Celebrating the 100th Day of School

My 100th Day of School is not until February 15th, but I see some of you have already had yours!  I love Deanna Jump's idea (click here) and letter to have the kids dress up like 100 year olds!  I plan on doing that with my class.  I am also doing many of the activities from my 100th Day fo School Activities and Printables Packet from TpT.  I always put more than you would need in a packet, because I know I like being able to pick and choose what works for me and my class.  I hope you check out the packet.  It has become one of my best sellers.
This packet includes the following:
Parent Invitation
100th Day Project Letter for a Collection Bag Project
100th Day Project Letter for a Poster (2 Versions)
100th Day Project Bag Writing
100th Day Poster Writing
Project Bag/Poster Student Labels
6 100 Chart Activities
Almost everything you need to create a 100 Counting Mat
3 Math Activities based on the 100 Mat
Literature Extension Activity for The 100th Day of School by Angela Shelf Medearis
Literature Extension Activity for The 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler
Literature Extension Activity for 100 School Days by Anne Rockwell
Math Extension Packet for 100 Days of School by Trudy Harris
100 Art Activity
Class-made book covers
Writing Prompts about the 100th Day
100th Day Poem
Me at 100 Writing Prompts (3 Versions)
My Tens Book of 100 - Student made book
100th Day Trail Mix - Letter Home to Parents asking for ingredients
100th Day certificates (2 versions)





Free Valentine's Day Cards


Click the link below, to get this free sample from my Valentine's Day Writing, Math, and More Packet!
Click Here to Download for Free from TeachersPayTeachers

Click the picture below to check out the packet on TPT.

Another V-Day Freebie!


R-Controlled Vowels File Folder Word Walls

I love making file folder word walls with pictures and my students love using them!  I just finished my R-Controlled Vowel File Folder Words Walls and posted them to TpT (click {here} to check them out).

I am so close to reaching 2,000 followers!  I am touched that there are that many people in the world who are interested in what I have to say and share!  You are all awesome.  I love all the comments and positive feedback I have gotten in the past year.  To say thank you, I am giving you the -ar file folder word wall with pictures for free!  Click on the picture below to download.

If you like these file folder word walls, be sure to check out these, by clicking on the covers!
 







Pirate Math Centers!

Last week, we studied -ar words.  I utilized Babbling Abby's wonderful unit Learning /ar/ with Pirate Mark.  Such an awesome unit!  The kids loved the pirate theme so much that I decided to create some pirate themed math centers.  I tried four of them out on Friday and the kids had a blast!

This weekend, I polished up this 49 page, Common Core aligned,  six center packet and it is now for sale on TpT (click {here}) to check it out.




(The coins are Mardi Gras Coins from Dollar Tree!)


This 49 page download is for six different Common Core based, pirate themed, math centers.

Math centers included in this packet:
Skulls and Treasure Chests Ways to Make Five
Skulls and Treasure Chests Sums of Ten
Pirate Make Ten to Add
Pirate Domino Fact Families
Pirate Find the Missing Part
Pirate Art and Math Center - Fact Family Based

Also, included are teacher directions, student directions, photographs, small center signs, work-mats, and printable manipulatives.  The Common Core Standards addressed are listed below the teacher and student directions.

I hope your students enjoy these centers as much as mine did!

100th Day of School Activities

First, let me say that I am sorry I have been MIA.  As I said on my fb fan page, I am getting my only bathroom redone and it has been crazy going back and forth to my parents' all the time to shower and leave my dogs there.  I promise to post before and after photos.  Don't you love those?!

On to the 100th Day!  My 100th Day is not until around Valentine's Day, but I know many of you started school earlier and it is coming up soon.
This is one of my first thematic units I created and it is still one of my favorite.  It is a 50 page packet created in honor of the 100th Day of School.  Included in the packet:
Parent Invitation
100th Day Project Letter
100th Day Project Report
6 100 Chart Activities
Almost everything you need to create a 100 Counting Mat
3 Math Activities based on the 100 Mat
Literature Extension Activity for The 100th Day of School by Angela Shelf Medearis
Literature Extension Activity for The 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler
Literature Extension Activity for 100 School Days by Anne Rockwell
Math Extension Packet for 100 Days of School by Trudy Harris
100 Art Activity
2 Writing Prompts about the 100th Day
100th Day Poem
My Tens Book of 100 - Student made book
100th Day Trail Mix - Letter Home to Parents asking for ingredients
100th Day certificate

When I am 100 writing!

100 Counting Mat

Click Here to Purchase from TeachersPayTeachers.com

Recommended read alouds:


I hope you have a Happy 100th Day of School!

Welcome Winter!


