Monday, December 31, 2012

Great blog!

I found a great little blog (actually, she found me!). It's Heather's Heart, so go check it out. She has wonderful products and, of course, freebies! Her poems are the best though! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Here is a free I'm Done, Now What? poster that I use in my Journalism classroom. If you teach English or Journalism, it's a great idea to have something posted to cut done on questions. Click HERE to go to my TpT store and download it for free. I promise to upload the 3-stages of editing soon. Until then, enjoy!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I first learned about Give-Me-Five from a workshop in 1999. I fell in love with it immediately. Since then, Really Good Stuff has created classroom posters with different variations of the teacher management tool. I have used it with elementary, as well as, high school kids. The little ones raised their “fives” and followed the numbers with their finger, repeating the steps after me until they learned it. Kind of like Whole Brain Teaching tactics. For high-schoolers, I had them give me a “high five” in the air and grunt to show they were paying attention. Kind of like a marine ooh-aah!

-Mrs. C J

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day is here!

I voted this afternoon. I usually do early voting but the lines weren't really that bad :) Yay! My yearbook kids have decided to put a spread in this year's book about the election. They plan to cover the election, the debates, the country being so divided, and yes, of course, the outcome. I was really impressed how much they picked up on the animosity of the candidates toward each other. I hate ugly politics and so do they apparently! I will keep you posted on their progress. Have a good night and enjoy!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Already November!

Wow! It's already November! cRaZy! The school year is flying by so fast! Classes are going great and the new online journal is a success. The kids are really putting a great effort into it. Check it out at . The yearbook is coming along as well. I will post a freebie for the writing and editing process soon. I created it using colors and a stop-light. It is working really well and cuts down on the time that I have to edit because by the time it gets to me, it's almost a final draft. Genius! I know! LOL I hope everyone is having a great school year. Feel free to share anything new that you are using this year for writing, management, just whatever. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep this weekend!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Where has summer gone????

Hello everyone! I've been neglecting my blogs, I know. I have been gone most of the summer and just trying to gather new things for my room. I'm going to be busy, busy, busy until the first day of school. I have my son's 2-a-days to help with this week, plus my daugher is moving into her college dorm on Thursday. I really need to find time to get to my classroom and organize, organize, organize! One of my organization projects is the portrait studio and editor's room. I have decided to do a tropical theme with lots of pink and green and flamingos! I will post pics when I finish. Enjoy the rest of your summer and feel free to share any new organization or themes in your classroom!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ebay deals for the classroom! Yay! I won 3 auctions on Ebay! One is a bubble gum machine to put little prizes in for the kids. They can earn a tolken to purchase them by doing what they should. The other two are straw dispensers that I plan to use to hold my red and blue editing pencils. The bubble gum machine was $13 and the straw dispensers were .99 cents for one and $2.50 for the other! What a bargain!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

I have added three new classroom diplays for secondary to my TPT store. Go check them out! :) Enjoy!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Two Vowels Go Walking!

Happy Mother's Day to everyone! I was looking on Pinterest and found this cute, cute idea for long and silent vowel sounds. I would teach this to my kids but these cups make the visual amazing. You can even put things in the cup- pictures or small objects -to practice. The cups came from the Dollar Tree. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mother's Day

I found a great freebie from Lacey over at Wild About Teaching for Mother's Day. It includes a poem and writing a special message to mom. Just click on her blog name or the title to take you to her site or TPT. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Attention Grabbers

These are great, unusual ways to get the entire class to come together. I found it on Pinterest of course! It didn't have an original owner, so if it is yours, please claim it! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Differentiated Instruction

This is must do for all teachers in all grades.Student Success depends on teachers being pro-active not reactive. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 31, 2012


Great handout for students when starting a poetry unit from Secondary Solutions. Click here to get a FREE copy! Enjoy!


Great writing freebie from First Grade Fanatic! Enjoy!Click!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Literacy Centers Galore!

This site has LOTS of literacy center ideas with FREE downloads! Click here to go there

Daily 5 poster

This is a great poster to use with pins. Easy to make, laminate and hang ;) I'm not sure where I found it. Somewhere either on Pinterest or the web. Enjoy!


So many freebies and more! I found Valerie Young on Pinterest. She has amazing ideas and many of them are free :) Here is just one to sample. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blog Award Nomination

Thank you Lori from for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! So thoughtful.

Check out these blogs when you get a chance. They are amazing!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

WordPlay Cafe

FREE downloadable Word Play CAFE book from
Click here

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Comprehension with Bloom's

Blooms Cards for Guided Reading
These are fantastic! To get a copy for download click here.
Just print them on colored paper as instructed and clip together.

