Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School Sale!!

Get ready to go shopping!!! On Aug 18 & 19 it's tpt's back to school sale and everything in my store is 20% off. Plus with the code: BTS13 you get an extra 10%. I'm so stinkin excited!
thanks Krista for the sign!

Here is a quick look at some of my favorite products in my little store. Click on the picture to preview on tpt.

First is my best selling product. This is the easiest and funnest way to teach little minds about the Constitution. Read my post about it here. Love, love, love this little mini unit.
Next is my Unit on how neighborhoods and communities have changed. It includes fun ideas on how to create a Pioneer Day from long ago in your classroom. My students LOVED this last year!

Who doesn't love snowmen? This adorable writing activity has everything you need to create this. Seriously...all you do is press print. It would also be a great sub emergency lesson to have on hands. I got amazing stories and my students were thrilled to create their own melted snowman.

This resource includes an amazing and adorable craft to help your students skip count. It also has math tub ideas and practice/assessment sheets. My students refer to skippy all year!
And I have lots more for FREE in my store. And if you like what you see, follow my store for lots more activities coming soon. {Last year I worked on getting my national board certification so it really slowed my tpt products down}.
Enjoy shopping tomorrow!!!



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back to School Freebies!

It's back to school time!!! Teachers in our county start back on Monday. Of course I'm going through the normal roller coaster of emotions that all of us go through at this time each year...excited, sad, excited, nervous, excited, overwhelmed...
I've been working on a few things that I want to share with you.
The first is a back to school gift that I  am using with my kids this year. I bought a big pack of suckers for cheap and made these SWEET labels.
Click on the pic to get these labels for free.
The next is a sign that I made for my classroom bathroom. I think I said this a thousand times last year so maybe a poster in the bathroom will help them remember. Here's hoping...
Click on the pic to get it free.
And last I made a power point presentation to run while students are in my room for meet the teacher. Sweet Aimee from Primarily Speaking created this little adorable power point template for free. Go to her blog to get yours too. Here is what I did with mine.

Don't you love the letter to the students? I got the idea from this pin.

The font I used is KG Lego House.

I also wrote a post last year about more meet the teacher and back to school ideas. Click here to read about it.
Good luck!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Teacher Week: Classroom Tour

I'm linking up with blog hoppin for teacher week!
Today is the 'ol classroom tour. I love looking at other teacher's amazing classrooms so this is going to be my favorite day.
Before I begin with mine, keep in mind that our students don't come for another two my room still has some polishing until she shines just right, but here is what I have so far.
Photos are taken on my quality is not so much. sorry!
Here is where I house all my word work activities.

This  is my door going out into the hall. I have my helper for the day chart, behavior clip chart, how we get home chart, and baskets for BEE books.

Here's a look at ALL my cabinets...aren't they amazing? And every single one of them is jam packed FULL!  
Here is where I organize papers. This is where students turn in completed papers and where they come to get new clean paper in different forms.  
Just a quick shot of the back of my classroom. My teacher assistant desk is on the far left then I have two tables for small groups.
This is a peek at the front of my room. My desk is on the far right, along with my Letterland alphabet chart with each character, my birthday board, calendar, and book case to hold student book boxes.

Here's where I teach calendar. Letterland users...if you look at the far right you will see  how I organize my Letterland character cards for live reading and spelling. It makes teaching this so much more efficient. I highly recommend making one. All it's missing is the Letterland header.  
I gave myself a lot of room to write those I can statements this year!

Here's my math wall and how I am organizing my math tubs this year. Did you notice how all of my tubs are mismatched? I worried about it for a split sec before Nickers (my husband) put a stop to my spending. Oh well, maybe next year. I did print off new labels though.  
I also changed my alphabet this year. Instead of having a separate word wall that my students NEVER used...I combined my alphabet chart {which they use a ton} along with my word wall. Now everything is at the front of the room. I'm so excited about this change! 
And I love those hand signal cues
Here's the reading area. Needs a rug or something. And maybe oooonnnneeee more book shelf.
The rest is a work in progress. I don't think I'll ever be done tweaking and perfecting this room. I'm sure you all feel the same way.
Thanks so much for visiting! I can't wait to see your sweet home away from home too!!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Teacher Week '13- Let's talk about me Monday

Hi Everyone!!! Let's start off with a fun fact...

I used to be a cheerleader for Appalachian State University.

(I'm the third one from the left) 
These are my cheering besties...we called ourselves the hot tamales because it was our fav candy. You know in college when you eat real healthy. We LIVED off of hot tamale candy.

One year the football team made it to a Southern Charleston. We loved to do stunts everywhere! I had to dig deep for this one...funny how I couldn't find one of us at an actual game. I'm the flyer on the very top...the one who doesn't have good form on her arms...(you fellow cheerleaders know you were thinking that!) ha ha

Ok, now for a real introduction....
This is me with the sweetest little baby boy on the planet. He is the center of my world!
And these two boys are the loves of my life! {Captain Hook and Peter Pan...minus their hats!}

Which brings me to this guy. We met in college, fell in love and have been married for 7 years. So thankful for how supportive he is. Love him to pieces.

I am crazy about my family. And I'm crazy about being a teacher. Family and two passions in life. That's it...I'm pretty simple. Now you know me. :) 


This year I was awarded with the incredible honor of being named Teacher of the Year not only for my school but for my county! It was a true shock and a surreal moment. I've never been so humbled, and speechless! It's pretty hard to make a speech when your heart is beating out of your chest! So excited for the next level and so very happy to have friends like you to help me through it.
I have had 7 years of teaching experience. 1 year in 2nd, 3 years in 3rd, and 3 years in 1st and looking forward to many many more years of teaching!

Here is one more fun fact about me...Hi, my name is Meghan and I am a Disney junkie! I LOVE Disney World. In fact, I have been so many times, I can't even count. It's kind of our family's thing. We used to go several times a year when I was a kid but now that I'm a responsible adult, we only make it there once or twice a Christmas and Halloween! Check back with me in October and I will post pictures of us in costume...I'll even back date and show you what we've been the past two years! We always stay at the campground, Fort Wilderness. Just love it! Baby boy's first trip was when he was 5 months old! {I was a blond back then!}
Thanks so much for visiting me! Be sure to link up. I can't wait to get to know you!!!