Thursday, July 24, 2014

Florida Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Orange you glade you are here?! Welcome to sunny Florida! Beautiful beaches, sunny weather (not lately!), and Disney World, of course! I hope you get to learn a little more about me, my home state, and grab some freebies along the way. Make sure to enter to win our Bundles of Sunshine!

So, I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, but I moved to Gainesville after high school to attend the University of Florida (Go Gators!!). At first, I DID NOT like it here! I was used to a completely different pace of life and missed Miami dearly! Especially my family and Cuban coffee! However, after a couple of years, I loved it so much here that I decided to make it my home! Now I have lived here for 12 years!

Albert and Alberta- UF Mascots!

The best time of year in Gainesville is FOOTBALL season! The city is buzzing with excitement. So many of our friends and family come up to tailgate and watch games. It is a blast!!!

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium- Home of the Florida Gators!
I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit more about lil' 'ol me and my home town! Are any of you Gator fans?!

I know that for some of you, summer is winding down...for others, it's in full swing! Either way, being organized and prepared for the new school year is on all of our minds. I want to share a freebie to help you keep track of all your teachery odds and ends. I made my teacher toolbox a couple of years ago, but all my friends and family loved it so much, I decided to make a template, make the toolbox for them, and give some away as gifts! Click on the picture below to download your very own Chevron Toolbox labels

 Remember to check out iSnoop Math Stations at my TPT store, they are on sale this weekend for 20% off, making each one $1.60!!!...and follow my little store while you are there! :)

The Florida teachers below have two fantastic giveaways for you! You can enter once from each one of our pages. All you have to do is follow! Hop around to all the blogs listed below, and be sure to follow them to get more entries. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Each pack also includes a Starbucks gift card!

 I have donated Winner's Choice from my store, so make sure you enter!! :)

Click below to get to meet more Florida teachers, learn more about their hometowns, and collect some FREEBIES! Thanks for visiting, friends! <3

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Keep Calm and Survive Second Grade! A Second Grade Blog Hop ♡

Welcome to the Keep Calm and Survive Second Grade Blog Hop! I have teamed up with some of my favorite second grade bloggers to help you keep calm and carry out the year! We all know how tough this time can be, but with a little help from our fantastic bloggy friends, we can survive this! I hope you get some wonderful ideas and have a truly marvelous end of the year with your littles!

Today I wanted to share with you guys some ideas for end of year gifts for the kiddos! I always want to make my gift thoughtful, useful, and of course, easy on my wallet! Getting goodies for 18 kiddos adds up pretty quickly, so anytime I find something super cheap throughout the year that they would like, I'll buy it (think Target Dollar Spot when everything is like 50% or 75% off!). 

So here's what I do. It all starts with a tote bag from Oriental Trading. You can get 50 of these babies for $34.99! It sounds like alot, but not if you split it with a friend or buy it and have enough for two years! My fabulous teamie and I get together and split the cost. These totes are pretty big and sturdy, which is so nice! 

Okay, so when I receive the bags, I decide what child gets what color. Then, I get some fabric paint and write teach student's name on their bag. I use neon colors and draw something waves, sandals or a sun. I'm telling you guys, they look soooooo cute!! The kids go crazy when they see their tote! You should see them walking around with them! So adorable! They feel so grown up to have their own personalized bag that they can carry around and take everywhere they go all summer! At the end of the post I included a little freebie poem to attach to your tote bag and it was written by yours truly!!! :)

So inside the bag we must have some goodies! This is where you have to get smart, because the little things add up quickly. Throughout the year, I collect my bonus points from Scholastic orders. This time of year, they come in super handy! Using my Scholastic Bonus points, I purchase a book I think my kiddos would really enjoy. Of course, my littles are about to be third graders, so everyone gets a chapter book. This year, Scholastic Reading Club has Sideways Stories from Wayside School for $1.00 (45 points)!!! I was so excited when I saw that, I bought one for each student to put in their tote bag. This is one of their absolute favorite books we read this year, so I know they are really going to enjoy it! 

