February 27, 2012

Leap Day Sale!

If you would like to go ahead and start making your shopping list you can click on the links below to get to these two shops:

Have a wonderful night and HAPPY SHOPPING!!!


February 24, 2012

Friday Fun Finds with Dr. Seuss

Hey Everyone!!! Today's "Fun Finds" are all about the one and only, Dr. Seuss!
Celebrating Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite times of the year :) I've decided to turn my Friday "Fun Finds" into a linky party, so if you have any fun ideas for Dr. Seuss week, I would love it if you would link up!

Usually we do a whole week of school-wide activities.  Every day has a different theme. Crazy socks day, hat day, twin day, backwards day, and, my FAVORITE, Character Dress-up day!

Did I say I LOVE Dr. Seuss week???

Well here are some fun finds that you could use in your classroom (I know I will be using in mine!!!)
Check out this fun activity over at http://eberhartsexplorers.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-03-19T07%3A43%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=7 
I saw this and thought it would be a fun writing activity to do with the kids.  They could write about a place they would like to go.
I found this last year from the AMAZING Cara Carroll over at http://www.thefirstgradeparade.com/ and I used it with "The Foot Book" soooo much fun!

a fun snack for reading "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish"
found at http://simplegirlathome.blogspot.com/2011/02/dr-seuss-snacks.html

Can you say ADORABLE??? This is just TOO cute!
CHeck this craftivity out over at http://first-grade-fever.blogspot.com/2012/02/cat-in-hat-writing-craftivity.html

I love the idea of the deviled eggs instead of regular scrambled eggs...
You HAVE to check out this site! It is FULL of wonderful ideas for Dr. Seuss in and out of school. http://www.obseussed.com/

Any of course you can't forget about my FUN Dr. Seuss themed unit where you get to make this little guy!!! The template is included in the Dr. Seuss set. There are tons of different matching games and fun activities to keep you busy for the entire week!!!

Well, I hope you enjoyed the "Fun Finds" for this week! 

Don't forget to link up your Dr. Seuss fun finds below!!!
Next week wil be random fun finds that you find just in case you want to start looking for great ideas to link up with :)
Have a wonderful weekend!


February 17, 2012

Friday Fun Finds and Dr. Seuss Unit

Hey everyone! I hope you all have been having a FANTASTIC week!!! Well today I have some President's Day fun finds for you!

Here is a cute little President's Day son on Youtube:

this is an adorable George Washington craft and writing activity:

Another George Washington craft:

Here is a FUN Abe Lincoln creative writing craft:

Here is another video about getting to know George Washington:

Well, those are my President's Day Fun Finds!

Also, I have posted my Dr. Seuss Unit to Tpt!

This unit is a lot of fun!!! My favorite part is this little guy here:

I hope you check it out :)

Have a wonderful Friday!!!


February 10, 2012

Friday Fun Finds!

Here are some fun finds for the week - Valentine's Day Special:
click on the image to go to the printable or to the website where you can find the fun find.

fun printable

This was just a picture I found, but it would be a cute V-Day card for parents

love this advent calendar!

look super cute!

I know this isn't anything to do with school, but I want to make this!

Abby has tons of FREE Valentine's Day printables on her blog! You MUST check these out!!! :)
Well that's all for today! I hope you enjoy these fun finds!!!

Have a wonderful weekend :)


February 5, 2012


Thank you to those of you who entered my Valentine's Day Giveaway!!!
And the winners are:
And for the others that entered by did not win I will be sending you a little game from my Valentine's Day Set as well just for entering :)
Thank you again for coming over to my blog and entering my giveaway! I will be emailing you shortly with your activities :)

Have a wonderful night!  Going to enjoy the superbowl with friends and family shortly!


February 3, 2012

Tag You're It!

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them! 

12 Fun things about me
1.  I have a 7 ½ month old who’s just started crawling and getting into everything!
2.  I am married to my best friend!
3.  I have been teaching for 5 years
4.  I cheered all through college and miss it sooooo much!
5.  I really want to join a dodgeball league! J
6.  I love watching Disney movies
7.  I ran a half marathon and am ready to train for another one
8.  I have two dogs, a lab and shi tzu
9.  I was on the cover of American Cheerleader Magazine
10.  I am a Christian and love God DEARLY
11.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE to do anything crafty!!!!
12.  I love spending time with my family and friends  

