Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring is in the air…

I’m back… I took a bit of a hiatus from the blogging world to get things back on track. Without going into a lot of detail- I needed a break. Over the last few months, I have been trying to regain my focus and remember why I went back to school to become a teacher. With that beginning said, I’m happy to announce I am back and motivated to jumpstart my spring blog posts. Although I haven’t been posting, we have been quite active in room 212.

I am not much of a holiday gal, but there is definitely something special about “springtime”. I love being able to rock out my favorite wedges and slipping into a colorful dress to start my day. It simply makes me happy!!

Everyone knows that I “love” smelly markers. I have quite a collection, but when I saw these adorable Easter ones at Party City, I knew I had to snag them up. There are three available a chick, a bunny, and a lamb. I can’t wait to share them with my kiddos this week.


During our intervention time, I utilize the thirty minutes to run my daily skill stations a.k.a centers. I have 10 different activities ranging from english, reading, spelling, and math. These are reinforcement activities to help my students retain skills previously taught in the classroom. They complete the stations with a peer buddy. I swap out my skill activities every two weeks. Due to the fact this is my first year using skill stations in my classroom, this has really helped lessen my time printing, cutting, and laminating.

Tomorrow, I am introducing our Easter theme skill stations. I think these are my favorite stations to date. I am using a combination of activities created by Katie King (Queen of the First Grade Jungle), Jennifer White (First Grade Blue Skies), Amy Lemons (Step into 2nd grade), and ME!!

I whipped up some recording sheets after a trip to the Dollar Tree. Oh My Word… Why oh why do I even step foot into that store. I went for one thing…bunny feet. I ended up with these chicks, bunnies, carrots, and speckled eggs.

Plastic Character-Shaped Easter Containers, 3-ct. Packs3¼" Standing Pastel Plastic Egg-Shaped Containers, 3-ct. Packs

Well, I knew I wanted the activities to be fun, but also they needed to reinforce key skills we have been practicing.  Here you go…

Carrot Count Up (Coin Counting)

Load up the carrot shaped containers with coins. Students will grab a carrot, count the coins, and record the sum. I made myself a key as I was filled the carrot shaped containers.




Chicky Chicky Shake (Double Digit Addition)

Add a pair of dice to the chick shaped container. Students will shake their container get their first number and repeat to get the second number. After they record, they will solve the double digit addition problem. (I printed this on both sides for extra practice)

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Bunny Money (Coin Counting)

Load up the bunny shaped containers with coins. Students will grab a bunny, count the coins, and record the sum.

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Scrambled Eggs (Spelling Word Practice)

Simply add letter tiles for the weekly spelling words or sight words you want the students to review. Students will open an, egg, unscramble the letters to form a list word and record their answer on the sheet.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Shop Till You Drop…

Don’t forget about CYBER MONDAY/TUESDAY on TPT

My entire store will be 20% off. Use promo code CYBER at checkout for an additional 10% off!!!

That’s a 28% savings!! Wooo Hooo!! It’s time to stock up and save!!


Thanks Krista from Creative Clips for sharing this cute sale button.

The hot items in my store

Polar Express Math & Literacy Unit

My Best Seller of All Time

Polar Express Math and Literacy Fun

Gingerbread Goodies Unit


Gingerbread Goodies 5 Math & 5 Literacy Centers

Behavior Catalog, Posters and More

A Top Seller

Behavior Reward Catalog Posters, Certificates, and More Galore

Brown Bag Book Club

My kiddos love using this every week

Brown Bag Book Club Literacy Fun

Santa’s Lil’ Helper


Santa's Lil' Helper 6 ELA &6 Math Centers

Happy Shopping


psssst! have you heard?

Have you heard the news? The “joy”normous TPT Cyber sale is happening this Monday and Tuesday!!


Thanks Krista from Creative Clips for the “cute” button. (I love her clipart!)

My entire store will be 20% off and if you apply the code CYBER, you will save an additional 10% off!!! I don’t know about you, but I love a good sale!! If you want to get a jump start you can load up your “wish list” full of goodies. Don’t forget to leave feedback on your past purchases. Did you know you can earn credits for taking the time to leave feedback?? I have been saving my credits since August. I have tons of clipart and writing items in my overloaded wish list.

As many of you might have seen, I started making centers again. (Yes, I did take a little hiatus!) I run 10 different centers in my room and use them for two weeks. I have 4 literacy, 4 math, and 2 spelling activities.  I try to add skills for literacy and math that reinforce past skills and/or new skills we are working on. There is a lot of work put into prepping the centers that’s why I find it easier to use them for two weeks at a time. This week, we will be using my new Gingerbread Goodies Unit. I can’t wait to add these “sweet” centers to my baskets tomorrow. {You can read more about these activities here.}


A few of my favorite gingerbread books

I will also be using some writing activities from Linda Kamp’s adorable Gingerbread Unit to correlate with my unit plans

Catch Me If You Can {Activities for Favorite Versions of t

Well I better get busy. I have a stack of lamination to cut….

Have a fabulous day!

Always, Melissa

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Oh So Sweet…

Mmmmmmm cookies baking in the oven! Isn’t that the sweetest smell. I have always had a thing for anything smelly. I was an avid smelly sticker collector when I was younger (Alright, I admit it!! As an adult I still have quite a collection of smelly stickers!!) . Okay since we are putting it all out there,  I still have a small (ok rather large) addiction to anything that smells. I love smelly markers, stickers, perfume, and candles. I apologize ahead of time to my parents- I think my addiction rubs off on my kiddos every year. When I was little one of my favorite books was The Sweet Smells of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry. It is definitely up there with my favorite Seuss classic “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”.

My favorite markers are Scentos!!!

Getting these holiday ones out and ready to introduce on Monday!!

My newest holiday scented stickers are from Trend

My favorite perfume scents

“lifelong fave”

“newest fave”

newest want

Favorite Candles-

Well being a past gift shop owner- I love candles. My newest obsession (Thanks to my principal) is Scentsy.

Oh how I love happy birthday burning from my “new” holder.

Okay, I am feeling a bit like Oprah right about now. I guess maybe I should do a new series. A few of my favorite things….Mrs. Fresh2o style (

Hmmmm definitely something to think about while I am enjoying a hot cup of joe and eating a few of those fresh baked cookies. )

Oh My Goodness, I almost forgot to tell you! I just finished my Gingerbread Goodies Unit. I am super excited to return to school on Monday and showcase this unit to my kiddos during their center time. I honestly can’t wait!! I am hoping this cute unit helps me to get into the “spirit” of the holidays. I am feeling a bit “grinch-y” as usual.


Here is a little sneak peek







I will be giving one of these away tonight from my facebook page. Simply click the link below. Once on facebook hit like and leave an email. I will pick a winner tonight at 7 p.m. Tennessee Kickoff Let’s Go VOLS!!!




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