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September iTeach Giveaway, Linky & FREEBIES! Let the Party BEGIN!

September iTeach Giveaway, Linky & FREEBIES! Let the Party BEGIN!

We are BACK!
( Not that we went ANYWHERE…just back!)
My friends and I at
iTeach K-2 Linkies
are having our MONTHLY giveaway!
Sept. 8-11

You can enter to win
TPT GIFTCARDS!
(Enter in the rafflecopter at the end of this post.)

Also….
We are linking up to give YOU some FREEBIES
for Back to School!

School is back in session.
Life gets back into ROUTINES.
I kinda like that. Routines.
WE ARE BACK!
Every year I try to “BETTER MYSELF” in my teaching.
This is my 27th year of teaching GRADE 1!!!
( My kiddos ask me WHY I never graduated…  HAHAHA)
And  so I try to keep up on the newest & brightest teaching trends
WITHOUT  going OVERBOARD!
This year I have impelemented 5  amazing new “tricks” to my teacher “magic bag!”

Write YOUR name!
This sounds EASY enough.
BUT…We ALL know it isn’t!
THEY FORGET…A LOT!
SO…..
Each time we do a paper, a project, ANYTHING together…
I say..” Here is where I write my name. DON’T WRITE MY NAME…”
and they chime back (LOUD)…
“WRITE MY NAME!”
So far…so good!
Call Backs working GREAT!
Entering the classroom.
I greet them on the playground line where we line up.
( 5 minutes BEFORE the bell rings..BEST 5 minutes EVER!)
We smile, chat a little, and then…
EVERYONE get out your homework folder and Read at Home folder (Books)
HW in your left hand…RAH in your right hand!
And..we walk to the door.
As they walk in…
Homework in the HW basket, RAH in the RAH basket, Backpacks on the shelf!
(No more getting into backpacks at the door!)
No one ON THE GROUND looking for something as the whole class walks in!
We put stuff away & sit down to work.
ONE MINUTE OR LESS!
“HALLELUJAH”
I hear trumpets! 🙂
Ipads…we are a 1:1 classroom.
I AM THANKFUL!
BUT…
25 first graders getting out, putting away, closing apps..
ICK!
2 GREAT ideas…
first …take their picture and use it as their desktop/wallpaper!
No more guessing WHOSE  ipad is it??
AND…
I choose  an extra 2 HELPERS each day.
TECH TEACHERS
Their job is to “pick a helper” ( now there are 4 )
so pass out, collect, stack up, plug into the charging cart, help with apps…each day.
( Sometimes I have to “FUDGE” at least two f them..to make sure there is at least one who can help with the apps.)
They LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
ME too!
BRAG  TAGS!
I love them.
I hate them.
I know…Love – Hate relationship!
LOVE the idea. Made ALL of them.
BUT…my kiddos could NOT open the chain necklaces
BY THEMSELVES!
My plan for independance…just add 25 MORE things for ME to do each day!
NO WAY!
I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THAT!
SO…
I went to rings!
They can open/close them.
Brag Tags fit.
ALL  GOOD…
BUT…
They fill up too fast!
NO WAY will they make it to the end of the year!
SOOOOO…
On the last day of each MONTH ( one so far )…
We take ALL of their BRAG TAGS and beads
OFF of their ring!
WHAT????
Yep. And then I gave them a string.
Good old white string ( NOT YARN ).
They restring their Brag Tags & beads onto their string.
Voila!  Necklaces! To wear home!
AND THEY LOVE THEM!
MORE! MORE! MORE!
They are working like a charm!
LOVE it!
Parent Communication.
I am NOT a fan of teachers using their phones IN CLASS!
It is NOT OK to call a parent while you are teaching.
(We are NOT here to embarass kids, to point them out while talking on the phone, texting, etc)
That is to done at recess, lunch, after school, etc.
So …I have started using
REMIND
on my phone to communicate with parents.
(Go to the app store & download it today! FREE!)
Send a note to your parents
telling them how to sign up.
It will tell you on the app.
You can text parents, one or ALL, without them seeing YOUR phone # AND
You can’t see theirs.
Total privacy!
I send out QUICK texts about minimum days, library books, book orders,etc.
AND
I send out classroom pictures to those families who have joined!
(Keep a list handy!)
After my first picture…I got 4 more families to join who heard about it from the other families!
Not all will join. But much better than sending home a bunch of notes and
HOPING someone reads them!
Loving it so far!
OK..LONG  BTS  POST…sorry.
Here’s a FREEBIE for hanging in there!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
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It’s THAT time AGAIN! BTS Freebie & Giveaway!

