Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year Resolutions

Just like everyone else, I can't believe that today is the last day of 2011.  Where has the time gone?  I'm joining up with A Teacher's Treasure to post my resolutions for 2012.  As I reflect on 2011, it was full of new adventures.  I started a blog.  I started a TPT store.  And just recently started a FB page.  It also contained saddness as I lost a dear friend to a tradegic accident and we lost two former students.

I don't know what 2012 will hold but I'm hoping for wonderful things.  Here are my resolutions.


1. I would like to put into practice the math work stations I learned about last year and do some more reading on literacy work stations.  I haven't quite figured out the best way to impliment it because I only have 3 children that are totally independent.

2. I need to be more organized.  My desk is always a mess. 

3. Better impliment the assistive technology in my class.  I have 4 children using switches with their computers.


1. Lose the 50 lbs I've been carrying around for the past 5 years. 

2. Continue to blog on a regular basis and I write some articles on switches and assistive technology.

3. Continue to make quality products to add to my store.

4. Spend more time with my husband and kids. 

Here's to a wonderful 2012, filled with love, hope and joy.  Have a safe night everyone.

Don't forget to enter my Giveaway by following my blog and TPT store and leaving a comment here.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ringing in the New Year with a Ring of Bloggy Giveaways!

Are you looking for new ideas to revitalize you and your students for your return to the classroom? Look no further- inspiration is straight ahead! The New Year has arrived and to celebrate its arrival we are celebrating with a HUGE giveaway from a Ring of Elementary blogs!

Twelve blogs have joined together for a MEGA New Year Giveaway! The winners of the giveaway will be able to choose any item (winter themed or not) from any of the Teacher Pay Teachers stores listed below. Nearly 100 items will be given away in this HUGE event!

Each blog will have 6 winners.

Each blog will select and post 6 winners for that blog.

Third Place: There will be THREE third prize winners that will be able to choose any (of the winner’s choice) ONE item total from any of the blogger’s Teacher Pay Teachers store listed below.

Second Place: There will be TWO second prize winners that will be able to choose any (of the winner's choice) TWO items (total) from any of the blogger's Teachers Pay Teachers stores below.

First Prize: ONE grand prize winner from EACH blog that will win any (of the winner's choice) ONE ITEM from EACH blogger's Teachers Pay Teachers stores listed below!

Here are the participating blogs/ stores:

Classroom Confections

How do you enter? There are several possible ways to enter:

1. Follow my blog and leave a comment on this blog post saying you follow (or note that you are already a follower).

2. Follow my Teacher Pay Teachers store and leave a comment on this blog post saying you follow.

3. Blog about this contest and leave a comment here.

4. Visit the other blogs and stores, and enter according to their instructions.

However, there are still MORE ways to enter! You can also follow the blogs and stores of ALL the blogs participating in the list above to increase your chances of winning! There are at least 24 chances to win even if you DON'T blog!!!! Remember to comment that you follow their blog and TpT store on their blog!

All winners will be chosen on January 6th, 2012 by 8:00pm Eastern time.Good luck! Maybe YOU will be one of the big winners!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

11 in 11 linky party

Hadar over at Miss Kindergarten and Kristin over at A Teeny Tiny Teacher are hosting a linky party.


I can't believe that 2011 is coming to an end.  Where did the time go?  2011 held some wonderful things.  Will 2012 hold even more.  Here are my answers
11. Favorite movie you watched:
I would have to say "Brides Maids".   I saw it with my girlfriends and it was wonderful.
10. Favorite TV series:
I didn't get a lot of time to watch much tv this year but did try and tune in the X-Factor when I could.
9. Favorite restaurant:
Probably Swiss Chalet.  Love their chicken. 
8. Favorite new thing you tried:

Definitely blogging.   If you had asked me at this time last year if I would be blogging. I would have said you were crazy.
7. Favorite gift you got:

My Nana died just before Christmas last year.  My mum just gave me a beautiful necklace that was hers.  It's a cross.

6. Favorite thing you pinned:

My next favorite thing is pinning. There are sooooo many great ideas there.  We did this on our door this year.

5. Favorite blog post:

My favorite blog post was the one I just did on our Christmas Concert.  The children worked so hard and it really turned out well.
4. Best accomplishment:

Having over 300 followers.  I still can't believe that people actually read what I write and want to keep coming back.
3. Favorite picture:

All of my favorite pictures I can't share because of the kids in it.  Here is one of my boys from the summer when we went tubing with some friends.

2. Favorite memory:

When we told the children we would be taking them to Disney in the summer of 2012.
1. Goal for 2012:

To continue to blog on a regular basis.  To continue to add products to my store. And the usual get fit, eat better goals that never seem to last long.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Jaime over at What's the Buzz in First is having a huge giveaway for reaching 600 followers.  You could win 16 units from various TPT sellers including my Pizza Unit.  Head on over to What's the Buzz in First to join in.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Tree Sight Words Matches

I had such a fabulous response to my Christmas Tree Sight Word Match that I made the activity for the other Dolch lists.  The first and third grade lists also contain a blank for you to add your own work.  Click on the pictures to be taken to the activities.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Freebie Friday

Here is a freebie to cheer up your Friday.
Head over to TBA for more great freebies.
Christmas Week