Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Do you need Smartboard or Promethean board activities?

As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of Tabitha Carro with Flapjack Education.  I have purchased her items before I even met her.  I have been working with her to convert all of her Smartboard files to Activinspire files for the Promethean board.  She has a great deal going on now if you teach Pre-K-1st grade.  She just added her Kindergarten Promethean board activities on TPT.  

                             Kindergarten Common Core Based Math and Literacy PROMETHEA
Click the picture to send you to her TPT store.
They are on sale right now for $5.00! You can never find all of this work for $5.00.  It is so worth it!
She also has 1st grade Smartboard and Promethean board files as well.
First 1st Grade Math Smart Board Game Pack

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Teachers...Enter for these awesome grants and giveaways!!

I stumbled upon an awesome site, We Are Teachers.  They have so many giveaways and it takes less than a few minutes to enter.  Click on the picture to head to their link!  Good Luck!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Google Cardboard and Flapjack Education Smartboard and Promethean files

Hello to the teacher world..I have been MIA because of school and baseball so I haven't been on like I used to...I used a google cardboard for my tech showcase presentation and I shared my feelings about it in the video above.
I am also so excited to partner up with Tabitha Carro with Flapjack Education to convert her AWESOME smart board math game packs.  She has a GREAT 20% off sale on all of her products.  Click here for the 1st grade pack!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Last Feature Teacher Tuesday

NOOO!  It’s come to an end!  This is the last blog post for a while of the Featured Teacher Tuesdays!
Heidi Neels from Flipping for First is a spunky and organized first grade teacher!  
Years of tumbling, cheerleading and a passion for teaching made her blog name come to life!  She has been teaching for 9 years, 6 of those being in first grade!  She has truly found her teaching niche!
Heidi has been married for 15 years (yep, he’s tied up in the basement) and has two beautiful girls ages 15 (don’t do the math) and 10!  Faith brings joy in her life each and every day!  God has blessed her family and teaching career!  She is a middle child (typical middle child syndrome) and requires lots of attention from those around her!
Organization fuels Heidi through first grade!  (It may be a disease!)  Check out her blog for some amazing tips on how to organize Words Their Way, Listening Stations, Behavior Management, Erin Condren Planner, Common Core Assessments, Classroom tips and so much more!

Laughing is important to Heidi!  Mo Willems, first grade quotes, and National Lampoon movies can put a smile on her face.  Just like Wimberly, Heidi can worry a lot!  Therefore Heidi clings to
Psalm 46:10  “Be still, and know I am God!

Heidi’s best seller is her Editable Daily Behavior Chart!  This is an amazing product that every teacher who has a student with challenging behavior needs!!  Heidi loves to hear success stories about teachers using this in their classrooms!!
Fry’s First 100 Sight Words came about when she had 30% of her students struggling with sight words!  Yikes!  To overcome this obstacle, Heidi created a product that focuses on teaching the words in context using pictures, repetition, and motor skills!  She ended that year with 100% of her students knowing all first grade sight words!  Love it!
Heidi’s First Grade Common Core Math Assessments are a full year’s worth of assessments!  She even has a blog post with a yearly calendar to help you plan!
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Check out one of Heidi’s freebies!
Don’t forget to join me in following Heidi!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Feature Teacher Tuesday

Meet Karen Wasdin from Silly Sam Productions!


Karen has been teaching 1st Grade for almost 30 years. She is a Baseball Mom from New Jersey and loves to watch her son play for the High School team and travel teams. Her husband is a Videographer/Photographer and she enjoys assisting him in producing sports and educational videos in his business, MoonGate Video Productions.


Finding ways to help her young learners understand the trickiest concepts has driven her to create multi-sensory approaches and engaging lessons that MAKE LEARNING FUN! These techniques can be found in her products at TpT.


Color-Coded Fact Families Mental Math uses the color-coding technique to help learners make connections to math strategies.


is an integrated Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop unit that has students look at the story of the Three Little Pigs through the eyes of different characters. Then they do the same with their own personal narrative about their first day of school. This helps them truly discover and empathize with others and recognize feelings other than their own.


is an extensive unit covering the heart of the first grade phonics curriculum. Word Houses use patterning chunks and vowel sounds to help students become stronger readers and writers. Creating their own Vowel Books helps students celebrate all that they have learned.

You can find and follow Silly Sam Productions here:
Blog: Laugh and Learn with Silly Sam        Twitter:  @sillysamprod
TpT: Silly Sam Productions                          Pinterest:  Silly Sam Productions
Facebook:   Silly Sam Productions                   Instagram:  sillysamproductions

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Feature Teacher Tuesday



This week our Featured Teacher is Stephanie Darling from Special Adventures!


Stephanie Darling is currently a 1st Grade Teacher in Central Arkansas.  This is Stephanie’s first year in 1st grade, she previously taught special education for 5 years.

Stephanie is married to her husband Kenny, who is also a teacher.  They work in the same elementary school where they met just a couple years ago.  They were engaged and “ran off to Vegas” to get married.  Their little family has grown by 1 as they have a yellow lab, Ozzie keeping them on their toes.  
Stephanie loves teaching!   She is having a blast this year in first grade and is very passionate about helping all students learn in fun and engaging ways.  Stephanie has really enjoyed learning so many new things from teachers in her online teaching communities such as facebook, blog, tpt and more. You can find Stephanie on
Instagram @specialadventures
Periscope @StephaneDarling
Blab @StephaneDarling
Twitter @StephaneDarling
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/darlings123/

Besides running her blog, Stephanie is also a TpT Author!  You can find her store at Special Adventures with Stephanie Darling. Some of her newest products include…

*Seasonal Mystery Passages for fun close reading practice.* Click the link to check out Stephanie’s latest Winter Themed Passage.
These packs are perfect for working on reading comprehension and close reading as well as vocabulary development.  

Stephanie also has created an entire year of 2nd Grade Math Curriculum and has a growing bundle that when completed in June will be an entire year of 1st Grade Math Curriculum.  These sets are aligned to CCSS and have all you need, games, hands on engaging lesson plans, reinforcement pages, differenciation, assessments, explicit instructions for use, to save any teacher time, money and energy in planning and teaching math.