Sunday, May 4, 2014

You Gotta See This! Wonderful Wish List Linky & a FREEBIE, too!

Tomorrow is the kick off of Teacher Appreciation Week.

It is also the kick off of my birthday week, and I've always thought the two went hand-in-hand for a reason. I was born to be a teacher.

There are days I truly believe I was born to be independently wealthy, too, but that one never seems to work out, so I'll stick with the day job! :)

Anyhoo.... as is tradition, TpT is hosting it's annual Teacher Appreciation Sale for two days only - Tuesday and Wednesday, May 6th and 7th.

I know a lot of us get tired of sitting down to blog stalk and finding nothing but product placement and shameless plugs. I do too. Honestly.

But, this is a little different. ..  I am linking up with some AMAZING bloggers to show you what is in MY cart, and a couple products I cannot live without....  And I can't wait to see what everyone else has in their cart because I'm always looking for new ideas :)

What's in MY Cart??
     To be honest, my cart is filled to the brim with over 500 things I would love to have, but we are keeping it to my top three things for this linky.  You will want these things....

#1 - My sweet, sweet friend Lisa Mattes of Growing Firsties has these amazing Common Core Crunch packs. They are perfect for reviewing skills, and this month, I am in desperate need of some review packet time. We are testing ....testing....testing.... and these packs make it so easy to keep the kids busy while giving them authentic work to do.  Love! I can't wait to snatch these two up!

#2 -Guiding Reading Greatness... I don't know about you, but I am always on the lookout for amazing Guided Reading materials. Every year, we all get a new crop of kiddos, with a new batch of needs.  I usually end up with the "low babies", which is my most favorite group to teach.

This year, I came across Simply in First's Comprehension packs and they are awesome... one of the BEST things I have ever bought.... so I have the other set on my wish list right now.
 The kids absolutely THRIVE doing these reading passages, and I love the way they teach the kids to actually think!  :)

Becca has generously offered a FREEBIE for everyone so you can check out a sneak peek of her next unit. Just click the picture to grab it. Seriously, friends, I used these packs with my first graders this year, and they were amazing!

#3 More Guided Reading Goodness...  For those higher learners in first grade and to assist with really differentiating instruction for all my kids, I can't wait to grab these.  Nonfiction reading passages with real photographs??  Yes, please!
My firsties love when we get to read our Weekly Reader, so I just KNOW this resource will be a huge hit!  Isn't this awesome?!

I could go on and on about my wish list, and even delve into my clip art obsession - which might or might not be getting out of control - but I gotta keep it to three, so I'm stopping.

Now, for my shameless plug....
Two of my own things I'd love you to check out!
The Splashing through Summer pack is perfect for bridging the gap between first and second grades.
We all know kids lose so much over the summer when they don't work out those brain cells. This pack is broken down into 50 days to get you through the summer.... kids can work at their own pace, or do it by the days that are listed. Either way, they'll be ready to go when school starts back!
My First Grade Common Core Homework packs are my most popular products. I can't believe all the amazing feedback and am so very grateful for the kindness of the TpT community...

 I am currently working on June (for those of you who will still be in school), but so far I have all of the sets, August - May, bundled into one pack.
They're so easy to use - NO PREP...just Print and Go! :)
Each month includes homework for every single night, broken down by weeks, and a reading comprehension passage for each week, as well.
Click on the above picture and go see all the previews for a sneak peek and more info....

Also, you save 20% buying the bundle, which is a great deal !

So, there you go.... yeah, yeah, this post is all about products, but it's products I promise you will LOVE!  

On another note, HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION to YOU!  I'm sure you don't get told enough how awesome you are, and just how much your hard work and dedication means to your students.. .and to those of us out here that get to share in this great, crazy, profession with you.  If anyone knows how hard you work.. we do. I do. So THANK YOU!  

And have a GREAT week!!! :)




  1. Happy birthday week! I thought my wishlist was bad, but yours puts mine to shame!

  2. Hi, I thought that this new teacher-seller website might interest you. They are based in Canada and offer features that are not found on similar sites. They also have a lot of new features coming. Here is a link: Created by Teachers, Exclusively for Teachers


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