Monday, April 29, 2013

#teachertalktuesday

I should have known that it was only a matter of time before we had an Instagram linky party from Michelle as she posts Five for Friday using only hashtags. That girl is obsessed and I love it! 

Apples and ABC's and What the Teacher Wants are teaming up to host a fabulous weekly linky party on Instagram! All you have to do is post a picture on Instagram each Tuesday from your school day with #teachertalktuesday. Easy as that!


I was wondering where I was getting all these new Instagram followers from but now I am sure it is from these two. Instagram is hopping with teachers right now! 

Are you on Instagram? If not you are seriously missing out! I was clueless about it at first but now I love it! You get daily snapshots into the lives of teachers that don't always get posted on their blogs. But my favorite part is that even if you don't have a blog, you can easily link up for this party if you just have a phone!

Here is a little snapshot of things I have shared from my account...
As you can tell it's a random hodge podge of stuff: nails, school stuff, desserts, and much more!

You can click the little instagram button on the right hand side of my blog to find me. 
My account on instagram is @thepolishedteacher

Leave me your instagram name in the comments below so we can find each other. See you on Tuesday when the takeover begins!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Five For (Couldn't Wait For Next) Friday!

I missed a whole lot of blogging lately! Hopefully my Five for Friday with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching will explain why!



1: In case you have been wondering where I have been, I have been without a computer for the last 2 weeks. My old laptop had some serious problems and just kept breaking all the time. I bought the warranty and thank goodness I did! I got a brand new laptop for free out of it! Now I am back in action and couldn't be happier! 

2: I had to complete a portfolio of all the work I have accomplished thus far to prove that I was ready to student teach. I was quite nervous as it was a 20 minute interview but it all worked out well in the end. I aced it and my teacher said it was perfection!

3: Finally, finally, finally! I found out my student teaching placement and I couldn't be happier! I am so excited to get to student teach in kindergarten in the fall! I just know it is going to be fantastic! Stay tuned for some fantastic ideas real soon!

4: As if I wasn't busy enough, I organized a food drive this month. I collected a bunch of different snacks and created snack packs for homeless children. It was great to be able to give back to those children who need it most. 

5. The group of firsties I am working with this semester are so much fun! They all have the greatest personalities and are such characters! This past week we did the Harlem Shake together. It was priceless! I am going to be so sad to leave them this week but I am excited to embark on my student teaching journey with my new class! 

Well there you have it! I will be back on time this Friday to share a weekly recap with pictures! I promise! Have a great week! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Giveaway Winners and Skittles Game

The fantastic giveaway winners have been picked! 

Congrats to...

Jean R - Groovy Graphics

Molly W - Super Spring

Susan F - All Around Awesome

Veronica V - Winner's Choice

Amanda P - Fun-Filled Fonts

Doreen V - Fun-Filled Fonts

Bethany K - Fun-Filled Fonts

Elizabeth P - Fun-Filled Fonts

Bren P - Fun-Filled Fonts

Congratulations ladies! I hope you enjoy your prizes! 

Thanks to everyone for helping celebrate with me! I hope you had as much fun as I did! 

Next up on the agenda is the Skittles Game! 

This is one of Latoya's weekly getting to know you series games. 


I love Skittles! I kind of have a problematic obsession with them. Normally I only eat the Wild Berry Skittles because I am a Skittle snob but this week the original flavors will have to do.

Here is the code:
Red- Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
Orange- Favorite Memory from College
Yellow- Favorite Sports Team
Green- Favorite Fast Food Place
Purple- Wild Card(Tell anything about yourself)

Red - Mint chocolate chip ice cream in a waffle bowl with piles of hot sauce! I might need to run to the store to pick some up after posting about this. I have a serious craving for ice cream now! 

Orange - I am still in college and I am sure that my favorite memory will change by the time I graduate but for the time being, my favorite college memory is anytime that I spent with my 4 roommates just being ourselves. I know I will have these friends for life and they are truly a blessing. 

Yellow - You would think that growing up in a sports crazed household that I would have a favorite team or at least sport but honestly I don't really have any. I used to get so connected to players and then they get traded to other teams for the money in the game and it turned me away. I don't go to a big sports school either so I don't have that college team pride. I will just let you all do the crazy sports fan thing for me.
   
