Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Learning Fun!

Valentine's Day is approaching quickly.

Graphic from Ta-Doodle Illustrations.


It's a great time to celebrate friendships, loving one another, doing kind things, etc. As the time nears toward Valentine's Day children sometimes get a little restless. Check out some of my fun Valentine's Day themed products and some songs about friendship from The Learning Station. I have also added a linky party where you can check out more learning fun!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Love-Bird-Sight-Word-Race-2319757
Love Birds Sight Word Race is a fun engaging board game that would make for a perfect reading center.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Love-Bird-Sight-Word-Race-2319757
 There are 220 total sight words and 4 fun cards are included making differentiation easy!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Valentine-Math-and-Reading-Centers-512495  
I have added this fun 10 and 20 frame clip it cards to my Kindergarten Valentine Reading and Math Centers.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentine-R-Controlled-Vowel-Centers-2286136
These fun R-Controlled Valentine Centers include heart puzzles, a monster valentine game, Write The Room, and Poke It Cards. 18 of the poke it cards are free in the preview!

My all time favorite friendship song that works perfect for Valentine's Day is Tony Chesnut from The Learning Station.


Sellers may upload as many free or paid Valentine themed centers, ideas, or songs below!



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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Year Sale!!!

Happy New Year again to each of you. I know Australia and some other countries are starting a brand new school year. I wish you the best of luck with your amazing students.

Teacher's Notebook is having a sale today through January 21st! Everything in my store is 30% off!!! I am extending it through the 22nd! Click on the button to shop in my store.



Teacher's Pay Teachers is having a sale tomorrow January 20th until January 21st. I will also extend my sale through January 22nd. You will get 28% off though the 21st with code Start16 in my store. January 22nd that code will not work, but everything will be on sale for 20% off.  Click the button to shop in my store.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Brian-Hopkins

Check out some stores and products that you can get a great bargain on! If you are a seller add your store and up to 4 products. You can do so for BOTH stores (4 products each).



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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year everyone!  I spent the past year tutoring students, making tons of new products (415 are in my TPT store), working for The Learning Station, and spending a lot of time with  my 85 year old Grandparents (watching Detroit Tiger and Orlando Magic games and playing cards with them and their elderly friends).

To celebrate the new year as I have the past two years, I am placing my top 10 products on sale again!  This year the sale will be $1.15 instead of the usual $1.  The reason is TPT charges us sellers a .15 cent transaction if you don't fill your cart with at least $3 worth so I take a hit each time that happens.  These products I am putting on sale typically cost between $2 and $6 so you are getting an amazing deal!  Most of my top 10 are still the same as last year, but the order has changed a little and a different product did jump into the top 10 at number 9! When I wake up on January 2nd, the price will go back to full price.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Addition-and-Subtraction-Regrouping-Word-Problem-Task-Cards-2OA1-585755





https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-Have-Who-Has-Suffixes-357095




https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Input-Output-Table-Task-Cards-622386

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Elapsed-Time-Word-Problem-Task-Cards-3MD1-595208




https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-Have-Who-Has-Prefixes-Common-Core-284065

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Place-Value-To-1-Million-Common-Core-297846




https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Reading-Essential-Questions-for-2nd-grade-298172




https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Word-Sort-Mega-Packet-341779

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Math-Essential-Questions-for-2nd-Grade-305121

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halloween-Themed-2nd-Grade-Reading-and-Math-Centers-and-Worksheets-354254

Have you purchased any of these before and used them with your students? If so how did they work out? I'm always looking to improve!  Suggestions for the new year feel free to let me know. Comprehension is pretty much a no go as I find it difficult to write on a specific grade level. 

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Happy 4th Blogiversary!

Wow, my blog just turned 4 years old today!!! Where in the world has time gone!



I am blessed to have 1,075 followers on Teachers Pay Teachers, 238 followers on Teacher's Notebook, 2,260 on my Facebook page, and over 12,700 on Pinterest!  I also ventured into Instgram and have 153 followers! If you love pictures of fur babies be sure to follow me there to see my beautiful dog and also behind the scenes pictures of products as I work on something new!

People don't seem to be interested in Giveaways at least when I do them, even for TPT gift cards so for one day only today, my products are on sale for 20% off.  I NEVER put my stores on sale except for site wide sales other than the day after a sale anymore. So this is your chance to get the best bargains as there likely won't be another sale until sometime in February or March. Links are above or on the side bar!

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Favorite Christmas Videos

Christmas or winter break will be here before you know it.  Children are getting anxious and need a brain break. I have shared all of these wonderful Christmas videos from The Learning Station on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc., but you may have missed them so I thought I would share several of my favorites!

Clip Art Credit: Whimsy Workshop Teaching


First up is my favorite song as a child called Up On The Housetop. The Learning Station actually has 3 different versions of the song. My favorite is the brain break version featuring Don and an adorable little one.


Another favorite of mine is 12 Days Of Christmas. The Learning Station has two versions of this classic an animation and a live version.  I actually performed this with Don on stage a couple of years ago, but I'm not in this video.


