Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Eric Litwin's Autographed Books GIVEAWAY!!

Hi everyone! I am so exciting to be sharing this with you today!! Last week, I wrote a post about a phone call with Eric Litwin!!! The author of the first 4 Pete the Cat Books! I am still in shock!!! During the phone call we discussed his newest book, 'The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants'.
 
This book is amazing! It is all about the Nut Family. The book is so much fun, has tons of laughs, is super clever, and an absolutely wonderful collection to his books. It is a MUST for your classroom!

While talking to Eric, he was so kind to offer sending me two copies of his book, 'Sing and Dance in Your Polka Pants' for you to WIN! This book just came out on September 22nd!!

Well the books came and... he AUTOGRAPHED them for the WINNERS!!! Ahhhh!! SOOO exciting!!
I am having a GIVEAWAY for you to win one of the two copies of his newest book! The giveaway is quick and easy to enter! It will be going on from today until the end of Sunday, October 4th!
If you would like a chance to win a copy of his book, you can enter the giveaway below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can also order this book NOW!! You can grab it through Amazon HERE.

Thank you for entering the giveaway and GOOD LUCK!! :)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Apple Centers FREEBIE!!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! This week was full of Apple FUN!! I wanted to make some extra apple themed centers for my students to go along with our apple week and also wanted to share them all with you... for FREE!!!

I need to first say THANK YOU to all of you who take the time to check out my blog, read my long and sometimes never ending posts, for being a follower of mine, and most importantly for your kindness and support! I will never be able to put into words that amount of appreciation I have for you all! I am constantly being inspired by you and my students and I wanted to make something a little special for everyone!
I have created 6 FREE Apple Themed Math and Literacy Centers. These activities are hands-on, engaging, interactive, and lots of fun!

Each activity includes a kid friendly 'I Can' poster, Common Core Standards for each activity, a recording sheet for student accountability, easy to follow directions, and ALL of the activities (of course)!

Here are the activities included:
Here are descriptions of each activity included:
    

Here are some of the center activities in action!




You can grab all 6 of these FREE Apple Themed Centers at my TPT store HERE!!!

I really hope you can use some or all of these activities in your classroom! I also hope that you enjoy them! Thank you ALL again! :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Eric Litwin's Newest Book and CONTEST!!!

Eric Litwin. If that name does not ring a bell for you then these next 3 words will... Pete the Cat!!!
I am completely honored to get to work with the renown author of one of my favorite book series: Pete the Cat!!! He is a #1 New York Times Best Selling Author who loves to combine music and literacy together.

He has always been one of my classrooms most favorite authors! He makes reading and literacy so much fun for students! His writing has also given my students confidence, independence, and a love for reading with his contagiously fun books!

Eric Litwin is the author of the first 4 Pete the Cat books:
- Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes
- Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes
- Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
- Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Eric recently got in touch with me to share about his newest book series, 'The Nuts' and more specifically about his newest book in the series called 'The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants'.
If you loved the first 4 Pete the Cat Books, you will absolutely fall in love with the 'Nut Family'. Eric described to me his newest book and I was loving everything about it! But when I got my hands on the book, it was even better than he described!!
He expressed to me how his passion and focus in his books has always been about early literacy and making learning fun. He completely has done it again with this new series!

This book, 'The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants' combines music, rhyming, repetition, response, and FUN! The illustrations are adorable, hilarious, and eye catching! Hazel the Nut wants her family to sing and dance with her, but they are just too busy. So she finds someone else in her family to join along. (I don't want to spoil who it is!)

One of my favorite parts of the book is the very end where there is a line disco dance called The Polka-Dot Pants Dance! Yes, it is as cute as it sounds and as fun as it sounds! Included in the end of the book are illustrations of Hazel the Nut showing you how to sing and do the line dance! You can also download the song and watch the video of Eric Litwin doing the dance himself!! Eric is actually the one who choreographed the dance!
What is even more exciting is that Eric is having a contest that you don't want to pass up!! He is having a contest in which YOU make a video of the Polka-Dot Pants Dance!
HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST:
- Go to this website HERE to see the Polka-Dot Pants Dance and to get specific details on how to enter the contest.
- You can do the line dance that Eric has choreographed or you can make up your own moves!! You can even wear polka-dot pants!
- You can have unlimited entries!! This would be a blast to do with your class! I can't wait to do it!!

PRIZES:
- All entries will receive a FREE limited edition Polka-Dot Pants Dance Poster!
- FREE compliments from the Nutty Compliments Team
- Top 5 entries will receive a signed copy of the book 'The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants'.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
- A visit/performance from Eric Litwin at your selected location for FREE!! This includes ALL expenses. This is absolutely amazing as he discussed with me how his visits can cost up to $3,500! However, if you win his visit/performance will be completely for FREE!
WHEN IS THE CONTEST:
-The contest is going on NOW and will end on November 1st!

His new book, 'The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants' is being released tomorrow, September 22nd!! You can check out more about this adorable Nut Family and get your copy of the book HERE.

In case you missed the link above, you can enter the dance contest HERE to win a FREE visit/performance from Eric Litwin!!!

Make sure to check out a blog post that I will be doing next week about a special giveaway I am having from Eric Litwin himself!! :)

Feel free to email me with any questions about the contest! aspoonfuloflearning@gmail.com

Monday, September 7, 2015

Homework UPDATE!!

A day in the life of a teacher is unlike anything we can describe to someone unless they have been in our shoes or have been to our classroom for an entire day. We are on the go ALL DAY long with more things going on than one can believe! On top of everything, we want to make sure our students continue their learning at home in an effective, productive, and fun way! 

I remember when my school had a meeting a few years ago about homework policy and how we needed to start sending homework home with the students each week. I was almost in tears because at the time I couldn't imagine putting more on my plate. I pulled myself together though and decided to start making some weekly homework packets.
   
I wanted to make these homework packets hands-on, engaging, interactive, follow the common core, and FUN for my students.

I tested these packets that I created for a year and waited to get feedback from my parents and students. The feedback from them was better than I ever expected! I had parents tell me that their child is so incredibly excited when they come home each week with the new homework packet! Parents also enjoyed helping their child and watching them do a lot of their homework on their own! They really loved watching their child gain a lot of confidence and independence throughout the school year.

Not only did I wait for feedback, but I also wanted to see the growth of my students learning. I was blown away seeing how much growth they gained.

I put these homework packets together in a way that is easy for you to prep, that is effective for your students, and hopefully will help make your week a little easier. 

I created 10 months of homework (40 Weekly homework packets) that will take you through the school year and includes little to no prep! We are all so busy and can use something easy to put together and effective for our students!! :)

Each homework packet includes:
-3 literacy and 3 math activities
-A list of Common Core Standards that are covered in each homework packet.
-Easy to follow directions with very little to no prep work for each week
-TONS of organization to make it easy for you
-Cover sheets for parents/guardians and students to check off after completing each activity
-Lots of continued learning and FUN!

Throughout the summer, I have been going back through my weekly homework packets and giving each activity a much needed MAKEOVER! I am so happy to let you know that I have officially finished updating the entire year of homework!!

NEW updates to the homework packets:
-New fonts
-New clipart
-New activities
-A 5th week of homework added to October.
-And MORE!!

***If you already own my homework packets, make sure to download the file again to grab all of the new updates! :)

You can get these homework packets BUNDLED for the year with over a 30% SAVINGS. You can get the bundle in English ONLY or English and Spanish Directions. (Click on the pictures to check them out).
         
OR you can grab these homework packets by individual months. Here are the English ONLY monthly homework packets. (Click on the pictures below to check them out).
      

      

      

      

      

Here are the monthly homework packets with English and Spanish Directions. (Click on the pictures below to check them out).
      

      

      

      

      

I hope you find these homework packets to be a big help in your classroom! Thanks so much for reading about my homework! :)

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

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