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Carton Express!

I have a collection of these beautiful looking milk cartons that are screaming out, "Use me!" 
Yes, as you know I am going to do just that. Since I am preparing for the penultimate back to school, I thought about incorporating these cartons in my classroom organization plan. Here is an idea for a math center. Of course you can vary it a bit, maybe put numbers on the cards so that they can do matching activities. 
Another idea is for yourliteracy center. Here you can also encourage students to match pictures to their initial sound. 

These ideas are more suited for the pre-k levels, however, adapting is the name of the game. Play around with ideas and see what works for you. 
While you are doing just that, take a look at some other ideas that I have gathered from my search so far.

Pen Holder or Scissors Holder

Tape Dispenser

Button/Counter Container

A Potpourri of Savings!

Math Tricks! Mnemonics!

The word 'mnemonic' (pronounced NI-MON-IK) is a formula, rhyme or a simple sentence that helps a person remember something. Since math is always perceived by students to be difficult, there is a greater need to project its simplicity by the use of mnemonic devices.

I have used them in the past and I find most of them to be very catchy!Take for instance the one featured below: 

This mnemonic helps you to remember the relationship  between Speed, Time and Distance. Dad has a silly triangle!  Hmm! Can you see that silly triangle?

If you need to find D, cover up D in the triangle and you get S × T.

If you need to find S, cover up S in the triangle and you get D / T.

If you need to find T, cover up T in the triangle and you get D / S.

Isn't that amazingly more simple to remember than the formula?
There are lots more!!

My Teacher Planner!

Are you a teacher who is ALWAYS organized when it comes to teaching? Do you have one place to note your ideas for your class? If you are anything like me then you have all your eggs scattered in several baskets!  I  have notes here.  I have the daily plan there.  I have things scattered everywhere
I'm through with searching! 
So I decided to put the things that I needed the most all in ONE PLACE in my very own document. It's my colored and florally designed TEACHER PLANNER! Click the picture for the new updated version for 2013-2014. In my Teacher Planner you will find: A Class Timetable form A Students' Birthday sheet A Weekly Plan Overview A Daily Plan sheet A Homework Assignment Given sheet A Student Behavior Log sheet A School Calendar 2012-2013 (each month on a new page) Parent Conference/General Meeting sheets A 2013-2014 Class Financial Records sheet Notes

See what I'm saying? All in one basket! Of course, if you think that I can spruce it up a bit, leave a comment, let me kno…

Sale! Sale! Sale!

Welcome to my first sale on TPT! Yes folks, I am offering items for at least 15% off the original prices. Come, take a look inside my store where you are sure to find quality books,beautiful clipart sets, engaging gamesand easy mnemonics to help you prepare for the new school year.

 So hop on over to my TPT store ...where ideas and quality mix!


You can CLICK sale tag to enter!!

“ The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity ”

My Very Own...

I was recently searching the internet for ways of making my own clipart and came across the idea of using basic shapes  to create pictures of animals. My search took me more or less away from graphic design and onto craft ideas. Naturally to fulfill my quest for Eureka euphoria I decided that my next clipart design would  be craft gone graphic, lol. Guess what!! This is what I came up with. So here goes folks!! What do you think?
I made these butterflies using hearts! Each butterfly consists of:
2 large hearts (wings) 3 medium sized hearts (subwings and head) 5 small hearts (body) 2 tiny hearts (feeler tips)
This item is also available at my TPT Store.
Stay tuned for moreHeartyclipart animals:

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Literacy Centers

Teachers I am sure that you are all gathering as much resources as you can for the upcoming school year. Many of you are focusing on finding suitable books and manipulatives while others are thinking about remodeling your classroom. All in all we are all awaiting the onslaughter of school with high hopes and great expectations I'm sure! Nevertheless, for those interested in remodeling I have multiple examples of how to include your literacy center in the mix.

A literacy center is a learning station or area in a classroom designed for students to visit and learn independently. They have the options of working by themselves or in a small group. All activities are arranged to reinforce ideas and concepts taught in the classroom.

A simple literacy center can have any of these components listed below: Big books, either class-made or boughtBig Book Center poster –an area of focusAn easel –for large group displayPointing devices, either teacher-made or boughtHighlighter tape (or colored pap…