Monday, March 9, 2015

St. Patrick's Day!!

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a restful weekend. Mine was filled with errands, packing, moving, engagement photos, and so on. No rest for the weary...and let's not even talk about the time change. I'm 12 kinds of behind on sleep! :( I am desperately trying to stay ahead of the game and be a week to 2 weeks planned out. For some of you, this may be a part of your weekly routine....but for me - this NEVER happens. I am living in the moment and finishing my plans for the week, usually on Sunday night!! Well, next week we are gearing up for St. Patrick's Day! And while I'm not ready yet, Gertie is...
She cracks me up. Such a diva!
We are working on our Leprechaun Traps to catch the sneaky leprechaun that's been visiting our classroom and leaving footprints. This family project can be found in this unit...
We will also be graphing Lucky Charms, learning about Roy G. Biv, and making Leprechaun Punch. My students LOVE leprechaun punch. Afterwards, we sequence our steps and write about it. 
This great idea is from DeAnna Jump's St. Patrick's Day unit. You can find that {here}. Several of you have been asking me about this photo...
And WHERE you can find the patterns. While I would LOVE to take credit for this, I stole this brilliant idea (and patterns) from April at Chalk Talk who got the idea from Kim Jordano. She so kindly posted the patterns on her blog and you can grab them {here}. I hope that helps everyone!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Teachers are Heroes TpT Sale!!!

Yep! We love teachers and if you love a teacher, you know how hard and dedicated they are to their kiddos! Teachers are heroes and TpT knows it too! To celebrate, they are throwing a site wide sale TODAY - February 25th! Not only will everything be 20% off, but you can add a sweet promo code for an extra 10% off too! Just enter the code: HEROES at checkout. Yahoo!! So empty those wish lists friends and head on over to shop. Remember...
You can visit my TpT shop {here}. Happy shopping and thank you to ALL of the teachers out there....for your continuous hard work and dedication. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Winner winner, Chicken dinner...a Valentine Day recap!

Hey ya'll. I'm back with the winners to our fabulous "Love is in the Air" giveaway. As you all know, I teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to give away a 16GB iPad air! Yahoo! All of the bloggers, who participated, joined in by giving away some type of techie prize. There was much up for grabs! 
Congratulations to Cori Blubaugh who won the iPad!!!!! I'm so excited for her - - yet, jealous! ha On my blog, I was giving away a $25 iTunes gift card. The lucky winner of that giveaway is.....
Thanks to everyone who entered! I didn't have too many entries...because I realized (a few days into the giveaway) that my rafflecopter was messed up. Sorry about that. I set up my blog post in a hurry and set the date of the giveaway wrong. Oops! Speaking of "Love in the Air," there was lots of it at my school. Makes me happy :) 
Will you BEE my Valentine? Here's a glimpse of my classroom door.
We had lots of fun Literacy & Math work stations going on. You can find these (and more) in my Valentine unit on TpT.
We had a fun Ice Cream Social in lieu of a Valentine Party. Students had to have friends sign off on each of their items before they could collect their ice cream supplies. For example: if they wanted sprinkles, they had to find a friend with a pet dog. This great handout can be picked up {here}. 
Here are the Valentine gifts I gave my students and teacher friends! :) Students each received a pack of oreos and a valentine themed straw (picked up at Target) with a tag that said, "Valentine...we go together like milk & cookies!" I also gave out a box of brownies to my friends with a rubber spatula. Their tag read, "Shooting for brownie points!" They went over well! Everyone loved them. The tags were picked up online for free and I just printed them on cardstock and attached with ribbon. I hope everyone felt the love on Valentine's Day. Thanks for entering our "Love is in the Air" giveaway. Hugs!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Love is in the air...

Hey friends!!! Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I've teamed up with some awesome bloggers to spread the LOVE. We are giving away a 16GB iPad Air 2!! What?!?! I'm so excited - - I want to enter and try to win it myself!! Not only that, all of the bloggers who have teamed up together, are giving away additional prizes on each of their blogs. You can win things from Amazon and iTunes gift cards to a Document Camera and an Osmo.

You can enter to win the iPad Air 2, here:
a Rafflecopter giveawayI have decided to giveaway a $25 iTunes gift card to one of my fabulous followers. You will certainly want to use this gift card to purchase apps for your new iPad - - if you're the lucky winner!
You have 4 chances to enter. Simply follow Eberhart's Explorers on Facebook, Instagram, TpT, and bloglovin'. All giveaways are open for entries until February 14th at midnight. What are you waiting for?
a Rafflecopter giveawayMake sure you visit all of the other fabulous bloggers that are participating. You'll want to enter to win their prizes, too!

Thank you for being such faithful followers. Good luck to everyone and much love to you all!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! TpT Sale

Happy New Year!! My friends and I at Blog Hoppin' are having a New Year's Eve/Day Sale!! Everything in my store is 20% off through midnight, tomorrow. Enjoy your celebrations tonight and stay safe. Remember....

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale!

A special thanks to Rachel Lamb for the sweet graphic :)

Check off your wish lists, 
Fill up your carts....
Because Cyber Monday 
is when the deals start!

Head on over to my TpT store to receive 20% off of all of my products. Don't forget to enter the code: TPTCYBER for an extra 8% off, site wide. Happy Shopping!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Because sitting on the shelf is SO 2012!!

Hey friends! I'm back and pretty proud of myself. While it's lame that I only did ONE day of Blog Hoppin's linky party, I'm pretty happy that I'm at least blogging twice in one week!! ha December is literally RIGHT around the corner and I'm getting ready for Monday's elf visit. I know EVERYONE is familiar with Elf of the Shelf and the brilliant role it plays in classroom management. If your students are anything like mine, they are out of control rather challenging during the month of December. ;-) And the elf is the PERFECT solution. Now, I know what you're thinking.....I don't have time for that?!?! How do I stage him each day?
Here are some easy solutions for you and ways to position your elf, that will literally send your students over the edge with excitement....but pull them in on behavior, too (because he is watching, don't forget)! 
While my students are at lunch or taking a bathroom break, I have my assistant (or myself) stage the grand entry. Last year: I cracked the window, left Santa's hat and a few bells, and sprinkled snow all around. 
I even scattered snow around the classroom, so it would appear that Santa had been walking around. You must have detail....students pay attention to detail! ha And the more you do and more realistic it looks, the less questions asked! ;-)
I use this Insta Snow mix. You just add water and it expands 100 times it's original size. It feels like real snow....very soft and even COLD! Which just adds to the magic of it all. This was picked up at Cracker Barrell last year but can be purchased anywhere really. Click here to order it off of Amazon. 
Here is what Santa left: an official letter explaining the elf, Mr. Elf himself, The Elf on the Shelf book, and in the bag...some reindeer food (oatmeal and glitter). I read the letter and the book, and we talk ALLLL about the Elf and what his name should be. Then, we pass out the reindeer food and talk about how to sprinkle it on your lawn to guide the reindeer in. After that, I get started. Each day, I look for a new and creative way to position my elf. Here are some of the fun things I've come up with. 
Every elf needs a sick day - right?!?!
Jingles enjoyed some elf sized doughnuts (cheerios, peanut butter for icing, and sprinkles in a matchbox) and brought the class Krispy Kreme to enjoy! At least he shares...
The Abominable Snowman was spying on Jingles and caught him! I picked this guy up at Hobby Lobby last year. 
1. Jingles was a villain and the Superheroes rescued us (mask is from American Girl's Bitty Bear)
2. Jingles making a snow angel out of sprinkles (MUCH easier to clean up vs. flour)
3. Jingles got into Miss Eberhart's stickers
1. Jingles lassoed some cattle (made from pipe cleaner) and brought us a book to read, The Gingerbread Cowboy
2. Jingles decided to roast marshmallows (toothpick and mini marshmallows)
3. Jingles got into our letter magnets
Jingles took a hot air balloon ride around the classroom (made from paper lantern, curly ribbon, and a clear cup)!
Calgon...take Jingles away!

Well, I hope you've gathered some new ideas and I've convinced you to do Elf on the Shelf, if you don't already. I promise it is worth the mayhem and your students will love it! You can follow me on Pinterest and see all the great Elf pins I've pinned. Just click the image below. 
Stay tuned. I'll be back with more ideas and pictures of my elf THIS year. I can't wait for my explorers to meet him on Monday!