Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Blogging Bash Giveaway!

Welcome to the New Year's Blogging Bash Giveaway! The contest runs until midnight on Saturday, December 31st! The rules are simple and easy:

  • One entry for following all of our blogs. Your comment would look like this: "I follow all 13 blogs."
  • One entry for following all of our TpT stores. Your comment would look like this: "I follow all 13 TpT stores."
One follower will win all 13 PRIZES. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, January 1, 2012!!!!

Here are the 13 fabulous prizes that you could win!

(For more information on a particular prize, click on its thumbnail picture.)

From Erica Bohrer (me) of Erica Bohrer's First Grade:

Click {here} to follow my blog.

Click {here} to follow my TpT store.


From Melissa Freshwater of Mrs. Freshwater's Class:

Click {here} to follow Melissa's blog.
Click {here} to follow Melissa's TpT store.

From the Lesson Plan SOS Teachers:

Click {here} to follow Lesson Plan SOS's blog.

Click {here} to follow their TpT store.


From Donna Glynn of Welcome to Kinderglynn:

Click {here} to follow Donna's blog.

Click {here} to follow Donna's TpT store.


From Rachelle Smith of What the Teacher Wants:

Click {here} to follow Rachelle's blog.

Click {here} to follow Rachelle's TpT store.


From Jodi Southard of Fun in First:

Click {here} to follow Jodi's blog.

Click {here} to follow Jodi's TpT store.


From Lindsey of The Teacher Wife:

Click {here} to follow Lindsey's blog.

Click {here} to follow Lindsey's TpT store.


From Deanna Jump of Mrs. Jump's Class:

Click {here} to follow Deanna's blog.

Click {here} to follow Deanna's TpT store.


From Anna Brantley of Crazy for First:

Click {here} to follow Anna's blog.
Click {here} to follow Anna's TpT store.

From Alessia Albanese of Mrs. Albanese's Kindergarten:

Click {here} to follow Alessia's blog.
Click {here} to follow Alessia's TpT store.

From Michelle Oakes of Fabulous in First:

Click {here} to follow Michelle's blog.
Click {here} to follow Michelle's TpT store.

From Amanda Nickerson of One Extra Degree:

Click {here} to follow Amanda's blog.
Click {here} to follow Amanda's TpT store.

From Cheryl Saoud of Primary Graffiti:

Click {here} to follow Cheryl's blog.
Click {here} to follow Cheryl's TpT store.

*Best of luck to you.

Remember, you get one entry for following all 13 blogs and one entry for following all 13 Teachers Pay Teachers stores.

Please, go to Erica Bohrer’s First Grade Blog  to enter giveaway.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

After Christmas Sale

Well, the holiday season was a success at the Freshwater’s. My momma was home this year for the holidays!!

The holiday season always seems to go by in a flash and although, I love the twinkle lights and holiday cookies, one of my favorite things are the after-Christmas bargains.

after xmas sale

Head on over today and “stock” up!!

Happy Holidays


P.S. I did have someone email me and ask me what grade I teach... I am a special education teacher servicing student’s in Kindergarten and 1st grade. My activities are based on the current needs of my students. (Keep in mind my students fluctuate every year and their abilities are different.)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

P is for Peppermint

Have I ever told you guys how much I love my job?? I work with some pretty amazing individuals. This week, I was chatting with a Kindergarten teacher I work with and she said, “As I was driving to work today I came up for a center activity for you to make…” Well, after a brief chalkboard drawing and some sweet incentives…

“The Peppermint Push” was created.

The Peppermint Push is an engaging activity that will help student's think about the order of spoken sounds in words. The Peppermint Push sound segmentation activity will assist your students to hear the sequence of phonemes in the 42 different C-V-C words included in this packet. The student's will verbally stretch the word’s sounds while pushing a peppermint candy into each of the boxes, one for each sound heard. (i.e. 3 sounds, 3 peppermints)

peppermint push

Head on over to my TPT store and pick it up. I think your student’s will “love” learning how to segment sounds with this “sweet” center.

Always, Melissa

P.S. Thank you Jackie!!! You’re simply The Best!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Happy Holidays TpT Cyber Monday Sale!!!!

