Friday, September 19, 2014

Find Your Treasure

Ahoy, me Hearties!

Today is 'International Talk Like a Pirate Day'! To celebrate, I have joined with some friends to give you the chance to find lots of pirate booty!

Each blog will have some different treasure for you to find!

I want to share with you, a free sample 'Play on the Page' game with a pirate theme.

You can find it by clicking on the image below, and downloading it from Google Drive:

You can also click on the image below to find my whole TpT store on sale! 
Blimey, that is good news!

Don't forget to pillage some other bloggers buccaneer's posts for more great teaching treasures!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hocus Pocus...What's Our Focus!?

Focus...oh, focus!! It's the thing we have spent so much of our time and energy working on these first few weeks of school. Focusing on our routines, Focusing on building our reading stamina, focusing on not putting strange objects in our mouths and returning our folders to the correct spot in the morning. Ya know, all those great things. We also spend time focusing on the new content we're learning each week. And this week, I found a new way to display Our Objectives with our daily focus and I wanted to share it with you!

 Me: "Hocus Pocus..."

My Whole Class: "What's Our Focus!!!"

That's what you will hear in our room when it's time to read one of our weekly objectives. It's amazing what those two little magic words can do to get kids excited about something like objectives! I even have a magic wand that the kids and I will use to point out our objectives on the board. {Note to self...come back and a add picture of the wand!!}

 Objectives, Learning Targets, I Can Statements....whatever it is you call them, I'm willing to bet there is a good chance you are supposed to post them somewhere, right? Well I didn't want them on a bulletin board, I wanted them on my white board. And I found a really simple way to do that with some page protectors from Office Depot and some stickki clips.

Just slide a printed copy of your objectives into the page protectors, then use the sticki clips to here them to your wall or board. Easy peasy and thrifty. Boom! If you like my objective signs you can view them, here.

They're editable, so all you have to do is type your objective into the text box and print. Two other options for display are laminating the signs and writing your objectives using dry a erase marker.

Also, I have to admit I feel like a bad "Back To School" blogger. I remember feeling the same way at the start of last school year. It's not that we're not doing awesome things, it's just that I'm too busy juggling all the balls to stop and take photos of it all. I felt really good when my friend Teeny shared the same sentiment last week. She gets me. Ha! But I did snap a few quick shots of us focusing on some things this week.

I introduced the Word Work center this week and it has been POPULAR!!! Look at the smile on this cuties face!! All the credit goes to Cara on this one for making me look like I almost have it all together with her Short Vowel Bundle. Newsflash...I get by with A LOT of help from my friends!

 Focusing on Math Stations! We've been using math mountains in our new program so I decided we needed to get a little more hands on with them. These were a great way for me to quickly see who has the concept down and who still needs some reteaching.

 And last but not least...getting our GoNoodle on!!! My last year's crew loved to GoNoodle and my new one is not different. Brain breaks help make the world go round' in the afternoons.

TGI {almost} F friends..!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dolch Sight Word Fluency That Sticks!

Kicking off this 4 day week with a fun new resource to share with you all!! Many of you have asked if I would be creating a Dolch Sight Word version of my Fry Flash Fluency packs. So I'm excited to share that I've teamed up with Mrs. Deanna Jump to bring you an amazing Dolch Fluency pack!

Included are fluency cards and passages that cover all of the Primer and Pre-primer Dolch words. Each sight word card includes a picture to provide picture support to those who need it. Each list is broken down into ten words and organized by color to make for some easy organization!

Color code each list by printing on colored card stock.

Add a ring to each set and you're ready to go!

See everything included below... 

*27 pages of cards for a total of 162 cards

*9 sight word fluency sheets

*Sight Words Fluency Data book for students to track progress

*Two other versions of recording sheets to tract data

*A Powerpoint with EDITABLE SHEETS so that you can make it your own.

If the Dolch words are on your radar, 
preview Sight Words That Sitck in Deanna's shop!

If you're looking for some tips on how to store and implement fluency phrases in your classroom, check out my previous post, HERE. You'll find lots of pictures and see how simple it can be to get going!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

FIRST WEEK: Five For Friday

Our first week back with kiddos was a "short" one...Wend-Fri. But it was just long enough for this one very tiered teacher. I needed something quick & easy to share some hilights with ya'll today. So thanks Kacey - Five For Friday to the rescue!!! :)

1. {MORNING WORK FREEBIE} -- Our morning work on the second day of school!!! It's a freebie from my blog last year that you can check out here.

