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Fill Your Heart with Freebies Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Are you ready for February?  Need some fun freebies to see you through?  Take some time this weekend to grab the goodies my fabulous friends and I have put together for you... and enter a great giveaway!

I know you're anxious for your freebie, so here it is!  This game is a great CVC word sort/writing activity.  (And it goes great with those cute mailboxes in the Target Dollar Spot!)

Don't forget to enter the GREAT giveaway...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

and have fun as you hop along to your next stop, my good friend Kimberly!








Building Your Classroom Library on a Budget

I'm back!  :)  Blogging again after just one day, what's gotten into me?  But I just had to come back today and share some tips for building your classroom library on a budget (and brag a bit about some things I found while shopping around today!)

In the summer I compared different options for book bins.  You can see the breakdown of that post by clicking on the picture below:


In my library I actually use the yellow hole-y baskets from Dollar Tree for Listening Center baskets (each basket has one book and an iPod), since they weren't too stable but I loved the color.  The teal baskets from Big Lots we use for our Favorite Author Book bins.  And for our thematic book bins, we use these baskets from Dollar Tree...

Note that these are the rectangular boxes, NOT the 12" by 12" square ones.  They sell out fast as soon as they come in for Dollar Days, but man they are GREAT!
So there's a bit about how to save on setting up your library.  But how do you stock up boo…

What in the World Have We Been Up To: Winter Week!

I've totally lost count of how many weeks we've been in school!  All I know is the 100th day is drawing closer and I'm not ready... report cards are due in 1 1/2 weeks and I'm not ready... need to schedule an observation and I don't feel ready... (I'm sensing a theme here.  Seems like there's always too much to do!)

Here's a look at some the things I actually LIKE to do in January... :)

Shared Writing This week we learned the sight word "in" and made a list.  Look at all those kindie sentences!  :)
Word Work Thank goodness for Marsha's differentiated activities, I couldn't do Daily 5 without her!
Poetry My class loved this cute poem!  We had fun focusing on rhyming words and searching through to find all our sight words.  After reading the poem, we illustrate it and keep our poetry journals in our Daily 5 book baskets.
Mitten Retelling Fine Motor Craft You can actually grab this activity for FREE from Jan Brett's website!  We used the …

It's a Pizza Planning Palooza & New Year's Goodies Giveaway!

I meant to post this yesterday but got carried away eating pizza and planning with my teacher bestie Denise and my new laser printer!  (Thanks hubby, you are the BEST!)  Here's a peek at some fun things we prepped... with your chance to win these goodies in a giveaway!

Math "Wake Up" Work



Literacy "Wake Up" Work



Math Stations
Mitten Match
Snowboard Bump
Snowball Scoop

Cups of Cocoa Count Tally & Graph
Flurry Flip Five

Word Work Stations
Snowman Spy
Winter Roll Say Keep
See something you need this New Year?  Now's your chance to grab ALL of these goodies for FREE by entering the giveaway below!  This giveaway ends on Sunday so sign up fast!