So much to share... and give!

Hello friends! Bare with us today, because we've got a whole lot of lovin' to share!! We hope everyone had a FANTASTIC weekend, because we sure did. Summer weather has FINALLY arrived in our beautiful state of Oregon, and fingers are crossed that it will stick around for awhile. What a busy week coming up! We're sure you all know about the Back to School Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers, and don't forget that everything in our store is 20% off as well! Make sure to check out our store, and get yourself some goodies!

We had hoped to get a few more things up before the sale starts tomorrow, but UGHHH, the site won't let us upload anything until Tuesday! Bummer, but we are just so dang excited that we had give you a peak at what's coming.

We have finished our Apples, Apples Everywhere unit that is a great addition to your back to school tool kit. It's filled with 67 pages of apple themed math and literacy fun! Here's a preview of what's included, but don't worry. It has much, much more! Check back on Tuesday, and we'll have some links all ready to go.

We have a few great freebies to share with all of our lovely followers too, because we just can't wait to get back to teach with all of this stuff! This fun apple is one that we use every year to help the kids introduce themselves to each other, and to share with parents at Open House. Now there are about a hundred different ways to use this, but this is what we do. We first enlarge them big enough to fit on an 11x17 piece of paper on the copy machine. We help the kids fill in the information with a sharpie. We then have them paint the apples, and we add a wallet-sized picture from the first day of school in the middle. We cut them out, mount them to a 12x12 piece of construction paper, laminate, and done! They turn out super cute! They make a great bulletin board, and then later we collect them, and turn them into a class book called "The Apples of My Eye." The kids love looking back at the books from previous years, and see who's been in our classes. Click on the picture below for your copy!

If you like these apples, we'd love to hear how you use them in your own classes.

One thing that we are going to be implementing this year are math journals. We've decided to do these as a part of calendar time, all together on the carpet. This is a first for us, so cross your fingers for us that it goes smoothly! The plan is to have a basket of notebooks, and a basket of glue sticks, so that as the kids join us for calendar they can just get their slip with the question on it, and stick it on. One other trick that we've decided to use, is to go with composition notebooks, rather than spiral bound notebooks. These always seem to get trashed when they kids use them daily, and we've found that composition books last longer. So all of our math journal prompts will fit in these perfectly. However, you can really use them with any notebooks you'd like. On TpT we so far have September Math Journal Prompts and October Math Journals Prompts. On Tuesday we will be adding November Math Journal Prompts. Be watching later on for the rest of our monthly themed math journal questions to come.

Since we're loving apples today, here are some apple themed math journal prompts for our blogger friends. Click on the picture for your copy!

Thanks for sticking with us until the end of this post! We love our followers! We've got a big giveaway planned in the next week or 2, so make sure to stay tuned. And as we head back to school, check out our blog for more fun ideas, recipes, freebies, and teacher tips. Have a great week!


  1. Thanks for sharing! Love your stuff!

  2. You can have the composition notebooks cut in half for free at Office Depot if you purchase them from there. They will match prices of other stores. This is really handy if you need a science/math notebook- you can turn one notebook into two mini ones!
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