Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick & Treat... Freebielicious Blog Hop!

Fall is upon us {and Halloween is just around the corner} and that means it's time for a little teacher Trick & Treat action!


That's right-- Trick AND Treat!!  I've teamed up with my Freebielicious girls once again to share a teaching trick and special free treat!  Better than candy, right?!  At least... it's better for the waistline ;)

First I will share my TRICK with you.  It's nothing crazy and it's not too fancy, but it WILL keep you from being trampled during line ups!

My kiddos love to line up on top of the classroom door.  To prevent this, I used to say, "Line up behind the black squares!" over and over. {See the funky Halloween floor pattern below.}  Most days my friends wouldn't listen, and I'd be climbing over kids to get to the door.  Until one day, I stepped into a friend's classroom and saw something like this:


Upon first glance, it's just pink duct tape blocking off a rectangle of space by the classroom door.  But if you look closely, you'll see that it's actually a MAGIC rectangle, aka The Magic Box.  Kiddos can't step into The Magic Box during line up... not without permission!  If a little one accidentally steps beyond the pink tape, another student will QUICKLY remind him/her that you cannot step into The Magic Box until the teacher says.  See?  Magic!


Now I have plenty of space to stand in the front of the line, lock the door, call the rest of the tables, pick a Secret Star, do jumping jacks, breakdance... whatever I want!

And now I will share my TREAT with you.  It's a Roll and Color Witch printable!  It should do the trick and keep your little ones entertained for a minute or two ;)


This little witchy activity coordinates with my newest craft, Little Witch Kids!  It's 20% off for the rest of the night if you're looking for something fun to do this week!



Now hop along to the next blog for another Trick & Treat goodie!!

Simply Kinder

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Little Witch Kids {Craftivities & Printables} << It's on Sale!

Halloween is this week, and I finally finished my newest craftivity, Little Witch Kids!  Better late than never, right?!  Hopefully there are some procrastinators and last minute planners out there ;)

If you're looking for one more FUN and CUTE Halloween project to do this year, maybe this witchy craft is it!  There are three craft options, and a bunch of activities included.  I found my inspiration from my best-selling Elf Magic pack and other "little kids" crafties!

You can make little witches:
Or even littler witches:
And you can make witch feet, too:
There are four writing options:


And six activities for your kiddos to enjoy this week:


If you'd like to squeeze this pack into your Halloween plans, head on over to my TpT shop!  Little Witch Kids {Craftivities & Printables} is on SALE for the rest of today and tomorrow, in honor of my procrastination ;)


I'd love to hear what you think!  I hope you're in LOVE! :)

Have a HAPPY Sunday!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Classroom Faces T-Shirt Giveaway!

Every once in a while,  the girls at Freebielicious discover a really awesome product for classroom teachers that is so amazing, we just have to share it with you! Today is one of those days! Get ready because we are hosting a super cute giveaway for custom classroom t-shirts from ClassroomFaces.com. We will be giving away a class set* of custom t-shirts to THREE lucky Freebielicious fans! Isn't that amazing? 

These are NOT your average t-shirt designs. The people at ClassroomFaces are so creative, they found a way to print a collection of drawings from every child in the class on the set of t-shirts, to create a truly custom design! Nobody else in the world will ever have a t-shirt exactly like the one your class designs. The website may be called "Classroom Faces" but there are SO many more options for children to draw than just their face. Sample designs on the website show creative ideas using student handprints or drawings of the school mascot.

Since the Freebielicious girls are such good friends, we designed our very own set of Classroom Faces t-shirts. We enlisted the help of our talented friend (and fellow Freebie gal) Nikki from Melonheadz to create custom drawings of each of our faces. The finished t-shirts were absolutely ADORABLE! I absolutely love my new custom Freebielicious t-shirt from Classroom Faces.com.


Can you find me?? :)


About Classroom Faces

Creating a class set of t-shirts featuring your students drawings is easy. Each child just needs to create a simple drawing. To create t-shirts with one-color ink on a solid colored t-shirt (like ours) each child needs to draw their picture using a fine point black marker. The ClassroomFaces website has downloadable templates that you can use to guide your students. Full-color illustrations on a plain white t-shirt are also possible.


Extra Savings for Freebielicious Fans

Freebielicious fans that order a class set of t-shirts can save $1 on each t-shirt and receive one free teacher t-shirt with their order using promo code FREEBIE14. Orders must include 15 or more paid shirts to qualify and must be postmarked by December 31, 2014


WIN a Class Set of Custom Classroom Faces T-Shirts

Now that you have seen how ADORABLE these t-shirts are, it's your chance to try and win a set for your classroom. The wonderful people at ClassroomFaces are graciously giving away a class set* of custom t-shirts to THREE lucky Freebielicious fans! Each set is valued at over $250. Stop by the Freebielicious blog for your chance to WIN! 


*Up to 24 tshirts will be included in each prize pack. Winner can choose to order a class set of traditional single-color tshirts or tshirts will full-color illustrations. Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $11 or $13 (depending on t-shirt size and style). Shipping is free for winners that live in the US. If a winner requires shipping outside of the US, the winner is responsible for shipping costs. (Shipping to Canada costs between $5-$20 depending on weight and location). 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's My Birthday! {Unwrap YOUR Gifts!}

Hooray, today is my birthday!  It's an extra special birthday for me because it's my first as a mommy!  I am so blessed to spend my days with sweet Summer!



She dressed herself ;)  Isn't she the cutest EVER?!

Besides celebrating my 29th with my little family, I wanted to celebrate with you, too!!  I wasn't sure what to do, and then I saw my girl Hadar's post from her birthday… bingo!  She gave me permission to copy :)

Let's start with a little SALE!  My latest {and greatest?!} Starter Kit is 29% off for the rest of today and tomorrow!  It's my Grammar Center Starter Kit!







