Friday, June 24, 2016

Congratulations, Penelope W.! You are the winner of the TpT gift card and Bee Themed Motivational Posters! Thanks to everyone who entered!
Have a blessed day!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bee Themed Motivational Posters and Giveaway!

Today is the first giveaway that I am offering this summer, and I am giving away one $20 TpT gift card as well as my new Bee Themed Motivational Poster Set to one lucky winner! I know if you are like me, you are already reading, thinking, and planning about the upcoming school year. Hopefully, this gift card and poster set can help make your planning a little easier!


I am in love with my new bee themed classroom set! This motivational posters set is a part of a complete bundle that can transform your classroom into a stunning and eye-popping room!  Check it out here at my store!
Now, to win the Motivational Posters(not the classroom décor set) and the $20 gift card, simply enter the Rafflecopter below! Be sure to tell a friend about this giveaway! 
Have a blessed day, and thanks for entering!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hi there!  I hope you are having a wonderful summer...well, it is almost officially summer, and it definitely feels like summer where I live. Also, we have been out of school a couple of weeks now, so summertime is here for my family. To celebrate I have a few things in store for you in the coming weeks. I will be uploading new products to my store. Be sure to follow my store and check daily because I will be offering each item 1/2 price the first day. The items will include classroom décor and borders! I also plan to have a small giveaway for most items that I upload this summer, so be sure to visit my blog often to have a chance to win!

If you haven't visited my store recently, you may have missed out on my latest products.
 Border Hoarders (and More!) Bundle #3

I am super excited about my latest Border Hoarders! This entire set is arrow themed. Not only will this set contain 1 set of borders, but it will also contain a huge variety of arrows in a wide selection of colors. I mean, who doesn't love arrows? This is a perfect for your classroom creations! In fact, I couldn't wait! I have some classroom décor items coming soon using a few of these clipart designs. Check these out in my store now.

Another fun set that I recently uploaded is my Bee Themed Easy to Do Classroom Décor Bundle.  This is a perfect classroom décor set for grades 2-5! So many of the classroom decor sets have items that I don't need as an upper grade level teacher (color sets, numbers, etc.). This set is designed to make decorating easy. I included 2 easy print, cut out,  and put up bulletin boards. The first is my parts of speech bulletin board, this time in a bee theme, and the second is a set of bee themed motivational posters that I know that you and your students will love! An objectives bulletin board is also included with this set. Hang on the bulletin board, or simply tape to your white board for making easy changes daily. Three sizes of editable labels are included so that you can create nametags, book labels, notebook labels, calendar pieces, book bin labels, etc. It is up to you! A Welcome banner as well as All About Me (Bee themed of course) Posters for your students to create their first week of school. Continue the bee theme through the end of the year with a bee themed memory book.

Bee Themed Easy to Do Classroom Decor Bundle
Remember to check out my blog and my store frequently this summer for fun giveaways and fabulous buys!
Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free Borders

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you for all that you do for your students! Teaching can be so rewarding, yet I know we all face challenges and have so many responsibilities that it can be difficult at times too. It is nice to feel appreciated, so I want you to know that you are appreciated. You make a difference everyday. Thank you! If you will visit my TpT store, I have created a few borders for FREE just for you. Just click on the picture below and go pick them up.
If you have not purchased my first sets of borders, you might be interested in my Borders Super Bundle. This bundle not only contains almost 400 of my best selling borders, but it will also save you $$!

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Children's Art Activity: Rainbow Art

This month has been a whirlwind! I know that you are probably feeling the same way, too. This time of year is always so busy and hectic. We have had softball games almost every night during April  (which have been a joy to watch my youngest play!). We have had testing (so glad that's over!), and this next week is not any less busy! We have a school-wide dance/music performance that has been taking place for over 50 years. In fact, I performed in these Spring Festivals when I attended this school in elementary. Each year is a different theme. Some themes I remember over the years include: the circus, holidays, Disney, music genres, fairy tales, and children's books. This year's theme is the Olympics, and each grade will perform a dance. It is a huge, school-wide event with all elementary students participating.

