Free Kid’s Haircuts at JCPenney Salons!

Ok, this isn’t exactly “teacher” related, but I’m sure there are other teachers out there with school aged children! 🙂  JC Penney Salons are offering free haircuts during the month of August for kids in Kindergarten-6th grade.  Yeah!  I know where I’m taking my boys for haircuts!  Gotta love free!

Crazy Cats Rhyming

I just posted a rhyming activity at TPT.   This is a great game for the beginning of the school year.
Reinforce your students rhyming skills! This game is played similarly to GO FISH, except that students say “Crazy Cats” when they don’t have a matching rhyme to give away. There are 40 words – 20 short vowel rhymes & 20 long vowel rhymes. The cards can also be used as a center for word work. There is a recording sheet to list the rhymes that you find.  It’s priced at $1.00.

3 Boxcar Children stories * free on Nook!

The Boxcar Children Summer Special: Three Adventures of the Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner, is free from Barnes & Noble.

Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble. Click on the NOOK Book $0.00 icon in the upper right corner, then confirm the purchase. If you usually download the books to transfer to your Nook, then you can still do that, by going to your Nook Library (the “download” option is displayed to the lower right corner of the book details, since the default button on these special editions is to read on the web).

Refurbished iPads

Did you know that has refurbished iPads?  This is a great way to get classroom iPads at a discount.  They “test and certify all Apple refurbished products and include a 1 year warranty.  All refurbished iPad models also include a brand new battery and outer shell.”  Currently, they only have iPad 2 3G models listed.  If you check the site frequently they often have the less expensive iPad2 wi-fi only models.  I have 2 of those for my classroom and love them!  I will be posting more about iPad apps and usage in the future.


Happy Birthday to You – Classroom Freebie!

Kids love celebrating their birthdays in class!  Here are some of the things we do in my first grade class:

** 1/2 birthdays!  I know lots of teachers that celebrate summer birthdays at the end of the year with one big party.  I really like each student to have their own day.  Last year I had twins and I let them decide if they wanted to celebrate on the same day or different days and they actually chose different days!  It was fun!  One of them brought in cupcakes and the other brought in cookies.  As soon as I have birthdays, I google “find half birthday” and find a site that will let me enter a date and find the half birthday. is a good one.  I try to celebrate most birthdays on Friday.  Last year, I just assigned the students to a Friday and informed the parents of the date at Orientation.  I still had to remind most of them, but it worked out really well.  

I created these forms to track birthdays.  The first 2 forms are ones that I filled in and kept in my teacher binder for a quick reference.  The 3rd page is the one I included in the Orientation package for the parents.

Here’s the link for these forms: Birthday Organizer:

** I let the students decorate their desk for the day!  I have a birthday box with streamers and cut-outs.  I also have a birthday bear they keep on their desk.

** Of course, they get a sticker to wear so others know we’re celebrating their birthday!  

** They get to choose 4 items from the treasure box .  I put these in a bag along with a birthday certificate.

** A party isn’t complete without the food!   They bring in a treat (usually cupcakes) and we sing to them.  I put a candle in the cupcake.  So far, I’ve been able to get candles to stay in cookies or whatever treat they’ve brought.  Our room gets completely dark when the lights are out (no windows), so I always make sure I have a little lamp on.  Then we cut the lights and sing as only first graders can!  It’s a fun time!

******How do you celebrate in your classroom?******

Staples Teacher Limits

I am so sad that Staples has changed their teacher limit policy.  Last year, I was able to get many supplies at 1 cent each and used the majority of those supplies during the school year!  Teachers spend so much of their own money on supplies!  STAPLES, if you read this — please reconsider your policy!!  The NEW POLICY, as it was explained to me,  is that teachers can buy 2 items at the discounted 1 cent price and they can buy 23 more at the regular retail price.  They will then get the difference refunded in the form of Staples rewards (which can be spent at the store).  This definitely changes my shopping for this year.  This week the Rose Art crayons and glue were 1 cent each.  I only bought the minimum.  It will have to be something I really need for me to pay the extra money up front.  How about you?  Will you still buy with this new policy?  Staples is the main office store that I use. It was too difficult for me to keep up with 3 office stores– rewards policies, discount cards, submitting refunds by mail or online.  So, I try to stick to one store.  I appreciate that Staples is thinking about the teachers, but I hope that they will change this limit policy!

On another note, Staples has their Teacher Appreciation Day coming to a “store near you”!  Here is the link to find out the date of your store event: Staples – Teacher Appreciation.  I haven’t been to one of these yet – maybe this year! 
More later!

Walmart Back to School – Glue Sticks

Walmart is starting to put out their back to school items.  The best deal I’ve found so far is the glue sticks for 10 cents!  That price is better than their bundled price of glue sticks (I think that was 2 glue sticks for 30 cents).  I’m stocking up on the glue!

New Blog for Teachers!

Hi!  Welcome to my blog!  I am a first grade teacher in the state of Washington.  I LOVE to share ideas with other teachers.  I frequently search blogs, websites, pinterest, etc. and find great deals and ideas.  I also have lots of my own ideas that I’ve implemented in my classroom.  I want to share these with other teachers and hear back from you about your great ideas!  You’ll also find many technology ideas on my site.  I love to implement technology in the classroom and even the littlest learners can benefit from the amazing tools that are available!  Teachers definitely like to help other teachers.  I’ve been a beneficiary of that and want to share some of what I’ve learned.  Thanks for reading! 🙂