best selling, 5 star rated Guided Reading Basics pack.

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Need new ideas for your writing center? Need to spice up your Daily 5 writing station? Click on the picture below to link to my Ultimate Writing Pack.

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Stuck on science? My Light Pack and Sound Pack are two of my BEST SELLING products. They are completely inclusive science units that are ready to go, with hands-on experiments, NGSS aligned, and wonderfully engaging!

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Another great product is my Reading Comprehension pack. I use them weekly in my student’s homework packets and they are differentiated so you can meet the needs of all the kids in your room!

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Lastly, if you’re just in the frame of mind to think about the first few days of school, check out my First Day of School Pack. There are lots of fun activities included, like Play-Doh sculpting, All About Me activities, and even interest inventories to get to know your new kiddos.

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There are TONS more products, so be sure to check out my store. Click on any of the pictures above or CLICK RIGHT HERE TO LINK TO MY TPT STORE- FIRST GRADE ADVENTURES

1200 × 628Don’t forget, my whole store is already on sale. But you can also add the code “BestYear” and get an additional 8% off. That works out to a 28% discount! This is really the time to stock up on what you need. Get a jump start on the school year!

Speaking of getting ready for the school year, are you still doing traditional morning work? If you are, you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY need to click on this link to read my blog post about why traditional morning work just doesn’t cut it.

I’ve moved away from the traditional “one page a day” method and you can read all about why at the link above. You should check out all of my month packets at my TpT store to replace your traditional morning work needs. At only $4.00 for the whole month, it’s SO worth it! {Side note- I’m still working on getting a couple of the months done, but this is the time to buy as many as you can of them while they are on sale!}

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Just click on the picture above for the September packet. Then, look at my store to find the rest of the months! I really recommend it, it’s something my kids use every single day.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post, check out my store, and consider some of these products. I really appreciate all of your support and reviews. Thank you!

And it begins….

The new school year is here! Although it doesn’t quite seem real  yet, students will be in their seats bright and early Monday morning. I’m not sure where the summer went, but I’m looking forward to a new bunch of first graders and starting off the year. 🙂

BUT- first things first!

TpT Sale!!!!

TpT Sale!!!!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a HUGE sale starting tomorrow and going through Monday. I’ve already set up my store for 20% off! And if you enter the promo code- BTS13- you’ll get an additional % off!

Please check it out and use this as an opportunity to try new things, get new products, and buy the things off your wish list!

Here is a link to my store: MY TpT STORE! or you can look along the right hand side of this blog to see my products listed!

End of summer activities

I’ve been trying to fit in everything possible these last few days of summer:

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

My mom and I visited a new, local farmers market. It wasn’t huge, but we found a lot of great things!

Yumm-o

Yumm-o

We both left with some great bread, bottled Asian sauces, and fresh corn. Yum 🙂

Family!

Family!

We also all just got together for our 2nd annual Family Game/Pinterest Food Night!

Last year my sister had everyone over for a game night and as added fun, told us all to bring an appetizer that we’d pinned on Pinterest, but hadn’t made before. We all had such a good (and filling) time that we decided to do it again this year! Not only is it fun to get together with the family, but it’s fun to make something you’ve pinned, but haven’t gotten around to making. The food was great- and included taco pizza, bruschetta, Ruben dip, caramel apples, macaroni cups, and peanut butter/jelly/Nutella/and marshmallow mini sandwiches) Thanks Pinterest 🙂

School News

We had meet and greet on Thursday. I love meet and greet for 2 reasons. One being the fact that I get to meet my new students and their families. It’s a great chance for them to see the room, meet me, and feel more comfortable when Monday rolls around. And two, I love seeing my old students who come say hi! (I cannot believe my first  class of kiddos are now fourth graders! Agh!)

I snapped some pics of my room- it’s finally done!- before the families got there.

Word Wall

Word Wall

I’m using this white board for my word wall and have my sound cards above it. (Do you notice something missing? Notice a letter missing? Over the summer, we all moved to different rooms. My whole room got moved and everything found it’s way here- except my D card! Really? How did I lose it!? I know I’ll find it shoved in something a few months down the road!)

Desks

Desks

On each desk I had the white letter- from the office- and a folder that contained a student information sheet and a blog consent form (I have parents sign off if they will allow their students picture on this blog). I’ll send home much more “getting to know you” things in the next week, but I wanted these things first.

 

Library

Library

All the kids who came to visit loved exploring the library! It’s going to a be a favorite place in the room.  🙂

Windows

Windows

I know it’s dark/hard to see, but I love the way the paper balls add a pop of color to the room. (I actually got these from my sister-which were from her baby shower- and knew I could use them in the class!)

Our wall!

Our wall!

And lastly, here is my miscellaneous wall! The bottom part is where we have our gathering rug and calendar items. I love our calendar time in the morning, and it teaches the students many important skills. Each day we cover the days of the week, months of the year, the weather, how many days we’ve been in school, our location, and more!

Above that I have our Daily 5 posters. I thought those were so cute and hit all the important parts of each choice. On the other side, I decided I wanted some posters with visual cues for the students on the parts of speech and punctuation. I’m hoping these will help  🙂

That’s it for now! I’m actually going to run into school to do a few last minute things. I’ll be sure to post about our first day- I’m just as excited as the kids!