Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to School!! Are you ready??

Can you believe it is August and summer is over????? Diane just got back from Kansas City to celebrate her 27th wedding anniversary and also spent 6 hours in her daughter’s classroom getting her ready for her first year of teaching. Kelly has been in Colorado for a National Baseball tournament with her son. They finished 4th! So NOW we are going to frantically finish up our own rooms and get ready to go. We have Open House on Thursday!!!!! We will be putting in the hours over the next few days and nights! We feel everyone’s pain…and excitement for this time of year! We can’t wait to meet our new kiddos and start our year in a new school. We are so giddy about all the new resources that are out there and loading up our wish list on TpT for the BTS Blastoff! We will have everything in our store 20% off!                                                     Happy Shopping and have a WONDERFUL new school year!!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On the Road to Reading Street {Unit 2 Resource Pack}

Hello Reading Street users . . . we are excited to announce that we finally got everything in our 223 page Reading Street Resource Pack for unit 2 compiled.  clip_image004

Don’t miss out on our other Reading Street Resource Packs.  They are filled with everything you need to launch the 2013 edition in your 1st grade classroom.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Math Racers

Start your engines and get your students excited about numbers! 

We are SO excited to introduce our newest product . . . Math Racers

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Math Racers are a series of weekly number fluency skill builders that we will be sending home with our kiddos each night.  Students will compete against their time from the previous night as they race to improve their score during the week.

Last year our district began administering the TEN {Test of Early Numeracy} which is part of the AIMSweb program.  We used these quick assessment tools to identify students who were at risk.  Teaching children basic numeracy skills is the core of what we should be doing as first grade teachers so we wanted to expand on these measures and create activities that focused on building number fluency from 1-120.

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We look forward to using these this year with our kiddos.  For several years we have used a similar resource that we created to master sight words and they have been a BIG success.  Any time that students get to race against themselves or their classmates they get excited about learning!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Color Days Craze {Winners}

Congratulations to our lucky winners . . . we will be sending all three of you our Color Day Fun and Color Days Craze units.  Thank you so much to everyone who entered our giveaway.

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If you didn’t win and would like to kick off your year with these fun color themed activities head on over to our TpT store and add them to your wish list or cart.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Color Days Craze

We are excited to announce that we have updated and bundled all of our color themed math and literacy centers into one new and improved set called Color Days Craze.  We’ve even added a new math activity that focuses on missing numbers 0-20!  It includes 5 math and 5 literacy centers that are perfect to use at the beginning of the school year with your kiddos. 

Here’s a {sneak} peek at everything that is included in this 86 page unit.

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We always kick off our school year with two full weeks of color themed activities.  Not only do we review the color words and how to spell them . . . but we also have lots of FUN doing literature based activities that incorporate reading, writing, math, art and even eating!!!

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Take a {sneak} peek inside our Color Day FUN unit at just a few of the activities included in this 124 page unit  . . . which is available to purchase on TpTcolor fun sneek peek

We’d love to give away a few sets of our Color Days Craze Math and Literacy Centers and Color Day Fun units. 

Simply post a comment with your email address telling us what your favorite color is.

We will choose (3) winners. 

Good luck everyone . . . this giveaway ends Wednesday night at 8:00 pm (CST).

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vegas Vacation

Last week we were lucky enough to be part of a fabulous group of teachers and bloggers at the SDE I Teach 1st conference in Las Vegas.  Here are just a few of the sweet ladies we got to meet and hang out with. 

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Diane celebrated her 50th birthday on Monday (the day we arrived).  With the help of Rachelle Smith I had a surprise birthday dinner planned for her . . . unfortunately the surprise was that we would arrive in Las Vegas nearly 6 hours late due to flight delays and have to postpone the party until the following night.

After two busy days of traveling and presenting at the conference we managed to find time to take in all the sights on the strip.  Around 9:30pm on our last night we threw on our gym shorts, tank tops and running shoes and hit the pavement.  Diane had never been to Vegas so we made sure we saw it all.  It was nearly 2:00 am when we finally arrived back at our hotel {The Pallazo}. 

Here are just a few of our “Selfies on the Strip” . . .

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Las Vegas wasn’t all fun and games . . . we worked, too!  Talk about nervous . . . yikes!!!!!  We were both wondering what we had gotten ourselves into the night before our presentations.  Luckily we had amazing facilities, a very helpful AV guy named Charles (who we nicknamed Charles In Charge) who help us set things up and a fabulous group of teachers who attended all three sessions. 

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And now . . . we have lots of new products and freebies just for you from our presentations.

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click {here} to download copies of the posters and graphic organizers that were featured in our session on emerging writing strategies.

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We’ve created three brand new sets {Animal Print, Chevron Print and Polka Dot Print} of center materials to use to levelize your kiddos into 4 guided reading groups and set up 8 weekly math and literacy centers in your classroom.  An updated step-by-step guide will be available on our blog in the next few days.

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We hope you are all enjoying your summer break . . . after getting home we finally feel like we’ve got a little break.  No more late nights spent pouring over PowerPoint presentations and handouts.  We are both geared up and excited to start updating all of our thematic center units and creating some new sets of materials to use with emerging writers.  Being around so many creative educators has us both pumped and ready for a great school year.  We’ve got lots of fun ideas coming!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Countdown to Vegas

This weekend we will be celebrating the 4th with our friends and family and gearing up for our trip to Vegas.  We’ve finally put all the finishing touches on our PowerPoint's and now it’s time for the important part . . . figuring out what we are going to wear.  It looks like some shopping is in our weekend plans!!

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We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting all of you who are attending the conference.  Be sure and check back next week to download some of the new materials we have created for our presentations.

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