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Monday, September 24, 2012

Inspiration Board: Henry & Mudge

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant is our story this week. It's such a great friendship story and one kids can definitely relate to! Here are some things to inspire my lessons. Just click on the image for the link. 
You can find more at my aStore.

Henry and Mudge Trifold Freebie by Ashley Reed on TPT
Henry and Mudge Printables from Teacher Vision

Ideas from Marcia's Lesson Links
Also by Cynthia Rylant
A cute spin-off series

Another spin-off series

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tell Me Something Good

I'm linking up with Jennifer at Rowdy in First Grade for her Tell Me Something Good linky party!
It seems like every "new year" my family is constantly moving fast- especially this year with Big Kid in kindergarten and Little One in daycare. It's nice to stop and focus on the good things at school and home!

At school, my class is great. Really great. I hear so many people talking about issues that have already popped up or how chatty their class is and it makes me quietly nod and smile. And knock on wood.

At home, I am SO happy that Big Kid is happy at kindergarten. It's my first time being a parent-teacher and I can finally relate to my team members who are juggling different roles. Big Kid loves his teacher (he's already told me that- and he said that she looks younger than her picture on the website- too funny!) and he's made some friends in his class. He is so proud that he gets to buy hot lunch, check out library books, and bring home his "homework." We've already gotten two e-mails from his teacher (which makes me think I should e-mail parents more) saying what a great role model he is for other students. I'm a proud mama!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Freebie Friday: Constitution Day

Constitution Day is coming...are you ready? 
Here are some free resources for you if you are not!

Free Worksheet from What the Teacher Wants

A mini-book and worksheets made by Fun 2B  in First

Schoolhouse Rocks Preamble video

Constitution Day Mini-Unit by Grade School Giggles

Monday, September 10, 2012

Inspiration Board: Arthur's Reading Race

This week our Storytown series begins! Our first story in 2nd grade is Arthur's Reading Race by Marc Brown. I like starting with this story because the kids love Arthur. I also like to teach them how to draw Arthur and write some character traits. Here is my "inspiration board" for this week. Click on any of the pictures for more information.
Directions on How to Draw Arthur

Reading Rockets Interview with Marc Brown

Arthur's Reading Race $3.99

Arthur and Friends Story Stamps
How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them

Teaching With Favorite Marc Brown Books

8.5x11" Sketch Pad

18 Count Mr. Sketch Markers

You can find the items at my Amazon store!

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Thanks for entering my birthday giveaway! 
I am happy to see so many new faces here, too!

Here are the winners as selected by

$10 Gift Card to TPT:


$10 Gift Card to Lakeshore Learning:


$10 Amazon Gift Card:

Mrs. Brown!

$10 Gift Card to Oriental Trading:


Congratulations! You should see the gift card codes in your e-mail this weekend. *UPDATE: I've e-mailed them to you directly from the company so if you don't see them in your e-mail check your spam.
Thank you to everyone for entering! I will definitely do this again- it was so fun!

Today I'm off to the Target Children's Book Festival with my boys- it's a perfect day for outdoor fun here in Minnesota!