Freebie Alert!

Hi again,

I have added a new TpT product on my store. It's a Freebie!

This worksheet is used during my preposition mini-unit in my writing lessons. This freebie is a preposition worksheet using Level I and Level II prepositions from the Landmark Writing Curriculum. The students complete the sentences using a word bank with prepositions, and pictures used to identify the preposition in the sentence.

Please check out my Where is the Cat? Preposition Freebie, and leave me some feedback :)




The Wishing Tree

So this post is a little late, but I just loved the activity so much that I didn't want to miss out on sharing it :)

After the election madness, after casting our votes, and after analyzing the results, the Lower School all participated in  The Lower School Wishing Tree ceremony. Students wrote their wishes for their communities, their state, and they country. These wishes were created based on promises that our president made for our country, and students took it to a whole other level!

First, our class created a BrainFrame to brainstorm and remind ourselves of Obama's promises that we read during our election unit.

From here, we generated a list of our wishes. We briefly discussed the differences between wishes that are realistic and unrealistic. Then we discussed the differences between wishes that we want for ourselves, and wishes that we have for our country or communities. The kids generated their own ideas and I wrote them on chart paper to hang up in our Social Studies Corner. This list helped students when they went to generate their own wishes for the Wishing Tree.

The students were given blank leaves to draft their wish, then once their wish was finalized and edited, they rewrote their wishes on a sturdier leaf. They then decorated their leaves, and as a class, we held our Wishing Tree Ceremony.

It was a wonderful activity that the students really enjoyed. We really worked as a community to generate wishes and dreams for our community and country. We worked as a community to help each other come up with ideas. We celebrated as a community once our Wishing Tree was complete. I think it turned out beautifully...:)

What do you think?



New TpT Product!

So, after days of fighting with my computer, I finally uploaded ONE, SINGLE product. And...just in time for the end of the Cyber Monday sale. Cool.

The product was created on Publisher, which is acting excruciatingly slow. It takes a good 15-20 seconds to type a single letter. And forget about trying to move images and text boxes around the page. This is why it took me four days to upload a product with 4 pages. Good average.

Anyways, enough complaints...on to the product...

I have created a fortune teller for fact and opinion. It's a fun activity, that includes directions for folding, and ideas for using the game. The product has both a color and black and white version. Students practice identifying sentences as fact or opinion sentences. I have a whole bucket of fortune tellers in my classroom that students can use during free-times, as extra literacy center practice, during peer breaks, and independently during quiet time. The kids love it, and I can't wait to add this one to the bucket :)

Please visit my store and download some of my freebies, and check out some of my products. I would really appreciate feedback, to get my store up and running in the TpT Universe :)




5 for Five Linkup

Hi there!

So I have found this fabulous linkup from The Gypsy Teacher, and I am glad I did! Originally, this linkup was created by Jessica from Fantastically Average. You can see her original post here.

So here's the deal: 
  1. Set five goals that you want to accomplish over the next five days of the work-week.  
  2. Share your goals with all of your followers.
  3. Attempt to accomplish everything on your list during the week.
  4. Come back the next week to share you how did.
  5. Set some more goals for yourselfand repeat!
What a fun link-up! So if you are interested, you should link up at Jessica's page above. I'm certainly going to attempt it this week,

So I am off to a bad start...I am starting a day late. This means that my goals for the week are things that I am already starting to accomplish (cheating?). Here are my 5 for Five goals for the week:
  1. Exercise 3 days for at least 45 minutes - be it running, yoga, Zumba, etc. As long as I am moving for 45 minutes, I am succeeding!
  2. Make breakfast at home 3 days - no more spending money on food that I can easily make at home (this means you breakfast sandwiches!)
  3. Study for my final 4 out of 5 nights this week - It is my last oral exam of my grad school career! I need to nail this thing!
  4. Get up before 6:15 a.m. everyday - I am really slacking here, and have been getting up closer to 6:30 every morning, which gives me very little time to get ready for work.
  5. Have a vegetable at every lunchtime meal this week! - Free salad bar at work = NO EXCUSES!
Wish me luck as I attempt this list this week. Tune in next week to see how I did, and see my newest goals :)

I'd love to hear some of your goals for this link-up :)

Til then,



Quickie Update: Fabulous Giveaway!

