Saturday, July 27, 2013

And the winner is.....

The winner of the tool box is Ruby !!!!

Congratulations!!!! Thanks to everyone who has followed me and entered! I will definitely have to do more giveaways!!!

AAAAArgh You Still Shopping???

Well, here we are! It is week 2 of the 

Boy, have I had a busy!!! I am moving so I have to pack up my house so my cart was filled with more then just school supplies this week!

Before I show my cart, I have a little quote that really cracked me up and I think it relates to many of us! I put it in my post about the 10 Things I Learned from teaching but it fits here as well!

So now onto my shopping this week!

I went to three stores this week: Target, Party City and Staples! I went crazy in Party City!

At Party City, I found some cute lanterns and fans to hang from my ceiling. I also got some eye patches for my AAAAAAAArgh You Having a Birthday pictures, pirate pencils for their birthday bags and a pink mustache pencil topper and pencil!

I am going to use the Pink Mustache as my talking stick, They will hold it in small group when they Mustache me a question!

I was disappointed with Target this week! :( They were cleaned out but I was able to get my Story Cubes. I was very excited about this. I will be using these in small groups and also to choose what they will be writing at times in their journals! We will also be using them to create class and group stories together.

My last stop was Staples!! Of course I found some things that I NEEDED!!!! They had amazing pens onsale and of course their 25 cent deals are worth the trip!

Now, I did buy other things that are not pictured because they are for my Back To School Blogger buddy!

Well, gotta get back to packing!!! I move on Wednesday!!!

I can not wait to see what is in your cart!!!

Happy Shopping, everyone!!!!!!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

10 Things I Learned from Teaching

I have linked up for this great linky withMiss Kindergarten. I have been teaching for many years and to narrow it down to just 10 really took some thought! LOL!!

So after much thought, here is my list of 10 things that I have learned from teaching:

1. There is no such thing as having too many school supplies!
   This makes Staples, Walmart and Target very very happy!! But normally not your significant other!!

2. My classroom is never done! I am always finding new things to do, add, change etc. Pinterest in a teacher's best friend!

3. Brain breaks are a teacher's best friend!

4. Do not expect them to remember the rules about the supplies or to  have the same amount of supplies daily! There is such a thing as the crayon burglar... it does not matter how you have your kindergarteners hold onto their crayons, they are missing daily!! Yes, you will have to remind them daily about the rules of glue!!!

5. Always be prepared for their answers. You may not  get what you are looking for the first time you ask a question in Kindergarten. Their quotes and answers are priceless! Always write them down to make you smile later on!!!

6. Going to the bathroom is no longer a need during the school year! Bathroom time is a valuable commodity during the day!

7. Watch what you say because there are always those little ones who take you literally!
8. Always be prepared because if something is going to go wrong it is when administration comes in for a walk through or observation so we always must....
9. Always always make sure the custodians,specialists,  secretaries, cafeteria workers and the nurses are your best friend!!!! You never know when you are going to need them! Especially in Kindergarten on days we use glitter!

10. Being a teacher is the most amazing and rewarding profession one could ever have. There is no place else on Earth where you get continuous hugs, complements daily and touch the lives of our most important commodity on Earth: Children!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a video that I thought was amazing!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

500 Instagram Followers Giveaway!

I could not believe my eyes! I signed into my Instagram account and saw I had 503 followers!!! I was so excited! To celebrate and to thank all of those who followed me, I am doing a special giveaway! Leave a comment on my blog, follow my blog and like my post on Instagram about this giveaway. Do all of this by Friday, July 26! The prize is a teacher toolbox completed in your color choice.

Good luck and thank you for your support.

Here's your prize:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Elmers Glue: Not Just For Crafts Anymore!

Attention all!!
How many of you love Elmers Glue? We continuously tell our little ones, "just a dot not a lot!"
Well, I am excited to be sharing with you a club that they have just for teachers! This is free to join. You just go to Once you join and create a profile, you are all set. You can access lesson plans, share lesson plans and find projects to use in your classroom. You can also upload projects that you do as well.

