Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Parent Teacher Conference Prep

Let's talk Parent Teacher Conferences for a moment. Anyone else pulling some late night conference prep this time of year?

As part of my conference prep, I send home a short parent survey a few days before conferences to help give me a better idea of how to structure my conversation with each family. We only get 15-20 minutes TOPS to talk and the time goes by FAST so I want to know what they're seeing at home: areas of growth, areas they want to see growth, if they're child is reading, and how homework is going. Also, I want to know if there is anything they have questions about or would like to discuss in detail. This ensures I can properly address it during the conference. It also helps give you a heads up about what's on their mind. Nothing is worse than having to field a question you weren't anticipating on the spot!

Parent Teacher Conference Parent Survey (Free)

This next sheet is a quick glance at writing, behavior, and assessment scores. It will go inside the manila folders that I put together for each child.

Parent Teacher Conference Forms (Free)

The manila folders make it super easy to grab and be ready with everything I need when a family walks in. They will also get to take this folder home with them. There is nothing cute or fancy about these folders. Just plain folders with the child's name written on them. Here is a list of all the items that might go into a child's conference folder.

Prepping for Parent Teacher Conferences

I put the two conferences sheets I showed you above into a little freebie.
Click the cover below to download these forms.

 Alright kids, I'm off to keep prepping for my conferences.
Burning some midnight oil over here.

 I'd love for you to stop by and visit me on my Blog, Facebook, or Instagram!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Name Tags for Student Chairs

For years I have been sticking student name tags on tops of the desks and tables. It's just what I always did. And every year by Christmas break, without fail, the tags are rolled up, colored on, or torn. This year, I got brand new tables, and I just couldn't bring myself to going through the name tag routine. I wanted to try something new! So instead, I made name tags to fit on the chairs. They are printed, laminated, and glued on with hot glue.

I am loving them!!! Not only do they pop beautifully off the color of the chair, they make it really easy for me to allow flexible seating options during times when my students do not need to be at their specific seat. They can easily be applied with a glue gun, duct tape, or velcro dots.  

Since first graders do benefit from seeing their name written properly, I plan to still give them a written name-tag that they can keep in their writing folders so they have that model to reference. 

I shared this picture on Instagram as I was putting them on my chairs and got several requests for the file, so I went ahead and added more colors and listed them  as Editable Name Tags in my TPT shop!

Even better, you can grab them and everything else in my TPT SHOP  for 20% off tomorrow. It's a special one day BONUS Sale on TPT!! Since everyone knows that sales soften the end of summer as we know it feeling that creeps in this time of year. ;) 

If you follow along with me on Instagram & Facebook know that I am starting a new classroom adventure this year at a brand new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) school! I can't wait to come back and share a tour of my new school and classroom with you later this week!!

In the mean time, I promised a few people on Instagram that I would post this label I shared from my first day with kiddos on Friday. The original idea and recipe come from my sweet friend, Babbling Abby!!! You can read all about it on her post from way back in 2011, here! (2011?! I can't believe I've been loving on teacher blogs for that long-!!) You can download my soda bottle label, HERE.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


The Back to School Bash 2016 has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who has joined us this year.'s not over yet! We have one final chance for you to win! When we say win, we mean WIN BIG! Anyone needing some updated technology for your classroom? I give you the B2S Bash Grand Prize...

Yes! This is real life!
Yes! This could be in your classroom very soon! 

But you have to enter first! Here's how you do it: 

1) Begin the insta hop by locating @stepintosecondgrade on instagram. You will want to begin with Amy so that you collect the letter tiles in order. Each blogger will link to another letter. Click on the letter and hop to the next location. As you hop...

a) follow each blogger 
b)  collect each letter

The letter tiles look like this....

2. The letters will reveal a question. (Don't worry...the letters go in order so you don't have to unscramble a thing!) 

3. Once you have figured out the question, hop on over to any of our blogs to enter the Rafflecopter to win! You will be asked to answer the instaHOP question! 

You only have 24 hours to enter, so go get your hop on! ;) 

 Yep! That simple! So have you finished your hop? 

