Sunday, May 11, 2014

College & Career Week...

I've always shared my door decor for our college / career week...Generation Texas round these parts.  But I have to say that I think this year is by far my favorite!! I went round and round with ideas on what to do. My 1st grade team is hashtag obsessed. It all started with that Timberlake/Fallon video!  After that, we just couldn't stop.  #firstgrade #this #that.  It has become #quiteentertaining.  I combined that with the selfie craze to come up with our design. So cute.

I just set out my camera and called them one at a time to take a #selfie! They were hilarious!  Then they typed their name and what they wanted to be when they grow up.  I have GOT to save these pictures till 2025 Haha!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week...

HaPpY TeAcHeR ApPreCiAtIoN wEeK!!! Well it's only day 2 of a week where we are spoiled rotten and I am already happy as pie.  I tell you what, if these gifts don't have my name/style written all over 'em...I don't know what would.  I am in L.O.V.E.! Check it out.

Of course I'm joining in on the TPT sale so head on over to my page and grab some goodies.  I found this super cute sale graphic from Erica's Ed-ventures!

AND I've broken down and grabbed this little blog a spot on Instagram! FOLLOW ME!!
Have a wonderful week everyone!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day 2 Linky...

I'm clearly highly motivated by the Read Across America Week Linky at Primary Chalkboard!

Tuesday's Topic: Everything Dr. Seuss!! I've got this one covered!

Let's start with a handful of pictures from today's celebration.  As I mentioned yesterday, I was scheduled for a workshop today but I just had to drop in first thing this morning a snap a few pics with my awesome team and daughter.  Here we are in our Seuss gear...
We made our bow tie shirts and grabbed the hats from Party City. 

My daughter's grade level decorated with Horton Hears a Who, so she dressed as a clover complete with a speck and Horton plush.

My classroom parents did an amazing job on the snacks and goodies!

I didn't quite get my door exactly the way I wanted it, but I'm happy with the result.

So cute.  You can also find my previous Seuss celebrations HERE my Seuss inspired Word Family Board HERE, and a post dedicated to The Lorax HERE.

I hope you are enjoying a Seuss-tastic week!

Monday, March 3, 2014


Well hello blogging besties and fabulous teachers! After a blog hiatus and a laptop repair I am so happy to be back to blog world! Here's what's going on at First Grade Glitter and Giggles...

I got caught up on blog stalking today after being iced in (more on that in a minute!) and the one thing on my brain is...I'm thinking I need a blog makeover.  I think it's time.  I do feel like my blog represents my personality well, but I am loving some of the new cleaner designs.  And of course all of those fabulous tabs and sparkly buttons sure would help with my obsession need for organization!! Now to shop for an update. LAWDIE!

Next up...this Texas weather!
No joke.  I was in shorts and sandals on Saturday and then we had an ice storm on Sunday, complete with thunder-sleet. School was canceled today. I was actually bummed.  I love Read Across America!!! I spent Sunday working on my daughter's costume and our team shirts and then got the cancellation notice.  Normally postponing the celebration 1 day would be no biggie.  However, I am scheduled for a workshop tomorrow. Yikes! Is there anyone else that would have anxiety about snacks coming, a campus dress up, and a read in when you aren't there? Yes, me too.  But most of all, I'm sad to miss out on all of the fun.  Which brings me to the...

Read Across America Linky at Primary Chalkboard!

Monday: Favorite Children's Author and Books...
I would have to say that Dr. Seuss is my all time favorite, but I feel like he is kind of in a category of his own.  I have so many favorites that it's just so hard to narrow it down to a few. I'm just totally obsessed with children's books in general.  In fact my DREAM job (other than teaching of course) would be to own a children's bookstore.  Maybe I've seen "You've Got Mail" just a few too many hundred times, but the idea of something like The Shop Around The Corner just seems enchanting! Ok so back to my favorite author(s).  I've narrowed it down to 3.  These are the 3 that I just couldn't make it through my year without! In no particular order of course.

David Shannon!
My first David Shannon book was Alice The Fairy.  I just giggled and giggled when I read that thing in college and I was hooked.  Of course his David books are essential to any elementary classroom.  

I met Peter Reynolds a few years back when he was a speaker at a workshop here in Texas.  The one word that I think of when I think of  Mr. Reynolds is INSPIRED.  Not only did he inspire me, but his books and personal story inspire both teachers and students.  The message in his books, The Dot and Ish (just to name a few), are so heart warming that I've shared both of these in a read aloud format at staff development (to adults!) and can easily tear up when reading them.  They are just amazing.  He is also the talented illustrator for books such as the Megan McDonald Judy Moody series and several Judy Bloom books.  Not to mention..he has a bookstore, The Blue Bunny! (See previously mentioned dream job above!)

Jane O'Connor
Seriously, you knew I had to have that coming.  There's nothing more fitting to Glitter & Giggles than some Fancy Nancy!  I use these books all of the time.  So much in fact, that even my dapper gentlemen are fans! The connection to curriculum is so much fun.  Vocabulary, colorful words in writing, sensory details...there are so many ways to incorporate these books.  We just adore them. That's fancy for really, really like them!

Well there you go! It feels good to be back! See you again real soon.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Potato Head Fun

Ok well obviously I'm not the first one to incorporate the oh so popular spud into the classroom, but I just can't turn down a good theme! For me, it all started with the behavior incentive.  I've been using Mr. Potato Head pieces to collect classroom compliments for a few years and a handful of ideas have developed from there. So we'll start with a freebie...I created this printable to frame and sit beside my potato on my desk. My class begins with a blank spud and shoes and as they receive compliments from others in the hallway, library, etc. we add one piece for each compliment.  When he is complete, we have a potato chip party!

Along the way, I've collected several fun pieces to jazz up my Mr. Check out these sparkly options...
My family visits Disneyworld pretty frequently and the Once Upon a Toy store in Downtown Disney has a ginormous selection of potato parts...

Of course I HAD to have the Potato Peeps set from MelonHeadz!
Now on to the work...I wanted to find more ways to incorporate this fun fella into our work (a few years BP...Before Pinterest) and Mrs. Meacham set us right up in Writer's Workshop. She developed a lesson about the parts of your writing journal (we actually use a writing folder) using this hilarious Tedd Arnold read aloud.

After we read the book (and a handful of giggles), I use my giant stuffed Mr. Potato to talk about "parts." We label his parts with post it notes.  He's a permanent fixture in our room and the kiddos just love him.  A teacher was looking to get rid of him a few years ago and I was happy to adopt! My firsties draw and label his parts.

Next, I introduce our writing folders and discuss it's "parts."  I use the statement,  "Mr. Potato Head has parts and our Writer's Workshop folder has parts" multiple times during our discussion.  This year, after reflecting on the lesson, I wished I'd had a recording sheet for the activity.  As an extension, I'd have the students draw and label the parts of their folder.  I decided to go ahead and whip one up to have ready for next year. Here ya go!

This could be used for so many different lessons. Parts of a book, parts of a friendly letter, parts of a number sentence.  Oh the possibilities! I love it!!

And of course there are other fabulous activities in blog world and on Pinterest that use the Mr. as well!! I found activities on sequencing, the five senses, and a s-mashing book display.  

If you have a fun potato packed activity, I'd love to hear from you.  I'll add it to my spud file!

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Few Classroom Changes...

Well I survived week 1 and I'm gearing up to begin week 2.  I'd hoped to be able to join the teacher week linky and share some classroom photos.  However, my campus was last on the summer floor waxing tour and I didn't get into my building until the week before school.  It was CRA-ZY!! As many of you have seen HERE I totally redecorated my classroom last summer and changed to an owl theme.  So my plans this year didn't include a lot of change but I did update a few spaces.

Update 1 was my calendar / meeting board area.  I was totally inspired by a classroom that Schoolgirl Style decorated and decided to change my area up a bit.   The fab quatrefoil rug was my major investment for the year which I purchased from Overstock.  Here is a pic of the before and after. The tissue poms in the corner are from Party City. The stacked scalloped border is from Mardel.

My calendar headers were frog themed (which is what my room was decorated with 8 years ago!!) and it was time for them to head back to the pond. (aka...the storage closet) I made new month headers in my owl theme. (The months are not available to purchase at this point.)  I didn't just leave it at that though.  I'm currently obsessing with the whole mustache theme, so I added staches to my owls.  I've actually done that on a few things now and I'm lovin' it. 

Update 2 was my built in shelf area.  Although it was fairly organized with my books and math manipulatives, it was the only area in my room with primary colors.  I just couldn't handle it anymore.  I also moved the rug that was in front of my calendar before, to this area and added my daughters outgrown Ikea table.  Wala!!

Here's a closer pic of the upcycled book boxes.  I was not ready to purchase all new boxes, so the pink are spray painted and the blue is duck tape!  

The changes were much needed and are working out great! Hope everyone is off to an excellent start this year.

PS-I totally forgot to mention that I was able to attend the North Texas Blogger meet up a few weeks ago and LOVED it.  The food was fabulous and I was in celebrity blogger heaven!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sarah's Elephants...Adorbs!

Holy cuteness. I just finished up a new classroom decor set and I am just lovin' it!

Ok, let me give you a little background first. Last year our first grade team received a new member. She was a veteran teacher and fit in right away.  I made the Birdies & Bunting set for her.  Well, a few weeks in to the year she was needed in a special needs classroom at our school and was excited to return to her passion.  At that point, we had a 1st grade class with no teacher!!! OMG!  I was so nervous about what we would do. Luckily Sarah, a brand new college graduate, had taken an aide position on our campus at the beginning of the year. She agreed to go take her certification tests and step into 1st grade immediately.  I was so thankful to have her.  But she didn't have the typical first year teacher experience.  Don't get me wrong it was hard tough challenging like all of our first years, but most importantly she didn't get to do all of the things that we get excited about doing in our first classroom. No choosing the theme, decorating the bulletin boards, or setting up the layout.  She basically moved into someone else's room.  I know that it never felt like "hers!"  She wasn't there at the beginning of the year for "Meet The Teacher Night." She didn't get to teach beginning of the year procedures. All of that, while trying to learn the 1st grade content.  I assured her, almost daily, that it would never be that hard again.  And she made it one piece...and doing a great job.  Along the way, she also became a critical asset to our team. Of course she will miss that group, but we were so excited to celebrate the end of school and the completion of her first year of teaching. 

This summer we've been talking about her new room and how she wants to set up and decorate. We checked TPT, looked to Pinterest for a little inspiration, and discussed a handful of themes. While at a training a couple of weeks ago she said, "You know I've really always liked elephants!" And that was that.  I was so motivated. I was going to make exactly what she wanted. We were going to create a set fit for her. 

Now that the set is finished and printed I feel so much excitement for her.  I sent her a picture yesterday of her goodies ready to go.  I hope that it will help make for an amazing 2nd, 1st year of teaching!!

PS- Did I mention that I am IN LOVE with these darlin' elephants too?

Here are the sets added to my tpt...

(Graphics/Fonts By: Erin Bradley, Cara Carroll, Nina's Design Studio, JW Illustrations, DreamlikeMagic, Ms. Talley)

I will post pics of her classroom in a few weeks, once we get it all going.  Be back soon!