Next how about a flash freebie?!  This FREE October center comes straight from my Bewitching Halloween {Math & Literacy Centers} pack!  Get it quick-- it's only free through tomorrow!



If you like it, consider checking out the whole pack!

And last but not least, let's have a giveaway!  Three winners will get to spend $29 in my shop!  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below!


Now back to my little girl! :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Super Word Book {A Student Dictionary}

And just like that, it's been three weeks since my last post.  The beginning of the school year and being a new {and working!} momma is kicking this girl's butt.  But, I wouldn't trade any of it!  I am getting into the swing of things-- I think-- so please bare with me!!  I'll give ya a cupcake ;)

I also realized I haven't posted my classroom photos yet!  That's because our school was getting some work done {new windows/framing} and my room wasn't quite done… until this week!  So I am going to take some pics and get that post up, ASAP!

Now I'd like to share a new product with you!  I'm so excited to start using Super Word Book {A Student Dictionary} with my kiddos, and I hope you will be too!!



This pack will be an AWESOME tool for little writers!  Each Super Word Book includes 26 alphabet pages {A-Z} with the 220 Dolch words PLUS 95 nouns already listed.  Because I followed the list, some pages, like "Q" and "Z" don't have any words... YET :)  Each page has writing lines so kiddos can add their own words {primary/secondary lines available}.  At the bottom of each A-Z sheet is an extra word with a little picture… too cute!!

I also included 18 themes {two themes to a page}.  There are words for Back to School, Fall Harvest, Farm, Fire Safety, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Dental Health, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Weather, Earth Day, Spring, Plants, Patriotic Holidays, and Summer.  Each list has blank lines for more words, and a tiny picture at the bottom.

And last but not least, there are 10 reference lists, too {two to a page}.  Word lists include Days, Months, Numbers, Ordinal Numbers, Colors, Shapes, Pronouns, Contractions, Action Verbs, and Adjectives.  Space for extra words is provided.

When you put your student dictionaries together, don't forget to add one of these cute covers!  


I plan on 3-hole punching the pages and popping them into a 3-prong folder.  This way, my students can also use the folder to store writing pieces!  I left my example folder at school {womp!} so I will post a picture of it later.

If you're interested in grabbing this pack for your little ones, head over to my little TpT shop!  I really hope you love these Super Word Books as much as I do!!  Leave a little love {and your email} in a comment below, and I'll send this set to one lucky winner! Congrats to #18, Cherie!  You've got mail!

Super Word Book {A Student Dictionary} is on sale through Tuesday, September 30th!

Goodnight & sweet dreams to you!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Express Gift Card Giveaway!



I’m so excited to be teaming up with my favorite freebie-friends for a BIG giveaway to help get you going this school year! Over at the Freebielicious blog, we’re giving away a BIG, GRAND PRIZE (scroll down to the bottom of this post to read all about it!) and right here on my little blog, I’m giving away $25.00 to my favorite store to go school shopping: Express.

Express is my favorite place to shop for clothes.  Take a peek into my closet and you will discover that the vast majority of my "teacher clothes" come from Express.  Many outfits that I buy there can double as work AND everyday clothes, which I LOVE!  Match a peplum top with a pair of Editor pants for a great teacher look, or exchange the Editors for your favorite pair of jeans on a Saturday night!  



Another great PLUS to shopping at Express… the coupons!!  I get TONS of coupons all the time, sent to both my maiden and married self {double coups means I have to buy twice as much, right?!}.  They also have a rewards program and you can earn MONEY towards future purchases.  I'm an A-Lister… just sayin'.  ;)

If you want to shop 'til you drop in my favorite store, then I've got you covered with a chance to win a $25 gift card to Express.  Woohoo!


Please enter with integrity, using the Rafflecopter below. I’ll choose a winner a week from today.
But, wait! That’s not ALL!
The Freebielicious ladies know how much of your own hard-earned money goes into buying supplies, tissues, books, and classroom d├ęcor to get your classroom “kid-ready,” and we want to be able to put some of that money right back in your pocket. Over at the Freebielicious blog, we are giving away a $300 Visa gift card! YES…YOU READ THAT RIGHT! $300!!!

To enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, click HERE or on the button below!


Also, while you are there, be sure to check out what the other Freebie-ladies are giving away. Be prepared for some AMAZING prizes. Take a peek at some of them below!


               Good luck!! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Behavior Calendars {Non-Editable with Codes!} 2014-2015

Happy Monday!  Whether you were back in school today, or still home on summer vacay, I hope it was a GREAT day!!  I am still in my bed… after 6pm… with a little munchkin asleep on my chest.  My hubby had off today and we've been super lazy, watching season two of Sons of Anarchy on Netflix all day.  Ah, summer :)

Anywho, I'm stopping by today to share a new product with you!  I received a TON of requests from sweet Cupcake followers, so I have *finally* added my non-editable behavior calendars WITH codes back into my shop! 



Each non-editable calendar includes 10 codes at the bottom to make noting behavior quick and easy for both teachers and parents!  The calendars come in color and b&w for easy printing.  You can purchase them from my TpT shop if you're interested!

If you're looking for an editable version, they are available in my store as well!  Click on the covers to take you to the shop listings:

Whichever version you choose, these behavior calendars are really a wonderful communication tool.      At the end of the month, you can collect all behavior sheets and keep them in folders to refer to during conferences, etc.  I also use them to reward good behavior by giving a little prize to those kiddos who did not clip down all month.  I hope you find them as valuable as I do!!

Now it's time to get back to being lazy :)  Enjoy your night!!  XOXO!