So I am super excited about this one! Amanda over at Teaching Maddeness has another giveaway today and it's a doozy! A PERSONAL LAMINATOR! I was going to put this on my Christmas List this year, and still am if I don't win. Even though I don't want anyone else to enter this giveaway, because I want to win, I'll be nice and give you the details ;)

Head on over to her blog and enter the giveaway. It's so easy, there is no excuse not to!



Cyber Monday + Tuesday SALE!

Hi Y'all!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is already OVER? And, by the time you read this post, Black Friday is also over! So that means the next fun-filled "holiday" is CYBER MONDAY! This Monday, ALL of my TpT products are going on sale in my TpT store! The items will be 20% off plus an additional sale, which will give you a total of 28% off when you type in the promo code at checkout! Make sure you visit my store, purchase some items (I don't have many...hoping to add some more before Monday!), and maybe add some to your wish lists :). Also, if you could be so kind as to follow my TpT store, I'd kindly appreciate it :)

Hope you all had a delightful Thanksgiving, a stress-free Black Friday, and a wonderful weekend :)



The Liebster Award

I am so honored to be nominated for the Liebster Award :) This award is given to new bloggers with 200 followers or less (that's me). I was nominated by Mrs. Dixon at Teaching Special Thinkers -- many thanks! You should check out her blog - it's great :)

And the rules are:
1. Post 11 random things about yourself
2. Answer the questions the nominator set for you
3. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
4. Choose 11 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers to nominate and link them to your post.
5. Leave a comment on this post if you were nominated so I can learn more about you and see who you nominate

My 11 randoms:
1. I have 3 animals - Fred and Chester (cats) and Lucy (dog)
2. I am getting married in June 2013 to my best friend!
3. I love me some indie music
4. I have lived in three different time-zones
5. My all-time favorite food is lefse (it's Norwegian potato bread - try it!)
6. I run almost every day. It's my therapy
7. I cannot live without daily yoga and meditation. So rejuvenating and grounding.
8. My favorite book of all time is The Giver
9. I was born in North Dakota, and though I now live in the city, I will be always be a country girl at heart
10. I used to have my own horse, Katie, as a child and will always have a place in my heart for those majestic creatures
11. I've played soccer all my life - from the time I was 8, through high school and college, and even today. I can't imagine not having soccer as part of my life

Mrs. Dixon's Questions:
1. What made you start a blog?
I've always loved following other bloggers on their journeys through life, whatever and wherever they may be. I wanted to join in on the fun, and offer the blogging community all that I have to offer as an educator, runner, and a friend.
2. What's your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
I love to run. And practice yoga. And spend hours on Pinterest. And plan my wedding. And blog. And make products for TpT. And plan my lessons for the week. And nap.
3. Name one person you admire and why.
I admire all of my fellow educators (I cheat...not one, but many). The long hours, the stressful days, the improv lessons, and the kind, warm hearts. I strive to be like them :) 
4. Do you like sports? If so, what's your favorite team?
I don't really care to watch sports, or follow them. I like watching hockey, when it is on, but I can't lie and say I am a fan of any sport, or team. My favorite team is my soccer team- Mass Ave Attack :)
5. Why did you choose to be a teacher?
I didn't choose it - it chose me. No was destiny and I never even considered another career.
6. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do with your money?
Pay off my school loans!

7. What is your most memorable moment so far in your life?
Ooh--that is a tough one. But I think my most memorable moment so far has been Rich's proposal to me :)

8. What do you want the most for Christmas?
Money -- I need to pay for my wedding!

9. Do you like to shop? Where's your favorite place?
I actually hate shopping! If I HAVE to shop, I do it online. I love Amazon, Mod Cloth, and Lululemon

10. What are three blogs that you constantly read?
I am constantly reading Style Me PrettyThe Organized Classroom, and 100 Layer Cake

11. What are your future goals?
My professional goals are to become a BCBA (test in summer 2013!), get my doctorate in Behavioral Education, and decide what I want to do long-term (classroom teaching, consulting, or something else?). My personal goals are to have babies, buy a house, and feel healthy and happy with the life that I lead!

