I'm so excited! The back to school ebook is up on TPT for the 2014-2015 school year. There are so many tips, tricks, freebies and amazing resources in it. Thanks to the amazing Deanna Jump for creating the K-2 one, I can only imagine how many hours she spent on it. My little page just happens to be on p. 53 of the book. So stinkin' excited!!
At my new school I found out that they don't provide us with a classroom carpet. GASP. The horror. I've never not had a carpet. EVER. And I know there are all sorts of cool things out there to use instead (those dots that stick on the ground) but I found something new and I THINK I'm in love. It's from IKEA, and it's not exactly a carpet, but a floor mat, like you find in the gym, but it's in my classroom colour, green. SWOOON. It can be washed down for when those oopsiedaisies happen. You know what I'm talking about firstie teachers. I'm SO EXCITED.
As you can see, I MAY have a bit of an obsession with having things on the floor in my class, but c'mon y'all those little firstie bums need to be comfy, I'm telling yah.
I can't get into my classroom until the 21st of August, (I KNOW I NEED IN NOW ;) So I will post pictures once I have everything in place.
Today is the LAST DAY of the TPT sale so you can save %28 on all items. I have posted a bunch of new products.
This Back to School Listening Center booklet is perfect for the beginning of the year. Students will need an iPad or iPhone to scan the QR code, and then instructions are read to them or they see a picture to help them with the activity. I also have more of these QR activities on sale right now in my store.
It is hard to believe that summer is half over and we will be back at school before you know it. I am going back in the fall to a new school and it will be so close to home and my littles day home, which is such great news and makes going back a ... LITTLE ... easier.
I've updated my blog so it's a little prettier and MUCH more user friendly. Now you can access all of my social media links in one easy spot; the banner! Click on the icons to follow me. If you are like me and HATE looking at blog coding (it is such a foreign language to me) check out this GREAT tutorial video on how to make your banner with links, without the fuss of trying to do the code on your own. SO amazing!
Since it is getting close to back to school, there is a site wide sale going on at Teachers Pay Teachers! All you need is the Back to School code and you can save up to 28%. Thanks to Camping Teacher for the cute button.
I went to the TPT conference in Vegas last week. OH MY WORD. It was amazing. I got to meet so many of my online friends, and felt immediately connected to everyone. All the people I met were so friendly and I learned so much from them. The sessions were very informative and I came back with a lot to think about; changing parts of my store, data information and just some general great new ideas. Collaboration is always the key to success, as many brains work better than one. NEW FRIENDS So my bloggie inspirational teacher Cara Carroll from The First Grade Parade did a super presentation, and I got to meet her after! SOOO exciting. She is as beautiful, funny and brilliant as you could ever imagine.
I also met so many other teacherpreneurs. It was so fun, we would introduce ourselves, and then show each other our logo and start SHRIEKING going I KNOW YOU, I KNOW YOU. It was like everyone was a celebrity to each other. So cool.
Yup, I'm name droppin, but they are all so talented and sweet I gotta mention them all.
Neetu (a fellow Canadian might I add) and I hung out after the meet up and laughed our way through the night. We had such a blast together. I also SAW but did not MEET Kristin (Teeny Tiny Teacher). She is indeed teeny tiny. We were in the bathroom and not once but TWICE I saw her. Way too awkward to say hello, I mean how does one even begin a conversation in the washroom? "So, whatcha doin?" Yah, not so much. Anyways, next time I see her I hope it's not in the washroom in Vegas so I can confidently go say hi and tell her how hilarious and lovely she is in person. I can't wait for next year! Mrs. Dunn
As the school year draws to a close, and the weather turns sunny, I am feeling sad that my maternity leave is drawing to a close and it will be time for me to go back to school soon! So hard to believe. I wanted to post a few end of the year videos and ideas that I found and figured I could use next year! From my favourite WBT Teacher Miss Freundlich, a cute little end of year song.
Although I'm not in the classroom this year, I figured I would do a little TBT and go through some old St. Patrick's Day photos to show y'all what I usually do when I'm teaching. St. Patrick's Day is right around when we are doing the Building Things Unit in Grade One Science, so it ties in PERFECTLY. I have the kids make traps at home and then we do activities with it at school, including this one.
The students put the directions in order for how to make their trap. The students set their traps the day before, so make sure that parents know which day to send them in, and then that rascally leprechaun comes overnight. He left little footprints and made a disaster in the classroom. He must have escaped out the window!!
We have so much fun! What do you do in your classroom? For the full resource with my St. Patrick's Day activities, look here.