Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Sale!!!!

Just stopping in to drop a few lines about the SALE that is going on at my TPT store!!


I also have a few new things in my store that you may want to take a peek at. 



AND, I updated ALL of my monthly story problem task cards so that they ALL include a bubbling sheet and journal prompts. Be sure to re-download those if you have purchased in the past. 


Also, if you missed yesterdays FREEBIE on the blog, it is never too late to go back and check it out. Click here or on the image below. :) 

Happy New Year, friends! :) 

Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 FREE Monthly Blog Planner

Ready or not, 2014 is just hours away. It is time to get organized! I know that there are DOZENS of blogging planners floating around right now, but I was having a hard time finding one that met my personal criteria: 



Click here or on any of the images in this post to download my 2014 Monthly Blog Planner.

I also wanted to let you know that I have teamed up (once again) with 22 other recognizable names and faces for an Educents Bundle


 We each chose products that were bestsellers in 2013. I contributed my Story Problem Task Cards for January AND February.


I will be posting over the next couple of weeks about some of the products featured This first will be Cynthia Vautrot's Geometry in 2nd Grade for the Common Core Classroom. I had purchased this unit prior to the bundle and I can't wait to share how I'm using it in my own classroom. 

Happy New Year, friends! :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Am I the only loon that finds this funny?

After typing the title of this blog post, I realized that it sounded like one of those e-mails that you don't want to open. You know the type, the e-mails from the Prince of Nigeria? Anyway, definitely not a prince, just your regular old maniac. 

Tonight I want to share something with you that has me ROLLING on.the.floor every time I see it. 

I have this little gem saved on my desktop. When I am feeling down I simply pull up "Phteven" and I instantly feel better. 

I just imagine that little dog trying to say "Steven," and that is all.it.takes. 

Just now I had to insert him into this post and I am DYING laughing. My husband just said "What is it Casey?" from across the HOUSE. . all I had to say is "Phteven" and he asked no further questions . . .Am I alone in this?? 

P.S. Sorry this wasn't math or education related, just a peek into the little loony bin that is my mind.

Happy Friday all! :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

$25 TPT Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Today I'm giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TPT, just in time for the Cyber Monday Sale! 

(Clipart KPMDoodles, Fonts KG)

There are 4 ways to enter so get clickin'! 

This contest ends TONIGHT so enter ASAP!

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Visual Plans Week of October 21st

I'm home sick today so I thought I would take advantage of this time to myself to crank out my visual plans. 

Click here or on either of the images to go to Google Docs for clickable links.

 Also, you might want to check out my visual plans Pinterest board. There are only two weeks on there so far but more to come! 

If you are on the traditional calendar in the US I am about 3 weeks ahead of you right now so you may want to pin for later. :) 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sale & Winner

TPT is having a flash sale to celebrate reaching 100,000 followers on Facebook! 

They are offering 10% off your purchase if you enter the code FB100K. 

I am throwing a sale as well so your potential savings is 28%. Click here to visit my store.

The chalkboard background used in this image is from Surfin' Through Second and the font is KG Next to me Solid. :)

Also, the person who correctly guessed how much I spent on pumpkins last year was Suzy Q. Congratulations Suzy! I will be sending her an e-mail soon with my October products. 

I am currently working on my visual plans for next week so stop by again on Sunday. :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pumpkin Month is Here!!!!!!

Some of you may think of October as "Halloween Month," "Apple Jack Month" or "Clergy Appreciation Month." As for myself, I get giddy with excitement as I gradually collect oddly shaped, orangish fruit from road side stands all over town.  

The squashier they are, the more attracted I am.

I try not to let myself start gathering little round balls of
cuteness until AT LEAST October 1st. (I fail EVERY year!)

Just when I think I have enough pumpkins, another one will call out "take me home!". 


I am sure that with all of this pumpkin talk you have begun to think "How can I celebrate these awesome fruits with my students?" Well, that is where I come in. ;)

For the month of October the following products are on sale for 10% off.



Are you crazy about pumpkins too? What is the most you have ever spent on pumpkins in one season?  

