Time for Some After Christmas Shopping

What happened to Christmas?

I'm totally amazed that Christmas has come & gone.  it doesn't seem like it was that long ago that we were starting a new school year!  I hope you had a great Christmas & are having some time to enjoy yourself right now!

I am teaming up with some other blogger teachers for a great giveaway!  One lucky person has a chance to win a $100 gift card to Amazon!  I LOVE Amazon ( my monthly charge card statement can back me up on this one!).  I sure wish I could enter this one!

Anyway, thanks to Kristin over at Happy Little Kindergarten for hosting this giveaway.  All you have to do is enter on the rafflecopter below.  
Enjoy the rest of your break- hopefully one of my followers is the winner of this awesome prize!

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Featured Teacher Tuesday

Hi everyone!  We're back for another week of a Featured Teacher!  Thanks so much to Heidi at Droppin' Knowledge for  hosting this linky each week.  
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…..





Featured Teacher Tuesday

Welcome back for another Featured Teacher Tuesday! Thanks to our host Heidi over at Droppin' Knowledge!
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!


Featured 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!


Fabulous Freebies for Teachers Winter Blog Hop

Winter Blog Hop

Hi there!  I am part of a group called Fabulous Freebies for Teachers.  We have a blog and a fb page where we post freebies from our stores.  We thought it would be fun to have our first ever blog hop!
So sit back and enjoy hopping through our blogs.  Maybe you'll meet someone new!

Does your family have special traditions they celebrate during the holidays?  When I was young my family always made a big deal on Christmas Eve.  We had a special dinner- usually my mom's delicious homemade clam chowder-and then we got to open some presents.  These were usually the gifts from my parents.  We had to wait until the morning for the gifts from Santa!
On Christmas morning it was magical.  My dad loved to make Christmas morning special.  He'd add little "props" to make it seem as though Santa had visited the night before.  There would be evidence left behind to prove he'd been there.  Of course, there would always be something under the tree that was exactly what I had asked Santa for!
Christmas with family will always hold a special place in my heart.

I have a couple Christmas and winter themed freebies in my store.  I just wrote a blog post about two of them on Thursday- you can see those here Christmas Freebies or visit the freebie section of my store- The Chocolate Teacher's Freebies to grab those.
Here is a winter freebie I created last year.  My class had great fun traveling around and writing the number in standard form.  I think you can see a theme in a lot of my freebies- I like to get the students moving.  haha.  Click on any picture to grab this freebie.

I love feedback- so I'd appreciate any feedback you have about my products that you download.  Thanks!

A new product  I'd like to offer today is a limited time freebie to our followers.    This product is not in my store yet.  This link will only be good until December 5th, so grab it while you can!  After that date it will be a paid item in my store.
My class loves to play games (ok- so do I!).  I try to find activities that are enjoyable for the kids, but also are reinforcing a skill we have learned or need practice with.  I created this long vowel CVCe I Have, Who Has product with my goals in mind (fun & practice)!

If you haven't played I Have, Who Has before, you're in for a treat!  This game requires the kiddos to pay attention to their card, listen to the words each student reads, and be able to decode their word.  Great practice!  The good thing about this game is that you can play it again & again.  Just mix up the cards and pass them out again.  Chances are that each child will get a different card & will practice reading a different word!
You can click the pictures above or click here to grab this game
Don't forget to grab it by December 5th!

 I am giving away a copy of my winter centers to one of our readers.  This engaging unit has 5 ELA Centers and 5 Math Centers.  These are great for independent practice and should take you through January and into February.  You can see what centers are included in the slide of the table of contents.  I'm also including a few pictures of what the unit looks like inside.

You can see it here in my store.  I'll pick a winner on Saturday December 5th.  Good luck!
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Well, thanks for visiting my page!   I hope however you celebrate this season, you get some time to do the things you love!

Click on the spot below to hop over and see what goodies Crystal has to offer!

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