Sunday, August 21, 2016

Boost Sale!

Do you still need some back to school activities, or wanna stock up on some great products for the coming months? Well tomorrow is the day to do it! TpT is having an extra sale tomorrow, August 22! Everything in my store will be up to 28% off with code ONEDAY. Click HERE to take a peek!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

My Favorite Back to School Activities!

I can't believe back to school is just around the corner! With my new art gig, I am really going to miss doing some of my favorite back to school activities! These activities all come from my Back to School Mega Pack! It's 28% the rest of the day (along with everything else in my store!) with promo code BESTYEAR.

I always like to start the year with bucket filling. You can read more about it here. I am trying to figure out a way to incorporate it in the art room, because I think it is SO important and really helps build a positive classroom community. It also really helps cut down on behavior issues!

After reading Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, we would always make our class name graph where we would graph the syllables in our names. Then the kids would make this cute little craftivity about their names!

After reading I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, I would have the kids do this response sheet. 

This getting to know you activity is always a hit! The kids love making this adorable iPad craftivity, and it's so fun to get to know your new kiddos! (You purchase this craftivity separately from the pack by clicking here).

It is really bittersweet leaving second grade after nine years. I am going to miss doing activities like this. But I will say, it is kind of nice not having to get ready for open house, putting names on everything, and all of the other "normal" back to school stuff. However, organizing the art supplies has been quite the task! :) But I am so, soooo excited for this new adventure, and to be able to focus on art all day! 

I hope you all are finding some great deals at the sale! Be sure to check out my monthly centers! I've got August-October posted. Buy now, save money! Click on each cover to check out each pack of centers!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Back to School SALE!

Can you believe it is already time for TpT's back to school sale? I can't either, but am so excited to do some shopping for this new year in the art room!

During the sale, August 1st & 2nd, everything in my store will be up to 28% off with promo code BESTYEAR! Click on the image above or here to check out my store!

Here are some fun back to school items from my shop! Click on each image to check them out. Some are oldies, and some are new! This is the best time to stock up for the school year! And be sure to take a peek around my store for LOTS of different items, including novel and literature units, centers, seasonal printables, and much more :)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

New stuff for my art room!

I am not ready for summer to be over by any means, but y'all, I am just DYING to get into my new art room to organize and decorate! It is always fun to have a blank slate, and I cannot tell you how excited I am to just focus on ONE subject!

This summer I have really spent a lot of time finding great art lessons and units. I really have no curriculum map to follow, I just need to hit the required skills. So really I have a TON of freedom! Talk about exciting and overwhelming all at once! There are soooo many amazing ideas out there, that I almost don't even know where to begin. I am looking forward to getting in touch with some of the art teachers in our district to see how their year looks at a glance.

Besides all of my Pinteresting, I have made a couple of things for the classroom that I am just loving. You will probably be able to tell that the second grade teacher in me had a lot of influence! I hope the regular ed teachers appreciate it :)

I just love the way my art alphabet turned out! It will give my kids some extra exposure to some art vocabulary, and I hope it will help the littles if we are doing some writing about our artwork.

Aren't these little artists by Educlips just the CUTEST?! They were perfect for these posters! I can't decide if I will have these guys hanging up all year, or use them as we study different artists. I am leaning toward having an artist board that is displayed all year because they are just too dang cute not to!

And here are some clock hands. I figured it would be an easy way to reinforce some telling time with our kiddos. And the second grade teacher in me made me do it :)

Well I had Mia help me choose a winner for their pick of my new literacy centers! I scrolled the screen up and down and she picked a winner by touching the screen! Super scientific, I know :) Congrats to Michele B.! I will be emailing your Apple Literacy Centers to you :) Good luck on your first year in second grade! You will love it!

Friday, July 15, 2016

News to Share + a GIVEAWAY :)

Hey sweet friends! Are you there? If so, thank you for still following along, even though I haven't blogged in a REALLY long time! That little girl of mine keeps me super busy! And I will be real honest.. I just didn't feel very motivated to blog. Amy and I had the sweetest class this year. THE sweetest. We were so lucky! But long story short, micromanagement sucks, and I didn't think posting about our basal and our report card assessments was much fun :) 

So, some big changes are happening for this school year. At the end of April, I accepted a job in our district to be an elementary art teacher! I am beyond excited for this position! I had actually thought of going to school for art education because I have always been pretty passionate about it, but the realistic, worried side of me knew that it would be much harder to find a job where I wanted to be, since there is only one art teacher per school! So I majored in elementary ed instead (and later got some extra certifications), and ended up in second grade, which I ended up LOVING. It is such a fun grade! But in the back of my mind, I always said if an art position came about, I would try for it!

So I found out in the spring that there was a need for two art teachers in our district, and I was offered both positions! I ultimately chose the new school in our district, and I am THRILLED to be a part of it! I know a lot of the staff there, and I can already tell it is just SUCH a positive place, which is just what I need. And did I mention it's a new school, only going into its third year? So everything is still so nice and pretty and new :)

After nine years in second grade at the same school, this is going to be a HUGE change for me! I've only ever taught 2nd (unless you count my semester student teaching in 3rd). I am a little really nervous about those kinders.... they are so leeeeettle! But I am ohhhh-so excited to do teach and do art all day long, and not have to worry about all of the other "stuff" that comes with being a regular classroom teacher. 

I am not sure what the future of this blog will be. I can't decide if I should make it all about art, start a new art blog, post past ideas I would do in 2nd.... I am not sure! What I DO know is that I am still creating resources for TPT because I just really, really enjoy making things for kids, and things I know I would use in my own classroom! In fact, I wanted to show some of my newest ones to you!

I had a request to do some monthly literacy centers, and I have really enjoyed making these over the summer! I am excited to know that even though I won't be able to use them, that other teachers and students will get to! 

I am going to give one follower their choice of centers! Please leave a comment with your pick along with your email address, and I will choose a winner soon! Click on each picture to see the previews in my TPT store! I hope you will love them :)

Again, if you're still checking out this blog, THANK YOU. I appreciate it so very much!

Monday, May 2, 2016

I Appreciate YOU!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, sweet friends! I just wanted you all to know how much I have appreciated your support over the past several years that I have had this little blog and a TpT store! To show my appreciation, everything in my store will be up to 28% with code CELEBRATE at checkout! 

Below are some of my new products, as well as some great year end activities to check out! Click on each picture to check them out! Happy shopping!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

April Fools Day FREEBIE!

Hey sweet friends! April Fools Day is a little over a week away! Do you like to play pranks on people? Or do you just try to go about your day like normal? I usually don't even bring up the fact that it's April Fools Day to my students, just to avoid some unnecessary craziness :) However, I did just make this fun little following directions page  to do with our kiddos for morning work that day! It will have your kids doing some silly things, if they do not read very carefully! Pick up your freebie by clicking HERE or on the picture below! Let me know how your class does if you try it out next week!