Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Crafts, Linky Reminder, and FREEBIE

Hey hey hey,

I officially start my maternity leave today... YIPEE!!! I am not due to give birth for another month but I plan on going back to work right after March break next year (I get one year maternity leave) so there was no point in stretching this out any longer. I'm looking forward to getting the baby's room finished up and relaxing before the big arrival!

As I was on my way out the door of my school today, I took a minute to snap a few pictures of some really cute art projects. Our grade 2 teachers are just fabulous when it comes to art! They always have these cute and creative craft ideas! These days, they are really into chicks ;)



Aren't these the most adorable crafts EVER??

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If you haven't heard, I'm hosting my first ever linky party!


I am calling all teachers who have FREE Literacy Centers to hop on over and share their creations!

I am giving away something special to a lucky "linker upper" (new word of the day!) so
come read all about it!

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Here is a FREEBIE for everyone... just because I'm feeling happy and generous today! Hehehe!

This activity page is part of my Spring Unit Part 2. You can find the whole thing at my TPT store by clicking on the button on the side of my blog :o)


Have a great weekend everyone,

 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Literacy Centers LINKY PARTY!

Do you use centers in your classroom? I love finding new center ideas for my language arts program. Centers are so much fun! They get students engaged in their learning and allow them to get some one-on-one or small group instruction with their teacher! I love watching students work together and I especially love seeing how many of them think they are simply "playing" while we KNOW they are also "learning"! Hehe!

I've used many different kinds of centers this year and many of them are ideas that I found while blog stalking. Bloggers have such amazing ideas!
This is why I decided to give a Linky Party a try!
I'd love to see what everyone's favorite centers are!


I'll start! Here are 2 literacy centers that I created this year. They are available for FREE at my TPT store so feel free to pick them up!

This is a cute sight words game for Easter time! This game includes 33 sight words and blank cards to add your own. Students read the sight words and turn over the cards. The goal is to find the missing chick under the cards! 


Now it's your turn! 

Here are the rules for my Linky Party:
1) Please put the name of your center instead of your name
2) Please link up your FREE products. This party is all about SHARING, not selling ;)
3) This is not a requirement but... I'd LOVE for you to follow my blog if you choose to join the fun!

Feel free to grab my monkey button above if you want to share this Linky Party with other bloggers :o)

One last thing...
As a thank you for joining my linky party, I will be choosing (at random) one lucky winner who will be receiving my Spring Unit Combo Pack!
I'll be choosing the winner on April 2nd!


I can't wait to see all your center ideas :)




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Thanks and Giveaway

I just wanted to stop by and say a quick HELLO to my newest followers who are joining me from Jeannie's blog at Kindergarten Lifestyle. Thanks so much, Jeannie, for featuring me in your Share-a-Blog Sunday. It means a lot to me!!

I also wanted to share with you another great giveaway that is happening in the bloggy world this weekend. This one has over 250$ in prizes and I am very proud to be participating! I have donated a 25$ shopping spree from my TPT store.
Krystal has worked very hard to organize this very large giveaway so head on over to Lessons from the Middle to get all the details on how you can enter!

That's it for today! Short and SWEET :o)

 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Contractions Game

TGIF!! Yahooo for the weekend :o)

My Go Fish for Contractions game is one of my most popular products in my TPT store. I decided to update it today. I added a recording sheet and a sentence writing sheet to go with the game. Swim on over to my TPT store to grab yourself a copy!

 Enjoy!

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fantastic Giveaways and An Award

Today is all about fantabulous things that are happening in the blog world! Hehe!

Karla at Life in Special Education is having a HUGE giveaway and I am very excited to be a part of it!



This one is definitely not a giveaway that I would miss if I were you... Go see what you can win!
It is a HUGE package with goodies from 15 amazing bloggers!
The Grand Prize is worth over 80$! Yay!!!


My buddy Ms. Nicole at Today in Second Grade is also having a giveaway. Go check it out!


There is also a fun giveaway over at Buzzing with Ms. B. She is giving away 2 units from her store!


Last thing... I'd like to say a big thank you to Krystal from Lessons From the Middle for the Liebster blog award! What a sweet sweet lady that Mrs. Mills!! ;)


Well, I'm off to enjoy the sunshine before the weather changes on us! I gotta get my tan on!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Unit and 150+ followers SALE!

150 followers already?!? Wow... I have no words to describe how excited I am! I just recently had a giveaway so I decided to celebrate with a SALE instead... I'm trying to switch it up a bit ;)

I put everything in my TPT store at 20% off!!! This will last until tomorrow so come get what you need fast before the sale is over!

Speaking of my TPT store... As promised, I have finished my Spring Unit Part 2.
I also decided to put the 2 units together to make a bundled price for those of you who want all the goodies!!

