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Saturday, June 23, 2012

A little bit of everything--All Rolled Into One

*as I typed that I was totally singing Meredith Brooks (does that age me?)

It's been busy in this household.  Softball, 4H, softball, 4H, more softball and MORE 4H-YIKES!!  How can I get any pinteresting (yes, it's a verb) done?  Or blogging? Or facebook? Or housework---okay so that one doesn't bother me as much.  What can I say though, I love my kiddos, so as long as they are happy.  It's all good.

My blog's birthday just kinda snuck on me and bit me in the hiney.  I hadn't realized that my first post was a year ago (well, June 21st I made my first "welcome" post), but I had no clue what I was doing (not that I know now either) and didn't blog again until July.   It's amazing though the things I've learned in the past year.  I posted some tricks HERE, if you didn't get a chance to read it. 

I thought I'd show you how I've "grown" over the year.  Here is a post of the first thing I created for my blog.  Here is the screen shot.

Notice the download game here link.  I was so proud of myself for figuring that out.  It took me WEEKS to even get that far.  I always thought I was tech-savvy, but this is/was a whole new world to me. Though I still love the monkeys on that download, I've learned about text boxes, and making them WITHOUT lines.  I also learned last year that it's SOOOOO much easier to cut around boxes, than shapes.  Cutting that game out my activity on the way to Disney last summer.  At least it occupied my time.

Here is a new version of the same game.  It uses the Kindergarten Sight Words from the Treasures Series.  It will be a great review for centers when school starts back up in August, even if you don't use Treasures.  You can click the picture below to grab you your FREE updated game. 

Thank goodness for cute graphics!! Ohh yeah, see, a year ago, I didn't even know all the places where I could get such cute clip art.  THANK you Scrappin Doodles.  I love all of their cutesiness (yes, if pinteresting is a verb, cutesiness can be an adjective).

SPEAKING of Scrappin Doodles, my, oh, my have I been HOOKED!!  I don't usually blog about my products, but I've been working hard on a few new things that I hope you like!!  Check it out. The links take you to the product listing on Teachers Pay Teachers. 

First up we have Rockin Out with CVC Activities. 
This product includes a variety of activities for CVC words. These will work great at workstations or for small group practice. Directions are included on each workstation activity. They are broken up into individual vowel games. (3 activities for short a, 1 short e game , 1 short i game, 1 short o game, and
1 short u game)

Next,  we have Graphing is Dandy when Using Candy.

 This product contains three different graphing activities. Graphs include bar graphs, pictographs, and tally charts. The pictograph activity is an enrichment/extension activity. Students will color the gumdrops, and then they will write two questions about their graph and answer them.

For my First Grade Treasures Reading friends, I have posted the Making Words activities for them.  They are in 2 sets.  Units 1-3, and Units 4-6.  Though these are geared towards Treasures patterns, they would be good for anyone who has enjoyed the other Making Words activities. 

 But hold on, I did also teach 2nd Grade Treasures...soo looky! ;)

The following 3 Products can be used in a variety of ways.  I used the Enrichment sheets last year with my first graders (and even a few Kindergartners).  I've included a sample with each one on TpT so you can see what they consist of.  

I've not used the Read! Draw! Write! in this sequence with my first graders. I did make a few sheets last year where they would read and draw a sentence to match.  They enjoyed them.  I'm excited to use this next year already!!  There could be more Read! Draw! Writes in the future, but what is it?  

 Read! Draw! Write! is designed to be a fun way to get students engaged in reading and comprehending. The pages can be used as morning work, review or even an assessment. The pages use short vowel word families and kindergarten sight words. In this set, you will find 22 different pages.The pictures on each sheet are formatted to make it easier for students to know what to do in each step. First, students will read the sentences (the book). Next, they will draw a picture of what was read (the crayon box). Last, students will write their own sentence (pencil).

Finally, I have some new Whack-A-Mole packs.  

This is a Whack-A-Pack.  It's a review of Numbers, Letters, and Colors.  This game has several game plays to provide differentiated instruction.

The next one is a Beginning and Ending Sound Game. 

 The last one is a Whack-A-Word.  It uses the 1st Grade Dolch Words.  

These are Modeled off of the ****FREEBIE*** that I posted a few weeks ago.  You can get your FREEBIE by clicking on the picture below.

One more, and then I will shut up!  This one is not "new" but it is Common Core aligned, and has a variety of Math activities to last through the year.  I LOVE the graphics.  My students loved playing the On Fire Game!!  (The On Fire Game is also sold separately instead of the whole math pack.)

Thank you all for supporting me through my blogging journey over the past year. In honor of my bloggy birthday (Because goodness gracious, I don't personally celebrate my own---I quit at 22), I am having a 24 HOUR SALE!!  Everything is 20% off Sale ends June 24th at Midnight!!


  1. Woohoo...I'm snagging those cute monkeys with the sight words to use at the end of the year when my Kiddos have learned all those Treasures sight words!

    Thanks :)


  2. Happy Birthday to your blog1 What a great occasion to celebrate!

  3. Happy bloggy birthday!! Love those little monkeys!
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. Thank you!! I ((Heart)) Scrappin Doodles!! Gotta love all her monkey stuff!

  4. A very Happy Bloggy Birthday! I hate to break your bubble, but I don't think that's an Alanis Morisette song...it's Meredith Brooks:) I only know because my friend and I had the CD and sang that song like it was our anthem for a whole year in high school (guess I just aged myself). And, WOW! Everything you posted is sooo cute!! Gonna have to grab me some smores!:)

    1. Thanks for the compliments...I guess I will have to edit my post...I TOTALLY thought it was Alanis...but I had to google it to find out lol.

  5. Thanks for the sale. I bought the first of the Treasures for First Grade. You have saved me a lot of time. Happy Bloggy Birthday Cha Cha Cha.

  6. Hey there I purchased the first treasures for First grade and realized your page numbers are off. You have 2 25's and then your numbers get messed up a bit. It doesn't bother me but I thought you might want to know. Again great job on the packet.

    1. Thanks for letting me know!! That's important to me. I fixed 3 page numbers I think. Make sure you go back and get you an edited version. You should have an email about downloading it again.

    2. Ohh, and that was like with 10 pairs of eyes... LOL. I have people proof for me, honestly!

  7. Love Love Love your blog! Happy Bloggy Birthday!! I am totally with you on the learning process!! I am slowly getting there :)

    1. Aww, thanks so much!!! And yes, it is a learning process. I am still getting there slowly!

  8. Hello from your newest follower :) love these gorgeous packets :)

    Kylie :)

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    2. Thanks for the compliment!!! I am already a follower of you! ;)

  9. Happy Blog Birthday! Thanks for the freebie! I forgot you used Treasures...we do too but I don't use all of it all the time! Your freebie will be a great supplement for me/us!

    A Pirates Life for Us

  10. Wow you have some great stuff at TpT. Glad I found your site!

    Your newest follower,

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