Sunday, March 9, 2014

Swap Til You Drop! (Product Swap)

I'm so excited to participate in the "Swap 'til You Drop" Product Swap!

The talented and creative Vera of The Tutu Teacher is my partner!!
SUPER EXCITING!!  :)

Vera is reviewing one of my best-sellers...Play Doh Sight Words pack!

I was lucky to be able to go shopping in her store to pick out one of her FAB products to review for you.  We are really working hard to increase our decoding skills and fluency with CVC words, so I picked Vera's "Kaboom" Math & Literacy center pack.  It has been such a fun way to review CVC words!  

Click the picture to find it on TPT!

Here in the midwest, we've had about a million snow/cold days.  
So, especially being a 1/2 day kindergarten teacher, I am VERY behind!!  
As a result, I couldn't step away from my guided reading groups to snap any pictures of my kids playing Kaboom during centers.  So sorry!!  


I dug around in my gift bag collection and found this fun little Spiderman bag.
It gave a perfect superhero touch to the game...my boys were HUGE fans!!

Prepping this center is SO simple!!  Just print, cut, and toss the cards in a bag!  
To play, the kids reach into the bag and pull out a card.  If they can read it correctly, they get to keep the card.  If they aren't able to read it, they put it back and keep taking turns.  If they select one of the KABOOM cards, they have to put all of their cards back into the bag! 

I also love that we could do a little word family activity, too!!  

I love the way this game just keeps going and going!! It kept my kids engaged all the way through center time and they are begging to play it again!  

This center pack includes SO many activities:
Ten Frames
Number Words
Number Recognition
CVC Words
Uppercase & Lowercase Letter Recognition
Sight Words

I will be SO thrilled to have this pack right from the beginning of the year next year!!
For the remainder of this year, it will be a great way to review & reinforce skills in intervention groups.  My kids know how to play the game, so any of the skills cards can now be placed in the bag and the kids will know what to do!  Win!!

Now, here are the details for the giveaways!

1. Start anywhere on the map below.
2. Stop by each blog and read about the products swapped between each set of bloggers.
3. Enter to win the resources that are featured by each blog pair. Each pair of bloggers has the same raffle, so you only have to enter on one of the two blogs.While you are at each blog, if you are not already a follower, sign on to follow!
4. The raffles are open until midnight March 15th.



SWAP A
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SWAP B
      A Burst of First
SWAP C
Lucky to Be in First        First Grade Smiles
SWAP D
Second Grade Perks         
SWAP E
Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!     

SWAP F
     
        
SWAP G
The Tutu Teacher   Happy Teacher Heaven
SWAP H
Meet Miss Parker   

Now, here's your chance to WIN a copy of Vera's Kaboom pack and my Play Dough Sight Words pack!!


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I also wanted to let you know about an opportunity to WIN more than $150 in Jamberry prizes in my March Madness Jamberry Bracket Contest!!  Click the picture below to find out more. :)

More than 30 nail wraps from the NEW Spring/Summer line will face-off until just 1 wrap remains!!    
Will YOUR favorite design be the winner??!!  
Pick the best bracket  & you could WIN BIG!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
:) Amy


Friday, February 21, 2014

Bright Math Ideas Blog Hop


Hey everyone!  I'm so excited to be part of this blog hop!  I'm always looking for fresh ways to boost achievement and instill a love of math in my students.  In my classroom, games are always a GREAT way to accomplish both of those goals!  

The cool thing about kindergarten is that, you can call just about any activity a "game" - and they believe you!!  :)  Hook, line, and sinker.  Especially if dice, mini erasers, or spinners are involved!!



I discovered last year how much my students absolutely ADORE spinner games!  
I think just about every teacher knows the pencil & paperclip spinner trick.
However, I found awesome transparent spinners online that my students LOVE!!
You can get a set of 10 spinners for just $7.95...that's cheaper than the Dollar Spot!!  ;)

We use our spinners all - the - time.  Seriously.  Like, I'm always afraid we're going to wear out the poor spinners, but they are really durable!!  We use them a lot with our math curriculum, but my students started requesting more spinner "games" to play during centers.  So, I happily obliged.  :)

You can pick up a FREE sample of my new Love Bunny Addition & Subtraction Spinner Games below - this game has been a huge hit with my kids!  If you're anything like me, we had so many snow days and days off school that I'm still getting some mileage out of my Valentine centers!  Hope you can, too!! 
Note:  This link is to a paid product -- the FREEBIE is included in the product preview!  
It will only be a available for this weekend, so don't miss out!!

