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A Few of My Favorite Things

Do you have certain items that you use in your classroom that you absolutely LOVE?  I would love to hear about them!  These are a few of my favorite things.

Heidi Songs- Oh, my word!  I can't say enough about these songs.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!  I started using them about 5 years ago and I immediately noticed a HUGE increase in my student's ability to read and spell the sight words.

I LOVE my Zune!  It makes it so easy to organize and play all of my music that we use in the classroom.

Flair pens!  Oh, my goodness!  I love these things! 

A lot of you have asked about the lettering on my charts.  One of the secrets is these Project Popperz!  Abby introduced me to these a few months ago and I am in love.  :)   They are super hard to find right now though.  I originally bought mine at Walmart and they have HOT colors like hot pink, lime and turquoise in addition to the traditional colors.



And my Cricut machine.  Oh, my word!  The possibilities are endless when you have some pretty scrapbook paper and this machine.  :)  If you are thinking about getting one DO NOT buy it at a store!  They are way too expensive at stores.  I got my brand new one for about half the price on ebay.

Children's Books...just like shoes!  It doesn't matter how many you have you always want more!

And Sonic Coke!  There are some days when I just can't make it without one!  :)

And now that it is Summer my absolute favorite thing to do is Float in the pool with my two adorable grandbabies, Madison (4) and MacKenzie (2). 
Happy Summer Y'all!

39 comments:

  1. I love flair pens too! And Sonic coke is the BEST! :)

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  2. So cute!!!! :) I'm obsessed with Flair pens because....well.....What teacher isn't?
    -Rachelle
    whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks for the tip! Just ordered one(Cricut) from ebay and promptly removed the one in my Walmart shopping cart! Saved a truck load of money! :)
    Ms. A

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  4. I discovered Heidi Songs this year and I am hooked...an addict! And so are the kids in my class. We start doing her songs and the kids keep saying "again!" and "just one more!" I swear they would skip lunch to keep singing!

    I also love Jolly Phonics! It makes such a difference in the ease and speed of learning letters/sounds! It also gives them so much confidence when writing!

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  5. Never heard of Heidi's songs; they look awesome!! I looked on her website. Which volumes do you use or recommend? I wouldn't be able to get them all, but would love to try one.

    Lisa (coudln't get my google account to sign in)

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  6. and apparently can't spell couldn't

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  7. I LOOOOVE my Cricut too! My hubby got one for me for Christmas last year and I was so happy I cried. Then it sat in the box until JULY! For some reason I was so intimidated by it even though I'm a serious crafter. Finally I checked out some YouTube video tutorials and I've been Cricut crazy ever since!

    http://sunnydaysinsecondgrade.blogspot.com/

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  8. I also LOVE my flair pens! I'm also a BIG Jack Hartmann fan!! We love his songs and Mr. Harry's Kindergarten videos.

    Kathy
    First Grade a la Carte

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  9. Okay, so I'm from Toronto (Canada) and we don't have Sonic Coke up here - what is it?!?! Perhaps I should try it next time I make a trip down to Buffalo?

    Well I absolutely LOVE the Cricut machine, too! I am in the midst of using it to create birthday invites for my kids' b-days coming up this summer. I would have to say, though, that I can't make it through my day without a Tim Horton's coffee - totally a Canadian thing....so if you haven't tried one yet, you must make a trip up to Canada! He he!!! Happy teaching!

    Alessia
    mrsalbanesesclass.blogspot.com

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  10. Sonic is a drive-in and their soda fountain drinks have the little bits of ice, we call "ballpark ice" that is easy to eat! Thanks for the marker (poppers) tip! But, I wanted to ask... in you class library you have colored bins at top middle of shelf with colored Notebooks? or book bags? in them... what are these for??? Thanks for everything..... you are my idol! AMBER

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  11. @Anonymous: I have to admit I have them all...but had none until last fall. Start with Numbers and Shapes Vol. 1 and Letters and Sounds.
    Later you will want to add Numbers 11-20 and Musical Math. Language arts has a lot of great songs too (My class loved the character & setting song). But their favorites were the Sing & Spell Songs! Start with #1 and add as you can!

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  12. Things I can't teach with out: iPod, Lakeshore drying rack, large magnetic teaching easel, cool brew iced coffee concentrate (its a NOLA thing I think) and super sticky post it notes. I agree there are never enough books! I also love Mr. Sketch scented markers and chart paper... the polka dotted ones are my favorite. I can't teach (comfortably) with out my volatile flip flops!

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  13. I am loving those Project Popperz!! Is Walmart the only place that carries them?

    http://lessonplandiva.blogspot.com

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  14. I love the hanging bags and rolling rack I purchased to organize all of the amazing centers I have purchased and printed from the blogs and TpT. I have almost 100 bags hanging on my rolling rack and I smile each time I see it. I even brought it home with me for the summer because my school is under construction over the summer and I would DIE if anything happened to it! My husband thinks that's weird but he just doesn't understand!!

