Friday, December 28, 2012

Gearing up for Geometry!

(Before I get this party started, I want to acknowledge that yes I have a new blog design!!! I think it is pretty awesome for my first real attempt!

And now down to business:

When my kiddoroos and I return to school next week we will begin our geometry unit! 

I love how in second grade geometry is still fun. I am sad that they will all go to high school one day where they will learn to hate it. But for now, it is all geoboards, toothpicks, and marshmallows. :) 

Anyway, here is what I found when I was searching for resources: 

 Quadrilateral Cut & Sort (Free on TPT):

Interactive Polygon Matching Game on Math Playground:

Fun with Frogs and Fractions Unit: 
(This meets standard 2.G.3, and is TOTALLY FREE!)
And YES I know the standard is technically a geometry strand but fun with frogs and geometry didn't sound as fun!

My Geometry Chart from Last Year 
(I know I laminated it but I think I can do so much better so I'm making a new one, besides the only photo I have is pink.)

Do you have any awesome geometry resources to share? I would love to see them!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012's Best and Brightest at SGMM

I'm linking up with Christina over at Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge to show off my best and brightest from the past year. 

Best POST: Missing Addends and Currently 
(When you SEE this post, you're going to wonder why the heck it was so popular, I am asking myself the same question my friend, but the facts are that it was number 1 for hits AND searches!)
The product I am most proud of this year, hands down, is my Take Home Math Kits for Students and Their Families Set.

Fun with Frogs and Fractions contains everything you need to meet CCSS 2.G.3. 

Brightest IDEA: 
Second Grade Freebies has helped me connect with other second grade teachers AND get lots of freebies for my own students. 

Okay, no this post isn't finished but Brandon wants to go spend his Lowe's gift card. I can see the smoke burning a hole in his wallet. I need to post SOMETHING, so this is it. :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Welcome Winter Sale!!!

If we all live past tomorrow, winter will officially be in season.  To celebrate I am throwing a SALE at my TPT store!  But the BEST part is that MANY other bloggers are joining up with me!

 (Graphics Shout Outs: KPMDoodles, Print Candee)

If you want to join in the fun link up your store, and don't forget to share this on your blog, and this is a blog hop! :) 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Some words, when there are none.

My heart hurts today. I can't seem to shake the tears or the aching in my gut. The unthinkable happened to some of our own and their precious loves.

Yesterday I was at my track out job and talk of yesterdays tragedy was in the air. One person in particular kept doing walk by updates to give us the "facts." It almost sent me over the edge. I had to step outside several times to compose myself so that I wouldn't break down and cry. If I had broken down I would have been met with sympathy, but I didn't feel as safe as I would have with my school family, or my blogging family for that matter. They wouldn't  have understood.

I considered asking to go home so that I could crawl into my bed and grieve.

Instead I had a party to attend. So I put on a happy face, but my insides were churning.

I had always believed that a domestic dispute would be our greatest threat, or like 2 years ago whena nearby home was robbed and the intruder went on foot.

We hid at the front of the room, put black paper over the door. One of my students said that he had a black belt and would like to take on the bad guy.  I was mad because two of my boys wouldn't stop giggling, but I wasn't concerned for their safety, only ill because they weren't following directions.

Now I have a new set of fears.

I am sad, sorrowful, hurting.

But I am also angry, enraged, irate.

Tomorrow I will be silent. But under the surface I am heartbroken and raging.

And when I return to school in January, I will hug my 22 rays of sunshine and value the time we have together to laugh, and learn, and love one another.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Facebook Flash Giveaway . . . In Progress!

I'm hosting a flash giveaway on my Facebook page right now! The hints were given to blog followers yesterday! Click on over to enter!

That is all. :)

UPDATE: Congrats Sara from Miss. V's Busy Bees! It pays to follow! :) 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Facebook Flash Giveaway . . . . Sneak Peek!

Hello Faithful Followers! 

