Christmas *Freebies* and Holiday Cheer!

Is anyone else panicking that Christmas is just TWO WEEKS away? We're not sure how the time is flying by so fast, but we do what we can to keep up. We wanted to share a few quick freebies with ya'll if you need some fun holiday cheer in your room. Make sure to check out our reindeer freebies we posted last year too. 

Make sure to check out our Elf Freebies as well!

And this year we are adding our Christmas Tree Addition and Subtraction Set as well as our Christmas Fact Families. Make sure to head on over to our shop and get your copies for FREE!

If youre interested in a fun game for your holiday party, make sure to check out our newest product Christmas BINGO. Great for the classroom, home or any Christmas Party! This includes 30 different Christmas BINGO boards. Print and laminate, or copy and let the kids color and take home. Hope you enjoy!
We're sorry we aren't around as much these days, but life with our firsties, as well as our own kiddos at home just gets busier and busier. We are adding a little fanatic to our bunch this spring, as Erin is pregnant with baby #4, and due in April. But we promise we will continue to bring you fun ideas and freebies as much as we can! We love sharing with all of you, and love all of your ideas as well. We've got many more things in the works, so it shouldn't be too long before you hear from us again. Enjoy the last few weeks with your firsties before Christmas!

Thanksgiving themed freebies

Well we've got report cards and conferences right around the corner so this week we're finishing up assessments and managing to fit in some thanksgiving themed activities.  We though we'd share some freebies with you all in case you need some last minute Thanksgiving themed activities!

We're constantly changing up our paper practice and word work centers and always looking for new ideas.  Here's one we just created:

The first page is the code page for our kiddos to use while solving the secret word pages.  The second page contains our spelling words for the week.  If you use Treasures and are on Unit 2 week 3, then this will be perfect for you!  Don't use Treasures?  We've included a sight word page as well! Just click the pictures above to download!

ABC order is another skill we're working on with our first graders.  We have been having our kiddos sort up to eight words at a time.  Below are recording sheets and two sets of Dolch words.  The last set of eight words are our Treasures sight words for the week and the previous week.  

Just click the pages above to download!

 And finally, here's a writing prompt that we'll put out with our writing center materials this week.  
Just click the picture if you'd like a copy!

Hope you all had a FANTASTIC weekend and have a wonderful week!

Happy Halloween!

Tomorrow is Halloween and our kiddos are soooo EXCITED!!!  We've added a few Halloween themed activities to our lessons this week and our first graders have had so much fun!  Many of our activities have come from our new Tricks and Treats Mini-Unit.

This is our newest addition to our store and it's on sale for 20% now through Saturday.  If you're already planned for tomorrow, this is a pack that you can definitely tuck it away for next year!  
This Halloween mini-unit full of Tricks and Treats includes:

*There was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat sequence activity
*Halloween Subtraction Match
*Jack-O-Lantern Addition Equations
*Halloween Vowel Sort
*Halloween Word Builders
*Halloween High Frequency Word Cards
*Halloween Game Board with Addition/Subtraction Cards
*The Runaway Pumpkin Writing Activity

Just click {HERE} if you'd like to take a peek at our newest addition to our store!

Here's an addition activity included in this pack!  

Here's a little activity we're doing tomorrow.  
We saw the idea on Pinterest, but we're not sure which site it came from.  If you know, just comment below!  We'd love to add the link to this post!  
We changed the snack mix up a bit and created a graphing and response worksheet to go with it.  
You can go {HERE} to get your copies!

Looking for more ideas for next year?  
Click {HERE} for  link to a few candy corn activities we've  done this month:

Have a WONDERFUL Halloween!

Happy Fall

Happy fall! It's definitely fall in our neck of the woods and we've been talking about the seasons with our kiddos. We've read several non fiction books about the season and have a little fiction favorite we'd like to tell you about.
This is such an adorable book about two squirrels who are experiencing their first fall and wonder why the leaves are falling from their tree they call home.  It's one of our favorites that we've read for the last couple of years and our first graders just LOVE it!

And speaking of seasons, we just love this YouTube video!  It has such a catchy tune!

All of Harry Kindergarten's videos are WONDERFUL!

Here's a fall freebie in our TpT store!
 Our kiddos just love these books!  
Just click {HERE} for a copy!

Our phonics focus for the week is the short a sound. So we thought we'd share another fall freebie with you!  This word sort contains four short a word sort cards and 20 words to sort.  There are also several recording sheet options that we've included.  Just click below for your copy!

We will be putting this out at one of our literacy centers next week as a review.  

Hope your fall is off to a great start! 
Have a wonderful week!

and the winner is...

