Thursday, July 9, 2015

Target Gift Card!

Woohoo! Had to share this with all my blogging buds because who couldn't use a $5 gift card to Target?!? Happy shopping!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chalkboard-Style COLOR WORD Posters

Woohoo! I just finished up my Chevron & Chalkboard-Style Color Word Posters!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chevron-Chalkboard-Style-Color-Word-Posters-1946220
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chevron-Chalkboard-Style-Color-Word-Posters-1946220

 ....and YES, I am already starting to get things ready for my classroom...and YES, I know, I know its July... but.... I'm moving classrooms AND I can't get into the building until August 1st! Yikes! ...and our kindergarten orientation is August 6th!! Double YiKeS!! So my extra bedroom will be transformed into a holding cell for all of my classroom goodies until August. I'm not in total back-to-school mode yet but sneaking in a little work when my kiddos are asleep. My son woke up the other night because of all these crazy storms that we are having and when he saw that I was working on school stuff he said, "Gosh, all those people that think teachers don't do anything all summer are SOOOOOO wrong!" Love that boy!!! lol

I also created these posters with a whiteboard-style background. Both of these sets are now available in my lil TpT shop. Check it out!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chevron-Whiteboard-Style-Color-Word-Posters-1946237
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chevron-Whiteboard-Style-Color-Word-Posters-1946237

Hopefully it stops raining here soon so we can enjoy some more summertime fun before we all shift into full back-to-school mode. Happy summer y'all!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My Big Announcement!

Happy July y'all! It's time to make my big announcement...
Yep that's right...I will be teaching kindergarten this year! I'm super excited (even though I had to move classrooms AGAIN!) Oh well, that just gives me another chance to use some of those amazing classroom organization ideas that I've pinned! I keep telling myself "No excuse for not being organized Christie!" lol Guess we'll see if I accomplish that goal!

I was also very fortunate to be given the opportunity to attend Linda Dorn's Comprehensive Balanced Literacy Institute this summer. My own kiddos weren't too happy that mom was gone for a few days during our summer break, but I am SO glad that I had this opportunity! I will be working with K-1 teachers during this school year to set up reading, writing & language workshops in our classrooms. I can't wait to get started!! (Well, actually I can wait a couple more weeks-don't want to wish my July away!) I would love to hear from other K-1 teachers about how you have structured your literacy block...especially how Language Workshop fits in. Happy summer!!!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Days!

What do teachers love almost as much as summer? ...a SALE! Don't miss Teacher Appreciation Days at TpT & remember to use the code "ThankYou" at check out for additional savings! I have so many "wishes" on my wishlist & now...my cart will be overflowing! Happy shopping y'all!  TEACHERS ROCK!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/First-Grade-Fever-By-Christie

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easy Peasy Seussy Photo Prop!


Say cheese! I'm super excited to use this fun lil photo prop picture frame with my kiddos! Instead of celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday in the classroom, I celebrated in my living room since we had a snowday! On Thursday, we are planning a super-fun Seussy afternoon to celebrate Read Across America Week. Each of my teammates is planning a fun Seuss-themed activity for the kiddos. I thought some sort of zany seuss-tastic photo booth would be a hoot. So...after I dropped my own kids off at school (they did NOT have a snowday and....OMIword was my son mad at me! lol) I ventured down into my basement to find stuff to make my photo booth props. {I will just say...there's a lot of stuff down there...like a LOT of randomness!} It didn't take me too long to find 4 small pieces of wood that I could use to make my photo frame. They were not all the same size but that's really OK because Dr. Seuss is zany and out-of-whack, right??? I also find a can of blue spray paint & some random leftover Christmas ribbon. Perfect! Now, if you know me, you know I going straight for the hot glue gun! Forget a hammer & nails...I think I could build an entire house using hot glue & duct tape! So here's my simple DIY directions...
#1-You will need 4 fairly thin boards. They do not have to be the same length.
#2-Use your hot glue gun to connect the 4 boards. No need to make them straight...we like it a lil zany!
#3-spray paint your zany picture frame. You really could use just about any paint that you have around the house. I also found some paint pens & drew dots and stripes on the frame.
#4-print out some cutie-patootie Dr. Seuss pictures and attach to the frame. I also added some fun ribbon & a bow. (Yep, I used hot glue to do that too!)

That's it!! Easy peasy, huh?!?
Now, I just need to grab my ipad & my lil instant photo booth is ready!!! ...and...hopefully no more snowdays this week! Hope you have a seuss-tastic week!!
 

Let's Celebrate Read Across America Week!

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Hey all! It's March and time to celebrate someone's birthday by reading, reading, READING! I have been soooo excited about Read Across America Week! There are so many silly-filled learning activities that take place! It's just a hoot of a week!!! Well....guess what??? SNOWDAY!!! Yep that's right...all that snow dancin' that I've been doing is really working....BUT...tomorrow??? Oh well, like I always say, you can't complain about a snowday! I believe that for teachers they are truly a gift from God!! Well this snowday just gave me permission to stay up late and put together some of the activities that I've made for this week. This little NO PREP packet has oodles of print-n-go activities...close reading passages, poem, word search and lots of math & literacy activities that can be used independently or with a partner. Head on over to my lil TpT shop to check it out....AND....don't forget to grab this FREEBIE in the preview!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Celebrate-Reading-in-America-NO-PREP-Printables-1740946
Grab your cat! Grab your hat! Maybe a fox and his socks, too and let's celebrate!!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Our 100th Day Fun & FREEBIES!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/My-100th-Day-Journal-1680483

Woohoo for the 100th day of school! Just another 70 to go until summer vacation! ....Oh, is it too early to be counting down yet?!? :) The 100th day is such a hoot! I always dress up (of course, I love LOVE to dress up!) I told my class that they were going to have a sub that day & pretended to be "Ms. Berlener's grandma"! Oh my, did I have fun!! Here's a pic of me on my way to school when I realized that I had forgotten to get gas the night before & had to stop to fill up! Oh wowsie! I sure did get some funny looks! Haha!!

This year I decided to make a little 100th day journal so that the kiddos could keep all of our activities together. (I have to admit...a desk full of crunched up, scattered papers makes me a lil bit crazy!!!) I took some of my printables & stapled them all together to make "My 100th Day Journal". (I also added some of the other 100th day activities that I had from other teachers who were so very sweet to share with me!) It was super easy peasy & organized for the kiddos to use throughout the day. (NO loose papers flying around!!! YAY!) If you would like a copy, just click on the pic below.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/My-100th-Day-Journal-1680483
 
Here's a pic of me & my "old" friend-she's sooo awesome! We definitely had a blast with our kiddos!
 
I have to admit my back was killing me by the end of the day...(Remember when your mom used to tell you to sit up straight??? I believe her now-good posture makes a big difference!) And to top things off...I had to make a quick stop at Wal-Mart on my way home...YES I went into Wal-Mart dressed like this!!! I had no choice...just imagine what my real hair looked like after being trapped under that beautiful wig all day!?! YIKES! So....here I am....in Wal-Mart!
 
And.. can you believe that no one even looked at me funny!?!? :)
 
Hope you love the freebies! I would love to hear about your 100th day adventures!