Me and Santa's Elves is a clever song with animation that your children or students will enjoy singing!



 Other favorites include:
"Dancing Around The Christmas Tree" is a wonderful brain break song.  It is beautifully animated.
"Has Anybody Seen Santa?" has lead vocals from The Learning Station's daughter Kali. This popular song is performed in many school assemblies.  The adorably animated song is loved by children and adults.
"Jingle Bells" a classic song that is a favorite among children and adults all over the world.  This one is an animated video.
They have so many other great Christmas songs.  You can check them all out individually on the playlist I created HERE or play all the videos in a row with an ad free version (other than right at the beginning) that would be perfect for your parties by clicking HERE.

Which of these Christmas songs is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Phonics Clip It!

One of my most popular sets of products this year has been my Clip Its.  This is a fun hands on center where children find the vowel sound (word for CVC) that matches the picture.  By using a clothespin students are working on fine motor skills.  Other teachers put these into plastic sleeves or laminate and use a dry erase marker to circle the answer.  Another alternative is to play the popular game "Scoot" with them.A recording sheet and answer key are also included.  Click on the pictures or links to check them out.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clip-It-Phonics-Bundle-2166570
This is the bundle, which will save you the most money if you are interested in each of the sets.  Perfect for 1st and 2nd grade teachers who go through all of the basic phonics sounds.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clip-It-Beginning-Sounds-1598012

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clip-It-CVCe-Words-1597168

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clip-It-Vowel-Pairs-1695366

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clip-It-Silent-Letters-1868382

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clip-It-R-Conrolled-Vowels-1824074

I also have CVC, Digraph, L Blends, R Blends, S Blends, and Dipthongs available!

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cyber Monday Sale!!!!!!!

Both Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook are throwing a big sale!!!  I am participating in both!  Teacher's Notebook save at least 28% off with code PLUS15 at checkout starting November 29th-December 2nd.  Teachers Pay Teachers save 28% off by using code SMILE at checkout November 30th-December1st.

http://www.teachersnotebook.com/shop/topcntryfn





https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Brian-Hopkins



Don't forget to leave feedback on all your previous purchases.  You get FREE credits toward your new purchases!  Teacher's Notebook you can get credits for leaving feedback on FREEBIES too!

If you are having a sale like me leave your store button or buttons in the link up.  No products please. 





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Friday, November 6, 2015

Favorite Thanksgiving Songs for Children

Goodbye October, Hello November!  I hope those who celebrate had a great Halloween.  I was ready to hand out candy and not a single child stopped by my house.  I usually only get one or two groups so it wasn't that big of a surprise.  I miss seeing them all dressed up though!

As a teacher, I have always noticed as holidays approach children get a bit restless.  I try my best to make learning fun to keep them engaged and one of the best ways to do so is through music!  Here are my favorite Thanksgiving songs from The Learning Station.



My favorite has to be the song "A Turkey Dance".  This fun song will have your children dancing and giggling!


"Albuquerque Turkey" is a fun song about a turkey that doesn't that doesn't want to be eaten on Thanksgiving dinner.  Listen to the song to hear what the family ate for Thanksgiving instead of turkey.  This song would also make for an excellent writing assignment where the children decide what they should eat for Thanksgiving dinner instead of turkey!



"Little Pilgrim" is the perfect song to tell the story of the first Thanksgiving Day.


Other favorites include:
 "5 Little Turkeys", which is a great counting song using ordinal numbers.
"10 Little Turkeys", which works on the skill of counting backwards from 10.
"Thanksgiving Feast" is a great song about all the yummy food we eat for Thanksgiving!

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half Book Giveaway and Review

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Book Publicity Services to review the book "Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half by Jeffrey M. Politsky.  She also allowed me to give away a hardcover book to one lucky winner!  United States residents can win the hardcover, but if you are international you can still win a PDF copy.  If you are not a winner and would like to purchase the book click on the picture below. 
Fifty percent of the proceeds of the sale of each book will be donated equally to research programs dedicated to the study of dementia and memory dysfunction, and to the study of breast cancer. 


http://jumpservicesllc.com/projects.html


This story is about a monkey who wants go on an adventure and meet different creatures, experience different cultures, and learn another language.  The money meets a cat and a pelican who are also looking for the same kind of adventure.  They develop a friendship and set off to explore together and meet a dog in a private piece of land who takes them on an incredible adventure.

I love that this book has a theme of respecting other cultures, languages, and lifestyles.  This book is perfect for a read aloud for 4 year old through 9 years old.  For younger children you will want to read a chapter or two at a time to hold their attention.  It is also a terrific beginning chapter book for children who may be skeptical of long chapter books that don't have any or many pictures.  This book has absolutely beautiful pictures on each page that children are sure to enjoy!  It's also a great book to work on prediction skills! 

This giveaway will end on Wednesday, October 28th at 11:59pm Eastern time.  The winner will have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail with their address if in the United States with their mailing address or a new winner will be chosen.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Favorite Halloween Songs

Halloween will be here soon.  I know many of you have fall themed parties, have storybook parades, and learn about pumpkins, bats, spiders, etc.  You also have to keep the academics moving along.  Children often though need a brain break of some sort.  My favorite kind of brain break in the classroom has always been music.  Check out these great songs from The Learning Station.

