Daily Color Word Practice FREEBIE

Wow!  I am meeting so many new people through the Newbie Blog Hop.  I plan to check out everyone on the list over the next week or so.  I start back to work tomorrow - so sad summer is over for me!

I have great anxiety about starting school tomorrow.  My new room is still under construction and Back to School Night is Thursday - yes, Thursday!  Also, my mom went into the hospital last night with pneumonia and undiagnosed pain that they have not figured out yet.   They are treating her with antibiotics and pain meds and running tests.  She thinks she's going home Tuesday.  She says she just has too much to do to be in the hospital.  Like mother, like daughter!   

So, this week is all about breathing deep, taking it one day at a time, and trusting God (and working some late nights).

I have a freebie for you today that I hope will be really useful for you.  I have a Daily Color Word Practice pack with 13 sheets of color word sentence writing practice.    

This would be great for seat/bell work for the first couple of weeks of school if you use one sheet a day.  It would also be good for early finishers or to use with directed handwriting practice.  I do directed handwriting practice daily with first graders.  It helps so much.  I talk it out loud to them as we write together and I make a big deal about taking your time and doing your best.

So, I hope this is a very useful pack for you.  Click on the picture to get your free download.

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Have fun teaching!
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DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin Boards

Do you want bulletin boards that stay nice all year with no fuss? I have the solution.  Make your own fabric-covered bulletin boards that stay in new condition for years and flex with the seasons.

Get supply list and step by step directions over at Classroom DIY where I am blogging today.

Classroom DIY

This project is great because you can make a board to custom fit any size space that you have in the classroom.  I have them in all different sizes in my room.  You can tie the color of them all together, if you make more than one, or make them different colors.  The insulation board is very light and easy to work with.  
I pick a neutral border trim that I leave up all year but you can change it to fit the theme of your board.  See one of my bulletin boards below used at Christmas and the same board again in April and May.  I promise you will love these!

Have fun teaching,
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Back to School Welcome Post Cards Manic Monday FREEBIE

Well, summer is winding down for me.  I go back to school July 24th and the students arrive on August 1st.  From reading others blogs, I see that I am not the only one that starts school so early!  Are there any of you out there, like me, that grew up starting school after Labor Day?

I am still on vacation with my family for a couple more days in cool Colorado before returning to Phoenix, Arizona.  I am trying to soak in and appreciate all that coolness!

I have a Welcome Post Card FREEBIE for you today that I am linking up with Classroom Freebies.  There is also a Thank You! card.  There are cards for Pre-K through 8th grade.  I hope you like it!  The last page has a post card back that you can optionally copy back to back with the front of the cards.

Just click on the picture to download yours.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  I hope it is longer than mine!
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Monday Made It Linky!

I am linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics, Monday Made It linky.  She had 155 link ups last week so if you are looking for project inspiration you have got to go check out this linky party.

This is my first time to link up.  I am just getting started working on my classroom for this year.  I will be in a new room this year.  I have painted it and put up new window covering so far.  I will have to wait to start moving  my stuff in and organizing it because my charter school is housed in a church and they are using the room.  The room is also next door to the main office so it is also being used to house anything that doesn't fit in the office - uniforms, donated books, unwanted furniture, etc.

This was really stressing me out so I started on a small project to make me feel like I am doing something to get my room ready.

I decided to try covering my very ugly brown clipboards with scrapbook paper and modge podge.  This was a fun project and I love how they turned out.
First I made a paper template of the clipboard.
Next I cut out scrapbook paper to the shape of the pattern.  The paper is shorter than the pattern so I cut an additional piece of scrapbook paper to put at the bottom.
I planned out more clipboards with coordinating paper.
Here are 3 of the finished clipboards.  They are shiny because they are still drying.
I think I am really going to enjoy these!
Next I need to work on my wall words and bulletin boards.  
Have fun teaching!
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Follow the Road to a Pot of Gold filled with Freebies!

Follow for Freebies

International Blog Hopping Day was last Thursday, July 5th.  I am linking up my classroom freebies with Kreative in Kinders Follow the Road to a Pot of Gold! Link up, celebrating that day.  Just click on the picture of the freebie you want and it will take you to the download.

