Monday, January 28, 2013

January Scholastic Haul

Happy Monday! We had a field trip today. We had a great time but man, I am exhausted! It was also picture day so our day was very hectic. I wanted to show you guys my scholastic haul from last month's book order and tell you that if you have not signed up for Scholastic Book Clubs... DO IT NOW! There is seriously no downside and I have gotten so many things absolutely FREE. Here is all the stuff I got this time...

I got 14 books (one is even hardback!), two computer games (not sure how great they are yet...), three books on CD, and five card/puzzle games that are perfect for centers or an "I'm done" activity. All of this from one order... how great is that! I might get more excited than the kids do when the book box comes. It is a little ridiculous.
I plan on doing an in depth post about how to make the most of your book orders, but for now I will just tell you to sign up!! They give bonus points (that you can spend on school items) for every dollar your kids spend, plus you get $20 free to spend when your class puts in a $20 or more order, plus you get $3 to spend any time a parent orders online. (I could go on and on...) If you have a colleague that already orders from book clubs, ask them to give you their customer number when you sign up, because you will BOTH get extra bonus points on your first order! If you do not have a fellow teacher that uses book clubs, I would be more happy to give you my customer number. =) After you sign up, be on the lookout for a post with tips on how to get the most out of your book clubs book orders. 

I have finished two new themed resources for Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day (both aligned with Common Core). I am really loving making themed products lately. Take a look at them below!

You can find my Valentine's Day Unit here.

You can find my St. Patrick's Day Unit here.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

100th Day of School!!

Today was our 100th day of school! The kiddos have been looking forward to this day since the very first day of school. One of my kids said, "I thought we wouldn't do any learning on 100 day". Ha! No learning? Never! I was so excited about all of the 100 day activities that I had planned. Unfortunately, we didn't even get to half of it because we had some other school activities today also. Here are some pictures of our day...

We decorated these yesterday to have them ready  for today.

One of my students brought these for everyone today. So stinkin' cute!

I loved the way he spelled this! "Moodursiykl" (motorcycle)

You can find all of these activities and more in my 100th Day of School set here.

When was/is your 100th day of school and how did you celebrate?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I just joined TeachersNotebook and I wanted to share this contest with you. Click the picture below and enter each day for a chance to win a free tablet! If someone from my blog wins, I win also. (How great is that?) Be sure to share with your friends! I cannot tell you how much I love giveaways! I don't think I ever win anything... but I ALWAYS try. =) Good Luck!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Elf on the Shelf 2

I got very a little behind on posting my Elf on the Shelf pictures. Mr. L was very busy throughout the month of December (and so was I!). It can be hard to come up with a fun/cute idea every. single. day. Here are some pictures to give you some ideas (and maaaaaybe also so I remember my better ideas for the future...). If you do not have an Elf on the Shelf, I DEFINITELY suggest getting one (if your school allows you to have one). Not only do the kiddos love seeing where he has moved each day, it does wonders for their behavior. I mean, who wants to upset Santa's helper?

Mr. L riding on his reindeer friend.

Mr. L made a Christmas countdown chain just like the one we made as a class.

If you have not seen this website, it is amazing! There is a live feed of "Santa's reindeer". Santa comes out to feed the reindeer at certain times throughout the day. Check out to see the times. My kids were so excited and surprised when they saw Santa. It also really helped them believe than him and Mr. L are friends.

Mr. L with the kiddos' Christmas gifts.

Mr. L brought us letters to write to Santa. (Thank you Macy's.)

Mr. L playing games with his friends.

My kids loved to make pictures and cards for Mr. L. This kiddo wrote ELEVEN cards that all said exactly the same thing ("Mr. L this your book").  How stinkin' cute!

Of course, Mr. L wrote a tiny thank you note to each student that made him a gift.

Mr. L was feeling a little under the weather.

On the last day before break, we caught Mr. L emailing Santa 
and telling him what a great time he had in our class.

Want an elf for yourself? Click the picture below!

Do you have any good Elf on the Shelf ideas/experiences?