6.29.2015

Dreaming

I am slightly tardy to the TPTSellerChallenge Week 2: Dare to Dream

My nightly dreams had been about my dog...

Last week was a rough week in the Helm house. Our 13 year old Great Dane, Malone, went to Heaven to be with my Dad. This was such a hard decision for my husband and I to make, but we know it was the right decision for Maloney. 

His big-dog hips just weren't the same anymore, and sadly, his falls were becoming more frequent and scary. Tuesday night he couldn't walk at all when we took him outside to go potty. Wednesday seemed better, but then out of no where he fell hard on his chest and hit his chin... then nearly fell backwards when trying to go up the front steps. Thankfully my husband and I were right behind him and caught him. 

Malone is a big, looks-deep-in-your-eyes, old man. We couldn't stand the thought of him falling when we weren't there to rescue him, help him up, and comfort him. We couldn't stand the thought of him being in pain from breaking something during a fall and needing emergency care. 

Our amazing vet who comes out to our house agreed (after months of trying back-end strengthening meds... acupuncture...rest) that it was probably time. 

I miss my buddy, my shadow, my sweet companion. Selfishly I had hoped Malone would make it one more summer...I know he is in Heaven with my dad, loving every minute!

Photo Credit: Caveness Photography, WA






My TPT dreams...





6.20.2015

#tptsellerchallenge Week One

...Make Over Madness!

This school year was busy... I know, yours was, too!

But I am so very excited for this TPT Seller Challenge to jump start my blog again. I miss connecting with passionate teachers like yourself... I miss learning from you... I miss being inspired by you!

So here I am, barely making it with the Week One Challenge... but I have only been on Summer vaca since Thursday, friends!

Here, we go! I chose one of my favorite items--my classroom management system. I love finding ways to promote positive relationships with my students, while teaching them the appropriate ways to behave in the classroom and in our learning environment. By the end of the year, I have 26 littles saying things like "you're interfering with my learning... please STOP... I asked you to stop..." instead of tattling and running to me. They are problem solving! They are gaining confidence! They are becoming independent! 

I just love how this turned out! Way more fun to look at!

And here are my stats... pretty sad... but that just means I have a lot of room for growth, right?!

I am really trying to up my instagram number! 

That is my mini-goal right now :) 

To get to 50 followers in these 4 weeks!

I don't even know how to tell you how to find me on instagram?! HELP, pretty please!



12.12.2014

24hr New Item Freebie {Day Five}


Welcome back! Today is Day Five of my "sELFless Acts of Kindness" Challenge!

E--Everyone
L--Loves
F--Freebies

Wow! This was a whirl-wind week! I have loved sharing some new products with you, meeting new people, and finding some of your holiday freebies, too!

Today I have a Christmas Complete Sentences activity for you! I am still reminding my 3rd graders to have a capital at the beginning of every sentence and a period or end mark at the end... although I must admit, I don't have to remind nearly as much as I did as a 2nd grade teacher last year! 

Download it now while it's free! Hurry! Hurry!

I would love to hear what you think about these activities, too! Feedback is always welcome ;)






Check out the Grammar Games/Activities from Day One, Two and Three! They are on sale now for $2.00, or you can buy them as a bundle and save money (see the end of this post for more details).





Buy the Christmas Grammar Bundle for $5.00 and save $3.00!
This is a growing bundle--buy now to save money!! 

By the end of the week you will have all 5 Grammar activities/games. 
1. Christmas Noun Sort (included now)
2. Christmas Verb Tense Sort (included now)
3. Christmas Cookies Compound Words (included now)
4. Christmas Abbreviation Match-up (included now) 
The price will go went up to $5.00
5. Christmas Complete Sentences (included now)
The price will go went up to $6.00



Happy Friday-Eve!

12.11.2014

24hr New-Item Freebie {Day Four}

Welcome back! Today is Day Four of my "sELFless Acts of Kindness" Challenge!