Here is a description of my second Spring Unit:

Earth Day, Plants, and Weather
Language Arts, Math, and Science
- word wall
- scrambled words
- writing prompts
- writing sentences
- word web
- plant needs
- sorting trash
- April Showers: predicting, observation, & findings
- Bean Sprout Observation Book
- sunshine homophones
- math word problems
- butterfly craft
- Earth Day craft
AND MORE!!!


I am especially excited about the 2 mini projects in this unit! I can't wait to see them in action in my school!

You can get yourself a copy of my Spring Unit Part 2 HERE and my COMBO Pack HERE.

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GIVEAWAY!

If you haven't seen my post on my blog name change, you may want to check it out HERE. I am having a giveaway where EVERYBODY WINS and it ends tonight. Hop on over and leave me a comment to join in on all the fun!


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Baby News!!

I had another doctor appointment on Friday and we scheduled my c-section.
Baby Emerick will be born on April 30th! Yipee!!
I am so excited to see that little face, count his fingers and toes, and cuddle with him :o)
According to Baby Center, he is the size of a pineapple this week! Hehehe!



Have a great Sunday, everyone!
 
 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blogger Help: Link in Comments

I know, I  know... no posting twice in the same day!

I'm posting this anyway because I was asked by a few people how to make a signature and link to your blog when writing a comment.
Not sure what this is? Take a look at the first comment on this post to see what I mean

Let me show you. It's easy as 1, 2, 3!

1) Type this HTML code in a word document:
<b><a href="http://typeyourblognamehere.blogspot.com">typeyourblognamehere</a></b>

2) Save it to your desktop.

3)When you write a comment on someone's blog, copy this code from your Word document and paste it at the bottom of your message.

That's it!

Wanna know how I made the flower before my name?

HERE is a link for facebook symbols.
All you have to do is copy and paste the one you want into your word document (where you saved your HTML code for your link).

My Word document looks like this:
Valerie
<b><a href="http://allstudentscanshine.blogspot.com">All Students can SHINE</a></b>
So, every time I want to add this at the end of a comment, I simply copy and paste it! I keep this Word document open while I am blog-stalking so it's always there for me to use.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If ever you need to know how to do something on Blogger, please feel free to leave me a comment or email me and I will be happy to help you figure it out! I am not a pro at this but I love to learn how to use HTML code and how to improve my blog :o)


Are you wondering why my blog name has changed? You might have missed my last post... Click HERE to read it!

 

Big Changes

Hi everyone!

You may have noticed that  a few things have been changed on my blog. The most important change being my NAME!




Let me explain... I was recently contacted by someone who has asked me to change my blog name. The reason is that he owns the trademark rights to the name "Grow Up Learning". I was so disappointed by this and spent a few sleepless nights trying to come up with a new name that I would love as much as my first one.... This has been quite the learning experience for me!

Making a change like your blog name is not as easy as it seems... I had to change my blog design header, my buttons, and my URL. I am now in the process of changing ALL the copyright footers in my TPT products. Oye... this is going to take some time!

I always tell my students that they should use experiences (good or bad) as learning ones and take the time to focus on the lesson learned. What a lesson this has been for me!

Well, with all bad things come good things! (Is that the saying? It doesn't sound right!! lol)
I tried to look it up and found this as the title of a book:  
All Good Things Take Time; Bad Things Come Rushing at You Before You Have a Chance to Duck
Hahaha! It sounds like it should be the title for the story of my life!

Moving on... Here is my GOOD news for today! I decided that my new blog name deserved a celebration. I created a fun game called "Sunshine Homophones" (in honor of All Students Can Shine) and I am having a giveaway! 

Wanna know the best part?? 
EVERYBODY WINS! YIPEE!!!!


All you have to do is leave me a comment saying that your are following my blog and I will email you this game. Pretty please don't forget to leave me your email address!
You have till Sunday night to leave me your comment if you want to receive this special freebie!


Oh, one more thing! If you have my blog button on your blog, I'd love it if you could grab my new button to replace the old one. Thanks a bunch ;)

 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Welcome, Linky, and Blogger question

Hello everyone,

If you are a new follower (I have many recent followers from the K-2 linky party) I'd like to take this opportunity to say WELCOME! I hope you enjoy reading my blog and I hope you will be leaving me some comments once in a while.
Comments sure make me SMILE :o)

I thought I'd offer you a FREEBIE as a welcome gift. For those of you who have been following me for some time, take it as a thanks-for-sticking-around gift! Hehe!
This word web activity is part of my new Spring Unit (Part 2). I'll be posting it this weekend. It will include games and activities for Earth Day, Plants, and Weather! I usually stick to creating literacy activities but this time I made some math and science stuff too!!

