One Fabulous Finale

It is hard to believe it, but we are on our last day of our Kickoff, and man, have we given away a lot of loot! We've given away seven gift certificates and thirty eight items from our stores on Teachers Pay Teachers, but the best part, now you know where we are!  We plan to make *this* blog your go-to place for content we study in Virginia, and we want to hear from you on what you need to help improve your students' classroom experience and to help make your job easier.  

On this, our last kick off day, we introduce you to Lori from Your Teacher Assistant and Adrienne from Having Class in Third. Read on to learn more about them.
Meet Lori

This picture was taken at the "LOVEwork" in Hopewell-Prince George County, VA

Click here to get my Seasons Anchor Charts

Writing is a wonderful way to help children develop their communication skills. Even some of your most reluctant communicators can find their voice through writing. Anchor charts are a very useful tool for helping your students develop their narrative writing skills of sharing events and telling stories, as these skills allow writers to use their previous experiences to generate ideas. Virginia children are blessed to be able to experience each of the seasons, so teachers can have students use the Seasons Anchor Charts to write on the four seasons as they arrive or end their day throughout the school year.  Each anchor chart is packed with colorful pictures, things people do in each season, and even vocabulary as an extra support for struggling writers or learners. They are perfect for special education and ESL/ELL students as well. 

Meet Adrienne

This picture was taken in Richmond, Virginia.

Included in this 100+ page classroom essentials bundle is everything you need to prepare your classroom for the school year, such as:
Daily Schedule Signs
Specials/Encore Signs
"Where are we?" Signs
Cursive Alphabet
Print Alphabet
Name Plates
Table Group Signs
Blank Table Group Signs

We will announce our four winners on our first day of regular posts.  Thank you so much for joining in our kickoff celebration.  The freebies we've all shared will continue to be available to you whether you visited today for the first time, stop in a year from now, or have been with us all along.
Lori and Adrienne

Are You a Checklist Lover?

Checklists are such handy tools aren't they? They can help students with editing, keep us organized, help children get ready for school, and help teachers monitor students' reading progress. Desiree from Paper, Pencils, and Progress Reports is a checklist fan and has one ready to share with you.  

Andrea M is our other blogger up for today, from One Teacher's Take…is Another's Treasure. She's super excited to be back in fourth grade this year!  Read on to see what she's got in store for you.

Meet Desiree
When my husband and I got married in 2013, we decided against an over the top honeymoon . We settled on a trip to the Mountains! It was amazing! This was us visiting Cardinal Point Vineyards, in Afton,Virginia.
You can find my Guided Reading Checklist HERE!
Guided Reading Progress Monitoring Sheet
Meet Andrea M

 I LOVE living in Warrenton with my 2 cute kiddos, 
handsome hubby, and one old doggy! 
This picture was taken at the Depot in Culpeper. 

Click for the THIEVES organizer!

Enter to Win One
$10.00 Teachers Pay Teachers 
Gift Certificate (4 Winners)

Let's see.  Did you complete your checklist?  Meet Desiree...check, Meet Andrea…check, Learn about their favorite things and freebies...check. Enter Rafflecopter...check.  Come back tomorrow to see if you win...Uh oh!  :-)

Oh and one other thing...we have a Starbucks winner...Lee LaPradd, you will be enjoying a few lattes before teaching those kinders.  Congratulations and have a fabulous year!
Desiree and Andrea

Teachers Helping Teachers

Happy Saturday! Most of Virginia's teachers are back to school by now and we're hoping everyone had a wonderful week. If you're thinking you may need a little pick me up to survive September be sure to enter our Starbucks giveaway. 

Our two featured teachers for today not only teach students, but help other teachers too. Jen is a reading specialist and Laurah is an ESOL coach. Scroll down to read more about them and grab their freebies.

Meet Jen
Reading Specialist from Yorktown, Virginia
Photo taken at Virginia Welcome Center in New Kent, Virginia

Click here for Jen's Freebie

Meet Laurah J.

Enter to Win One
$25.00 Gift Certificate to Starbucks

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see if you won the raffle, meet some new bloggers, and grab some more freebies! Happy weekend!

Jen and Laurah J.

Stem Teachers LOVE Starbucks, do you??

Wendy and Cheryl hope you are enjoying all the freebies and drawings over the past two weeks. But they are not done yet!  They have you covered today for the letters M and E in STEM. Wendy and Cheryl have an engineering lesson.  Enjoy!

Meet Wendy and Cheryl

We had a great time visiting the 
Old Town Manassas Train Station
 in Northern Virginia! What you can't see in the picture is the concert going on at the gazebo in front of us. The audience ended up with two shows: 
our picture taking event  and the guy singing. 
We always aim to entertain!

And check out our website at for some 
great STEM ideas and resources

And of course make sure you enter the drawing for the $25 gift card to nice would that be to have for the first days of school? Wendy is originally from the Seattle area so she knows the importance of an "Americano with an extra shot" to get the morning going or a "Skim Latte" after a long day! Check back tomorrow to meet more of our Virginia colleagues and for more freebies 
for your classroom.