Just an FYI, I will be hosting a Facebook flash giveaway tomorrow night at 9:30pm EST for one of my new products! 

I know that might be kind of late for some of you but I will be at a math training tomorrow evening. (I know, surprise, surprise right?)

Here are a few hints: 

And be sure to follow me on Facebook so that you have the opportunity to win! :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Holiday Freebie Linky Party!!

So I am officially tracked out so my kiddos won't really get to participate in all of the holiday hoopla but there is absolutely no reason why the rest of you shouldn't!

 I am sharing my BRAND NEW Holiday Number Forms Matching Game! Download for FREE from my TPT store today. 

Now you should go link up. Share a freebie. It doesn't even have to be your own. :) 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Facebook Flash Giveaway . . . A Hint for Blog Readers

Just a reminder for my blogger friends I will be hosting a flash giveaway tonight on Facebook at 8:00pm EST  . . . it is for something pretty awesome!!

 AND this post contains a hint . .
 . . (psst . . . look below!)

Cyber Monday Continues and Facebook Flash Giveaway Scoop!

Good Morning Bright Eyed Busy Tailed Teachers! 

Okay . . . so I'm a morning person for this week only because I am tracking out on Friday! 

I just wanted to remind you about the sale (today is the last day!) 

Yesterday I posted about the goodness that I scored. :)

And here is a hint for my blogger friends, I will be hosting a flash giveaway tonight on Facebook at 8:00pm EST . . . so if you aren't already following me over there you need to head over there so that you can win big tonight! :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday AWESOMENESS, Best Seller, and Favorite

So the goal for this sale is to make more moolah than I spend . . . but it's going to be really hard . . . I'm being honest here. Here is what I scored today: 

(And just FYI, all the images on this post are also links)

AND . . . I am also participating in a linky party from I Want To Be A Super Teacher and showing off my best seller, my Math Story Problem Task Cards for Second Graders!

BUT . . . My Bestselling Product is NOT my Favorite and I want to share that with you as well. . . . check out my Take Home Math Kits for Students and Their Families. Hands down, this is the best set I ever made that took me 17,000 years to finish. :) 

Happy Shopping All!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sale! Sale! Sale! TN AND TPT!!

Just FYI: 

Tomorrow everything on my TN store goes on sale for 20% off. ANDyou will get an additional 10% from TN!! The sale last Saturday - Monday. 

AND . . . on Monday and Tuesday I am participating in the TPT Sale. If you enter the code CMT12 you will get a total of 28% off at checkout!!

( Special thanks to Michelle from The 3am Teacher for making this fabulous button!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bee Keeping and Where I Belong

Those of you who know me personally will remember that during the first three weeks of school this year I was ranting about quitting teaching and becoming a bee keeper.

I know this might sound crazy, but I was half serious.

Here is a sample of my imagined daily schedule: 

10:30am - Wake Up
12:30pm - Eat 
1:30pm - Check on Bees
3:30pm - Harvest Honey
4:30 pm - Put Honey in Jars
5:30 pm - Eat
6:30 pm - Watch Friends on DVD and eat Miniature Twix
9:30 pm - Go to Bed

And on Saturday I would go to the farmer's market to sell my honey. 

Today I put my bizzaro dream to rest as I was forced to acknowledge that where I am is EXACTLY where I belong

My personal gifts are intended specifically for these students. It is so difficult to keep that in mind each day as the other "stuff" gets in the way.

Thank you God for taking the time to effectively slap me upside the head. . . . again . . . :) 

Maybe I can still be a recreational bee keeper . . .

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Don't Mind Me . . . Just a Little Advertising!

I just updated my Story Problem Task Cards for November to include a total of 24 multiple choice questions as well as an answer key. 

Formerly there were just 12 (yes, I know, lame Casey, very lame)! The price remains the same ($1.00) the quality has doubled!

Also, check out my Hundreds Board Color by Number Mystery Puzzles for November, also available at my TPT store. 
(Don't you DARE laugh at my turkey, this was my 6th attempt!)