It’s THAT time AGAIN! BTS Linky & Giveaway!

It’s THAT time again.
EVERY teacher knows it…
the BACK TO SCHOOL nightmares have begun!
You know…the “class TOTALLY out of control..”
or
The …” admin moved me to another class today..and kids here tomorrow!”
or (my favorite)
“We are adding ONE more student to your class…and I see hundreds!”
The only salvation:
And so…WE BEGIN!
To “HELP” with all of the excitement…
My friends & I at…
ARE GETTING YOU READY FOR
BACK TO SCHOOL!
Each of us ( click on EACH of the links)
has a
FREE..( YES..FREE )
BTS “treat” for YOU!
I  am giving away a packet from my store!
 It is ONLY FREE…
You can PREVIEW it here.
We are NOT done YET!
Who wants to win some TPT giftcards?
(Hands UP…..frantically  waving…ME! ME! ME!)
You can’t WIN…IF YOU don’t enter!
You can’t win if YOU don’t enter!
ENTER today!
Now go get some MORE FREEBIES for BTS!

Primary Teachers are..QUIRKY! #GIGGLES #Freebie # Giveaway

Primary Teachers
are
QUIRKY!
HUH???
Quirky is defined as…
”  something that is strange/not normal but cool. Unconventional, surprising, odd.”
You mean ME?  I am…. ODD?
YES! YOU!
Here are the top 5 reasons PRIMARY Teachers are QUIRKY!
We like to “DRESS UP”!
Now in most professions there is a RULE of  PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE.
In Teaching…we are a little “QUIRKY”!
We tend to “go the extra mile!”
And it’s a GOOD thing!
( May have to add that to THING 1 & THING 2).
You get MY drift!
How many TEACHER Tshirts do YOU own?
Do YOU wear SCHOOL shirts on FRIDAY?
Do YOU OWN a Dr. Suess HAT?
Do you DESIRE a pair of shoes or socks that look like a PENCIL?
See?  Just a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
 AND …HEELS???
 Who can chase little ones
 or grab the glue bottle
 before it puddles
on the floor..
in heels?
You see…QUIRKY!
SMELLS..
Who doesn’t LOVE to walk into a room smelling of…
LAVENDER
COFFEE
FLOWERS
COOKIE DOUGH
etc.,  etc.
We all DO!
And so we PACK IN THE SMELLY STUFF!
And then …24 LITTLE ONES go outside for RECESS.
AND they come back in…
SMELLING LIKE WET PUPPIES!
UGH!
 And SOME of those 6 year old WET PUPPIES..
NEED  DEODORANT!
And so…we retreat to our OLD FRIEND…
* in MY district you NOW must obtain a 1 hr. PD and  get a “CERTIFICATE” to use CLOROX wipes in the classroom.
A Little QUIRKY!
But…we do what we need to do to survive!
Myself…I prefer cookie dough candles..  JUST  ME.
DON’T LIGHT THEM…JUST SMELL THEM! 🙂
Lunch.
A Primary teacher’s lunch is a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
First, it has to have pieces that can be held in
ONE  HAND!
I always laugh when someone says,
” You HAVE 40 minutes for LUNCH?”
Yeah…after I get 25 kids to the cafeteria.
AND…one doesn’t forget their lunch and we have to walk back & do it AGAIN!
AND…if I don’t have to call a parent.
AND..if I don’t need to run off papers.
AND..if I don’t need to correct spelling tests, prepare the SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS, write a note,
