Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BOOST SALE!

Hey all! I haven't been on here in a bit because Mia is here!! She made her debut on August 10 at 7:01p.m. She was 6 lb. 10 oz. and 19 in. We are sooooo in love with our sweet baby girl!

 
If you haven't heard, TpT is having a back to school boost sale!! Everything in my store and many others will be up to 28% off on August 20th! Just use promo code BOOST at checkout!! Click the image below to shop my store!
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lauren-Lynes


 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Classroom Projects, a FREEBIE, and a Preview!

This week I have been working up at the school with Amy! We are trying to get as much ready as possible, as Baby Mia could be here any day now!! We have gotten a LOT done... so much, in fact, that we get to take tomorrow off! The pool is calling my name...

I just wanted to share a couple things I worked on in our classroom this week. Every year our class participates in the Thunder Reading Challenge! From the months of November through April, students compete to read the most minutes at home. At the end of each month, we tally up the total minutes each child read, and the top reader gets a prize and a certificate from the Oklahoma City Thunder! I am always super jealous of all the prizes :) I updated our bulletin board with a new banner and I think it turned out pretty cute!!

 
Our school is doing a Superhero theme this year, so I made this little scene for outside our classrooms! I used black butcher paper and white paint to make the buildings. We will put our kiddos' names on it once we get our finalized class lists!
 
 
One of our friends/teammates retired last year, so we aquired a lot of new-to-us books for our class library {which was already pretty ginormous!} so we had to add more baskets, edit what went in the baskets, etc. Plus, I had had the same labels for a couple of years, so it was time for a change. I used Meet Miss Parker's adorable herringbone digital papers to make some new book bin labels, and I am LOVING how they turned out!!
 
I am also LOVING my new laminator that I got from our PTA last year {especially since our building laminator is out of film}! Why did I wait so long to get my own?!? Best. Thing. EVER!

 

 
I made a pack of freebies for you all using these digital papers. There are 11 different color schemes, and 6 blank labels per page. The labels can be used for anything... book bins, supplies, nametags... Click HERE or on the picture below to check out this freebie!
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Herringbone-Labels-FREEBIE-1377531
 


 I have also been working hard on a new phonics pack that I hope to finish in the next day or two! The printables have your students highlight and graph word patterns {ai/ay words, for example}. Then they will use some of the words to use in complete sentences, put in ABC order, or write rhyming words. I am pretty excited about this pack, and hope to get it posted SOON!! So be on the lookout!

 
Thank you to everyone who purchased products from my store during the big TPT sale!! I am overwhelmed by your support! THANK YOU!! :) OH!! Annnnd I am only 4 followers away from 500 on TPT! I cannot believe it! I will have to think of a giveaway :) :) 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Big Sale Starts TOMORROW!!

Don't forget that TPT's Back to School Sale runs tomorrow and Tuesday {August 4 & 5}! Everything in my store will be up to 28% off with promo code BTS14!

 
I want to take a second to say thank you to anyone who has ever purchased or downloaded items from my little store! Your support means so much to me! When I "opened up shop" a couple of years ago, I never thought I would end up where I am today, so THANK YOU!
 
Happy shopping :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

It's almost time for THE BIG SALE!!!

Hey friends! I am popping in real quick to remind everyone that TPT's Back to School Sale is coming up!! On August 4 & 5, everything in my store will be up to 28% off with promo code BTS14!

 
Here are some products for Back to School that you may be interested in! Just click on each picture to check them out!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Back-to-School-MEGA-Pack-Grades-1-3-762174

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Back-to-School-Snapshots-K-3-Craftivity-1326268

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fun-With-Kevin-Henkes-Friends-An-Author-Study-766612

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chevron-Dots-Black-and-White-Classroom-Labels-714409
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Glyph-Craftivity-BUNDLE-11-Glyphs-Craftivities-for-the-Whole-Year-785252

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Journal-Prompts-Back-to-School-266957
 
And don't forget to check out my novel and book units, seasonal packs, and my different math games and puzzles! Now is the perfect time to stock up for the year :) Now I need to go get my cart ready for the big sale! Happy shopping!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

WINNER! {Sorry for the wait!}

I have one more week of summer until I can start working in my classroom. Our district closes all buildings during the summer. Does your building/district do this? It would be nice if they'd let us in once a week or something, so that we are not all stressing and scrambling around for one week before our mandatory work days {which really give us no time to work in our rooms!} But with the building being closed, it forces you to just really have a summer break :) Which I have been doing! I cannot believe it's almost August!! I really need to get my booty in gear because this summer I have done like NOTHING school related, other than create a few new units and packs for my class and TpT! I know I will not be at school until November, as Baby Mia is supposed to be here the day before school starts, but I want to help Amy get as much ready as possible :)

