My First "Back to School" Purchases for My New First Graders!

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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pirates, Elections, and 2 Celebrations!

Hey!  That title has some rhythm!
Happy Sunday friends!
So I went to school yesterday to do a little work before heading to the pool but all of the doors had that huge orange bar on I could not get all.  Apparently our school was on lockdown due to the floors being waxed...I was bummed....
so I went shopping instead...

I found these cute pirate treat bags at WalMart for less than $1.00.  All of you with pirate themes this year...go and pick them up!  They're so cute and colorful and you could use them for just about anything!  I'm thinking I'll use them for my treat bags for my Open House.

Then, I headed to the Family Dollar Store (aka Election Headquarters) and picked up a few things that other bloggers have shared, but also found some Election garb.  I'm not sure how we're going to "do" the election as a grade level but I had to pick these up!
 They had fun stickers too!  I'm going to use the "I Voted" ones for our Election Day and I'll use the flag stickers on Constitution Day.

So I was feeling a little better and remembered that I needed to get a little something together to celebrate my 200+ followers!  Since we're all either on our way back to school or already with our newbies, I thought I'd just throw together a fun treat box to help us with our back to school jitters!  I've included a couple of treats from my cousin's shop, Wendy Kromer Specialty Confections.  She's designed wedding cakes for Martha Stewart and is incredibly talented!  She has a little cafe in our downtown area and sells lots of yummy stuff.  She also designs these fun cookies!

So leave a comment on this post and I'll choose a winner by July, of course!  :)  In the meantime, I've uploaded a few more items to my TPT shop for free from now until Christmas.  They're yours if you want them!
What to do with a Map!...FREE download!
Word Wizard...FREE download!
 And remember these??  I posted them for free on my blog first and then in my TPT shop.  I've had a lot of new followers in the past weeks, so I'm making them free from now until Christmas so go and get your downloads!
Let's Sort Pirates and Firsties...FREE download!

Monthly Reading Challenges...FREE download!
One more thing...
Andrea from
Reading toward the Stars Celebration!
is having a 207+ follower giveaway and is giving away a ton of fun stuff with the help of her friends!  If you're not following her yet...head on over to give her a shout and join in on her fun!

Well...since working at school is out of the question today (BUT I REALLY NEED TO GET IN THERE!) I guess I'll head to Soak City to soak up some more sun and fun with my nieces and nephew!
Have a great day!
5 Sundays left...until my first day!


  1. Such cute items!

  2. I am SO excited about those pirate treat bags!! I always give out treat bags for Meet the Teacher & these will work perfectly!! Thank you so much for sharing about those. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    1. Hi Lisa! I found them in the party section of Walmart...let me know if you can't find them at your local Walmart! I'm willing to mail them to you if you want!

  3. Shopping makes everything better!
    A BLT adventure

    1. Everything except the credit card statement...
      Ha! Ha!
      'Tis the Season!

  4. Very cute! Your blog is great!!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

    1. Thanks Colleen!
      I'm heading over to your blog now to make sure I'm one of your followers!

  5. Thanks for the freebies! I'm not sure how I missed some of them...because I definitely stalk your blog!!!

    1. They kind of get buried in here and I haven't been very good about labeling things lately.

  6. The treat bags are really cute. I hope my walmart has them.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

    1. Hi Heidi!
      If they don't, I'd be willing to mail some to you! Just let me know! I found them in the party section.