Happy Holidays friends!  We have just two and a half more days of school here in Texas and I know we are all ready for a little break.  This week we are super busy with our reading in our pajamas day, Christmas sing along, class party, and tons of other things planned out.  It is going to be a fun but busy last few days!

Today, I'm excited to share some goodies that I received from my Secret Santa.  This year my Secret Santa was my sweet H-town friend Katie from Mrs. Decatur's Little Gators.

She was super sweet and even sent something for my boys!  The package arrived the day after my birthday, so Mason thought it was for my birthday.  He was over the moon happy when the first thing I pulled out of the box was for him and Maddox.  

The boys have their own Elf on the Shelf, so Maddox wanted to color his elf to look just like his elf named Lou.  He even picked out the right color!

Katie's gift to me was this beautiful cheese platter and some yummy gum.  I'm super excited to serve some tasty treats on my new Christmas platter.  I love Christmas serving ware!

Now, here are some goodies from me to you!  This week, we are reviewing subtraction with regrouping and the kids and I are "scooting" around the room with Santa to help us review.  It's so much fun that I wanted to give away one copy tonight!  That way you'll have time to print it out and use it with your kiddos before this week is over.  It's an easy entry, you just have to click to enter!

And one more little goodie from me to you...you can grab an easy printing version of the Santa Scoot HERE.  Merry Christmas friends!!

Have you heard the great news yet?  TpT is having a SITEWIDE SALE on Monday and Tuesday.  It sure is making me smile!  Everything in my store will be 28% off....and yes EVEN my bundles will be on sale.  It's time to stock up and SAVE!

Hey y'all!  I'm super excited to be joining Jen from Teaching in the Tongass for her wishlist linky.  I started my TpT store almost three years ago and it's been so wonderful to see my little store grow.  It was so much fun to see which of my products were the most wishlisted.  Here they are....

I created this set of flap journals as a need arose in my classroom for my second graders to respond more to texts.  I thought it would be fun to have a little journal for the books that they were reading.  Since then, I have created more sets to fit in with author studies but the fiction one is still my favorite set because you can use it with any book.

 Click on the photo to see these Flap Journals in my store.

I loved loved loved creating this set of Arctic Animals informational texts.  It was so much fun to research each animal and I'm working on adding a few new animals.  I haven't introduced them to my second graders this year just yet, but my second graders last year loved them.

Click on the photo to see these informational texts in my store.

This was one of the first products that I created and put in my store.  I love being organized and transportation was where I needed help organizing.  Plus, chevron and chalkboard is still my fav!

Click on the photo to see these in my store.

Thanks for stopping by to read about my most wishlisted items in my TpT store.  What is on your wishlist?

Hi friends!  I'm so sorry that I'm so late to the blog hop party.  My computer decided to stop working on Thursday night, right in the middle of me working on my blog post.  My husband had to completely reimage my computer and it's taken me awhile to get everything together and back in working order.  The good news is that my files were backed up and I only lost a few things.  Anyways, thanks for being patient and understanding about the tardiness of my post.  I hope my post is worth the wait!

October is one of my favorite months!  My favorite shows are just starting, pumpkin everything is back, and the weather is just starting to cool off here in Texas....well at least the mornings are cooler!  

This month, I'm also sharing some tricks and treats with you guys for The Elementary Entourage's Tricks and Treats blog hop.

I also love the month of October because the students have learned the routines and I can focus more on small group instruction.  This year, I'm really working on Math Workshop in my classroom.  I want to make sure that I have math stations that help my students practice concepts that I've already taught. 

I love printable stations but there is just something about simple easy to prep stations.  I love using sentence strip stations because they are easily differentiated.  My students can choose to also use 2-digit and 3-digit numbers by building them with the Uno Cards.  They play with a partner and one partner draws the first card and then the second partner draws the second card.  They record their work in their math workstation journal and I do random quick checks through the week, to make sure they are completing their work.

Now, for a little treat from me!  I absolutely hate spiders but the boys in my class are crazy about them.  We have been working on locating facts in nonfiction texts and these were perfect for them.

Here is the tarantula informational text as a little treat for you guys!  I hope to have all of the spiders available very soon!

Click HERE to grab your treat.

Do you have some tricks and treats to share?  Make sure you link up with us...

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Hey friends!  Today I'm really excited to be joining Katie from Pop Into Primary for her Take a Second to Peek into 2nd blog series.  Each week there will be a new featured blogger that you won't want to miss.  Each blogger will be sharing a little about themselves and will also be putting one of their products on sale for two days.