AND..HEAVEN FORBID..
GO TO THE BATHROOM!
( Don’t forget to EAT…it will be ANOTHER 4 hours until you are FREE!)
So…bring a lunch that can be eaten in ONE HAND!
The other hand MAY BE BUSY!
A LITTLE QUIRKY!
DIY
Those DREADED WORDS!
Do  It  YOURSELF..NEVER!  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
I don’t think I have EVER started a DIY where I didn’t involve someone else!
 Thank YOU to my WONDERFUL HUBBY..
He puts up with my QUIRKINESS!
Spray PAINT!
Did YOU feel your hands get clammy?
How your heart rate INCREASED?
You have a smile on YOUR FACE?
NEON    SPRAY   PAINT!
Do YOU feel the “NEED”…to  spray
SOMETHING?
I know..it’s OK..
I think some people are “wired” with it.
The NEED  to PAINT!
And we do..
We will SPRAY EVERYTHING!
And…it’s OK!
( I’m sure SOMEWHERE…there is a 12 step program for this!)
QUIRKY?
YEAH!
BAGS!
No.Not grocery bags.
I mean BIG, LONG HANDLED, BRIGHTLY COLORED, (maybe) on wheels,
BAGS!
“I Like BIG bags & I cannot lie…”
(I think it’s a SONG)
Me dancing…
But…
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT COLORS!
We will carry 50-80 POUNDS of STUFF in ONE BAG..
GOTTA keep MY hands FREE!
And not think twice about it.
I AM NOT walking BACK to MY classroom AGAIN!
Yes…I can carry it ALL in one trip!
(Why do my shoulders & my back hurt so much?!)
But LOOK at the BRIGHT COLORS! So cute!
No…I will NOT buy 24 folders at TARGET for 17 cents each!
 I just bought the CUTEST  “31”  BAG..  🙂
A LITTLE  QUIRKY!
And so..
Some of us were MEANT to be PRIMARY TEACHERS.
AND some are NOT!
To those who are…
HOLD YOUR SPRAYPAINTED FINGER UP HIGH..WEAR YOUR TSHIRTS PROUDLY…
AND  SMELL  the QUIRKINESS  in YOUR  WORLD!
WELCOME  to the CLUB!
If you have HUNG in here for this LONG  POST..
Keep GIGGLING..
Here is a FREEBIE  for YOU!
Who wants to win A TPT Gift CARD?
( For the BIG  TPT   BTS   SALE!)
My Friends ( BFF’s)  and I are giving YOU a chance to win a
 $40  TPT CARD!
YOU  WILL  WANT  THIS!
BIG  TPT  SALE  COMING!
 ENTER HERE
Enter HERE
Some friends and I have gotten together to bring you a Back to School Giveaway! We know that you are probably gearing up to head back to school (and some of you have been back for a week or 2)!
So, we all teamed up and we are giving away a $40 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card for you to spend at the back to school sale that is happening August 1-2!
Here are the amazing teacher-bloggers that are bringing you this gift card! Click on the blog buttons to go to their blogs. Then, below each button is a link to the stores where you can add lots of things to your cart for the SALE!
Adventures in Teaching
The Groovy Teacher
Curious Firsties
Learning is Something to Treasure
1stgradefireworks
Happy  BTS  my friends!
Stop by my TPT store ( BIG  SALE ) coming soon! 🙂

DJ Inkers GIVEAWAY & A FREEBIE..Hint..BRAG TAGS!

DJ INKERS Giveaway & A FREEBIE..HINT BRAG TAGS!