Now, for my nominations:
1. Resource Room Rules
2. Tales From a Traveling Teacher
3. Awesomeness and Autism
4. Fifth Grade, Fifth Grade
5. Teaching and Tapas
6. First Grade Carousel
7. Shoot for the Moon
8. Well Michelle
9. Literacy Sundae
10. What's Working This Year in Kindergarten?
11. Apples, Books, and Crayons

Make sure you check out these great blogs! They all have a lot to offer fellow educators :)

For my nominees -- My questions:
1. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
2. If you weren't a teacher/educator/your current occupation, what would you be?
3. You had to choose: sense of smell or sense of taste.
4. What is your favorite genre of book?
5. What is your favorite genre of music?
6. If you could visit any place in the world, and money was no object, where would it be?
7. What was your favorite subject in school? What was your least favorite?
8. What is one way that you do to ensure a healthy lifestyle?
9. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
10. What is your favorite drink, alcoholic or not?
11. Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what?

For all my nominees, copy and paste the above instructions, questions, and such to your blog. And don't forget to comment on my post when you are done, so I can check out some new interesting info about you :)

Again, I am truly honored to be nominated for the Liebster Award and thanks again for Mrs. Dixon :)



Happy Thanksgiving

As I write this, I think of all the people, things, and experiences I am thankful for, this year, and every year. In just a few moments, I will be going for my annual 5-mile Turkey Day run (not a race, just a tradition I have with myself), and I am reminded how thankful I am for my health and mobility. A body can do wondrous things, if utilized and strengthened to its full potential. With yoga, running, and strength training, my body has been able to exhibit insurmountable things. I am so thankful for all that my body can do for me, and thankful for my ability to continue to strengthen it every day.

Later this afternoon, I will be traveling down the road to celebrate Thanksgiving with my fiance's family. Days like this remind me of how thankful I am to have a family to call my own on this coast, even by proxy. My family lives far away and I am not always able to spend the holidays with them. Having a caring, loving family here makes me feel grateful for everything I have in  life. I cannot imagine not spending this joyous, giving holiday with anyone other than family, and I am thankful that I can call this family my own as well.

This evening, we will be hosting the traditional Thanksgiving Dessert at our house. Family members will arrive with goodies to share, which will be spread across our dining room table, while individuals mingle about, speaking of memories. I look forward to this tradition every year. I love having family at my house, able to host a fun, joyous occasion, and sharing it with others.

Most of all, I am thankful for all that I have in my life: health, love, family, and friends. I am who I am today because of all that I have been given, the experiences I have had, and the love that have shared. It is often easy to take this for granted, however Thanksgiving Day is a day to reflect on your achievements, your worth, and the life you have been handed to you and have altered to fit your personal needs. It is today that we stop and think of all way are grateful for, and reflect on how we can show thanks throughout the year. Today is Thanksgiving Day.


Turkey Linky, FREEBIE, and Awesome Giveaways!

Hey there!

Looking forward to a relaxing end of the week, when I can update my blog more frequently, adding some pictures and ideas for lesson plans and such.

But until then...

Check out Stories by Storie's link up for Thanksgiving! She is hosting a fun linky for celebrating your top 10 things you are thankful for. I've linked up, and so should you!

In other news...

Check out this awesome giveaway from Teaching Maddeness! Congrats to her 1,000 followers (and counting!!!). In honor of such a victory, she is hosting a terrific giveaway! Make sure to check it out at the link above to enter :)

And yet another....

A wonderful giveaway from Tori's Teacher Tips for reaching yet another tremendous milestone: 500 Followers!!! She is hosting a great giveaway that you for sure should check out...oh and congratulate her :)

Oh...AND I uploaded a 1-20 Number Memory Game Freebie on my TpT page. Check it out, and please leave feedback :)

Til next time...



