October 2, 2015

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. October 2nd}


Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool. Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.

Divider 1


Hello October! I just adore you! I love the cuteness of Halloween and was ready to start celebrating a new month this past Thursday.

And.. I absolutely LOVE my new black calendar pocket chart from Scholastic! Makes changing our classroom calendar a breeze!

You can also grab my free Halloween Calendar Cards in my store! (As well as calendar cards for all the other months too!) They fit in the pocket chart perfect.

Divider 2


We always do this cut and spell activity at the first of each month. It’s simple and quick. This can be found in my Halloween Unit.

Divider 3

Speaking of quick and fast. A perfect time filler that my kids always love is to practice spelling (or any kind) of words using chart paper and markers. I just cut the chart paper into 1/3 and they spread out on the floor.

Divider 4


Our phonics story this week is about a bug who makes hut out of a nut. I picked these acorns up out of my yard and had them in this little bowl on our special book table. They went crazy over these. And, I totally used them as bribery! Ever given out an acorn as a being quietest award?! Yea, me either! But, it worked!

Divider 5

IMG_0143 IMG_0144 IMG_0145

I blogged a few days ago about parent communication from the Mailbox Gold program. If you missed it I would love for you to jump over and see a few different options the Mailbox Gold has for communication. HERE is the blog post!

I truly hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! Link up your blog post below!

September 27, 2015

Here comes OCTOBER!


Oh, how I love, love, love LOVE October and all the cuteness and fun of Fall and Halloween! I spent a few hours at school this morning pulling out my “Halloween/Fall folders and box” that hold my centers, craft projects, decorations, printables and more! I won’t actually use any of this until next week! But, I wanted to get ahead and get some planning done!

I also try and squeeze in some fire safety fun and Columbus Day lessons before I jump too much into all things pumpkins and candy corn!

fallclipcards  halloween3halloween2candycornguyspiders  halloweenmathsheetsfiresafetyfall2fallhalloween

You can click the cover image of each product above and go straight to the direct listing to read/see more. Keep checking back in my weekly Five for Friday posts to see these products in action each week! I cannot wait!

September 25, 2015

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. September 25th}



Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool. Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.


Link your blog post up here!

September 21, 2015

Easy Parent Communication with The Mailbox Gold


Hi Friends!

I am back again this month to share some more of the awesome-ness of the Mailbox Gold program. This is a monthly subscription program that cost $3.00 and you have access to tons and tons of downloadable items. Many of which are programmable. Which means- you can add your text before you print.


This month I am here to show you how to easily and fast you can keep parents in touch with your classroom using a few downloads from the Mailbox Gold.

Almost everything I am going to share with you can be edited online before you print- but I still like to have a “blank” within reach to handwrite a special note to parents. This folder will be kept within reach for the whole month so I can quickly communicate with my parents.

I selected just a few fall/October themed items to show you but you can find different options for every month. These are priceless to have at your fingertips. You can do a quick search for October but with the Mailbox Gold you can also save them into a folder for later. Which makes finding them a breeze!

Let’s take a look at a few fun and cute parent communication ideas for fall/October!


I love keeping parents in touch with a monthly calendar they can keep tucked inside a personal planner or on their home fridge. These monthly calendars are available to print blank or you can add all your own text before printing.


I send home a weekly newsletter with my students and these make that chore a breeze! The design is set up for you. You just add your text! They are available with or without the headers. You just type/fill in the info you want your parents to know before printing.


I send homework home nightly but I still stick to the same routine for each day of the week. If you send homework home one time a week these weekly sheets are awesome!


How about weekly progress reports that are done for you and all you have to do is click to check the box(es) you want to mark and type any messages or comments. Easy peasy! And, there are a few different design options!


These “While You Were Out” notes were not editable BUT.. just to have them already designed and all I had to do was print and keep them handy saved me time and effort. And, I am all about time saving tips! I can just clip these onto makeup work and my absent students and their parents will know exactly what they missed.

IMG_0143  IMG_0144  IMG_0145

And .. holy cow! The cuteness of these Halloween/fall notes!!!! These can be edited before you print as well BUT.. I choose to just print a stack of them to have handy to handwrite.

All of these are downloads you find on the Mailbox Gold. The cost is $3.00 a month and new items are added each month! You can click the box below to jump over and see or read more about this program.


September 20, 2015

Ordering Numbers from Least to Greatest Math Unit


Ordering numbers from least to greatest is always a skill that I work on all year long. But, I usually spend a good bit of time the first quarter of the year really modeling and practicing with my first graders.

This unit is all about ordering numbers from least to greatest. It features number cards, center activities, puzzles and printables.

Here is a look at what is included…

Number puzzles

PicMonkey Collage1

There are 12 number puzzles included in this unit. Each puzzle has 8 number pieces for students to order and form an animal.

Number Mats & Cards

PicMonkey Collage2

12 sets of number cards are included.

These are great for the teacher table during small math groups.

Black and White Number Cards

PicMonkey Collage3

These cards are meant to be printed or copied on colored paper for added pop BUT to save on ink! Numbers 1-120 are included. They fit perfect in a pocket chart but could be used on the floor, table or on a student’s desk.

I split these cards into groups of 20 cards and pair students up to order them from least to greatest.

Ice Cream Craftivity

PicMonkey Collage4

This tall ice cream activity was a huge hit with my first graders a few weeks ago. They were engaged and having a great time while learning.. and in return I got to display some colorful masterpieces!


Colorful Number Cards

PicMonkey Collage5

These number cards are just like the black and white version but in a simple colorful design. I split these into groups of 30 cards and will use these throughout the year as math centers.

Center Cards & Recording Sheets

PicMonkey Collage6

Also included in this unit are 8 sets of cards & recording sheets for easy and quick centers.

Caterpillar Craftivity


These caterpillars are currently hanging up in our classroom. On Tuesday my kids sprinkle in and out during a 30 minute time frame to go check out books from the library so I always need an activity that is fun but can be put down and picked up as the students come and go. This was PERFECT!

Cut and Paste Printables


I love cut and paste activities for morning work. And these will fit in through out the year. I usually copy at least one of the sheets on colored paper so they are not gluing white paper onto white paper. I just like how the color makes it a little bit more eye-appealing. There are 6 of the cut and paste printables included.

1/2 Page Ordering Sheets


I have actually been using these as homework. There are 12 different sheets. Each sheet is a 1/2 of a page to save on copies!

Extra Practice Printables

IMG_0062  IMG_0063

I did not need these worksheets/printables in class. So, I made copies and bundled them together to send home as extra practice with a select few kiddos who could benefit having them at home. They are not required homework but I hope parents will take advantage of using them for extra practice.

This pack is jammed packed with all these activities.

It’s 100 pages long and can last all year!


If you are interested here is the link:

Ordering Numbers from Least to Greatest Math Unit