Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fine Motor Skill Tips & Educents Blowout Sale
    Thank you Mrs. Russell for this adorable graphic!!
Can you believe it is almost time for back to school? In some areas, I know you are already back in school (so sorry - but, come May, I will be completely jealous of you!)  I still have a few weeks, so I am in full swing of planning, printing, copying, laminating, cutting, working on bulletin boards and updating my classroom! 

This is my back to school bulletin board from a few years ago. It is one of my favorites!
Do you have a child that is getting ready for Kindergarten?
I have some friends with children starting Kindergarten this school year, and they asked me for some tips  (this list has some great tips).

I always suggest children work on fine motor skills! My school has a list that I am sharing with you, {click here to grab this freebie}.

Here are a few more suggestions I always share to help children or students with fine motor skills:

* Grab a pipe cleaner and have your child make a bracelet by adding fruit loops (and they can learn about patterning while they add the colors)

* Use clothes pins and have your child open it and clip some papers together or put that clip on their favorite snack bag or finding letters in a magazine. (this is great to work their little finger and hand muscles!)

* Grab a spray bottle and have your child spray water on the plants outside! 

* Grab some play dough or clay and roll it out to make letters, numbers and shapes (they could even roll it out into a strip and cut it to work on their cutting skills)

I have a play dough station in my classroom and my students LOVE it! It has always been the favorite station in my classroom!
 If you would like some play dough mats for your classroom or home, my packet, I Can Read the Alphabet, has some play dough mats included in the packet.  But, right now, Educents has included my packet in a bundle that you can purchase, and many other awesome products, at a reduced price!

I am excited to announce that is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! 
From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF!  
There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peak into what is on sale! 
Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK - 8th grade!

Preschool Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 72% OFF


Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF


K-2 The Write Stuff ELA Bundle - 68% OFF


First Grade Literacy Bundle - 74% OFF


School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) - 74% OFF


Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) - 75% OFF


Tricky Math Curriculum Bundle (Grades 3-5) - 69% OFF


Complete Full-Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 6-8) - 77% OFF

Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF


  Here is a peek at my I Can Read the Alphabet packet!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vegas Baby 2014!

Wow!   I can't believe I am home from Vegas!  What amazing 4 days!  I met so many incredible people and learned sooo much!

I got into Vegas on Wednesday and met my awesome roommates!!

That night What the Teacher Wants hosted an amazing 
Teacher-Blogger Meet Up!

 Okay... If you can't tell.... Vegas is a blast! When I got home, my besties at home asked if I had a great time.... How can you go to Vegas and not have a great time? 

I met some amazing bloggers that I have stalked the past 3+ years! I met some amazing friends that I have talked to for 3+ years! I laughed! I cried! I was in awe!  Y'all, these people were so sweet! And they knew who I was! I came home on cloud 9!

Natalie from Teachery Tidbits, Haley (My Silly Firsties), Chrissy (Buzzing with Ms. B)

 Our days were packed with learning and our nights were packed with food, Beatles Love, Fremont Street (Do you see the photo bomber? We didn't!) and just a little Vegas slots and roulette!

Friday I attended the amazing TpT Conference 2014. Talk about Wow! I learned so much! The presenters were amazing! Again, I was in awe!

  Of course we had to have a little happy hour fun on Friday! I love that Deanna Jump and Paul Edelman (founder of TpT) took pics together for the BlogHoppin Scavenger Hunt! They were the sweetest!

I learned so much!  But this post is long enough! I want to share my tips and tricks I learned on one of my next posts!  

I am linking up with A Burst of First!

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