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Thrifty Thursday

I have found a great blog that offers lots of freebies (or nearly freebies.)  Hop on over to Playing With Words 365 and check it out. She has a freebie linky party every Thursday.  I hope you check it out and find something you can use in your classroom.




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Sunshine Award


WOW! I am so honored and lucky to have such wonderful "friends" here on the blogging world. I was awarded the "Sunshine Award" by Jeannie at A Class full of Special Kinders.  I am so excited to find others who read my blog and find it helpful. Hop over to Jeannie's blog and check it out! 

Rules I must follow: 
1. Thank the person and write a post about it. DONE 

2. Answer the following questions below. DONE

3. Pass the award to other fabulous bloggers and let them know about this. DONE

Favorite color: Green

Favorite animal: I have always loved the panda. 

Favorite number? 13 (It's been lucky for me!)

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook 

Your passion: Being a good mom, wife, and teacher.  I love to read and quilt when I have a moment alone.

Giving or Getting Presents? Giving- I'm trying to teach this to my daughters now and it is so hard for little ones to understand.

Favorite Day: I have several: the day each of my daughters were born and the day I married my dearest friend are the top 3 best days ever!

Now to pass it on:


1. FlapJack Educational Resources

2.  One Child at a Time- My Life in Special Ed

3.  Special Speckled Eggs

4.  Rockin Teacher Materials


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Cyber Sale Tomorrow Only

TeachersPayTeachers is having a huge sale tomorrow only.  Everything on the site will be 10% off with the coupon code.  Most sellers, including me, will have their stores on sale for an additional 20% off.  Hop on over and create your wish list today so you'll be ready when the sale hits!
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Short a Partner Game

I have just finished up a quick and FREE partner game that would be great for a literacy workstation.  Download and enjoy it!
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Monster Measurement Freebie









I just created a cute monster themed math workstation for students to practice measuring to the nearest inch, half-inch, and quarter inch.  Check it out!  I hope you can use it in your classroom.  It will be free for a limited time only.



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Trash to Treasure Linky Party

Scipi at Go Figure! is hosting a Trash to Treasure linky party.  Head over to get some great ideas on how to reuse items around the house to make life easier in the classroom.  The idea I want to share is not my idea.  I found it on Pinterest.  (I am now hopelessly addicted!)  There are so many unique and wonderful ideas out there.  No Time for Flashcards has 2 awesome ideas in one.  Whenever you buy a hardback book, take the colorful book jacket that the kids can destroy in 2  minutes flat, and turn it into a puzzle.  She also gives the great tip of adding a magnetic sheet to the back so little ones can work the puzzle more easily.  The pieces will stick nicely to an old metal cookie sheet instead of sliding all over the place.  This is also good for students who have poor fine motor skills.  The students will love constructing a puzzle of their favorite books.  It gives you a basically free puzzle for your classroom out of something you would eventually throw away.  Check out No Time for Flashcards for all of the details and pictures of a puzzle she made.
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FREE Scholastic Teacher Resources

Who doesn't love free stuff?!  I know I do!  I just found out that Scholastic is having its $1 days!  But, if you use the coupon code 10THANKS you will receive $10 off of your order.  If your total order is $10 or less, then it's FREE!  There is no minimum to spend.  You don't even have to enter your credit card info!  Simply click on the button that states no billing information required.  Simple as that and you have over $100 (Books are regularly priced anywhere from $10 to $20 each!) in free downloadable ebooks.  That's a great way to start off your week!  Hurry up, the offer ends September 20!

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Constitution Day

Since tomorrow is Constitution Day, I thought I would share a great resource that I found.  This site is free and filled with lessons/activities for every grade level.  I am planning on using a lesson from The Center of Civic Education.  It's all about authority vs. power.  It's in simple language with thought provoking questions which require the students to explain their reasoning.  Check out the site if you need a new lesson!
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Seven Things About Me

Teacher Mum has awarded me a Versatile Blogger Award. I am so excited!  I can't believe that others are interested in my blog.  Teacher Mum is also a special ed teacher and her blog has practical tips on teaching and motherhood.  

 The Rules after accepting the Versatile Blogger Award are:
  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs. 
 Here we go – seven things about myself that you might not know already.
1.  I am the mother of 2 beautiful daughters and a wife to a pretty amazing guy.  My oldest daughter started kindergarten this year and my baby will start kindergarten next August.  (I can't believe how quickly time has flown!)
2.  I love, love, LOVE chocolate and coke, but since I am currently recovering from a kidney stone removal procedure, I can't have either at the moment. :-(  (I think I feel sorrier for my husband and kids!)
3.  I love to quilt.  My favorites are for new babies.  I love the quiet therapy of sitting at my sewing machine.  I wish I had more time for it.
4.  I also love to read.  My new favorite author is Torey Hayden.  She writes nonfiction books based on her experience woking with children in special education.  Her students suffer from various disabilities and most have severe emotional issues.  If you ever want an idea of what special education teachers do on a daily basis, read her books.  You will either love it, or find your nearest special ed teacher and give them a giant hug for all of the things we do that are not "standards based."
5.  I wish I could teach in house shoes.  If I could get away with it, I would never take them off!
6.  I teach in an arts integrated school and love it.  I have no artistic ability at all, but that doesn't stop me!  Since our school changed our philosophy and began integrating the arts into the core curriculum, the students have made amazing progress in all areas.  The special education students have probably made the most significant gains of anyone!  In the last 3 years, I have been able to move 4 students out of my self-contained class back into the regular program with only a few hours (less than 5) of resource support a week.
7.  I am a tv junkie.  I love watching mindless sitcoms!  It's a great way to destress and relax a bit before I can crash out and sleep.
I am passing this award on to the following blogs.  Hop on over and check them out!  Most offer free teaching resources!
4. Kinderglynn


