Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have 3 winners of The Reading Game to announce!
The winners are:

Congrats ladies!  I sent you an e-mail with more details!
I hope that your kiddos enjoy it as much as mine!

The Reading Game Review and Giveaway!

The Reading Game!

I was contacted about doing a review for the game a few weeks ago from the lovely people who make this wonderful reading game.
This is a crazy busy time of year, but I have a few kiddos who I thought would really benefit and have fun with this, so decided to try it out!
Boy, am I glad that I did!
The kiddos had a blast!
I used it in my small reading groups.


The first part of the game is a fast paced matching style game.  They have to match and read the words as they go.  Above, you see that we mixed two sets together to make it a little more challenging because there were two players.  My kiddos said things like"
"This is so much fun!"
"Are we doing reading?"
"I am really good at this!"

After you play the matching part of the game and you are confident that they kiddos know the words, the read a card that coordinates with the colors and numbers of the matching game you play.
They enjoyed this as well.  
Once you have played and the kiddos have mastered all of the words for a particular color, then there is a book to read with the words that they learned!
It was great to see them so excited to "graduate" to the book!
My groups keep asking me to play again.
This game is perfect for kindergarteners, first graders, and those second graders who might need a little review!  My students and I really enjoy this game and we would recommend it to anyone! For more information, click on the picture below to go to their website!
Also, don't forget to enter my little giveaway!  I am giving away 3 separate copies of the game!  Hurrah!

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Hello all!
I am writing this week about things that made me smile this week!
With so much negativity going on about schools and teachers I thought I would start focusing on the positive.  Of course, my students make me smile everyday!

I discovered this week that one of my students might be a little OCD.
My math tools have never been so organized!

Even the pattern block templates are all lined up!

We started a new grading period on Monday!  That means NEW PENCILS!

Aren't they pretty?

I use Everyday Math in my classroom, so we count the days that we have been in school.
My creative son decided my days marker needed some jazzing up!

That is a self-portrait by the O-town.  He is just along for the ride!

And, last but not least, I got some fun new school supplies this week!
Not sure what I am going to use this for yet, but it is fun!
Happiness is fun new teacher pens!

What made you smile this week?

Start the Year off Inspired...

...with a Teacher Pay Teachers Sale!

I don't know about you, but I NEED a sale!
I am linking up with some other amazing bloggers who have their stores on sale as well!
You can save 28% using the code: Start16
Some of the items that I will have on sale include:

My newest creation:
February Activities

These are quick, fun, critical thinking, writing, and math activities that will get your kiddos out of their seats and talking to each other!

The word preview is upside down so you can see the graph!  These 2 pages would be printed back to back.

This is also part of my Growing Bundle of Mini-Mission!  Right now it is $22, when all of the months are added it will be $34.  The price goes up with each new set added!
Growing Bundle: Mini-Missions!

My best sellers are also on sale:

Writing Prompts

This product has:
 4 Narrative Story Prompts 

2 Descriptive Prompts

2 Compare and Contrast Prompts

and 2 Opinion Prompts 
Prompts are print and go, they are at the top of the paper that your students will do their writing on.
Each prompt also come with your choice of lines!

You can try a free sample of my Pick a Prompts HERE!

Reading Response

These are just a few pages.  All pages come in horizontal, vertical,
and full page format!

This product has 116 pages of responses, reading logs, read with someone logs, read with the teacher log, and covers for your journals.  It also includes rubrics to give your students a grade for their responses for the week!  It is one of my best sellers for a good reason!

Of course, all of these sellers also have great products for a great price!  See you at the sale! (I CAN'T WAIT!)

Ben Rides On!

Hi all!  If you are looking for my next installment (and Freebie) for the Young Hoosier Book Award nominees, it is over at Who's Who and Who's New this week!  Click on the picture and go and see what is going on (and get your freebie!)
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cookie Hop! Yum!

So, I don't know about you, but the Santa who stops at our house prefers Oreo Truffles (and a good craft beer) as opposed to cookies and milk!

Oreo truffles are sooooooo easy to make, and my boys LOVE to help make them!  So, here we go!
Click on the recipe above to take you to a printable version!
Hop on through to find some other amazing cookie recipes from:

Persuasive Writing with Crankee Doodle (pst...there's a freebie too)!

Young Hoosier Books

Hello all!
This week I want to talk about another great Young Hoosier Nominee:
Crankee Doodle by  Tom Angleberger (he wrote the wonderful Origami Yoda Series)  my boys LOVE the Origami Yoda books, but that is for a whole other post!)
Persuasive Writing Freebie

This book is a play on the Yankee Doodle song (which of course we all had to sing at the end). In this fun story, Pony is trying to talk Mr. Doodle into going into town.
Mr. Doodle is not interested.
We talked about how Pony is trying to PERSUADE Mr. Doodle.  He tries a lot of different ways to get C.D. into town.  Does he succeed?
I created a fun comic strip page for the kiddos to write their own Persuasive arguments about why Mr. Doodle should go into town.
Persuasive Writing with Crankee Doodle
You can download it for your kiddos by clicking on the picture!
Thanks so much for stopping by!


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