If you have made is this far and guess how much I spent last year on pumpkins I will reward you will ALL of my October products listed here. Comment below and PLEASE leave your e-mail address  so that I can contact you if you win!

P.S. It is a THREE digit number. :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Positive Points Monday

Traditionally, Mondays have a really bad reputation. I'm linking up with Permanently Primary to help start a new trend towards the positive!

Here are a few positives from my life: 

1. I am getting MARRIED in 5 days!!!!! I am SOOOOO excited!

2. I have the world's BEST friends. My two best girls took me off yesterday for a mystery fun day! I felt SO loved!

3. My cat acted like he was going to vomit in my bed this morning but decided to do it on the hardwood floor instead. (It's the small things people!)

4. I woke up this morning in a home in a safe neighborhood and I was warm. 

5. In 5 days I will get to spend quality time with the people that I love and love me! 

I would love to read about the positivity in your life this week! Go link up! :) 

If you didn't get a chance to download yesterday's freebie click here.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Feed the Horses! Freebie!

Click here or on the image to download an addition freebie! :)

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Team Teaching in Second Grade!!!

This year I am team teaching in second grade!!!

It is something that I have wanted to do since my first year of teaching so I'm SO glad that I was able to convince my teaching partner to climb in the boat with me. 

I teach math, science, and social studies and my co-teacher teaches ELA. 

Recently some of my followers have been asking about how team teaching works for us. So here is the 411. :)

1. What does your daily schedule look like?

*Note for safety reasons the actual times have been changed but the amount of time remains the same.

After specials each day we switch kiddos and we don't trade back until 12:30pm. This means less time going back and forth across the hall since our morning is so choppy.

2. How did you decide to group the kids? 

Luckily for us our kids were pretty well balanced between the two classes so we started out just switching entire classes. Lately we have been having some scheduling snafu's with ESL and Spec. Ed so some kiddos have gotten switched around. Now that we really know these kids we will probably doing some more switching in 2nd quarter.

3. What is it like teaching TWO classes of math each day? 

Well, I absolutely LOVE math so I really enjoy doing it. The key is to maintain the level of quality instruction each day. There are days where I am playing catch up with my afternoon group because my energy level is just better in the morning. Now that I know this about myself I've become more aware. I also take notes, LOTS of notes. Last week I was fussing at my morning group because they didn't have an assignment completed. Well it turns out I never assigned it to them. So now I am more conscious of what I am doing and with who. My Math Teacher Binder has really become an essential this year. :) 

4. How do you manage Math Daily 5 for TWO classes? 

I do a LOT of pre-assessing to keep up with what my kids need, like at least twice a week. Usually it is just one or two questions on a piece of scrap paper. I try to differentiate centers when I can but sometimes everyone does get the same thing. Again, my Math Teacher Binder really is the key to helping me keep up with where everyone is at. I added some pieces of notebook paper to the back and that is where I record which centers everyone needs to hit during the week. Eventually I am going to make some "pretty" pages but this works for now!

5. How do you cope with not knowing what your kids are doing in ELA? 

The key ideas here are really TRUST and COMMUNICATION. I absolutely trust my co-teacher. We also talk DAILY about certain kids. We note behavior patterns between the two classes and we keep each other informed if someone is struggling. 

6. How do you handle being consistent with classroom management, like with behavior systems? 

My co-teacher and I BOTH have the exact same clip charts and they say the same things. We also both use concepts form Whole Brain teaching. I saw her using this system with our kids so I got on board too. The key is to be consistent and to try not to hang onto things you did in the past just because they are familiar to you. Sometimes the kids try to play Mom and Dad with us and will ask us both the same question to get a different. They learned very quickly that we TALK every day! We have almost daily conversations so that we stay consistent with which behaviors we are clipping up and clipping down for. 

7. How did you get admin to support you? 

This really wants a problem for us. Our administration is absolutely wonderful. We did have to lay out our schedule and we were asked a few questions about classroom management etc. We are just lucky I guess. :) 

If you have any more questions about this topic just shoot me an e-mail: secondgrademathmaniac (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Who's That Blogger Linky Reveal! & Mystery Box Reminder!