TpT Update and Plea

Hi there,

I just uploaded my fifth TpT product! It is  nonfiction activity pack, to use with your larger nonfiction units. I have used it with my kiddos in my classroom for the past 3 years, and it has been highly successful. Any excuse for my kids to use different materials and modes (labels in this case). Please check it out here.

I also would like to take a moment to talk about my TpT store. I know I am new at this whole thing, and was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to promote one's store/blog/etc. I would love to get my products out to a larger audience, but am not sure of the best way to do this. Also, if anyone has viewed any of my products, please leave me feedback on TpT page; it is greatly appreciated :)

Until next time....



Mania and Some Deep Breathing


Due to all the hubbub surrounding the election, I have not had the time to post. But it has been a good level of hubbub!

My social studies election unit started at the beginning of the year. For 2 months, I have been preparing my kiddos to be informed voters who understand the importance of our right to vote, what it means to be president (and other elected officials), and how their vote impacts our lives. My students were really into my lessons! We learned about voters rights throughout history, past presidency's, learned some trick election vocab, and of course, the different positions President Obama and Governor Romney held during their campaigning. We ended our unit with a mock election yesterday, and tallied to votes to announce at the end of the day Election Party! We analyzed the votes, graphed them, and celebrated the victory (our class voted overwhelmingly in favor of Obama) and our right to vote! It was an emotional and turbulent ride through the process, as well as this morning, as the students learned of the results of the nationwide election.

I created an Election Results worksheet, in which the students colored the states on a blank US map, according to the projected winner in each state. They then calculated the electoral college votes for each candidate according the number of votes per state. They were finally asked to analyze the results, and respond with their own emotion about the election. The students were so eager to complete this assignment so we could discuss it as a class. It is such a delight as a teacher to see my student's so involved and inspired by democracy and learning :)

But now that election mania is over, my classroom can finally relax, and I can get back to more mindfulness practice, eating at a normal hour (read: NOT staying up until 1 am creating election-related worksheets and lesson plans), and getting back to staying up until 1 am creating worksheets and lesson plans for OTHER subjects! :)

As soon as my SD card adapter arrives in the mail, I will upload some pics from this week!



PS - Here is some great advice from my most recent fortune cookie :). Words to live by! Enjoy!


Quickie Post: Awesome Giveaways!

Hi Y'all!

It has been awhile. I have some cute posts coming up, just waiting for my SD card adapter to arrive in the mail. Soon enough...

Until then, you should check out Ms. Fultz Corner's awesome giveaway! I have entered, and am praying that I win. THis generous woman has agreed to giveaway (READ: make by hand) a personalized Pencil Bunting! If I win, I will proudly hang the adorable banner in my classroom to show off to everyone! :)

You should totally follow her blog. It's really great and useful for teachers :)

Another awesome giveaway is from Granny Goes to School. She, along with 4 other wonderful (and generous) bloggers, teamed up to create the ultimate teacher's dream: $100 worth of Target gift cards!! I've entered (so easy!) and if I win, I plan on spending my money on some organizational supplies for my classroom, and maaaybe a little something for me :)

Make sure you check it out and enter! Who can pass up the opportunity for free Target loot?

And finally - make sure you check out this great giveaway from The Lower Elementary Cottage. In honor of reaching 100 followers (!), Lisa has teamed up with other great bloggers to create a fabulous giveaway of some of their best TpT products! Make sure to check it out and enter. It's so easy - there is no excuse!!




Quickie Update: Blog Hoppin' Giveaways!

Hi Y'all!

Make sure you check out Blog Hoppin's Gobble Gobble Giveaway! Such a great, generous giveaway!



Late Night Success!

I feel very accomplished today! I have spent much of the weekend creating and perfecting more products for my TpT store! I have organized my TpT folder on my desktop to show which products I have uploaded, am still completing, and a folder including future ideas!