My crazy week ahead looks something like this: Monday we will be practicing all morning, and the program is Monday night. Tuesday is our only normal day this week. Wednesday we have our monthly 1/2 day. Students leave at 12:00 so that the teachers can have professional development, RTI meetings, etc. the rest of the day. (This day is super busy and like double-duty. I'm always exhausted after a 1/2 day.) Thursday is our field day, and Friday we have a field trip. Whew! I'm exhausted just thinking about it, but I'll just take one day at a time, and one step at a time and find the enjoyment in the small moments!

With all of the busyness at school, I've had little time to blog. I have had some things, however, that I have wanted to share with you. During testing week, I always like to do at least one art activity. It seems that there is little to no time for any type of art during the school year, so I always try to take advantage of the time after testing to do a fun project. This year we created rainbow art collages.


The first step was to create an interesting and unusual rainbow. I gave each student a piece of white paper, and asked them to draw a creatively shaped rainbow as large as the paper. I showed them how to start with one wavy line. Then they skipped a space and drew another wavy line following the same shape as the previous line. They did this until they had 8 wavy lines drawn. (You can see some of the creative shapes above and below.) Next, they colored their rainbows in he appropriate rainbow colors (ROYGBIV). This art project would go great with the study of light. We talked about how a rainbow is formed and how a rainbow is actually a circle, but we only see part of this circle. Our science teacher had already done a fabulous job covering light, so this was a fun review for my kiddos. They enjoyed sharing with me what they had learned in science.
After this, the students cut out cloud shapes from white paper.
Then they cut out raindrops from blue construction paper.

Finally, they glued all of the pieces onto a large piece of black construction paper. I chose the black construction paper because I thought it made all of the bright colors of the rainbows pop.

Sometimes, it is so nice to be able to do art! I think I want to be an art teacher when I grow up! ;)
With the end of the school year quickly approaching, be sure to check out all of the memory books in my store. I have my Owl Themed End of the Year Memory PagesHopping Through Memories of My School Year, or

I hope you have a very blessed weekend!

Monday, March 14, 2016

New Borders

I have found that I just love creating borders. My mind is often spinning with ideas for new designs. It may sound strange, but I think my background in crochet and embroidery has helped to inspire many ideas for borders. I actually learned how to crochet when I was a little girl. My grandmother and my mother both helped to teach me. Over the years I have crocheted many blankets, doilies, pot holders, and angels. Although I haven't crocheted in several years, I'd love to find time to make something new.

One reason I no longer have time to crochet is because I enjoy spending my extra time now creating borders. (I have always enjoyed creating things with my hands, whether it is sewing, crocheting, or crafting.) I have been working on 5 new sets that will be a part of my new Border Hoarders Bundle #2! If you have not checked this out, you may want to visit my store, and grab this at the best deal! You will have a week to purchase this before the first set is uploaded and the price increases. Be sure to read the product description for some clues to this bundle.
Have a blessed week!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Bookmarks for Reading Comprehension

I am so excited about a new product that I have been working on for quite some time: Reading Comprehension Bookmarks. I really found a need for these bookmarks after considering a question that was posed to me, "How are you holding your students accountable for independent reading and partner reading?" Out of this question came Reading Comprehension Bookmarks.
These bookmarks contain information about reading skills and strategies on one side. On the other side is a type of  "mini graphic organizer" for students to complete about that skill. My students have loved these! They are wonderful for a quick assessment of students' comprehension and understanding! Also, they are aligned with the Common Core Standards for grades 3-5.
Be sure to grab these up now. This is a growing bundle! Currently, the bookmarks for Standard 1 are uploaded. Bookmarks for each of the other Reading Literature Standards (2,3,4,5,6,7,9, and 10) will be uploaded over the next several weeks. Purchase now for the best savings, because as new sets are added, the price will increase.

These bookmarks are great for
✔independent reading
✔partner reading
✔small groups
✔literature circles
✔student accountability
✔exit slips
✔and more!
I hope you check these out at my store!
Have a blessed day!