Anna Brantley

Rachelle Smith

Natalie Kay

Lesson Plan SOS

Melissa Freshwater

One Extra Degree

The Teacher Wife

Michelle Oakes

Erica Bohrer


Primary Graffiti

Jodi Southard

Are you ready for an awesome Cyber Monday sale on TpT?!?! Many bloggers, including myself, are offering 20% off the products in our stores on top of the TpT 10% discount (use promo code CMS28 at checkout-valid only on Cyber Monday)! You can also enjoy 20% off our products from November 29th- December 1st!!

Happy Shopping to our Sweet Customers!!!

Always, Melissa

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Do you hear the sound of the bell? I do…

One of my favorite books/movies of the Christmas Season is The Polar Express.

polar express book

 Our school does a complete Polar Express Day filled with student’s wearing their Pajamas to school, watching the movie while enjoying hot cocoa and nilla wafers. (mmmmmmmm, I can taste the marshmallows on my lips.)

I decided to create a unit to utilize during the week to get my kiddos ready for the “big” day. My polar express themed packet is 123 pages.

polar express pic

There are 19 different math and 14 different literacy activities.

Some Math activities included are:

  • Patterning
  • Measurement
  • Tally
  • Counting
  • Addition
  • Graphing
  • Ordinal Numbers
  • Time
  • Plus More…

Some Literacy activities included are:

  • ABC Order
  • Sight Words
  • Rhyming Words
  • Emergent Reader
  • Syllable Counting
  • Ending Sounds
  • Beginning Sounds
  • CVC Words
  • Plus More…

To help get you into the spirit I added two freebies for you to enjoy

Polar Express I have… Who Has…

Ihave Who Has PE

Ticket By Ticket




Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice…

Good Evening Everyone!! the Gobble Up Some Goodies Giveaway was a “hit” and Laurie was so excited to find out she was the “winner”. I love surprising people with “good” news.

I wanted to let everyone know my Gingerbread unit has been posted on TPT. This "sweet" packet is filled with 108 pages of various math and literacy activities to complete with your little gingersnaps. Some of the topics covered are:

Number Recognition
Simple Addition
Missing Number
Graphing/Analyzing Data
Odd/Number Sorting

Letter Recognition
Letter Writing
Sight Words
Gingerbread Emergent Reader
ABC Order
Syllable Count
Beginning Sounds
Write The Room (sight words)
Rhyming Words


Here are some freebies to go along with the unit…

How I eat A Gingerbread Cookie Writing Activity


how to eat


All About Gingerbread Bubble Map


I hope you and your little gingersnaps enjoy this unit.

Wishing you nothing but “sugar and spice”.

Always, Melissa

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Giveaway Winner Announced



Comment #133

Laurie Bradshaw said...

I follow Lisa's Kinderland

November 10, 2011 10:47 PM

So excited for you Laurie-

Please contact me within 24 hours at to claim your prize!!!

Thank you all for participating

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gobble Up Some Goodies Giveaway

It’s a Gobble, Up Some Goodies GIVEAWAY! One of my favorite things about blogging is meeting and interacting with amazing teachers from across the United States. I have teamed up with a few of my blogger buddies to host a bountiful giveaway just in time for Thanksgiving.  We are all thankful for you and the support that you have given us on our blogs, pinterest, TPT, facebook, etc.

It’s quite simple to enter. All you have to do is follow each person’s blog and TPT store. Write a comment for each person you follow and a comment once you follow everyone’s TPT store.… That’s 9 chances to win. ( 8 chances for each blog + 1 for following every TPT store)

Write a comment for each blog and TPT store you follow and get a BONUS entry if you blog about this giveaway on your blog or facebook page!

Giveaway ends Tuesday, November 15h, 2011 at 8 p.m. eastern time. The winners will be announced on Tuesday Evening!!

Click on each picture to take you to each blog! WHEN YOU GET TO THE LAST STOP...LEAVE ALL OF YOUR COMMENTS. THE “WINNER” will be chosen from Here (Mrs. Freshwater’s Class)


  • Click on each picture, go to the blog and start following.
  • Click on each TPT page and begin following.
  • Return HERE and leave comments for each blog and one stating you follow everyone’s TPT.
  • If you blog about this giveaway or post on FB. Leave link in a comment for a extra BONUS

fabulous first

over themoonbow

doodle bug


lisa kinderland




Additional Point:

Follow all 8 TPT Stores and leave a comment:

THE “WINNER” will be chosen from HERE (Mrs. Freshwater’s Class)

Don’t forget to leave your comments!!!!

