Currently, Win an autographed book and a $25.00 TPT gift card, no JOKE

I am sitting here Listening to Antenna TV- we live in the country and don't get the best internet so no Netflix, to cheap to pay for DISH, and just love those old show! 

Loving that I actually have one more week of free time in the evenings this week before the "Rat Race" of Track Season begins.

Thinking that these last two days have been such nice warm weather I am really hoping Spring is here to stay so I don't have to wear my winter coat anymore.

I am Wanting to teach my students how to do some of the coding apps teachers have been raving about, but don't have time to learn them so I am teaming up with another teacher so his students can teach mine. I will definitely keep you posted on how that goes.

Needing to get some TPT products finished that I have started. Need some motivation!!

Our school board is actually meeting today to decide if we will add 30 minutes to each day of school. 15 minutes before school and 15 minutes after school. I am really hoping we do it because I am so ready for summer!!

I did play a couple April fools jokes on my students today.  

Go Noodle had a quiz the students had to take to be able to do Brain Breaks today. My kids so fell for this one.  If you have not tried Go Noodle for Brain Breaks you have to check it out. My kids love that the avitar changes after every level you complete. We are on our second one and just started it a few weeks ago. Kids beg for the breaks and they are great!

I also had them searching for the LOOF LIRPA bird that had escaped from a zoo near us. I told them if they called its name Loof Lirpa that it might come and sit on them and that they might be able to catch it and we could take it back to the zoo. It worked really well since we kept seeing a shadow of a bird flying by our window every so often this morning.  They came in from recess and said they saw the bird and called for it but it didn't come. Before they went to lunch I told them to look carefully at the words LOOF LIRPA I had written on the board. One student noticed Lirpa was April backwards so I quickly pointed out the it spelled April Fool backwards. They were all eager to trick their parents about it tonight.

And now for the Spring Giveaway which is no JOKE!  
 A fun, rhythmic, read-aloud book, Grandpa's Tree is the result of a walk through the park with my first grandchild, age three. Picking up an acorn, he stared at it for a moment and came running back. 
"Grandma! Grandpa! Look what I found...a tree-egg!"
Struck by the truth of this innocent declaration, I sat down to write a whimsical tale of a boy who spends time in his grandpa's tree, where he learns some unexpected lessons about life in the tree, thanks to a sly, furry critter.

I approached a teacher friend at my school who recently published a couple of books. I was asking her about purchasing an autographed copy of her book to give away on my blog and she generously donated a copy to give away. Yeah!! I am so excited to help promote her book. It will make a great read aloud and I'm sure your students will absolutely love this book called Grandpa's Tree. This book is written by Sharyl Calhoun, a good friend and colleague at my school, and illustrated by Jennifer Ellingwood who is a daughter of another teacher at my school. You can read more about it here  and order a copy from this link. You may also want to check out her blog which has some creative posts to encourage grandparents and parents to read with children.

I am also giving the lucky winner of the book a $25.00 Teacher Pay Teacher gift card. Please leave a comment below with your email and I will draw one lucky winner next week! Spread the word to your friends and send them on over to comment and have a chance to win too!!


  1. I love GoNoodle! Found you on the "Currently" linkup. ;)

    Daisy Designs

  2. I am SO hoping spring is here to stay... we've had the longest weather EVER and way too much of it for this southern girl ! GoNoodle is so much fun - we've been doing it for the last week & the kids go nuts. Love it! Also, what a fun giveaway & thanks for the chance - :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  3. I love GoNoodle :) and my kids do too. The Loof Lirpa is hilarious! I'll have to remember that for next year.

    The Learning Chambers

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  5. I am so ready for spring! Let's hope the weather keeps getting warmer :)

    Lesson Plans & Lattes

  6. Oh Anita what an amazing giveaway!! :) Thank you SO much for the chance.. I am crossing my fingers : ) Bring on the warm weather and beautiful Spring!!
    Laura Love to Teach

  7. I love GoNoodle also!

  8. Sounds like a great story!!

  9. Isn't it funny that kids always try to trick the teacher and never think we might try to pull somethin on them? Would love to win.

  10. Congratulations on your book!! I would love to win!

  11. LOL My little ones tried to trick me too! So happy your dropped by! Now I can enter this fabulous giveaway!

    Just Wild About Teaching

  12. Agreed!! Bring on the Spring!

  13. This book looks like it would be really cute! I'd love to win a copy of it! I love all the silly April Fools "jokes" my kids try to pull. Eventually I tell them that it works better when the person they are trying to trick isn't expecting it. That always gets wise nods. :)
    andrea . m . lee84 @ gmail . com

  14. Love gonoodle! Kids look forward to it.

  15. Just signed up for GoNoodle. Can't wait to try it!


  16. So excited to find your blog...have bought some of your clip art on TPT, but didn't know you had a blog as well. One more for the reading list!

    Would love a chance to win the gift certificate, obviously!

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com


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