Y'all, I am so excited! Why? The sun is shining in NC, my family is happy and healthy, and I finally finished Mystery Word of the Week {The Bundle!} To celebrate, I'm throwing a SALE - 20% off everything in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. (Like the graphics below? They are from Creative Clips and KG Fonts!)

Fill your basket and save 20% thru March 31, 2015!

Who has a student who enjoys using manipulatives? Silly question, right? Do they like to use the iPad, too? Would they benefit from additional practice with CVC letter patterns or number sense? Then you simply must check out the Touchtronic Letters and Numbers from Junior Learning!

I loved playing with the Touchtronic manipulatives last month!


Do your kiddos have trouble with paying attention? Most of the time, it's because they need to fidget. When able to twiddle a pencil, squeeze a stress-ball, or wiggle their toes, focus usually improves. I know that for myself, too. When I was at the EDexpo last month, I was instantly drawn to this booth, with all of the fun textures.



Do your kiddos know how to SayIt!? I am obsessed with this game. Really. Obsessed. I have played this game with my struggling third graders 3 times per week since returning from the EDexpo in Atlanta a few weeks ago.
I love these Phonics Pebbles! They are perfect for tactile learners.
Teachers *love* manipulatives, especially to engage our tactile and kinesthetic learners! Today I'm sharing some amazing materials from Yellow Door US that are so helpful for young learners. This company is headquartered in the UK, and have expanded to the US, so you might not have heard of them before. Truly, they are an awesome company that focuses on developmentally appropriate materials for young learners. They sent me a couple of items to look at, and a set to share with you. Check out their website: http://www.yellow-door.us!
Let me tell you a story about a student. For today, I will call her Quanisha. Trust me, that is not her real name.

Quanisha looks like any other student, but everyone says she is mean. Before Quanisha begins in your class, you are warned by 3 teachers. Watch out for that one. She always causes trouble, and is mean to the other kids. You get introduced to her social worker, who fills you in on Quanisha's situation: the gaps in housing; the absent parents; the constant trouble in school; the rebellious older sister.
Do you have a student with major discipline issues? The Power of Attention is a must read for all teachers! Blog post from Hello Mrs Sykes

Last week I received a copy of The Reading Game - 2nd Edition, and I have to tell you, I was pretty excited about it! I saw the game at the ED Expo 2015 in Atlanta, and I need to share the brilliance of this product with you. The Reading Game truly is a game that helps children develop confidence in reading.
I had so much fun last weekend at the 2015 ED Expo in Atlanta.  First of all, I was able to connect with amazing bloggers from around the US. Our task,  give our opinions about products. It was amazing.  
I arrived late, well really, I arrived *just* on time, but then we got lost. Can you believe it? There were so many cool things to look at, and so many exhibits, that we got lost. Thankfully, my fellow bloggers guided us to the back left corner (instead of the back right corner!) and we were set to go. Bloggers were handed a pen and a piece of paper, numbered 1-10.
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