Sunday, August 30, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 31st - September 4th)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to markdown until Friday, September 4th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you! We would love it if you displayed your product on your blog and then linked back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you aren't selling, but looking for great bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! Be sure to check back again, as teachers may be adding products throughout the week. We don't want you to miss any of these great deals!

This week we are featuring:
It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store.

You will love these jungle themed alphabet work mats! The cards are colorful and inviting to children. They won't be able to resist the fun! Children can use play-dough, Wikki Stix, dry erase markers, etc. to practice letter identification as well as letter formation. We keep these in our fine motor center and the children love to use them all year long!

There are 26 letter mats included in this pack. Each mat has an upper case and lower case letter on it. Also included, are two pictures to help children associate the beginning sound of a word with its letter name. 

These play-dough mats are great for children to work on their find motor skills too!

Some of the children will roll the play-dough into long "worms" and shape them into to the letter. Some will squish the play-dough down over the letter and some will just put their own personal flair on it. Haha!

Using Wikki Stix is so much fun!

Thanks for checking out our alphabet mats and for hanging out with us today.
Have a great week!


Back to School Bash with The Primary Pack!

Our hop is a 3…2…1… BACK TO SCHOOL BASH because each member of The Primary Pack will be giving you 3 teacher tips, 2 giveaways (one on each of our blogs and one BIG one on the Primary Pack), and 1 freebie!

To enter our BIG giveaway, you need to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK first! As you "hop" through each of our blogs, you will collect a letter from each of us… 28 total. Those letters spell out a secret code that you need to enter our BIG giveaway! You will use the secret code to enter the rafflecopter on The Primary Pack at the end of the hop.
 You need to collect the letters from us IN ORDER, so please make sure that you start from the beginning of our hop. Click on the button below to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK and start our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!!
Build positive relationships with your children and their parents!
*call home when something good happens
*keep the lines of communication open
*smile at them
*learn their names
*show interest in them by asking questions
*share successes
*invite parents into the classroom
*go to sporting events, recitals, etc.

Let your students know you are human!
*make mistakes
*dance around and be silly
*laugh
*cry
*smile
*apologize
*use manners
Send them home with a smile everyday!!
*brag tags
*class meeting to highlight a good point of the day for everyone
*high fives when they leave
*hugs when they leave
*sticker on their shirt
*tell them you are proud of them
*wish them good luck on that evening's game


Enter to win a Silhouette Cameo! Hop through all of the blogs, collecting letters along the way, when you get back to The Primary Pack enter the secret code for a chance to win!
This is one of our favorite back to school products! Audrey Wood offers three books in her alphabet series (Alphabet Mystery, Alphabet Adventure, and Alphabet Rescue) that the children and teachers love! We have included activities for each book in this pack. You can read more about it here in a previous blog post. Enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win!

Here is a great back to school freebie to accompany another favorite alphabet book, Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom! Included in this pack are poster-sized palm trees and palm-tree themed letters. 

Click here to download your freebie!

***The freebie has ended***
However, we have just added a new product to our TpT store that includes several activities to go with Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom.
You can read about it in our blog post here.
You can see it in our store here.

Lastly, write this letter down and continue the hop by clicking on the next blog! Thanks for hopping around with us today! Good luck on the giveaways!!
A is for Apples is up next!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 24th - 28th)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to markdown until Friday, August 28th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you! We would love it if you displayed your product on your blog and then linked back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you aren't selling, but looking for great bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! Be sure to check back again, as teachers may be adding products throughout the week. We don't want you to miss any of these great deals!
Back by popular demand!
This week we are featuring:
It is $4.00 off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store.

These calendar pieces will brighten up your classroom! We have included a full calendar set for all 12 months of the year. There is also an alternative set for December that is not holiday-themed.

Each monthly set includes the following contents that are thematic to the month/season:

Month Header

Days of the Week

Numbers

Holidays/Special Events

We have also included a page of cards that can be used for various field trips as well as a page of birthday cards. 

