Sunday, July 31, 2011

First Day hunt for Chester!

I saw this cute cute scavenger hunt idea on!! I am reading The Kissing Hand as my first week's shared reading, and I really wanted to do a scavenger hunt around the building. Soooooo.... I tweaked the poem and made it my own (including teacher names). Check it out HERE. Feel free to use my rhymes! Let me know if you have any other Kissing Hand activities!!

Lucy Calkins Help!

So this year I have to use Lucy Calkins Writing program for my writer's workshop. I am glad to have a specific program to follow, because for the past 2 years I have been pulling ideas out of my behind and lemme tell ya, not too fun! I was wondering if anyone out in Blogger World uses Lucy and has any suggestions/tips for me?? All would be appreciated!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Charlie was released from the vet on Tuesday. Well..... he hasn't gotten any better. I actually think he may have gotten worse. So, Will went and picked up his records from vet #1 and took Charlie to vet #2. We have actually used this new vet before. They were cheaper when it came time to neuter Charlie. So I am praying that Dr. Kirby can figure out what is wrong with my little man!

My room is almost done! My phone's camera was acting completely retarded yesterday so I wasn't able to get a new picture of my door but it is looking fabulous! I go to new teacher orientation on Monday and Tuesday, then Wednesday I report for duty at my school. Meet the teacher night is Thursday. Then Monday the 8th the little ones report to school! I can't believe that it is already back to school time!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It is Thursday!!

What a day! So much has been going on in the Everitt house this week - between sick puppy and sick cars I don't think things can get sicker!! But on a happy note, both sick parties are doing better! Charlie was released from the vet with a diagnosis of gastritis and acid reflux and the Camry got a new starter this afternoon. 

My classroom is coming along quite steadily. Hopefully I will have it finished by Monday afternoon. 

I mailed my Christmas in July gift to DeeDee of Mrs. Wills Classroom on Monday. I was quite depressed that I was not able to create cute activities for her, but I did send her the audio version of the book so at least she has a new listening center! Looking forward to receiving mine in the mail!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rhyming Freebie!!!

I am really trying hard to learn how to create cute freebies!! So - instead of listening to my online grad school class this afternoon (whoops!), I created this rhyming activity. Please let me know if you download this. I would love to know if this is something you can use in your classroom.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mixed emotions

This is Charlie. He is a Lab/Australian Shepherd mix, and basically is mine and Will's child. He will be one year old on August 25th. 

I decided to blog about my dog today, since he has been on my mind all day long. At this very moment, he is in a cage at the Vet's office. He has been extremely sick for the past few days, so I took him to Dr. Diffy's office first thing this morning. He has a stomach blockage (she thinks) and will probably undergo stomach surgery sometime tomorrow. I think I have cried enough today to fill a 5 gallon bucket. Will even got teary eyed over dinner.  I will update tomorrow when I have more definite answers as to what is wrong with my love.

On a brighter note, my room is beginning to look more like a room! It is still a little mass chaos, but slowly it is evolving to a pretty good looking kindergarten room. Check out my door!

When it is finished, it should look almost like the cover of the book! I am pretty proud of myself for this one! I may not make cute units with cute clipart, but by gosh I can cover a door!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Postcard Exchange!

We need 19 states to compete the postcard exchange. Please view the list of states available. You DO NOT have to have a blog/wiki/ website to participate! If you are participating in another exchange please tell your teacher friends about us! We are needing teachers from the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
Please feel free to give our postcard exchange a shout out on your blog!

For more information on this exchange click HERE

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Happy Thursday!

Mrs. Tabb is giving away a super cute unit on shoes! How fun! Check her out HERE.

Also - if you have never heard Kim Adsit talk to you about cute games - you have to check her out! is her website and it has a link to her TpT store. I sat in on 2 of her sessions today and I fell in love! She is amazing!

Stay cool!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pillow Fight!!

Well maybe not fight, but how stinkin' cute are these!!??!! My best friend just so happens to know how to sew, so she whipped these up for me tonight with my tiger print fabric that I picked up from WalMart that was 1/2 off! They will be a nice little addition to my Jungle themed reading loft!

