Friday, November 29, 2013

A Giveaway, just in time for Cyber Monday!!!!

A milestone crept up on me this week. 
I have 300 followers!!!! (301 actually) 
Thanks Creative Clips for the clip art and Live Love Math for font

And of course, that means time for a GIVEAWAY. I was trying to think about what to do with all the great sales about to happen. I need this to happen fast! 

So, here's the deal. I am having a giveaway with TWO winners. 

One winner will win $10 from my TpT Store and another winner will win a $10 gift certificate to TpT to use on any of your favorite stores.
 I will announce the winners Monday morning so you have time to shop!!! 

So, start making your wishlist and join in on the fun! 

And, thanks for following me! 

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

TpT Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale!!!!

Cyber Monday is coming! And it is joined by Cyber Tuesday! 

I am not much of a Black Friday shopper. I have done it once. I am just not a shopper. I guess I never really have the money at the time and I just don't like people that much to fight crowds. 

I don't do well with things being "picked over" and I am not going to fight to save money. I know the savings can be big, but people are crazy out there and I like to sleep in. 

Writing that makes me sound like such a grump. I can't blame that on my age, I have always been that type of shopper. 

Thankfully though, we can shop from the wonderful warmth of our home and even though there are six of us here, it's not too crowded at my computer. 
   TpT is offering site wide sales December 2nd and 3rd. All items will be an additional 20% in my store, combined with the TpT discount, that is 28% off

I have already started shopping. My cart is filling up! 

My favorite finds (so far)
Christmas Percent Word Problem Task Cards    Math in the Middle

Ratios and Proportions Footloose and Problem Solving   Middle School Math Moments

Camel Calculations- Percent Proportions Task Cards- Aligne  4mulaFun

Elapsed Time Bundle for Common Core Differentiated Workshe  Teaching With a Mountain View

My best sellers: 
Place Value Task Cards

Exponent Task Cards

My newest products: 

Gingerbread Combinations

Hope you find everything you need and a little of what you want as well. 

Happy Shopping! 

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tried It Tuesday- Football Party

I really want to link up with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried it Tuesday, but going to warn you, this is NOT SCHOOL RELATED. 

Last week was my youngest sons 4th birthday and we had a football themed party for him. He is obsessed with football. He "plays" football while it's on TV. If they run the ball, he runs, if they pass, he passes. He always wins though. Once, a player was hurt and all the other players were on their knees, I look over and he was on his knees too. It was actually a very significant injury and they had stopped the game for about 15 minutes. He eventually went from his knee to sitting criss cross on the floor. He takes this stuff seriously people. 

So, once he told us he wanted football, I let my Pinterest obsession go to work! It was soooooo fun! 

My football man! 

The tailgate table!
Saw this on Pinterest for gift bags. So easy!
The tops came from Catch My Party. FREE printables! Gotta love that! 
My husband made this awesome cake. He is an extremely talented cake decorator.  
I actually thought of this on my own, last minute. My husband helped me throw it together real quick. It was a perfect way for the guests to enter the party though. 
My husband also had this idea. He made this for our guests to sign for Hamilton. I love the keepsake. 

I saw this idea on Pinterest too. My husband made all those cups. He is such a perfectionist.
The water bottle labels came from Catch My Party too. (Again, FREE!)

I made all the flags from FREEBIE from here. Such great party ideas!

Again, the hubby made these strawberry footballs. Talk about yum! 

Even made the condiments fun! 
Saw this online too. Thought it was super cute! 
We served hot dogs. Again, simple people, simple! 
A few years ago, my husband made this football toss for a community event.
It was perfect for this party.
All the kids loved playing outside! 
We all got in the fun with our jerseys and eye black. 
Even my older ones wore eye black. Anything for their brothers! 

Frugal Mom and Wife had some GREAT ideas too. 

It was loads of fun and super easy. 
Thanks for letting me indulge and share a little about my kiddos. 

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Saturday Morning- Recharging

It is Saturday morning and super cold. I am bundled in my house, in my pajamas and my HUGE cup of coffee. 

I am also on Thanksgiving break! An entire week and two weekends OFF. I really need this time. I need to recharge my battery. I need to clean my house, I mean, really clean. I need to visit my parents. I need to love on my family. 

My boys and I during the youngest one's football party last week. 

I want to blog, catch up on reading blogs, complete some products for my store. We will see. 

For my middle school friends, there is a fantastic giveaway going on now. You do not want to miss out on this! Check it out below! 
Middle School Giveaway

I hope you have a fantastic Saturday! 

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mathematical Monday & Tried It Tuesday- Math Snacks

Yesterday was Mathematical Monday with Jess at I Heart Recess and today Tried It Tuesday with Holly over at Fourth Grade Flipper. Getting two for the price of one! Since everything I try is Math, it fits, right?

We began ratios and proportions last week. This is new for all my students. This is not a skill they have previously learned. In the past, it has challenging. 

To make it fun, I introduced it with this video: The Bad Date. It is just darn funny. Sixth graders love it. It last all of 3 minutes and 37 seconds. But, they get the basic concept from this video. 

I then made a quick foldable and used it as an example. 

This past weekend, I was playing around on a school iPad and noticed that Math Snacks was an app. So, I investigated a little more and holy moly!, there are lessons that go with this video. They are other lessons too! 

Math Snacks were designed for middle schoolers, which I love. It's so hard to find good resources. 
They are short animations that keep kids engaged and teach  them too! Gotta love that. 
They include a Learner Guide for Students and a Teacher Guide for teachers. It's all done for me, another thing I love! 

My students are doing ratio and proportion centers right now. They are watching a different Math Snacks video on ratio and proportions and completing the worksheet that goes along with it. INSTANT CENTER! No work needed by me!!! 

This is directly off the Math Snacks site:
"Math Snacks are short animations and mini games designed to present mathematics in a very different way. In fact, we hope these snacks don't look like traditional mat at all. Math Snacks give students, especially those who don't particularly like math, another way to look at math concepts. While Math Snacks are designed for middle school, they address content and have been used by students in grade 3-8." 

Math Snacks

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