Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Week of Thanks & Giving Day 3 & 4

We're extending Day 3 of our Week of Thanks and Giving...






 And here's Day 4!

Enter the Rafflecopter below. We're picking 2 winners to be announced tomorrow!
Good luck!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Class Book Exchange

Does your class exchange gifts at the holidays? The holidays are a great time of year to host a Class Book Exchange!
Quickly after Thanksgiving in the classroom, we send home a request for each student to bring a book in to exchange for our class book exchange.

Our guidelines for books are clear and we give plenty of time for families to find and wrap their books. We always have a few extra books on hand for any student who may not be able to provide their own. We allow them to choose the one they want to give and help them wrap it up.
It’s exciting for the kids and easy on the teacher! We simply send the family letter and a gift tag home a few weeks ahead of time, then wait for the wrapped books to be returned by the requested due date. 

Most years, we also attach a class book order form, such as Scholastic, to make it extra easy on families with a few added bonuses for our class through their orders too. :)

On the day of the exchange, we used to play musical chairs. We'd start the music, have them race around a circle of chairs, then mad dash sit down when the music stopped. Whomever didn't have a seat got to pick a book! It worked marvelously...Then, kids got smarter and our pick a book when you're out plan got unwrapped! 
 So nowadays, we read a story which we adapted for the classroom called “Holidays with the Right Family” to help facilitate the game. 

This freebie includes 2 story options for younger and older groups ~ 20 book passes or 40 passes. For our primary classroom, we find the 20 passes to be plenty! We also read the story a few times before the actual exchange day to familiarize the kids with the story as well as assess any students who are having difficulties with their directional vocabulary ~ right, left, and across. 
We’ve also included these direction signs, which are great visual reminders to place in the middle of the class circle, right in front of students around the circle, or up on the board during the exchange.  

Class Book Exchanges are great for the holidays, but can also be done anytime throughout the year as a class community builder, celebration of reading, or for no specific reason at all…No matter the occasion, Class Book Exchanges are loved by all!

Ready to host your own class book exchange? We've got everything you need in this free Class Book Exchange download. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Week of Thanks and Giving

Thankful doesn't begin to describe this journey we've been fluttering along with all of you for the past 3 years. To give thanks to you for fluttering along with us, we're kicking off a week of Thanks and Giving exclusively for our Fluttering Through First Grade fans...7 days ahead stuffed with goodies just for you! 

Be sure to check here or our Facebook Page each day for our daily deal or steal! If you're not already following our TpT Store, you might want to do that too...just saying. ;)
Day 1 ~ Sight Word Winter Wonderland game is free for 
TODAY ONLY! 
Plus, all our sight word games and the Big Bundle are 20% off. 
Our class has to learn 100 new sight words by the end of the school year. So, we created these sight word games to help them learn while having fun. Once they know how to play one, they are successful with all of them, which in teacher talk means they are independent! 

Here's a few of our sight word games in action. We usually pick a seasonal container to put them in. So, Thanksgiving Feast is in a mixing bowl and Sight Word Splash is in a sand bucket. 
They love it!
Click to grab them quick.

**Please note ~ This deal ends at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. No exceptions, sorry. So grab it quick...we're giving you all day no matter what your time zone. ;) Thanks so much for fluttering with us! 

Be sure to check in each day for our Week of Thanks and Giving!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Teachers Love Bling!! T-Shirt Giveaway

Teachers at our school LOVE bling! We've been bedazzling every school spirit shirt since the dawn of time teaching. If we have to wear it, we pretty much must bling it. But, when it came to planning our staff Halloween costumes this year, we just weren't feeling bedazzled with the idea of DIY.  So instead, we did what every resourceful super busy teacher would do...We bought them. ;)We found an adorable Etsy shop called, Sara's Bling. We learned she's a teacher too...What are the chances?! It's like we had superpower senses or something. ;)

Meet Sara...
Look at these adorable Super Teachers from her school!

We ended up grabbing this Super Teacher shirt for our staff...

Here's a closer look at Sara's amazing work.
You can check out all of her cuteness {here}
She had exactly what we were looking for to dress as Super Teachers and beyond...
We did what every super busy resourceful teacher would do...
We found a costume that will double as our new staff spirit shirts. ;)
 We were in bling Heaven!
Not only was the shirt itself awesome quality (they run 1 size bigger than usual, FYI), Sara was great to work with and accommodated our need for fast Halloween delivery. 

We posted a picture of our new shirt on our Instagram page and had tons of questions about where we got them. 
Now you know our superpower secret. 
And, here's a few more secrets...
Sara has offered to give one of her Super Teacher t-shirts away to 1 lucky Fluttering Through First Grade reader...That's you!
Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. We'll announce the winner on Thursday!
BUT WAIT!! That’s not all! 
If you just cannot wait and need this bling in your life now, or are looking for the perfect staff or teacher gift this holiday season, Sara has generously offered 
20% off any order of $40 or more exclusively for our fans from now through December 20th!
Enter code Flutter at checkout.
Click below to visit her Etsy shop.
Good luck!

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