I'm super excited because the first featured blogger is .... me!

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I've also picked one of my favorite products and it will be on sale August 25th and 26th only.  My reading response flap journals are so much fun and a great way to have your students respond to the books that they are reading independently.  It's one of my students' favorite reading activities.

They are also differentiated because your students can use whatever book they are reading at the time.  They also include two different styles of writing lines.  You can click on the cover image to check them out in my store.

Thanks so much for reading all about me!

Happy fall y'all!  It's still pretty hot here in Texas but I'm so looking forward to some fall weather.  To celebrate the first official day of fall, I'm joining Stephanie from Mrs. D's Corner for a primary blog hop.  Make sure you hop through all the blogs because you can grab some pretty awesome fall freebies.

Make sure you click on the button below to head to the next stop in the hop.  Kelsey from Aloha to Second has a pretty awesome freebie in store for you.

Hey y'all!  Are you tired?  I'm tired!  But....I'm super super SUPER excited to bring you some ideas and a freebie for back to school.  Make sure you read to the end of this post and then hop through the other Elementary Entourage members' blogs to grab some other ideas and freebies.

Last week was my first week of school and I worked really hard to build a community with my new students.  One of the things that my kids LOVED was playing snowball games.  I decided to integrate some math facts and came up with this Addition Snowball game.

This is a super simple activity and super low-prep!  All you need is notebook paper or white paper and markers.  We folded our papers into fourths and then traced the lines.  We worked in partners and the kids wrote an addition fact.  Then they crumbled up their paper into a snowball and we tossed our snowballs into the center.  After we tossed the snowballs, they grabbed another snowball to open.  The kids answered the math fact and then wrote a new addition fact and repeated the steps.  The different colors of markers really helped me quickly see who knows their math facts and who needs some small group support.

Another thing that I can't wait to share with you guys is my writing center supply buckets!  Aren't they super cute?!?!  I LOVE new school supplies and labeling things!!

Speaking of labeling things, it's time for my freebie for you guys.....

I included this set of blue stripes number labels...

And this super cute set of mixed patterns number labels...

Click on the labels above to grab your freebie!

Happy back to school friends!  I hope that you have an awesome start to this school year!  I know this year will be AMAZINGLY awesome!!

Today is my first day of school with students and I'm super excited to start off this school year with a bang!  One of the things that I want to work on as a teacher is to work at staying refreshed throughout the school year.  I'm super guilty of worrying and stressing myself out over nothing.  I know I need to work on that.

So, I'm linking up with Mrs. D's Corner for her final Building Blocks of B2S to share my top four tips that I'm working on this year to help stay refreshed.  I hope you'll work on these with me.

Find something that you LOVE to relieve the stress!  

Do you love to read or take long baths?  You need to find something that helps you de-stress and stick with it.  My de-stressing thing is Jazzercise.  I go to the late class at 7:30 almost every evening.  I would love to go to a morning class but since my school starts at 7:15, it's not possible for me.

A few of the reasons why I love Jazzercise is that I can punch and kick and the stress is gone.  Plus, they have awesome music and fun challenges to help me stay motivated.  Jazzercise really helps me keep the stress away!  Make sure you find something that helps you keep the stress away!

Leave work at work!  

That's right, you read that right!  I'm totally guilty of NOT doing that and it's caused a lot of extra stress and has taken away from time with my family.  This is my tenth year of teaching and this is something that is a must for me this school year.  I know that I'll have to shut my door at times and tell people that I'll have to talk later, but I'm going to have to do it.  Both of my boys are growing so fast and I need to have nights and weekends to really spend time with them.

Stay late a few days but have a few days set to leave on time!

This is another thing that I struggle with but it's something that I need to follow through with.  If I'm always at school late, I'm never going to be able to refresh.  My goal is to stay late on Mondays and Wednesdays but to leave on time or shortly after the other three days.  I can leave at 3:15 and I think before 3:45 would be great for those three days.  My boys deserve that :).

Make time for you!

As teachers, we often forget to make times for ourself.  Spend time with friends, get a pedicure, go shopping, go to the movies with your husband or wife .... Make time for you and don't feel guilty about it!

I hope those tips help you stay refreshed this school year.  This is my tenth year and I need to make it count and stay refreshed.  I know it will help make me a better teacher for my students.

How do you stay refreshed during the school year?

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