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September iTeach Giveaway, Linky & FREEBIES! Let the Party BEGIN!

September iTeach Giveaway, Linky & FREEBIES! Let the Party BEGIN!

We are BACK!
( Not that we went ANYWHERE…just back!)
My friends and I at
iTeach K-2 Linkies
are having our MONTHLY giveaway!
Sept. 8-11

You can enter to win
TPT GIFTCARDS!
(Enter in the rafflecopter at the end of this post.)

Also….
We are linking up to give YOU some FREEBIES
for Back to School!

School is back in session.
Life gets back into ROUTINES.
I kinda like that. Routines.
WE ARE BACK!
Every year I try to “BETTER MYSELF” in my teaching.
This is my 27th year of teaching GRADE 1!!!
( My kiddos ask me WHY I never graduated…  HAHAHA)
And  so I try to keep up on the newest & brightest teaching trends
WITHOUT  going OVERBOARD!
This year I have impelemented 5  amazing new “tricks” to my teacher “magic bag!”
Write YOUR name!
This sounds EASY enough.
BUT…We ALL know it isn’t!
THEY FORGET…A LOT!
SO…..
Each time we do a paper, a project, ANYTHING together…
I say..” Here is where I write my name. DON’T WRITE MY NAME…”
and they chime back (LOUD)…
“WRITE MY NAME!”
So far…so good!
Call Backs working GREAT!
Entering the classroom.
I greet them on the playground line where we line up.
( 5 minutes BEFORE the bell rings..BEST 5 minutes EVER!)
We smile, chat a little, and then…
EVERYONE get out your homework folder and Read at Home folder (Books)
HW in your left hand…RAH in your right hand!
And..we walk to the door.
As they walk in…
Homework in the HW basket, RAH in the RAH basket, Backpacks on the shelf!
(No more getting into backpacks at the door!)
No one ON THE GROUND looking for something as the whole class walks in!
We put stuff away & sit down to work.
ONE MINUTE OR LESS!
“HALLELUJAH”
I hear trumpets! 🙂
Ipads…we are a 1:1 classroom.
I AM THANKFUL!
BUT…
25 first graders getting out, putting away, closing apps..
ICK!
2 GREAT ideas…
first …take their picture and use it as their desktop/wallpaper!
No more guessing WHOSE  ipad is it??
AND…
I choose  an extra 2 HELPERS each day.
TECH TEACHERS
Their job is to “pick a helper” ( now there are 4 )
so pass out, collect, stack up, plug into the charging cart, help with apps…each day.
( Sometimes I have to “FUDGE” at least two f them..to make sure there is at least one who can help with the apps.)
They LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
ME too!
BRAG  TAGS!
I love them.
I hate them.
I know…Love – Hate relationship!
LOVE the idea. Made ALL of them.
BUT…my kiddos could NOT open the chain necklaces
BY THEMSELVES!
My plan for independance…just add 25 MORE things for ME to do each day!
NO WAY!
I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THAT!
SO…
I went to rings!
They can open/close them.
Brag Tags fit.
ALL  GOOD…
BUT…
They fill up too fast!
NO WAY will they make it to the end of the year!
SOOOOO…
On the last day of each MONTH ( one so far )…
We take ALL of their BRAG TAGS and beads
OFF of their ring!
WHAT????
Yep. And then I gave them a string.
Good old white string ( NOT YARN ).
They restring their Brag Tags & beads onto their string.
Voila!  Necklaces! To wear home!
AND THEY LOVE THEM!
MORE! MORE! MORE!
They are working like a charm!
LOVE it!
Parent Communication.
I am NOT a fan of teachers using their phones IN CLASS!
It is NOT OK to call a parent while you are teaching.
(We are NOT here to embarass kids, to point them out while talking on the phone, texting, etc)
That is to done at recess, lunch, after school, etc.
So …I have started using
REMIND
on my phone to communicate with parents.
(Go to the app store & download it today! FREE!)
Send a note to your parents
telling them how to sign up.
It will tell you on the app.
You can text parents, one or ALL, without them seeing YOUR phone # AND
You can’t see theirs.
Total privacy!
I send out QUICK texts about minimum days, library books, book orders,etc.
AND
I send out classroom pictures to those families who have joined!
(Keep a list handy!)
After my first picture…I got 4 more families to join who heard about it from the other families!
Not all will join. But much better than sending home a bunch of notes and
HOPING someone reads them!
Loving it so far!
OK..LONG  BTS  POST…sorry.
Here’s a FREEBIE for hanging in there!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

It’s THAT time AGAIN! BTS Freebie & Giveaway!

