Five For Five (October 23rd, 2015)
I am back with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share five things about my week! 

My husband and I took my daughter to the pumpkin patch this week, which is the third year in the row we've gone to this exact pumpkin patch!  I love creating traditions with our family!

This was her favorite part, the WATER! I love how daddy is teaching her how it works! 
This isn't just any pumpkin patch, it's a pumpkin patch on steroids! 

Halloween Work Jobs
I finally uploaded my Halloween Work Jobs on Teachers Pay Teachers! These are just a few of the many print and go activities! Click on the picture above to take you to my store!

I created this fun freebie just in time for Halloween! It is a print and go book that goes along with the "Brown, Bear, Brown, Bear" rhyme.  Check it out, I know your students will love it!
Free Halloween book

Also in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store you will find these amazing and fun counting books! There are four books in each pack so you are able to differentiate for all the kids in your class!

Bat Halloween Preschool activities

You will also find this book!

Preschool Pumpkin Books

I created a new FREEBIE in my teachers pay teachers store just in time for the Halloween season! 
FREE Halloween Math activity


Amazing Pencil Sharpener!

Okay I don't know about you but I HATE the pencil sharpeners that you find in classrooms everywhere!
They are loud, ugly and NEVER sharpens pencils correctly!! They either sharpens only one side of the pencil leaving wood on the lead or it breaks every time!!!

Okay so enough complaining now onto an amazing solution I have found and LOVE!
This pencil Sharpener is AMAZING!  I had such a hard time choosing which one to order because they come in some amazing colors!

Best pencil sharpeners!
I finally settled on pink and am so glad I did! It is a bright, but not annoyingly bright, pink! I don't even know where to start on telling you about what is so amazing about this product!!


You may ask why this pencil sharpener is so impressive! Read my top 5 reasons I love this sharpener! 


1. It is QUIET!  

I had students test this sharpener while the teacher was teaching. After the initial excitement of the cool new sharpener, this never distracted from the lessons! It is even quieter than the electric sharpeners I tested it against!

2. It ALWAYS managed to sharpen a perfect pencil! 

And let me tell you we tried over a dozen pencils in a row and each time a perfect point! The pencil sharpener stops sharpening when the pencil is sharp! You are still able to turn the handle but you are able to tell that the pencil is ready and is not being sharpened anymore. 

3.  It is easy to clean and doesn't make a mess! 

Students can easily clean this sharpener out without leaving a trail of pencil shreds on their way to the trash! You easily remove the plastic box and carry it to the trash! 

 4. The Price

Individually they run for $24.99, and worth EVERY penny! But if you find two other friends who want to order you will get three for $53.97 which would equal only $17.99 a person and with free shipping you can't go wrong!   If you wanted to equip an entire school of 35 the price goes down to $13.99! A nice electric pencil sharpener will run you around $19.99 to $35.99.

 5. The Company Itself!

This company is owned and operated by a teacher!  The company also gives $1 for every pencil sharpener to building a school in a developing country!

If you want to check this amazing sharpener out click on the button below!
You can also view a video here!


Fall Sensory Table

Fall Sensory Table / Fall Sensory Bin

Good bye Spring Sensory table hello fall!
Spring sensory table

To start Fall out on the right foot I needed to not only decorate my house but change up my daughter's sensory table. To start our fall sensory bin we started by taking a nature walk!

Nature walk to find fall sensory items
On our nature walk we collected as many acorns as we could find, we took a few walks!! Tip: if you are bringing them inside make sure they are not cracked as they could have some sort of little critters living inside of them!
I wanted to fill our fall sensory table with corn and acorns. You can fill yours with all sorts of things like leaves, pine cones, sticks, etc. I wanted mine to be somewhat easy to clean up so my daughter could do it on her own without me having to bring out the vacuum every time she played in the sensory bin, which is usually daily.   Also when children pick up the little corn pieces they are using pincer grasps so some good fine motor going on too!

To make sure you have no little critters living inside your acorns follow these simple steps! 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

1. Check for any cracks or holes in the acorns and throw them outside for animals to enjoy!

2. Wash the acorns in water and pat them dry

3. Place acorns on a cookie tray and put them in your oven that is heated to 350 degrees
baking acorns for craft purposes

4. Bake the acorns for 15 minutes
Fall sensory bin

To find the site where I found these instructions you can click here. You will also find an adorable acorn wreath you can make! 

Once you have done this you are now ready to complete your fall sensory bin!
Fall sensory bin

Now all that is left is for your students to enjoy!
Fall sensory table activities


Currently October 2015
Welcome October! I am teaming up with Oh Boy Fourth Grade to share what I am currently up to this October!  You can join the link up by clicking on the above picture! 

Fall is one of my favorite months! I love being able to wear jeans, sweaters and boots!! I also love getting into my car and turning on the heated seats!! I just wish fall stayed longer than it does! 

I am in dire need of organizing my work materials! At the end of last year I moved out of the classroom and into a new position, which leaves me traveling all around the district and not going to an office.  So I am living out of my car right now! I plan on getting things in order so I have what I need with me at all times and then going into my office and organizing that as well!! So much to do! 

I have the best hubby who goes out of his way to get my a McDonald's diet coke in the mornings I am home! Such a sweetie!!

Hope your October has started out well!

Five for Five

I am so exited to be linking up again with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the annual Five for Friday link up! This is the first of October and I couldn't be more excited!  Here are some of my favorites for this month!
I have started decorating my house for fall! Here is my entry into the basement! 

Fall decorations

I love displaying my child's artwork and I think this one is super fun! 

Fall art for preschool

If you want to see how I made this project last year with my 1 year old check out my blog post here!

I created a new fall sensory bin for my daughter to play with!! I do not like bugs so you'll have to check back on how I made sure that none of the acorns would bring anything into our home!  I have a post coming on my fall sensory bins soon! 

Sensory tables and activities

I am no longer in the classroom so I needed to get a pencil sharper that could travel with me and I found the most perfect one ever!! 

Not only can you choose from amazing colors but I haven't met a pencil yet it doesn't sharpen PERFECTLY!! You can check them out here and I will also be blogging more about them next week! 

I took an old childhood desk of mine and have been working hard to transform it to something that I can love! I have been sanding, painting, stripping the first paint job and repainting! I can't wait to show you my finish product next week! My hubby will be so happy when all of my stuff is off the kitchen table!!