I just uploaded my "Welcome Winter!" packet to TpT.  This 58 page packet includes literacy and math activities aligned to the Common Core Standards.
Literacy Activities:
Mitten Book Report
Hot Cocoa Mug Writing
Our Favorite Wintertime Activities
How to Make a Snowman Mini-Book
Winter Read/Write the Room
Winter and Snow Acrostic Poems
Winter File Folder Word Wall with Pictures
Comparing Two Versions of the Mitten

Math Activities:
Snowman and Penguin Ways to Make Five
Snowman and Penguin Sums of Ten
Snowman Domino Fact Families
Snowflake Estimation
Penguin Art and Math - Two levels of difficulty  (Click {here} to download an older free version of this activity-with one difficulty level)
Our Favorite Wintertime Activities Graphing, Tallying, and Analyzing Data

This packet also includes a bibliography and small center signs.

Here are a few of the winter themed books I recommend:
 
 Happy Winter!

Questions Answered!

Thank you for all of your questions in the comments from my "Happy New Year - Ask Me Anything Post."  I am going to try my best to answer as many as I can!


Question 1:
Rachelle, Jodi, and Cara want to know "How do you keep such a "Rockin' bod?"  They even suggested that I start another blog, a personal/fitness one!  Haha, that totally made my day.  They were referring to a picture I posted of my family and me on my brother's boat.  It was on a thread in the TpT seller forums under a "Share Pics of You and Your Family."  I am posting the picture below, next to a picture of me, my freshman year of college.  At 33 years old and 5'2, I am in better shape now than when I was 18!  *Please, keep in mind that I have a very petite frame, so 97 lbs. looks healthy on me, but would be probably be too low a weight for someone taller or with a bigger frame.
So, as you can see, I was not always this fit or thin.  In college, I did not workout and ate lots of carbs.  I used to go to this Night Owl Cafe every night and have a soft pretzel!  I pulled myself together senior year of college and got into working out and stopped eating tons of crap.  I have not been over 102 pounds since then.  I don't always look like the picture on the right, my weight will go up and down depending on how much discipline I have.  I find every September I have to cut back on working out because I am overwhelmed with work. I also, don't weigh myself  often.  I prefer to go by how my clothes fit.  Remember, muscle weighs more than fat.   
Usually, I try to go to the gym 5-6 days a week.  Five is ideal and four is good, with three keeping me from losing muscle.  If you are just starting a gym, get a personal trainer for a few sessions.  He or she will help you learn about workouts you can do on your own and will make sure your form is right, so that you don't hurt yourself.  I don't have a personal trainer now, but I have had one in the past.  I like taking classes better.  Here is my workout schedule:
Monday - Rebounding for 30 minutes (Mini-Trampoline Class), 15 min. Pre-Cor Machine, & 15 min. ab class
Tuesday - Elliptical machine for 30 minutes or an hour class
Wednesday - Rebounding with breaks for strength training - 1 hour
Thursday - Boot Camp - 45 minutes
Friday - Off or Zumba - 45 minutes - 1 hour
Saturday - Boot Camp - 1 hour
Sunday - Off
Besides working out, I watch what I eat.  I am reading Skinny Bitch right now and I am freaked out by all processed food and meat.  (I plan to post more on this book on The Best Endings Blog, soon.) I love Zone bars for breakfast, but I am going to try and cut them out since they are made of all chemicals.  I also don't buy junk food.  At night I sometimes crave something sweet, but I have nothing in my house, so then I will make myself some tea.  
I hope this helps you.  I feel working out is such a stress relief for me, that I make it a priority.  

Question 2:
"What advice do you have for someone who wants to get started on Teachers Pay Teacher?"
I have been with Teachers Pay Teachers since 2008 and was even in the NY Times article.  You think that article would have made me a top seller, well it didn’t.  I only started making the big bucks this year!  I would not be making the “big bucks  if I had not been motivated by a TpT email about Deanna Jump’s success. I was floored by the email and needed to find out what she was doing that I was not.  Here's what I found:  1. She created whole units not just individual lessons or downloads.  2.  Her products looked like something I could not make using just Microsoft Word.  3.  She had a blog.  I had never heard of teacher blogs before.   Right then and there she became my teaching idol and I thank her for her model of success. 
So, I started this blog and bought my own clip art and fonts.   I added cover pages and credits to my products.   I also think having 24 freebies in my store helps to gain followers to my store.
Success does not come easy; I consider this my full-time second job.  I get tired and discouraged at times.  I get upset when I see that I still have not made any of the top five lists or that I have not had my store featured or gotten a shout out.  When that happens, I don’t let it get me down, I brush it off and tell myself there is always next week.  I think of what I could make that would sell well and I start working.   Another thing that I find motivating is that if I click on the list of sellers only in NY by earnings; I am number two and that just makes my day!  Click {here} to see that list.  Oh, and I am number one for NY in ratings!
So, after reading this, if you would like to sell, please use this referrel code: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Signup?ref=EricaBohrer 