Enter below: 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Back to School BASH 2016

Are you ready to HOP HOP HOP!? We have 24 blogs each with a major giveaway waiting for you!!! We've teamed up to bring a little extra fun and excitement your way as you tackle the start of this busy back to school season. Our baskets are filled to the brim with goodies to treat your classroom and of course, you! 

How It Works: You'll have a couple of days to hop around our blogs and enter using the Rafflecopters. At the bottom of each post there will be a button that will lead you to the next giveaway!  The more blogs you enter on, the better your chances are of winning! :)

For my Bash Basket I went with one of my all time faves!!!

I just can't get enough of all the pretty Kendra pieces!!! They're a staple in my teacher wardrobe because they seriously go with everything!! 

{Teacher Bloggers <3 - ing Kendra in Nashville & Atlanta}
Enter using the Rafflecopter below!  You have until the end of the day on Tuesday!

Now, head over to my sweet friend Deedee Wills to find your next basket!

OOOHHH, one last thing y'all!! Be sure to check out INSTAGRAM on
Wednesday for the GRAND PRIZE announcement and how to enter!

You definitely won't want to miss out!!! Happy Hopping!! 

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Hello friends!!  It's that time of year again...time for our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 2016!!!  This year we have teamed up with even more bloggers so that we can bring prizes-a-plenty to you!!!  Mark your calendars for August 7th because you will NOT want to miss out!!!

Each blogger will host a Bash Basket that contains a prize valued at $100 or more!  Make sure to follow the blogs below so you don't miss a single thing!  Check back in on August 7th so you can get your hop on!

See you August 7th!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Dollar Store Finds For The Classroom

What do you do on a Friday night when you are in Orlando with 4 of your blogging/teacher buddies? You go to the Dollar Tree to see what you can find!! When we returned to Deanna's house, Deanna, Holly, Kim, Katie, and myself had our first Facebook Live video to share what we found.  (You can view that full video replay at the end of this post.) We decided we would do a blog hop to follow up with the ideas. Be sure and visit all 5 blogs to see all 15 of the ideas and enter to win some Dollar Tree dollars of your own!

Here are some ideas that I shared during the video:

This alphabet was found in the school supply section. Just cut and you are ready to roll! You can build all kinds of CVC words and make it into a game adding dice and pom poms. 

Here's how you play:
  • Cut your alphabet and lay the letters in 3 columns. (C/V/C)
  • Place one fuzzy pom at the bottom of each column. 
  • Students take turns rolling the dice.
  • If they roll a 3, they move their pom up 3 letters.
  • Repeat for all three columns. 
  • All players will use a white board to write down the three letters that the poms landed on.
  • Have your students practice sounding out each word and blending it together. 
I explain to students up front that some words rolled will be real and others will be nonsense words. 

I try to introduce a variety of ways to practice phonemic awareness during the year because let's be honest, it keeps it exciting for the kids! Here's a new one to add to your tool box using these fun rollers we found in the summer toys section. 

  • Set out three small balls of play dough. 
  • Give students a word, "Pig" for example. 
  • From left to right, say each sound in isolation as you roll over a ball. 
  • Once all the balls have been rolled make sure you end by blending the word back together ("P...I...G....Pig")

The possibilities with this one are endless! This particular tray had spots for 14 cubes, so I put strips of washi tape over the ones I didn't need to create that barrier. Here is the idea I shared in the video using manipulatives to show multiple combinations of the same numbers. 

To make 6 they can do
  • 3  and 3
  • 4 and 2
  • 2 and 1 and 3 

Are you ready to shop? Would you like a $25 gift card to get you started? Here's how you can win one! It's really simple. All you need to do is...
  • Follow each of us on Instagram. Each blogger will provide their link in their blog post. Here is mine:  Please be sure to like all the Instagram accounts...we will check. :)
  • Visit each blog and read the ideas. Each post will have a link at the bottom to take you to the next blog.  So hop on over to Deanna's to see her ideas!

Once you're ready, get yourself entered using this Raffelcopter!!! 
We will pick a winner on Friday. Good luck and happy shopping!!

You can watch our full Facebook Live video below to see each idea in action!