I'm so excited to FINALLY be linking up with 4th Grade Frolics:
I haven't had a whole lot of time this summer to make things, due to the hubs-in-the-hospital fiasco. In fact, I'm supposed to be laying on a beach in Cabo right now... Today is our anniversary (seven years!), and even though I'm bummed we missed our trip, I'm glad that he still has both legs (just a joke; amputation was never even an option!) and we can spend the day together. We went out for dinner and a movie yesterday because I have a hockey game tonight. Check out my Instagram to see pics of our night last night!

OK, wanna see what I made?
We have three rules that we use school-wide: Be Kind, Be Safe, Do Your Job. I love that all classrooms, kindergarten through sixth grade have the same rules; it makes a teacher's life in the cafeteria, playground, hallways, etc. much easier!

I decided I wanted to pretty up my rules posters and include my hippo theme. Here's the finished product!
Too bad you can't really see the ribbon. It's a pretty turquoise with white stitching on the edge. And side note: the cardstock is one of the prizes I won from Ideas by Jivey's Bloglovin' giveaway! There was a ridiculous number of amazingness in that package!!! The hubs was like, "Did you go shopping AGAIN?" and I said, "Nope! I won a giveaway!!!!" WOO! I can't wait to hang this up!!
My teammie loves frogs almost as much as I love hippos, so I decided to make her a frog set. She doesn't know that I'm doing this... SURPRISE, MEGAN!
Click HERE for a FREE copy of these rules with the frog theme. And if you're interested in the hippo themed ones, just shoot me an email and I'll send them to ya!
This year I will be beefing up my Word Work station for Daily 5. Spelling word practice can get really old! One of the first things I will be adding to my Word Work station is Making Words
 I've made 48 printables, four for each month. I've included June, July, and August as well, for those of you who are year round teachers or go back earlier than I do.
 There are no religious references to Christmas or Easter, although two of the words are "Santa Claus" and "costume," in reference to Halloween.
 Want to win a free copy? Leave a comment including your email address by tomorrow (Tuesday, July 9th) at midnight, and I'll choose a winner at random! You can also try to win a copy over at my Facebook page! Make sure you "like" the page first, then leave a comment on the giveaway post with your email. That giveaway is super speedy; it ends at midnight TONIGHT!
This is a freebie! Click on the pic and download the preview on TPT.
My last thing isn't school related, but awesome nonetheless. I have a small business where I crochet hats for babies and kids (click here if you want to check it out!). Well, the girls on my hockey team have asked me to put my crochet talent towards.... other things. Like a Milwaukee Brewers hat made with beer cans...
Awesome, no? Although totally NOT appropriate for my CHILDREN'S hat making business! No, I will NOT make you one for your toddler :)

It feels good to be creating and crafting again! I already have a few ideas in mind for next week! Stay tuned :)


  1. These look awesome!

  2. These look awesome!

  3. I love your word work pack!!!

  4. OH MY GOSH!!!! I was just going to comment that you should make me a frog set! I love them!!! I have one of the best teammates ever!!!

  5. Also, I LOVE the hat! Great job!

  6. I am glad I found your blog through Monday Made It. I am trying to find more second grade teacher's blogs to follow since I am moving from 3rd to 2nd this year. Thank you for the freebie.
    The Traveling Teacher

  7. Love that word work idea! My problem right now is that I used only read to self. read to someone, and listen to reading in my last two years of teaching! I need to start reading up on work on writing, and word work!! Your making words is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!


  8. Word work centers is what I plan on working on this summer. These are great!

  9. I love your blog. I am your newest follower. It does sound like it would be way easier to have 3 rules school wide. Plus I love the hat. I am also a second grade teacher. If you get a chance I would love for you to check out my blog.

  10. I like your working with words!

  11. I love your blog! I would be so grateful if you picked me. Next year will be my first year teaching second grade and I'm feeling completely overwhelmed and nervous. I could definitely use this in my new classroom!


  12. Love the Making Words set! Crossing my fingers... :)

    Cathy VerSteeg

  13. Love your Making Words set! What an awesome weekly activity!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  14. Love your making words set! Super nice to have it all ready to go for the year.

  15. YAY for being crafty! Love the hat! :) My fingers are crossed for the giveaway. ;)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  16. LOVE the Making Words for the Whole Year unit! Focus on a few words to make them stick!! Thank you


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