Thursday, February 27, 2014

3 Million Strong

Fonts by Kevin and Amanda, Tiffany Paper by Sonya DeHart

Click on the image above to visit my store.  Make sure to check out the Test Prep Poster Bundle.  
We are starting Standardized testing in a few weeks.  
When do you start testing? 
Visit me on Facebook for a chance to win the bundle.  I'll use a random number generator to choose a winner tomorrow night at 8 pm MST.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Teaching Tribune: Cards for Kindness {A Linky Party To Spread Smiles...

I'm linking up with The Teaching Tribine for Cards for Kindness this week. The Teaching Tribune: Cards for Kindness {A Linky Party To Spread Smiles...: We are SO excited to share this new linky party with you - Cards for Kindness! As Valentine's Day approaches, we hope you will join us in spreading some smiles, love, and happiness to those in your teaching community this year! We know our students love making Valentine's for their friends and decorating Valentine's bags and boxes for their classroom parties.  But we think Valentine's Day is also the perfect opportunity to get your students involved in spreading kindness and a much needed smile to those around them. 

Giving Valentine's to those who need a smile or a brightened day is the perfect opportunity to teach your kids about kindness, empathy, and generosity.  My first graders and I are going to be making Valentine's for a nursing home within the community I teach in.  My kids are so excited to participate in this random act of kindness!

We're asking other teachers and teacher-bloggers to join us!  Simply set aside some time one day to make Valentine's with your class.  Allow your students to have some fun making their Valentine's for those in need!  It won't take long and will surely be a great class experience!

Choose a group or organization in your students' community to give the Valentines' to! Simply drop them off on your way home from work or mail them to a nearby organization.

Here are some ideas of places to give or send your Cards for Kindness to:
-nursing home
-group of Veterans
-a soldier you know who is overseas
-nearby children's hospital
-community firemen and police departments
-women's shelter.

Linking up with us is easy!

-Simply take pictures of the Valentine's your class makes.  
-Give them to the group of your choice that needs some happiness, love, and smiles this Valentine's Day!  
-Blog about the cards you sent and who you decided to share them with.  
-Link up your blog post below to share your Cards for Kindness with the blogging community and link back to us so others can link up too! 

Link up anytime between now and February 23rd!

*If you do not have a blog but would like to participate, upload your picture of the cards you created on Facebook and tag us in it! Visit our Facebook page by clicking HERE.

We hope you will participate with us in Cards for Kindness! 
Let's spread some kindness this Valentine's Day. :)

From all of your friends at The Teaching Tribune,

Spread smiles, happiness, love, and compassion with your students this Valentine's Day!

Visit The Teaching Tribune to link up! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Crafting Connections: I just might be at your school... {FREEBIE!}

Deb Hansen at Crafting Connections is in Scholastic's Instructor AMAZING is that?  I have done Classroom Tested/Student Approved with her in the past.  See my post about that here.

Here's Deb's post about Craftivities...

Crafting Connections: I just might be at your school... {FREEBIE!}: Do you get Scholastic's Instructor magazine at your school?  If so, you'll have to check out the latest Winter issue!  (I'm told told it's being delivered to schools this week.)

I am one of several teachers featured in an article about craftivities!  Yes, ME!  Yours truly!  :)

If you don't typically get your hands on a printed copy of this magazine, here's a link to the article posted online at Scholastic's website:

Screenshot of my craftivity featured in the article!

I can't tell you how excited I am to be featured in a magazine article that gets distributed to schools throughout the United States!

To "celebrate" this event, I am turning my Antonyms craftivity into a FLASH FREEBIE!  It will be free to download at TpT through midnight 
on Friday, February 14!

If you snatch it while it's free, I kindly ask you to "deposit" some positive feedback while you're there!  :)

That's it for now,

Friday, February 7, 2014

Heart of Roswell

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Kelly from put together an amazing fundraiser on TPT for the families of the school shooting victims from Roswell, NM. Two middle school students were shot by a classmate while sitting in the gym. Several Top Sellers on TPT have donated some of their amazing resources.  The K-2 Bundle is $15 and the 3-5 bundle is $10. Here are some of the things you will get from each bundle...

Also, I'm meeting up with a few NM bloggers tomorrow for our NM Blogventure.  We are going to be sharing Valentine's Day crafts, lessons, and treats.  We will be sharing our ideas this week, so make sure to come back to visit!

Also, if you donate $10 to Make a Wish and comment on my blog I'll match your donation and give you a freebie from my store.  Don't forget to leave your email! 
Make a Wish

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Mexico Bloggers

Email me at if you'd like to join us.  We're going to do a Valentine's Craft/Lesson share and a Treat Exchange.  

If you'd like to participate in the Treat Exchange, but don't live in the area, that's okay.  Just comment below and I'll partner you with another blogger.  Then we can share about our treats on the 15th!

Also, our school is doing a Make-a-Wish Fundraiser.  My class collected close to $800 last year.  Our goal is to collect $1,000 this year.  We'd appreciate your help if you can.  I'll match all $10 donations and you can even choose something from my TPT store.  Just comment below if you donate and let me know what you'd like from my store. Don't forget to leave an email..  Every $1 counts!  Thanks so much for taking the time to help.

Make a Wish
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Make a Wish, Pink Shirt Day, and Valentine's Treat Bags

Please, please, please share a link today on your blog, Facebook, Twitter accounts, or any other social media you are using.  My posts today are about Make a Wish and Anti-Bullying.  Let's all work together to help out and take a stand!  Make sure to read all the way through and join us to get a little treat for yourself...

My class is collecting money for Make a Wish.  Last year we raised over $800!  I'd love to beat  that this year. Please let me know if you'd like to donate!  I'll match all $10 donations! 

David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied, for wearing a pink shirt. They took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school.
‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”

Visit Runde's Room for more information on this adorable craft below. I'm spreading the word at my school with my Student Council kiddos.  Please share and think pink! 

Also, if you want to partner with someone for a Valentine's Treat Bag, please comment below.  I'll partner you with a blogging buddy and we can share pics of our treats after Valentine's Day!  Let's plan on about $15 including shipping.