Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Freebie with a smidge of open house and a sprinkle of "haha, that's funny"

It's here! It's finally here! Tomorrow is OPEN HOUSE! I can't believe the first day of school is just around the bend (Monday). My room is basically ready...just need to print out a few more things. However, my ink cartridge is DYING, so I'm going to need a trip to the office supply place first. That's the only bad thing about all of the cute things at TPT...they sure do kill ink cartridges quickly!
Ur kitteh printer is runnin outa toner

Speaking of TPT, I was so super excited to hear that my new school used Saxon Phonics. I know that doesn't sound like I'm "speaking of TPT," but it will, I promise. Anyway, I really think Saxon does a superb job of teaching kids to read. The only problem is that it's kind of boring. SO with my new bloggy-PPT-tech-savvy skills, I made a TPT product to spice up my Saxon. It's literacy station activities containing 3 differentiated activities that correspond to the first 4 consonants taught using Saxon (L, G, H, T). I couldn't wait to show this to my team! THEN DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!!!!??? I found out that we weren't using Saxon!!!! Color me sad  =(  But alas, I'm giving my phonics activities away as a freebie for an undisclosed amount of time in hopes that it will help out someone who is using kindergarten Saxon. Enjoy! BTW...I sure would appreciate some feedback on it! Thanks!
Click the Pic for the link!
In other blogging news, I achieved a lifelong dream this week. I FINALLY went to The Container Store!!!!! It's so close to where I work and I didn't even realize it until I was driving around town with a co-worker. This place has containers for everything in every size and color imaginable! AND they're not expensive! They aren't exactly cheap, but they aren't outrageously overpriced like I thought they'd be. Even my hubby is a Container Convert! He grumbled the whole time we drove there, but on the way home he was talking about the NEXT time we go there. YAY!!!!!!
Click the Pic for a link to the store
To all those teachers starting back this week and next week, GOOD LUCK! To those still on summer break, ENJOY! Let me leave on these words of wisdom...
ChiTown Girl: Just a little teacher humor...


  1. I love your words of wisdom!!!! Good luck with your Open House! :)

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  2. Amanda, I love that kitten toner picture! :) HA! I used and loved Saxon math- but never phonics- Saxon is so thorough, at least you know everything will be covered- then add your great activities and it seems like a perfect year! Oh my gosh- the container store would be dangerous/heaven for me. I buy sliced ham and crystal lite drink powders just for the containers, so... oh dear. ;) Sounds like a dream to me, too!
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  3. Congrats on the move, your one year anniversary & a great open house.

  4. Hi there! Best of luck going back this week! :D Your blog is adorable and I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can find out the details in my blog post:

    If you have already gotten it, no worries, you don't have to do it again! Happy to promote another great blog! :D

    ps - Container Store... droooool... :)

    Lindsey at Forever First Grade