Sunday, September 7, 2014

Michael's Gift Card Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be teaming up with my favorite freebie-friends for a BIG giveaway to help get you going this school year! Over at the Freebielicious blog, we’re giving away a BIG, GRAND PRIZE (scroll down to the bottom of this post to read all about it!) and right here on my little blog, I’m giving away $25.00 to my favorite store to go school shopping: Michael's.
Michael's is my all time favorite craft store! I hate to say it but it's so close to my house, I could walk there. Sorry to those of you that don't have one close. But, that's ok! You can use the gift card online too! Holla!!! 

Please enter with integrity, using the Rafflecopter below. I’ll choose a winner a week from today.

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But, wait! That’s not ALL!
The Freebielicious ladies know how much of your own hard-earned money goes into buying supplies, tissues, books, and classroom d├ęcor to get your classroom “kid-ready,” and we want to be able to put some of that money right back in your pocket. Over at the Freebielicious blog, we are giving away a $300 Visa gift card! YES…YOU READ THAT RIGHT! $300!!!
To enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, click HERE or on the button below!

Also, while you are there, be sure to check out what the other Freebie-ladies are giving away. Be prepared for some AMAZING prizes. Take a peek at some of them below!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Meet the Teacher Night #create2educate

If you have been a follower for a while then you are well aware of my addiction to chalkboard and neon. My entire classroom was redecorated to reflect my obsession. If you happened to miss my reveal check it out HERE.

I am so excited to be participating in Michael's Stores #create2educate giveaway. All of the materials that are pictured are from my favorite craft store, Michael's. 

Since I am back to school in a few weeks and our "Meet the Teacher" night is EXACTLY one week from the day we start....EEK! I figured I would do something for that night. 
The parent reading tips brochure is from my dear friend Lyndsey or at A Year of Many Firsts new "Be a Reading Expert" pack. This girl is so creative and talented it's ridiculous! The girl makes me run out of ink constantly! She is truly gifted!
There is a photo release and another brochure about my specific class and I also include blank index cards for the parents to fill out all of their info. I will show you more from my "Meet the Teacher Night" in a few weeks.

Here is what you will need in order to make your own. 

Well, I hope you LOOOVE this idea!  I'd love to read your thoughts on what you do for "Meet the Teacher" night.

And now...
Do you love to craft, too?  Then you'll be SUPER excited to hear that Michaels is hosting a crafting contest… and you could WIN a $50 gift card to shop in their store!  What?! :)

To enter the contest, simply >>
1.) Create your own B2S project and upload it to Instagram between August 1-15.  Post as many projects as you want… entries are UNLIMITED!
2.) Be sure to use the hashtags #Create2Educate AND #sweepstakes in your post/s.
3.) Don't forget to tag @MichaelsStores with each entry.

FUN and EASY, right?!

A few other things to note:
*You don't have to be a teacher to participate!
*Winners are chosen daily, so you have plenty of chances to snag that $50 prize!
*In order for your entry to be shared on or other social channels, you must give permission.  To do so, just go to Michaels' Instagram and follow the link in their profile.  Then, complete the steps in order to give Michaels permission to share your photo.