Frame from Ashley Hughes, Clip Art from Whimsy Teaching Resources

"Monster Shuffle" is perfect to get your students wiggles out!


"Five Little Pumpkins" is a short animated song that the little ones will be sure to love!


"Stirring Our Brew" is a song that will stir your students imagination. I could see this song leading to a writing assignment where children write about what they would put in their brew.

Other favorites include:
10 Little Monsters a fun counting song to 10 and back to 1.
Pumpkins, Witches, and Ghosts, which is another fun counting song to 10.
Scary Song that has fun young children friendly graphics.  It's a fun song perfect for a party or to play on repeat as children come to your house trick or treating!

Which Halloween song is your favorite?

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

1,000 Follower Celebration Giveaway

I am pleased to announce that I have shot past 1,000 followers on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Yahoooooooooooo!!!  How exciting!  I started my journey back in January 2012 so it's been a long time coming, but I got there and I thank each and everyone of you faithful followers whether you've download one of my 50 + freebies or purchased something from me, you rock!

If you are a follower and have been following since the last weekend in September check your INBOX on TPT before Friday at 7pm as you get to select 1 of 4 paid products for FREE!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Brian-Hopkins

To continue my celebration, I am giving away a $10 Gift Certificate on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I wish I could afford more, but right now this is my full time job and I'm not making enough to pay the bills.  I hope the $10 Gift Certificate comes in handy for one lucky winner.  All you have to do is follow my store and enter on Rafflecopter.  The Giveaway will end on Monday, October 5th at midnight eastern.  Make sure you are using an e-mail address that you check or you may be a winner and never see the gift card.  There's also a little bit more time to enter to win a great Classroom Management book HERE.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Master Classroom Management In Eight Weeks Book Review and Giveaway

I was asked by the publishing company, Compass Publishing to review a new classroom management book from Jerry Evanski called "Master Classroom Management In Eight Weeks".  I received a PDF of the book and they are going to give away a physical copy or a PDF to one lucky reader of my blog!  Only US residents can win the physical copy, but if you are international they are happy to send you a PDF of the book.  If you are not the winner you can click on the picture of the book or HERE to order it.  By ordering on this link you will get both the PDF and the physical copy of the book.  It is available on Amazon, but by ordering the physical copy you will not get a PDF of the book on there.  Read on for the review and how to win a copy!

http://brigantinemedia.com/compass/products-page/1-2/master-classroom-management-eight-weeks/


This is an easy to read book that is broken down into 8 weeks with different topics.  The topics are: Getting Attention, Keeping Attention, Engaging Students, Teaching the Lesson, Getting Participation, Giving Directions, Communicating, and Transitioning.  All are critical parts for a smooth running classroom.  Jerry breaks each topic down into smaller topics and skills for each day of the week for each topic.  By following his guide and implementing each part a day at a time you will have mastered classroom management.

I love that he incorporates many of the things that I believe in such as movement, gestures, collaborative groups, partners, encouragement, praise, role playing, and music to name a few.

One strategy under review in week 4 (Friday) is called Ping-pong review.  You use 25 ping pong balls with a number from 1 to 25 on each ball.  Create a list of review topics, vocabulary words, etc. students are working on.  Put the balls on the floor and have your students pick a certain number of balls and then they review that numbered topic or vocabulary word with a partner!

That's just one example of many wonderful ideas in this book.

This giveaway starts at midnight and ends in 5 days.  I will check entries to be sure that you have done what you said you have done.  You will have 48 hours to answer your e-mail after I have drawn a winner or a new winner will be selected.

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You can also follow Compass Publishing on Facebook

Stay tuned for another fun Giveaway as I now have over 1,000 followers on TPT!!! 

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Back To School TPT Sale and More!

I can't believe it is already August.  Where has time gone? 

I am happy to announce that Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Back To School Sale August 3rd and 4th.  If you use code BTS15 at checkout you will save 28% off ALL my products including my bundles, which are already heavily discounted.  WOW!  I will also have my store on sale August 5th at 20% off in case you forget something you wanted!  Click the sale button to hop to my store and I hope you will shop with me!  I still don't have a teaching job and this is helping pay my bills so I appreciate each purchase more than you ever know!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Brian-Hopkins






I also thought I'd share a few of the new products I've put together this summer.  First up is my new Christian Sight Word Race Game, which includes all 220 Dolch Words plus 4 Christian themed words. Click any of the pictures to check it out!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christian-Sight-Word-Race-1942698

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christian-Sight-Word-Race-1942698

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christian-Sight-Word-Race-1942698

Syllable Clip It Task Cards.  Click the picture to check it out.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clip-It-Syllables-1873734

Rhyming Clip It Task Cards - Click either picture to check it out.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clip-It-Rhyming-Words-1876323

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clip-It-Rhyming-Words-1876323

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