Saturday, December 3, 2016

Best Pencil Sharpener Ever!

Oh my goodness!! I have seen lots of videos online and on social media about this pencil sharpener.  Teachers are calling it the "Best pencil sharpener ever!"  and I now have to agree!!!!
Each pencil is sharpened so sharp.  I have never seen a sharpener sharpen a pencil like this before!  
When you go to:

You can buy in bulk or individually.  This site is from an actual teacher and the prices are great!
I have a very expensive electric sharpener at school and it has already broken within a few months.  It can be mounted or not.  They have a wide variety of colors.  A portion of the cost goes to a charity.  Please, check this site out!  I will be purchasing another one very soon!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Free apps today


Monday, November 21, 2016


Click on the picture to send you to the Osmo site!

I am so excited that I had money in my class account to get the complete set of Osmo!  You can use a purchase order to purchase.  You just need to get a quote and I gave mine to my bookkeeper and she took care of the rest!
My students (and myself) just LOVE it!
Osmo Monster, Coding, and Pizza are the newest ones!

Best teacher shirt

I am so excited to get my new shirt from The Blue Envelope!  I was introduced to this site by Pocketful of Primary on Youtube!

Click on the business card for their main website!


This is me.....I love the shirt..It is so soft!  Click on my picture to send you to the direct link to this certain shirt!


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Dollar tree find


I just can't help myself..everytime that I go to Dollar Tree, I come up with another idea for my centers....I found these alphabet beads with some lacing cord... I just typed up our spelling list and BAM!!!! I have a literacy center made in 5 minutes!
Funny thing is...I went in to the Dollar Tree just to get picture frames lol
Just stop by your local Dollar Tree and you can't imagine all of the things that you can use in your classroom.  The best part is that it is only $1.00 a piece and that is great for a frugal teacher like I am!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Awesome FREE TPT reading passages product!

Click on the picture to send you to this awesome FREE product.  I love her products and this is a chance for you to download this one to see if you love her products.  
I also want you to stay turned to my blog this week....I am helping train other 1st grade teachers to use technology in their centers.  Also, while making digital centers, they will be using the SAMR model.  More details to come.....

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Back to school giveaway

You do not want to miss this giveaway!  We have an awesome teacher group that is giving away LOTS of prizes.  GOOD LUCK!!!!
Click on the picture to send you to the giveaway link! 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Best iPad apps for kids

Click on the picture to send you to the form!

I have been presenting at many technology conferences in the past 3 years and I have found that these are the best apps that I have found effective in my classroom with my firsties.  They might not work for all students but I wanted to share what I have compiled.  I am attaching my sheet of apps and you are more than welcome to share these with other teachers as well!
I hope that you have a wonderful school year, mine has just begun.  I am exhausted (I'm not going to lie) but I am already loving my new class. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Another Office Depot Haul

Another Sunday Office Depot haul.. All of this for $8.00!!! 
First of all, make sure that you have a Teacher Star reward card from Office depot.  You have to spend $5.00 minimum but it is so worth going.  Every teacher loves Ticonderoga pencils.  I grade with markers so the Crayola markers were a big deal.  They were .25 and some of the other items were .01.  The pencils and the reinforced looseleaf paper were $1.00 but it was still a great deal!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wonderful design tips for your classroom!

If you follow Ashley Schroeder on Periscope then you definitely know how awesome she is!  I just watched her youtube video on how she makes her fonts and images into decorations for her classroom.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tech camp day 3


If you have been following me on social media, especially Periscope, I have posted lots of videos of  the activities that the students have done over this past week.  My first tech camp is complete.  I was worried with the 5th and 6th graders because I usually teacher first graders but I have to say that I enjoyed them so much!  We had an excellent group and they even taught me things about coding.  We have some talented students in our district.  Students have already made their own games.  I can't say enough about how much fun I had this past week...I'm exhausted but I had fun lol  I can't wait until next summer!

Student is using a program to code:  www.made with

Student using to design their 3D printing project.

The two above pics are of our tech campers trying to figure out Breakoutedu.
You can also use the online version

Tech camp day 2

First picture above is of one of our campers who is looking for images online to design his 3D project.  He will then go to the program Tinkercad to design his project.

This student is coding a project from Tynker.

The 3 above pictures are students using the virtual reality glasses.

These students are coloring pictures from the website
Then the students scan the color sheets using the Quiver app.  This is an augmented reality activity.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Lots of deals on TPT today!

I found this really great deal on TPT to help you for the beginning of the year.  As you can see...I don't have plans on the 4th...My husband has to work and we are headed to the baseball world series tomorrow so it's schoolwork for me!  I made my own "Back to School" brochures but this teacher has made some cute templates with Melonheadz clipart(I love Nikki, by the way.) 
Click on this picture to send you to this bundle.  
Also, take a look at ALOT of teachers that have a 20% sale today.  It's a great time to buy and get organized before school starts!  Y'all have a Happy 4th!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

First Grade Helpers and a little diary.....

It is only July.....
and yes......
I am already having dreams of school.....
I actually had one yesterday that I was going to have 30 students in my class-lol
Most of my teacher friends said that would be a nightmare, not a dream!!
I really don't want to get so stressed at the beginning of the year because it will come fast.
I am working at a tech camp, on a few summer DCA committees, going to a lesson plan training, and training to be a Seesaw ambassador...whew....
Also, son is in tournament baseball and I Periscope and I'm on Theteacherblabshow on blab.  Yes, I don't know how to say no or slow down. I figure that life is too short and if you have opportunities, you need to take them right?  I am always wanting to learn and the only way to do that is to be a part of many things.  Social Media is a BIG part of it!  I have met so many teachers and has made so many friends out of social media that I don't regret one bit of it!  I have learned so much and I love collaborating with all of you!
This is one thing that i'm working on...
I print this up every year.  It is from Michelle Oakes.  Click on the picture to take you to her TPT link.  It is $2.50 and it is so worth it(it is on sale on 7/3 and 7/4 for $2.00.)  I just print them from my home computer, laminate them with my personal laminator, and trim the ends.  I usually let the students put them in their binders/folders.  Sometimes, students end up just putting them in their desk and pull them out for quick reference.  I hope you all have a wonderful summer!

Awesome Giveaway

Click on the picture to take you to her blog!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Join us on blab on Thursday! Get awesome updates on the Sights by Educasic app!

Join us on Thursday to chat with Melissa with Sights by Educasic and  She has some awesome new features and updates and will be there to answer any questions that you may have.  Click on the icon to send you to subscribe to the blab.  See you there!

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!