I'd love for you to leave me a comment letting me know how you make math more fun!!
Thanks for stopping by!!  

Click the picture below to hop on over to the next stop on the Blog Hop!


Freebie Fridays

Friday, February 14, 2014

Jamberry Nails Giveaway!

Have you treated yourself to Jamberry yet?
Please visit my Jamberry Consultant Page to learn more & request a free sample!

If not, NOW is the time!  You don't want to miss out on having your very own Signature Style at your Fingertips!  I'm LOVING Jamberry nail wraps.  "Jams" are vinyl wraps that can be quickly and easily applied to your nails at home -.  Jamberry nails have a watertight seal that stands up to even the toughest demands - swimming, washing & sanitizing hands, etc.  You just seal them with heat and pressure and they last up to 2 weeks on nails and 6 weeks on toes!

As teachers, we have to make smart choices about our time and money.  I love having cute nails and the confidence that comes from having a gorgeous manicure!  But, I can't stand when i take the time to paint my nails and they chip or peel after just a couple of days...or even a couple of hours!  UGH!!  Jamberry has solved that problem for me.  Jamberry nail wraps come in more than 300 designs I can do my nails once (for about $4) and then enjoy my cute nails (and all the compliments!) for up to 2 weeks!!

Each set of wraps is just $15 and comes with enough wraps to do your nails several times.  I easily get 2 manicures and 1-2 pedicures out of each set.  With Jamberry's BUY 3, GET 1 FREE deal, that makes each application less than $4!   That gives you a gorgeous, custom manicure at a fraction of the cost of a salon.

I just recently found out about Jamberry Nails and I *wish* I'd known about them sooner!  I'm so glad I discovered this product - I especially love how easily I can mix & match designs to create my own custom manicure.  So, I thought I'd share the Jamberry Love by giving you the chance to WIN a Jamberry manicure!

To enter, simply visit my Jamberry Party, click SHOP, and have fun looking around the site until you find your favorite design.  Then, come back here and leave the GIVEAWAY on the Rafflecopter below.  If your name is selected, I'll mail you a 1/2 sheet of the design you selected.  You can get 2-3 applications out of each full sheet of "Jams" - so you'll be able to give yourself one full manicure and maybe even a pedicure as a bonus!!

If you don't win or if you fall in love with too many designs to pick just one...
remember that you can BUY 3 and GET 1 FREE!! 
Be sure to check out the Collegiate Jams and find your favorite team...
your "Spirit Fingers" will be the envy of all your friends!


Sports fans & Sports Moms will also love these!

And, if you have little girls, don't miss the Jamberry Juniors line...
ADORABLE and mess-free!!

Your "Jams" will ship directly to your home in about a week.  

Good Luck!


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Five for Friday (Jamberry Giveaway)

I always love getting to link-up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for 

I'm SO excited to be starting out on a new adventure with Jamberry Nails!!  
Have you treated yourself to Jamberry Nails yet?
If not, I hope you'll visit my new Jamberry page.  I'd love to send you a FREE sample so you can try them out for yourself - you'll have SO much fun!!Just click on the "FREE" tab to request your sample!  www.facebook.com/amyswanjams

I'd also be thrilled to chat with any of you who are interested in hosting a Jamberry Facebook Party!  Your friends will have SO much FUN and you'll love the free & discounted product rewards you'll earn as a Hostess...and you won't even have to clean your house!  LOL!!  Just click on the "HOST" tab!

I'm truly thankful for this product and I'd love to share the Jamberry Love!!
So, I'm offering a FREE Jamberry Manicure to one lucky winner.

Enter using the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.
I'll choose a winner on Tuesday morning!  



My sweet boys took me out last weekend for an Early Valentine's Day date!
We ate at my favorite place (Pei Wei) and watched The Lego Movie together.  
They are out of town this weekend on a "boys trip", so I'm missing them today.

After the craziness of my first kindergarten Valentine's Day last year...
I am THRILLED to report that things went much more smoothly this year! 
My kiddos loved these sweet little bouncy ball Valentine's!  
The tag was a free printable that I found here.  So cute!!

SonShine and I had so much fun putting together these fun Minecraft Valentine's for his friends.
The cards were a free printable that I found here.

I'm so excited about my newest products!  


I had such great feedback from my "FLASH" Mixed-Up Sight Words freebie that was featured in the TPT Newsletter, that I made some new coordinating sets.  My kids LOVE the challenge of figuring out these mixed-up sight words!


I'm prepping these Silly Cat Mixed-Up Sight Words for
celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday & Read Across America!!  


I wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!!
Good Luck!!


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