Adventures with Mrs. Key

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mrs. Leeby's 100 Follower Giveaway

I have entered to win a sweet giveaway! I'm excited. Great teaching products and a Starbucks gift card are being given away. Go enter!  


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Liebster Award Nominations

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Don't forget about the TpT sale. There are a lot of great deals out there! Click on the picture to go to my little store.
I am feeling the bloggy love. I haven't been blogging long, but I can definitely tell there are people out there who care and who work hard. It is nice to get on the computer after a long day of inspiring a love of learning in little ones and seeing all the blog posts of others who have a passion for inspiring learners. It just warms my heart and keeps me inspired me! :)
I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Learning With Mrs. Leeby and Teaching Snip-Its. What a blessing. Just a couple of months ago, I didn't know anything about these ladies. What an awesome feeling.
The Liebster Award is for new bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It is a way for others to find and follow new bloggers.
The rules:
- You must post 11 random things about yourself.
-Answer the questions the nominator set for you.
-Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
-Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers), and link them in your post.
-No tag backs (but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you)!
11 Things About Me
1. I do not like to cook, but I absolutely love to eat!
2. I must have coffee on my hour drive to work each day.
3. I am extremely cheap. I clip coupons for nearly everything I buy, and I don't buy anything unless it's on sale!
4. I can't carry a tune to save my life, but I love to sing. It's a good thing my first graders don't judge :)
5. Mountain Dew is my soda of choice.
6. I'm a little OCD (just a little or maybe a lot..haha)
7. I got my college degree after having my 3 children.
8. I love anything pink or zebra print.
9. I would rather read children's books than adult books.
10. I do not have any major talents like cooking, sewing, or playing instruments. Those talents just skipped right over me.
11. I could make a living out of shopping (cheaply of course).
11 questions asked by Learning With Mrs. Leeby.
1. Do you play an instrument?
No. I tried a clarinet once, but it didn't work out.
2. Where have you travelled?
I've only been to Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee.
3. What is your favorite thing to cook or your favorite recipe?
I do not like to cook. When I do, I like it to be something simple like spaghetti or some type of casserole.
4. How long have you been teaching?
This is my third year.
5. What's your zodiac sign?
I am a Leo.
6. Camping or hotel on a beautiful summer weekend?
7. Most embarrasing blogging moment?
I'm still new, so I've probably made a ton of mistake.
8. Bath or shower?
Shower for sure! I don't feel clean after a bath.
9. Wine or beer?
Niether. Yuck!
10. Real or fake Christmas tree?
11. Is blogging taking over all of your free time?
I can't say it takes all of my free time, but it gets a lot of it. It's addicting.
11 questions asked by Teaching Snip-Its
1. Why did you want to be a teacher?
I always played teacher as a little girl. I think inspiring little minds is amazing! Teaching is so rewarding!
2. What is your favorite subject to teach?
Since incorporating Daily 5 this year, I'd have to say reading is my favorite.
3. What's your favorite thing to do on your days off?
I like being with my family. We stay up late together and sleep late together.
4. How does your grade level plan together?
We have a 45 minute planning period we use one day out of the week to all sit down together. We are known to talk after school, during our 20 minute lunch as we are all shoving our food down, during other activity times if we have a spare minute, and any other time we can fit in.
5. What is your favorite blog for inspiration?
I can not pick just one. There are so many out there that I follow and have followed for about a year before making my own.
6. What are you afraid of?
Everything. Haha..I'm a scaredy-cat.
7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I tend to be very direct, and I sometimes say things in ways that I don't necessarily mean. I would definitely change that and be more tender-hearted. Sadly, I'm not as bad as I used to be. I'm working on it.
8. What is one teaching area you are working on improving this year?
I changed reading to incorporate Daily 5 this year. Now, I am trying to improve my math block.
9. What is your favorite vacation spot?
I love the beach!
10. How long do you spend getting ready for work in the morning?
On myself, maybe 45 minutes, but I fix my girls' hair also.
11. Do you pack a lunch or buy?
I almost always pack my lunch.
Questions I am asking:
1. Why did you become a teacher?
2. If you weren't a teacher, what profession would you have choosen?
3. How long have you been teaching?
4. What has been your favorite thing about blogging?
5. What is your favorite holiday?
6. If you had more time in a day, what would you do with that time?
7. If you had any amount of money, what would you buy for your clasroom?
8. What is your favorite food?
9. Where do you like to shop?
10. What is your favorite travel destination?
11. Do you have a favorite shoe to teach in?
Blogs I'm nominating:
What fun that was! Blogging has been such an adventure. I can't wait to see what's to come! Yay! When you answer the questions, please leave me a comment under this post with the link to your post, so I can go read your answers.
Enjoy your week back at school!




Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A sale!!

I'm going to be offering 20% off of everything in my little shop. When you check out, you will get another 10% off if you enter the code CMT12.
A sale is always exciting. Is it just me or does a sale make you think you HAVE to have something??!! I know I have my eyes on some things I want need.
I'm new to blogging and putting things on TpT and TN, but it sure has been fun. I've made a new little Polar Bear Facts pack. Check it out!
TpT                 TN

This little fella is included in the Polar Bear Facts Pack. I just think he is too cute, and he will be just right for my little first graders.
My Sweet Christmas Time pack is full of Christmas time fun.
TpT      TN
I'm way too excited to start using Winter Wonder.
TpT      TN
Don't forget there are some cute little freebies in both of my little shops as well.
TpT      TN
TpT       TN
Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!! I know I have a lot to be thankful for!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Worth a Million

I think it is important that teachers tell their students what they are worth. I found some Buttermint Cream candy that had $1,000,000 on it. You will never guess where I found them. You got it, the famous Dollar Tree! I've seen them in there before, but it gave me an idea today, so I made some cute little tags. I give my students a Christmas book each year, but this will be a cute addition to my gift to them. Only because they really are worth a million!
Download it for free!!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Winter Wonder

It's cold here in Alabama again. The cold really makes me feel like a hermit crab. It's ironic how hermit crabs make me think of the beach, but this is definitely not beach weather we are having. Anywho, I finished my Winter Wonder Unit. My sweet little first graders need extra practice with short and long vowels and nonsense words, so I can't wait to let them practice with these. My very own little first grader likes it. Maybe my school babies will, too. My favorite part is that I don't have to laminate anything. The sorting mats are in page protectors. So quick and easy! My kids do a good job of taking care of the things I put out for them, so I don't have to laminate the sorting cards. However, you can for durability if you prefer. Check it out to see all the goodies it includes.
TPT      TN
Click the links to check it out.
TPT-Teachers Pay Teachers
TN-Teachers Notebook
Don't forget that I also posted a Christmas Tree Family Project Freebie.
Click the links to check it out.

I will give my Winter Wonder Unit to the first commenter who leaves their email address.
Enjoy your Saturday!

Freebie Fridays

Monday, November 12, 2012

Inspiration and a couple of freebies

I love inspiration! I love it even more when I find it at the Dollar Tree!  
I was browsing the candy isle when I found these.
So, I bought them and made little baggies for my kiddos. All with the help of my own children. I was the nice mom who let them eat some of the candy! :)

Then, I was inspired to make this little graph to go with the candy.
Snag the FREEBIE on TPT or TN.

This could be the next Laura Numeroff book!

I've also been busy making a Christmas pack for my little loves to use. You can check that out on TPT or TN as well.

I even loaded a little Christmas Tree Family Project as a FREEBIE! TPT TN

I'm still working on my Winter Pack. Maybe I will have that completed by the weekend...maybe!

If you made it this far, I will give my Christmas Unit to the first commenter who leaves their email address! :)

Freebie Fridays