Then click on the Follow the Road button and go to the linky to see the other bloggers who have linked up freebies.  There are 130 of them!

I hope you all are having a great summer!  For some of us it is winding down.  I go back to school July 23rd for teacher training and school starts August 1st.  It is going so fast!
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I am linking up with Farley's currently.
Here is what I am up to currently...

Living in Arizona, we don't get a lot or rain outside of the monsoon season.  So, I am really enjoying the afternoon rains in Colorado.  Everything is so lush and green and the flowers are absolutely beautiful.  It is so nice to be with my family and extended family.  My daughter and niece are 1 month apart in age, to the day, and they are inseparable when they get together.

I can't wait to watch the Olympics.  We haven't had cable TV for over 2 years and we got it again just for the Olympics (although now we are hooked on it and won't be able to give it up again any time soon).

This is the year that I would like to get in shape and reach my goal weight, so I am needing to get started.  I would like to get into some new habits before I start back to school again in a couple of weeks.

And, last but not least, I LOVE to read any Skippyjon Jones book aloud. I do the accent and sing the songs and I just love it.  Professionally, I am reading Fred Jones' Tools for Teaching to add to my classroom management  tool box before I start working with an older group of kids this year.

So, that is what I am doing currently.  I will be reading the other currently posts to see what everyone else is up to this summer.

There are over 300 link ups already at Oh' Boy 4th Grade, so, just in case you haven't read her post yet, she also has some very cute "Pledge of Allegiance" posters you can grab.  Thanks Farley!

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And The Award Goes To...

I am so excited and honored to receive a couple of awards from some awesome bloggers.  I am even more excited to pass these awards on to others! I am a fairly newbie blogger and I would be half the teacher without my online teaching family.

I love to read other bloggers blogs.  All of the ideas shared make us all better teachers!   I also love to share freebies because, teaching, after all, can be expensive!
Thank you to Miss Sara from Miss Elementary and Nicole from Rowdy in Room 300 for giving me the Versatile Blogger Award!

Miss Elementary
Rowdy in Room 300
I also want to thank Chelsey from The Wild West, Leslie from The Groovy Teacher, and Aimee V. from Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks for giving me the Lovely Blog Award. 
miss west's Class
Thank you also to Nicadez with A Teacher's Idea for giving me the Liebster Blog award. 
a teacher's Idea
Please click on these awesome teacher's blog names or buttons to go to their sites.  I follow them all and they are overflowing with fabulous ideas.  I hope you will follow them too.

I am passing on these three awards to the following teacher's who inspire me and who are truly great.  Some are new bloggers, like me, and some have been blogging a while.  They are ALL amazing!

I follow them all and you will want to too.  Many of them already have these awards but I want to recognize them and make sure you know about them too.   You can go to each of their sites by clicking on their buttons below.
Krogers Kindergarten
Jens Kinder Kids 
Ginger Snaps
surfin' Through Second
Teaching Maddeness
Learning Is Something to Treasure
Primarily Speaking
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition
Grab My Button!
Teaching With Love and Laughter
Sissy Frissys
The guidelines of accepting these awards are to:
1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2.  Include a link to their site.
3.  Include the award image in your post.
4.  Give 7 random facts about yourself
5.  Nominate 15 other bloggers with a link to their site. (I got carried away and listed 20 blogs.  I just want to make sure you know about all of them).
6.  Let nominated bloggers know you have nominated them.

Now, 7 random facts about myself:

1.  I met my husband in architecture school and we worked together in our own firm for 10 years.
2.  I was 40 the first time I went to Disneyland!  I had always wanted to go and have now been there 4 times.
3.  I love to bake, but hate to cook.  I seem to be passing this trend onto my daughter.
4.  My husband jumped on the teaching bandwagon last year and now we work together again - this time as teachers.
5.  I was my son's K and 1st grade teacher and next year will be my daughter's 6th grade teacher.
6.  I went to India and Nepal for 5 months for my honeymoon.
7.  I was born in Okinawa, Japan.

Now for an amazing giveaway!


Mrs. Standard's 500 Follower Giveaway ends at Midnight EST tonight.  Be sure you enter today if you haven't.
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