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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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

On the Road to Reading Street {Unit 1 Resource Pack}

After finishing up the school year AND getting both of our classrooms moved to our new school we finally got the Reading Street unit 1 Resource Pack finished.  We have been very excited about all the positive feedback we have received since posting the Readiness Unit.  We hope all of you fellow Reading Street users find all of the activities, assessments and teacher resources we have created helpful to both you and your students as you launch this series in your 1st grade classrooms.  

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Here’s a {sneak} peek of all the resources included in this comprehensive 211 page resource pack.

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Yesterday we spent a marathon day {over 10 hours} working on just 1 of our 3 presentations for the I Teach 1st conference we will be presenting at in July in Las Vegas.  We have revamped our center materials and will have lots of new chevron, polka dot and animal print center rotation posters, nametags, center signs and lesson plan forms available soon.

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Our Reading Street Resource Pack – Unit 2 will be coming soon!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On the Road to Reading Street

It’s official . . . our school district is on the road to adopting and implementing the popular Reading Street (2013 copyright) curriculum for the 2014-2015 school year. We always like to have a head start on the new school year so we have been hard at work creating a Reading Street Readiness Unit Resource Pack.

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Here’s a {sneak} peek of all the resources included in this comprehensive 132 page resource pack.

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If you are a fellow Reading Street user head on over to our TpT store and grab a copy of our new unit.

As always we would LOVE to have your feedback.  If there are any resources that you think would be a good addition to future resource packs (which are already in the works and coming soon) please send us an email and let us know.  We are just getting our first glance at the new curriculum and creating the things we know we will want and use. 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale!!

Word is out that everyone is spring cleaning and we are DEEP cleaning out our theme tubs!! We are moving schools next year as our district is making the move to have all of our elementary buildings K-5.  We “get” to move to what we call “Disney Land” school. It’s the brand new school in our district. The school is very nice, but we have a huge load to move! Both of us have student teachers right now, so we are trying to clean and organize for our move. The weather in Kansas still isn’t very spring like, but we will celebrate with a little sale to finish up March!

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Happy Spring!

Diane & Kelly