One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Today is my one year blogiversary!
One year ago today, I published my very first blog post.
I have really enjoyed blogging this year and I'm looking forward to another great year!

To celebrate, I am giving away 2 special prizes.

The first prize is one of my favorite tools for back to school; a Scotch laminator with 100 laminating sheets! I use my laminator EVERY SINGLE DAY during back to school season, it is so convenient to have a laminator at home plus the laminating is so thick and nice.
Unfortunately, because of shipping, this giveaway is only open to US residents. 
The second prize is $50 to use on anything in my TpT store!

To enter, follow the instructions below:

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Math Tip Monday

Monday, August 3, 2015

Today, I am linking up with K's Classroom Kreations and Theresa's Teaching Tidbits for Math Tip Monday.
Today's theme is Back to School Math Tips.
My math tip is for kindergarten orientation or open house. We have an orientation about a week before school starts, where the children and their parents come see the classroom and meet their teacher and classmates. It is always pretty crazy at orientation, there are tons of people in the room. The kids are in a new environment and wanting to touch and look at everything and some kids are very nervous.
One thing that helps to decrease the stress at orientation is to give the children and their families some tasks to do. We give each child a scavenger hunt that they have to complete and their parents help them with it.

One of the tasks on the scavenger hunt is a graph. There is a pocket chart up in the classroom, we have all of the names printed out and each child has to find their name and put it up in the pocket chart. Before school even starts, children are completing a graphing task. They are graphing, counting the letters in their names and they are identifying some basic numbers. Then, once school starts we will go over the graph as a class.
Click here if you want to download a copy of the graphing pieces for free!

Remember that today and tomorrow is the big TpT sale! Everything in my store is 20% off with an extra 10% with the coupon code BTS15, making everything 28% off!

Click on the links below to get some more awesome math tips!

August Currently

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I can't believe it is August already! I am linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade for August Currently!
I am listening to Playing House on Demand. If you haven't seen this show, watch it! It is so funny!!

I am loving all of the back to school prep. Seriously, one of my favorite things is all of the cutting and laminating and labeling and organizing that happens in August. For the past few nights, we have been spending a few hours on back to school prep and for some weird reason, I just love this type of prep.

I am thinking about the TpT sale tomorrow, my entire store will be 20% off with an extra 10%, that means everything will be 28% off!! Make sure you leave feedback on all of your TpT purchases to get some extra money off!

I am wanting it to be July still, as much as I am excited for back to school and the fall, the summer is going way to fast! I could use just a few more weeks of July.

Needing a manicure, before Vegas I got a gel manicure and I took it off yesterday. I used a Pinterest DIY to take off the gel polish and it was amazing! But now, I really need another manicure!!

BTS RAK: Although not quite a RAK, we always send a letter to last year's kids before school starts. It is just a good luck letter for first grade and they really appreciate it, we always have parents saying they loved it and kids writing letters back to us!