5. Mrs. Rachel's Room  


6.  Mrs. Willis Kindergarten


7.  2nd Graders Rock


8.  Education Helper


9.  The Wise Owl Factory


10.  Ashleigh's Education Journey


11.  The Teched Out Teacher


12.  Minds in Bloom


13.  Smarty Pants Teaching Resources


14.  Vintage Teacher


15.  Runde's Room

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Time's running out....

Hurry on over and make sure you enter to win the fabulous products at the OC Blog before Friday, August 26 at midnight.  There are  over $2300 worth of products you could win!
 The OC Blog Button

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The OC's Mega BTS Giveaway Event

Charity at the OC Blog has an amazing giveaway coming up.  Head over to her blog for the complete details and how to enter.  You have the opportunity to win some really fabulous prizes!  There are 39 sponsors with over $2000 worth of prizes you could win!  (I hope I win a couple myself!)

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Web Site Linky Party

With so much technology available, we are crazy not to use it.  I've been looking for great sites that I can use on my classroom.  I thought it would be great to share with everyone and we would all benefit.  Let's make a list of some of our favorite sites that we use in our classroom.  Link up and add your sites.  We will all walk away with a few new sites that we didn't know about.

My favorite sites:
1.  Scholastic  has several language games for pk-1 and struggling students.
2.  Earobics  is great for phonological awareness and pre reading skills.
3.  Starfall is great for beginning readers.
4.  Kidzpage is a great place for games.  Students don't know that they are learning.  There are games for memory, puzzles, brain games, and others.
5.  Read Write Think is a great site for both the students and teachers.  There are games, but there are tons of interactives that you can use for your smartboard/active board.  There are tons of lesson ideas and materials for you to download.  If you haven't been to this site, you really need to check it out!
6.  Fun 4 the Brain has a ton of math games and they are broken down by add/sub/mult/division.
7.  Super Why another reading game.
8.  Toy Theater has several thinking games.
9.  Discovery Education This is a great resource for teachers.  There are short videos on every topic available along with printables, writing prompts, and others.  A must see!
10.  Teachers Pay Teachers This is a wonderful resource for teachers.  There are thousands of free lessons/materials/products available for immediate download.  There are also thousands of materials available to purchase.

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Sorry you missed it....

Sorry you missed the Cyber Search Showcase! This special event was held on Monday, August 8th only. However, you’ll find other great free and inexpensive teaching materials here and on the blogs and websites listed below. If you’d like to receive information about future Cyber Search events, be sure to  follow my blog and/or follow me on TpT.

Even though the even is over, you can still get these amazing products!  Check out each person's TpT store.  Prices are more than reasonable!


Cyber Search Showcase Sellers and Websites
Laura Candler Teaching Resources
Tracey Graham Smart Chick Teacher
Rachel Lynette Minds in Bloom
Jennifer Runde Runde's Room
Heather Kaiser The Teched Out Teacher
Rosshalde Pak Education Shortlist
Nyla Phillips-Martin  Nyla's Crafty Teaching
Bonus Items hosted on Laura’s site:
Ruth S.  Chocolate Fever Student Worksheets
Margaret Whisnant  There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom Short Answer Questions http://takinggrades.blogspot.com/


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Cyber Showcase

It's "cyber Monday"!

Let's get started looking for those freebies ....

  1. Visit each blog or website below and you'll find one featured item that's valued between $3.00 and $10.00. A total of over $85 worth of teaching materials FREE!  You'll see a link to the TeachersPayTeachers.com store where you COULD buy this item, but you won't have to because it will be absolutely free to download from their website on Monday, August 8th!
  2. For now, look for the blue Cyber Search buddy button on each blog or website to help you find the he Cyber Search Showcase page. Then take a look around and check out the great teaching resources you'll find there. These bloggers have great teaching strategies, tips, and free items in addition to the items they sell on TeachersPayTeachers.
  3. Then choose another website on the list and hop over there to check things out. Bookmark any pages you like so you can come back and check them out later!

I am offering my smartboard file, Daily Essential Vocabulary.  It contains 12 weeks worth of daily vocabulary practice.  A new word is introduced each day except Friday.  Friday is a review of all of the words from the week and some of the previous words. 





