Back to School Bash 2015

That's right, my friends! It's that time of year. Back to School Bash 2015 begins tomorrow where we will introduce you to all of the amazing prizes and sponsors. Then you can enter to win big beginning on July 31st. This year we have over $5,000 in back to school swag! No, read that right! $5,000!!! People love them some teachers y'all! 

So join me and some of my blogging besties below for some amazing giveaways this week. It all begins tomorrow when we will introduce our 18 BASH BASKETS! Be sure you get yourself a head start and follow all of these amazing blogs and their instagram accounts. Believe me...this year you don't miss a thing! 


See you all tomorrow! 

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K Common Core Data, Assessments, & More {RF}

I've been working on a comprehensive binder for kindergarten common core standards throughout this entire summer.  It's never been so easy to meet Reading Foundations standard in Kindergarten with this easy to use resource.  I'm thrilled to share my labor of love with you!

This file includes two options for binder covers and a data tracker for an evidence binder!

The Reading Foundations strand is divided into four domains: Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Phonics & Word Recognition, and Fluency.

Each domain includes kid friendly I can statements for reference during lessons, small groups, or data binders.  You're provided with a center activity for each standard to practice in small groups or independent centers.  Monitor student's ability with assessments to match each standard practiced!

I sure hope you love this comprehensive file!

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FUN'ky Frogs {Carson Dellosa Giveaway}

This past February, I was honored to join some of my favorite bloggers and the fabulous Carson-Dellosa team for the 2015 Creative Blogger Summit to bring you a Lookbook of ideas with new and updated decor sets for designing your classroom!  

Before I share my design, I want to introduce all the bloggers that participated in the design summit.  I'll introduce each teacher as they're pictured from left to right.  The link in their name will take you to their design.  I'm linking their blogs too.   

Cheryl Saoud {That's Me}

You can check out the online Lookbook by clicking here!  The interactive book includes tips, top FUN'ky frog products, top Lemon Lime products, and free resources created by local teachers and the Carson-Dellosa team.

The word wall bulletin board is my favorite image of the design.  I combined natural elements with the FUN'ky Frogs alphabet decor.  The alphabet originally had a blue background, connecting several letters together.  I decided to cut around the white frame and neon frog to allow the natural elements to pop and help align spacing!  The moss border, cattails, and dock bulletin board paper were from Hobby Lobby.


Carson-Dellosa has a bright, yellow pocket chart, perfect for displaying many elements of the FUN'ky Frog decor set.  I featured the calendar combining both FUN'ky Frogs and Lemon Lime for additional contrast. 

The FUN'ky frog accents become a perfect way to spruce up plain drawers, label content, or hang around the classroom.  

The Board Buddies mini pockets are a PERFECT size for adding tongue depressors and displaying numbers.  I used the calendar dates to assign numbers for each student.  Utilizing the desk for classroom management will free up wall space for student work.  

When designing, I use two primary colors and one accent. Using natural elements {faux or real} makes the design feel authentic.  Log pillows or stump stools with a book feel like you relaxing near a pond.  

Are you ready for the best part of this post?  Carson-Dellosa and I are teaming up to give one lucky teacher $100 in products from FUN'ky Frogs and Lemon Lime collections.

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Back to School with Mailbox Gold {#bethedifference}

In 1973, Marge and Jake Michel, creators of The Mailbox Magazine, were frustrated by the lack of practical, ready to use materials for the classroom, so they began creating in their spare time.  In 1979, Marge and Jake began producing The Mailbox Magazine.   

Fast forward to the digital era where teachers search for access to materials on the world wide web.  I remember The Mailbox Magazine surfacing early on in my career but with an online marketplace like Teacher Pay Teachers, the modern day educator, like myself, had access to materials at our fingertips. No need to visit the copy machine when I can press print. The Mailbox Magazine has modernized their format and provide digital copies of their magazine and classroom activities via The Mailbox Gold.

To gain a better understanding of the Gold Experience, I watched the two minute video below.  

In my previous post, I introduced a partnership between The Mailbox and Primary Graffiti.  The Mailbox team has set up various monthly challenges using their Gold Membership

Now that The Mailbox Magazine has gone digital, I researched the resources to gain a better understanding of it's benefits.  The services provided by The Mailbox Gold make this online program a valuable tool. The following two minute video provides a glimpse into the features provided by this digital format!

Now for the challenge...  I was asked by the team to share back to school resources to build momentum going into a new school year.

I was pleased by the various materials provided.  There are so many tools to get the teacher organized for the first day of school.  I found resources for transportation, supplies, and newsletters.  Content was organized by core standards, grade levels, and theme.  Many resources were programable which provides the ability to edit prior to printing.

Each year, I keep Student Information Cards next to the phone in case of an emergency.  In years past, I sent the cards home on the first day of school for parents to fill out and return.  I usually receive most back within the first week but only after a several reminders.  With the online access, the programable cards can NOW be filled out digitally on my student desktops during meet the teacher and printed prior to the first day.

The first day seems to be filled with many emotions.  Both parents and students have mixed emotions.  I like to provide my kids with a card and a pencil, showing my excitement for having them in my classroom.  There are a variety of cards provided with the Gold Membership.  You will have access to printing both color and blacklines.  To add a little "POP", the blacklines can be printed on color paper!

The first day of school is all about getting to know each other and establishing rules through rituals and routines.  Thinking back to workshops and trainings, most begin with an ice breaker involving interactions between participants.  I found a cute activity to encourage student interactions.

My School Book is one of my favorite finds for the first day of school.  The kids will begin working on speaking and listening standards as they introduce themselves to the class.  This activity will provide a cute first day portfolio that can remain on display during the first month of school!

The Mailbox Gold membership provides activities from PreK through 6 grade.  As I searched through the resources available, I found activities similar to those featured above.  The accordion book, School is "Bear-y" Fun, could easily be used on the first day of 1st Grade!

The next activity can provide the teacher with a lot of feedback.  The emergent reader provides practice with simple sentences, capital letters, and reading comprehension while reinforcing school or classroom rules.

The digital team at The Mailbox is committed to bringing everything you love about The Mailbox to a great online experience.  Each of the digital resources above are available with The Mailbox Gold membership and provides teachers with meaningful activities perfect for the first day of school.

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