We got pretty lucky this year because we got pinwheels and gliders donated. They are actually not too pricey if you wanted to get them yourself. Oriental Trading has them 72 for $10. Once again, not too bad if you split it with a friend.

Last year I included a coloring book and a box of crayons for each child because I found coloring books on clearance for 50 cents at some point. I have not come across that deal this year, but if you do, that would be an amazing surprise to throw in there!

Another fun little addition would be a Kool-Aid Jammer. They have them at Wal-Mart for $2.78 (last time I checked) for a pack of 10. Add an adorable Pinteresty tag that says "Have a Kool Summer" and Voila! Another little simple addition to the tote.

Alrighty, so I feel like the Pièce de résistance in the tote bag is our End of the Year Slideshow CD. Every student gets a slideshow CD in their tote bag. Pictures and videos collected from our entire year are pieced together in chronological order to go into this little slideshow. I make sure it has some good music (Happy will definitely be on there this year as well as Katy Perry's Roar and a few hits from Frozen :)).  

I place the CD in a craft paper bag (they have all kinds of gorgeous patterns and colors at Jo-Ann's or Michael's) and seal it with a cute piece of Washi tape, then print a gift tag label and stick it to the front. I wish I had pictures of all of this from last year!! It was before my bloggy days, so please forgive my lack of visuals. I will definitely post them as soon as I make this year's though!!

Thank you so much for staying with me and reading through this post! I hope that you got some ideas and that they were helpful in some way. Click the picture below for the poem to attach to the tote. I hope you like the poem! If you do any of this, I would love to see how it turns out! :)
 Please go see my beautiful and talented friend, Amanda, at Teaching Maddeness. She has a wonderful End of Year post for you. Click below to head to her marvelous blog and keep on hopping!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2nd Grade Product Swap & Blog Hop

Welcome to the second grade product swap and blog hop! EIGHTEEN wonderful second grade bloggers have joined together to swap and review each other's products. Best of all, we are giving away all of the products to one lucky winner!  

If you are looking for the start of the hop, head over to see Casey at Second Grade Math Maniac to start hopping. As you check out all the fabulous products, make sure to follow each blog on Bloglovin' as well.  There will be a Rafflecopter at the last stop.  This is where you can enter to win all of the products being reviewed!

I had the pleasure of teaming up with the fabulous Marcy from Saddle up for Second Grade for the swap.

How lucky am I?! She has some awesome stuff in her store, but I decided I needed her Place Value Activity Pack. It is a concept that my second graders need to review and practice throughout the year.

This unit is jam-packed with awesome activities! Here are the activities included in the amazing pack:

1. I Spy Place Value- Students search around the room for each place value card and record their answer on recording sheets.

2. Mystery Numbers- Task cards with mystery number description, students use their recording sheet to figure out the number.

3. Place Value Memory- students play memory with a partner or by themselves to match the correct number card with its matching base ten card.

4. I Have, Who Has- 20 cards for students to play I Have, Who Has whole class or in a station.

5. Place Value Slap Attack- Super fun, 3-player place value game.

I love them all! I have Place Value Memory in a Math Station as a review and my students love it! They have so much fun trying to remember where they saw the card they need! Here are a few pictures of my students playing Place Value Memory:

If they were done with the Memory game early, I let them play Mystery Numbers. I took the recording sheet and laminated it so they could use it with dry erase markers. They also like to bring their personal whiteboard to their station so they can draw their HTO chart and write the numbers as they hear them.

When all of my students have gone through this Place Value Memory rotation, I am going to change it to the I Spy Place Value. I know my students are going to love it! They definitely love moving around the room with a clipboard, it makes them feel so grown-up. :)

Thank you, Marcy, for letting me review your fantastic Place Value pack! My students love the activities and so do I! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Click the button below to head over to Marcy's blog and remember to go til' the end for the fabulous giveaway!