2. {BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING}-- The only Lakeshore Learning store in Colorado is an hour away from me. I drove down there for the first time ever this weekend because I wanted something but didn't care to wait for it to ship from the catalog. When I pulled up I noticed a Nordstrom Rack one building over. I'd never been to one before, but I dare say that whoever designed this area knew exactly what they were doing by putting these two stores so close to each other.

But two new pairs of shoes and a few rolls of paper later, I wasn't complaining.

3. {SNEAK PEEKS} -- My classroom reveal is not ready yet. But I did work on it like a bit of a crazy lady for the entire week leading up to the first day. There are still a few details I need to get up on the walls. Also, I'm terribly indecisive. Which has led to me going back and making some last minute changes. {Story of my life.} But I promise to have it up and posted very soon!! You'll also spot a few handy helpers I enlisted to help me set up shop. Does anyone else find classroom set up to sometimes be a bit of a family affair?

4. {SCHEDULE IT!} -- I blogged all about our Daily Schedule on Thursday. This was my Instagram peek, but you can read whole thing on Thursday's blog post. I put on my big girl jammies so I could stay up past 8:00 PM and blog. Staying awake past 8:00 PM the first week of school takes a honest to goodness effort friends. But I dug deep! ;)

5. {I'M BLOG HOPPIN'}-- I'm now a member of  Blog Hoppin'!! I'm beyond thrilled to join this most amazing crew of ladies! My friend Katie from Little Warriors and I got to kick off Teacher Week on Monday with some more info about us. It was my first post as a "hopper". Now that the weekend is here you should really curl up in your favorite spot and take some time to check out all the posts linked up for Teacher Week. I was cruising through them tonight and they're all bubbling over with back to school goodness and inspiration!

 Before I jet I just wanted to toss a little reminder out there that you still have time to enter to win this 'Live, Love, Learn' t-shirt from Erin Condren!!!

It's my new all time favorite teacher t-shirt. It's the softest shirt I own and without an ounce of clingy. Swoon. The giveaway closes Saturday at midnight so hurry up and go enter HERE, right now!!! :)

Happy Weekend Ya'll!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our Daily Schedule

It's the first official week of school with students. I am loving my first few days bonding with my new batch of firsties!! I have kindly informed my family via. Facebook not to report me a missing person...but they will not likely see or hear from me again until October. I felt I owed them at least that much. #aintnotiredlikebacktoschooltired

I was SO excited to kick it off Teacher Week on Monday with my first post over on Blog Hoppin'. Then Tues & Wend rolled around and I pretty much fell asleep brushing my teeth. But not tonight!! Tonight I put on my big girl jammies and decided to stay up past 8:00 PM and blog! 

Today it's all about WHEN it all goes down. Here's a peek at my daily schedule.

This is it in a nutshell. Our foundational literacy block includes phonics, reading strategies, and guided reading. Learning "how" to read. During Science & S.S. we  focus on content literacy. This is where we are doing close reading & writing about our theme and also when I will integrate all the experiments and special activities to support our learning along the way.

It all looks much more colorful displayed in my classroom!

I use my Schedule It! {Editable}  cards to help keep my students in the know.

I was up late cutting on Monday but still need to get these guys laminated.

The bright colors set matches best with my room decor. But I have a primary color set too. The visuals are helpful at the beginning of the year. Also I find as the year goes on the kids really like knowing what's coming up next. And they are NOT one little bit shy about letting me know if we've deviated from what's on the board that day. When that happens this year I've decided I'm just going break out into the chorus of Let It Go..."the clock never bothered me anyway!" ;)

Hope you all had a GREAT day, regardless of what was on the schedule!!! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Erin Condren T-Shirt GIVEAWAY

Most of you know Erin Condren for her beautiful handmade planners with the beautiful covers. I visit the site often dreaming about what my next one might look like. It was during one of these visits I noticed that her limited edition Teacher T-shirts were back, just in time for the new school year. I had been smitten with this shirt since last May when they quickly sold out. Thanks to Erin Condren I am now the happy owner of this Live Love Learn t-shirt, and they have been kind enough to offer one up to one lucky Falling Into First reader!!!