So with that being said, I really came on here to announce that Evelyn is the winner of my giveaway! I will be sending you Back to School Snapshots! Good luck in 2nd grade-you will LOVE it!!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Back-to-School-Snapshots-K-3-Craftivity-1326268

Monday, July 21, 2014

Let's play catch up.. and have a GIVEAWAY :)

I have been a horrible blogger this summer! I am not going to lie, I have not done too much school related all summer long!! This is really the first year in my 7 year teaching career that I have just enjoyed SUMMER! We have been so busy getting ready for Mia! We installed our car seat yesterday because she will be here in about 3 weeks!!! AHH! I am so excited, nervous, anxious, scared... I just can't wait to finally meet her :) I am due the day before school starts so depending on when she decides to come, I may or may not go to back to school stuff. I am just so very thankful that I team teaching. I think I would be a nervous wreck not starting the year with my class, but I trust Amy 100% and know the kids will be in great hands! And we finally have a sub set in place! It is one of our old 2nd grade assistants! So she knows how Amy and I roll, and Amy is super comfortable with her :) PTL!

So, we did our maternity shoot recently! My best friend did our photos and I am in LOVE with them! Here are just a few of the photos :)









We threw my mom a surprise 50th birthday party last weekend! She was SO surprised! We did it a couple weeks earlier than her birthday because my sister in law was in town, and we wanted to throw her off. And thank god we did it early, because there was no way I was going to be able to keep it from her much longer! I made these little scrapbook centerpieces and thought they turned out pretty cute! I think they'd be cute to use in the classroom for something :) I used this tutorial to make these. They are a bit time consuming, but turn out super cute :) 




Here was her fabulous cake! It turned out so cute and was oh, so yummy! Here was our original Pinspiration for this cake!


I have been trying to work on a couple things for our class, and for TpT before baby Mia comes. One of you will win your choice of these two new items! 

First up is a pack of 7 I Have...Who Has? games for 2nd grade math skills! Our kids love playing these games, but we only had a couple, so I wanted to make some more! What I love is that they are great time fillers! They're perfect when you have an extra 5 minutes to kill, but are wanting to do something meaningful. They also promote teamwork! This pack includes 7 games for these skills: fractions, place value, telling time, money, 2d/3d shapes, basic +/- facts, and +/-10 and +/-100. Click on the first picture or HERE to see it in my TpT store! These games were based off of 2nd grade common core skills, but would be great enrichment for 1st graders, or review/remediation for 3rd graders.




The second product I have posted recently is a back to school craftivity! It is similar to my Research in a Flash, but is a sort of getting to know you booklet for those first few days back! I think your kiddos will love it! There are templates that allow younger kids to draw, and templates for the bigger kids to draw and write. For little learners, it would be helpful to have the cameras already made :) Click HERE or on the first picture to check it out in my TpT store!




I want to give someone their choice of one of these packs! Just leave a comment with your email, and your choice and I will pick a winner this week! Feel free to pin these or share this giveaway with your friends! Congrats, Evelyn! You are the winner of Back to School Snapshots! I have emailed you a copy :) Enjoy!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five for Friday {with a New Research Craftivity!}


Happy Friday! I am linking up again with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday {two weeks in a row, whaaaat?!} Hope you'll join in on the fun and link up, too!

Mr. Hubs is very into the World Cup, and has gotten me into it, too! Although, I am definitely not as die hard as he is about it :) We went to a really fun watch party in downtown OKC! USA! USA! We are a little sad that Italy is out, though!

I am so excited about my newest product! Research is such an important skill for little learners, but sometimes it can be BORING. This camera craftivity will engage your kiddos, for sure! And I just think it is so darn cute :) I have included 38 premade templates for the following topics: planets, animals, biographies, states, and weather. There are also blank templates for you to write your own specific questions, or to let you kiddos choose what they'd like to research. Click HERE or on the first picture to see a more detailed description and to pick up a copy!




My parents just got back from Hawaii. Mr. Hubs, my brother, sister in law, and I were supposed to go on this trip for my mom's 50th birthday, but we went and got pregnant :) And my brother has a 6 week long training for the Air Force that he's teaching. Next time! Anyway, my parents brought me some of my favorite Hawaiian snacks... Which I don't think will last long if my appetite continues on the way it's been the past day or two! I have been STARVING no matter how much I eat!!


We have still been prepping for Mia. I finally got my hospital bag checklist done, now it's time to pack! It blows my mind that she will be here in less than 7 weeks! I really don't know how early one should pack, but I guess better earlier than too late :) Mia's nursery is almost done, so I will be posting pictures as soon as it is complete!


I don't have a number five, so I wish you all a fun weekend!