Big Ideas for Little Hands: August 2016

Oceans of Steals, Deals, and Giveaways

I am teaming up with some amazing friends this week to bring you our final round of Oceans of Steals, Deals, and Giveaways! Trust me, this is an event that you don't want to miss! There will be new deals, steals, and giveaways every day next week so stop by my Facebook and Instagram page for all of the fun!

Let me give you a little preview so you know what you can expect each day.

Monday you will definitely want to stop by for some $1 deals! Now that's a deal that you can't say no to. I will have 2 BRAND NEW products listed on sale Monday only for $1! You can check them out below. You can also search on TPT using #ManicMonday to find all of these great $1 deals!

Tuesday is half off day! I will have 2 products on sale for 50% off Tuesday only.  I am offering two Flippy Flaps for 50% off. You can check them out below. You can also search on TPT using #Two4Tuesday to find all of these great 50% off deals!


I think Wednesday is the best day ever!!! Who doesn't love FREE!!! This will be a surprise so you will have to check my Facebook page throughout the day. I will have multiple Flash Freebie deals throughout the day. But hurry, these deals will be gone in a Flash! Use #WildWednesday to find these flash freebies on TPT.

It's bundle Thursday! I will have one of my bundles on sale for 20% the already reduced price! This is a deal you don't want to miss! You can check out the bundle below. You can also search on TPT using #ThankfulThursday to find all of these great bundle deals!

Short A Word Family Interactive Notebooks Bundle

Friday is Giveaway day!!!! You can enter to win tons of git cards! Check back on this post on Friday to enter below or check out my Facebook page to enter there too!

Hope you will be able to find some amazing deals this week! We hope you have enjoyed our summer filled of Oceans Steals, Deals, and Giveaway! And check below for all of the other amazing deals from amazing sellers!

August Pinterest Pick 3

Hey! I'm back and linking up with some amazing bloggers for this month's edition of Pinterest Pick 3!

I cannot believe that summer is over! I started back to trainings last week and kids start back on Auguest 15th. When do you start back? This month I am bringing you some activities that you can do the first week of school to help you get back into the school mode.

Ideas for Using Chrysanthemum on the First Day of School {FREEBIE} - First Grade Blue Skies:

I absolutely love reading Chrysanthemum during the first week of school. It is a great way to talk about each others names and also how we should treat each other. So many great concepts to go over the first week in the story. First Grade Blue Skies has so many great activities to go with this book! You could use this book for the entire week with all of her wonderful activities!


One big focus in Kindergarten is learning their name. They have to learn to recognize it, write it, and spell it. Cara Carroll has a page filled with so many amazing ideas to use to teach students their name. These are all fun, engaging, and interactive ways to teach their name. I am so excited to use many of these activities during the first week of school!

Blog Hoppin': Back to School: Establishing Classroom Community:

One thing I want to focus more on this school year is building a classroom community. One thing I plan to implement this year is a morning meeting time to help start our day off right and with the sense of community and belonging. I also love this banner idea. Have the students come up with a few simple rules and let the students decorate the banners to hang in the classroom so they can take ownership over the rules. Definitely going to try and do this during the first week of school!

I’m linking up up with some blogging friends, Ashley at Just ReedLisa at Pawsitively Teaching and Marissa at Inspired Owl’s Corner for the monthly Pinterest Pick 3 Party! Look for more great ideas below. Now head on over and check out some more amazing pins to use this month!

Summer Reading Stash: Classics

I cannot believe this is our last week of our Reading Stash Hop. I have been having a great time sharing some amazing books with you this summer and I hope that you have found lots of books to add to your classroom library. This week we are bringing you some classics. I absolutely love teaching with classics. There is so much good literature and sometimes we skip over the classics for the newest books. But let's take a look at some amazing classics!

1. The Giving Tree

This was one of my favorite books growing up. I think I had it memorized by 1st grade. It is still one of my favorite books to this day. And who can honestly say that they can read this book without tearing up at the end? I don't think I could. This book has so many concepts that you can teaching about caring and compassion and helping others. Great book to read at the beginning of school or during a morning meeting! I found this cute idea and absolutely love it! I think I want to make a big tree for our classroom about things that we can give to each other! Love this! Click the picture for more details.

2. Stone Soup

I love reading this story around Thanksgiving time. We discuss our nutrition unit around Thanksgiving and I always add this story in to the unit. Before we read the story, we talk about our favorite soups and waht ingredients they have in them. Then we read Stone Soup and we make our own soup together as a class. I found this cute craft and may have to add this to my lesson too. Check it out below!

3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This is such a fun story to teach about the letters. It's a fun rhyme and the kids catch on quick and you will hear them reciting the story over and over. At the beginning of the school year, we learn one letter a day in an ABC Bootcamp. After we have learned all 26 letters, we have a big Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Day and celebrate learning all of our letters. We make these adorable Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees for a snack and these cute hats to wear. This is a day that I love doing and such a fun way to celebrate all that the students have learned!

4. Danny the Dinosaur

This was my husband's favorite book growing up so I am actually going to turn this part over to him. Now this is his first blog post so go easy on him :)

Hello internet.  Julie asked me to pick the classic kindergarten book that I loved most and I couldn't not pick this classic that share my dad and my first name.  I probably read it 500 times between my 1st and 5th grade years because it captured my imagination about living literally larger than life.  I bet at least half of your kinders want a friendly dinosaur to walk them home every day.. 

Thanks babe! I think he is a keeper :) My kids love learning about Dinosaurs! It's probably one of their favorite topics all year! There are so many things that we do with Dinosaurs but I'll try to pick our favorite. We love measuring dinosaur feet and seeing how big dinosaurs were. Check it out below.

5. The Snowy Day

I love reading this story when we have our first snowfall. We do not get snow that often so when we do it is a very big deal! This story is about a boy who goes outside in the snow and does different activities in the snow. We always talk about things that we like to do in the snow and compare what we like to do in the snow to things that Peter likes to do in the snow. After we make our list, we make this cute Peter craft and put our text to self connection at the bottom. This idea came from Deanna Jump.

I hope you have found some great books during our summer hop. Now head on over to Just Add Students for some more great classics!

And head on over to Katie's page to thank her for hosting this amazing hop!!!

To end our Reading Hop with a bang, we are also hosting an amazing gift card giveaway! Enter below!!!

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