Congratulations Lori!  You've won our Brag Tag giveaway!  We'll send you an email soon.
Wishing you all a wonderful start to the school year!  We'll be back in  a few days!

Catching kindness Freebies and a Giveaway!

TGIF!!! After sitting in inservice for 3 days and then working in our classrooms, we are ready for a long weekend before the kiddos walk through the door on Wednesday. But before we both head off in different directions to camp over the long weekend with our families, we wanted to share a few things with you!

We just love this book as a great introduction to bucket filling! It's perfect for first grade and will help our kiddos understand the importance if showing kindness to others.

After reading this book to our first graders, we are going to brainstorm ways we can be kind to help them better understand what kindness looks like and how they can show kindness toward others.

We also are incorporating this cute little chart into our classroom as well.

Each of our kiddo's names will be on a bucket.  When we've got a few minutes here and there between activities our first graders will have an opportunity to share about another child they might have noticed showing kindness. We then will fill out a kindness note and put it in the pocket of the child who was showing kindness. We did this last year, just slightly different (used a bulletin board instead) and the kids enjoyed it and it worked! We're thinking we'll have the kids take their kindness notes home weekly.  We made several different kindness notes and thought you might like them too!  You can find them {HERE}!

And to go along with our kindness activities, were going to incorporate Brag Tags! Boost Promotions contacted us and offered free tags for us to try out. We definitely said YES!  We are going to make sure that in the first few weeks of school each one of our students earns their kindness tag.  Each day we'll select a few students who have shown kindness and we'll explain what that student had done. By the end of the first few weeks, all of our kiddos will have earned their tags.  We're going to pass out the other tags as well throughout the year.  Boost Promotions has so many to choose from, and you can customize them.  We added our school name on the tags and they turned out ADORABLE!

If you'd love some of these yourself, Boost Promotions has offered to give one one of our followers 100 tags and one set of small chains! The winner will also be able to choose up to four different types of tags (they come in sets of 25).  If you'd like to enter this giveaway simply comment below and if you have a blog and/or Facebook page, Boost Promotions would also LOVE for share about this giveaway.  Simply leave a link in your comment.  You can also follow them through their newsletter, Pinterest, and Facebook.  Links are below. Make sure to enter by Monday night so we can choose a winner.

Boost Promotions Blog

Boost Promotions Newsletter

Boost Promotions FaceBook Page

Boost Promotions Pinterest Page

Winner will be announced Tuesday, September 3rd!

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Back to School Sale and OUR NEW STUDY GUIDE!!


With just a little more than a week left of summer, we just can't believe it's already getting to be that time! You know what we mean... The return of getting up early, getting kiddos dressed and out the door, district meetings, setting up classrooms, YIKES! While we are excited about the start of the new school year, we aren't quite ready yet. We are continuing to soak up every second left of summer before we return to reality. So, what better way to celebrate than to throw a sale!

Everything in our store will be 20% off, PLUS an additional 10% when you use the code BTS13. Happy Shopping! Make sure to check out below for some great back to school items from our store. 

But first...  We get several emails daily asking us about an old product we had called our first grade study guide. We decided that it wasn't very user friendly for the first graders, and wanted to throw it out. We had it on our list to really come up with something that was our own, and was easier for the first graders to use. And.... it's DONE! Introducing "My First Grade Buddy!"

Here's a little preview of what's included in My First Grade Buddy.

There are so many ways this study guide can be used in first grade. You could put it in sheet protectors inside of writing notebooks, laminate at centers, put in homework folders or book boxes, and so much more! We are lucky enough to have a copy machine that will copy pages into a booklet that prints out onto legal size paper, and then is simply folded in half. It creates the PERFECT size booklet for My First Grade Buddy. We will be printing on cardstock to help with the durability of My Buddy so the kids can use all year. If you like it, we'd love to hear how you use it! And get it soon while it's on sale!

When you're shopping, make sure to check out our great back to school products in our TpT Store!

Sub Kit

Ice Cream Math Tests

Back To School

Fall Games

Monthly Calendars

Pocket Chart Calendar Set

 Check out our new paper practice activities that are aligned with Treasures weekly words. Don't use Treasures? These are still great first grade words to practice.

Rainbow Words

Write a Rainbow

Read Write Build


Word Boxes

Have you seen our new Paper Practice Activities that go with each Unit in Treasures? We are working now on Unit 3, so make sure to take a look!

Unit 2 Paper Practice
Unit 1 Paper Practice
Happy Shopping! And enjoy the last few days of your summer! If you've already gone back, we hope it's going well!