Tuesday, July 8, 2014


GUYS! For real. Lots of excitement going on! 

I am in THE Las Vegas for the 1st ever TeachersPayTeachers Conference!
This place is amaaaaaazing! 
I am here meeting up with teachers and bloggers from around the WORLD.
How cool is that?! 
Not to mention, my girls (and Greg) from The Primary Chalkboard are here! 

If you can't be here with us, what better way to celebrate than with a SALE?! 
We are hosting a *Las Vegas Style* Double or Nothing Sale!

It is the perfect time to stock up on things for Back to School!


Monday, July 7, 2014

It's VEGAS WEEK! Double Down!


Thousands of teachers are gathering in Vegas this week (me included!!!) for the SDE and TPT Conferences...and what better way to celebrate than with some DOUBLE DOWN giveaways!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Routines, Routines, Routines!

Never underestimate the importance of teaching routines. In every classroom and every grade level... but ESPECIALLY in Kindergaten. And in Kindergarten, we teach them, model them, practice them, talk about them for, oh... 180 days (give or take a few) and just when you think they have it..... BAM! Nope, back to the drawing board and you teach, model, and practice them again. 

A few years ago, I was moved to Kindergarten after teaching in intermediate for 8 years. And let me tell you, I TOTALLY did not prepare myself for teaching all of these things... I remember thinking, don't they know how to get A paper towel (i.e. not 500) when they wash their hands? NOPE. You've got to teach them! 

And so... I made this list of all of the routines and procedures that I teach my Kinders every year. 
This list could also work just fine for First Graders too (because we know they forget over that long summer break!)! 

I put the list on a clipboard, and highlight them as I go. 
I hope you find it useful in your Back to School Planning!

If you are looking for some more help for Back to School this year, you may want to check these babies out! I have used the Name Activities in my classroom for a few years now, and the Printable Pack is printed and ready to go as we speak! First few weeks are done! :)

Enjoy your summer, teachers!

Monday, May 5, 2014

I {heart} Teachers SALE!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week teacher friends!

You are valued. Important. Appreciated. Respected. Treasured. 

In honor of you, I pulled together some of my favorite teacher e-cards. 

I am celebrating Teacher Appreciation week by offering 28% off of my whole store
May 6th and 7th when you use Promo code TPTXO at checkout!

Save on some great End of the Year resources like...

YAY! Happy shopping everyone!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

GoNoodle!! Have ya heard?!

Okay ya'll, this is serious!! Have you HEARD of GoNoodle yet? If you are a brain-breaking classroom, then let me tell you, you are in for a serious treat. And I'm not even kidding. And if you are one of the lovely teachers that I work with, then you know that I am always emailing the staff with some annoying email about another fun brain break website that I found. BUT THIS ONE TAKES THE CAKE. (for real). SO DELETE ALL THOSE OTHER EMAILS AND SAVE THIS ONE.
Yes. This is me in my sweet GoNoodle t-shirt. All the cool kids have one. 
Which is really fun and all, except I made the mistake of wearing it to school
Now my kids are asking me every day "Mrs. Jonesssssss... why aren't you wearing your GoNoodle t-shirt??!" and "Can you tell my mom to get me a GoNoodle t-shirttttt
and all that. Sorry parents!

GoNoodle is like the brain-breaking mecca. It combines all sorts of get-up-and-move brain breaking fun with academics, motivation, and even calming and stretching built right in. Best of all... it is FREE and SIMPLE to use! Did you hear? FREE! All you need is a computer, an internet connection, and a projector or white board.

Here is how it works:

Earn points to boost your champ to the next level by brain breaking. 
He morphs with each level change-- guaranteed to make your kids go BANANAS!

Here is our guy...
However just today, our good ole' champ Freckles was MAXXED OUT. Did you hear the screams coming from room 109? Thought so. That was Freckles reaching his highest level because, well, we are that good. And so, we voted on a new champ. Voting was serious. But it came down to the winner.... which I can't remember its name because I was really attached to Freckles and so it's going to take a while for this new one to grow on me. Moving on. 

So after you pick your champ... you just click and get to it! Any time your kids need to get some wiggles out... are dragging and feeling lethargic... need help focusing....transitions... a few extra minutes before dismissal... all perfect brain break times!

Here are some of my sweet little noodles in action.

If you need any more convincing, research shows that short bursts of classroom physical activity improve student performance. It's research people! Do it! Plus it is soooooo much funner than Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. 

If that is not enough to convince you to sign up for a free membership, my blogging buddies at the Primary Chalkboard are hosting a GoNoodle GIVEAWAY!

GoNoodle also offers an exclusive members only area of their site.
You can enter to win a membership here!