1. What are your beliefs about teaching?  I show a child LOVE where they may not get it anywhere else.
2. What is one trade secret that you would like to pass on to your colleagues?  To make everything a song with motions! The kids LOVE LOVE LOVE it and they can remember anything that way!
3. What is your favourite subject to teach and why?  Hmmm…. Probably math because I love the hands on. There are just so many ways to teach math and if they don’t get it one way, you can teach it in a whole new way so that the students understand.  
4. Why do you blog? To share and receive GREAT teaching ideas.
5. What is your favourite transition strategy, why?  Singing a song or clapping, or even doing the “bad a bababa” and the kids say “I’m lovin it!”  
6. What are your secret behaviour management tricks?  Well I give out tickets for EVERYTHING that they do good (answering questions, quietly going to their seats, having their eyes on me, being caring toward other students, walking in line quietly, etc) but I also take tickets when they are off task or do something wrong. At the end of the week we go to the class store where they can buy things using their tickets. We have a 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 ticket drawer where they can buy items.
7. Do you have a class rewards system? What is it?  Well I just told you above J
8. Do you teach a musical instrument with your class? What is it?  No, but we do use clappers when students make a 100  on their AR tests!
9. What is the one thing that keeps you motivated to continue learning?  When I see all of the great ideas there are from all these other teachers throughout the nation. I see that there is still SO much to learn.
10. Do you get along with your colleagues? Yes, we share everything!
11. Does your school encourage homework? What does your class do?  Our school DEFINITELY encourages homework, but we also encourage family time. Once a month we will have family night, where students will get to skip hw for the night to do an activity with their family that does not involve technology.
12. If you could be someone else for the day, who would it be?  Hmmm…. In the teaching world, maybe Deanna Jump! She teaches in my hometown and she is like the QUEEN of Teachers Pay Teachers J she is so inspiring!! Now in the fame world, Carrie Underwood! She has got it together. She is a follower of Christ and isn’t afraid to talk about it. She is so generous and it doesn’t hurt that she’s beautiful and VERY talented too!

12 Questions from Lisa
1.  Do you have aspirations to become an administrator?  Why/why not? No way!!! I never want to be an administrator… I just couldn’t handle being the one EVERYONE counted on
2.  Real book/E-reader? E-reader because you can share much easier and if you forget it but have a computer you can log on and read from there too, you can also have it read to you in the car.
3.  What did you learn in your classroom, that they never taught you in college? How to deal with the heart-breaking situations that children go through every day
4.  Teachers lounge--good or bad? Well, we don’t really have a teachers’ lounge, it has been turned into our copy room… plus I don’t have time to sit and chat, I work through my 15 min. lunch break and most of the time have meetings during my 30 minute planning period… yep that’s all the time I get L
5.  If you were to win $1000 for your classroom, how would you spend it? Most likely on units from Tpt! I love all of the stuff I find on there!!!! There are some truly TALENTED teacher!
6.  What is your least favorite thing about teaching?  Probably just knowing that some of the kids I teach have a rough home-life and are struggling because of it. Oh and GRADING PAPERS BOOO!!!!
7.  If you could choose any grade to teach, which would you choose?  Why? I love 2nd grade!!! We can still do the hands-on activities and cutesy things that they like, but they are old enough to be able to follow directions and do the activities independently
8.  Does your school have a specific dress code for teachers? Well we have a huge list of don’ts, but not too much of a dress code.
9.  If you watch American Idol...Steven Tyler as a judge--good or bad? I think he’s a great judge, but I don’t like his choice of words a lot of time.
10.  What is your favorite genre of music? Country J
11.  Who is your favorite Golden Girl?  Blanch hahaha!!!
12.  What is your favorite TV show? Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy!

My 12 Questions to you if you’re tagged:
1.      What is your favorite time of year to teach?
2.      What is your favorite part of the day at work?
3.      Do you have a “teacher’s pet”?
4.      How do you get all of your grading done and in your gradebook?
5.      Do you have volunteers to come in and help you out in the classroom?
6.      Do you have anything that you can’t go without doing, eating, or drinking every day to get you through the day?
7.      What is your favorite blog?
8.      If you could give a new teacher one word of advice what would it be?
9.      Do you do small groups? If yes, what are your secrets to success?
10.  What is the BEST teacher gift you’ve ever received from a student?
11.  When you were little what did you always say you wanted to be when you grew up?
12.  If you could be anything you wanted what would you be?
Now for 12 blogs to tag....








Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!!!! :)
-Mrs. Darley

Friday Fun Finds

Today I'm posting some fun finds:

how fun for Groundhog's Day!?!
love the idea of having the kids pictures for an "If I were President" prompt!
easy, and not TOO much prep work
SOOOO COOL!!!! cornstarch and water mixture that moves to the sound of music! check it out at Housing a Forest
cute to use pictures for birthday chart!!! LOVE!

These are my "Fun Finds" for today! I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend!

-Mrs. Darley

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