They also have a teacher blog that had some wonderful posts! Very informative!! And it doesn't stop there..
They have this awesome app called the 1st day of school app. Just download and you can take pictures of your kids and write any quotes they said. You can chronicle all of your kids first day of school throughout their lifetime or your classes throughput your career! This app allows you to create and share memories of the first day of school. If you use it with you can create and share slide shows of the first day of school with your friends and families. What is even more amazing is for every picture uploaded, Elmers will donate a project to Kids In Need. What a great way to share your memories and provide an opportunity for others to receive the supplies they normally would not be able to!
Go check this club and app out! They are free! They are a great resource! What do you have to lose????

Saturday, July 20, 2013

AAAAAArgh you ready to start shopping?

Sorry everybody that my post is a little late!!! I just picked my computer up from the computer hospital where it has been recovering from burnout for the past four days and I could not post this from my smartphone! :( 

So,Who doesn't like to go shopping with the girlfriends?! This fun linky party gives you a sneaky peeky into everyone else's shopping cart. Here's how it works: Snap some pictures of your back to school finds. Blog about your school supplies. Put the image above on your post and link it back to this blog. Then come back and add your blog to our linky party. 
Wait...there's more! You can link up today and for the next two Saturdays. At that time, the store will close. We'll draw names to select one shopper as the winner! If you win, you'll get to pick an item from each of stores as our thank you for joining.
Hosts are....yours truly: Mrs. Price's Kindergators. And...

 Pinkadots Elementary

Now here's my Super  Saturday share...

I am addicted to school supplies!! I love them and will always have a good reason to buy more What better reason then the Target Dollar Spot!!!!!! I should really say I am addicted to buying anything for my classroom!!

I have bought foam clocks to show what time specials and lunch are!!! Very excited and cannot wait to put these on my wall!!!

I bought dry erase pocket charts!!! Love anything that is dry erase!!!

Flashcards galore is what the dollar spot has and they even had dry erase addition ones!! <3

Of course, they had pencil cups for my small groups and Dr.Seuss stickers!!!

This was just a few of the things I got at the Dollar Spot! 

Did I stop there?...

No way, I went to Staples and I got glue, post its, ducktape and memo pads.

Did I stop at Staples??? Of course not, I hit Big Lots and got some containers!!! These are for my book bins!!

Did I stop there??? Nope, one more stop...Walmart and I got myself a mustache tank and some plates to use as dryerase boards in small groups!!!

Don't forget to link up! I can not wait to see what everybody purchased and see all of the awesome ideas you all have!!!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Back to School Linky

I am participating in a linky with Covered in Glitter and Glue for an awesome back to school secret pal. If you are interested just click on the link below to go and sign up!! Come on you only have until July 21!!!

click here to link up!!!!!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Aaarrrrgh you ready to read!

I am in a creative mood today.  I painted two plastic tubs Brown.  I made a pirate flag that has pirates asking if you aarrgh ready to read a good book and attached the flag to the container.  Added a funky pillow and voila the kids have a pirate ship to sit in and read their books in the class library! !!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I did it!!!

I have been working on this for a couple of days and I can proudly say,  it is done!
I had this plain wooden table in my classroom and I was bored with it.  So I painted the top with chalkboard paint and painted the words dream, imagine, explore and laugh along the outside.  For the legs I bought funky ribbon at AC Moore on sale for 2.00 a spool and covered the legs and outside edge using spray adhesive.  I think it came out pretty good! !!! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Winners of my first giveaway!!!!

I have completed my first giveaway! !! Yay!!! The winners are kristi h and amber nicole. I have sent email to both of them! Congratulations and I am working on my next giveaway! !!!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

My First Blog Award

I have been nominated for my first blogging award!!! I am so excited. The wonderful Krystyn at nominated me!! i am o grateful and excited!!!

The award is called the Liebster Award.

To accept the nomination I must:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated me
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees
6. Contact your nominees and let them know you nominated them

My nominees:

My Questions:
1. What is your favorite part about the summer?

 Being able to read the many books I do not have time for during the school year and spending time with my daughter!

2. How do you relax?

I relax by reading and crafting!

3. What is your favorite non-school related activity?

I love to travel, taking day trips to unknown and new places!

4. Why did you start blogging?

To meet teachers from all over and to improve my teaching through the ideas of these awesome teachers I have encountered since I began blogging.

5. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

I would love to live in Alaska!

6. What is one thing you want to try with your students next year?

I want to try using QR codes!! These look like they would be an awesome activity for my kindergarteners.