If you've ever ordered something from Erin Condren, you know that the experience beings when the package first arrives. I am such a sucker for pretty packaging and when it comes to pretty packaging, these guys take the cake. 

Inside is this perfectly wrapped t-shirt, inside a clear zipped up bag. 
I will be using the plastic bag as part of my carry on collection. It's the perfect size.

The shirt itself is the softest one in my closet right now. Seriously ya'll, it is not tight or clingy. It hands just right. And the bright colors just make me so happy. It's the perfect teacher t-shirt and I can't wait to rock mine for the first week of school this year!!! I wore it to an in service earlier this week and got so many compliments.  :)

Now comes the fun part. Enter below to win one of your own. You'll be the talk to the staff lounge!! Entering is simple using the raffelcopter below. I'll be back on Sunday to announce the winner!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet The Teacher {LINKY}

If you're anything like me you probably spend a great deal of time reading up on your favorite blogs and following bloggers across all the social media platforms. It's always fun to find new teacher friends to follow, especially at the start of the school year when everyone is sharing all these big A-HA ideas left and right! But what I really love is getting to know more about the people behind the blog. That's right, I'd love to learn more about YOU!! So I thought we could all put the back to school madness on hold for just a minute and have a FUN little "Meet The Teacher Blogger" linky!!!

Hey yall! My name is Stephanie. I'm a 28 year old wife, teacher, and blogger gal. 
This is my 6th year teaching 1st graders.The past two years I taught in a 1st/2nd grade combo class. I'm pretty stinkin' excited to be landing back in a room full of firsties!!

I married this wonderful man a little over three years. He's my favorite! :)
We actually met studying abroad on the Gold Coast of Australia! We're beach people, but we've set up shop in CO. It's just us and our two fur pups for now.

 {Fur pups hanging out in my classroom when I moved rooms this summer.}

A few things that I've been joyfully tackling all summer long.

Diving into as many good books as I could get my hands on.
Working out like woah. I set and reached some major fitness goals this summer!!
Decorating our new home. I'm the kind of girl that will buy 13 paint samples to get started.


Those tall reusable plastic cups with the plastic straws. {see the one in the paint picture above?} Working out. Starbucks. Target. Photography. The Beach. Snowdays. Bright colors. Blogging & blog stalking. Jeans. Traveling. Netflixing. Fried cheese. Every show Shonda Rhimes has ever created. Flair pens.


When I was little I really wanted to be a vet until I realized that there was blood and operating involved, not just playing with animals all day. Then I really wanted to be a dolphin trainer. So a dolphin trainer or a photographer. Something with a creative outlet.

Social.  Driven. Loyal. 


"I'd really love to fill out more paperwork...said no teacher EVER!!"


Someone who can sing AND dance. Justin Timberlake, I'm looking at you! 

Also, Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts.


 Sunshine and Shenanigans

 I have to go with teleportation because I hate being late, but I'm a.l.w.a.y.s. rushing!!


"I want to be remembered as someone who participated in the world."


 "Bye Bye Bye" - Nsync

I can't remember what I did yesterday but certain pop music lyrics will stay with me forever. Also, many of the dance moves. HA!  #confessionsofateenageteenybopper


I'm SUCH a night owl. I can stay highly productive until the early hours of the morning. But everything before 9AM is a struggle. Morning and I are not really good friends. 


 I really love my Flash Fluency packs I created last year because they're in use in my classroom all year long. Also because I love anything I can throw onto a ring.


{Nicole & Kathleen...added these snaps are for you. Ha! #hotmess}
My hair is not naturally straight. It's naturally a crazy hot mess!! Most people are surprised to find that out since my good friend Paul Mitchell helps me keep it pretty darn straight. It also helps that I live in a very dry state. But yeah, the straightener is worth its weight in gold.

Your turn!! Here's what you need to join the party!!!

 Tell us all a little bit about you. Follow that up by copy and pasting the Q&A Session and adding your own answers. Make sure to include the square "MEET THE TEACHER BLOGGER" button (above) at the end of your post and link it back here so others can find the linky! When your post is published, link it up and join the party below!!!

{Please don't link to your store or anywhere other than directly to your Meet The Teacher post. 
 I don't want to delete links but I will if they go to stores or other content.}

Now visit the 3 bloggers that linked up before you and show them some love!! :)