Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Outside my classroom door, I'm creating a tree out of butcher paper and I could NOT be more excited! :) To accompany this precious tree, I'll be adding these...

I am going to put the kids names on them once I get my class list, and the kids will be adding their work to the birdie clips!

I love displaying my students' work and they love it too!
How do you display your kids' work?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Castles and Crayons Giveaway

I'm really really excited about this giveaway...I LOVE the mini-units Kelli is giving away! I've got my fingers, toes, arms, legs, and eyes crossed that I pull out the win! :)

Check it out!

Castles and Crayons: 300 Follower Giveaway: "WHAT?!? I CANNOT believe that there are 300+ followers in less than 3 weeks! That is some serious blog love and I could not be more blessed ..."

Awesome Giveaway!

Mrs. Saylor has 300+ followers now and she's giving away $30 to Doodle Bugs Paper! It's such a cute site and if I win, I know EXACTLY what I want! :)

Check it out!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

An Awesome Giveaway...

at First Grade Honey Bunch!
She's giving away a cute tote bag among many other adorable things! This is precious! You should check it out!!!


Hello, My Name is LaRae and I am ADDICTED

....to headbands!

So, when teaching, I love to hold my hair together with a precious headband. And I also love scarves...both of these are kinda my trademark.

Fabulous in First is having a wonderful giveaway and proceeds go to a great cause! What an awesome way to spend money! You get a headband and proceeds go to the Tri-County Police Wives Club and the families of fallen officers!

Check out this awesome giveaway! I think I'll buy one, even if I don't win because this is awesome!Fabulous in First: Oh my goodness! Giveaway: "Oh ladies...Do I have such a fun summer giveaway for you!   This teacher friend of yours has been working out like a champ this summer and ..."

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Get To Know You

is having a linky party with ideas for team building and 'get to know you' activities and I LOVE it!

In the beginning of this last year, I had my kids create a 'Me Bag,' which I enjoyed because some students would bring little things in that made them feel special; however, I also had those students that would just draw pictures and then shove them in the bag to get it over with.

Upon seeing her idea with the memory trays, I fell in love and I will most definitely be doing that with my students this upcoming year! What an awesome idea!!

Check it out and link up!


Just like the banners you see on my blog background, it is my goal to have one for different holidays/seasons that we celebrate or discuss in the classroom. :) It will be AWESOME!

I have the magazine advertisement cards ripped out and ready to be painted and written on! I will be posting pictures once they are complete!

Here's an example of one that I'm basing my idea off of...

Except my pennants will be either rectangles or triangles...not these fancy shapes!
I'm pretty excited about it!

Giveaway at....The First Grade Splash

What an awesome giveaway! I hope I win! :)

Check it out for yourself!!The First Grade Splash: Hooray for 25! :-) My first give-away? I think...: "Tonight, I logged on to find out that I had reached 25 followers ! This may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but it was REALLY exci..."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I Can't Decide...


There are so many awesome classroom management/reward systems out there! I have found two that I LOVE and now I can't choose which one to use!

Therefore, I have decided to take a poll! Do you think it would be better for my first graders to have a lollipop tree or a gumball machine?

Lollipop Tree--my students can quickly be rewarded and may select a lollipop. If the lollipop selected has a dot on the end of the stick, that child receives a small reward (a sticker, eat lunch with a friend, etc.).

Gumball Machine--my students can earn cards informing them that I've caught them doing something good, they can turn these cards in for coins to operate the gumball machine.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I only have four more weeks left and I have so much to do around the house (and my classroom!). This year, I will be more adamant about taking pictures of my classroom and posting them. I need corrective feedback when it comes to arranging my room. I've moved into a room with windows, which excites me to NO end; however, that really limits wall space.

It's all a game of give and take, hopefully I'm playing the game right!

Target Treasures Giveaway!


Target Treasures is having an AWESOME giveaway! Who doesn't love those Target finds? AND who would say 'no' to receiving a $20 Target card..??

That's what I thought!
Check it out!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Awesome Giveaway at....Kinder Kraziness

What an awesome giveaway for teachers! I hope I win! :)

Kinder Kraziness: Yay! 300 followers! You know what that means!: "I am SO excited to reach 300 followers! As promised, I am having a giveaway! The winner will have a choice: I am an Uppercase Living Demons..."