Common Core Ready!

Are you moving grade levels or just switching to the Common Core?  You'll NEED these this summer to prepare. They have totally saved me these past couple of years!

Here's a way you can keep track of what standard you teach and when.  Click the picture to see more! 

There are two types of checklists. These are the data checklists:

These are perfect for report cards, RtI, data for PLCs, or to give you detailed information for your small group work.

Click each picture:





The best part about these checklists is that they are editable! You will be able to enter your students' names on the first document, and it will automatically fill in their names on EVERY page! 
If you would like to purchase the ELA or MATH checklists separately, you can find them here:

We also have THESE checklists available! These make it so you can "check off" things as you teach them so you can track what/when you've taught.

Click each picture to check them out!




Here's an example of how these checklists can help you organize and teach the Common Core. Once you teach the standard, you "check it off" or put a date on it:

So, are you still doing Common Core? Or is your state dropping it?  To me...Common Core isn't the problem, it's the ridiculous testing. 

Free Summer Reading Calendars

I have created a little freebie designed especially for parents to use this summer. We've all heard of the "summer slide" where students  take a little dip in their academic abilities during the summer. The best way to prevent or lessen the effects of the "summer slide" is READING!

The Children's Reading Foundation recommends that children read for at least 20 minutes each night. Just because it's summer doesn't mean students should skip their at home reading! 

To help parents keep track of the minutes read this summer, I have created some cute reading calendars that can be used all summer long. (You better believe that I'll also be using these calendars to track the minutes I read aloud to my kids!) 

(Click the picture to download)

I realize that the dates on my summer reading calendar might not work for everyone since everyone's summer break schedule varies so much. If the calendar above doesn't work for you, here are two calendars you can use for July and August. 

You'll notice I've put a goal on each of these calendars. I thought it would be fun to have your children work towards a reading goal for summer. As a parent, you can decide if there will be a special reward for reaching the goal. For my kids, I've decided that if we can reach our goal, I'll take them to a bookstore and let them each pick out a new book to add to our home library collection. (There might also be a snow cone or other special treat involved too!) 

Hope you like and enjoy these calendars!

Are You Ready for Vegas?! {3rd Annual Teacher Blogger Meet Up}

Our Teacher-Blogger meet up is ONE month away!!

This will be our 3rd annual teacher blogger meet up. If you've ever joined us before, you know there will be lots of fun, lots of laughing, and lots of prizes to give away! Thanks to our two main sponsors Staff Development and TeachersPayTeachers, we will also have some yummy refreshments to serve!

Here's a big group shot of all the bloggers who attended last year!
{Check out more pictures from our 2012 and 2013 meet ups!}

At last year's meet up we gave away hundreds of prizes and this year will be no exception! We have lots of surprises in store for this meet up, so PLEASE join us!

(A peek at last year's prizes. All donated by our awesome sponsors!)

What you need to know:

*All teachers are invited to this meet-up! You do not need to have a blog to attend this special event!

*You can RSVP on our official Facebook event page: HERE! (If you are planning to come, please RSVP so we can get an accurate count for refreshments.)

*Please don't be shy! Every year we have people who are worried about not knowing anyone. This is a great opportunity to say hi to some of your favorite teacher-bloggers, as well as meet new friends and connect with teachers from all over!

*You can download a name tag template {here} and bring it with you! We will also have some already printed and ready to go if you don't get a chance to make your own! Thank you to Traci for making these for us!

*The meet up will be held at the Venetian, but the actual conference room number will be posted closer to the meet up. Follow our Facebook event page to get updates on the exact location.

We are super excited for our Vegas trip this year and know the Teacher-Blogger Meet Up will be the best one yet!!

A Teacher's Baby Shower

I love throwing baby showers!  When one of my best teacher friends (Katelynn) was having her first baby, my friend Kristen and I couldn't wait to shower her!  

And because she's a teacher (and so am I ....DUH), we decided to do a school theme.  I started by designing a school themed invite and since I didn't have to mail them (I handed them out personally), I was able to add the extra touch with the pencil!

I love these glass jars (old cold coffee drinks) and cute straws that Kristen had!

 These are the centerpieces I did. I got the large dominoes from Zulily.

The favors...simple and definitely appreciated by the teachers there (who doesn't love a notebook).

We didn't play any games (I'm not a fan), but we did each make a page (or 2) for the Baby's First Alphabet Book!  It was so fun and teachers have the cutest illustrations!

On the invites, it suggested bringing your favorite book to add to the baby's bookshelf! was a blast and let me tell you...Katelynn had her baby 3 weeks ago and he is PRECIOUS beyond words!  Welcome to the world, baby Crew!
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