Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy Planner Happiness

I was at a point that I need to get a good planner that would motivate me to write in my planner.  After missing doctor's appointments and forgetting important dates at school, I knew that I had to do something.  I was chatting with my teacher friends on Google hangout and they were telling me about the Happy Planner at Michaels.  I went and I fell in LOVE.  I bought this sturdy planner on CLEARANCE for $13.99...Yes....$13.99.  They are regularly $24.99.  They have so many extras that you can add to the planner.
Picture below is one of the 5 design covers.

Pictured below is what is on the other side of the cover.  It is SOOO sturdy.
Pictured below is the 1st page where I put my name!!!
Pictured below is the page before the planning calendar.  It has the months at a glance and an awesome journaling portion.


This is one of the MANY inspirational dividers.  They are all different and it is one of my favorite parts of the planner.
2 pictures below is an example of the Calendar boxes and "Write it down"
The next 2 pictures are the next two calendar pages.  The have the option of the "Morning" "Afternoon" "Evening."  
Pictured below are some note pads that I can bought from Michaels.  It is from the Recollection brand.

Safe Kids Search Engines

If you want or need a safe place for your students to search the web for activities or even a project, here are 2 really cool kids search engines.
The 1st search engine is a google search engine.  It is  Don't forget that it isn't ".com."  
How is Kiddle designed specifically for kids?
  • Most Kiddle search results are illustrated with big thumbnails, which makes it easier to scan the results, differentiate between them, and click the most appropriate results to your query. Thumbnails serve as visual clues and are especially beneficial to kids as they don't read as fast as adults.
  • Kiddle serves search results in large Arial font, providing better readability for kids.
  • Kiddle utilizes Google safe search technology to filter any explicit or deceptive sites. Queries containing adult terms are blocked.
  • The second search engine is  It is also powered by google.
  • is a search engine that's supposed to be tailored to provide safe, adult-content-free search results. Sexually charged terms and curse words are blocked. The only bad thing about is the ads and some news info will pop up on the site.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Clip art sale until Saturday!

Want to make some items for TPT or for your classroom? Search:teacherclipartsale on TPT for some awesome deals until Saturday! #tpt #teacherclipartsale

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

If you want a teacher shirt with your grade level or if you want one to promote your blog, you have to check out
They have so many different categories to choose from.  
You can also get class shirts as well.  
I had this shirt made for my other blog design but I will be getting a new one for my new blog design.  
They are so fast with shipping and processing.
The printing is so clear and they can customize your own shirt.
Check out their site and email me if you have any questions! for custom shirts for teacher apparel for the world's most amazing class shirts for their custom designer
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Feature Teacher Tuesday!

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…..

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Feature Teacher Tuesday!

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

Sarah and her husband, Josh, just had the adoption of their daughters finalized! They were foster parents for these girls for 414 days before they became a forever family..
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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!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Feature Teacher Tuesday

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!