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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Whole Brain Teaching Has Changed My Life!

I'm back after a crazy few days of school! I had a rough start to the year, but oh my has it turned around!

I started Whole Brain Teaching this year after hearing about it from my sister. The kiddos are absolutely loving it and are catching on! It has been a major life saver. Those of you who have never heard of whole brain teaching better go check it out! You will be glad you did! Come join me in teacher heaven! Whole Brain Teaching Website

So far I have introduced the five rules; class, yes; teach, okay; ten finger woo; mighty oh yeah; mighty groan; and the scoreboard. Tomorrow I will be teaching mirror and mirror words since I accidentally forgot about them until watching videos of WBT after school today! Oops! I also need to teach hands and eyes!

Sorry it's so short, but I have to get back to that life as a teacher!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

What I'm Planning Sunday

I have had a busy weekend getting ready for the full week ahead.

Here are some of the fun things I have planned this week:
~I am introducing Daily 5 and CAFE
~Continuing my introduction of Whole Brain Teaching
~Surveys Around the Room thanks to this lovely blog post Confessions of a Teaching Junkie
~Pipe Cleaner Challenge: Housing a Forest
~Reading "Sideways Stories from Wayside School"
~Guess Who? Activity Dots n Spots
~My Heart Map
~Completing some activities from Force and Motion: A Science Unit for Kids!
~Free-writing about "How to train a monkey to..." 30 Freewrites to Get Your Students Started Writing
~Ice Cream in a Bag

Many of these activities I was able to purchase today through the Back to School Sale! I saved so much money! It was great!
It's not too late for you to get some great money-saving deals! Head on over to my store Emily's Teaching Goodies!

I also have planned out our meals for the week:
~Sunday- Chicken and Noodles
~Monday- BBQ sandwiches
~Tuesday- Meatloaf
~Wednesday- leftovers (hubby is working late)
~Thursday- leftovers (hubby is working late again)
~Friday- out to eat for nieces birthday
~Saturday- date night with hubby
Nothing extravagant, but it's all I can handle with my first full week back at school!

I hope you all have a fabulous week! I hope to be bringing you some great posts this week about some important parts of my room!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's Time for a Back-to-School Sale!!

Wow have I been crazy busy! I met my kiddos yesterday and already can tell it will be a long, exhausting year! I am going to make the most of it though! I started Whole Brain Teaching and am hopeful that as they get the hang of it, it will help alleviate some of the issues. *fingers crossed*

Thanks to Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs for the promo!

Sunday and Monday Teachers Pay Teachers will be having their big Back-to-School sale! I will be offering 20% off my items. Teachers Pay Teachers will be offering an additional 10% off my items. That makes a total of 28% off all items in my store.

Sometimes it can be a little tricky so I would recommend picking your items today and putting them in your cart. Then when the sale begins you can go to your cart and enter the promo code BTS13. It makes the checkout process a lot easier.

My two best selling items are:

My Top 5 Wishlisted Items are:

Here are some great clip art options for you:

And there is much, much more to be found at my store!
Enjoy the sale!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Let's Play a Game!

I know some of you have really been enjoying all the Freebies I have had lately to celebrate going back to school. Well the fun continues today, but it's a game!

I have several items in my store that are still in need of some feedback. So if you want some freebies you can go on a treasure hunt in my store.

I am randomly marking some of my items in my store down to the lovely price of FREE!!!!

Head on over to my store and grab them while you can, but PLEASE remember to leave feedback!

They will remain free until I get home from Meet the Teacher Night and eat dinner (my guess would be sometime between 8 and 9 they will no longer be free)!

Here is a link to my store:
Emily's Teaching Goodies

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Let's Celebrate Back to School

What a great first day back it was, though it was only for teachers! It was so great to be back at work! By the end of the day I had a massive headache though so I didn't take the time to take pictures of my classroom. I guess those will have to wait until tomorrow.

Even though I have the headache I did decide I would still post my new clipart for you and continue my Back to School Freebies one more day! Once again, please remember to leave feedback!

New product:

Old product:


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It's Time to Go Back Tomorrow

Our first teacher day is tomorrow. I am so glad to be going back! Today is the last guaranteed day of freebies (though hint, hint, there will most likely be one tomorrow as well; I just created some cute clipart that is in need of being posted).

Please if you download my freebies today leave some feedback! Thank you!

Today's new product is as promised:

Today's old product is: 


Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Made It (Last one for August)!

I am linking up once again with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her last weekly Monday Made It of the summer.

Robot Pointer Holder
I took an old container that used to hold my birthday straws and covered it with robot scrapbook paper and mod podge. I then added a portion of a feather boa for a little extra cuteness. I love how it turned out.