 AND . . . just in case you own the October Story Problem set, please know that I am slaving away to add to that set as well. . . . so check your TPT inbox within the next few days to re download!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Don't worry Mama, I'll even pick my own switch this time . . .

After what I believed to be a roller coaster of a day, I have been reminded (yet again) that the earthshaking changes in my life that are causing me to lose sleep and are making me sweat, are really just minor annoyances. 

Just flies in the kitchen really.

I did not play well with others today. And when given an ear, I took advantage and had a big ol' glass of whine.

(If you are reading and happened to be caught in my whine storm or got your head bitten off, I apologize) 
I just hate that there wasn't anyone to knock me out and tell me to shut-up. 

God tried to interfere this morning at 9:30, but apparently one kick in the pants is not enough for me.

It finally took several pieces of news media that I came across this evening to really take me down a notch. I won't link anyone up, but several things happened in the world today (both local to me and afar)  that bring tears to my eyes, make me clinch my toes, and make me want to make a mad dash for the john all at the same time. 

So I'm just putting this out there into the universe:

Have you thought about how blessed you really are?

I am. 

Oh, I SO am.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Take a Peek and Free For You!

I am FINALLY finished with these: 
YES! There are 24 games in this kit that are ready to be used as Take Home Math Kits OR as games to use as reinforcement in your classroom. 

Most of the games meet CCSS for Second Grade, but a few are just for fun! :)

AND . . . here is one of these games from this kit . . . FREE for you to try! Click here to download from TPT. 

Enjoy your Sunday everyone . . . exciting things are happening with my day, exciting things indeed . . .  

Monday, October 29, 2012

Motivational Monday Linky!

So, Sara over at Smiling in Second is having a pretty cool linky party!

Well about a month ago, I posted some cute printable inspirational signs. Click the image below to go to the correct post to download for yourself. :)

And here are a couple more that I like:

So what motivates you? Go link up so that I can read about it! :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

For the Dogs

If you know me, then you know I have two cats. 

Here is King Charlie on top of his "castle". 
(Jasmine never seems to be around when I need to take a picture!)

And I love my cats, but what I REALLY would like is a dog.  
I'm just not home enough to justify having a dog right now. 

Instead, when I can, I donate to a local shelter.

So when I came across Laura's post over at Love to Teach, I just knew I had to show her some support. 

For the next two weeks all of the proceeds from her store will go to Green Mountain Pug Rescue

She has items for a variety of grade levels, so stop by and get amazing learning tools for your classroom, and help save a pug in the process. :) 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How My TPT Wishlist Changed My Life . . . Not Kidding . . .

You know how when you download FREE items on TPT, they don't transfer into My Products? 

Well I , ALWAYS, "shop" for freebies on TPT at HOME and e-mail them to myself because I am CONSTANTLY losing my flash drive.
I'm the kind of girl who is going to need to download something at least 10 times. :) 

AND . . . sometimes when I'm reading blogs, I just don't have TIME to stop and download!

SO . . . I came up with this GROUNDBREAKING idea!!!! 

Are you ready??

I started adding all of the files that I download for FREE onto my WISHLIST!! Ta-da!!

This is also perfect for when a coworker is like "cool, where did you get that" and you can just WHIP it right up, instead of having to do a search, and wait . . . . . and WAIT (if you are on the servers at my school). :)

Maybe you already do this . . . maybe I am behind the times, but I think its revolutionary. 

Okay  . . . . yes, I know that your quality of life has only SLIGHTLY improved but I don't care because: 


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Where Do You Get YOUR Graphics?? A Linky Party!

So, I have my regular haunts, where I know that I can grab some really awesome graphics

But lately, I have been scrolling to the bottom of your blogs to see your credits and I have been finding out about some cool stores that I NEVER knew about before!

So inquiring minds want do know! Where do you get YOUR graphics?
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