E--Everyone
L--Loves
F--Freebies

Have you been participating in the challenge? It is such an easy way to make someone smile... make someone's day a little brighter... or just reconnect with someone you work with but hardly ever see! One of my greatest work friends teaches right next door to my classroom, but because we are on COMPLETELY different recess/lunch/specialist schedules, I never get to talk to her other than a quick wave as I pass her classroom and she is happily teaching away! I have a special "sELFless Act of Kindness" planned for her tomorrow ;)

Well, let's get back to you! Today I have a Christmas Abbreviation Match-Up game for you! My students LOVED our Abbreviation week in November--especially when I threw in tricky ones like oz. and lb. --WHAT?! :) 

Download it now while it's free! Hurry! Hurry!

I would love to hear what you think about these activities, too! Feedback is always welcome ;)




Check out the Grammar Games/Activities from Day One, Two and Three! They are on sale now for $2.00, or you can buy them as a bundle and save money (see the end of this post for more details).





Buy the Christmas Grammar Bundle for $5.00 and save $3.00!
This is a growing bundle--buy now to save money!! 

By the end of the week you will have all 5 Grammar activities/games. 
1. Christmas Noun Sort (included now)
2. Christmas Verb Tense Sort (included now)
3. Christmas Cookies Compound Words (included now)
4. Christmas Abbreviation Match-up (included now) 
The price will go went up to $5.00
5. Christmas Complete Sentences (coming Friday--re-download the product Fri. night)
The price will go up to $6.00



Happy Friday-Eve!

12.10.2014

24hr New-Item Freebie {Day Three}

Welcome back! Today is Day Three of my "sELFless Acts of Kindness" Challenge!

E--Everyone
L--Loves
F--Freebies



I am loving this opportunity to share some freebies with you! Hopefully they are coming in handy these last few days before Winter Break... I know my students are getting harder and harder to keep engaged! Mixing in some Christmas-themed activities is just the trick!

Today I have a Christmas Cookies Compound Words for you!

Download it now while it's free! Hurry! Hurry!

I would love to hear what you think about these activities, too! Feedback is always welcome ;)








Buy the Christmas Grammar Bundle for $4.00 and save $2.00!
This is a growing bundle! 

By the end of the week you will have all 5 Grammar activities/games. 
1. Christmas Noun Sort (included now)
2. Christmas Verb Tense Sort (included now)
3. Christmas Cookies Compound Words (included now)
4. Christmas Abbreviation Match-up (coming Thursday--re-download the product Thurs. night) 
The price will go up to $5.00
5. Christmas Complete Sentences (coming Friday--re-download the product Fri. night)
The price will go up to $6.00




Enjoy! 

Do something sELFless today ;)



12.09.2014

24hr New-Item Freebie {Day Two}

Welcome back! Today is Day Two of my "sELFless Acts of Kindness" Challenge!

E--Everyone
L--Loves
F--Freebies

Today I have a Christmas Verb Tense Sort for you!

After today it will be added to my Christmas Grammar Pack where all of the "24 hr. New Item Freebies" will be available together for a bundled savings!

Download it now while it's free


(Day One: now available for $2.00)

12.08.2014

24hr New-Item Freebie {Day One}

I love seeing all of the "sELFless acts of Kindness" going around cyber world lately. 

E--everyone
L--likes
F--freebies

My class is full of active Bucket-Fillers who work hard every day to be kind, respectful, considerate, compassionate people inside and outside the classroom. 

I introduced the "Acts of Kindness" to my class last week and they loved it! 


I believe in leading by example and that is where my newest Freebie comes into play!

Each day this week, I will post a Christmas-themed freebie for you to grab and enjoy! But grab it quick! It will only be free for 24 hours!

As the week goes on I will combine all of my Christmas-themed freebies into a bundle that will be available for purchase! Enjoy-- and pay it forward, friends!

Here is Day One (Christmas Noun Sort):