Green - I don't really go out to eat many places but when I do I eat BK all the way. I used to be a Wendy's girl but they made too many new changes that I don't like anymore. 

Purple - I would say that my wild card is that I have never drank soda or coffee in my life. It's going to be interesting to see how that no caffeine thing works when I am in the classroom full time. I have a feeling I am going to need some to keep up with the kiddos who have a never ending supply of energy!

Well there's a little bit about me according to some Skittles! Head on over to Latoya's blog to link up today! 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Five for Friday

It's that time again to link up with Kacey for Five for Friday. 
When it comes to Five for Friday, the week seems to just creep up on me so fast! Here are five random things from my week!

1. Spring has finally sprung! Tuesday was a heat wave! Walking out of the apartment you could just feel the warmth surround you. It reached a whopping 75 degrees! That's quite the contrast as just one week ago the temperature was still in the 30's. I really need to invest in some new sunglasses and flip flops if this weather is around to stay!

2. We learned a little bit about Earth Day this week. Recycling was a big focus as evident by the giant recycling bin! We drew ways that we could help respect the Earth. I just love kid art! Every picture is so unique!

3. This week we worked on living and non-living things. A unit perfect for Spring! We practiced reasoning why things were non-living. 
Next we will grow plants and then it's time for the chicks. How much fun! I can't wait for that!

4. I know it's technically not something from this week but tomorrow I'm volunteering at the Special Olympics for the 3rd year in a row. 
I just love it. Seeing the smiles on the athletes faces is priceless.

5. I'll leave you with a little laugh to end the week. Enjoy! 

Don't forget to enter my 400 follower giveaway! It ends this weekend! You aren't going to want to miss out on these great prizes! 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Showers Bring... A Freebie?

I hope you all have entered my 400 follower giveaway! There's loads of goodies to win! Click on the picture below to enter if you haven't already!

I feel like I haven't given you all a freebie in a while so here is your little treat. 


I whipped this one up really quick for you all. Roll and Cover games are a favorite in the classroom I'm in. Here's a Roll and Cover game themed for the wonderful rainy weather it brings! It's perfect to play on a rainy day for inside recess. It is in color but can also be printed in gray scale so it's easy on the ink! Hope you enjoy! 

Click HERE or the tab at the top to see all the other freebies I have to offer.

I'm linking up for Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies


Super Shopping Sunday Shopping Spree!

I swear, I only went shopping for three things:
These Gator Chomp clips seen on The Learning Tree...

These Sandwich Coasters seen on The Creative Chalkboard...

And these non-fiction books seen on An Apple a Day in First Grade...

However, if you follow me on Facebook, you know this is how the shopping trip turned out...

Just a warning, if you do not want your wallet to hate you right now, do not continue reading this post! Otherwise you are most likely going to want to jump in your car and run to the nearest Target/Walmart/Dollar Tree/Christmas Tree Shop/Michaels and buy everything and yes I mean everything!

I warned you! Just saying. You can still turn around now!

Ok, alright, here we goooooo!

First stop: Walmart

I just had to go back and check out their Easter clearance. I am a big after holiday clearance shopper! I really lucked out! What I thought was supposed to be 50% off really turned out to be up to 85% off! It was fabulous! As a result, I clearly stocked up!


I kept going back and getting more Easter eggs (I took the entire box right off the shelf) because they were only 15-30 cents and you can never have too many! I bought a class set of all the sport themed ones as well as the bunnies, chicks, carrots, and frogs. The possibilities are endless!

Then I bought the themed Easter egg packs: Noah's Ark animal eggs, Dinosaur themed eggs, and Egg-U-Cational alphabet eggs for $2 each. I can just see the kids having so much fun with these!

Then I snagged a few more of the little trays and animal jars because they are perfect for centers and estimation! Cheap, cheap at only 15 cents for the trays and 85 cents for the jars. Gotta love clearance!

Next! Target! Ahhh Target, just Heaven on earth! I could spend hours in that store! I must spend an hour in the Dollar Spot alone! The Dollar Spot definitely didn't disappoint this time around!


