Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring Linky Party

I can't believe that spring will be here on March 20th, the day before my birthday! I'll be 37 years old. I'll be tutoring on my birthday for an amazing child. I found out I went to elementary school with her dad!

Anyway, here are some new spring products that I have created. Click the picture to check them out. You can also check out other spring free and paid products, music, and ideas in the linky party below.


Cut along the lines of my CVC Easter Eggs to create puzzles for your students. Perfect for an easy word work phonics center. R-Controlled Vowels and Vowel Pairs are also currently available. If you need another skill contact me.

Easter After Numbers Race is a fun game that gives the students two numbers and then they must name what number comes next. They roll one die or the fun bunny spinner and move that many spaces. If they land on a snake they go back to start, but if they land on a chick they get to go again. The cards can also be used as task cards.

Clip It Math Spring Kindergarten has addition and subtraction to 10, counting 0 to 20, and after numbers to 20.

My favorite spring video has to be "Spring Is Here" by The Learning Station. Your children will learn all about animals in spring and will also enjoy the wonderful animation and movements for this song. Perfect brain break that ties into Science.

Those who have teaching ideas, products free or paid, and music may link up as many as you want below as long as it has to do with spring.

An InLinkz Link-up

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Linky Party

The next holiday that will be here before we know it is St. Patrick's Day! It is the perfect time to study and learn about Ireland and tie it in with some fun St. Patrick's Day games, centers, and activities.

My newest creation is for St. Patrick's Day focusing on addition facts to 10. There is a fun game board included where the student goes back to start if they land on the leprechaun. You can also just use the cards as flash cards, to play Scoot, Quiz, Quiz Trade or any other cooperative learning game.



I have also added beginning sound puzzles to my fun St. Patrick's Day Kindergarten Puzzles. This puzzle set also include alphabet matching, cvc words, counting to 20, and number words.


Check out the linky party to see more of my St. Patrick's Day products including some freebies. Many of mine I created as far back as 2012! I also have some friends who have linked up some of their fun St. Patrick's Day creations!

An InLinkz Link-up

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Hands On Skip Counting Fun!

I am starting tutoring again this time with a Kindergarten student. I will be helping her mostly with math. One of the skills she has had difficulty with I was told is skip counting, except by 10's. So I made some fun hands-on activities of course to help her learn to skip count (multiples) her 2's and 5's. I believe that breaking them down into smaller chunks is the best way to learn it.

A friend found an idea of making lacing plates to practice skip counting. This will also help with minor motor skills.

I also created some fun farm skip counting puzzles for 2's and 5's. Each one has 10 pieces. If they make the animal correctly, they have the right answer. It is self checking! The student should then say the numbers orally. Click the pictures if you would like the Skip Counting activities to try with your students.


I also strongly believe in chanting them daily during morning meeting or math meeting and using videos or songs with skip counting in them. Videos and songs I can't do tutoring without a computer, but are suggested for those who teach a full class.

One of my favorites is "Skip Count" by The Learning Station. This is a skip counting by 2's song to 30. There are actions for the song that make it even more fun and give children that brain break that they really need! Don has the children marching and jumping as they skip count. FUN!

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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!

Love Birds Sight Word Race is a fun engaging board game that would make for a perfect reading center.
 There are 220 total sight words and 4 fun cards are included making differentiation easy!

I have added this fun 10 and 20 frame clip it cards to my Kindergarten Valentine Reading and Math Centers.

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.


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.











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.

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.






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.



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. 


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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