7. What is your favorite Pinterest-inspired meal/activity/etc. that you have made or want to make?

i would have to say my birthday pencil flower pot. My kids love picking a pencil with a flower attached for their birthday!

8. What is your favorite blog? (Besides mine.)

OOOh, this is a hard one! I have many that are my favorite!!! I guess I would have to say.....

9. If you weren't a teacher, what would you be?

I don't know because I have always wanted to be a teacher ever since I can remember. I guess if I had to choose another profession, I would be a forest ranger.

10. What is one thing you are looking forward to next school year?

My new group of students!!!

11.  When was the last time you were on a plane and where did you go?

August 2012 and I went to Florida.

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I am a huge Gators fan!!!
2. My favorite animal is the alligator.
3. I love Pete the Cat!
4. I have gone dogsledding.
5. I have skydived!
6. I am a huge Boston Redsox and New England Patriots Fan!
7. I traveled across country down Route 66.
8. I collect willow tree angels.
9. My favorite time of year is Christmas.
10. I was born and raised in New England and I will always be a New England Girl!

My Questions
1. What is your favorite grade to teach?
2. What is your favorite time of year and why?
3. What was your favorite trip you have ever taken?
4. What was the last conference you attended?
5. What was the last book you read?
6. How do you relax during the school year?
7. How long have you been blogging?
8. Where did you go to College?
9. What is your favorite product off of Teachers Pay Teachers?
10. Do you use a smart board in your classroom?

Friday, July 5, 2013

Enthusiasm!!! Do you have It!!! Chapter 6 of Teach Like A Pirate

Oh my!! I am a little behind in my book study so I will be posting several chapters over the next two days!!

This chapter is on enthusiasm. Did you notice that we started with passion and ending with enthusiasm? These are the pinnacles!! Passion and enthusiasm are needed t be the teacher we all should want to be!

Dave Burgess has some wonderful insights throughout this amazing book. The one quote I would thought I felt hit home and we all know teachers like this is and I quote, "I'll always choose a teacher with enthusiasm over weak technique over one with brilliant strategies but who is punching a clock. Why? An enthusiastic teacher can learn technique, method, and strategy, but it is almost impossible to light a fire inside the charred heart of a burned out teacher." This quote really says a lot about our system.

Enthusiasm is what makes our students succeed. Enthusiasm is what keeps our hearts young. Enthusiasm is what makes our classrooms a second home not just a job. Enthusiasm is what sets teachers apart. Enthusiasm is what make the students want to come to school. Enthusiasm is the sark that lights the flame inside every child that enters our room.

Without enthusiasm and passion what do we have? We have clock punchers!

Remember if you are enthusiastic those around you will be enthusiastic. As the doors sang, Come on baby light my fire!! This is what our students are looking for and need. Somebody to light their fire for learning and success!

I loved this video and thought I would place it here. Yes, teachers are people too! This is a point that many people seem to overlook!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Getting Acquainted Linky

I am linking up with all og my blogging friends and those who I hope will soon be my blogging friends for this awesome getting acquainted linky hosted by Flying Into First.

Here is what we need to do!! The linky is a tic tac toe board. You need to choose three topics to write about and they must make a tic tac toe! So here is the board!!

So here is my tic tac toe!!

1. I went to ______________ college and a favorite memory

Well, I went to the University of Florida!! GOOOOO GAAATTTTOOOOOOORRRSSSSS!!!

 and my favorite memories of school have to be all around the Football games at the Swamp!! If you have ever been there you will understand the amazing feeling you get when you enter and when you chomp your way through a gator football game. The tailgating and the games are absolutely life changing!!!

2. Share about your first year of teaching.
Well, my first year of teaching was in a kindergarten class with 42 children. I was overwhelmed. I had very little assistance from anyone. I started in February and I was the 7th teacher to have braved this situation. I would have to say that it was like herding cats. The children were everywhere!! These cowboys know how I felt!!

I hope you enjoyed the video because it depicts what happens when you out 42 kindergarteners and a new teacher in one room!!!!

3. My grade to teach and why

By far my favorite grade to teach is Kindergarten. Why???? Because they come in as young children without many of the skills needed and they leave young ladies and young men reading, writing, adding and smiling. There is an energy that yu get when you teach Kindergarten! The students are amazing and their zest for life and love of learning makes every day a new and wonderful experience! Who would not love to teach in a world like this!