Tuesday, May 29, 2012

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things...

Teaching Idea Factory is hosting her first linky party.  Hop over, check it out, and link up!  Who knows, maybe you'll find a few new favorite things!

I feel a bit like Julie Andrews now that I'm finally on summer break!  So...These are a few of my favorite things... 

Transparent Overhead Spinners - Set of 5
Overhead Spinners
My overhead spinners.  Now I don't actually use them on an overhead, but they are essential for literacy and math stations.  You can read a bit more about how I use them here.

Sharpie Love!
What teacher doesn't love Sharpies and have a rainbow assortment in every possible tip size?  This year I actually let the kids use Sharpies (not mine, of course) on several art projects.  I loved the pop that the Sharpies gave their artwork and they were very responsible while using them.  Needless to say they have a very deep understanding of the word PERMANENT! 

MOBI Interactive Tablet
I love my MOBI Interactive Tablet and the kids do too!  Now if I only had an interactive board to go with it.  
I use it all the time during whole group instruction and the kids use it during literacy and math work stations.

Fisher Price Kid Tough Camera
Another favorite in our classroom. We use it regularly during our literacy and math stations.  When kids have an activity that is purely manipulative, they take a picture of their name tag next to their work.  It helps with accountability when necessary, and also give me a peek at how the are doing with stations when I'm too busy with small groups to check in.  We use it for so many projects too - shapes in the real world, small moments writing, poetry, and as a reward for our PBS system they can take it to recess.  It's truly kid tough. We have been using ours for the last 3 years and it still works like a charm! 

And of course, I don't know what I would do without all the fabulous inspiration from fellow bloggers and Pinterest!

What are the Rockin' Resources that you couldn't live without?  Head over to Teacher Idea Factory and link up and share your favs!

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Feeling Blessed and Appreciated!

My twins turned 8 yesterday!  We spent the day together with just the immediate family to celebrate.  Their big bash with friends and extended family will be next weekend! (Lego fun for the boys and A Day at the Spa for the girls!)  Watching them together today I am reminded of how truly blessed I am!

Are you ready to feel appreciated?  

You have probably heard the exciting news!  But in case you have been under a rock or just insanely busy will all of the year end activity, there is an amazing blog hop to beat all blog hops going on right now!  Over 150 bloggers are each giving you a gift from their TPT store!  Absolutely AMAZING!

It's organized by grade bands so here's your links to get started:

PK-2: Hosted by April McNair at A Modern Teacher
3rd-6th: Hosted by Laura Candler at Corkboard Connections
7th-12th: Hosted by Adrianne Meldrum on The Tutor House

This fabulous event is today only, so get going!  You can also take advantage of TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale May 6th-8th.  TPT is offering an 8% dicsount, use promo code TAD12, and many, many stores are running additional sales so you can save up to 28%!


I have put everything on sale, so you can snag some deals.

Find it here.

Have a fabulous weekend! I'm off to shop 'til I drop!

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