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I am joining another linky party today. This one is hosted by Michelle at Teach 123.
 We are sharing tips for new teachers. Here is mine:
Let me explain... I often speak to new teachers (first or second year) and find that they are very hesitant to ask for help or advice. They seem to think that their colleagues will think that they are not capable of figuring things out for themselves. I don't see it that way at all! If someone has the courage to ask an experienced teacher for advice, it shows that she does not think the world of herself and knows that we all have room for growth :o)

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I was wondering if someone could help me out with a little Blogger question that I have... I would like to be able to reply to comments directly on my blog instead of by email but ever since I changed my blog design I don't have the little reply button at the bottom of every comment. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Bye for now,

 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Linky Party!

Who doesn't LOVE a linky party?? Especially when it is created for bloggers to find other blogs! That's right, Kindergarten Lifestyle has started a linky party to help bloggers find other blogs! There are so many great blogs out there and it is not always easy to find them all... Well it is now! Yay!

Wanna join?? If you have a K-2 blog, click on the picture above and link up!

 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sneak Peek and an Award!

Happy Sunday morning to you!

I've been so busy this week with baby room preps and house cleaning... and SLEEPING, of course! Hehehe! Isn't that what spring break is all about??

I've also been working hard on the second part of my Spring Unit. I wanted to make an Earth Day unit but then decided to put those activities with my plants and weather activities and make a unit out of it! Here is a sneak peek:

So far, I have made these activities:
  • word wall
  • scrambled words
  • sorting trash (recycling vs. garbage)
  • spring sentences
  • word web (using nouns and adjectives)
  • bean sprout project book (observation, recording, and findings)
  • plant needs 
  • April showers: prediction, observation, recording, findings
  • math word problems
  • word search
  • list of online resources for teaching about plants and recycling
I am working on 2 art activities that I would like to add to the list. I should be done this week and I can't wait to share it with all of you!

I was thinking of putting it on TPT separately from my first spring pack but then I realize that some people might want to get both. Would it be a good idea to post them both separately and together? If you get them together, there would be a discount! Does this make sense? I'd love to get some advice from you ;)

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I also wanted to share with you my latest blog award! Thank you to Lori at Teaching with Love and Laughter for this amazing surprise!

I feel so lucky to have followers who appreciate my blog. I love sharing all my ideas and adventures with you and I especially love getting all your sweet comments!

Here are the rules for this award:
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you. **Lori**
2. Pass on the award to other lovely bloggers.
Here are my choices:

I had the pleasure of being on the same teacher feature post over at Teaching in High Heels. It was an honor to be featured with such an amazing blogger! She is super sweet and I love reading her blog!
 
Nicole, my good friend, is the author of Today in Second Grade. She is absolutely awesome! I would love to be a student in her class :o)

Teri at A Cupcake for the Teacher is an amazing blogger! She is very creative and her craftivities are so precious!

Scipi is a sweet blogger/TPT seller who has been such a great help to me! She is always ready to answer any of my questions or give feedback when I need some advice! If you hang in the TPT forum, I'm sure you have met her by now ;)
Go Figure

3. Follow the person who sent it to you. DONE!


Have a good one,
 

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Winners and a FREEBIE!

Good morning everyone!

First, I'd like to thank everyone who entered my very first giveaway! This was a lot of fun and I am very happy to meet all those who have become my newest followers. I have officially reached 100 followers! So exciting :o)

Now for my winners...  
CONGRATS to Amy, Mor, and Heather N!!

I will be emailing you my Spring Unit today so check your emails!

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I made a 6 page file folder word wall to go with this unit and I am giving it to everyone for FREE! You can pick it up ay my TPT store.

Enjoy!

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Baby News!!

I got my first baby gift today from a very special friend! I always wanted one of these and never thought I'd get one since I will not be getting a baby shower for baby #2. I was so excited when my buddy Isabelle surprised me with this amazing diaper cake! It's absolutely beeeeautiful!
 We start painting the baby's room today! Yipee!!


 

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

March Currently and LAST CHANCE for my giveaway!

I am linking up with Farley's March Currently!

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If you haven't entered my giveaway yet this is your LAST CHANCE! 
I will be choosing the winners tonight... Good luck everyone!

 

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Reading Certificate FREEBIE and Linky Party

Hi everyone,

Here is a little FREEBIE I thought you might enjoy! I will be giving them to my students next week :o)


Also, don't forget to check out my GIVEAWAY! This is the last day to enter!

I'll be choosing the winners tomorrow night :o)

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Are you still looking for last minute activities for St. Patrick's Day??

Molly at Classroom Confections is hosting a linky party for FREE St. Patrick's day stuff! Come grab your goodies HERE!

Later, gators!

 

Monday, March 05, 2012

Spring Flowers Craft

Happy Monday!

I wanted to share with you a cute craft for spring. I made this with my kiddies last year for Mother's Day and they loved it! I know it's early for Mother's Day but I am sharing it with you now in case you want to do this as part of a Spring Unit.

 

You can get the instructions HERE! Don't worry, it's much easier than it looks ;)
Have fun!

By the way, if you haven't entered my giveaway yet please check out my previous post. You still have time to enter!