Who's that Blogger Reveal & Winners!!!

I have labeled the childhood photos with the matching blogs for you all to peek at!! Because of the volume of entries, winners will be notified throughout the weekend. I appreciate your patience as we send out emails and prizes.

Click on each image to see the photo

Winner of the $125 Amazon Gift Card!!!
You will receive an email notification and once your email has been confirmed, I will send you the Amazong gift card!!

Thank you so very much for playing!!
I created a fun FREEBIE for everyone to grab!! 
Please feel free to share the freebie through pins & I always appreciate your feedback!!
Click the image to visit my TpT shop and download the new decorated owl FREEBIE!!

Also, don't forget that the August Mystery Box giveaway is still going on. Click here or on the image below to enter! :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August Mystery Box Giveaway!

Guess who's back? Back AGAIN? 

The box is back tell a friend!!!!

That is right, friends! We are SUPER excited to announce the August Mystery Box is ready to ship! 

Where is this box going you ask? Well it could be YOUR house! 

Inside the box is $30 worth of fabulousness! You will also receive $30 worth of products from our stores! 

For those of you going back to school this month, this could be EXACTLY the pick me up that you need to get through the first quarter!

Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance have this box of awesome delivered to your doorstep. 

Just make sure that your doorstep has a U.S. address please. :)  

Good luck!!! 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Who's That Blogger? Linky Party

Welcome Everyone!!

         Are you ready to have some fun??
                                              ....Play a game?
                                                              .....Win  prizes and cash?

I have teamed up with 65 AMAZING blogger buddies to put together the ultimate Back to School Linky/Giveaway!!!

Each one of my blogger buddies submitted a cute childhood photo & generously donated something special from their online TpT shops for this occasion!! We have included a fun game for you to play for a chance to win over $300.00 in prizes and a BONUS  CASH-PRIZE raffle you can enter at the end of this post!! 


The game is easy to play....

 Your job will be to try and match each blogger with their childhood photo!!! With over 60 childhood photos and bloggers to match up, this might get tricky!! As I mentioned above, each blogger has generously donated one awesome prize from their TpT store. Successfully match a blogger and childhood photo, and you win the prize offered from that blogger!!! The more you matches you make, the more prizes you win!!! 

Check out some of the prizes you could win!!!

but Wait....
That's not all....

ONE lucky follower will win a $125 Amazon Gift Card!! Scroll to the bottom & follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win $$$

The link below will open a form that will allow you to submit your answers for the match up. 

Use the blogger links and numbered images to help you along the way!! Each childhood photo has been assigned a specific number. 

Once you open the form, use the drop-down menu beneath each blog button and select a number that corresponds to a childhood photo. 

The form results will be collected throughout the week. At the end of the week, each submission will be "graded" and you will receive a prize for each blogger and photo you successfully matched up!!

The game closes on Friday, August 23rd at midnight (Arizona Mountain Time). Answers will be announced on Saturday, August 24th. Winners will be notified through email throughout the week. 

Use the blog links below the photos to search for clues!!
Click HERE to Play the Matching Game!!


Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $125 Amazon gift card!! 

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Thank you so much for participating!!! Good Luck!!!

If you would like to post about this linky/giveaway, grab the special image below to display in your post and link up below!!! Make sure to use the link to the actual post,,,

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mystery Box: July Reveal Post!!!

The lucky winner of the July Mystery Box has received her snail mail package!

Guess what it included?

Quantity?? Low...(2 items)

Happiness Factor?? High!!! (thirty-one)

It was all kinds of fun deciding what to put inside for...

Wanna see?

....to happy-up that name badge.

...to happy-up that lunch-from-home!

personalized with...

And...digitally, check out what Tania received...

Well, are you interested in winning the August Mystery Box??? Make sure you stay tuned so you can win from these folks...
but you won't know who's hosting it 'til ya win!

The July Mystery Box was hosted by...

Wonder who it will be for August?

It's a MYSTERY!!! Come on back SOON!

P.S. Don't forget that the Back to School Sale at TPT is still going on today! :) 


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