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  15. I agree, I can't live without #1 (Heidisongs) and #5 (my cricut)! I also love the ice at Sonic but in tea instead of coke :)

    Vanessa @pre-kpages.com

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  16. Well...Sounds kind of funny, but I use a lot of clothes pins. I use them for EVERYTHING! I also use a lot of coffee filters. They are good for snacks, sorting small pieces for crafts, easy to throw away, and just the right size for to hold card-stock cut up letters for making words. Love them!

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  17. Do you use heidi's cds or dvds...if cds...can you put them on your playlists? I got dvds,and i love seeing the actions (for the sight words) but i haven't figured out how to skip around for our particular words.

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  18. Is there any teacher out there who doesn't love Sonic drinks and flair pens? I've never met one!

    Morgan
    FantasticFirst.blogspot.com

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  19. I love flair pens too- thought it was just me. So glad to know there are others out there! Everytime I crack out a brand new one it makes me smile. I agree that your lettering on your charts is so pretty- everything you do is pretty! Somehow I doubt the pens will make mine look like yours....Oh, and our nearest Sonic is an hour away but I do love the ice!

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  20. Deanna,
    I recently discovered your blog and I think you are so incredibly talented and an amazing teacher. You and "Babbling Abby" have recharged my batteries and have reminded me how much fun my job is. My students and I had a blast using many of your ideas the last two months of school and I can't wait to get started again in the fall! As for someone writing mean spirited comments...the best response is no response. It is hard....but I can't imagine what it must be like to be filled with so much bitterness (I hope they do not teach school...how sad for their students). So happy summer and keep blogging! My first graders and I think the world of you!

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  21. Flair pens are awesome! Love to write with them! I am now going to look for the Project Popperz.

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  22. You've inspired me to do the same kind of post...Flair Pens are my favorite too! :o) I have you listed as one of my Favorite Things! :o) Happy Summer!

    http://sothentherewere2.blogspot.com

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  23. I would love to purchase some of the Heidi Songs for sight words, but I am unsure of what I need to purchase. I see that it says that the DVD will not work in a CD player. I use my laptop to play my music so I could really purchase the DVD's, but I am not really positive if that is what I need. What do you suggest?

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  24. Deanna,
    I have been following you for a few months now and just love all of your fun and exciting ideas! I am looking for a new theme for our Kindergarten classes next fall. What themes have you used with success?

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  25. My "must haves" are my Dr. Jean cd's and my books!!!! I totally agree...you can't have too many. If only I could reason that statement with my wallet! :)

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  26. Project Popperz are at Target. I have also purchased them at CVS. Office Max has some that are similar.

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  27. Dear Deanna,
    I had not heard of Project Popperz! They will be on my back to school list. I am looking forward to your back to school unit. I am participating in the Math Workstations online book study and getting a lot of ideas from some great blogs (like yours, I might add.) I hope it's alright that I linked your blog to my blog A Teacher's Touch and will be adding it to my website. I know exactly what you mean, you may get 100 great comments but the mean ones still hurt. It happened to me while participating on a listserv a few years ago and I still won't go that website anymore. Have a happy summer, I too am having a ball with my 3(4,4 and 5) year old grand daughters.

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  28. Deanna...I just love your blog! Thanks for all of the great ideas and inspirations! :)

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  29. Hi Deanna...I love your blog and I used many of your ideas in my classroom this year. I know you used to live in Orlando as well. I would have to agree that I too cannot live without my Cricut. The first time I used it was to make a really cute Job board for my jungle room. I'm going to try those project popperz. I've never seen them before. Thanks for inspiring teachers like me!

    http://www.kinderklassroom.blogspot.com/

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  30. I am buying a Cricut but don't know what cartridges to buy. I want to use it in my classroom-can you suggest the cartridges you can't live without. Thanks!

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  31. Adrienne- I love the Disney Font circut cartridge...it is cute and really stands out on a bulletin board.
    Mrs. Jump- Just found your site and LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas! I especially loved the chunk cards. They are darling.

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  32. Adrienne- I don't use the cartidges. I bought a program that lets you use the fonts that are on your computer. It is called Sure Cuts a lot. The Cricut people didn't come up with it so you won't find it in craft stores. I believe you can only order it online.

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  33. RE: Heidisongs- I use the cd's and I LOVE them all! If you have to start with only a few I would choose the ones that have the most sight words that you use in the beginning. :)

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  34. Did you say "grandbabies?" You look twenty something!!!!
    Annie

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  35. I would definatly agree with you on the flair markers, cricut machine, mp3 player and coke(...but DIET for me!)!! The only thing I would add is my laminating machine...priceless!!! I love your site! Thanks for all the awesome ideas :]

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  36. Deanna
    Hi I was looking at buying some of HiediSongs cd/dvd. Which ones do you have and did you by the cd or dvd or both? Like all teachers money is an object but I really like what I see on her sight and want to start with the right ones and build my collection from there. Thanks for your help.
    Leslie

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  37. Ignore my previous post I need to become a better reader. :)

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  38. Where can you find the Project Popperz markers? I have checked Wal-Mart and Staples and I didn't have any luck:-(.
    Ke'Andra

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  39. I found the Project Popperz at Target today.

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