A Visit from Isaac

It's 11:31 am on Thursday, and I'm at home.
It seems our tropical friend Isaac decided to visit today.
I use the term "friend" loosely.
I think most would tell you he's overstayed his welcome!

Well, at least he's wanted to keep the lights and air conditioning on this time.
Many of his other pals from the tropics prefer darkness and heat.
We don't like them, either.

Seriously, though, I can't imagine what my neighbors on the coast and in LA are feeling today.
We, in Jackson, were spared the worst of it. We still have homes.
Some of our coastal neighbors' homes are completely underwater.
In Plaquemines Parish, LA, the flooding is worse than when Katrina visited.
And we all remember that.
Please say big prayers for them.

A little geography lesson for those who are interested:
Jackson, MS sits in the south central part of the state. A little to the west.

We are 3 hours from the MS Gulf Coast (depending on who's driving).
We are also 3 hours from New Orleans (again, depending on who's driving).
Some would say we are 2 1/2 hours from both.
On the eastern side, we are 3 hours from Mobile and 4 hours from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
When a hurricane hits the Gulf Coast, we feel the effects!
But not nearly as much as our neighbors to the south.

Please keep them in your prayers!

So on this Hurricane Day, I actually awakened at 6:30 and got out of bed around 7:00. 
Why? I don't know. 
But, I've been able to get some work done this morning,
in my pajamas.
I have 6 activities I'm working on right now. 

This is my progress:
Activity 1-complete and ready to print
Activity 2-complete and ready to print
Activity 3-complete and ready to print
Activity 4-75% complete
Activitiy 5-50% complete
Activity 6-Mostly in my head, about 5% complete.

Here is a peek at what I've been doing. All 3 of the following packs include a Sight Word game with the first 200 Fry words AND the directions and recording sheets for a Musical Words game.

This one has been uploaded to TpT.  It's 47 pages for $3.
I'll get it uploaded to TN later today. 

These 2 are ready for uploading.
I realize they are 3 and 4 months away, respectively.
When the creative thought hits, you run with it.

You can purchase the bundle of 3 at a discounted price if you are interested in that.
I'll try to do that this weekend.

I hope your Thursday is a sunny one!!

Changing out those Labels!

Hellooo, Bloggy friends!!
I have just completed the 12 days of B2S!
You know what I mean.
You get home from school, and all you want to do is sit and stare...
or lie down and sleep.
FINALLY, I feel like I can type a somewhat sensible post.

My camera has been a little ill lately,
 so my classroom pics are at a minimal.
 I hope to post a tour soon.
 Until then, I'll show you my label makeovers.

My room is blue and green this year,
and I wanted my labels to match.
So...enter KPM Doodles,  Melonheadz, and Clipart Corner.

Old Labels- So Sad!!
These are what my old labels looked like. Oh, my!

I wanted something new and fresh that matched my color scheme.
I decided to shake things up a bit and put my labels on sticks.
I tried dowels, but they were a bit large.
A friend suggested chopsticks-what a grand idea! 

They worked perfectly!

Here are some of my labels now!

New Labels-So Happy!!
Guard your eyes from the laminate glare!
 I attached the chopsticks on the inside of the pails and
back of the labels with clear packing tape.

I like my warm colors and cool colors separated...I know...

 The extra markers go here.

While I was at it, I made new Days of the Week
 and Months of the Year cards.
You know, we are all about Peace and Love in my classroom!!

Obviously, the months are seasonally based.

I made Focus Wall cards and Writer's Eye cards, too!
My little Purple Cow was busy!!!
 I do love the way they turned out, though. 

Once my camera is feeling better, I'll take classroom pics!
Have a fabulous Wednesday, y'all!!

Back to School Sale and Easi-Speak Winner!

It's here, my friends! Today is the beginning of TpT's Huge Sale!!
 I'm excited to offer my items at 20% off!
Add TpT's Code BTS12 and receive an additional 10% off!! Happy Shopping!!

Here are a few items that may interest you for B2S!

Congratulations to Leah Korth!
She's the winner of the Learning Resources Easi-speak!
Check your email, Leah!

My Cart is full! How about you?? Happy Shopping!!

B2S Sales and Reminders

Back to School Sales!!
It's that time of year! Back to School!
 TpT and TN are both having awesome sales next week,
I'm so excited to participate!

 The TpT sale runs August 12-13!
Many sellers are offering 20% off,
and TpT is offering an additional 10% off for a total of 28% off products!
Click on the pic to see the list of some of the AMAZING sellers
participating in this sale!

TpT Code: BTS2012

TN is running a sale and sweepstakes from August 11-13.
Click here to go to TN!

Giveaway Reminder
One last chance to enter my Learning Resources Easi-speak giveaway!
Click here to enter! Good luck!

Postcard Exchange

Have you joined The Postcard Exchange at Beg, Borrow, Steal?? 
She is still taking participants in the following states, Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming! What are you waiting for?? Click here to sign up!

TGIF, y'all!!

Back to School (Really) with a Freebie

Yesterday was my first day with kiddos, 24 bright smiling faces!
 They are adorable and oh, so funny!
We are working on routines, procedures, and more routines,
and I'm completely spent!!
We have a fire drill Friday! Can't wait!!
Early bedtime tonight, for sure!! 

Here's a little vocabulary booklet you may find handy this time of year-
or anytime you talk about school tools.
It's set up just like all my vocab booklets and it's free!
Hope you can use! Click the cover to download!

 Need a sight word game for B2S??
I just posted this-Funny Friends-Sight Word Memory with Recording Sheet!
My kiddos love playing these games!

Click the cover to see this at TpT! It's $ 2.00!

Giveaway Reminder!
Don't forget to enter my Learning Resources Easi-speak giveaway! It's ends Friday!!
Go here to enter! Good luck!


Happy, Happy Wednesday, y'all! I'm off to bed very soon!

August Currently and Easi-speak Giveaway!

It's time to link up with Farley for Currently!
This summer has flown...I feel like we just had July Currently!

Learning Resources Easi-speak Giveaway
May I tell you how excited I was to be able to try out
 a couple of products from Learning Resources??
And then, to give some away, yay!
I know you have all seen the Easi-speak on other blogs, right?
 Well, may I tell you how much I love this little baby?

First of all, everyone loves a microphone!!
Children can record themselves speaking/reading then listen to their recordings.
How great is that for students (and us) to actually hear how fluently they read???
Love that!!

Awesome Features
*small, light, and portable
It comes in a small box and is super easy to store!
*one button to record
*4 hours of audio
*built-in USB for charging
*no batteries needed
*headphone jack for individual listening

There are about 35 Easi-speak reviews on the Learning Resources website,
 and all are 5 stars!
Did you know it retails for $ 69.99??

Check out all the other fun products from Learning Resources here!

Okay, friends! I'm going to try using Rafflecopter! I sure do hope this works!

What do you need to do?
Well, not much!

1) Follow my blog-right here on the right.
2) Follow my Facebook page-It's not very exciting yet but it will be!!
3) Follow Learning Resources on Facebook.
4) Follow Learning Resources on Twitter.
It's super easy to do all this using Rafflecopter!

We'll let the Rafflecopter choose this Friday, August 10. 
Good luck and Happy Weekend!