Paint strips again!

Paint strips to the rescue again! This idea is great for the different "shades" of understanding and allows children to be more specific in verbalizing what they need. It also teaches them about literary terms such as metaphors. :)

Free printables for teachers

Free printables for teachers and parents from
Click here to download yours!
Here is just a sample. These are for teacher appreciation. There are other printables like school notes, holiday stuff and to do lists. Fun, fun, fun! And FREE! Enjoy!

Monday, March 5, 2012


Dr. Seuss freebie units from Living Life Intentionally blogspot. Click here to get yours! Lots of other free resources as well. Enjoy!

Reading Karate

This is so awesome and motivating for readers. It is suppose to help comprehension for reluctant readers as well. Click here to find out more

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Literally 100's of FREE Fonts! Click on the title to go to thedafont site to download now! Enjoy!

Awesome Poster

I can't wait to print and laminate this writing poster. Great way to teach kids the importance of good writing. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Green Eggs and Ham

This makes a great snack for Dr. Seuss day tomorrow. You'll need pretzel sticks, white cake icing and green candies or M&M's. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Penguin Footprints!

I saw this on Pinterest and fell in love! click here to go to the website! Enjoy!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Magnetic Word Wall

I love this idea! I've seen large pieces of sheet metal used to display artwork but this is for a word wall. Great for limited wall space classrooms. My word wall is cloth with velcro words. My letter label headers are pencils.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

More teacher gift ideas

These can work for Mother's Day as well. They are fantastic! Enjoy!

Here a cute poem to go with any of the candy gifts...
Green is for the inspiration you give me each day.
Blue is for your patience in showing me the way.
Orange is for your warmth and caring style.
Yellow is for the way you always make me smile.
Red is for my life that you have touched this year.

You place knowledge in my hands,

that melt into my heart and live forever!
You're a "Magnificent" & "Marvelous" Teacher!
Thank you for being my M&M!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


You can interchange the number on the hanger, and add or take away clothespins for sums of any number. Use for tally marks too! Found this one on Pinterest (of course!) :0)

Fall Trees

This is awesome! It comes from pikadilly charm blog.

Brown paper lunch bags
-Paper (Fall colors)
The how to:
1- Cut lunch bag into half inch strips. Start at the opening and cut half way down the bag.
2- Open bag and stand it up.
3- Hold base of bag with one hand and twist the middle of bag to create the trunk of the tree.
4- (example of finished trunk)
5- Twist two of the bag strips together to create branches.
6- (example of finished branches)
7- Rip strips of colored paper into tiny pieces and glue them all over the branches of the tree.

Halloween Pumpkin

Each child painted their rendition of an orange circle on the paint easel. The next day we used green finger paint and their hands to add stems with leaves. (You can also use die cut hands instead.) The children glued on pumpkin seeds to finish up this project.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sticker Fun!

I found this idea on Pinterest. (I know... again!) This one is so versatile. This has birthday stickers which can be used for students on their special day. You can also use Valentine's Day stickers, Christmas stickers, Halloween stickers, 100 day and on and on... Enjoy!

Descriptive Writing

This is great for grades 4 through 12. It is similar to the "Show Me" writing that I do with my Sophomores and Juniors. The premise is the same - taking a simple sentence and making it descriptive. This one uses sticky notes to start the simple sentence and then writing a descriptive paragraph from it.

Another great Teacher Appreciation gift idea

I wanted to add this to the other Teacher Appreciation gifts I've already posted. These are so inexpensive and really let teachers know that they are appreciated for all of their hard work. Teacher Appreciation week is the first of May. It's never too early to start looking for ideas! Enjoy!


I found these on Pinterest. Great idea! I always color-coded mine but these actually say what's what! I'm thinking that if you use clear Avery labels, you can print them from your own computer and put them on any color clip. It would be more economical that buying them already printed. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My newest blog :)

Hey guys! Go check out my newest blog. It is totally dedicated to early childhood (EC-2). Join and leave some ideas, comments and freebies! See  you there!
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

Here are some inexpensive and cute ideas for teacher appreciation week. LOVE!
Warm, homemade cookies to start...
 Travel size Bath & Body lotion and hand sanitizer next...
 Small gift basket filled with hugs...
 This is too cute! Smarties...
 And finally a plant for teacher's desk...
All of this adds up to a very happy teacher and it won't break a parent's pocketbook!
There is another one that I don't have a picture of and that is a new dish towel wrapped in ribbon with a note that says "Thank you for not 'throwing in the towel' on our kids"!