Giveaway Time from Mrs. Dillard!

Mrs. Dillard is having a super awesome giveaway in honor of reaching 300 followers. Check out the cute bucket and clipboard that you could win HERE

Friday, July 15, 2011

Can you help my DonorsChoose project??

So I received an email today from DonorsChoose informing me that my project had been selected by Lakeshore Learning to match funds!

Now I just need some donations!

If you would like to check out my project, click HERE.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Last year I had BEE folders that corresponded with my Backyard theme. I decided to do a jungle theme this year, so I had to change my folder name. I chose TIGER (Today I've Got Everything Ready). I am very pleased with my labels to put on the cover of the folder and wanted to share! Leave me feed back if you take it :)
TIGER cover
There will be more to come with my folders!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Christmas in July!!!

It is giveaway time!! Little Miss and Miss Kindergarten have teamed up to give away super fun stuff! There are several ways to enter. Click link to check it out! CLICK HERE!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Another great giveaway!

First Grade Escapades is giving away 2 sweet prizes - one being a calendar math chart and cd and the second is a number of the day prize. Click her name to go to her blog and check it out!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Picture Book Exchange!!

What a great idea!! First Grade OWLS is sponsoring a picture book exchange just in time for the start of school. Click the link to check it out!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Top 10 Things About ME :)

10. I played basketball for 6 years and almost went to college on an athletic scholarship.

9. I have a chocolate lab named Charlie who is the most precious dog in the world!

8. Will and I walked out of our wedding with Coldplay's Viva La Vida playing and our little ring boys dancing on the stage - it was priceless!

7. I student taught in first grade, taught 2 years in second grade, and now I am in Kindergarten. Looks like I am destined to be with the little ones!

6. I am an active Phi Mu Alumnae - president of my local alumnae chapter.

5. I love ZUMBA!! I go to class about 3-4 times a week.

4. My dad is a farmer, so I grew up learning how to drive tractors and combines. I wish I could bottle the smell of fresh cut fields! 

3. I went to Disneyland on my honeymoon! No cruises or foreign countries for me - I wanted roller coasters!

2. I am almost finished with grad school!! 

1. I could watch the movie Elf everyday - Buddy the Elf speaking - What's your favorite color??

Cute Bag Giveaway!

Want to win a super cute Thirty One organizer?? Head over to Mrs. Owens' blog for chances to enter!! Click HERE to check it out!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sound Munchers!!!

My friend Nicole told me about sound munchers a while ago. She is a former Kinder teacher, and as I stated before, I am a newbie this year. I went to Dollar Tree this evening in search of the collapsible crates that were blogged about earlier today, but alas, my store did not have any. They did, however, have the mini garbage cans that were PERFECT for my muncher people!! Yay!! I purchased 4 and drew cute faces on them. I have a bag full of sticker letters in my storage room, so they will get spruced up when I unpack my stuff. Yay for Nicole and her advice and yay for only spending $4 on a great reusable center!!! 

Postcard Exchange

Mechele has started a new postcard exchange which I am super pumped about since my friend claimed Mississippi just minutes before I could on the other exchange. Check out her exchange HERE and see if your state is still available!!


Ashleigh at Education Journey is having a great giveaway including Lakeshore giftcards and TPT jazz! Click the link below to check it out!

Education Journey

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Birthday Freebies!

I love birthdays! I also love when ah-mazing teachers share their gift of creativity with me when it is not my birthday! Check out Peace, Love, and Learning's site for awesome freebies! 

And Happy 4th of July a little late! Just got back from Destin this afternoon and didn't blog the whole time I was there :(

too busy tanning :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Beach Bliss!

I arrived in Destin yesterday afternoon, so today was my first full day at the beach - and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

And to top of my wonderful day - I was the winner of Fairy Dust Teaching's giveaway!! How freakin' cool!!

As I stated earlier, this will be my first year teaching Kindergarten. My mother-in-law is a veteran Autistic teacher and has taught students of all age. Luckily, she is at the beach with me and has been giving me little tidbits of advice here and there.

Today has been a TERRIFIC day!!! :)