Monday, July 28, 2014!! 
I swear I never thought I was going to catch up!
 I think I slept for 3 straight days. It's all a blur. A very fun and sleepless blur. I'm so glad I went, it was absolutely amazeballs A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! 
My BFF's over at Freebielicious and I had a booth at the exhibit hall during the SDE conference. It was a complete blast! I finally got to meet the friends I chat with daily IRL! 
We gave away an Ipad, tons of sweet treats & a zip drive full of our best sellers! We loved chatting with everyone that came to chat. Even though I hate pictures of myself, it was so fun getting to know all the new Freebielicious fans.  
I absolutely loved getting to know Scott from Lakeshore Learning! He was a complete blast! He took us to a fancy smancy dinner at Bouchon in the Venetian. Conversation was awesome! Let's talk about collaboration with bloggers...yes, please!
I'm sure you recognize these beautiful faces! Deanna Jump was the first blogger I ran into...almost literally. My friend Stacey from Teaching Ever After, hit me & said "Isn't that Deanna Jump?" If it wasn't for her, I would have missed her! Deanna was nice enough to walk us to our Freebielicious booth since it was my first time in the hall. 
From left to right starting on the top row......
Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies
Stacey from Teaching Ever After
Fran Kramer from Kindergarten Crayons
Angela from The Daily Alphabet
Latoya from Flying Into First
Jodi from Fun in First
Kristin from Teeny Tiny Teacher
Jennifer Kadar from Simply Kinder
Obviously....Deanna Jump from Mrs. Jump's Class
So I was leaving the exhibit hall after begging vendors for door prizes & I ran into Fran Kramer and her sleepy husband. We took a picture and then I see Annie Moffatt walk by & make her show me how to get back to the room...I have no sense of direction people and this hotel was like a mini country. Next time, I am going to strap some kind of navigation device to myself. 
Anyway, I was walking with Annie & it happened. We were walking & talking & then I see him. I see all the TPT miracle workers all in one spot. Should we go back? OMG will they know who we are? What should we do???????? 
We turned around REALLY quick before we lost them! 
That amazing guy up there ^^^^^^....he KNEW ME! 
He said "'s Mel D!" Are you kidding me? He employs how many teachers & he knew me & of course he knew Annie...who doesn't???? He must have flash cards or something. Love him & he was extremely nice, down to earth & he loves wearing too. I am tho thad that I did not get a picture with the rest of the fabulous TPT crew :o( 
So here is me taking selfies while my roommate slept. This is the night before my presentation and I was still tweaking the presentation people. I was a total hot mess. The picture in the middle is me in front of the room where the presentation was going to happen. I should NOT have went to look. 
I freaked. Things got REAL after I saw that big screen and all those chairs. My friend Kacie from Mrs. Hoffer's Spot made me the awesome cup above. Peace, Love, Pinterest...yo! You really need to visit her Etsy shop and follow her.
Crystal from Kreative in Kinder made me 3 different shirts to give away. The one above says "They call me Pindiana Jones". True story. I need another shirt...girl...I gave it away. It could fit my big toe...yo. 
Check out her millions of styles here.
So here is me during my Advanced Pinterest presentation. I have heard from a lot of people that attended and I really appreciate the positive feedback. I really can't wait until I see a video so I can see what I said. I was running on pure adrenaline at this point and it came out naturally. 
I am so honored that TPT entrusted me to be a part of the very first conference. 
I am still in shock! 

We were able to take a photo of most of the swag winners.... but some snuck away. Camera shy people apparently.
 It's ok...I get it. Anywho, I would like to give a shout out to all the peeps that donated fabulous prizes for my session. 

Pinterest sent bags, stickers, and pins for every attendee in my session! Thank you Pinterest! If you are not following the Teachers on Pinterest boards, shame on you. 
You can follow us HERE

Lakeshore Learning Software 
2 blog planners from Modern Teacher
Blog design from Jumping Jax Designs
3 Pinterest t-shirts from Kreative in Kinder
3 Pinterest tumblers from Kacie's Etsy Shop
1 Vegas bag & 2 mouse pads from
$50 gift card from Schoolgirl Style
Melonheadz gift certificate
$200 worth of products from the girls of Freebielicious
Seuss style teacher shirt from Claire Lynn
Here are all the awesome TPT presenters! I really wish I had the chance to talk to each one of them! Such a wonderful group of inspiring teachers who truly love their jobs!
I have to end with my favorite friends from Fluttering through First. I watched these ladies present and they were incredible!
 I miss them already! 
I am linking up with A Burst of First's linky party....apparently I am usual.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Daily 5-2nd Edition Chapter 8 + FREEBIES!

Before you even bust my chops I know I am a week behind! Jeez...people! I was kind of busy in! When I get a moment to breathe & get on a normal schedule I will be blogging about my trip. 

In the meantime, let's catch up on.............
The way I run my math in my classroom will remain the same. I really feel like this entire chapter should be an entire book. I just felt like I didn't have enough be brutally honest.

I run my math stations typically like I do Daily 5 except they work in partners, with me, or by themselves and I don't have a chart. Basically, I don't call it Math Daily 3 or Math Daily 5. I just call it math stations.

I have my math block after lunch & our daily jobs. I started out this year using EnVision...well that lasted all of 2 weeks. Blah! My students are babies & they are tired after lunch. They need to be up and moving and have some major hands on learning during math. Remember they have an attention span of about half an ant at this point in the day. 

