Thursday, July 3, 2014

Congratulations, Stephanie Baker!

The Creative Teacher giveaway ended today and the winner was randomly selected by rafflecopter. Congratulations, Stephanie Baker! Stephanie has won the menu board that I created. Check your email, Stephanie, so we can get that sent to you. :)

There are more goodies in store for this summer! I may host another Creative Teacher Giveaway since I'm getting so many requests. I'm holding off on making a decision for sure until I find out if I have jury duty. That could make the summer busier!! I'm participating in a few other fantastic giveaways. Some are to celebrate milestones for their store or blog. There is a BIG one coming August 1st (shhh!! It's a tech prize!! You will LOVE it!!) And of course, our fun Fourth of July blog hop starts tomorrow. Make sure you check it out. There will be freebies and giveaways galore! You can even enter to win a TPT gift card. Enjoy your weekend! Stop by and visit my Facebook page for more updates.

4th of July blog hop ~ A freebie for you!

Happy 4th of July! I hope you are having a wonderful day enjoying time with family and celebrating our freedom. My dad and grandpa both served in the military. On these patriotic holidays, we remember those who've served to protect our country and the freedoms we enjoy. As I listen to the news around the world, which is especially grim at this time, I am reminded of the quotation that "freedom isn't free". There are many who have sacrificed their lives or health for our great country. I am so thankful for each of them. If you are a past or present service member or have family serving, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
My freebie today is All-American Numbers - an I have, Who Has... game to identify the number that comes before. It is only free for today! A student will have a card that says something like who has the number that comes before 42. The student who has the next card will say, I have 41. Who has... and the game continues. My 1st graders really enjoy these I have, who has games. I have several ELA ones in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I used them last year and I think the students forgot that they were learning! They really improved in the concepts that we practiced with these games. Click on the picture of the cover (All-American Numbers) to access the free download. Don't forget to go to the end of this post to enter a giveaway (you can win a gift card for TPT!) and to get more freebies at the rest of the hop.

I also have a few other patriotic items in my store. The new items are currently 1/2 off. I list new items at 1/2 off for 24 hours. I will also be bundling all my patriotic units. This bundle will be offered at a discount on July 4th. All proceeds from the sale of the bundle will go to the Wounded Warriors Project. Or, you can click on the logo above to go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project page and select your own donation amount.

If you like all of these products don't miss out on this fantastic bundle! TODAY ONLY (July 4th) this bundle is only $10. It will be $18 tomorrow, which is still a savings! Today, all profits from the patriotic items will go to the Wounded Warriors Project. If you've been wanting to send them a donation, this is the perfect opportunity! You'll support a great cause and have 5 patriotic products to use in your classroom. Just click on the picture below to go to the Patriotic Bundle.

And as an added bonus, all of the participating bloggers have 'pooled their cash' to purchase 4 $25 TpT gift certificates and 1 $10 Target gift card!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Creative Teacher Giveaway! 1 for Me & 1 for You

Now that it is FINALLY summer I hope to get caught up on things. Am I the only one who has pinned things for years with every intention of making some of these awesome, crafty things, but I haven't had time to get started? Well, this is it! I'm going to finally tackle a project and one of you will also get this project -- without all of the work! Just scroll down to the end of this post to enter the giveaway. The winner will be sent this item in the mail. You'll have to be in the contiguous US to enter the giveaway because I am shipping this item. Most of my giveaways do not have that requirement. Also, this giveaway is for classroom teachers and homeschool teachers. You will need to be able to verify that you are a teacher. For EVERYONE: there's a downloadable menu card freebie at the end of this post! There are also instructions so that you can make your own craft even if you don't win this one.

Near the end of the school year, I was talking to a middle school girl whose mom is a teacher. Her mom had been out-of-town for a while and she was so excited that she was coming home because they would finally get meals! I said - you get real food during the school year! My kids will be so jealous! She assured me that it was only on the weekend. :) I have been beyond busy this year and my poor family has had to suffer in the meal department. We have been close friends with the frozen food aisles! I am hopeful, now that my Masters degree is behind me, that I can do some planning this year and manage to keep up with meals during this next school year. Enter the meal calendar...
I was inspired by a few ideas from pinterest:
                * Magnetic Menu Board
                * Hanging Menu Board
                * Framed Menu Board

Mine needed to be neutral to go with most decors. I decided to use a burlap board as the background. I did most of my shopping at Hobby Lobby, but most of these things could be found at any craft store. Following is a list of the materials I used & a few pictures:

* 16"x20" Burlap Canvas ($11.99 - use a coupon!)
* 1 sheet of scrapbook paper  (.59/each)
* 4 chipboard letters (3.5"; Chip Decor by the Paper Studio) .99/each
* Ribbon - I used 1 roll for 2 boards (5/8" x 15') by the Ribbon Boutique  $2.99
* Black clothespins (I used a pack of 7 by Recollections (scrapbooking) that I found at Michaels
* Paper flowers (I used a 6 pc set by Recollections ~ Michaels)
* Tim Holtz idea-ology Metal Clips $3.99
* Spare Parts Slide Alphabet (metal "buttons" and alpha stickers) I think this was $6.99 @ Hobby Lobby
*thumb tacks

Here's the thing that I'm SO excited about ~ the menu cards have QR codes that link to the recipe! Now, I won't have to try to remember if this recipe is from pinterest, allrecipes, etc. I can just use my phone and a QR scanner (I use the free QR reader by Scan).
 You can download the cards I created. There are also blank cards for you to just write your recipe titles (for those who don't want QR codes). I've also made the whole thing editable so that you can type in your own recipes. If you want to make QR codes to link to your recipes, just copy the link and use to generate a QR code from the html link. I like to save the code as a .jpg and then just insert it into the document like a picture.

