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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday Tip, a Product, and a Freebie

Hey everyone!!  I'm a little better since my last post.  Sometimes you just need to step back for a bit and see things in a different light! :)

 Honestly friends, you and I both need to get off the computer, forget school stuff for a while, and relax/enjoy our time! :)  We're home from work, we may have families to take care of, family/friends to enjoy spending time with---OR we just may need some wind down time for ourselves.  Whatever the case, I have a few quotes I would like to share with you for Tuesday Tip! :)

I'm such a quote junkie---as a matter of fact, I have several wall quotes in my house.  I LOVE 'EM!
Reading these have put life in a different perspective.  I go through spells where I am all about school and trying to create things that will help my students that I forget what is ALWAYS the most important.  I even take family days to try and make up for lost time---completely unplugged (well, FB doesn't count on the phone does it?) I appreciate life so much more when I'm with my own.  I've posted this before and shared this message before---but it must be one of those spells I'm going through again!  Friends, first and foremost--FAMILY! :)  

 I've had a FB fan ask how I did the colorful letters in my most recent product.  So I thought some others would like to see too---I've made a tutorial to show you.  Ashley at the School Supply Addict also did one a couple weeks ago on using digital papers to fill your word art. 

HAHA---I said Wah-lah---that is so not what I meant to say! :)  MOVING ON!!!

I am late to the game on my St. Patrick's Centers, but I am also going to use them into next week. I created centers to help differentiate for my firsties.  The games are very similar, but the skill levels are different.  Here's a preview picture.
Right now, I have it for $3.00 in TpT.  
Click HERE if you're interested.

I've also found some great ideas (again which I have) on TpT for St. Patrick's 
that I will be using this week or next. 

HERE is the link to Erica's sorting--only $1.

 HERE is the link to Teri's Catch a Leprechaun Unit.

HERE is the link to Jen's Marshmallow Math.
HERE is the link to Glady's St. Patricks' Day O'Fun!

Aren't they all great products?  Now the sad thing is there are MANY other great products that I've found and want to use--heaven forbid I say this, but I want more time in my day so I CAN use them all! :)  (okay, maybe not---but you know what I mean!)

Now for the freebie!!
Click the image below to download! :)
 Though it's an emergent reader, my class LOVES these stories to read just for fun! :)
You can incorporate many ideas though to the story to hit a variety of skills.
1) Take several words from the story (maybe the picture words) and have them state the number of syllables in each word.
2) Take words from the story and sort by vowel sound (long/short)
3) Take words (the pictures) from the story, and describe them.
4) List the nouns in the story.
3) Sequence the story.
4) Write how they would get the gold if they were the leprechaun.
5) Write what they would like to do with a pot of gold.
6) Write or discuss, what other thing could they add to the story. 
Hope that gives you some other ideas for this story!! ENJOY!

You know---I don't hate comments either! :)
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  1. Yes thanks, foxysexyroxy10@yahoo.com

  2. Thank you for the freebie! I love it and can't wait to use it next week!! Great post altogether!

    Heather Salsman
    Teaching Through Turbulence

  3. I totally agree with you! Family should be first! I often put work first... but this year I feel like I have gotten much better at actually spending time with my family. Besides the boyfriend, all of my family lives so far away. They never get to come up here to see me... but I do my best to see them at least once a month. With gas it is hard sometimes, but I know that I don't want to miss out on too many special moments. I can't wait for Spring Break so that I can head back home and enjoy some time with them again! Thanks for posting these quotes, I really enjoyed them!

  4. This wonderful!!! llglass59@gmail.com

  5. It's a constant battle to step away from the internet!

    Thanks so much for the fabulous freebie as well as sharing some great tips for using it! The kiddos will love it!


  6. Thanks for the freebie! I love that it has printer friendly versions included. (I'm like you... a little bloggy love for a freebie is greatly appreciated! I posted a St. Patrick's Day skittles freebie last night. 50 people had downloaded it by this morning but only one person left a comment! I was a little sad:-(.)

    Sunshine, Sand and Scissors

  7. OMG thanks for that in service on the word art...GENIUS!

  8. Hmmm..the inspirational quote on the book at school today talked about how when we get older, we won't remember trying to get the next best deal, or finishing an assignment, etc. We will miss the time we skipped out on with our loved ones. I wish I could remember the exact words. It's so very true.
    Also, thank you for the cute activity! My kiddos will enjoy it!

    Adventures in First with Mrs. Key

  9. I love your quotes! You are so right - family time is so important! Thank you so much for the freebie! I love your fabulous readers! Thank you for including a cute color copy and a great printer friendly copy! And thanks for the tech tip! Such an awesome post! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  10. I love this time of year because it gets me out in the garden, spending time with my hubby and away from the computer and school. I feel much better after a day outside. Thanks for the wonderful reader, my students are going to love it. If I can get every thing together, I may leave the books as an additional gift from those mischievous leprechauns who will hopefully be visiting our classroom this weekend. I wonder if they will be able to avoid the traps? ;)

  11. Hello! :) I found you through Erica! :) Boy am I glad she suggested that I stop in today! :) These are some really wonderful ideas! :) Thank you so much for the freebie! :) I can't wait to tie your mini-book in with what I am doing next week! :) Thanks for sharing! :)
    Tamara Russell

    Mrs.Russell's Room
    First Grade

  12. Love the quotes! And the Links to the fun ideas for my class.

  13. I'm the same as you, I want to use a ton of units because there are SO many great ones out there. Not enough time in the day! I just love all the creativity out there. Thanks for the freebie! What a fabulous thing to share! :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  14. And I love your quotes. I need to come back and read those every day! Thanks;)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  15. I am SO excited to include your emergent reader as part of our morning meeting message on Friday! The kids will love it!
    And thank you for the much-needed inspiration!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  16. I feel your frustration, it's been a difficult year for me, but I'm always thankful for bloggers like yourself. Thank you for sharing your talents :)
    First Grade Dual


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