Aug 11, 2013

Top 5 Countdown

Are you in countdown mode yet? Or are you already back? I'm counting down!!! I am planning to work on my classroom Monday-Wednesday this week. Then, Thursday & Friday are PD. The kids are at school on Monday! EEEK! :)
To help everyone out at grabbing some last minute items before the big day, or maybe just to help you out because you've already started, you are exhausted and you want some great stuff that ALREADY DONE for you, I'm linking up with Brenda over at Primary Inspired for her Top 5 Countdown. I've put my top 5 wishlisted items in my store on sale for 20% off.

Here are the top 5 wishlisted items in my store:

Don't forget to check Brenda's blog out too:


Aug 9, 2013

Treasures Sale!

It's been a busy week! Lilly back to daycare, me back to work in my classroom plus lots of training and meetings. I have three more days to work in my room, two days of Professional Learning, then the kids arrive on the 19th! Yikes! I'm hoping to get a few blog post updates completed very soon! But for now, I wanted to make sure all of my followers that use my Treasures Resources know that I'm putting them on SALE this weekend!!!! Everything is marked down 20%, EVEN THE BUNDLES! :)
If you click on the picture, it will take you to the items that are on sale in my store! :) I hope you find something that can work for you! :)

Aug 2, 2013

Need More To Do Before Heading Back to School?????

Ha. Need more to get ready for school? Maybe you have more time than I do. I know there are some teachers out there that don't go back until September!!! I would love to have time to get everything prepared for the school year before the year starts. Wouldn't be the ideal world?

Well, I know it's only August...but I've bundled (I've been doing a lot of bundling lately!!) all of my holiday related centers--literacy and math! Many of these were popular last year, so I thought that I would bundle them together and give everyone an opportunity to save 30% off the total price if you were to buy each of my holiday center packets individually.  Maybe you will need to get closer to the "holidays" to even think about this, but take a peek. With this bundle, you'd be set for the entire school year! :)

I've included:
Valentine's Day
St. Patrick's Day
 Click the board to take a peek at my store:

Aug 1, 2013


Fluency....isn't that what we are all working on? Fluency not only helps with test scores (grrrr), but it actually helps students comprehend what they are reading. I always spend a good portion of the beginning of the year working on fluency with every student.  Some students move out of needing so much fluency work, but others need it the whole year.

I discovered Fry's Fluency Phrases probably 4 years ago. At first I was excited to just copy them onto different colors of card stock, cut them out into strips, and put them on rings for students to practice. I can actually remember cutting them and assembling them in the car on a road trip we took to Nashville. I actually still use those rings of phrases. They hang up on hooks in my classroom (if I were in my room yet, I'd add a picture, maybe later!) I have the 100 phrases of each level separated into 5 or 6 rings, so I will pass those out to my small group (whichever level they are on with the phrases.) We usually warm up our small group with those. They will read through one set, then throw them in the middle of the table and when someone else is done, they take theirs, etc. Even though the kids still like doing those phrases on the rings, I felt like I need some more creative ways to practice the same phrases. Of course, the kids don't seem to notice they are practicing the SAME thing, they think it's a new and fun game!

I gave away my Super Reader Fluency Phrases last week for $1 when I was celebrating 1,000 Facebook fans! I've heard a lot of feedback and it seems that people are finding them fun and useful. My Super Reader Fluency Phrase packet is actually a set of 6 games. (One game per level of phrases) My intentions when making the games are to have students start at Level One, and move through the levels as they master each one. In my own classroom, I start teaching students how to play the games (very easy, a variety of Oops!) in my small groups, then when they are good at it, the games can be moved into centers/workstations where they can play with a small group to gain fluency. I have to admit, what I like the most about this set of phrases is the clipart. I just find these "super hero" alligators to be hilarious! :)

Now, since my students love these so much, I decided to make another set for a few reasons. First reason, they like to have a variety throughout the year and not get bored of course! Second, because I don't want this laminated set to get completely ruined after an entire class is using them for an entire year (and the kids last year have already worn them in pretty well!) So, I've created another set, same exact phrases and everything, just different clipart! They have a Back to School theme! So, I know that I have the option of using the "Super Reader" set or the "Back to School" set at any point in the school year! :) The kids think they are "new" games, but I know that they are all just fun ways to practice fluency without them thinking that they are really being pressured to read phrases over and over again. They truly love it. Here is the Back to School Fluency Phrase set that I completed yesterday. Click on any of the pictures to check them out in my store!!


One last thing, although it's hard to think about Christmas time (and WINTER!) right now, I also have a set for that time of the year. Again, just another way to "mix it up" for the kids! Like I said before, exact same phrases and cards, just different theme and clipart! This one is a mix of winter and Christmas.

I put together a lot of materials yesterday to add to my store (and to get ready for the school year!) I'm feeling the crunch with only a few days left before I'm sitting in training and PD all day, getting my room ready, then the kids will be arriving before I know it!!

Here's a glimpse at one other thing I put together yesterday! (All of my Literacy Center Mega Packs put into one SUPER bundle! Total of 148 centers!) I still need to put together one last Mega Pack today!