Dec 17, 2014

Polar Themed Color-by-Number FREEBIE


I've got something up my sleeve...
{wink}
Something just for you!

But to find out what the surprise is, you'll have to download this new, fun, FREE, Color-by-Number activity to use with your winter or Polar habitat theme. 
The surprise is revealed in the download!

As I always tell my kiddos, "Sneaky, sneaky, Mrs. Castle!
Gotta keep you on your toes!"


~Til next time

Dec 14, 2014

Away in a Manger Emergent Reader

This may just be my most favorite things
that I've made yet! 
"Away in a Manger" is my kids' favorite Christmas carol. 
There's nothing I love more than listening to their little toddler voices singing it.

You can get it HERE!

~Til next time

Merry Christmas Giveaway Winners!

Congrats to the 5 (+ 2 BONUS) 
winners chosen by random.org!



Thank you everyone for entering - 
if you didn't win, don't feel sad!
I will have a HUGE FREEBIE surprise available
for everyone during the last week of December!

~Til next time

Dec 6, 2014

Merry Christmas Giveaway!

Merry Christmas my friends!

This Christmas, I am thankful for many things, 
including all of YOU, my faithful followers. 
I wouldn't be typing away right now if it wasn't for 
all of your support and encouragement.

So here's what I want to do...
One week from today,
I'm going to give away 5 prizes!

Grand Prize: 
$50 in The Barefoot Teacher products AND a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card

2nd Prize: 
$25 in The Barefoot Teacher products AND a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card

PLUS
3 additional $10 Amazon.com Gift Card prizes!

So...of course you're wondering...
what do I need to do???
That's it! That's all you have to do.
*Please note* that you enter the giveaway on my fb fan page, not on my blog page.

And on December 13, at 8:00pm central time,
I will assign every comment a number
and use an online random number
generator to pull 5 numbers.
I will check to make sure they have followed steps
1 & 2 and then those 5 winners
will be announced and contacted via Facebook.

Good luck, my friends!
And thanks for all of your support.

~Merry Christmas
    

Nov 23, 2014

Mrs. Claus' Cookies are here!

Yum, yum, yum!
Help Mrs. Claus count cookies for Santa!
(Also available in Spanish.)
This book includes counting numbers 0-11 and practices the words: how, many, are, & there.

The following repetition is used:
"How many cookies are there? 
There are ____ cookies."
The perfect addition to your classroom Christmas activities!
You can get it here: Claus' Cookies Emergent Reader
Enjoy!

~Til next time

Nov 4, 2014

November Quick Prints Released Today!

I know that this is the time of year when teachers have a ton of things to do...
Unexpected sick days start to pop up. 
Conferences and meetings start piling up.
The days (and nights) seem longer and longer.

So I created something quick and easy for you to print in a hurry.
These 45 quick-print activity sheets are just what you need for the month of November. Use them when you're in a bind, put them in your sub tub, plan them for center work, or send them home as homework.
They cover a variety of concepts in both Math and Language Arts. 
No preparation is needed-just print what you want, make your copies, and you're all set.
I'm really excited about using these-
hope you like them too!

~Til Next Time

Jul 26, 2014

The Barefoot Teacher Products & Starbucks Giveaways!

It's time to celebrate YOU!

At the same time, my 
and 
hit 1,000 followers!
Let's be real, I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for you- my inspiring, creative, & incredibly funny? (yes, some of you are very much so!) fans.
That sounds to me like enough reason to celebrate! {wink}

So here's what we're gonna do...
One week from today,
I'm going to give away 7 prizes!

Grand Prize: 
$50 in The Barefoot Teacher products AND a $10 Starbucks Gift Card

2nd Prize: 
$25 in The Barefoot Teacher products AND a $10 Starbucks Gift Card

PLUS
5 additional $10 Starbucks Gift Card prizes!

So...of course you're wondering...
what do I need to do???
That's it! That's all you have to do.
*Please note* that you enter the giveaway on my fb fan page, not on my blog page.

And on August 2nd, at 8:00pm central time,
I will assign every comment a number
and use an online random number
generator to pull 7 numbers.
I will check to make sure they have followed steps
1 & 2 and then those 7 winners
will be announced and contacted via Facebook.

Good luck, my friends!
And thanks for all of your support.

~Til next time
     

Jul 9, 2014

Goin' to Vegas!


for the first ever TpT Conference 2014: Supercharge Seller Success! 

And while I'm there, you have a chance to
WIN $50
in credit to my store!

Here's how...
Take a real good look at my toes above.
(I should mention I used my favorite Sally Hansen Insti-Dry nude nail polish along with a lucky accent polish called "JACKPOT!")

Are you going to Vegas for the conference too?
If you can find my feet while I'm in Vegas,
I'll give you $50 to spend in my store!
Just mention this blog post.

Happy Hunting!

~Til next time
    






Jun 20, 2014

Grand Opening - The Barefoot Teacher Shop

I know it's been awhile since I last posted, but I promise I've been busy making it worth it! 