Cyber Search Showcase Sellers and Websites
Laura Candler Teaching Resources
Tracey Graham Smart Chick Teacher
Rachel Lynette Minds in Bloom
Jennifer Runde Runde's Room
Heather Kaiser The Teched Out Teacher
Rosshalde Pak Education Shortlist
Nyla Phillips-Martin  Nyla's Crafty Teaching
Bonus Items hosted on Laura’s site:
Ruth S.  Chocolate Fever Student Worksheets
Margaret Whisnant  There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom Short Answer Questions http://takinggrades.blogspot.com/



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And the winner is...

Shelia!  Congrats!  Send me an email to kmw0130 (at) aol (dot) com  with the 3 products that you want from my store.  I will send you the email address of the other 2 TpT sellers so you can email them your choice from their stores.

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Just a few hours left!

You have just a few more hours left before I randomly select a winner!  Click the pic to enter!  Winner will receive any 3 products from my store and 1 product of their choice from SunnyDays and Lisa Frase's stores.


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Cyber Search Showcase

It's not "cyber Monday" yet, but you can take a peek now!

Let's get started looking for those freebies ....

  1. Visit each blog or website below and you'll find one featured item that's valued between $3.00 and $10.00. You'll see a link to the TeachersPayTeachers.com store where you COULD buy this item, but you won't have to because it will be absolutely free to download from their website on Monday, August 8th!
  2. For now, look for the blue Cyber Search buddy button on each blog or website to help you find the he Cyber Search Showcase page. Then take a look around and check out the great teaching resources you'll find there. These bloggers have great teaching strategies, tips, and free items in addition to the items they sell on TeachersPayTeachers.
  3. Then choose another website on the list and hop over there to check things out. Bookmark any pages you like so you can come back and check them out later!
  4. On Monday, return to this page to start your Cyber Search for over $85 worth of teaching materials created just for Grade 3 - 5 teachers! Download and save each file before moving on to the next site. If you like the freebie, you may want to follow the seller on TpT or Facebook so you'll know when they create more great stuff!

I am offering my smartboard file, Daily Essential Vocabulary.  It contains 12 weeks worth of daily vocabulary practice.  A new word is introduced each day except Friday.  Friday is a review of all of the words from the week and some of the previous words.
               




Cyber Search Showcase Sellers and Websites
Laura Candler Teaching Resources
Tracey Graham Smart Chick Teacher
Rachel Lynette Minds in Bloom
Jennifer Runde Runde's Room
Heather Kaiser The Teched Out Teacher
Rosshalde Pak Education Shortlist
Nyla Phillips-Martin  Nyla's Crafty Teaching
Bonus Items hosted on Laura’s site:
Ruth S.  Chocolate Fever Student Worksheets
Margaret Whisnant  There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom Short Answer Questions http://takinggrades.blogspot.com/

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Back to School Sale is coming!

The  big Back to School Sale is underway at Teachers pay Teachers.  I want to thank those who have purchased any of my products.  I really hope they are beneficial to you and your students.  If you buy 3 or more of my products, I will email you a product of your choice (equal or less than the average you spent).  Email me at kmw0130  @  aol  (dot) com  (remove the spaces and use a . for dot)  In the subject put TpT.  In the message make sure you leave me your TpT username that the products were purchased under and the product you want.  I will email it to you as soon as I can!  Thanks for you support!

There's still a few more days before my giveaway ends.  Click on the pic to enter!


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A few more giveaways!

I just wanted to share a few giveaways some of my blogging buddies are having and remind everyone about mine.  To join mine, hop down to the next post to sign up.

Keeping in True in K-1-2 is having a celebration of 30 followers!  She is giving away a $20 Target card and she will custom paint a clipboard for you!

Effective Teaching Articles is hosting a week long giveaway with a different contest everyday.  Today's prize is a $25 Amazon Card!  Check it out everyday!  She also has free printables that you can download each day!
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Back to School Giveaway!



I have teamed up with two fabulous ladies from Teachers pay Teachers for a giveaway!  They are offering one product from each of their stores of YOUR choice to a lucky person.  This same lucky person will be able to choose any 3 items from my store!  You have until Friday night to enter!  Good luck!  
Lisa Frase has 272 products geared 2nd-12th grades.  I’m sure everyone could find several of her products that they’d love to have!  She has everything from themed stationary to writing lessons.  Here are a few of her products you might like.
                                    


SunnyDays in 2nd grade has also offered to donate one product from her store to the lucky winner.  She has 106 products in her store.  She has amazing smartboard lessons along with workstations and many other teaching materials that you will love.
                                



So, how do you win?  SImple.  Do the following and leave a seperate comment for each that you do.
  1. Follow my TpT store.
  2. Follow my blog.
  3. Follow Lisa Frase’s Tpt store.
  4. Follow Lisa Frase’s blog
  5. SunnyDays’ TpT store.
  6. Follow SunnyDays’ blog.
  7. BONUS if you do all 6 leave an extra comment that you have completed 1-6 for bonus entry #7.


I will chose a winner by random number and post the winner Saturday, Aug 6, so you have until then to enter!  Good luck to everyone!



Just a reminder, the entire TpT site will be on sale 10% off Aug. 1-6 using promo code B1T1S.  My store will have an additional 20% off  for a total of 30% off Aug. 1-5.

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