Monday, May 7, 2012

My TpT Wares!

Wowza.  Friends, I don't know about you, but I could really use a summer vacation!  :)  I was out of school all day today planning a summer workshop with some colleagues, and I am just as exhausted as I would be after a day at work with the kiddos!  On top of that, I just started up another literacy course this evening, so my Mondays and Wednesdays are pretty tied up for the next month until I start another summer course.  :)  Life never slows down!  Does it?  How do you all do it with kids?!  All I keep thinking is... I have one more class in the fall!  I have one more class in the fall!  I can already hear the commencement song... "Da dadada da da... Da dadada daaaaaa..." ;)  Music to my ears!

Anyway, speaking of the fall, I know we're not even finished with this school year, but I am already thinking ahead to August.  Please forgive me!  :)  I made a few purchases on Sunday, and I am in LOVE!  So, I'm linking up with Erica to share my favorite purchases with you all! 

I picked up a copy of Hope King's fabulous Writing Portfolio.  I LOVE writing... I LOVE teaching writing... and I LOVE celebrating writing with my students.  Looking back on their growth is so motivating and encouraging, so I cannot wait to use this next year with my kiddos!  Honestly, she is one of my absolute faves!  :)  You can't go wrong with a Hope King product! Look how cute this is too!

I am also looking forward to using Babbling Abby's Back to School for Big Kids!  I was so jealous last year when she created Fun with Firsties and Super in Second!  I love her ideas for building community and establishing rapport with your kiddos... and I absolutely cannot wait to incorporate some of the ideas when we come back to school!  I think the little backpack activity is stinkin' adorable... but then again... is there anything she makes that isn't absolutely precious?!  Okay, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited to do the Jitter Juice lesson too!  Third grade can still be cutesy and fun!  Don't let anyone else rain on your parade and tell you otherwise just because it's a testing grade! :)

As you all know, I am a big fan of poetry!  I feel like I already have a nice foundation, but I want to continue improving and growing.  I have created a lot of resources that address poetic elements and the poet's craft, but I don't have a TON on specific types of poetry.  So, with that said, I am really looking forward to using Natalie Kay's Poetry Pack.  It outlines several different types of poetry with easy to use templates!  I'm totally looking forward to working these in next year to strengthen my instruction!

I purchased Ginger's Cursive Corral, and I am so excited to have an engaging way to address cursive writing... which honestly HAS NOT been emphasized enough in my classroom.  I absolutely LOVE the concept! :)

Lastly, I bought the cutest end of the year activity from A Cupcake for the Teacher.  The Write Stuff is super cute, and it makes me think of NKOTB, so it gets a few extra coolness points from me! Can't wait to make these with my thirdsters in a few weeks to wrap up the year!  What did you snag?!

I may go back through a few more stores to make sure that I am satisfied with my purchases, and I may have to make a few more after reading all of these link-ups!  Luckily, the sale runs through tomorrow, so I still have time to do a little last minute shopping!  Plus, tomorrow is my birthday, so I'm entitled to a little extra shopping, right?!  Don't forget to link up with Erica and share your purchases!  Inquiring minds want to know... what's in your bag?!


  1. Yay! Thanks for the shout-out, Amanda! :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  2. I absolutely love your blog and TpT store! I am just starting out in the blogging world, I hope you will check mine out! I am your newest follower.
    :) Dana

  3. Isn't it strange that about working with grown-ups vs kiddos?
    And I wonder what other profession plans out what they are doing by the week....3 months in advance?
    Teachers are awesome!

    Going Nutty!

  4. I'm so glad you like my Poetry Pack! Thanks for the shout out!!

  5. Looks like you purchased some great stuff. You are such a busy bee! I am amazed at how you keep up your blog that is always filled with great ideas AND take courses AND create such creative curriculum. How do you do it woman? You inspire me! This sale has been so much fun especially seeing the treasures that other teachers are buying!


    Sprinkle Teaching Magic

  6. love your ideas..their great... im your newest follower... drop by

    Just Wild About Teaching

  7. Thanks for linking up Amanda!!!

  8. So cute!! Thanks for sharing what you grabbed!


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog
    My TpT Store

  9. It seems our shopping carts were nearly identical!

    My new purchases keep me excited about school!


  10. Shucks! Missed the Teacher Appreciation'd that happen? Looks like you made out!
    There are some super creative teachers out there!

  11. Your printables are sooo ADORABLE! What program do you use to create them? Keep up the amazing work! Thank you for all you do :D