July 31, 2015

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. July 31st}


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.

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Less than a week folks. My first day is Thursday. I know some of you are already back or go back Monday. So much for sleeping in, shorts and t-shirts, messy buns and no makeup. That alarm clock is going to hurt!

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I made my birthday treats for my students this week. I bought these really cute plastic containers 2/$1.00 at Dollar Tree and a bag of bubble gum from Wal-mart.


I filled the conatiners about 3/4 full and the the bag filled up 12 containers.


I printed the stickers and put them on the sides of each container.

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Carson Dellosa has some of the cutest classroom theme sets. I love, love this Colorful Chalkboard one. I will be sharing a cute calendar board in the next few days I made using this set!


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My friend Rachel is having a Get to Know you link-up for the next couple of weeks. She post new questions on Sunday so if you want to join up with her hop over to her blog and link up. Here are the first set of questions..


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The rest of my week has been filled with work days in my classroom. I am soaking up the last few days of summer break and enjoying the down time.

See you next Friday!

♥ Link up below! ♥

July 17, 2015

Five for Friday {Linky Party… July 24th}


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.

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I showed you a little sneak peak of this new product WEEKS ago.. and I FINALLY finished it up and listed it on TpT this week. I made these Simple and Sweet Counting Cards and Printables last year and used them but finally turned them into a product I could offer in my store.

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It includes counting cards for counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s with numbers 1-300.

It also includes simple counting printables. I used these in my math notebooks last year but they could be used for other times like morning work, homework, early finishing activities, etc…

Quick Link: Simple and Sweet Counting Cards & Printables

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One of the top things on my summer to do list was to makeover my math review sheets. These are some of my most used products. I use these through out the year. I use them for math homework through out the year as well as some time fillers here and there.

The kindergarten set is actually what I use the first week of school as a math review before we jump into our math series and start working on new skills. It is a perfect kindergarten review and eases my little firsties back into school.

You can click on the cover image of each product to see or read more!

And, if you all ready own these redownload for the new and improved versions!

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This is the last week of the Blog Hoppin Scavenger Hunt! It ends next Friday.

Now, don’t worry if you haven’t even started! It’s easy peasy {seriously!!} and really fun! Here is the BLOG POST with all the details! And, all you need is a phone and an Instagram account and you could be the lucky winner of this grand prize….


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I got a fun little school supply package in the mail from Bic this week.  Nothing makes my heart much happier than school supplies. But, I think that is true with most teachers.

BIC® Xtra-Fun #2 Pencil
: BIC Xtra-Fun is the only #2 pencil with two-toned color barrels.  The product features ultra-solid, break resistant lead, and is easy to erase with its latex-free erasers. The BIC Xtra-Fun #2 Pencil is available in an eight-pack with a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2.99 and an 18-pack with a suggested retail price (SRP) of $5.99.

I am really excited about these pencils!! I am a pencil user! And, cannot wait to put these to use! And the bright colors AND they are pre-sharpened are added bonuses!!


BIC® Xtra-Craze™ Mechanical Pencil: The BIC Mechanical Pencil is celebrating its 30th birthday in style with new, fun, custom-designed patterns that are sure to make any student stand out this school year.   Whether taking a test with its strong, #2 lead or simply doodling, this pencil is perfect for any type of writing! The new BIC Xtra-Craze Mechanical Pencil is available in a four-pack with a SRP of $3.29.

I have kinda thinking about a VIP seat in my room and these might be a perfect addition to the special supplies that would be available in my VIP seat. The only thing holding me back is where I have room to put a special seat. I have a teeny tiny room and I might be looking at having a larger class this year. But, if I do you can bet mechanical pencils will be a huge hit for the VIP seat!


BIC® Brite Liner® Erasable Highlighter: The BIC Brite Liner Erasable Highlighter features a highlighter on one end and an erasing ink tip on the other end for fast and easy edits. The florescent yellow ink makes bold, vivid highlights; perfect for the diligent, note-taking student. Available in a three-pack, the BIC Brite Liner Erasable has a SRP of $3.29.

My husband saw these sitting on our kitchen table and even he was suspicious! He loves a highlighter and white out himself!!!


BIC Atlantis® Ultra Comfort Pen: New to the popular BIC Atlantis pen franchise for 2015 is the BIC Atlantis Ultra Comfort Pen, which features BIC’s exclusive ink system for even smoother ink compared to BIC’s classic ink system. Students will find their ideas flowing freely with this pen, which also includes an extra soft silicone grip that conforms to your hand for the ultimate writing experience. Available in gray, pink, aqua and blue barrels in black and blue ink, the BIC Atlantis Ultra Comfort pen comes in a one-pack with a SRP of $3.99.

I cannot wait to put this beauty to the test. I will let you know if I love the way it writes as much as I love the way it looks!

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I cannot express how GRATEFUL I am for anyone who bought and donated books for our Book Drive for the Batesville Mississippi Elementary Kindergarten teachers. The books have been coming in daily and our projected target date for delivery is August 1st.  These teachers lost their entire classrooms to a fire back on July 10th. Thank you! Thank you!


Post your Five for Friday post on your blog and link up below!

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. July 17th}


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.

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Today is the last day of the Christmas in July Sale. My product on sale for today is one of my VERY, VERY, VERY favs that I use all year! It is my Months of the Year Unit. I use the printables the first day or two of each month but there are also centers and pocket chart cards included that I squeeze in randomly through out the year.

You can grab this unit on sale today {Friday, July 17th}


Quick Shopping Link: Months of the Year Unit

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On July 10, the Kindergarten classrooms at Batesville Elementary in Batesville, Mississippi, were completely destroyed by fire. Several MS bloggers are joining together for a book drive.


Please help us replenish their children’s book collection.

What You Can Do

  • Follow the directions on the Google Spread Sheet below.
  • Choose a book or books to donate
  • Place an order. Most are found on Amazon.
  • Have the books shipped here:
    Lydia Aderholt
    211 Jones Street
    Batesville Mississippi 38606

Here is a link to the google docs…

We started this book drive earlier this week and are overwhelmed with the response! We still need books and hope you will sign up for a few. We are trying to fill the spots on the spreadsheet that are empty but feel free to add your own if you want to purchase something that is not listed.


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Don’t forget about the Blog Hoppin Scavenger Hunt and your change to win an ipad, case and gift certificate to itunes. Everyone could use it, right?!?


If you want to know more or to download the rules and list of items to find click HERE!

Everything is happening over on Instagram and you can search hashtag #bloghoppin2015 to see all the pictures from everyone playing along!

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Do you need ANOTHER social media time trap?! Yea, me either. But, I fell victim. The whole teacher blogging community has gone a little crazy over Periscope. Lynda made a great blog post on Blog Hoppin explaining what Periscope is and how it works!


So, if you are interested  - download the app and sign up! Follow me at @DoodleBugsTeach

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I went into my classroom for about 2 hours.. yikes! I KNOW it will get done and everything will be fine but there is SO MUCH TO DO! I left with a bigger mess than when I started. Three weeks until we go back.. When do you start?