Enter to Win One
$25.00 Gift Certificate to Starbucks

The winner of the Walmart Gift Certificate is...
Jennifer Banks
Wendy, and Cheryl

Virginia is for Readers

Today's post is all about reading and readers. Can we get a "Yeah!"??  These gals have fabulous freebies to help you with the 40 Book Challenge.  Have you heard about this?  Donalyn Miller is the person who coined the term and describes how she ran the 40 Book Challenge in her classroom.  For more information, we highly recommend both of her books to help you energize the readers in your room. 

Are you ready to meet our next bloggers?  Well, let me introduce Stacy from Tidbits from a Tag Teacher and Jessica from Teaching Oasis.
Meet Stacy

I live right near our nation's capital in Arlington!

Click here to download the 40 Book Challenge Badges. As students complete their reading requirement in each category, we would tape them to their notebooks!
Meet Jessica from The Teaching Oasis
I'm a Third Grade Teacher from Chesterfield County

Click Here to Download the School 
Interactive Reading Notebook Flaps

Enter to Win One
$25.00 Gift Certificate to Walmart
Check in tomorrow morning to see if you won (and to enter tomorrow's giveaway).  Good luck!
Stacy and Jessica

A Little This or That with Jackie and Andrea

Back to school yet? Most schools in our area have begun, but we know a few of you are winding down summer yet.  Even so, you probably are beginning to think of the new year.  Summer seems to end so quickly.  

Well, today, we have a winner to announce for the Amazon gift card, and Andrea and Jackie get to kick off a new one, so take a moment to meet them and see what goodies they have for you.
Meet Andrea
Title I Reading Specialist K-5
Photo taken at Market Square in 
Roanoke, Virginia
Poetry Activities for Any Poem Freebie
Poetry Activities for any Poem

Jackie and I are playing a little bit of This and That, so you can get to know us a little better.  Here is mine!

As a reading specialist, I definitely love teaching reading, and while I was in the classroom, I enjoyed all of the science experiments I could do with the students. It was so fun to see them get excited about what they were learning.  And because I love teaching reading, small groups are the way to go!  I feel like I can learn so much more about my students and work in their areas of need more closely.

I taught third and fourth graders for 14 years and loved, loved, loved their independence sense of humor, and the content I taught.  I have been a reading specialist for the past 5 years and enjoy every minute of it.  

I love the end of the year, so I can reflect on my students' growth.  It makes me happy to see how much they have grown over the course of the year.  And spring time here is lovely as the flowers bloom all over the place.

And now, 

Meet Jackie

Old Town Manassas, VA

Click Here for Jackie's Freebie
Cooperative Learning: Table Partner Team Tags

To get to know us a little bit better Andrea and I are playing a little This OR That! Check out my favorites below:

I LOVE teaching my students in a small group setting! I feel like I get to know my students so much better this way and I also feel that they enjoy learning more when I can individualize instruction in these small groups. 

When teaching, I LOVE picture books! I have TONS of picture and could spend hours in the library getting lost in the pictures! My favorite picture books are Mo Willems "Elephant & Piggie" series! They make me laugh every time! 

I have taught 1st and 2nd grade for 5 years now and I adore working with primary grades. The fall is my favorite season here in VA because the fall foliage is beautiful, but I also love the fall because it means it is the start of a new school year! I get so energized by the start of a new school year! 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know us! Make sure to enter to win below!

Enter our Raffle to Win
One $25.00 Gift Certificate to Walmart
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Before you go, we'd like to share that the winner of the Amazon gift card is...
Julie Porter Davis

Congrats and come back tomorrow, okay!

2 C's with an H in the middle!

Can you believe it is August 25 already?!? This summer has flown by (ok, I know, most of us are back at school already).

A few weeks ago we had our VA blogger meetup and, unfortunately, Courtney was not able to join us, but Caitlin and Haley were able to get a picture together. We had a great time and look forward to meeting up again next year!

Now, let's meet Courtney, Haley, and Caitlin!

Meet Courtney

I decided to get a little creative with something we have plenty of at my house - hay! I live in the southwestern part of the state in a tiny town that borders Kentucky.

Click here to get the birthday freebie! 
Student Birthday Gift

Meet Haley

This "LOVE"ly photo was snapped by my husband in downtown Lynchburg.
Click here to access Haley's Find Your Clock Partner Freebie
Find Your Clock Partner
Meet Caitlin
My picture was taken by my 6-year old son, B, in Newport News , VA.
Check out Farmer Farmer by clicking here!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi! We are thrilled to be teaming up with such a fantastic bunch of Virginia Teachers! Be sure to stop by tomorrow to meet some more of our crew! 

Today is the *last day* to enter for the
$25.00 Amazon Gift Certificate.  A winner will be chosen tomorrow morning!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to keep coming back.  We still have one more week to go!  
Courtney, Haley, and Caitlin
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