It’s THAT time AGAIN! BTS Linky & Giveaway!

It’s THAT time again.
EVERY teacher knows it…
the BACK TO SCHOOL nightmares have begun!
You know…the “class TOTALLY out of control..”
or
The …” admin moved me to another class today..and kids here tomorrow!”
or (my favorite)
“We are adding ONE more student to your class…and I see hundreds!”
The only salvation:
And so…WE BEGIN!
To “HELP” with all of the excitement…
My friends & I at…
ARE GETTING YOU READY FOR
BACK TO SCHOOL!
Each of us ( click on EACH of the links)
has a
FREE..( YES..FREE )
BTS “treat” for YOU!
I  am giving away a packet from my store!
 It is ONLY FREE…
You can PREVIEW it here.
We are NOT done YET!
Who wants to win some TPT giftcards?
(Hands UP…..frantically  waving…ME! ME! ME!)
You can’t WIN…IF YOU don’t enter!
You can’t win if YOU don’t enter!
ENTER today!
Now go get some MORE FREEBIES for BTS!

CHRISTMAS in JULY?? YESSS!!!!!

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Ok..I said the “C” word!

As  of  TODAY ( July 6 , 2016)

there are

172 days

until

CHRISTMAS!

YES!!!


I need to  begin my Christmas lists…

and then

 SHOP! SHOP! SHOP!

But … that’s  another STORY! 🙂

To help out with the whole “giving to others” MINDSET…

My friends and I

 at

iTeach Linkies

are “GIVING” to YOU!

Each of us is having a 20% off sale in our TPT store!

My store is 20% OFF  EVERYTHING…Bundles & BTS TOO!

AND…

I have a FREEBIE for YOU!

Check out my COMPLETE

BTS Word Work Packet

AND  THERE  IS

MORE!

Each of us has added a FREEBIE in the link up for YOU!

Click on each one for FREEBIES..

Check out my friends’ stores too…ALL of us are 20% OFF!

WOWZA!

 Check out your wish lists & stock up EARLY!

AND

We are having a HUGE  GIVEAWAY!

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Who wants to win:

 One of three (3)-  $50  TPT Gift Certificates

 ( ME–I DO!  I DO!)

AND

A   $50  TARGET Gift Certificate    ( ME–I DO!  I DO!)

AND

A $100 TEACHING IN THE TONGASS CLIP ART Gift Certificate

ME–I DO!  I DO!

You can’t win , if you DON’T ENTER!

Good  Luck!

Here you go:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Let the Christmas CRAFTING begin!

December is here!

I AM SOOOOO  EXCITED!

My  FAVORITE time of the year!

I am linking up with my BFF’s @

to bring YOU some FUN!

YEAH!

It’s here!

The time of the year when we can CREATE!

MAKE messes, try new things, Make MEMORIES!

( I sound like Miss Frizzle..HAHA)

No..Not science…..CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS!

WAHOO!

I Love to collect, create, and share

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS!

Our tree is fake with lights …no judging! 🙂

 FOR YEARS, we had real..

pine needles EVERYWHERE,

water DAILY…

DRY, DRY, DRY… fire danger????

And THOSE strings of lights???  UGH!!!!

NOT A PRETTY SIGHT!

So..I became the “out of the box” FAN!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

My tree comes out of the attic and into MY living room

WHENEVER I want it to!

Mid-Novemberish.

*Disclaimer…I don’t have kids at home anymore.

Hubby doesn’t mind if I make it the 100 days of CHRISTMAS!

Back to my fav.

I don’t put the ornaments on MY tree right away.

Each time one of my kids comes over..they have to help put THEIR ornaments on the tree.

We laugh, reminise, talk, share about the past, present, & future!

( DO YOU SEE WHERE THIS MAMA IS GOING?)

We TALK!

 If we share memories…we make memories!

HALLEUJAH!

And so…we make ornaments…the MORE the MERRIER!

Now…I stalk PINTEREST!

I admit it.

I LOVE to follow a plan.

( JUST GIVE ME THE PLAN.)

So..here are a few of my

“PLANS”… NOT ALL MINE..

Thank you if these are YOURS!

And so..we  begin.

I have 4 grandchildren under the age of 6.

I teach 24  FIRST GRADERS.

And I am CHEAP  FRUGAL..no  CHEAP!

I will use anything I can find!

Here are some of  our “final” products.

And so…

LET THE CRAFTING BEGIN!

Here is a little FREEBIE

From ME to YOU!

Click on Picture…

So now…GO and check out my BFF’s at iTeachFirst for MORE ideas & goodies!