Thursday, 17 July 2014

What Happens in Vegas ...

Hello Everyone!!
I can't believe that I went to Vegas last week. It was one of the most inspiring and exciting trips of my life! I went with my best friend Nicole from Today in Second Grade, and my other buddy Val from All Students Can Shine! I won't lie to all of you,  it was tough leaving my four children and Mr. Leslie behind, but I did it ... and I am proud of ME! We were gone for a total of 6 days! I have never done that before .. but it was really worth it! I feel SUPERCHARGED!!! LOL!!!

The first night we arrived, we got dressed in a hurry and went to TAO for a scrumptious late night dinner! Definitely, a great way to kick start our trip!

The SDE & TPT conferences were sensational. At one point I had to just breathe ... and pinch myself, just to make sure that I was really there. I learned so much!! I met some of the most inspirational bloggers, EVER!!! I felt star struck by Deanna Jump, Rachel Smith and Cara Caroll, Kim Adsit, Jennifer White, Erica Bohrer, Kaci Hoffer, Greg Smedly and Corinna just to name a few!

The TPT Happy Hour was a blast! I had a couple glasses of wine (maybe more than a couple!!!), got to unwind a bit, and chat with Sarah Kirby and my pals!!!

I also got to meet Nicki from Nicki's Notepad! She is so sweet!! I loved chatting away with her!! We really hit it off!!

How did we manage to add in a little shopping, an excursion to the Grand Canyon, and a MOTOWN show??? Good Question!!!

OMG!! I can't believe that I got to experience the Grand Canyon with my BESTIE!!! It was surreal!! When I got into the helicopter, I had a bit of a FREAK OUT moment ... but managed to keep my eyes open for most of the trip! Nothing beats a glass of champagne at 9 o'clock in the morning, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon! That sure took my jitters away!!

The Motown Show was just a B-L-A-S-T!! There is a cute story about how we got tickets to the show (I will leave that for another time!!!) Mr. Foster, you rock.. WHAT AN HONOR!! I think that I sang and danced for the entire hour and a half!! (I wore flats .. thank goodness!) It brought me back to such special times in my life .. I remember dancing to so many of these songs, with my mom and dad.. I really enjoyed listening to the hotties from Human Nature .. they are so talented!! They were definitely eye candy, and ... pretty sweet to my ears, too! 

On another note.. my husband sent me this picture, during one of the conferences .. and this message.... 

"Babe, what time does Julian take a nap?!!??"

LOL!!! OIE!!!!

This trip was out of this world! PHENOMENAL !!! So much learning, laughter, and INSPIRATION!!! What an action packed week!! I can't wait for next year!!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sound Charts

I have received so much positive feedback about my Sound Charts Posters, that I couldn't resist making them available again! I use these charts as an introduction to each new phonics sound. I also display them around my classroom, so that my students can easily refer to them. They really make the classroom look pretty!

You should also check out my 'Skinny Stripes Classroom Decor Set' and my 'Tropical Classroom Decor Set. They are the cutest sets, ever!!!

Enjoy Your Friday Freebie!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Blog Make Over & Super Bunny to the Rescue!

Did you notice anything different? I finally made the switch from WordPress to Blogger!!! This was a debate for me, for such a longgggg time! Of course, once I finally decided to switch to blogger, a makeover was definitely in order, too!!!! I simply love, love love it!!!!!

Kassie, from Designs by Kassie ... is simply amazing! She knew exactly what I wanted, and put her creativity to work! She is simply one of the most talented blog designers, that I have ever  had the pleasure of working with! She is BANG! on with everything from start to finish...I totally love her!

I finally was able to finish my new Super Bunny Craftivity!! It's super CUTE, and your students will get a kick or a hop out of making them!

I would love for all of you to follow my blog for more ideas, tips and freebies!! That would make me so very hoppy!!! So, let's celebrate my new blog design and new friendships with a flash freebie!!!

Monday, 9 September 2013

New B.E.E. Book! Buzzzzz!

Hello Everyone!
I have received many emails to either edit or explain in more detail the B.E.E. Book that I use with my firsties. It's a great way of keeping the home and school connected!

Step 1: Select which medium best suits your students needs.
A binder (with front and back pockets, and zipper) allows students to host everything that they need to bring, to and from school everyday (Homework Folder, Reading Log folder, etc..).
A duo tang (with front and back pockets) works just as well, but simply holds materials that are important to the B.E.E. Book itself (School Calendar, Communication Booklet etc..
Step 2: I use plastic page protectors to separate different sections of the B.E.E. Book (School Calendar, Monthly Calendar, Schedule etc…)
Step 3: I use labels to clearly indentify what goes where (Back to School, Keep at Home etc…)

Go get your copy now! Enjoy!! Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Earth Day Word Wall Words

Hi Everyone!
I thought that I would kick start your week with a little Earth Day freebie!!! I think everyone knows how much I heart word walls! I am sure that this cute Earth Day word wall will dazzle up your classroom!! Enjoy!

Earth Day Word Wall
I hope that some of your checked out my last year’s post about Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Super Leprechaun & Leprechaun Concentration Freebie

Are you feeling a little lucky? Are you feeling SUPER LUCKY? If you are, you will love my cute little leprechaun! Meet Super Leprechaun! He is a leprechaun during the day, and Super Leprechuan at night!
Check it out:

I also made this cute little concentration game! It is based on homophones. You can download it for free here:

Leprechaun Homophone Concentration

Top of the morning to everyone!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Arctic Pals: Inuit and Arctic Animal Craftivities

Wow!! Did everyone survive the arctic weather in Eastern Canada last week!! It was sooooooooooo cold! Thank goodness the students had indoor recess on those very cold days (I was on supervision!). My daughter cracked me up on Saturday … as we went into the car Saturday morning, to go to her figure skating classes … Olivia said to me “Mommy, it’s warm out today!!!!” HHhhmm…Wow… did I  laugh!!! Okay, yes! It was warmer … -13 degrees warmer … everything is relative, I guess!!
On that note, I have have been working on an arctic unit with my class. We began with a study on Inuits, and now we are learning about arctic animals. They are loving it!!
Look at these cuties:


Don’t you just love them!!! They kids are having a blast creating them! They are adding all sorts of outdoor gear on them (hats, scraves, mittens, snowshoes!!) So much ARCTIC FUN!!!

You need to check them out at my TPT store!
Keep warm, my sweet friends! Hopefully, the Mr. Groundhog has some good news!!