Facebook Freebie Hop!

Who doesn't love a freebie??? Well, how about 12 freebies?!  I am participating in a Facebook Freebie Hop with 12 amazing bloggers!  We are each sharing a freebie on our Facebook pages!  Hop on over to collect all 12 freebies!

Thank you Traci for the cute button!

I am also having a 20% off Spring Cleaning Sale in my TpT Store this weekend!  Be sure to check it out! :)

I have made some revisions to my Farm Unit, if you already purchased it, make sure to re-download it to get the updated version!







Happy shopping!



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Dirty 30

I'm thirty today.  I cried about it last night.  But today......... I'll celebrate!  In honor of this birthday, I am having a quick giveaway over on my facebook page.  Click on the image below to enter!  I will pick a winner tonight! :)


https://www.facebook.com/applesandabcs

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Painting with Prefixes

I found the most ADORABLE Prefix Crafitvity by Deb Hanson, and I loved making it with my students.  I am trying several different strategies to get them to remember prefixes, and this is one that really hit home with them!  The students made little paint palates that focused on a certain prefix.  


You can see the process of my littles making the craft...  They picked a prefix, and then cut paint shapes to glue on.  What is amazing about 4th grade, is I don't have to prep as much!  They can make a lot of the craftivities on their own!





This prefix craftivity warms my heart because I miss Kindergarten SO MUCH!!! (I can't talk about it, I tear up!)  ANNNNND my bulletin board is bright and colorful...aka my heart is full! :)


I wanted to share one one of our engagement photos that were taken by the amazing Ashley Rose.  We were out in San Juan Capistrano last weekend as she captured our feeling awkward smiling at each other love.  She took this one with her phone, so I can't imagine what the edited ones look like! :)

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SitSpot Giveaway!!!!

Last week, at the Southern California Kindergarten Conference, I encountered an amazing new product....SitSpots.


 These little velcro goodies can stick to the carpet (and don't come off easily) to help organize and manage your classroom.  Take a look...




I think ideally, I would use the SpitSpots instead of a class carpet.  I would evenly space them on the carpet so the students would all have a spot for "carpet time."  Look and see some ways of using SpitSpots in an elementary classroom...


During center time, I have the students practice reading their essay or journal entries to the students in their group.  I normally have them sit in a circle, but still in 4th grade you have the squirmy ones that have a hard time sitting still.  Now with SitSpots, I made a little reading corner!  The author can sit in the chair, and the listeners can each sit on a SitSpot.  This keeps them all spaced and ready to be good listeners!


The students came up with the idea for using SpitSpots to help organize our centers.  I wrote a number on each SpitSpot, and the students take their center to the corresponding marker on the carpet!


This is a horrible picture, BUT you can see that I placed some Spit Spots randomly around the room.  I have the students work in collaborative groups several times a day, and they normally get super close to other groups.  But now, the students have to work near a SpitSpot.  This keeps all of the groups spaced evenly around the room.


This is for all of you meticulous teachers out there that HATE it when your table groups get off-centered.  I put a SitSpot where the center of each table group should be.  This keeps the desks organized and tidy!


Now's your chance!
Nine of us Cali Gals have teamed up with Sit Spots to bring you a Sit Spots Blog Hop and Giveaway!
Just follow the bouncing blog buttons at the end of this post to hop to your next Sit Spot-sational idea! 
You can enter to win on any of our blogs, but you must comment on all 9 for your chance to win a class set of 32 Sit Spots! Don't worry, we're keeping it easy...Think Spring Break!

Just head to the Rafflecopter below for up to 21 chances to win.
That's right...Lucky 21! Plus, the winner will be announced on Monday, March 17th ~ St. Patrick's Day.
Lucky!
With dozens of designs to choose from, you'll have a ton of fun spotting up your classroom space just like us!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Don't want to wait to see if you're one of the lucky 9?
 Well, guess what?
 Sit Spots has a deal just for you!
Enter Coupon Code CALIGALS14 during checkout on their site and save 25% OFF!
This offer expires March 31, 2014.

Still not sure? Sit Spots offers a FREE sample before you purchase. Just head to their site to request your complimentary Sit Spot today!

Ready for your next creative Cali Gal?
Head over to Teacher Bits and Bobs to see their Sit Spots in action and leave a comment to win!
Good luck!



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Spring Sentence Printables

I have had many requests to make a Spring Sentence Printable pack to match my Winter Sentence Printables, so here they are!  It comes with 25 simple sentences that follow different themes during the spring season.  


The students can complete these printables independently after you show them how to do it!  There are multiple tasks for the students to do on each page.
For each sentence they:
read it
trace it
write it
draw it (for the short sentences)
cut and paste it

These are great for homework, center work, or independent practice!



Here are the different themes included among the 25 different sentences:
farmer
crops- carrots
sheep
butterfly
bunny
frog
flowers
Easter eggs
chicken
chick
Earth Day
recycling
sun
mom and baby cow
mom and baby duck
mom and baby pig
hatching chick
tree
bee
planting seeds
rain
Mother's Day
ladybug 
caterpillar









I can't wait for the warm weather right around the corner! :)




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Blogger Bash!!!!! and a HUGE freebie!!!

Ok, so this weekend is seriously INSANE!!!!  Last night was the Blogger Bash at the Pasadena Convention Center, and all of the bloggers and blog stalkers had the opportunity to hang and enjoy each other's company!!!!  It was amazing.  Thank you to everyone that came out to hang with us! :)
If you were at the conference or blogger bash, please feel free to post photos on instagram using the hashtag: #sckc2014
If you don't have photos to share, you can still search the hashtag and see some photos from this weekend! :)


Once things calm down next week, I will share photos from the night....BUT what is exciting is that all of the bloggers put together a PDF freebie for you!!!  You can click to download the document which shows all of our blogs.  At the bottom of each page click on the word "here" (where it talks about the freebie) and it will take you to our TpT Store to get a free download!  Get the document HERE!

Another exciting thing is that Miss Kindergarten and I are presenting today at 1pm!  We are talking about The 3 R's: Rules, Routines, and Reinforcements.  We have all of our classroom management products on sale today to celebrate our presentation!

Click on the photos to head to the sale!









It was so much fun! Can't wait to do it again!
I will report back with how the presentation went!!! :)


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