Life Happens and a giveaway!

Well, I had intended to try to blog about some school related things this past weekend.  But, as my title suggests, other things took the front seat.

I live in the area in California where the huge fire called The Erskine Fire is happening right now.  The last few days have been a blur.  My house is fine and I never was in grave danger (only a few scares).  I feel incredibly blessed, but also extremely sad for all the people who lost their homes- 250+ at last count. My son-in-law's mom's house burned down.  My sub, who covered all the weeks for me while was on the jury trial 2 months ago, her house burned done (second time she's lost her home to a fire here).  So many sad, sad stories.

What has been wonderful is the outpouring of support and care from my community and beyond.  People have brought truckloads and truckloads (and truckloads) of water, clothing, food, baby care items, hay for animals, pet supplies, etc.  I am amazed and blessed at the goodness of people. Volunteers coming out to help.  The Red Cross is set up at my school.  A lot of community members are going through the process of becoming a Red Cross volunteer (myself included) so we can help out there.

Nothing like going through an experience like this to remind you of what is important!

Book Study

Now, on to other things.  Have any of you read the book The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo?  Can I just say- AWESOME book!  I am part of a group of bloggers that will be blogging about this book each week until we go all the way through it.

You can read about the first goal here:

An Apple for the Teacher

I will be blogging about goals 3 & 4  two weeks in a row.  Check back to hear what I have to say about these goals (good things!).

Now, time for a giveaway!


Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by:  An Apple for the Teacher

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 7/1/16 and is open worldwide.


Who loves Amazon and a giveaway

Amazon and I are BFF's!

I have a little addiction- it's called Amazon Prime.  I love this website.  I seriously get probably an average of 3 deliveries from Amazon every week. 

 When I first got my account I was buying mostly books because I liked the idea of getting them in 2 days.  Well, I'm waaaaay past books now (I still buy a lot of books, but a good amount of my personal books are purchased as Kindle books now that I can read on my iPad).  

I buy so much on Amazon for my classroom and home.  This week I ordered quite a few different metal organizer shelves & basket organizers, and a rolling laundry basket.  I am determined to get my cabinets and drawers organized this summer!  I also regularly buy toiletries, dog toys, dog treats, dog collars, cleaning products, exercise DVD's, gift cards, etc., etc., etc.

I love that when I need a book for a lesson I can pop on Amazon & order it and POOF in two days it arrives.

love Amazon Prime!

I have joined with some other bloggers to offer you the opportunity to win a $25 gift card to Amazon.  


Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: An Apple for the Teacher

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.  Giveaway ends 6/22/16 and is open worldwide.

Hopefully you'll win and can shop away on Amazon (I am not being compensated in any way by Amazon with this post- I just really love Amazon!). 

$25 Gift Certificate to TpT Giveaway!

I love summer!

I just finished my first full week of summer break.  How about you?  At times this scares me because I think that the summer is going to fly by,  then I remind myself that sometimes in July I always start feeling the urge to start getting my room ready and plans all laid out for the next year.

Tomorrow one of the other first grade teachers in our district is coming over and we are going to do some planning!  Too soon?  I am an organized person, so I actually like getting things laid out so I know what other planning/prepping I need to do during the summer.   

How about you?  What do you like to do during the summer to get ready for the next year?

I am part of a group of bloggers who are bringing you another chance to win a $25 gift certificate to TpT.  That would sure help to get a jump on your back-to-school prepping!

You can enter below!


Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by:  An Apple for the Teacher

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 6/18/16 and is open worldwide.

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Monthly Giveaway of a $75 dollar TpT gift certificate June 2016

How fun would it be to win a $75 dollar give away to TpT?  Think of all the products you could buy to help you get ready for the 2016 school year!  I know I'd love it!
I'm joining with some of my bloggy buddies to bring this give away to one of our LUCKY readers!!!


Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: An Apple for the Teacher

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 6/13/16 and is open worldwide.
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A few of us also have a $25 give away that started 6/4.  Maybe enter this one also while you're at it!  Click the picture below or HERE to to be taken to that given away.


Another Year in the Books and a Giveaway!

School's Out For Summer!

On June 2nd I closed the door to my classroom for summer break for my 23rd time.  I was ready for a break, BUT am really going to miss all my little cutie pies.  This was such a wonderful class this year.

We try to plan lots of fun activities during the last week (we actually only go 2 1/2 days during the last week).  On Tuesday afternoon afternoon we had a sprinkler party (this is a yearly tradition).  We turn on the sprinklers on the front lawn and let the kids run crazy though the water.  A good part of the front lawn is shady, which feels really great when it's almost 100 degrees outside!  We usually drag out a hose during this time to add to fun.  Right before the activity began, our custodian noticed the old spray thing-a-ma-ging was not working well.  You have to have a well-spraying thing-a-ma-ging to have any fun.  He hurried to the hardware store and bought a new one just in time.  As a side note- it was a beautiful shade of purple (insert a very happy face of me here :-)  ).  Something comes over me when I get that hose in my hand.  All the other teachers spray nice and gentle.  Not me!  I like to make them run and scream- all in good fun!  They like to tease me to get me to hunt them down spray them.  I guess I'm quite a sight because the secretary was watching me through the window and came out to take a picture of me .  I had no idea she did it until I received the picture in a text.  All in good fun!

The next day we have an awards ceremony which takes about one hour.  When we came back to our class I got out some containers of new playdoh.  The kids had a blast trying to spell words using the playdoh.  At the end I let them all take the container home with them.  They were so thrilled I almost thought I'd be awarded Teacher of the Year for doing it!

In the afternoon we emptied our desks and thoroughly cleaned them.

They always love this activity!
When the desks are all cleaned I do a "raffle" with all of the junk treasures I no longer have need of from  my cabinets.  They love this activity.  I pull out a Popsicle stick with a name on it & that person gets to go pick something to keep.   They love this!  I think we went through 6 rounds before everything is gone.  Great way to clean out cabinets!  I even throw some chocolate candy bars into the raffle.  Those always go first!

On the last day of school we always go to the little theater in our area.  We watch a movie, eat popcorn, drink soda.  FUN!  Well, it's fun until 50 of them have to go to the bathroom from drinking all of their soda.  
From the movie we are taken to a park near our school where we have a picnic (they all bring their lunches) and then they get to play, play, play!  The park is shady and it feels lovely.

This was one of my cuties after school in the after-school program.
I think the week of fun was a success!

Giveaway Time!


Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Co-hosts: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher),  Stephanie Rye (Forever in Fifth Grade),  The Chocolate Teacher, Kamp Kindergarten , Mrs. Roltgen, and La-Nette Mark.

Giveaway organized by: An Apple for the Teacher

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 6/11/16 and is open worldwide.

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