Big Ideas for Little Hands: February 2017

Teachers Love Tieks Giveaway

It is almost Valentine's Day, one of my favorite holidays to celebrate! Who doesn't love love!??? As a teacher, though, this time of the year can be the hardest! All of these indoor recesses have my students and me going stir-crazy! If we aren't getting any snow days this year, then I am officially ready for spring! 

 Students AND teachers can use a little bit of extra love this time of year, and I have teamed up with some amazing teacher-authors to show one lucky teacher LOTS of love with...wait for it....a pair of Tieks! (P.S. I LOVE ALL OF YOU, BTW and secretly wish I was the Tieks fairy). Teachers across the country are talking about how stylish AND comfy these shoes are! You can enter the giveaway up to 27 times!!! I'm not kidding! Enter now in the Rafflecopter below! Best of luck! 

 Prize: $200.00 Tieks Gift Card Entry: 

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter! The giveaway runs February 11th-Febryary 16th. The winner will be announced and contacted on February 17th. Co-Hosts: A special thank you to Primary-On-The-Prowl, TeachMagically, XClass to the Rescue, Exceptional Thinkers, Big Ideas for Little Hands, Zippadeezazz, Real Life in First Grade, Socrates Lantern, Spivey Sparks, Sweet for Kindergarten, Mickey's Place, A Spot of Curriculum, Draz's Class, The Watermelon Teacher, Teaching in the Heart of Florida, Mrs. Byrd's Learning Tree, Linda's Learning Loot, 2 Scoops of Kindergarten, Smith's Safari Adventures, Hookster's Ideas, The Best Days, Creative Nerd, M&M Bilingual, A Library and Garden, and Conversations from the Classroom for participating in this fabulous teacher giveaway! Be sure to check out their TPT stores!

Valentine's Day in Kindergarten

Can you believe that it is already February?!?! It seems like it was just New Year's and now we are already a month into 2017. Since it is February, that means Valentine's Day is right around the corner! I am teaming up with some amazing bloggers to bring you some ideas on how we celebrate Valentine's Day in our classrooms and an amazing giveaway, so keep on reading!

One of my favorite books to read for Valentine's Day is Will You Be My Valenswine? It is such a cute story about a little pig looking for a Valentine for Valentine's Day. After we read the story, we make this cute craft and writing activity from Cara Carroll about who our Valenswine is. This one totally melted my heart.

"Mrs. Davis because she is always there for me."

I also send home a note for the children to make Valentine boxes at home as a family project. I love how different and unique they all turn out!

We have been working on Friends of 10 in math and what better way to practice than using Valentine chocolate!!! They love finding different combinations to make 10! To check out more of this fun math activity click here! You can also click on the picture below to grab a copy to use in your classroom!
click here for your FREEBIE!!!!

Another favorite in my room is Flippy Flaps! My kids are obsessed with making this! These are a fun, hands-on, interactive way for kids to learn about Valentine's Day. Take a peek below.
click here to check this out in my TPT store

I hope you got a few fun ideas to use! Now hop on over to Inside Out with Karen and Kelie for some more great ideas and FREEBIES!!!
And don't forget to enter below for some amazing prizes!!! Good luck!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out some great Valentine's Day products to use in your classroom!

Meet Conversations from the Classroom

Hey guys! I'm not sure if you have heard but, start last month, me and some new friends launched a BRAND NEW collaborative blog filled with ideas for all grades! You need to check out this amazing blog! You don't want to miss any of the fun.
Conversations from the Classroom

This month, we decided to do a fun hop so you can meet everyone that is a part of this amazing blog and get to know us a little better. I am Julie. I am a Kindergarten teacher, a mother to a wonderful 13 year old daughter, and a wife to a soldier. Being an Army wife is amazing because we have had the opportunity to live and teach in many different places. Such a great experience!

As part of a get to know us, we decided to each giveaway something fun. Last year, I introduced my kids to Flippy Flaps. Let me just say, they were hooked and begging to make new ones each week! I want to give you a copy of my Valentine's Day Flippy Flaps to use in your classroom! Check it out below!
Now enter below to win a copy for your classroom!

Head on over to meet Michele and enter to win some more goodies!