'The Best Year Yet' Blog Hop and Giveaway!

So here we are looking 2014 right in the eye. Have you decided on a New Year's Resolution yet? Is it to get in better shape? To de-stress your life? To amp up your teaching game? Well, whatever it is, we're here to help you...although we all think you're perfect just the way you are!

I have teamed up with several fabulous teacher bloggers to bring you:
'The Best Year Yet' Blog Hop and Giveaway!
From New Year's Eve until January 2, you can hop around our blogs and grab a FREEBIE from each of us. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at The Teaching Tribune for your chance to win one of these fabulous prizes. 

Today I am offering the product below as my freebie.  Simply click on the picture to take you to my store to download it. 

While you're at my store you may also want to check out these products, just perfect for those first few weeks back at school.

And for TpT sellers out there you may be interested in my snowflake graphic bundle:

Be sure to continue the circle on the blog hop by clicking the button below. 

Just in case the link in the pic doesn't work for you, you can hop over to {Teach with Laughter here}.
We truly hope that 2014 is your best year yet and that it brings you good health, happiness and many other good things.

As an added bonus and to welcome the new year with a great start, I am throwing a sale - 20% off during this fun blog hop.  Just click on the pic below to see if you can find something that may be of use to you as you start the next round of planning!

Have fun!


2014 Resolutions Link-up!

2013 has definitely been a big struggle for me personally and professionally.  I'm hoping 2013 will see out what has been an awful year for so many reasons.  I'm sure if I really thought about it, I could tell you lots of wonderful things that have happened........but I'm ready to look forward and leap into 2014 with a more positive attitude!
Here's to 2014 and a new outlook, with better things to come!  Cheers!
Brandi over at A Peach for the Teach is hosting a linky to help inspire us all to make positive changes in 2014, so why not join in and start thinking about those changes already!

Here are some of my thoughts below:

Hop on over to Brandi's blog and check out the other participants in the linky - you may be inspired to make some positive changes too!
Also - please check back tomorrow - a group of wonderful friends are celebrating a year together with a little bit of fun!  Lots of things for you to get involved in tomorrow, so don't miss it!
I wanted to leave 2013 and welcome 2014 with a bang, so I am throwing a 20% sale for the duration of our special celebrations.  Just click on the pic to check out my store!

The Teacher's 12 Days of Christmas Deal: Day 12

Welcome to the very last day of our Teacher's 12 Days of Christmas Deals!  I hope you have had lots of fun exploring our stores and perhaps picked up a bargain or two!
Well, I don't imagine that many of you will be shopping on this special day!  I want to wish everyone a wonderful, festive, family time and a fabulous 2014!
I couldn't help myself - today is such a special day for many people around the world - I just had to offer my favorite product so far this year.  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed creating this!  I hope perhaps you might be able to put it to good use this time next year!
Today I am offering 50% off the following product:
Nativity: The First Christmas Story {Retold} ELA Activities Common Core Style

The Nativity story retold!

This pack finished up being a lot larger than anticipated! Comprised of Common Core aligned tasks, your students will learn about that first Christmas, answer questions, retell the story with the help of graphic organizers and have fun completing some related ELA activities and puzzles.

Teacher notes are included where relevant.

Don’t forget to check out the 3-page preview to see everything that’s included!

This PDF contains 104 pages in total.


P1: Cover
P2: Contents
P3: Common Core Standards
P4-20: Posters, including a less ink-intensive set
P21-25: Story text for quick reference
P26-35: Teacher ‘Readaloud’
P36-52: Discussion questions for comprehension
P53-64: Student readers – 3 levels
P65-70: Sequencing activities – differentiated
P71-76: Graphic Organizers
P77-90: A range of writing papers for all abilities, includes transition words.
P91-P92: Word Mat for spelling help
P93-103: Related activities and puzzles, includes answer keys
P104: Credits/TOU

I have designed this pack with my first graders in mind. However there is a range of differentiation included and would be entirely suitable for 2nd, possibly 3rd grade depending on literacy ability.

Wherever you are in the world, I wish you all a very special day! Every visit, every comment gives me a warm glow! Your support for all my little ventures is truly appreciated! Love you all!


The Teacher's 12 Days of Christmas Deal: Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 - yikes nearly finished!
On Day 11, I have more clip art for you!
Today I am offering 50% off the following product:
Colorful Novelty Frames Clip Art {8.5 x 11} Commercial Use OK

Just click on the pic!

I hope you enjoy this set of colorful, vibrant frames! They have been created in 'letter' size to better fit with your projects.

