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!!!

http://fallingintofirst.blogspot.com/2014/08/erin-condren-t-shirt-giveaway.html

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!!! :)

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2014/08/five-for-friday-linky-party-august-22nd.html

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

http://imbloghoppin.blogspot.com/2014/08/teacher-week-when.html

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!" ;)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Schedule-It-Bright-Schedule-Cards-834776

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.


 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

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.


 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?

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.


THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Social.  Driven. Loyal. 

 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

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

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

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

Also, Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts.

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

 Sunshine and Shenanigans


 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
 
 I have to go with teleportation because I hate being late, but I'm a.l.w.a.y.s. rushing!!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

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

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

 "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

 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

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. 

 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

 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.

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 

{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.

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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!! :)



Sunday, August 3, 2014

BLAST OFF SALE - WIN A $10 TPT GIFT CERTIFICATE

The Back To School Sale at TPT starts tomorrow!! It's my favorite sale of the year because it's such a great time to stock up on all those Back To School Must Haves that have been popping up or just hanging out on your wishlist!!! My entire store will be 20% off on August 4th-5th and you can save more by entering the promo code BTS14 at checkout.


Here are a few of my favorite beginning of the year packs!!

I will start the year in September with the Fall pack, and move onto Winter and Spring as we go. These are a favorite center & guided reading tool in my room. Read more about exactly how I use these packs to build fluency in the classroom here.

If you'd like to have a years worth of writing centers done and ready,you want to check out this Writing Galore bundle!! You can also see all the individual months listed separately here

 I made these for my classroom a year ago and decided to list them along with an editable option since I know how many different schedules there are out there. So many teachers have left feedback about how they love the editable feature!! You can match them to BRIGHT and PRIMARY colors.

 These units are the heart of my little shop. They include close reading, text based evidence, writing, math, crafts, experiments, and teacher lesson plans!! You can view all the units in this line here.
 
Now...see anything you liked? Want to win a $10 TPT Gift Certificate to get your shop on?


The only thing better than shopping during a sale is shopping with a gift card, right?

You can check back on this post to see if you've won!!
 I will be e-mailing the winner tomorrow morning bright and EARLY-!
All entries will be cross checked so if you say you follow, please make sure you do. :)

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Happy Shopping & Here's to the start of a new school year!!!