Question 3:
"Where do you get your clipart and fonts and what program do you use?"  
That is easy, click on the links to the left of this post.  I try to stick to those three sellers and the free site (KevinandAmanda.com).  This makes it easier for me to create a credit page at the end of my product.  Sometimes, I use other Etsy shops, Whimsy Doodles Graphics, Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files freebies,and/or From the Pond on TpT.  Click {here} to read my previous posts on graphics and fonts.  Click {here} for my Pinterest page on graphics and fonts.
I have a Mac, but I still use Microsoft Word.  I had to purchase it for my Mac.  I was afraid of the learning curve involved in using Mac's Pages.  I also sometimes use PowerPoint to make documents.  I do love my Mac so much!  It is so easy to take screen shots and to work with PDF files.  As with when I had my PC, anything I cannot figure out, I Google.  So please, don't ask me for tech advice!  I am no expert.  I just learn by doing and Googling.  


Question 4:
"How did you get your blog all fancy?"  
I paid someone and it was so worth it!  Cara Carroll of Oh So Spoiled and The First Grade Parade designed my blog.  She is no longer designing blogs, but there are so many others out there who are.  Etsy has a ton.  I used the lovely Kristen of Ladybug's Teacher Files to design my Critters in the Classroom blog and I love it.  For blog tips, go to Kristen's blog and click her awesome tutorials.

Question 5:
"How do I get followers on my blog?"
1. Make your blog look fancy (see above).
2.  Give away lots of free files.  Click {here} to see my freebies.
3.  Comment on other blogs.  Click {here} to see Ladybug's tutorial on leaving a direct link.
4. Post pictures or sample images and Pin yourself!  Yes, I know it is like patting yourself ont he back, but it works!  Click {here} to follow me on Pinterest.
5.  Host a giveaway.  Have people follow you for an entry.
6.  Make a facebook fan page and comment on other facebook fan pages.  Then post links to your blog posts on your fan page.
7.  Make it easier for people to comment on your blog.  Click {here} for What the Teacher Want's tutorial.

Question 6:
"How do you do it all?"
Um, I don't!  I have someone who comes and cleans the main floor of my house every other week and I rarely cook.  I don't have any children and I am not married.  So that leaves a lot of time to work on the computer.  I do get stressed out, overwhelmed, and frazzled.  I feel pressure to keep producing new units and keep blogging.  So when I feel stressed, I try to break things down into smaller manageable tasks or take on one task at a time.  I prioritize.  For example, I wanted to make a big Halloween packet, but I was getting observed in the beginning of October and had a lot going on.  So instead of making a math, literacy, and art packet, I just made a math one (click {here} to check it out on TpT).  It was not as time consuming and I still felt like I got something out there.  
I know there were more questions, but I don't want this post to go on forever!  I will answer when I can or in another post.  Thanks for reading!




Happy New Year - Ask Me Anything!

Happy New Year to all my fabulous bloggy friends.  It has been almost a year since I started blogging and my TpT sales took off.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your supportive comments and of course your purchases!  My particular favorite comment was Erika's comment on my Gingerbread Cookie Mess, where she said it was nice to see my less than perfect side.  I am flattered that any of you out there think I am perfect, I am a bit of an overachiever, but I am NOWHERE NEAR PERFECT.  So thanks, that made me laugh.  I also loved the comments I received on my "You Get What You Get and You Don't Get Upset" post.  I had no idea that "Get" and "Fit" rhyme in some parts of the United States.  I had to make another post "You Get What You Get and You Don't Throw a Fit."  So many of you followers and bloggers are from the South! After reading your posts and comments, I feel like throwing a "Y'all" or "Shut the Front Door" into this post ala my blogging idols  Deanna Jump or Babbling Abby.  I don't know what would constitute slang here in New Yawk, but I am sure there are things I say that are not familiar to you, too.

I want to give a big shout out to Cara Carroll of The First Grade Parade for designing my blog way back when.  I love it.  And to Kristen of Ladybug's Teacher Files for designing Critters in the Classroom, so cute!  I am giving another shout out to my blogging bff's Anna Brantely of Crazy for First, Cheryl Sauod of Primary Graffiti, and Rachelle Smith of What the Teacher Wants.  You ladies are always there for me when I need you.  Rachelle, I don't know how you do it but you manage to comment on everything!  I love that a big time blogger/seller like you takes the time to comment.  For more blogging shout outs go to my "What I'm Thankful For" post.

So now for the Q & A!  What questions do you have for me?  I get so many emails and I try my best to answer all of the questions, but I bet many of you have the same questions.   I will compile these questions and answer them in a post.  So leave your question in the comments below.  BTW - The most common question I get asked is how to become a published author.  For that answer, go {here}.

Any easy way to ask me a quick question about a product or keep up with my blog posts is through my Facebook Fan page.  Click {here} to become a fan today.
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