The frames include different shapes and colors, as well as bugs, flowers, hearts, jigsaw pieces and stars.


10 mixed frames in both JPG and PNG formats.

Have fun creating with them!


The Teacher's 12 Days of Christmas Deal: Day 10

Welcome to Day 10!  Hopefully you all have your Christmas shopping done by now and are looking forward to a wonderful family time!
Only 2 more days left of these fabulous deals!  I hope you have also had a chance to check out the other stores in the link up!
Today I am offering 50% off the following product:
More Glitter Frames! Clip Art Commercial Use OK

Just click on the pic!

Add some bling to your digital projects with these funky, sparkly frames!

Whatever the season or subject, there is sure to be just the right color in this pack!

This ZIP file of 40 images contains the following:


JPGs x 20

PNGs x 20


Think Olympics or Christmas! 

Bronze, silver, gold

blue x 2 
purple x 3
salmon pink


dark green
dark pink

I hope you like them!


The Teacher's 12 Days of Christmas Deal: Day 9

Welcome to Day 9!  Not long to go now!
Hopefully you have grabbed yourself a bargain along the way!
Today I am offering 50% off the following product:
Glitter Frames Clip Art {8.5 x 11} Commercial Use OK

Just click on the pic!

Add some bling to your digital projects with these curly, sparkly frames!

Whatever the season or subject, there is sure to be just the right color in this pack!

This ZIP file of 45 images contains the following:


JPGs x 15

PNGs x 15

Filled Centers x 15


Think Olympics or Christmas! Bronze, silver, gold



dark green
dark pink
dark purple


light blue
light green
light pink
light purple

I hope you like them!


The Teacher's 12 Days of Christmas Deal: Day 8

Welcome to Day 8!

Only 4 days left - grab a bargain while you can!

Today I am offering 50% off the following product:

Catchy Compound Words Bundled Unit Common Core Aligned

I designed this unit to offer an array of methods and resources to teach compound words. Hopefully you will find the right combination/differentiation to suit your students’ needs. I have included Teacher Notes where relevant.

This 129 bundled unit includes the following:

Cover; TOU/Credits; Contents Pages (4 pages)

SECTION 1: Compound Word Poster ( 2 page file)
Section Separator (1 page)
Poster (1 page)

SECTION 2: Flashcard Games (6 page file)
Section Separator ( 1page)
Teacher Notes – ideas for games (1 page)
Picture and Word Flashcards (4 pages)

SECTION 3: Cut & Match Puzzles (21 page file)
Section Separator (1 page)
2 pictures per page (10 pages color/10 pages blackline)
Cut each picture in half and laminate.

SECTION 4: Workbooks (67 page file)
Section Separators ( 4 pages)
Teacher Notes (1 page)
Workbook 1: Write and Illustrate Compound Words (blackline only)
Workbook 2: Match Words to Pictures–cut & glue (blackline & color)
Workbook 3: Compound Word Equations-cut & glue (blackline & color)

SECTION 5: Worksheets (9 page file)
Section Separator (1 page)
Teacher Notes (1 page)
WS.1: Color The Compound Word (2 pages)
WS.2: Compound Word Equations (1 page)
WS.3: Match Pictures to Words (2 pages)
WS.4: Fill in the Blank Spaces (1 page)
WS.5: Sort the Words in the Box. (1 page)

SECTION 6: Centers (20 page file)
Section Separators (4 pages)
Teacher Notes (1 page)
CENTER 1: Compound Word/Not a Compound Word
CENTER 2: Spin-a-word Game
CENTER 3: Flashcard Match Up

I am sure everyone will find something to suit their students' needs in this wide-ranging unit.

Hope you find it useful!


The Teacher's 12 Day of Christmas Deal: Day 7

Welcome to Day 7!

Only 5 days left - I hope you've all been picking up a bargain!

Today I am offering 50% off the following product:

Write, Wipe and Make Cards Dolch Pre-Primer Winter Edition, plus Playdough Mats!

Welcome to my Winter Edition of Dolch Pre-Primer Write and Wipe cards! 

Per page, you will find two sets of cards. Just cut along the center line and laminate, then you’re ready to go! 

Place in literacy centers/stations, use for small group or intervention work. 

This pack would be suitable for Pre-K, K and possibly struggling first graders.

Students can trace and write the pre-primer word, wipe off and try again! Included in the pack is a set of ‘make’ cards. Students can use any of the following to make the words (great for fine motor skills!):

Pipe cleaners, playdough, magnetic letters, Wikki Stix or yarn.

I have added 15 winter-themed fun and challenging playdough mats for early finishers - from easy to more challenging!