On my TpT store, I have a total of 4 products so far! Not much, but it's a start. I have a Noun-Verb Relationship Freebie, My Weekly Reading Log and Response Form I use in my classroom, my much anticipated Fidget Break Cards, and my newest addition: 1-20 Number Match-Up Packet! Please check them out, download my previews, and if you like what you see, please consider purchasing one. Also, if possible, give me some feedback on my TpT page :)

I also revamped my blog a bit, by adding a banner and developing my own button, courtesy of Teacher Blogging Basics! This blog has some great resources to get started as a blogger. I highly recommend you check it out :)

I'd also like to thank The 3am Teacher for their great owl graphics I used on my blog page :)

Finally, I'd like to thank Fonts for Peas for the fabulous, creative, and oh-so-fun fonts I've downloaded and have been using!

All these "thank yous" make me feel like I'm accepting some award :)




Quickie Update 2

New TpT product posted! It is for my Reader's Response and Reading Log form. Check it out here!

Please leave feedback :)



Quickie Update: Fidget Break Cards on TpT!

Hi again,

I have uploaded a new TpT product! Finally, I have added my Fidget Break Cards to my TpT account :)

This product consists of 12 Fidget Break cards that include movement ideas to help refocus students. These ideas have been used in my classroom, as well as across my school. These breaks have been proven effective by our school's OT specialists and classroom data. Further, the option to personalize these break cards to better suit your classroom is available - just contact me!

I have used these activities with my special needs students for years, specifically those with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I love this pack, and use it in my classroom every day! More importantly, my kids adore the option for these effective, fun movement breaks, and use them to help get them back on track! I highly recommend checking out this product. If you like what you see, please leave me some feedback! If you don't, still leave me feedback, as I am always trying to improve upon my products and lessons. :)

Check out my product by clicking the picture:



November Currently

This year is going by so fast, I can barely keep up! Can you believe it is already November?! So, you know what that means....November Currently! Thanks to Farley over at Oh Boy! 4th Grade I have linked up for the November Currently. Make sure to check it out so you can link up too, and find new blogs to stalk :)

Drum roll please...

Currently listening to Spotify...the Frank Turner station :). I discovered Frank Turner several months ago, and still cannot stop listening to him! I have discovered lots of fabulous, indie artists through this station as well!
Chester, Lucy, and Fred are all laying on the couch next to Mumma, all snoring. Their uninhibited snores make me feel home :)
And of space heater reminds me that I am home, snuggled up in my sweats and blankets, escaping from the autumn chill :)

Currently loving the autumn air, despite is biting chill. After all, it is my favorite season! I am also enjoying the smell of my pumpkin coffee (iced...because c'mon...even though the weather outside may be cold, you can't beat Dunkin Donuts' iced coffee! And finally, my cozy, knit sweaters, perfect for the fresh, raw outside air!

Currently thinking of those affected by Sandy. While Boston still experienced some heavy winds, property damage, and a couple of days with no school, it is nothing compared to how New Jersey and New York fared. Watching the telethon last night hosted by the American Red Cross, I had no idea the extent to which families in those areas were affected. Devastation across the states was evident by the horrific, telling photos of Staten Island, Jersey Shore, among many more. My heart and warm, caring thoughts go out to those families. If you can spare, please make a donation, no matter how small, to organizations, such as the American Red Cross, making efforts to help families and communities to restore the towns, schools, and homes they once knew. No donation is too small. Please visit the American Red Cross for more information on how to make a donation. Further, you can make a donation on iTunes

Currently wanting new riding boots! Specifically, any made my Madewell or Frye. Also, each year, my fiancĂ© and I run the Lynnfield Turkey Trot. It's our family's tradition. I am looking forward to when Rich comes home, so we can sign up together! Also, tomorrow is my team's last soccer game of the season, and I am hoping to end this season with a bang! (or at least a win) We won our leagues tournament last week, which is always a good feeling. I hope to end soccer this year with a feeling of victory!

Currently needing more time! There is so much to do today: clean the house, go for a run, create more TpT products, finish my lesson plans for the week, complete my homework for my Verbal Behavior class. So much to do, such little time!

Current music is the Gaslight Anthem! I loooooove Brian Fallon (the way he looks, his band, and his hypnotic voice!!) and cannot get enough of him and the group.

That's all for now!



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