Monday, December 8, 2014

DIY Reindeer Manipulatives

 Today, I am blogging at The Primary Pack to share a DIY project that will get your kiddos rockin', rompin, adding, and subtracting!  There will be some FREE festive singing to accompany the project, too!  You don't want to miss this!!!
I want to share a simple DIY project to get you ready for the "Reindeer Romp"!  I love using finger puppets as math manipulatives.  It is very simple to create sturdy manipulatives with Velcro out of plastic finger puppets.
-  Finger puppets
- Cotton balls
- Hot glue
- Velcro
I got my reindeer finger puppets from Oriental Trading, but they seem to be sold out for the holiday season.  You can get a different set on Amazon or Oriental Trading.
First, stuff each finger puppet with 2 or 3 cotton balls.  Enough to make the reindeer firm and easy to use as a manipulative.
Turn your reindeer upside down and apply hot glue evenly over the entire opening of the finger puppet.  While the hot glue is still soft, gently push the Velcro onto the middle of the reindeer.
Prop the reindeer upside down to let the hot glue dry evenly.  This will give you a very durable manipulative.
Once they dry, you have reindeer manipulatives that will stick to Velcro on your roof top!
Have fun with your reindeer!
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Few Of My Favorite Things

The holiday season is a great time to reflect on all of the wonderful things you have in your life.  Many of us are so fortunate to have a roof over our heads and food on our tables.  I feel so blessed to be able to have these things for my family.  I got together with a bunch of other bloggers to bring a huge giveaway with a ton of our favorite things. 
Before I get to the amazing giveaway, I wanted to share some things that I am so thankful for this season!  Some are silly and some are more serious, but I am thankful for all of them!!

#1- Dr. Pepper.  I am not a coffee drinker, but seriously need some caffeine in the morning.  My brain will NOT function until I have that first sip of bubbly, sweet, and almost painful burn of the carbonation.  It wakes me up in so many ways.  I love it!
#2- Every holiday season since my kids were born, we create ornaments together.  When they were little, they would get down to their diapers and get covered in tons of paint.  We've done cinnamon dough, ceramic ornaments, and foam ornaments.  It doesn't matter what type, we just love to create together.  We put on Christmas tunes and sing along, as we get messy and laugh.  It is a priceless experience that I treasure.  You can see the fun salt dough ornaments that we made here.
#3- I do love shopping, especially for teaching gems.  One of my favorite teaching idea stores is The Dollar Tree.  You cannot beat this store for wacky and wonderful teaching supplies AND the price is right!!  Here are a few of the amazing finds that I've found at the Dollar Tree: lip gloss boots (you need to check these out), fun tongs for centers, foam to create my own two sided magnets that created my subitizing freebie!  This is just a tiny fraction of the amazing deals that I find there.
#4- One of my most treasured teaching supplies is my personal laminator.  Since I started teaching, I have tried out MANY different laminators.  I have gotten really expensive types, and cheaper ones.  About 8 years ago, I decided on my favorite laminator.  It is a cheap, but wonderful power house.  I put my laminator through a lot of work and it is up to the job.  I chose to giveaway a Scotch Laminator for "A Few of Our Favorite Things Giveaway".  You can see the laminator that I will be giving away here.
I also have some of my favorite products on sale for the week of this blog hop.  They will all be 50% off!  Search my store for #myfavoritethings2014 to get all of the amazing deals. I can't wait to share these exciting surprises!!
You can scoop up:
Romp and Stompin' Letters usually $12 for ONLY $6!!
Super Hero: "Roll, Say, Keep!" Pre-Primer Dolch Sight Word Center + Extra usually $3 for ONLY $1.50!!
Delicious Donuts: Addition to 20, Number Lines, Missing Addends, & Printables usually $7 for ONLY $3.50!!
My ABSOLUTE favorite!! Bundle of 8 Interactive Play Dough Mat Sets!!  Full Price $32, get it for $16!!
Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:
7 winners for 7 prize packs!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12 Days of Christmas GIVEAWAY!

I am so lucky to be part of an AMAZING giveaway put together by a phenomenal person- Zippy (of "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs")!  She is such a giving and generous person.  It inspires others to pay it forward.
This giveaway is fun and is 12 days long.  It gets everyone in the spirit of giving!  I am part of Day #2.  I am paired up with 3 wonderful teachers.  You can win a $30 Amazon gift card AND the featured items below!
1- Faith Wheeler: She donated an amazing fairy tale pack for her featured item.
2- Laura Surratt Schachter: I donated $5 credit to my store.
3- Rachelle Gunderson Smith: Donated a take-home reading folder pack for her featured item.
4- Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs: Zippy donated $5 credit to her store.

This contest is open world wide, because the gift cards will be sent over email :)  Make sure you don't miss the chance to enter these amazing giveaways.  Below the Rafflecopter are a few freebies for your winter days!  I would love to hear how they work for you!

I wanted to share a few fun winter freebies to brighten your day!
Get your kids moving and learning!
Hop back over to ZipADeeDooDah's facebook page to enter each day's giveaway!  I love exploring all the wonderful stores and the chance to win some awesome prizes!!
Day #7- Click here!
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Bundle Bash!

