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Fixer Upper Style Classroom Decor

Hi, Erica from Erica's Ed-Ventures here. I wanted to share with you some photos from my farmhouse / fixer upper style themed classroom.  I did keep the original furniture from my polka dot themed room and changed out all my bright bins and bright accents to burlap and galvanized metal.

  1. Sunflowers: Real (from the North Fork of Long Island)
  2. Trays - Target Threshold Section on Clearance
  3. Apple  - Target Dollar Spot
  4. Sharpies - Amazon
  5. Glass Jar - Target
  6. Twine - Amazon
  7. Frame - Michaels
  8. Garland - As Cool As Cam Be

  1. Glass Jar - Target
  2. Sharpies - Amazon
  3. Apple - Target Dollar Spot

  1. Caddy - Amazon
  2. Burlap Ribbon - Hobby Lobby  or Amazon option {HERE}
  3. Farmhouse Table Labels - TpT 

To see more photos click {HERE}.

Quick links to my farmhouse decor items on TpT:







All of the above packets are included in this packet:

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Math Work Stations Summer Free Files!

FREE Math Centers for Kindergarten

Hi there!

This is Deedee from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten!  I wanted to share a throwback post I did over on my blog!

Back in 2011, I helped lead a pretty sizable blog book study with this fantastic book!  I did a little resource roundup and if you are feeling like a boatload of summer free files, let me tell you where to start!

Here are just a few of the things you will find!

FREE Math Centers for Kindergarten

FREE Math Centers for Kindergarten

FREE Math Centers for Kindergarten

FREE Math Centers for Kindergarten
Swing on by.  Warning... it will be a bit like a scavenger hunt as you go through the posts, but click HERE to get started!
FREE Math Centers for Kindergarten

Getting Kids to Listen in the Classroom!

Hey there Blog Hoppers! It's Christy and Tammy from Fluttering Through First Grade! Getting our class to listen consistently can be one of our bigger challenges in today's classroom. Kids today just have a lot to say! So, we've made it our lesson plan mission to get our kids actively listening and participating in their learning every day, in every way. 

Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks for getting kids to listen in the classroom!
Providing expectations for listening in our classroom sets the stage for success. We love keeping visual reminders for all sorts of things in our class, and listening is no exception. This Listen reminder hangs front and center in our classroom to remind students how they should be listening from head to toe. 
Sometimes, you've just got to sing the listening into them! When things get chatty, we get chiming. All it takes is a few of our future The Voice contestants to join our melody and before we know it they're all singing along about listening and not talking anymore. Score! 
You can download our Visual Reminders for Listening and Are You Listening? song poster from our blog.
One of the best things we've created for our classroom to support their developing listening skills are our Listen Up Auditory Activities. They help focus our students' attention first thing in the morning, after recess, before lunch, at the end of the day, in centers, whole group, with parent volunteers, with a substitute teacher...Pretty much anytime of day!
Holding students accountable for their listening is a huge part of our Listen Up program. We ask them to reflect so we can better understand their understanding (informal assessment) and we use the reflection slips as an opportunity to conference individually with students for various reasons. 
Data tracking their Listen Up skills helps us intervene as necessary as well as conference efficiently with parents!
You can try our Listen Up activities by downloading them for free from our TpT Shop.

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So fill your carts and your hearts and save big with TpT!

2017 Spring Teacher Blogger Retreat

We are ready to roll out the red carpet and announce that we are opening registration for the

And you WILL NOT want to miss what we have planned for you this year!
Are you ready to be treated like the red carpet star that you are?
Need a weekend of pampering to escape from the “work” of teaching?
Need to be re-energized and fall in love with teaching all over again?
Ready to shine and be recognized for the teaching-star that you are?

Then come walk the red carpet with us at French Lick Resort!
French Lick is an incredible resort is located in southern Indiana, but it is within 3 hours of Cincinnati, Nashville, Indianapolis, and St. Louis!

And let me tell you...they are ready to pamper us again!  

Here are the details...
WHO:  YOU are invited!
WHAT:  Spring Blogger/Follower Retreat!
WHEN: March 17, 18 & 19, 2017
WHERE:  French Lick Resort & Casino - French Lick, IN
WHY:   To meet new friends, share blogging & TPT tricks & tips, 
and just have fun! {LOTS and LOTS of FUN!}

Join us for the whole weekend, or just a day!
Here is a peek at some of the things we have planned…

Friday, March 17th
·       OPTIONAL:  Many attendees gather and socialize at the beautiful West Baden Hotel.  Come early and join us! 

Saturday, March 18th

Blogger Meet-Up Luncheon:  Get-to-know-you luncheon, teacher product giveaways, and “Teacher Tool” gift swap game

·       Keynote Speaker:  None other than PRINCIPAL GERRY will be there to uplift, inspire, and create a room full of laughter

·       Teaching, TPT, Blogging Round-table and Workshop Sessions:  We will send out a survey asking for topics of interest and we invite you to submit a round-table proposal as well. 

·      Dinner Reservations at Resort Restaurant/s:  (OPTIONAL) Meet up for dinner at one of the resort’s casual, but classy restaurants.

·     Since everyone who is a teacher knows they went into this profession for the fame and fortune (ya, right!!)……We will be rolling out the red carpet for you as we invite you to dress up as your favorite star, pose for the paparazzi, and fabulous fun with friends!  (Heavy hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages, photo booth pictures and party favors included.  There will also be a cash bar.)

Sunday, March 19th

·       9:30 am - Sunday Breakfast/Brunch:  (OPTIONAL) Meet at the resort’s famous breakfast buffet for our last gathering of good food, good conversation, and goodbyes!

The cost for attending this event is $75, which includes your lunch and beverages, a portion of the room fees and our Saturday night social event (including food and non-alcoholic drinks).  This is the ONLY required fee for the entire weekend!  The rest of the event (hotel fees, if you choose to stay on site, and the remainder of the meal fees will be on your own, based on your choices!).  If you live close, you may choose to drive in for the day.  This fee needs to be paid by Feb.12 to guarantee your registration.  Also, note that due to the increasing popularity of this event, registration may have to be limited due to size.  (More details for payment will be posted on our private FB meet-up/retreat group page.)

Wondering if this event is something you might be interested in?  Check out what some of last year's attendees have to say...

Hannah F.Last year was my first year at French Lick and I was so nervous! I remember driving up there and imagining all the things that could go wrong! (of course) But, when I arrived I was overwhelmed with the kindness of every single person there. Everyone felt like they belonged and they did! The whole weekend was full of fun activities that helped me grow as a teacher and as a person. I made so many brand new friendships that I will carry with me forever. I remember driving away feeling refreshed and so ready to get back into my classroom! This weekend will refresh your love for teaching from the very instant you step into the hotel! “

Heidi N. "It was so refreshing to be surrounded by like minded teachers!  I left the weekend with new perspective, new ideas, and a lot of new friends!"

Maja A. "Last year's meet up inspired me to do so many new things, I finished out the school year strong with the things I learned from the other teacher/bloggers there!  I am so excited for this years meet up!"

Are you ready to sign up for a star-studded weekend of fun?  Simply click
HERE to register for the event.
Questions?  Feel free to contact us at