Sunday, 17 August 2014

How Do We Get Home?

I don't know about you, but the end of the day {especially during the first week back to school} can be hectic! We have five different busses and one bus that comes back and does a second run. We have walkers and bikers, car pickups and daycares... I used to just write a list of who went where at the end of the day, but then what do you do when something changes? So and so is walking instead of going on the bus. So and so is getting picked up today. So and so is riding her bike. It can change day to day! How to organize it all? A clip chart! I put together this transportation clip chart to use in my classroom. It has colourful, circular, chevron posters. Glue the posters to a piece of ribbon and use clothespins with your students' names written on them.

I put together the clip chart in a little pack for you. There are ten pre-programmed posters (title, daycare, car, walk, boys & girls club, carpool, leaving early or appointment, bike, and bus). There are two bus cards you can edit with your own text (add bus names or numbers) and four blank posters you can add you own text and pictures to. Click any of the pictures below to check it out!

Happy Back to School everyone!! :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Meet the Teacher Blogger {Linky}

How fun is this?? I love reading about all the other bloggers. Hopefully you get a little more insight into me with this post! If you haven't checked it out, Stephanie over at Falling Into First is hosting this fun "Meet the Teacher Blogger". Go check it out!

Here's a little about me. I live in the country with my new hubby, our 4.5 month old baby girl Zoe, our two labs Bella and Molly, and our two cats, Oscar and Ashley. I am Canadian, so I try to make resources that appeal to Canadian teachers. I have been teaching for seven years; the last three years have been in first grade and it's where I want to stay! I am taking the next year off to stay home with my baby girl, but then will be going back to first grade next school year! I am excited to spend all this time at home, but I'm already starting to miss the classroom a bit! I get my school fix my following all my favourite bloggers and creating more resources to use next fall! :)

Q: These are a few of my favorite things...

A: my baby girl, my family, my friends, Tim Horton’s iced capps, Kawaii Crepe, picture books, puppies, camping, roller coasters, zoos, blogging, teaching, post-it notes, and ice cream

Q: If you weren't a teacher, what would you want to be?

A: Definitely a librarian. I love books. In high school I worked in our public library on weekends and I just loved it! I love the organization of the books and I always found some new titles to put on my reading list!

Q: Three little words that describe you.

A: loving, creative, organized 

Q: Finish the sentence, "________,  said no teacher ever!!"

A: “I love indoor recess!” said no teacher ever!! 

Q: It's your birthday and you can invite anyone {dead or alive} to the party. Who are you inviting?

A: My Uncle Devon. We’re actually the same age and grew up together. He went missing over five years ago and nobody has heard from him since. I wish I could send him an invite…

Q: If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?

A: Happy To Be Me

Q: You get to pick one superpower. What is it?

Super speed! So much to do, so little time!!

Q: What's your favorite quote or saying?

A: That Dr. Seuss was one smart man.

Q: If you had to sing one song on American Idol, what would it be? 

A: The only songs I sing right now are nursery rhymes. Zoe likes “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” the best. :P

I’d probably sing “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane. One of my favourites!!
Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Definite night owl. I hate mornings. I wish school started at noon.

Q: What's your favorite resource that you've created in your tpt shop?

A: Definitely my Christmas Around the World pack. It's my best seller and always such a hit at Christmas time! My students love learning about tradition around the world!

Q: Share something we might not know about you! 

A: I worked at Perkins for seven years while in University and my first two years of substitute teaching! Even after all that time, I still love their breakfast. But I only go there once in a while now! Pancakes anyone?

Alright, now it's your turn! Click the button below to check out Stephanie's fun linky party.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Blast Off Back to School Sale and New Products!

First up, if you haven't heard yet, it's the big TpT Back to School sale! 28% off everything in my store when you use the promo code BTS14. Click the picture to go check out my store!

If you follow me on Facebook, you got a sneak peak of some new products I added to my store this past week. All of these products will be included in the Back to School sale, even the two new mega bundle packs!! First up, three new math centre packs.

First Grade Halloween Math Centres practice skills such as number order, non-standard measurement, sorting patterns, ten frames, comparing numbers, one more, teen number formation, subtraction, and odd & even numbers. Click any of the pictures to check it out on TpT.

First Grade Fall Math Centres work on representing numbers (tally marks & dots), ordering numbers, estimation & area, skip counting by 20's, number order, comparing sets, making ten, tally marks, and creating repeating patterns. Click one of the pictures to check it out.

First Grade Camping Math Centres.... I love having a camp-themed week at the end of the year, so these are perfect review centres for the end of the year! The skills covered are balanced equations, counting on, addition, fact families, extending repeating patterns, subtraction, skip counting by 2's, doubles plus one, and number words. Click a picture to check it out.