I'm teaming up with a bunch of other fabulous sellers to bring you a Black Friday Bundle Bash!
I am offering 4 of my bundles at a discount of 50% for Black Friday ONLY!!  You will not get a bigger discount than this :) Check out Crockett's Classroom for a linky with tons of Black Friday deals!
I am thankful for all of my wonderful supporters.  You make my days brighter!  I can't begin to tell you how much every sweet comment means to me.  I truly appreciate every one of you.  I love to be able to share ideas and learn from all of you, too!
Now to the deals:
My Interactive Play Dough Mats Bundle.  This bundle includes 8 Interactive Play Dough Mat Sets.  Including: Pirates, Snowballs, Pumpkins, Christmas Trees, On Top Of Spaghetti, Halloween Candy, Apples, and Spiders.  Tons of hands on fun for your little ones!  Explore number sense through play with play dough and manipulatives.  My kids think these are the best!!
Buying all these mats would cost $32, they will be on sale for $16!!
Check out some of the mats in action:

 Each pack includes a set of mats and upper and lowercase letter cards to play "Roll, Say, Keep" alphabet game, "Uppercase Letter Dotting Extension Worksheets" to differentiate between different uppercase letters for every letter in the alphabet, "Lowercase Letter Dotting Extension Worksheets" to differentiate between different letters for every letter in the alphabet, and "Dotting Extension Worksheets" to differentiate between each upper and lowercase letter of the alphabet. 
The games include:
See the penguins in action here!
If you bought all these packs individually, it would cost $42.  Buy it on Black Friday for $21!!
This includes 37 different alphabet scavenger hunts with tons of different themes.  Get kids up and moving, while they learn their letters!
This bundle includes:
You can use the cards for scavenger hunts, memory, letter matching and so much more.  See this post for tons of ideas!
Buying these scavenger hunts individually would be $74, buy it on Friday for $37!!
Buying these separately would be $16.50.  Get it on Friday for $8.25!
The bundle includes:
Delicious Donuts: Addition to 20, Number Lines, Missing Addends, & Printables
Delicious Donuts "Roll, Add, & Cover" Centers, Games, and Printables
Devouring Donuts: Number Line 0-20, Subtraction, Active Learning
This is an old lady and donut themed lesson plan, game, printables, and a lesson plan. These games focus on subtraction strategies using a number line. This product is geared toward kindergarten, 1st, and special education instruction. The games focus on active and concrete learning.
Delicious Donuts: Addition to 20, Number Lines, Missing Addends, & Printables
This is an old lady and donut themed set of centers, games, printables, and a lesson plan. These games focus on addition to 20, number lines, and missing addends. This product is geared toward kindergarten, 1st, and special education instruction. Many of the games focus on active and concrete learning.
 Delicious Donuts "Roll, Add, & Cover" Centers, Games, and Printables
This packet includes "Roll, Add, & Cover" games, "Roll, Add, and Color" printables, recording sheets, and extension worksheets. The skills include adding 2 numbers, doubles, and adding 3 numbers.
 Check it out in action here!
Hope you enjoy all the Black Friday deals!!
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

All I Want For Black Friday + Giveaway

I'm joining my best blogger friends over at The Primary Pack for another fun adventure! We are celebrating Black Friday in a fun way (and a little early). There is no word yet if there will be a Black Friday sale but regardless, we are sharing a few of our most wish-listed items in our carts and our stores. We are also a HUGE Black Friday Giveaway, check it out below, you don't want to miss it! 
I have a ton of clip art and products on my wish list.  Here a just a few of my wishlisted items:
1-  Interactive Notebooks From A to Z, by Jennifer Drake.  I can't wait to use these!
2- All About Butterflies: {Fact Sheets, Life Cycle, Labeled Diagram, Report + More}, by Proud to Be Primary.  Elyse makes spectacular products!
3- Plant and Bug Scientists Clip Art, by Whimsy Clips.  I love all of Laura's clip art.  These are some of my favorite little scientists.
4- Sound Off! Sound Sorts for Phonemic Awareness, by Kim Adsit and Megan Merrell.  This has been on my list for awhile!
5- Brick Builders Math Centers, by Page Protector Printables and More.  I love hands-on activities.  This set looks like a great set of activities!
6- Marvelous Math Talk!, by Kelly and Kim's Kreations.  This looks great!!  I love the pictures.
 Here are a few of products from my Differentiation Station Creations store!  These are a few of my bestsellers and most wishlisted.  I hope you will love them as much as my kids!
1- Romp and Stompin' Letters- One of my absolute favorites!  This product allows for lots of hands-on interaction with the letters of the alphabet. It allows kids to get up and move, while learning about the letters and sorting letters.
2- On Top Of Spaghetti- Counting, Addition, Interactive Play Dough Mats, & Printables. Reinforce math skills with fun play dough mats and manipulatives. Fun!
3- Long and Short Vowel Sorts: Jake the Snake and Abby the Alligator.  I love using this with kids.  It brings long and short vowel sounds to life.  Students are able associate the vowel sounds with the names of these special animals.
4- Snowball Addition: Addition to 20, Number Lines, Missing Addends.  Another one of my favorites!  Use a large number line to get kids interacting with number lines.  A fun way to practice addition!
5- Community Helpers Literacy: Reading Fluency, ABC Order, Syllables, and More.  This set of centers includes: sight word and reading fluency practice, syllables, sorting nouns, long, short vowel and nonsense words, and ABC order.

Drumroll please.... Check out this HUGE giveaway package you can win by entering below! There is a resource from almost everyone in The Primary Pack, perfect for all primary grades!! Good luck, friends and happy shopping!

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Now It's Your Turn To Join The Fun! 

Just a few rules to follow and your on your way:
1. Download the images above!
2. Add your favorite sellers products in your TpT cart to the "My Black Friday Wishlist"
3. Add your own products to the "For Your Black Friday Wishlist"
4. Link up below to share your Black Friday Wishlists!
5. Don't forget to enter our fabulous giveaway above AND visit others linked up below!

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