Introducing...
The Barefoot Teacher

And for a limited time, I'm giving YOU this coupon for $5 off of your purchase of $25 or more. 
So go ahead and start filling up that shopping cart...
don't forget to add in the FREEBIES too!
Hurry quick because this offer doesn't last long-
it expires June 30, 2014

Happy shopping!
~Til next time
   

May 13, 2014

Cinderella Story Telling Magnet Sets

Eeeeeek!
They are here!


I have been waiting for 8 business days to get this package, lol! 
Want to see what's inside? Take a peek...


What is this you ask? 
Why, it's my newest line of teacher resources!

I am so incredibly excited to announce 
(drum roll please!)...
my Story Telling Magnet Sets!

I am starting this new product out small, 
with just one theme of Cinderella. 

But don't worry, I already have other themes 
made and ready to go...I'm just waiting a bit longer to release them.

Where did this idea come from you might ask?
I'm not sure really! 

I was sitting around adoring my favorite Melonheadz graphics when I starting thinking about how cute they would be to play with on the fridge. 

Next thing I knew, I was daydreaming about how much fun my own kids would have building magnetic scenes...if only there was a way to do this.  Then, (since I am a teacher you know!) 
I started brainstorming ways that I could tie an activity like that into my own classroom. 

Before long, I was on the computer...
making, creating, researching, and ordering! 

Fancy up a cover page and now here they are...
 all ready for your own kids or students to enjoy!
 Check it out here!

And the best part about it is that I paired it with my Cinderella themed bundle of math & literacy activities. You can get it all! Something to download now, and something to receive in the mail later...simple as that!

Purchase of this magnetic set includes the themed magnets, a corresponding sentence recording activity, and 10 math/literacy activities to download. 

It's 170+ pages for your kiddos to enjoy!

Let me also mention, these magnets are WATERPROOF
Yup, thought that out ahead of time...
Snotty nose? No problem! 
Spilled drink? Easy to wipe off!
The Cinderella graphics are full vivid color on a smooth, waterproof, vinyl magnet. 
You can use them on your refrigerator, magnetic whiteboard, cookie sheets, filing cabinet, or any other magnetic surface. 
Once your kids are done building a scene, have them practice building sentences with the 48 included magnetic words. Capitalized words and punctuation marks are also included. 
After creating a few sentences they like, they can record it on the corresponding activity sheet. 

Use these for story re-telling, sequencing, verbal communication, visual literacy, narration, and more! Perfect for your Cinderella or fairy tale themed literacy centers.

Become a follower to watch for more magnetic sentence building themes to come in the near future!



~Til next time
         

Mar 10, 2014

10 St. Patrick's Day Books for Kids

Next week is SPRING BREAK! 
So a lot of activities I have planned for this week
are geared around St. Patrick's Day.

Pinterest has more than enough 
craft and snack ideas.
What I needed were some good books.

Here's what I found-
(there's more than what you'll need!)
Pick out what your class will love best...
by Greg Foley

Bear and Mouse are looking for luck. Four-leaf clover luck. Will they find it? Monkey says there's no such thing. Turtle thinks it'll take took long. And Groundhog wonders if they'll be unlucky if they can't find one. Suddenly Bear isn't sure if he should keep looking or give up...until Mouse sees something unusual.

by Ivan Robertson

It's St. Patrick's Day, and Jack Mouse is visiting his cousin Sean in Ireland. Sean tells Jack about the myth of leprechauns, and Jack is determined 
to catch one for himself!

by Lucille Colandro

She's back! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Now she's swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow 
to hide a pot of gold!

by Eve Bunting

Rabbit is growing shamrocks in a pretty yellow 
pot-he's getting them ready for St. Patrick's Day so he can wear them for the parade! When his pot of beautiful green shamrocks goes missing, he goes searching...will he find them in time?

by Teddy Slater

The St. Patrick's Day parade is off to a very fine start. The Leprechaun family is marching with lots of heart! Share in their dancing, share in their fun. You'll have the luck of the Irish when this day is done! Top o' the morning! It's March 17th, and the Leprechauns are gathered for their favorite day of the year. Join them as they celebrate St. Patrick's Day with music, dancing, and a parade!

(Bright Baby Touch and Feel)
by Roger Priddy

Kids of all ages can't resist reaching out to 
touch and feel textures in books! This touch-and-feel book features pages full of traditional St. Patrick's Day images, such as shamrocks, harps and parades, and more!

by Kathryn Heling

Count from one to ten as one little leprechaun looking for his treasure turns into ten leprechaun friends at the end of the rainbow!

by Big Red Balloon

Little Jilly wants one thing for St. Patrick's Day...that's to be 100% pinch proof! But Jilly has a BIG lesson to learn before she can get what she wants.
Children will love this e-book about mischievous Jilly who over thinks the St. Patrick's Day tradition of pinching people who are not wearing green!

by Lorna Balian

Ninny Nanny and Gram decide to catch a leprechaun and use his pot of gold to solve their problems. 
But finding the fortune is a lot of work!

by Mercer Mayer

When Little Critter finds a penny on the ground 
and picks it up, he thinks he will have a week of good luck. Boy, is he wrong! See what he can do to turn his luck around.

~Til next time