They had the cutest little french fry containers in a pack of 6 for $1. They have a hamburger on the box but it didn't matter to me.

***Note: I went to a different Target tonight and they have French Fry containers but they are yellow and say French Fries on the front***

I am picturing making this bulletin board with them. I have had it pinned forever! It seemed like it was meant to be!


Then they stocked up on more fun erasers! They have DICE ERASERS! How fun! They are nice and quiet too! So many uses at 6 for $1 it was a no brainer! Then I grabbed some peanut erasers for a circus theme and bone erasers for Halloween. Can't wait to put them to use! You are going to want to go grab these before they are gone!

Also in the dollar spot I grabbed a Leap Frog math book to laminate pages from, some dry erase math packs, dinosaur go fish cards that have the different dinosaur names on them so they are perfect for using as reference cards for spelling the names, old maid cards that describe different animals such as marching mouse. Finally I grabbed a book on opposites and a book that answers kid's questions about animals.

Then it was time to hit up the Easter/spring Dollar Spot clearance! Boy did I hit it big! Lots of fun prop stuff and cookie stencils that I will use for letter and word identification in text for 30 cents that was in the dollar spot last month. Then in the Easter section, I grabbed foam Easter eggs that were divided into three sections that I will use for math and literacy instruction.I also snagged some dinosaur eggs, foam butterflies, and an adorable little chick plushie.

However, there was one part about the Dollar Spot this month that really grabbed me hook line and sinker...Spring Book Sale!!!


This book sale focused on non-fiction texts which I am really trying to expand upon so I bought everything! I even had them go open a box of the books that was in the back. Yup that dedicated! I even bought the gross books because I knew the boys would go crazy over them! If you have a Target ANYWHERE near your house you need to make a trip over stat!

Then I went to The Christmas Tree Shop. Do you have those near you? They have a bunch near me and it's great for holiday themed shopping!


I picked up some Spring themed socks (50 cents) because I was once told having holiday themed socks is a requirement of being a teacher. I got some chick, bunny and Easter egg ones. Then I grabbed a place mat for $1.69 with different priced tasty treats to use for a simple money center. Then I picked up the cutest little cupcake holders that were bee, frog and turtle themed for $1.69 for a set of 6 to use for spring time sorting.

Flashback to St. Patrick's day. All their clearance was 90% off so I bought a ton! Everything was 10 to 30 cents. I got some coins, coin and clover confetti, table cloth, wind sock for ways to make ten, chair cover because that little leprechaun is too cute to pass up for 30 cents, pot of gold, and shamrock for fact families. If you have one near you I suggest you check it out!

Michael's was the next destination as an impromptu stop. I knew I could find some great Easter clearance there too!


The little bunny container was just calling my name. I am a sucker for cutesy! Then I got some cute little butterfly clothespins that can be used for self checking math centers. I also grabbed some spring cutouts for spring center counters. Then I grabbed some cup coasters for no particular reason but they were cute and cheap! Then at the checkout they have the dollar displays that always suck me in. I bought little shopping is therapy clothespins because if you haven't guessed by the shopping overload, I shop a TON! And if I say it is therapy it makes is slightly alright.

Last but certainly not least was the Dollar Tree. Seriously imagine if this store cost more than a dollar! I would be in serious trouble! I never walk out without a full cart! It is just too good in there lately!



I went in specifically for the alligator clips for greater than or less than and walked out with the entire clip display in my cart. Think I have a shopping addiction? Yup I thought so! I bought the hippo clips because in Kindergarten we do more or less with groups of pictures and I thought I could use the hippo for "Hungry Hungry Hippo" who eats the group of more objects. Then I bought the cow and pig ones because just why not? I'm sure I have a use for them with a farm unit! And the bee, frog and ladybug ones? No clue either! Maybe for clip the rhyming pairs? But those little googly eyes were just begging me to put them in my cart and take them home so I couldn't say no!

I made a wrong turn while searching for those silly little sandwich coasters and stumbled upon this little gem. Anything animal, polka dotted and themed is a must. I don't even know why I bought all this because that's a whole lot of cleaning that I expect to take place but those little smiles were too cute to pass up. I bought the large dust pan, the small dust pan with the matching sweeper brush, and polka dot containers. I did have a small victory when I turned down the matching sponges. If any of you show me something on your blog that you would use them for I will run right back and grab them though because I clearly have no willpower!

