Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Birthday and Winner!

Today is my birthday!!!

To celebrate, I am having a sale in my TpT store!

And, I am announcing the winner of
Too Much Glue

 Thank you to everyone for leaving some great tips, tricks and ideas on my post! 
I can't wait to try them!

Enjoy your day....
My besties are taking me to lunch!
My husband and kids have plans for us to eat out!
 I am already having the best day!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Glue... Dot, Dot, Not a Lot!

Glue.... For most teachers, they either love it or hate it.  

I love it!  I love having my class make things to go with what they are learning. Glue is a great way to put it all together!

In Kindergarten, the beginning of the year is all about teaching rules, routines, and how-to's.... {You know, how to use the restroom as a group; how to wash your hands at the group sink; how to cut; how to hold your pencil correctly and write your name; and.... Well, if you teach kindergarten, you know the long list}

Every year, at the first of school, I teach my new Kindergartners how to use a glue bottle.

Last year I used Mrs. Miner's glue tips {you can find her free Top Secret Gluing Techniques and her License to Glue at her TpT store} and they worked brilliantly! 

And I started the year singing her song or telling my class "A little dab will do ya!"  It worked so perfectly!  But, next thing I knew, I had one of my sweeties coming to school and telling me her mom says "Dot, Dot, Not a Lot" - so for the rest of the school year I would tell my sweeties "Dot, Dot, Not a Lot".  They loved it and it worked great!

But, this year, I wanted some more tips to help me teach my new little Kindergartners glue techniques.  I began searching blogs.  

Shuna, of Pocket Full of Kinders, recently had some great tips!!!    {and she has some great freebies to help practice with your kiddos!}  I loved all her tips!  And I really love her tip about the glue sponges!

I also found some cute tips and freebies from Little Miss Kindergarten {visit her here and here and here}   and  Kindergarten Smiles  {see her cute pics here and here}

I am so excited by all these tips!  My Kinders did awesome last year and I know my class this year are going to be experts! I can't wait to use all these adorable tips and freebies!

I like to always start a lesson in my classroom with a book. It's the best way to get my class focused in on what they are about to learn.  I was beyond excited when I found out about Too Much Glue

What a great way to introduce my class about using glue with this adorable story!

The story is about a little boy named Matty who loves glue!  His Dad and Mom make all kinds of things with him at home with glue!  So, when he goes to school, he can't wait to use the white stuff to make his newest creation in art class! Matty gets himself in a super sticky situation, even though his teacher warned him. You will love how the book ends! 

This book is so much fun!  I know my kinders will adore it! 

Flashlight Press was so sweet to give me one of these adorable books to send to one of my lucky followers!  

Would you like to win a copy of Too Much Glue?  

Just leave me a comment with a great glue tip or back to school tip and your email!  I will pick a random comment to win on Wednesday, July 31st! 
{Note: I am mailing this book to you, so I have to limit the contest to U.S. addresses only, sorry!}

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Shabby Apple Winner!

I am so excited to announce the winner of the Shabby Apple Giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats Maria!!

I look forward to hearing from you!
I can't wait to see which item you pick!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Shabby Apple Vintage Clothing Giveaway!

Shabby Apple contacted me about giving away one of their beautiful dresses to one of my fabulous readers!  I was so excited! {I would love to keep it for myself ~ I mean, aren't they beautiful?!} 

Because I adore all of you, I am giving you the chance to win a Vintage Clothing item!  

{click the picture to see more Vintage Clothing}

 Do you want to win a Vintage Clothing item?
I am making it easy for you!

 All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below!

This giveaway will end on Sunday evening {midnight CST}
I will pick a winner on Monday!
If you win, Shabby Apple has a list of Vintage Clothing items for you to pick from!
(Note:   Shabby Apple only ships within the U.S.A)

Good Luck!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Guest Post at Kreative in Kinder ~ Birthdays!

So glad you are visiting me today! 

If you are joining me from Kreative in Kinder, thank you for visiting! I  hope you will follow me!

For my awesome blog followers, I am guest posting at Kreative in Kinder today!

Kreative in Kinder

Last year, to help my students celebrate, I gave each student a birthday crown that was purchased from Oriental Trading.  To make the crowns even cuter, I attached these stars from Laura from Kinder Kraziness   {Note:  I did copy them larger than normal onto yellow construction paper, so the stars would be bigger and stand out more}

{click on the picture to find this freebie in her store
and, if you love them as much as I do, leave her some feedback!}

But, I also LOVE cupcakes! So, I made this little freebie for everyone today to help you celebrate birthdays!   I made them in color and in black and white {you can have your students color them, or you can copy onto different colored construction paper}.

{Note: I always like to write their names and how old they are using a Sharpie on to the star and will probably do the same on the cupcakes.}

I will let my students decide which one they want on their crown {the cupcakes or the stars}.

These would also be great attached to a silly straw, pixie stick, bag of goodies, pencil or just pinned to their shirt!

If you love it, please leave me a note and let me know how you plan to use it! :)

Just click {here} or on the picture above.

And, if today is your birthday,  

Happy Birthday!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Winners of MPM School Supplies!

And the winner is.....

a Rafflecopter giveaway'

Congrats to Julie M. and Cindy E.! 

If you still need to do some back to school shopping, MPM School Supplies has a unique code for my blog followers!  Just click here or on the picture below to receive a 10% discount! This code expires in one week {July 19th}, so please act fast!

And keep following me!  I am working on another giveaway you won't want to miss!!!! :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

MPM School Supplies Giveaway!

I have the best followers!

And, because I love y'all so, I am so excited to give away not one, but TWO $25 gift cards to MPM School Supplies!

Just follow the steps in Rafflecopter {below}. The giveaway starts tonight and ends on July 12th at Midnight. Two lucky people will be contacted via email and will receive a gift card code so they can shop for back to school!  {Remember to leave your email in the Rafflecopter or in a comment so I can contact you!}

Please check back, because I will be sharing a special discount code if you didn't win, so you can shop at a discount!

 Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway  


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