This PDF contains 48 pages in total:

Pg 1: Cover
Pg 2: Teacher Notes
Pg 3 - 22: Trace and Write
Pg 23 - 32: Make
Pg 32 - 47: Winter Playdough Mats
Pg 48: TOU/Credits

I hope you enjoy this pack!


The Teacher's 12 Days of Christmas Deal: Day 6

Welcome to Day 6!
Half way there!!

Today I'm offering 50% off the following product:

Puzzle CVC Word Study Learning Center

This CVC Word Study contains 43 pages in total (PDF Format)

The pack focuses on 20 key CVC words:
4 x short a
4 x short e
4 x short i
4 x short o
4 x short u


2. I have, who has game (4 pages)
This is for students to familiarize themselves with the focus words in a fun setting.

3. Letters of the alphabet – easy cutting option (6 pages)
Print multiple couples for groups of students.

4. Spelling Word Mats to accompany #3 version. (4 pages) 
There are 5 pictures on each word mat. Students lay the correct letters/sounds, in the right position, on the mat.
Once students have practiced with the 20 focus words, they should be encouraged to investigate real and nonsense words with all the letters of the alphabet.

#5 and #6 are the same as #3 and #4. (10 pages)
Here I have used jigsaw pieces as these are visually more appealing and help students understand that letters and sounds must be blended to create a word. This version creates a lot more cutting, this is why I have included the alternate version above.

7. Workbook (8 pages)

a.Workbook Front Cover
b.A recording sheet to write the 20 CVC words that have been completed on the word mats.
c.Trace and Write CVC words, plus space to write sentences and illustrate them.
d.Fill in the missing vowel – color and grayscale.

8. CVC Words Real or Nonsense Sort (9 pages)
This includes the 20 focus words, plus 8 extra, as well as 20 nonsense words.

9. Recording Sheet for Real or Nonsense Word Sort

I hope you find this pack useful!


The Teacher's 12 Days of Christmas Deal: Day 5

Welcome to Day 5!  

4 down, 8 to go - I hope you're finding something useful from my chosen products!

Today I am offering:  

Reading Intervention Strategy for First Grade Dolch Sight Words, plus more!

Just click on the pic!

NB: Detailed 'Teacher Notes' are included. I have also included an editable probe grid for teachers to add their own content.

These probe grids are intended to be used as intervention for students who are making very little progress with basic skills in literacy.

The grids are highly structured, to be used little and often, with the aim of boosting fluency, accuracy and confidence.

Use them as part of a 5/10 minute daily program for basic skills learning. (They should be used on a one-to-one basis with a suitable adult). The daily activity aims to help the student develop fluency by over-learning.

The grids are intended to challenge the student to read as many items as possible in 1 minute – a sand timer or stopwatch can be used.


Flash Cards - these are color-coded for ease of use
Probe Grids (5 words per grid)
Teacher Recording Graph
Award Certificate
Editable Probe Grid

Content Covered: First Grade Dolch Sight Words (plus some 2nd Grade for formatting purposes)

Also included:

10 x Color Words - 2 versions of the probe grids are available for differentiation;
Number Words to ten;
Numerals to 20.


The 12 Days of Christmas Deal: Day 4

Welcome To day 4!  As usual you'll find one product in my store reduced by 50% for one day only!

 Apologies that my posts are getting shorter, but I an completely up to my eyes!  Hope you are all having a great last week at school and stress levels aren't too high!

3 down, 9 to go!  I hope you're enjoying all my little offerings!

Today I'm offering my: 

Super Sight Word Practice! {Magnifying Glass} Pictures and Playdoh Mats

Just click on the pic to check it out!

Super sight words for your students to practice!

This 81 page pack is a great way to have your students read sight words and further develop hand/eye coordination. 


The pack includes 6 pictures, to use in centers. Laminate for durability and add some magnifying glasses! Recording sheets for students are included.

PICTURE 1: Birthday Bear – Months (12 words)
PICTURE 2: Fairytale Castle – Color Words (11 words)
PICTURE 3: Down On The Farm – Number Words (20 words)
PICTURE 4: Forest Ranger – Dolch Pre-Primer Sight Words (33 words)
PICTURE 5: Jungle – Dolch Primer Sight Words (48 words)
PICTURE 6: School – Dolch First Grade Sight Words (41 words)

NB: I have removed the color and number words from the Dolch lists and added them to the relevant categories.


Model sight words on the mats using playdoh, beads, Wikki Stix etc.

Dolch Pre-Primer (40 words)

Dolch Primer (52 words)

Dolch First Grade (41 words)

Have fun!

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