My rocking chair makeover.
This rocking chair used to be orange and it had scuff marks all over it.
I decided it needed an update so I painted it purple!
I love it so much more now!

Boxes for supplies.
I created some boxes to hold the supplies that will be collected and kept in my storage room.
I wrapped three cardboard boxes with wrapping paper and added label signs to the front indicating what should go in the box (currently they are holding the gifts for students.

These are the gift bags I made for my new kiddos.
Each bag contains glow sticks, robot stickers, bookmark, pencil, flipflop erasers, pencil cap erasers, and a stencil.

Tags for apples for the parents. I am waiting a couple more days before buying the apples.
The sticker labels will be stuck on the apple and the apple cards will be attached to the stem with tulle. 
If you like these check out my blog tomorrow because they will be featured as my freebie for the day.

Speaking for daily freebies; go check mine out and remember to leave feedback. Thanks!

Today's new product is my final version of the stars backgrounds:

Today's old product is:

Enjoy the freebies and leave feedback please!
Come back tomorrow for some more freebies!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Back to School Freebie-A-Day Giveaway Continues

My back to school celebration is continuing for a few more days. Remember to please leave feedback if you download my freebies.

Today I am bringing you my new product which is:

My old products for today are the two that I posted yesterday. I think they may have gotten lost in my post about my blogger exchange goodies so I am leaving them free a little longer.

Please, please, please don't forget to leave feedback. It really helps!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Back to School Blogger Exchange Package Reveal

I recently participated in the Back to School Blogger Exchange hosted by Covered in Glitter and Glue and Adventures of Ms. Smith. I am linking up today to reveal my package that I received!

I was so lucky to be paired up with Ashley over at That's So Second Grade! It was so much fun shopping for her as you may have seen in my earlier post.

I was so excited yesterday when I found out my package from her had arrived. It was super cute on the outside, but I didn't take pictures of that because the mailman thought it was a good idea to put it out where it would get soaking wet instead of putting it where it would be protected from the rain. Needless to say, it was soaking wet since it sat in the rain.

Here is what I found inside (luckily, it was mostly dry; the note was a little wet, but not too bad and nothing else was)
Look at all of that loveliness!

Now for the pictures of each item inside:
Absolutely adorable personalized notecards with clipart that I just had to get after seeing.
I am in love with these and cannot wait to use them!

Fun pencils! I love all of the colors!

eos lip balm! (OMG I love this lip balm so it was awesome when I saw it in my package! My bloggy buddy must have really known me!)

A pack of gum! I always keep gum handy in my desk so this will be a great addition.

A robot note holder. The notes are the size of post-its so when they run out I can slip in some of my post-its from me stash of them!

A robot notepad! I have several robot items in this brand, but hadn't found these so I was definitely thrilled to get them!

Stickers (some have robots on them)!

There you have it! My wonderful package from Ashley!

Thank you oh so much Ashley! You did a fabulous job!

Now onto my Back to School Freebie-a-Day celebration:

Remember if you download to please leave some feedback!

Today's New Product:

And Today's Old Product:

Friday, August 9, 2013

Another Round of FREEBIES for You!

I have been enjoying the past couple of days relaxing before going back to school next week. I am excited to be going back, but decided that I needed to take some time to relax so I don't end up sick from exhaustion. The hubby and I are getting ready to go hang out with my siblings and nephew so I am leaving you with today's freebies.

But first I want to share that my Back to School Blogger Exchange Buddy did a wonderful job with my package that I received today. Unfortunately it got a little wet since the mailman left it where it could get rained on. But everything inside was safe and dry; just the cuteness on the outside was smeared from the rain. Anyways I was very excited to open up my package and see all of the great things my buddy sent me. She did a really good job at getting things that are perfect for me! I will be sharing my reveal post with you all VERY soon!

Now enjoy your freebies, but remember to leave feedback!

Old Freebie:

New Freebie:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

It's Coming!

A week from now I will be meeting some of my new kiddos. We have Meet the Teacher Night next Thursday. I am so excited to meet all of the new kiddos and learn their personalities. I have been busy working away turning my room into a robot oasis! It is coming out great! I can't wait to show the reveal, but it is not quite there yet. I am spending some more time this weekend working on it so maybe it will all come together this weekend and I can reveal!

I have also been very busy working on the lesson planning side of things. I am determined to be more prepared and organized this year!

Because I am so excited for the upcoming year I am making my Daily freebies a little better. I am going to post one new product for free and one old product for free. Both products will remain free for approximately four hours just like the previous ones. All I ask is that you leave some feedback! This pattern will continue up until I go back to school! Enjoy!

Today's old product is:

Today's new product is: