Sunday, April 26, 2015

Primary Peach Blog Launch, a Freebie, AND a Giveaway!

Hey there!  We are so excited to share some special news!!!  We are joining around 30 other bloggers from the great peach state of Georgia on a new collaborative blog called The Primary Peach!  Be sure to follow it so you don't miss out on amazing freebies and blogposts!
To kick off our launch, each of the authors is sharing an End of the Year freebie in a blogpost on their blogs so that they can introduce themselves!!  This is an amazing opportunity for you to find new bloggers to follow AND to SCORE with a bunch of FREEBIES!!!  :O)

So, please let us introduce ourselves!
Stacia and I first met when she did an internship with me in my third grade classroom about 8 years ago.  She came back and student taught with me the next year and we have been best friends ever since!  We love to collaborate and share ideas, but mostly, to learn from others!

Hi!  I am Amanda!  I'm the proud mama of three kiddos who keep me quite busy!  I taught 3rd grade for 11 years and this is my fourth year in 4th grade!  I've loved teaching both grade levels.  Next year I am moving into an instructional coach position at my school and I will be coaching teachers in grades 3-5 in language arts and math.  I'm a little nervous about this change but mostly excited!  I can't deny that I will miss having my own classroom, though!

Hi! I am Stacia! My husband and I are excited parents-to-be in just 2 months! We are looking forward to meeting our precious baby boy. I taught 3rd grade for 4 years, and I've taught 4th grade for the past 4 years. I love working with this age group. The kids are so full of energy and excited about learning! 

Our End of the Year freebie is a fun game that students can play to reminisce about the past school year. Just click on the picture below!
Here is what the directions page looks like:
We hope your kiddos enjoy this game and the memories it will bring back from the year!!

Now, here's where it gets REALLY exciting!!!  Because we are just launching The Primary Peach, not only are you getting all of these awesome freebies in this hop, BUT you can also enter to win our HUGE giveaway!!!

There are 4, count them 4, chances to win!  The biggest prize is a $50 gift certificate to TpT!  But, if you aren't the grand prize winner, no worries!  You can still win one of four $25 gift certificates to TpT!!  Make sure you go over to The Primary Peach to enter to win, then come back here and hop to the next author and get your next freebie!!
Good luck at winning the Rafflecopter!!  Now, please hop on over and visit with Deb from Fabulously First!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tips for staying stress free and a GIVEAWAY!

Hey there!!!

We know it's that time of year.  Testing.  Finishing out the year.  The kids have spring fever.  It can get pretty stressful!  There's a lot going on and it's often times overwhelming!!

So, how do try to beat the stress?  What about helping kids handle end of they year stress.  We're here to share a few ways we try to stay stress free AND we've got some great prizes to giveaway to help take away some stress!

First up, music always helps me.  It can totally change my mood.  I think this can also be true for kids!  We like to try to find inspirational songs (or thematic songs) that go with situations.  One of Stacia's favorites is from Hercules.

Next, Stacia also recently found that Disney did a weekly affirmation for a while that's actually really cute and makes good posters.  Even if you just show it to the students, I think it can be pretty motivational! (linked HERE)




Last, GoNoodle is a life saver!  When the kids are super squirmy and I'm trying to teach as much as possible before testing, these short brain breaks are the best!

And, because we know it can be stressful, we joined in with some friends for a giveaway!  Be sure to scroll through the rafflecopter because you have the chance to win 4 awesome prizes!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and try to stay stress free!!  ;O)

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