Then I found the summer section and I had a field day!


Okay this time I am TELLING you to go to the Dollar Tree because this isn't something to pass up! Especially if you have a tropical themed classroom. Those are all perfect little ten frames! Tiki mask ten frames in all different colors! And they come in a two pack so it's even better for 20 frames! They also had little Hawaiian flower ones too so obviously those had to go into the cart too!

Then I grabbed some cute little flamingo koosh ball things to use as counters, flip flop trays to use to sort by -ip or -op words (adorable right?), Flamingo and Palm tree stirrers to use as fun pointers when reading. Then I grabbed two pin wheels because I remembered a really cute little pin wheel math activity while shopping.



The one I found isn't as cute but it will suffice! I'm sure if I find any adorable animal themed pinwheels you can bet your bottom dollar I'm all over buying it! 

So clearly I have a shopping problem. There is no denying that. I hope that I have inspired you all with some great new finds. Let me know if you have any great ideas for anything I found that I should know about. As a result of this post I realized that I really should be a personal shopper. I would be so good at that! The person who I shop for would have to be a millionaire though because clearly I know how to shop. However, I didn't spend over $100 on all these goodies so that was a major victory for me! I just know how to shop clearance sales. My Mom taught me well! Happy shopping to all my fellow shopaholics!

And don't forget to enter my 400 follower giveaway where you could win one of four prize packs including a winner's choice pack where you could do some serious TPT shopping of your own! Click on the picture to head to that post!

All green backgrounds used in this post came from: 
Dots of Fun! Designs by Tammy Ferrell
http://dotsoffun.blogspot.com
Click HERE to download the free background set.
 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Five for Friday - Rollercoaster edition

This week has been quite the roller coaster ride! Started out with some great moments, had some serious downfalls, and turned around for the end of the week. I'm linking up with the one and only Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching to share about my week. 


1. I registered for student teaching! 
Let's just hope this doesn't happen to me!

2. I taught a lesson that totally BOMBED this week. I'm just glad to get it out of my system.
It was a great learning experience though so I'm looking on the bright side of things. It will only make me better in the long run.

3. I learned a fun to way to practice spelling this week. Ever heard of sailboat spelling? 

Here's an example of how they do it in the classroom I'm in. 
The kiddos love it and it really helps them a lot with their words. Do any of you use this strategy? What are some of your other favorite spelling strategies to use?

4. I plan to spend my weekend relaxing at the baseball field catching up on some reading after this stressful week. Weekends are my best friend!

5. I'm having a fantastic 400 follower giveaway! 
Kacey happens to be one of the amazing people who donated a prize! Hurry on over and enter

Thanks once again Kacey for hosting this fabulous party each week! Love it!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fantastic 400 Follower Giveaway!

4-0-0! Can you believe it? I know I can't! This little old blog of mine has reached 400 followers! Never did I think that anyone would have any interest in what I had to say. I always heard that the blogging community had such amazing people in it and that it was like a family. They were not lying! You are all the sweetest, and most generous people! I have learned so much and made amazing new friendships! The Beatles said it best: I get by with a little help from my friends! Bloggy friends that is! 

I truly get more joy out of giving back to other people so I am overjoyed to celebrate with a fantastic 400 follower giveaway! These truly amazing bloggers really stepped up their game to help me out! I was blown away by their generosity! Thanks so much!

I decided in honor of 400 followers I would break it up into four prize packs, with a bonus giveaway for a total of 40 prizes to win! Can you believe it! That just means four chances to win something amazing! Enter to win each pack and earn as many entries as you can to increase your odds! You have up until the 15th at midnight to enter!

Without further ado, let the celebrating begin! 

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Bonus Giveaway!  

Thank you so much for following my blog! I truly appreciate each and every one of you for following me on my journey! Thanks again to the lovely ladies who donated prizes! You are the best! Be sure to send some love their way! 

Make sure to share the giveaway with your friends! We are going to have some very lucky winners in the near future! Best of luck to you all! I can't wait to meet some new bloggy friends in the process!

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