FREE MENU CARDS: Here are the menu cards in .pdf (just print and go) and .ppt (an editable powerpoint file).

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now that you have your menu board, you'll need some meal ideas! :) My pinterest recipe boards range from decadent to dieting so there's something for everyone!! Here they are if you need some more foody inspiration.
*Watching Calories 
*Crockpot Recipes
*Main Dishes
*Healthy Recipes

Your next stop is Krista's blog at the Teaching Momster. Check out the great craft that she's made for you to win. I could really use one of these in my classroom!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Guest blogging & sending wishes

I'm typing this by a window that looks out at the ocean - the best office ever! We took a quick get-away to the beach. I seriously think I may have to move near the ocean someday. It takes us about 6 hours to get to the beach from our house. This was an extra busy and difficult school year and there were many days that we'd think about going to the beach. That was a way to get through a few days that weren't so good. Now, here we are resting and relaxing! The picture is of our 2 boys being silly in the waves.
My worse days are absolutely nothing compared to the trials of so many others. I just found out that Blue Bunny (the ice cream company) will donate $1 to Make-a-Wish for every greeting card that you create at their site. You just choose (or create) a card and type a message. There isn't a sign-in or anything. You could easily do it in 1-2 minutes.Just go to Blue Bunny to create your card, brighten someone's day and help wishes come true!

My friend, Andrea, at Reading Toward the Stars invited me to be a guest blogger for her. It was fun writing a post for another blog! I shared about teaching writing. It includes a link to one of my favorite resources (that you can read online for FREE!), links to a few of my writing freebies, a cute story written by one of my 1st graders and some tips for teaching writing. Stop by Reading Toward the Stars to find out more!

I have so many great things planned for you this summer - blog hops, freebies, giveaways and all kinds of exciting stuff! I'll be posting about one in just a few more days. Enjoy your week!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Congratulations Christie D! You won a free RHYME TO READ app!

Congratulations, Christie Dwyer! You won the free Rhyme to Read app! Check your email for more details.

Thank you to all who entered. :) Are you looking for more apps? I will have another review and app giveaway posted this weekend (hint: it's created by Ranger Rick!) Stay tuned!

Friday, May 30, 2014

App Review & Giveaway *Win a free app!*

I was asked to review the Rhyme to Read app. You'll get a chance to enter to win it at the end of this post!  This app requires an iPad running iOS 7 or later. The app is currently $9.99 in the app store. That means each story is only 50 cents!

The app features 20 short vowel word family stories. The pop-up that you see on the picture (can be disabled in settings) talks about how the app works and give bio information for the creators. It was created by 2 teachers who are reading specialists with advanced degrees and many years of experience. I love that! These ladies know how to teach reading! The music can also be disabled in settings.

At the beginning of each story there is a suggestion page. It gives advice about reading the title to the student (so they are familiar with the word patterns that are emphasized in that book) and that students should read the books in order.

The pages of each book feature those word family words throughout the story. The word families are all color coded for ease of use and to help beginning readers. Each page has a little box in the top corner that has sight words that are used on that page. The reader can tap any word on the page (including the sight words at top) to hear the word. To me, this is one of the best things about technology and early readers. I love that the app doesn't automatically read the words or leave them without help (no audio). I searched high and low for books like this and there are not that many out there with this feature. PLUS, this one is focused on word families!

I'm excited to use this app with my 1st graders at the beginning of the year. It would be awesome for preschool, kindergarten or the beginning of 1st grade. I would LOVE for the authors to create more booklets like this (long vowel word families, blends, etc.). Let's help this one to be super successful so these amazing ladies can create even more apps for us!

One lucky winner will be able to try this app for free. If you are the winner, you will be emailed a promo code. Be sure to read the instructions to activate. You won't download the app. You just enter the code on the app store and it automatically downloads the app for you. Remember, this is for an iPad with iOS 7 or higher. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a free copy of this app to review. All opinions expressed are my own and this review was written by me. :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Thank you to everyone who participated in the blog hop and downloaded the free animal writing pages. I appreciate all the great feedback! I hope that you all enjoyed the long weekend. I'm back to school today. We have 9 more days.

2 winners were randomly selected for the gift certificates to my store. Congratulations to Jessica Eicke-Reinartz & Cristina Cortejoso! I'll be emailing you soon in case you don't see this message. You can visit my store to start figuring out how you want to spend your $20 gift certificate!

I'll be hosting a giveaway this next weekend for an awesome educational app. You won't want to miss it!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! :)


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