WOWZA!
You will be gald YOU are HERE!
My wonderful friends at
DJ INKERS
are giving YOU
a chance to win CLIPART!
CLIPART ADDICTS..UNITE!
I am giving away
 1 Clipart CD
“Kidillywinks” !!!!!!!
If you haven’t previewed this..HURRY!
DJ Inkers has a brand new website with
LOTS of FUN SMILES
for
BACK TO SCHOOL!
(Click HERE to go to DJ INKERS )
Go here to get goodies from the DJ Inkers email list!
Here is MY  FREEBIE for  YOU!
( Made with clipart from DJ INKERS Kidillywinks )
 COMMON  CORE
BRAG  TAGS!
CCSS  standards   listed on EACH tag!
I am going to use these after assessments, goal setting, report cards, etc
This set is ONLY  for
KINDERGARTEN  &  Grade  1
( sorry other grades…more  coming  SOON!)
Keep checking back…
Click HERE to get FREEBIE!
Don’t forget to follow me:
Now….   for the
GIVEAWAY!
The Rafflecopter giveaway will run from
July 27 – August 3
**BTW….IF you JUST CAN’T WAIT…
Kidillywinks
will be ON SALE
 from July 28-Aug. 3
Who wants to win?
(Hands up…ME! ME! ME! )
You can win
1  Kidillywinks Clipart CD ($40 value )
courtesy of
DJ INKERS!
Enter  HERE:
You can’t win….IF YOU DON’T  ENTER!!!
If you are interested in MORE BRAG TAGS…
GOOD   LUCK!

Reorganizing my day..again..& a FREEBIE!

  I feel like every day is DAY 1.
Something new starts every day.
I am BTS.
New school year, new bunch of kiddos…
Good group! Ready to learn!
Back to School night …DONE! Really good turn out too!
So..I am REorganizing my day..again.
I need to get them reading.
Guided reading at the table with me.
BUT…
WHAT ARE THE OTHER KIDS DOING???
Here are my lesson plans wish list from June :
Not too much …just enough…
Today???   WOW!
Things got a LITTLE busier!
WOWZA!
Every Minute of EVERY day is taken up!
Whew!
 Gotta make sure I have my running shoes on!
So..as I “CHANGE” again..
I am changing the way my kiddos do centers.
I don’t want to STOP my reading table to MOVE kids to another center.
I am doing
MUST DO’s & May DO’s.
( You must do these…before you can do those!)
Today, I made ICON pictures of our REAL items for MUST DO’s.
As I put their MUST DO list on the doc camera…now I have pictures to go with them!
Maybe foster a LITTLE INDEPENDENCE!
I need to read at the table!
(Helping them gain some independence while managing their time.)
So ..I  may be changing up things again!
Who knows!
If it helps us have more GUIDED READING TIME…I’m IN!
Here is a freebie for YOU to help gain some much needed
GUIDED READING TIME!
(Click on pic)
If you like this FREEBIE…
The ENTIRE Packet is available in my TPT store!
Click on Picture to check it out! 🙂

Back to School..already? Linky

Back to School..already? Linky

I know…
Summer is ending..even though it has been over 100 degrees here in NOR CAL
so I doubt if it’s going to leave QUICKLY!
So..it’s that time.
Time to
“Take chances, make mistakes, get MESSY!”
(I LOVE Miss Frizzle!)
BACK TO SCHOOL TIME PEOPLE
Let’s get movin’!
The little ones will be here SOON!
So WHAT will YOU be doing the first month of school?
( No crying allowed!)
I am linking up with one of my dearest friends
Tamara @ Mrs. Russell’s Class for a LINKY PARTY!
LOTS!
I don’t know about YOU…
BUT I don’t know HOW I ever TAUGHT without
TPT / EDUCENTS!
I have SOOOOOO  many fantastic products from
soooooo many  talented  people!
So here are just a few…
I cannot put ALL the paid  resources I have
( shhhh..don’t tell hubby) 🙂  Just  a  sample…
AND…
Some of MY goodies!
So MANY  WONDERFUL Store Owners
LOVE to SHARE!
 I do have to say…
THIS WAS HARD TO DO!
There are soooooo  many FANTASTIC, CREATIVE people out there!
Get ready to ADD to YOUR selections..
THE TPT SALE IS ALMOST HERE!
 MARK it on YOUR  calendar!
August 3-4.
Add to your WISH LIST Today!
Get your FEEDBACK done for POINTS!
 P.S.  Don’t forget to use the PROMOCODE  BTS15..
I have forgotten it ( once or twice!)
Enjoy your school year!
Check out the OTHER Stores linking up:
(Click on pic)