Choo, Choo! The 100th Day Train Is Here!

Hi everyone, 

I'm here to tell you a little bit about my 100th Day craftivity!
Depending on where you are in the world, your 100th day could be right around the corner... or a month from now. Regardless, it's never too early to start planning this special day!

In my school, 100th Day is celebrated in ALL grades. Every grade has different activities that are planned throughout the week and our big 100th Day assembly is held at the end of the week. This way, all our students end the celebration together. 

I decided to make a nice 100th Day celebration bulletin board this year!
This craftivity is sure to make our hallway fun for our big week :)

This craftivity comes with everything you need to celebrate 100th day of school!
* 100th Day art project - includes letter to parents with instructions
* 100th Day Hat
* Mini Book
* Building Words
* 2 Writing Prompts (primary & secondary lines)
* Complete template for train craft

I also made a FREEBIE for everyone... 100th Day bookmarks!

I included it in the preview file at my TPT store.

Later gators,

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Valentine's Day Friends!

Hi everyone, 

I'm here to show you my Valentine's Day craftivities! 
I had so many ideas for Valentine's Day that I decided to make 4 of them! I actually had to stop myself because my TPT store would have become a complete Valentine's Day store... HA!

The first craft is my Forever Frog. He is my favorite! I am so in love with him and I just can't wait to make him with my little one :)

The next one is my Fluttering Friends! I just LOVE  butterflies so I couldn't resist making this little guy :)

I also made a ladybug, just because ;)

Each craft comes with a bunch of fun Valentine's Day writing activities for your kiddies. You can click on the pictures above to read all about each craftivity pack.
Just like many of my other themed craftivities, I put all these crafts together to make a nice 
Valentine's Day Craftivities BUNDLE!

 And I threw in this cute little flower!

 You can get all these crafts separately OR you can get the bundle. I like to sometimes assign different crafts to my students. This way, instead of having 20 of the same craft, I like get 4-5 of each craft to make the bulletin board a little different :)

I hope you like my craftivities. I have so much fun making them, you have NO idea! Hehehe!

And now for you FREEBIE lovers out there... I updated my Valentine's Day ABC Order game. 
You can grab yourself  copy by clicking on the picture. 
Enjoy :)

Later gators,

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Tech Help - Make Your Words GLOW

Hi everyone,

I'm here to show you a new trick on Power Point today!
Ever wondered how I make my words GLOW like in this picture?

Well, let me show you!
(Note that you can click on any picture below to view them larger on your computer screen)

First, you need to open a new page in Power Point.

Then enter a text, just like you normally do. 

You may want to change the font type and size before making it glow.

You then need to highlight your text and click on "Text effects". In the text effects section, you will find GLOW. Choose this and then choose the variation and color of your glow effect. 

I usually do one more little thing to my text to make the letters stand out even more!
Highlight your text again, go to "text outline" and choose a color that is close to your glow color. I like to make the outline a little thicker by going to "outline weight". 

Voila! You're done!

The variations of colors, thickness in glow, and different outlines are really a personal choice. I suggest you play around with it to find the perfect glow effect for you! Have fun :)

Later gators,

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Building Words FREEBIE

Hi everyone,

First, I'd like to congratulate Tanya for winning my Brain Breaks pack! I really hope you like them :)
 If you haven't seen that post, you can read all about it HERE.

I've been updating a few of my older products on my TPT store lately and I wanted to share one with you today. It's my building words center.
This page has a blank space so you can add whatever word you want every time you use it!

I hope you like it... Leave me a comment if you do!
I'll be back tomorrow for a new tech help post and this weekend I'll be sharing my Valentine's Day craftivities and another FREEBIE!

Later gators,

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Brain Breaks

Hi everyone,

Are you sometimes finding your students off task or simply "on cloud 9"? We often think this happens because a student is not interested in completing assigned work or "doesn't care about school". The day I realized that this was incorrect, I changed my way of thinking drastically!

Did you know that kids sometimes just need a break? Even as adults, we often find ourselves getting antsy after working on a specific task for a long period of time. We will get up and take break by doing simple things like making a cup of coffee or emptying the dishwasher. Well, just like adults, children need breaks too!

In my classroom, I use brain breaks. 
My students LOVE them!
Brain breaks are simply quick and easy activities that get us up out of our seat for just 2-3 minutes. I've been using brain breaks for years now and I adore them because they really help students refresh their attentions spans and move their bodies a little in order to find their better sitting positions (kids tend to 'slouch' after sitting too long). 

I usually do these breaks every 20-30 minutes, depending on what we are working on. I just announce to my students that we will be taking a brain break and they know exactly what this means. It does NOT mean that they can get up and start chatting with their neighbor. I have them 'trained' early in the year to get up and wait for instructions. I then tell them what activity we will do and we do it without causing commotion. The rule is simple. If the group of students in the classroom next door is aware that we are doing a brain break, it's because we were too loud! The reason I am so strict with these brain breaks is because I want my students to be in control of their actions. This will help them be more able to sit down and get right back to work once we are finished our break ;)

Over the years, I've come up with different activities that we can do during brain breaks. I decided to make myself some cards with every activity typed onto them. 
Look what I made!
There is a FREEBIE in the preview file!

This pack includes 52 brain break cards and an EDITABLE version too!

Now, I have a cute little deck of cards that I keep on my desk :)

When we are in need of a break, I turn my pack over, fan them out like a deck of cards, and ask a student to pick a card (just like a magic trick). My kiddies love having their turn to pick a card!

What do you do to keep your students on task? Leave me a comment and I will choose one person who will win my new Move & Groove - Brain Breaks For Your Classroom Pack!

Don't forget to leave your email.

Later gators,

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Literacy Activities GALORE!

Hi everyone,

I received a few questions about my editable literacy activities pack so I thought I'd show it to you all and explain a few things!

I created this pack because I sometimes find myself needing some non-themed literacy activities. We are not always working on a specific theme in my classroom and so many center games out there are themed. So I decided to create this baby :)

I chose 15 of my favorite literacy center activities and created some nice worksheets for each one. 
* ABC Order
* Sequence Writing
* Building Words
* Sorting
* Rhyme Time
* Matching
* Spin & Graph
* Word of the Day
* Letter of the Day
* Roll, Read, Write
* Read/Write the Room
* I Have, Who Has
* Sight Words Practice
* Venn Diagrams

I also made game boards, spinners, and dice,  to go with my games.

I included 6 types of flashcards and I threw in "Draw & Write' writing pages too!
We can never have too many of those ;)

Each activity comes with an instruction page to show you how to edit it and how to use it!

I have to say this was a very time consuming project but it is worth every ounce of energy I put into it because I now have 15 literacy center activities and that I can edit and print whenever I need a new one! That's right, they are ALL editable :)
This means that you can just insert your vocabulary words, sight words, and/or theme words and your literacy centers are ready to be used in your classroom!

I made 2 sets of activity pages for this pack: 
The first set is in a PDF format. This is for teachers who prefer printing the entire set and just filling it out by hand. I like to print every page a few times and keep them handy in a binder. This way, if I need a quick activity and I don't have time to edit it on my computer, I simply fill it in by hand and photocopy the pages for my kiddies. It takes no time at all!
The second set is in a PowerPoint document. This set has editable worksheet templates. Just type in your words and you are done!

If you want to take a closer look at this pack, you can download the preview in my TPT store (there is a FREEBIE in the preview file for you... enjoy!)

I am leaving this pack on SALE for the rest week!

Later gators,

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