These calendar pieces are the perfect size to fit into a standard size calendar pocket chart. 
We build our calendar day by day to work on days of the week, patterns, number recognition, left to right print concepts, and more. Here is what our September calendar will look like by the end of the month:

We hope you enjoy these new calendar pieces as much as we do!! 
Have a great week!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 17th - 21st)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to markdown until Friday, August 21st.
How much you markdown your product is up to you! We would love it if you displayed your product on your blog and then linked back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you aren't selling, but looking for great bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! Be sure to check back again, as teachers may be adding products throughout the week. We don't want you to miss any of these great deals!

This week we are featuring our newest product:
It is $4.00 off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store.

We are so excited to have finished these cute calendar pieces! We have included a full calendar set for all 12 months of the year. There is also an alternative set for December that is not holiday-themed.

Each monthly set includes the following contents that are thematic to the month/season:

Month Header

Days of the Week

Numbers

Holidays/Special Events

We have also included a page of cards that can be used for various field trips as well as a page of birthday cards. 

These calendar pieces are the perfect size to fit into a standard size calendar pocket chart. 
We hope you enjoy our new calendar pieces as much as we do!! 
Have a great week!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 10th - 14th)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to markdown until Friday, August 14th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you! We would love it if you displayed your product on your blog and then linked back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you aren't selling, but looking for great bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! Be sure to check back again, as teachers may be adding products throughout the week. We don't want you to miss any of these great deals!

This week we are featuring:
It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store.

We just love these story element posters! They are very colorful and cheery and are very helpful while teaching and reviewing character, setting, events, and retelling. We display them in a very prominent place on our walls for student use. It is usually close to the area where we teach large group and small group.

Included in this product is a single page of  each of the posters above as well as a multi-page poster version for better view when hanging on a wall. Click here to read a blog post on how we put these posters together. 

Also included in this product are story elements bookmarks! These bookmarks have a list of general comprehension questions to ask when your lesson is focused on characters, settings, or events.
Thanks for hanging out with us again this week. 
We hope you enjoy our Stunning Story Elements Posters! 
Have a great week!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 3rd - 7th) & a TpT 2 Day Sale!

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to markdown until Friday, August 7th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you! We would love it if you displayed your product on your blog and then linked back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you aren't selling, but looking for great bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! Be sure to check back again, as teachers may be adding products throughout the week. We don't want you to miss any of these great deals!

This week we are featuring two products again!
Here is the first deal:
It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store.

Included are picture cards for each letter of the alphabet, it ends up equaling over 400 words! We have also included cards for four digraphs as well. Each card has a colorful illustration and written word to match. These cards can be used to help your students to work on so many skills. We use them during our letter of the week activities and they help to develop drawing, writing, vocabulary, understanding of beginning sounds, decoding, etc. We have included a variety of words and pictures in this huge pack! Among them are sports, numbers, household items, colors, vehicles, and more.
A few examples are pictured below:

It is super easy to use them with "letter of the week" programs and in classroom centers when storing them alphabetically. We have found multiple containers that fit the cards easily, plus the Oxford alphabet dividers come in handy too!


The second bargain is: 
It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store.

This product is a collection of reproducible book for each letter of the alphabet. Each book is in the shape of something that begins with that letter. For example: the Dd book is in shape of a dog, the Ee book is in shape of an egg, etc. 

Each book has three blank pages for children to record a word and draw a picture.

We use these two products together in our writing center throughout the school year. The children pick a card and write the word and draw the corresponding picture. We like for the children to use the drawing and writing as a model. We use this to encourage correct letter formation and to help with their drawings as well by copying from a model on each card. As the year progresses, we see improvements in both areas!

The children absolutely love using the picture cards to create their books and also to use in their free writing journals. After the books are complete, the children take the books home and use them as picture dictionaries in their writing and homework at home. We encourage them to save them in an old shoe box or anything else they might have around the house for easy access. We get pictures from parents of children that were in our class years ago and they still have their alphabet books!
We hope you enjoy these picture cards and books as much as we do, we use them every year! 

Also, don't forget that Teachers Pay Teachers is having a two day back to school sale! Everything in our store is discounted by 20% and then TpT will take an additional 8% off. That is a savings of 28% on everything in our store!!

Be sure to use code BTS15 at checkout!




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