Gobble Gobble Gobble

(That’s Good Luck in Turkey)


Sunday, November 6, 2011

I’m makin’ my list and I’m checking it twice…

Good Afternoon. It is a gorgeous day her in West Virginia. I don’t think it could get any prettier. This has been a weekend full of good friends and ideas. I spent last night reminiscing with a few of my friends from high school. It honestly doesn’t get any better. Oh how I have missed my favorite two gals. H2 you two are simply the BEST!!!!


Holl-ster and Me

I have also been working hard on my

Holiday Units

***Coming Soon***

  • Gingerbread
  • Reindeer Games
  • Polar Express
  • Christmas Elves and More

But need your help- What are some “key” skills you will be

focusing on in December?

Can you email me your wishlist at

I want to “THANK” everyone who has been gobbling up my

Thanksgiving Unit.

 thanksgiving Unit 

I am so excited that you are all enjoying it

and look forward to hearing what your kiddos think.




Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hip, Hip, Hooray for the U.S.A.

I just wrapped up my Veteran’s Day unit.

 vet day

This unit is filled with 18 different math and literacy activities for your heroes to complete during center time.

vet collage

Some key components of this unit include:

  • Beginning Letter Sounds
  • Letter Recognition
  • Letter Writing
  • Sight Word Recognition & Writing
  • Rhyming Words
  • Syllable Counting
  • Independent Reader (sight words, color words, and number words)
  • Ordinal Numbers
  • Ordering by Size
  • Number and Number Word Recognition
  • Number Order(Sequential order)
  • Counting (Basic Addition)
  • Patterns
  • Counting By 10’s

Hope you enjoy!!

Always, Melissa


Friday, October 28, 2011

Spiders and Pumpkins, and Ghosts Oh My!!

The students worked on centers from my Halloween TPT unit.

“Funny Bones”

Students cut and sorted letters



“Spooktacular Sums”

Students read color words, wrote numbers, and completed “simple” addition.



Head on over to my TPT store and snag it up!!! Some activities can be carried over for next week.


Happy Halloween


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gobble till you wobble

Good Evening Everyone- It has been a busy and productive weekend. I have been sorting my cardstock I loaded up on from JoAnn Fabrics- I just could not pass up the $1.99 sale. I am motivated and very eager to get my November, December and January Centers completed and uploaded as soon as possible.

I just wrapped up my 120 page Thanksgiving Unit and posted it to my TPT site. It is filled with 27 different Thanksgiving themed activities for your little turkeys.


There 14 different math activities and 13 different literacy activities. Some of the key skills include


  • Patterns
  • Addition
  • Number Recognition and Writing
  • Size Order
  • Counting
  • Ten Frames
  • Number Order
  • Number Word Recognition
  • Counting By 10's


  • Letter Writing and Recognition
  • Color Word Recognition
  • Sight Word Activities
  • Beginning Sounds
  • Syllable Counting
  • Letter Sorting
  • CVC words
  • Writing

This unit will be able to be implemented all throughout the month of November to reinforce "key" skills the students are learning in the classroom.

Head on over to my TPT store and “gobble” it up!!! Remember my store is on sale till Tuesday!! Stop back this week for pictures from the unit!!

thanksgiving Unit

I am having trouble uploading my Unit 1 and 2 Scott Foresman Activities as soon as I reconvert I will try to upload again-Sorry for the delay. Technology is not cooperating this evening.

Blessings of fun,


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Trick or Treat?

Hello Everyone- I decided to celebrate


and host a 10% off sale in my TPT store. This is no trick so head on over and grab a few treats for your classroom.

My entire store is 10% off through Tuesday!!!

Sale starts 10-22 and ends 10-25

punki3     corn  candy6

Always, Melissa

Thursday, October 20, 2011

By Popular Demand


I had a few requests for my I SPY recording sheets with “words” added- You can download all three with a click of a button.

i spy words

I spy bottle

I spy 2

Enjoy- Melissa

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