If you are looking to get math stations set up for the entire year, I have all 11 of my seasonal math centre packs bundled together in one convenient pack. If you buy the mega bundle you get my Back 2 School, Halloween, Fall, Christmas, Winter, Valentine, March, Easter, Spring, Summer, and Camping packs! Each pack has 9 centres, so that's 99 centres in total! You also save 11 bucks when you buy them all together. (If you wait until the 4th or 5th you can get an extra 28% off that price as well!!)

I also bundled my matching word work centres. Save $10 when you buy the mega bundle! That's a total of 55 word work centres to go with your Daily 5 or literacy centre time for the entire year!

And last up, I created a fun rainbow polka dot classroom decor set. This set includes posters for the alphabet, numbers to 20, number words to 120, colours, 2D and 3D shapes, months, days of the week, and a set of calendar numbers. There are also polka dot pennant banners for each set of posters and welcome to __ grade banner! Most of the posters/pennants are full page (8.5x11") but you can scale your printing to make them whatever size you want... print two to a page to get half-sized posters! The months and days of the week are half page (4.25x11") and the calendar numbers are 2.5x2.5". This pack is 190 pages of polka dot fun!! Click any of the pictures to check it out on TpT.

This pack actually coordinates perfectly with my best-selling phonics cards. The alphabet line from the above pack uses the same pictures as the phonics cards for a cohesive look. The only difference is the above alphabet has proper lined letter formation and the consonants only have one picture and the vowel posters have two (short and long sounds).

Saturday, 2 August 2014

August Currently

It's time link up with Farley for August Currently!

Go link up! :)

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Show Me Your Teacher Bag!

I'm linking up with Jen over at Teacher by the Beach for her linky "Show Me Your Teacher Bag!". I love seeing all the different bags and hearing everyone's take on the pros and cons of each type of bag.

I'm going to show you two of my bags! First up is just a thin canvas bag that I got from Zazzle with my personalized Melonheadz on it! (You may have seen it on Instagram already... if not, follow me @1stgradegarden). I love the way it turned out. I'm just going to use it for bringing important papers to and from school.

Next up is my everyday bag. I've traded in my purse and teacher tote for a diaper bag for the next year. Seeing as I carry this bag with my everywhere, I decided I needed to get a super cute one. And that I did. This is my Stella Diaper Bag from Maranda Lee on etsy. I just love the grey chevron with teal accents. It even has a matching change pad!

Look at how much room there is inside! There is a pocket for everything! I think I might even continue to use it as a purse/teacher tote when I go back to school. I love that it zips up as well.

It's got an awesome key ring on the side, so I never lose my keys!! Unless I forget to clip them on. Ooopsie!

And I've got a pocket on the back for my cell phone. Love, love, love this bag!

That's it for me today! What's in your bag? 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Back to School Sale

For today and tomorrow, everything in my store is 20% off!! Go check it out {here}.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A BUMP for Every Season

One of my students’ favourite math games to play is BUMP. I have a few different versions I have blogged about before… the most popular ones are Super Mario and Princess BUMP. I made a freebie summer version {here} and a freebie hockey version {here} as well.

It’s a pretty simple game. Here are the rules:

With my math centres and word work centres, I love to have games or centres that just change slightly each month… that way, you only have to teach it once and the students can do it all year long. So I thought to myself… wouldn’t it be fun to have a BUMP game for every holiday?? So I took a break from the million other TpT projects I am working on and made some new versions. These will be perfect for Math With Someone rotations during guided math! You just have to teach the game once in September, then each month you can change the gameboard and it becomes a new centre! Voila! Easy peasy! Click the picture below to check it out on TpT.

I made games for 11 different holidays/seasons: Back to School, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day/Veteran’s Day, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Winter, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Spring, Camping, and Summer.

For each holiday, there are four options: full colour addition, full colour subtraction, black & white addition, or black & white subtraction. If you want to save on coloured ink, just print the black & white versions onto coloured cardstock!

Another great thing about BUMP is that it is very easy to differentiate for students. Just change up the type of dice you give them. Easiest: two dotted dice, medium: one dotted die and one number die, and harder: two number dice!

If you want to try out BUMP with your class, check out the pack on TpT. If you download the preview, you will find the list of holidays, the official rules, and the Back to School addition gameboard for you to try out.

Oh, and if you don’t follow me on Facebook… look what I did this weekend! You are looking at the new Mrs. Ross! :) It was the most beautiful, perfect day I could have asked for. Beautiful weather, awesome family & friends, my darling baby girl, and saying I do to my best friend. It doesn't get better than that! :) Have a great weekend!

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