Saturday, August 1, 2015

First Day of School Sign {Chalkboard Style} FREEBIE & Tutorial

I recently created some first day of school chalkboard signs for Pre-K through 5th grade and shared them as a FREEBIE:

However, I wanted more than just a piece of paper for the kids to hold up...and I wanted something I could use for several years!
I bought a piece of bevel-edged wood from the craft department at Walmart
 I spray painted only the edges black. I trimmed the white edges off the printed sign so only chalkboard would show.
Then I Mod Podged the sign onto the "chalkboard."

Hubby rolled over it to get as many bubbles as possible out.
I went over it with a few more layers of Mod Podge.
And, VOILA!  My students have an adorable "chalkboard" to hold up for first day pictures!
 Wanna grab those signs to use in your own classroom? You can grab them here:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

B2S Bonanza: The Final Day!

I'm wrapping up my Back to School Bonanza today...and I've got several FABULOUS prizes you don't want to miss!  This is the biggest prize bundle of the week!

A Fri-Yay baseball style tee in your size from Heaven Scent Boutique in my hometown!

A custom clipboard from When It Rains Paper Co.
 The planner of your choice from Gabby at Gabby's Classrooms:
 A printed and bound 2015-2016 blog planner by Mandy Gregory:

 A huge set of planner stickers and a MintGreen 2015/2016 Planner from Lilly Top on Etsy:
 A digital bundle of my favorite Back to School items from my shop!
 Enter below:
P.S.  You still have a few days left to enter the previous giveaways from this week! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

B2S Bonanza: Day 3

Welcome back for day 3 of my B2S Bonanza!  You'll be able to go back and enter the previous days' giveaways all the way through Friday, so be sure you enter them ALL!

Today I'm giving away some fun goodies:

Some of you saw a sneak peek of my fun cupcake garland on Instagram.  
 I bought this cupcake garland from Cupcake Wishes on Etsy.  Not only does Kiki make these cupcake garlands, but she also makes more general pompom garlands.  She has agreed to give away one of her beautiful pompom garlands!

The amazingly talented Latoya Reed has agreed to give away her Phonics Frenzy task card bundle.  This looks like such a fun way to set up a predictable word work center with phonics task cards!

And I'm giving away my photo classroom decor bundle! (which is also on sale Wednesday ONLY for $8--a 50% savings off individual prices!

It includes: 

Finally, I wanted to share a little freebie with you!
Here are the birthday coupons I used to create these fun birthday bags:
 After you grab your freebie by clicking on the picture above, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for today's prizes:

Monday, July 27, 2015

B2S Bonanza: Day Two

If you didn't check out yesterday's post and enter the giveaway drawing, go do it NOW!

I'm excited for day two!

Today, I'm giving away some fabulous prizes to help you get organized!

From the Applicious Teacher, here are some amazing curriculum and student data binders in a shabby chic chalkboard and burlap theme! You can take a peek at the product by clicking below:

And, we all enjoy organizing our classroom library, right?  Yellow Fish Paperie form Etsy is giving away a custom library stamp so you can be sure all your books are labeled with your name!  Love, love, love!!

I'm going to help you further organize your classroom library by giving away a set of my book basket labels:

Now, for your HUGE discount!  Today ONLY you can get 3 of my best selling Author Studies for just $12.  These studies sell individually for $8.50 each!!  The bundle usually sells for 20!:
Speaking of organization, how about a fun freebie? Go follow my TPT store and as a thank you, grab this set:

Use the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win the library stamp, binder files, and book basket labels!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

B2S Bonanza: Day One

I'm here for DAY ONE of my Back to School Bonanza.  I recently hit a fun milestone-- 5,000 followers on TPT.  So I wanted to celebrate with each of YOU!  Each day will feature a freebie, a deeply discounted product, and a prize packet you could win!

First up,  How would you like to win a beautiful necklace from Little Lovely Leaders...

 AND Fluency Folder Resources by the amazing Mrs. Russell?
To go along with Tamara's fabulous resource..... one lucky winner will also receive my Fluency Homework Practice Bundle valued at $76.50!

 This bundle is on sale Monday only for $35.00.  The regular sale price is $50, and the total bundle value is $76.50.
You can read more about the bundle by clicking here!

And how about a little freebie from me?  In exchange for this freebie, I'd love for you to follow me on Instagram at:
Then click below to grab the freebie!

P.S.  I was slow to get on the IG train! If you aren't on IG, of course you can still grab the freebie!  But I highly encourage you to look into IG.  It's a fun way to connect with other teachers!

You can enter to win the necklace and the Fluency Resources on the Rafflecopter below.  Remember that the fluency homework packets will only be marked down Monday! 

Today's giveaway ends on 8/1.  Check back all week because there will be new giveaways each day! :)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

B2S: First Day Lesson Plans for K-2

I spent this week writing my lesson plans to be sure the first day of school is "The Best Day Ever!"  I wanted my plans to be super fun, informative, purposeful, and easy to prep ahead of time!  This is what I came up with:

I'll post pics when I get everything prepped.  I plan to keep it in a "first day folder" that I can pull from year after year!  I suggest some great first day books, but they aren't required to carry out these lesson plans:

 All lesson plans are editable in Power Point.  Take out what you don't want to use; add in your own times, activities, etc.
My first day is August 5th, and the kids come August 10th!  I can't wait to enjoy the BEST DAY EVER! :)
You can grab it at TPT here: