Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teachers ARE Heroes!

Hey Kinder Friends,
You know you are a hero day in and day out getting everything done at home and at school. In honor of all the great super hero teachers out there Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale. And what do I love about this? I love it because it comes at such a great time of year. The perfect time to grab some resources to carry you through the change of the seasons with spring just on the horizon. A one day sale on February 25th will get you flying into spring in no time. Using the code HEROES will get you 28% off! You know every good hero loves a sale and I do too so I am participating in this one for sure because...
Teachers are HEROES day in and day out...no doubt!
Let's face it nobody has time to sit around and format a cute newsletter when so much is already on your plate. That is why I love templates. And these templates make weekly newsletters a breeze as you are flying through the week. What I love is that they are ready to go and can be printed on simple white or colored copy paper. Even better, they can be jazzed up with colored fonts and sent by email. Inserted text boxes are editable so you click and insert your text. These newsletters have a front and back page if needed so you have a coordinating theme that can be copied on one sheet of paper. And the text boxes provide parameters so that you keep it short and simple. Short and simple gets your message across without getting lost without focus.
Who doesn't love talking about numbers? You know I love it. This one will help with incorporating mathematical communication in the classroom. And now it has been updated and editable so that you can customize and create the response posters to fit your needs.
Are you ready for National Puppy Day on March 23rd? Well, now you can be with this print and go skill based resource. This one is perfect for homework packets or sub tubs and is packed with skill based learning.
And what about graduation? You know you will be busy as can be by then. What about picking this up and making a plan early? But with print and go you really can prep this on the fly and keep moving on to the next crisis! Click on the images above for more information!
Happy Shopping Super Heroes!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Texas Freebie!

Hey There Kinder Friends,
You know I am going to say it because I always do and I catch myself saying it over and over but seriously this really is my favorite time of the year. Although it may be freezing and ice is on the way I am still dreaming of a beautiful sunny day deep in the heart of Texas. And just as the spring buds start to appear we gear up for Texas Public School Week. It's a tradition and it happens each year in March. And since I am full of Texas pride it is always fun to talk Texas in class. And because of that I had to dig around in my files and bags and boxes and pull out the best for this occasion. And it seemed appropriate to gussy up our little Let's Celebrate Texas Our Texas resources.

But what I am most excited about is that I have added a lot to this resource. So, the good news is that if you have purchased this from my TeacherspayTeachers store then all you have to so is go back and download it again to get the updates. If your current download does not have over 250 pages then you are missing out. I think I might have been inspired to make these updates since spending time on the dusty back roads of Texas this past year. I am all sorts of giddy to have included three teacher big books with real photographs of Texas.
I am sure that my kids will love these for the pictures and the simple text as we dig a little deeper into all things Texas. I can't wait to get these on the library shelf! Looking for Texas specific books has been a challenge or should I say a quest each year. I am always in the lookout. This year I happened to stumble upon a good one.
I have to order this one. Written by kids and for kids...sold! Written by the kids of The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth.
In my last blog post I shared this little freebie above. Considering I was blogging on the go I had a few technical issues that I normally do not have and I wasn't real sure if that part of my post was clear. So, if you need a little help getting ready for open house, I made these signs and a welcome banner. The best part is that the sign is editable. Which means...you can put anything in the text box and print and you looked like you had a plan all along. What is not to love about that? 
I am looking forward to a little Texas talk with my class this week. We started with the Texas flag last week and I kind of love the twist we put on it this year. My classroom was almost silent when the kids were working on these. The kids were galloping through their work to get to this project. It takes a little time so we work a little on it each day!

Saturday, February 14, 2015



Howdy Kinder Friends,
Welcome to this special edition of all of my favorite things...
Deep in the heart of Texas!
There are so many different things to love about Texas, it is very hard to narrow down just a few of the highlights from such a special place I call...home.
If you were here I would welcome you with a slice of pecan pie. It is a favorite in Texas. Everyone has their own favorite recipe and version. After all, the pecan tree is our state tree. As a child I knew pecans were something to treasure. I might have picked a few that were not ready to be picked a time or two. Lesson learned when I had green stained hands!
I think the best thing about Texas is the weather that allows you enjoy our beautiful state outdoors. There is nothing better than exploring Texas outdoors. We have something for everybody to enjoy.
 You would think that having lived in Texas almost my entire life, I would have explored every inch of this beautiful state. It has always been a childhood dream to see it all. But in reality, I hadn't seen very much of the place I call home. But that has all changed within the past year. My family and I bought a trailer, hit the road, brought our cameras, laptop and kicked up some dust to see the sights and explore the beauty of Texas and fulfill my childhood dream.
Grab some sweet Texas peach tea and sit back and let me share with you some of the beauty that is found in...
Texas Our Texas!
One of the best ways to explore Texas outdoors is through the Texas Parks and Wildlife state parks.
 The Texas Parks and Wildlife system in such a treasure within itself. This program is not only is rich in history but has preserved Texas treasures for generations to discover. Chances are if you are reading this you are a teacher and maybe a teacher in Texas. If you are near a state park, you might want to look into the educational programs they offer. Exploring in a state park would bring out the inner teacher in anybody as you explore all that Texas has to offer.
Within each state park you will discover beautiful landscapes and landforms and depending on the season, you will catch a glimpse of the flora and fauna within each park. And each state park is unique and has something different to offer. On my first trip into a Texas state park since my childhood, I was surprised at how many pictures I took. I honestly didn't think I would see as much within one park. I was able to capture so many images that I could bring back to the classroom to discuss landforms, water sources, rocks, plants and animals. These pictures will be visuals as I discuss living things, basic needs, natural resources and landforms of Texas.
 Most of the state parks are close to some major attractions and a short drive to a major city. Trust me, if you plan it right, you are going to have a good time exploring Texas. No matter where you are there is something going on somewhere.
When I am out and about I always am on the hunt for a pond. I look for them everywhere. No matter where in Texas I have been able to find one and take a picture. Ponds are always a great water source and great to use when comparing water clarity in science. If you want to explore water too just click on the images below to get the recording sheet.



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