Tuesday, January 29, 2013

14 Days of Love Freebie Blog Hop

 The year is flying by and we are quickly approaching Valentine's Day.

 There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. With that, I have joined up with 13 teacher bloggers to bring you the 14 Days for the Love of Teaching FREEBIE blog hop. 

We hope to make your planning a little easier, and bring some educational fun to the classroom. The blog hop will begin on February 1, at Ms. Smarty Pants.

 You will be sent  to other blogs offering freebies for the following days, so be sure to come back each day!!

Make sure you stop back by to grab your freebies when the blog hop starts!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Monday and Poetry Pack!

                                          Happy Monday!!

I can't believe that January is almost gone and February is about to appear!!

We have had some crazy weather in North Georgia. One day we have ice and the next day the temps may be in the 60's. It really wrecks havoc with my wardrobe! I don't really know how to dress! What am I talking about, since I have had to retire my wardrobe consists of my PJ's!!  Gotta love it!

I have also been busy working on some new products for TPT.

I have just finished my Fun With January and February Poems.

Check it out by clicking on the pic!



Monday, January 21, 2013

Favorite Book of 2012 Linky Party!!


Melissa M. over at Teacher Treasure Hunter is having a Favorite Book of 2012 Linky Party!

Click on the picture below if you would like to see the book everyone has chosen and don't forget to link up too!!

See if your favorite book made the linky!!

Here is my favorite book of 2012.

Of course it has to be a "PIG" book!

This is another fractured fairy tale involving three little pigs and a big bad wolf that thinks he can come into town and blow all the houses down. The Three Ninja Pigs think they are ready for him, but two of them are not quite ready. There is a surprise in this book, one of the pigs is a GIRL!!
This is a cute version of the Three Little Pigs that boys and girls can all relate too.
This book is great when reading different versions of the Three Pig Fairy Tales and can be used to compare this version to other versions of the story, plus it is just FUN to read!

Don't forget to check out the other picks of 2012!!

Happy Monday!!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Finally--- Be My Valenswine and a FLASH SALE


I have FINALLY finished a new unit for my TPT STORE!

Haven't made anything in awhile due to my illness. It took some time for my creative juices to start flowing again! But I have finally completed something and I am working on something else.

My new unit is called------Be My Valenswine
Check it out at my TpT store! Just click on the pic!!

This unit has lots of MATH and LITERACY STATIONS!!
There is even a cutesy, piggy and heart CRAFTIVITY!! 

I am so excited to have something new finished that I am having a FLASH SALE!!

Buy my Be My Valenswine Unit and get 1 item from my TPT Store FREE!!  Yes----FREE!!

Check it out!  Hope you have an awesome evening, I am off to watch American Idol!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Guest Blogger and a Freebie!!

 I am so EXCITED!!

I have a GUEST BLOGGER tonight!!

It is my good friend and colleague---WAIT FOR IT!---Cynthia Vautrot!

She always has such great ideas and products to use in the classroom and

she even has a FREEBIE to share with YOU!

Hello Everyone!
I'm Cynthia from 2nd Grade Pad.

 I'm so excited to be guest blogging at my dear, dear friend Teresa's 2nd Grade Pig Pen blog today.  As you probably remember, Teresa has had some mighty serious and scary health issues the last few months.  She is truly a miracle given back to us by God. 
She will tell you all about it, I'm sure, once she is feeling up to it.  In the meantime, several of her friends in the bloggy world have gotten together to help her out by doing some guest posts for her.
Today, I'm guest blogging about my favorite part of the day...READING!

  I LOVE teaching reading.  Call me crazy, but the group that I request to teach each year is the lowest group.  I have such a desire to instill that love of reading in each student, helping fill in their gaps, identify those that need to be in the RTI process and see their reading abilities take off and SOAR!!! 

3-weeks needs based groups are so effective in helping students.  There can be any combination of a groups' needs taught during the 15 minutes each group rotates through.    For my particular level of students, we are working on sight words using the Instant Word List and phonics.

I use needs-based groups to help my struggling students in reading.  It is very precise and also very streamlined.

Everything I need is in this bin.

This year I am keeping the current 3-week plans in this 3-prong pocket folder.  I have 3 pages.  One for each group along with three baggies labeled group 1, group 2, and group 3 which are stored in the front pocket. These baggies contain the Instant Words each group is practicing.  

I use  this write-wipe board for the phonics work.

The spelling book which accompanies our reading series is used for the phonics portion.  Sometimes I also call out nonsense words.  After all, it IS the lowest group and they still struggle with those short vowel sounds.  I do 5 words each day.  The students write them on a dry/erase board.  If they get all 5 correct they get a little treat, such as candy or stickers.  (It's A.MAZ.ING what they'll do for a shiny or smelly sticker!) HA!

In the past, I have also used a folder for each group with the current 3-weeks plans and Instant Words.

The front of the the 3-week lesson plans.  The bottom X-Knows should be highlighted.  I assess each student at the end of the 3 weeks.  If the student  has learned the word, the X will be highlighted.

The back of my lesson plan has the explicit teacher talk so that anyone (including a sub) can walk into my room and teach the lesson in the same manner I teach.

Do you use 3-week plans in your classroom?  How do you utilize Needs-Based Groups?

If you want to learn more, feel free to contact me.  You can also purchase a comprehensive 180 page unit with explicit instructions in my TPT Store

I'm sharing a freebie I use for this group.  Short vowel mini-anchor charts.

Thanks to my good friend Cynthia for being my GUEST BLOGGER!! She is AWESOME!!

 I am also linking up to Classroom Freebies For MANIC MONDAY!!

You can find lots of freebies!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Is it a Letter, A Word, Or A Sentence?

Students must decide and cut and paste under the correct category.

 Thanks! Have a great evening!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Linky Party--Five For Friday!

 Hi! I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Friday Linky of five random things that happened during the week. Click on the pic to join up!

 Go over to Doodle Bugs and join up! I would love to know the five random things that happened to you this week!!

1. I am celebrating my One-year Blogiversary!! I am having a big giveaway!! You could win my ENTIRE TPT STORE!!  You should see the post before this one to enter!

2. Due to health problems, I have had to take an early retirement. I was not ready to retire, but I have to take care of myself, so on Tuesday I turned in my retirement papers. I have been teaching 28 years, only had 2 more to go to reach 30!! Oh well, God has other plans. This will be me:

3.After being at home(except for a months stay in the hospital) since October, my husband took me to school to see all my friends and colleagues. It was so good to see everybody!!  I was so glad to be out of the house. Then my husband took me to eat lunch!

4. Finally after filing for my disability insurance in November, I received my check in the mail today!
  WooHoo!! This will really help with my bills!   Cha-Ching!
 5. I have been working on 2 products for TpT. One Valentine math and literacy packet and one January and February Poetry packet. Click on the pic below and get a Valentine freebie!!


Well, this pretty well sums up my week. Hope you had a great week!  


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I'm Back and It Is Time To Celebrate!!

To celebrate my return and my One-year BLOGIVERSARY, I am giving away my TPT store!!

 YES--You heard right--giving away my entire TPT Store!

 One winner will win EVERY product in my store. I am so glad to be back blogging and so thankful for all the prayers I have received during my illness and recovery, I want to GIVE back!

 I can't believe I have been blogging for one year! It has been so much fun and I have learned so much and met so many wonderful teachers during this past year!


2nd Prize-- choose 3 products from my TPT Store

3rd Prize--Choose 1 product from my TPT Store

For a chance to win, complete the Rafflecopter below and leave your e-mail so I can let you know if you are a winner.

Can't wait to see who wins!!

I will announce the winner on Monday morning!!