Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Motivational Posters

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My family certainly did, and I have so many things to be thankful for: my wonderful family, my children, our health, my friends, the blessing of teaching fourth grade, my church, and my Savior Jesus Christ. I also feel so blessed to have you follow my little blog and my TpT store. Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog, followed me on Pinterest, followed my store, and downloaded my freebies. This little blogging and TpT adventure has turned out to be amazing, and I am so blessed to have this opportunity!

As a small gift to you, I have my newest listing for free today (Saturday). I love Christmas, and I love Christmas decorations, but to be honest, after decorating my house, it is sometimes hard to get motivated or find the time to decorate my classroom for Christmas. Well, I think these little posters are just the answer. They are perfect to simply print, laminate(if you wish...I prefer to simply print out on card stock.), and hang on a bulletin board or wall. Instant decorating made simple. They will add that touch of Christmas to your classroom while helping to motivate your students to stay on track during this busy and distracting month. You can grab yours for free here. It's not much, but I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Have a blessed weekend!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Doggie Haiku Poems

I can't believe it is already November! October simply flew by.  I wanted to stop by and show you something we have been up to in our classroom. This week we worked on poetry in our reading classes. For fun, I read the class Dogku by Andrew Clements. By the way, I love Andrew Clements' chapter books, and Frindle is one of my favorites. Dogku is very different from most of his other books. This is a sweet story about a dog, but as the title suggests, each page is written as a haiku poem. After reading the book, students drew doggie pictures and wrote their own dog haikus. I thought these turned out very sweet.
This was such a simple activity, but my students really seemed to enjoy writing their poems.
Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Border Winners

Congratulations Emily L. and Brittany D.! You are the winners of my geometric borders! Thank you to all who visited and left comments!

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Let's Give Away Some Borders!

I have just uploaded my newest packet of borders: Geometric Borders. This fun packet is part of my Geometric Borders Bundle (formerly September Border Hoarders Surprise). If you would like to try to win this set of borders, simply leave a comment on this page, and I will randomly choose a winner on Thursday. If more than 20 comments are left, I will choose 2 winners! Be sure to leave a link to your blog or your email address in case you win! If you would like to purchase these borders, just click the here for the borders or click here to purchase the huge bundle.
This set of borders will be the special touch that you have been looking for to add to your worksheets, newsletters, and classroom creations!
Have a blessed weekend!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Dollar Days: Saturday and Sunday!

I hope your school year is going well! We are off to a great start, and to celebrate, I am offering a Dollar Deal Day today! Simply visit my TpT store and purchase any of these items below for a deal of $1.



Chevron Motivational Posters Set 2
These fun and colorful posters will not only add that special touch to your wall or bulletin board, but they will also inspire your students with positive messages.
Sunshine Clipart By Kelly B.'s Clipart
This set of sunshine clipart will be perfect for your next classroom or TpT creation!
Candy Corn Clipart by Kelly B.
This is one of my favorites! This fun set of candy corn clipart will be perfect for your fall creations!

Page Dividers Clipart By Kelly B.
Finally, you'll love these page dividers! They will add that special touch to your worksheets, handouts, etc.  Don't miss out on Dollar Days!
Have a blessed weekend!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Beautiful Bulletin Boards

I teach with some wonderful ladies (and 1 gentleman). They are dedicated, caring, and so creative! These are a sample of the bulletin boards that adorn our hallways this year thanks to the creativity of our teachers. This rainbow bulletin board is beautiful! I love the little clear marbles that are hung from the cloud as raindrops! Also, the saying is a reminder that I need each and every day.

I love this creative sunshine bulletin board! It is simply stunning!


This is the bulletin board in our 4th grade hall. I like how bright and cheerful that it is!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Favorite Read Alouds for the First Week of School

I always say that it takes two weeks for everyone to get settled in at the beginning of school. Routines are established, schedules are in place, students and teachers are settled in. I think we are now reaching that point, and now we are ready for a year of learning!

Now that I am settled in, I have the chance to share some of my favorite first week read alouds with you. There are so many wonderful picture books to choose from. These are the books I chose to share with my kiddos this year.


Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind is the book that I chose to share with my class to discuss finding those just right books and becoming a classroom of readers this year. This is such a cute book that students and teachers can both relate to. I know many of us have probably searched and searched for books for students just like Miss Malarkey.

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon is such a sweet book for a lesson on respect and treating others with kindness. It is a great follow up to our classroom rules introduction.

A cockroach is the most unlikely character that I would normally want to read about, but in Crickwing there are so many wonderful lessons to be discussed about bullying, treating others with respect, and working together, that I completely forget by the end of the story that Crickwing is a cockroach. If you haven't read this book, it is a great one to read.

My Mouth is a Volcano has been on my wishlist for a couple of years, and this summer I finally purchased it. It is a very cute book that even my fourth graders enjoyed, and learned from the message in the story. It is a great book for a discussion on how to work and talk with our partners and in our groups. Very cute!

I always enjoy reading First Day Jitters to my class. It is such a fun book that I think it is a great ice-breaker for the very first day of school. It helps to get us all relaxed and settled in, and helps to calm all of our jitters on the first day.

Over the years I have changed read alouds. This was the first year that I did not read Chrysanthemum, which is one of my all time favorites. I'm sure I'll come back to it later in the year, perhaps when we study character traits.

What are some of your favorite first week read alouds? There are so many great books out there! Do you have any new ones that you have discovered and tried?