Thursday, August 9, 2012

What's in your cart!! A linky party!

I am going to use this  fun game of compound words in my literacy stations!! I love the cute graphics!

Compound Words - Cupcake Wars

I plan to use these high frequency word mats and have my students form the letters/words using play-doh during the first few days of school.
High Frequency Black and White Words
I am going to use this sort unit in my needs based groups for rreading.
Wild World of Sorts

Friday, August 3, 2012

Getting Ready for a Great Year

Started work on my board...finally got to put my foam spray coral to use!! :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Thrift Store Find

This is the fish purse I found at a local thrift store. I was so excited when I saw it because I knew it would go great with my Rainbow Fish Unit. I will use it to hold my Rainbow Fish vocabulary cards and comprehension questions from the story. I will go over the vocab cards before the story and then pull the questions from the bag after the story. The kids will LOVE it! My Rainbow Fish unit is on my TPT store at

Friday, July 13, 2012


Made the Jellyfish for my theme in August. Took a 2 liter bottle and cut the bottom off, stuffed it with tissue paper, and cut white ribbon to hang from bottom. I think the kids will like it!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thrift Store Treasures

Today I went shopping with my friends to local thrift stores. I have never been a thrift store person but Since I started teaching I have discovered it is a great way to find great buys for the classroom plus have a good time with great friends! My dear friend Cathy first introduced me to thriftines...thanks Cathy! Anyway...I found two magazine holders for my reading center, cool decorations for my bulletin board, and I am most excited about the large gold Christmas tree bulbs that I am going to use on my palm tree for's the little things in life that make me happy! I am so glad I am a primary school teacher because I really enjoy decorating and theme based learning! Oh and as you know I am doing a fish/ocean theme this year...I found a fish pocketbook that looks just like the Rainbow Fish. I am going to use it to hold my vocabulary cards and comprehension questions from the story. I also have a Rainbow Fish game that I will put in the pocketbook later and place in a center. All day long I was like a kid in a candy store! of all, I got all this awesome stuff for under $ you have never tried a thrift store for finding classroom treasure, please give it a will love it...I will post pictures of all these wonderful treasures being used in my classroom in August.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Beaching it!

I am very much new to the world of blogging and it feels kind of strange typing these post because I feel like I am talking to myself...I think talking to yourself is ok as long as you don't answer yourself back...right?!?! Right! Anyway Just returned from the most beautiful beach vacation EVER!! In a few weeks I am taking my son on a fishing trip to Key West to celebrate graduating from High School! I am truly getting into my theme for next year...Fish/Ocean/Beach LOL.. theme...I am looking forward to loading pictures to my blog and all the ideas I have to go with it. I hope all these trips to the ocean will give me even more great ideas. I am currently working on a beach sign made from canes I gathered from the river banks near my house and I am making Jellyfish out of coke bottles..stay tuned for pictures of both! Only about four more weeks left until I return to work so I am trying to focus more on summer relaxing than work but it's hard not to think about school stuff...I get excited!! :)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Anchor Charts

These are random charts I have used, two of them were pre-made and the others I created ...I will load all new charts and books that go along with them in August. I also have charts I created for verbs, adjectives and nouns...

Friday, June 22, 2012

How to make a palm tree from a pool noodle

I made a palm tree for my bulletin board by using a palm top from Hobby Lobby (on sale for $5) and a pool noodle from Dollar Tree. The pool noodle was blue but I spray painted it brown. Stick the palm top in the hole on top of the noodle and BAM...palm tree!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Rainbow Fish craft

The idea of using a plate for the rainbow fish craft is not new BUT using a BLUE plate is and I added foil for extra sparkle. My ocean theme is coming right along....I will be doing this craft after reading the book The Rainbow Fish along with other ideas can check those ideas out at my TpT store. Stay tuned for how to make a palm tree from a pool noodle...:)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Crafting for August theme

Yes I am working away on my bulletin board theme for August...I know it's summer but it was a lot of fun! I am doing an ocean/fish I am making coral for my board...How to make: Use foam spray in the can as seen above (any brand will do)...simply attach the tube, get an old piece of cardboard, make your designs, spray paint desired color. This stuff puffs up so you need to allow room, you will also need a tool to help cut it off the will stick so don' get it on anything of value.