Sunday, July 27, 2014

Christmas in July! SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!!

I have been in a particularly giving mood lately, and am SO excited to be part of another giveaway with some of my blogger friends!! My own personal back to school giveaway is still going on for a few more days… You can enter that by clicking HERE!

In addition to that giveaway, I am teaming up with some wonderful bloggers to bring you $80 to spend on TPT!! 

The winner of this giveaway will get $5 to spend in each of our stores. And with the new school year right around the corner, who wouldn't love that!?? 
Click on any of the blogger buttons below to visit these fabulous bloggers, and make sure to enter the giveaway as well! 

Have a great week friends! :) 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Big News!!

I've been saving some BIG NEWS for a few weeks now, and am finally able to share it with my blogging friends! Next year, I am moving to...

Not only am I changing grades, but I am also changing schools. I am truly blessed to have been hired by a local public district in my area. This change means that I have to leave my safe world of teaching in a Private School that is also my Church and second home. It has been an absolute whirlwind of a Summer trying to make a good decision about what is best for me and for my family. I really think that this will be a great change for me both personally and professionally. I am SO excited to try a new grade level and challenge myself  with new curriculum!

Of course, with any change comes emotions!! And I have been on quite an emotional roller coaster. Cleaning out my Kindergarten classroom that I have taught in for the last 4 years felt just as tough as moving out of my parents house did when I got married last Summer! 

Not to mention that I had collected so much STUFF including furniture, files, and tons of curriculum binders after only 4 years!! And because I do not have the keys to my new classroom yet, my house currently looks like this: 
Multiple bedrooms and the garage have now been taken over by my old classroom, and I don't get to start moving into my new school until mid August! WOW!!

The hardest part quite honestly, was the finality of handing in my keys and locking my classroom for the last time. It's amazing the symbolism that those keys hold for me! This had been my first job out of college, and my classroom had been my second home for four years! There was absolutely NOTHING that I didn't love about going to work and teaching Kindergarten. So, for me, handing in those keys was huge, and really bittersweet. 

I even took a final "selfie" before I locked the door for the last time… cheesy, I know…. BUT I needed the closure, and had to say goodbye! 

What has helped to ease the transition out of my old school has been that one of my friends and former co-workers is moving down from 5th grade and into my old classroom! 
I am SO excited for her and am really grateful that I get to leave my old room with a friend. 

That being said, I had wanted to give her some tools and a little help to start her on her Kindergarten journey. I created a "Welcome to Kindergarten" packet that she can use during her first week of the school year. It includes letter, number, and name writing assessments, as well as coloring pages, and writing prompts. My idea was that it could be something that she literally could just copy and go! No prep required! 
And so was born my newest and one of my favorite packs: 

The letter, number, and name writing assessments can be used throughout the school year to track progress which is so important. I also told my friend that she could copy the pages, put them in page protectors and let the kids write on them with dry erase markers in a center! 

I think that my favorite idea that I had to go along with this pack was to use it with stamps! I thought that it would make such a fun center the first few weeks of school for kids to practice stamping their ABC's.  So, that was what I gave my friend along with this pack: her own set of letter stamps and a new stamp pad so that she was ready to go on day 1: 

It was so fun to be able to print the pack and already put it in a binder for her too so
it was waiting for her in her new room! 

Which brings me to my GIVEAWAY!!
I would love to give one lucky person my Welcome to Kindergarten Pack 
already printed AND in a binder!! 
That's right… if you win, I will send you the binder in the mail!! I am also giving away one more pack in regular digital form- I will email it to you if you win. :) 

And… because I am CELEBRATING my new job, I am giving one person 
$10 to spend in my TPT store! WOO HOO!!

 I know that I will always love Kindergarten and will continue to create Kindergarten products, but I can truly say that I am ready for first grade. I am ready to learn and grow in a new grade level and can't wait to see what next year has in store for me! 

Thanks for stopping by, and make sure to enter the giveaway below :) 

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The cute polka dot background for my pictures was from: 
Ashley Hughes at The School Supply Addict.

The chalkboard backgrounds are from: Krista Walden over at Creative Clips

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Teachers in VEGAS & Erin Condren GIVEAWAY!!

Las Vegas is just 1 week away and I'm beyond excited to meet so many other teacher bloggers who I've stalked, admired, and become friends with!
If you haven't heard, some of my bloggy friends and I are meeting up after the big Teachers Pay Teachers conference. Over 50 of us will be meeting {let's hope The Bellini Bar is ready for us}.  If you haven't RSVPd, there's still time here.
Not only are we meeting up for drinks and getting to know each other in real life…we're throwing a HUGE giveaway at the meet up.  Don't worry friends who won't be in Vegas, we're having a HUGE GIVEAWAY for you too!!!  So you won't have a fear of missing out, we're giving away amazing resources that will make teaching even better!

As most of you know, Erin Condren is the goddess of amazing planners and organization.  Plus, she wears adorable teal glasses and always looks to be having so much fun!  I bet she'd be a blast in Vegas!
She creates the prettiest teacher and life planners, calendars, and stationary.

Erin and her team have graciously offered 2 $50.00 gift cards to shop at her online store.
Her teacher planner is amazing because everything is in one place.  No more carrying separate folders back and forth.

The planner comes in gorgeous box.

The planner is so sturdy and well put together.  The book mark is great to keep your place.
 All of the divider tabs are easy to read {this planner covers everything}!
 The "Year at a Glance" section will make any teacher's heart happy.  Teachers are such planners and this just may be my most favorite section!
No more need for a desk calendar because you've got one here!  Like I said, I love having everything in one place.
The check list is great for keeping track of permission slips, important notes sent home, and anything else you need to keep track of.
 How precious is this little folder.  When you turn the page, there's one on the back as well to store your important papers.
 It's a bit blurry {silly iphone}, but you get the point!  There's a clear pouch to keep pens and pencils and a laminated calendar to use as a reference.

I can't wait until I get my school calendar to start filling this in.  Here's a full look into the planner
The amazing team at Erin Condren has offered to giveaway 1 $50.00 gift card to the teachers attending the Bellini Bar Meet up and 1 $50.00 gift card for those of you who won't be in Vegas.  How amazing is that!  We've also teamed up with these amazing teachers to bring you some amazing products as well.

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