Saturday, August 6, 2016

Back To School Freebie Giveaway!

Here at Shining and Sparkling in First, school starts in 10 days! The Countdown is on and to celebrate, we’re giving away a different free product every day for the next ten days! Starting on 8/6, check out our FREE DOWNLOAD listed at the top of our TPT store. It will change daily and it will be one of our fantastic resources that have NEVER been offered for free before. You don’t want to miss a single day!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Early Finishers FREEBIE

What do you do with those students who ALWAYS finish early?  From the very first day of school in my very first year of teaching, I’ve struggled with what to do with my fast finishers.  I’ve tried just about everything, but nothing worked well enough to become a routine or an established practice in my classroom.  I always felt like I was punishing the students who finished early by giving them something monotonous to do.  So, two years ago, I decided enough was enough and I worked to come up with a solution that would challenge my fast finishers and maintain their interest, yet still hold them accountable for their extra learning. 
So, after MUCH thought, time, and hard work, I created Tired Teacher Timesaver Early Finisher Packs.  These packs are 20 pages of math and language arts NO PREP printables designed with first graders in mind.  The skills reviewed are directly related to the common core and reflect first grade curriculum goals.  Each packet was designed with the seasonal themes and holidays occurring each month, with cute graphics to match.  I also worked hard to ensure that the skills I reviewed would challenge my students without overwhelming them. I even created a special cover sheet! Click on any of the pictures for a closer look.
Every month I have the packets copied front/back and stapled in packets with the cover sheet.  Then, I hand these packs out as students finish their work early.  The students keep these packets in their desks to pull out and work on when they have a few minutes to spare.  These are not packets the students can just breeze through.  Each page often involves multiple steps.  I make a big deal and celebrate the students who complete the packets. 
The skills become progressively more challenging as the school year progresses.  The pack for August is basically a kindergarten review, while July’s packet is an end of first grade review.  Here’s a look at a few of the pages you’ll find in these packs.  Click on any of the pictures to view the entire packet.
While these are designed as Early Finisher Packs, many teachers have told me they use them for morning warm-ups, homework, summer skill review, and a variety of other uses.  The possibilities are endless!
In conjunction with TPT, I’m happy to announce a LIMITED TIME FREEBIE!  I’ve reached an important milestone in my creative sharing opportunity with Teachers Pay Teachers and I’m celebrating by offering my April Early Finishers Pack for FREE!!!!!  Click on the picture to download it today before time runs out!  While you’re downloading, be sure to check out my other Early Finisher Packs!  They are all on sale for a limited time only!

Friday, December 13, 2013


If you are looking for an affordable way to spoil your students this Christmas, then you have come to the right place.  How about a Christmas coupon book? 
Last year I gave these out and my students LOVED redeeming them throughout the rest of the school year.  It was really cute to see who spent them all in the first week and who saved them right up until the end of the school year.  Those coupons sure did burn a whole in the pocket of some of my students. 
This book of coupons is completely free and you’ll only have to print, cut, and staple to prepare your booklet.  The following five coupons along with a cover page are included:
  • No homework pass
  • 20 Minutes free computer time
  • Eat lunch with your teacher
  • Switch seats with a friend for the day
  • Bring a stuffed animal to school
I have updated the coupons with an expiration date of "last day of school" and I have changed my name to “your teacher.”  The pictures shown are from last year, since I’m currently on maternity leave and won’t be seeing my students this Christmas. Just click on the picture above to download the coupons. 
Since I love all that glitters, I also gave my students a set of sparkly pencils with a cute gift tag. 
Again, I have changed the date to 2015.  Feel free to click on the pic to download your free set of gift tags!
Time for me to get back to my sweet bundle of joy who is one month old today!!! OMG, where is the time going??
Disclaimer:  This post is a blast from the past and basically an update of a post I wrote last year after receiving requests to change the datesSmile

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday and A Special Delivery

Hooray! Tomorrow is Cyber Monday and I know I’ll be glued to my computer/phone/tablet trying to snag some good deals. Did you hear that Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale?  All day Monday 12-2 and Tuesday 12-3, you can save up to 28% off every item in my store!  Woo hoo!  Be sure to enter the promo code CYBER at checkout to receive the full 28% discount!  Click on the picture below to head to my store.

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Just added to my store is a resource I’ve been working on for my classroom for quite a while.  I’ve created a student dictionary for my students to keep in their desks to use as a spelling helper.  They use this dictionary when they write and they add to it as new words are introduced in class.  Anytime I introduce new spelling words or word wall words, the students highlight them or write them in their dictionaries.  Included in this book are the first 300 Fry words and the first 220 Dolch words.  Click the picture below to check it out!


And I’ve saved the best for last!  I gave birth to my precious baby girl three weeks ago!  She is absolutely perfect and I’ve been enjoying my time at home with her and her brother.  So, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been for the last nine months, the answer is “pregnant.”  Now I’m just loving every second I get with my sweet family. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School Sale

Has school started yet for you?  Whether you’ve already met your new students or you’re lucky enough to go back after Labor Day, this is the perfect time to stock up on your teaching resources!  Tomorrow and Monday, August 18th and 19th, everything in my store will be 20% off.  But wait, it gets better…if you enter the promotional code BTS13, you’ll receive an additional 10% off.  Wow!  Huge savings!  The next sitewide sale won’t be until November, so don’t wait! Click the picture above to head right over to my TpT shop to stock up for the school year ahead.
For all of you who use my HM Theme Resource Packs, I have great news!  I’ve finally finished Theme 10 and it’s in my TpT shop.  Click on the picture to check it out.
Now that Theme 10 is complete, I was able to put together two new HM bundle packs.  Click on either of the pictures to have a look.
I CANNOT wait to empty my wish list right into my shopping cart tomorrow morning!  I have at least 20 things I’ll be purchasing!  Don’t forget to use the promotional code BTS13.  Happy shopping!