winner announced, plants, and books

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Shabby Apple Giveaway! The Winner is Kelley Dolling from The Idea Factory!! {Be sure to check out her awesome blog!} Congrats Kelley!

Shabby Apple is also offering 10% for a month to all of you! {Use coupon code: teacher10off}

Click the image below to get shopping!

Dresses from Shabby Apple


I am also working on this baby... and I hope to have it finished sometime this month. It will include a series of math, writing, art, and science activities that I am super excited to use in my first grade classroom next year!
Here is a sneak peak of a little art project included in this upcoming unit:

How do you teach about plants in your classroom?  Is there something you are hoping that I'll include?
If you are in need a plant unit now, my friend, Erica, has an awesome one! Check it out {here}!

I also received these in the mail the other day... and I love it when packages come in the mail! {However, all too often, it is stuff for my classroom... OY!} My friend, DeeDee, from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten has started a new business with her husband! It is called The Clever School Teacher and it helps teachers find books based on the "teaching strategy" they are trying to teach! I love it! So many times I have searched the internet for books about "friendship" or "plants" and I have a hard time finding books that I actually want to buy, because I am not sure that they will actually meet the objective that I am striving for. However, with this website, it makes it easy to find books on any teaching subject I want to cover in my classroom! LOVE!!!

The books I bought {BTW: I have had these on my wishlist FOREVER}:
  • Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed {Click Here}: This book is great for a lesson on kindness. I also gave a copy of this book to my darling High School Intern to show her how much we loved having her in our classroom! 
  • Un-Brella {Click Here}: This book has no words, but the pictures are darling! This book shows how important pictures can be in a story.  Towards the end of the year, I will also use this book to teach about the meaning of the prefix "un!"
  • You're Finally Here! {Click Here}: I will read this book on the first day of school! I have already read it to my nieces and nephews and they were all giggles during the whole story! :)

What are your favorite picture books? Please share! I am always looking for good books to buy!


  1. Thanks for sharing about The Clever School Teacher. I've never heard of it, but it sounds awesome! I'm off to check it out now :)

    Congrats Kelly!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  2. Katie: You will love it! It is a teacher's paradise! ;)

  3. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH . . . can you hear me screaming from California? I saw your post pop up on my roll, clicked over just to see what was up, and freaked when I saw my little old name. Thank you so much Lindsey! I am going shopping right now :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  4. Yay Kelley!! Congrats my friend!! I look forward to seeing your plant unit when completed. I love your work. :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. AHHHHHHHHHH KELLEY!! Congrats my dear friend :)


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    PS I'm having a linky and would love for you to join!

  6. Congrats Kelley!!!! I love that the jewelry from Shabby Apple!! Have fun shopping :)

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  7. I adore the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems! My second graders giggle throughout every story! It's too cute when they reread the books to each other :)

    EduKate and Inspire

  8. I blogged about you today . . . thanks again :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  9. You NEED to get First Day Jitters if you don't have it already :) You'll love it!


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