Daily 5 Math Schedule
 This is what my math block looks like currently. Again, I do not use the provided curriculum. I basically follow the scope and sequence but I do my own thing utilizing my own materials and everything else is CCSS aligned. 

If you want to get technical, this resembles the math daily 3 structure but I am not breaking out into choice rounds yet. This is what they have to do. Depending on what we are working on, I might have them do three rounds versus two longer rounds. If we are reviewing a concept than I would do 3 rounds. 

Here are the digital math anchor charts that you will use while introducing each part of the Math Daily 3. 
Daily 5 Math

Since our math block is required to be an hour this is the only schedule that would allow me to implement a whole group lesson, guided and independent math groups & a quick mini lesson to wrap things up. The times above are very flexible depending on the time of year and their attention span with what we are learning. 

The sister's provide a fabulous sample lesson based on the "I Do", "You Do", and "We Do" method. 

Instruction of course is focused on teaching whole group while students are observing and following along. You are modeling and thinking "out loud". Students may have their hands folded and listening or they may have paper/pencil or dry erase materials during this lesson. After the lesson is finished, you release the students into their choice stations and announce what group you will be meeting. I typically do not meet with groups until their stamina is built up otherwise it could be a big hot mess. 

Daily 5 Math Stamina
Here is the stamina punch cards I will use as well as my positive student recognition necklaces I made. I will use these the exact way I use the Daily 5 stamina punch cards as I explained here. 

I can't stress enough how important it is to build up their math stamina. If you don't, you will get frustrated and give up. My math block is the most difficult to manage as far as behavior. I was frustrated teaching the provided curriculum with them at their seats for 60 minutes as much as they were. If you are not teaching with a passion, they will see right through it and will not learn a thing during your math block. Just like my Daily 5 literacy block, it has to be just as fun and engaging. You have to work at it and do what works for you and your students. 

I will start my students out with the choice chart below until they get used to keeping track of their rotations.  This is very user friendly for the littles.
Daily 5 Math Check In Form
As my students are keeping track of their rotations effectively, I will have them fill out the chart below daily.

Daily 5 Math Check In Form
The chart below is the one I will be using to keep track of their rotations. I will be making sure that my chart matches up with their chart. I most likely will not have a chance to do this daily so I will probably utilize my teacher's assistant or center/station cop which is one of our many classroom jobs.
Daily 5 Math Check In Form

After the whole group lesson and after you have built up stamina for "Math by Myself", "Math Writing" & "Math with Someone" you will release them to their choices. 

Here are some examples of "Math by Myself"..............
Math Daily 3-Math by Myself
The possibilities are endless!!!!!! I use a ton of freebies from TPT as well as paid products from my Freebie-licious friends. That is a whole other post friends & I just don't have the energy to post everything I use. I have a TON of materials from over the years. Above you will see a really old game from Lakeshore called 2x2 boo I believe. The child above is working on multiplication story problems. I also see a roll and cover game from Kathy Law and a time game from Lory Evans

Here are some examples of "Math with Someone"................
Math Daily 3-Math with Someone

 Again...the possibilities are endless here. Any of these stations are housed in my math station tubs. I change them out about once a month if not sooner. I have 12 which I will show you below. 

Do you have to do Dibels? Eek! I didn't mean to send shivers down your spine! But I did create these Candy Land games to help your kiddos to be prepared for those dreaded tests!
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My Candy Land games are priced at $3.00 each. I am offering this bundle of 10 games to prepare your students for Dibel's Math testing for 50% off! Grab it while it's on sale! 

You can also check out these new math games I just posted!
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I will be frantically working on a place value Candy Land series so stay tuned!
 Any requests??? Leave them in the comments!

Math Daily 3-Math Writing

Math Station Organization

 I am absolutely O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D with these tubs. I love the latches! These are super durable and look so pretty...don't they??? I got these for a steal through Target online. It's so much cheaper for whatever reason through compared to in store. These are so easy for my students to grab and go and stay organized.
Math Daily 3 Organization
 This is how I organize my math station tubs. The black containers keep all the pieces in one spot and my students know to keep the materials in their place. These are perfect for game pieces, dry erase markers & erasers, bingo chips, dice, etc. I usually store any sheets that they're using for "Math Writing" in sheet protectors so I do not have to waste paper. 

I hope you gained some insight into my math station rotation in my classroom. Join Freebielicious in our Daily 5 2nd Edition linky party!