Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hall Pass, Please and some Giveaways!

Friends, YAY! I'm finally linking up with Reagan over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits for my HALLLLLL PASSSS! I don't know why I didn't do this sooner! Who doesn't love a hall pass?
Here's what you share!
Let's begin, shall we? 
This one was hard you guys! I've recently been cranking out some products that I really REALLY love.  I'm kind of in love with my new Money Monsters pack and enjoy using it with the kiddos.  But I think I'll share a product that's making a serious difference with my struggling readers.  You see, I had some second grade friends this year who needed to take it back to the basics.  When I couldn't find anything that would fit their particular needs and not make them feel like they're doing Kindergarten work (though it would be great for Kinders and Firsties too!), I made THIS!

We worked through Mystery Pictures, Word Family Sorts, and Real/Nonsense words.
They loved it, they learned, and they were able to get ready for the next level! :)
As a first year teacher who is completely broke has limited funds... Setting up my classroom wasn't everything I'd ever hoped and dreamed it would be.  I'm excited to do some reorganizing and redecorating this year! What I love about my classroom is that it's organized and functional.  I try not to keep too, too much stuff on the walls because I feel cluttered easily.  I do enjoy our carpet/library area.  While I wish I could have two separate spaces for the library and our meeting place, my room is fairly small.

I also like the area behind my teacher desk, it keeps me organized! Nothing fancy, just some Monday thru Friday bins, but having everything I need for the week in one place has helped tremendously! Those bins are from Target's Dollar Spot.  I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for more this summer.  I'm hoping for some different colors!
Sorry for the poor picture quality on these!
I wish I did something extraordinary for a signal.  I typically go with the good ol' "Class Class ... Yes Yes" from WBT.  I will often whisper "If you can hear my voice...." followed by some sort of command. 
If it gets to loud in our  little old room, I have a little xylophone that I play.  They know (pretty well) that if they hear the xylophone they need to lower their voices before I flip out ;)
I've gotten some good ideas from this Hall Pass Linky for some signals I'd like to try out! :)
Knowing I get to come home to these babies really helps me make it through any challenging day! Don't you love Burt's tennis shoes?! hah!!!
You know what else helps me maintain sanity? Chocolate. 
Well friends, times up on my Hall Pass! It was super fun! If you haven't linked up yet, *click here* to share with us!
Can't leave here today without telling you about a great giveaway my bloggy friend Ashley is throwing over at That's So Second Grade! Click the picture below to check out what you can win -- including my Word Work Choice Pack!  Help Ashley celebrate 300 followers :)
Also, while you're busy entering into giveaways -- be sure to check out this HUGE giveaways Alyssha from Teaching and Tapas is holding!  She's giving away five different bundles for varying grade levels! There are over 100 products up for grabs! Click the image below to Enter the second grade giveaway to win my Measurement Monsters pack! :)


  1. I love your sanity buddies. Nothing like a man's best friend :)
    My Second Sense

  2. I love how coordinated your library is! I am working on color-coordinating my library now. I have those bins from the Target Dollar Section too!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. Your dog is super cute! I forgot to add my puppy to this time for sure :) Glad I found your blog through the linky!
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten