Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thank you Blogger Bash Sponsors!


Our Teacher Blogger Meet Up was a HUGE success!! It was loud, it was crazy, and it was a completely full house, but that didn't stop everyone from having an incredibly fun time.   There were SOOOO many people there, and believe it or not, I’m kind of a shy person! I was happy just standing in the corner – too many people in a room makes for a nervous me!

Natalie (What the Teacher Wants) took over 200 pictures of the event! You can see many of the photos on their Facebook page!
Besides meeting such amazing bloggers and teachers, the best part of the meet up was all of the amazing prizes that were donated from our sponsors!
Here are all of our generous friends who offered prizes for our meet up:


Be sure to take a minute to visit all of these Sponsors websites!
Thank you to everyone who came to this event! We appreciate everyone who was able to come and mingle with us. We're already thinking about next year's meet up, so start saving your money for next year's Vegas meet up!!
Feeling sad that you couldn't join us this year? Wishing you could win some of these fabulous surprises?
Well, lucky for you, the package from Erin Condren arrived a day too late :(   But, because of that, we are able to offer everyone a chance to win a $50 gift card from Erin Condren!  You might want to get yourself one of these amazing teacher planners or clipboards!
Erin Condren was so kind to send me this gorgeous teacher planner and clipboard.  You definitely need to get your hands on one!
There are so many amazing styles! Hop on over to her website to check them out!
and SO many more styles!!
Take a peek inside too:
Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win one of the gift cards!!
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Here are the wonderful ladies who made this meet up possible and helped us line up such amazing sponsors.

(Not pictured: Kathleen Pedersen)
Ack? Where was I? They must have snapped this when I ran up to my room to change for the event!
*To see more pictures from the meet up, visit the

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It’s Calendar Time!!!

Here it is friends! My most favorite unit that I’ve ever made is on sale for 2 days.  I use it of the school year.  There was blood, sweat, and tears when I made this bad boy.  My brain hurt after I was done.  And now….I’m moving to first grade and get to make it all over again!!

I promise it will be done before the school year starts, and I’m heading to New York next week, and I won’t be able to start it before then.  If you are a first grade teacher and have suggestions for what I should include, please comment below!

So, on to it…calendar time.

I don’t use a calendar wall anymore.  I just display the necessities. A date above our daily schedule, and a large calendar with the expanded date above it.  I keep it simple on the wall because we complete our calendar on my Interactive White Board.  The kids don’t often refer to the calendar wall anyway. If they need to refer to something, they go to their calendar binders.


Speaking of calendar binders….here it is:

It's Calendar Time! Daily Calendar Book

In September, we start with just these 4 pages.  SUPER simple.  I usually model the calendar whole for a couple of weeks before I introduce the binders.  Because it’s scary.  You HAVE TO TAKE IT SLOW.  Otherwise you might cry.  You really have to understand that they are just learning this, and it will get easier, I promise.  Just take it slow, and breathe :)



We do everything together.  I do, they do, and I walk around and check.  Remember, they’ve been watching and doing it interactively with me for a couple of weeks, so they know what to expect.  By the time they get their binders, they are SO excited!


(I’m working on figuring out a way I can make these flipcharts for all of you! Stay tuned!)

As we progress through the year, I include more and more in their binders and the skills increase.  We always do it together, and they get used to the routine.  By the time the year is done, they are pros!



There are 2 different types of pages included in the pack.  This year, my kiddos had a hard time complete the “all in one” page (scroll down), so I broke it down into individual pages.  This was much more manageable for them. Last year, no problem.  This year they needed this extra support.


These are the “all in one” pages.  The skills progress each month, but I added some programmable pages just in case your kiddos need to work on the same skills for another month.



We keep our pages in these 1/2” clear front binders. I put the monthly song (not included in the pack, but working on bundling them!) in the front, and also add a pencil pouch to the inside.


Phew…any questions so far?!  All of the songs are available for free on my blog.  Just do a google search for them.  I wasn’t very good at tagging them! Sorry!

If you are in need of a calendar wall because you don’t have an IWB, I have created one that corresponds to the calendar binder activities.


I do have these available in a few different colors.  If you’re looking for a different color combo, let me know, but I won’t be able to get it done before the sale is over.  Sorry :)

Some have expressed concerns about copying and being restricted on the amount of paper.  I totally get it.  We are lucky that we are not restricted.  In fact, when I do the invidivual pages with my kids, I copy the pages on cardstock.  Here is my suggestion:


In fact, I *might* try this with my firsties this year.  Still thinking it through!

So, if you think you want to give it a go, head on over to my little shop.  Everything calendar will be on sale this weekend.image

It's Calendar Time! Daily Calendar Book Daily Calendar Bundle

Daily Calendar Kit {Blue and Green}

Daily Calendar Kit {Purple and Green} 

Daily Calendar Kit {Yellow and Blue} Daily Calendar Kit {Red and Black}

Daily Calendar Kit {Yellow and Green}Daily Calendar Kit {Pink and Green}

Daily Calendar Kit {Black and White} Daily Calendar Kit {Navy and Green}

Click on the image below to see all of my calendar items in my shop:

Leader Board Banner

Hope you have an amazing weekend! I am heading to pick up my daughter who has just spent two weeks studying Norwegian at Concordia Language Villages.  If you would like your child to learn a language, Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, MN is THE place to do it! This is her 5th year at camp, and she looks forward to it EVERY year.  There are children that fly in from all over the US for this camp – I HIGHLY recommend it! There are many languages available, not just Norwegian!

Click on the image below to learn more!

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