Let's Celebrate With a Birthday Blog Hop!

Celeste is having a birthday and some of her bloggy buddies have gotten together to help her celebrate!  We are helping her celebrate with four separate giveaways (yep, four!) and you might also pick up some freebies along the way too!

I am always on a quest to find a way to help my students use my word wall to assist them in their spelling.  I have tried many different ways to get them to LOOK AT THE WORD WALL- lol!!  I decide to create a simple word wall to hang in the front of my room so they could easily look up and copy words.  I decided to keep it simple and only put four words on a card.  I picked words that I knew were ones the frequently misspelled in my classroom and also words that I found on the internet that are the most commonly misspelled in primary classrooms (I had to add some words in on some letters just to keep it consistent- like the letters q, v, z).  So far it's been a hit in my room!  This is a paid product in my store, but I am offering it for free only during this blog hop.  You must click through this blog to get this product as a freebie (it is still a paid item in my store).  It'll be free from June 1-8, 2016.  
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This unit also comes with an individual word wall for students to keep in their desks.  I ran them back to back on card stock and laminated them so they'll last.    

If you get a chance, let me know sometime if this helped your students out with their spelling!

You can download a copy of the ebook that highlights the different prizes being given away during this blog hop.  There are four different prize packages available!
Grab that here:

The only thing left to do is to enter the contests below!!

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Want to see some other tips and maybe snag some freebies?  Check out the other blogs participating in this hop.


I've Almost Made it!

Three Days of School Left!

I'm almost to the finish line!  I can't believe how many teachers have been posting that they're already out of school!  We'll be done on June 2nd.  I've been busy cleaning & organizing my room so I'm ready to prep for the new school year when I come back (probably in July- our school starts in August).

Yesterday we had our school carnival- what a blast!  By afternoon I WAS BEAT!  I remembered that we have videos available to our school from Art With Joy.  I don't know if you have these videos available- but they are fantastic for walking the kids through drawing step by step.  The one I used yesterday is always a favorite of mine- castles.  My first graders ALWAYS do a fantastic job with them.  

Aren't they wonderful! The kids are always so proud of them!

To help you kick off your summer- how about a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to TpT???
You can enter to win below.  Good luck!

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: An Apple for the Teacher
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 6/4/16 and is open worldwide.

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Hello, It's Me (and a give away)

Hello, It's Me.  I've been thinking about you.....
Haha.  Somehow that Adele song has been stuck in my head for awhile.

Life has been crazy!  I can't believe it's been several months since I last even looked at my blog.  My life was turned upside down when I got selected for a jury on a murder trial!  The jury lasted 6 weeks,  we had a two week break in the middle, so I actually only was gone for 4 weeks.  One of the weeks was my spring break- now that is just plain wrong!!!!  There should be a law against first grade teachers having to be out of their classrooms for a trial.  haha
I live in a rural area and had to travel an hour every day to show up for the trial (one way).  The thing I find hilarious is that we got paid 34 cents a mile ONE WAY!   How am I supposed to get home????   HMMMMMMM.


Since I returned school has been wonderful.  I really do think I appreciated my class so much more when I returned to them!  I have 8 days of school left and am not feeling the normal- I am barely making it to the finish line- feeling.
We've had a lot of fun recently.  Last week we took a field trip to a family farm.  It was over an hour ride on the bus and my biggest fear was BARF!  I am pleased to announce that I had no barfers.  Maybe it was all the peppermint candies I gave them, or that parents drove their kids who got really carsick.  I don't know- but I'm rejoicing.

I an absolutely the worst at remembering to take pictures!  At the farm we got to each pick a basket of organic blueberries and eat all we wanted as we picked.  They were the best blueberries in the world!

We each got to take home the big basket of berries we picked.  When I noticed one child didn't have his basket of berries anymore, I asked where they were.  He informed me he had eaten them all. Uh- oh, it was probably at least 2-3 cups full of blueberries (plus all he ate when we were picking).  I was a little worried about the bus ride home, but thankfully we had no incidents due to the excessive berry eating.

We got to go on a hay ride around the farm.

They also had a huge thing called a bounce pillow that I of course didn't take a picture of.  That was probably the kids favorite activity.  It was under an open structure so it they weren't exposed to the hot sun.  I think 2-3 classes could be on it at a time!  

Well, this is a small bit of what I've been up to recently.  


I am participating in a give away where you have a chance to win a $25 gift card to TpT (oh ya, can we say advance planning???).

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway organized by:  An Apple for the Teacher
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 5/28/16 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Have a great week!
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