Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kwik Stix

Looking to make a simple birthday gift or "just because" gift for a loved one?  Go with a mess free craft with Kwik Stix and Michael’s!  

Kwik Stix are the mess free alternative to traditional paints. These tempera paint sticks are gluten, egg, nut, soy, and dairy free and need no prep nor cleanup. Kwik Stix applies wet and dries in 90 seconds or less with a paint like finish, working on paper, canvas, wood and more!

Create a great fun gift in minutes with Kwik Stix and a wooden picture frame (with a dowel for standing), all available at Michael’s! We chose red, white, pink, neon pink and metallic pink Kwik Stix for this project.

After you’ve gathered your materials, get to decorating! We went with a striped pattern, and used the white space to add polka dots.

Now all that’s missing is the perfect photo! Pick up both Kwik Stix and a wooden frame at Michael’s in store or online at


*I was sent the above Kwik Stix paint sticks in exchange for a blog post.  I have used these sticks for many years and really enjoy them.  All opinions in this post are my own.*

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sunday 6 February 18

Last week my student teacher taught a Math lesson reviewing addition and subtraction and she incorporated this bowling game.  She decided to leave it for the kids to play during indoor recess and they loved bowling with the cups as well as making towers!  I like it because it's a quiet alternative to those traditional plastic bowling sets! 

I was just getting over the stomach bug in time for Valentine's Day, so Mr. Wheeler and I didn't do much.  He did surprise me with my favorite chocolates (which is all I ever want for Valentine's Day) AND some Sephora gift cards!  Bonus this year!  I got him a puzzle, a Chipotle gift card, and some candy.

I finally uploaded just my "Sentence Rubric" by itself.  It's part of my "Cut, Glue, Write" Sentence Bundle, but many were asking for a separate listing for it.  Click below to get it and be amazed with the sentences your little ones start writing.  Enjoy!

After years fighting with anchor charts everywhere, I finally came up with a solution.  This is a magnetic curtain rod and curtain ring clips.  I love it so much!  I can clip many charts on here and add/remove them as needed.  No more magnets or tape!  No more anchor chart wallpaper in my classroom!  Links to both items are below! *affiliate links* 

Last week, Mr. Wheeler's chair broke...the spring in the bottom popped.  It was just an overstuffed chair that we bought to match our basement sectional when we bought our house 12 years ago.  He's sat in it every night (and many days since he works from home often) for all of those years.  We decided it was time for an upgrade!  We are officially old.  We got him this Lazy Boy recliner yesterday!  Needless to say, he is SUPER PUMPED!  It should be arriving this week!

We hit up PF Changs for dinner last night and treated ourselves to drinks school today!  I had a really good organic margarita.  They were celebrating Chinese New Year, so their fortune cookies were red!  So fun.  We haven't been on a date night in a long time!

Enjoy your week.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sunday 6 January 10

Hi!  Happy Hump Day (and Valentine's Day!).  I am sorry this post is late, but if you follow me on Instagram (@mrswheeler44), then you know I was down for the count over the weekend with THE STOMACH FLU.  Yep.  Just had Influenza A two weeks ago.  Then the stomach flu.  Not fair!  Anyhow, here's my post!  Short and sweet.  Not much explanation for each photo, but I am sleepy!  Please link up below and share 6 things from your week!  Just be sure to use my linky pictures and link back to my blog!
Mr. Wheeler built a shelf above our stove!  It's always been an awkward space...our house is 80 years old.  We have no outdoor vent.  We have no mounted microwave.  I love the shelf!  Right now it has my spice basket on it, but I'm going to get a little lamp to put up there soon!

I just love catching my first graders "playing school!"  Isn't it so sweet!?  

This.Is.Amazing.  And you need one in your life asap.  It works SO well.  I got it last week.  I am still amazed by it.  Link below (*affiliate)

I treated myself to a mani after school Friday before the flu hit...I feel sorry for my manicurist.  Hope she didn't get it because you know it's close quarters when you're getting your nails done!  

A glimpse from our Valentine party!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Valentine Party Pack!  If you haven't checked it out yet, I have linked it below!  


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Winter Olympics

Here we are in 2018 and the Winter Games have started!  Last Friday, I planned some fun activities for my first graders to kick off the games!  Check out what we did below!

I had to make their morning message patriotic, of course!  It was a little introduction into our learning about the Winter Games!

As part of my Morning Meeting time, I always incorporate a picture book/read aloud.  Mostly because we don't have much time for read-alouds during the day and I think it's an integral part of k-2.  I found two awesome books and read them both on Friday.  Grab a copy for yourself below!  *affiliate link*


Literacy centers were obviously themed out, as well!  The activities below are from my "Winter Games Literacy Center Pack," which you can check out below.

I found an awesome Jr. BINGO game from Sara J Creations on TpT!  We used Fruit Loops as our game pieces, because they reminded me of the Olympic rings!  Click the cover to grab the BINGO set.

The kids made these fun Winter Sports Kids!  They made a cute display in the hall!  I got this from Crafty Bee Creations.  Click the cover to grab a set for your class!

I shared this last week on my Sunday 6 post, but thought I'd share it again today!  Our school does a school-wide home art project each quarter and this quarter had the Olympics as a theme!  The directions were could make anything they wanted that reminded them of the Olympics!  I think they have done a great job so far!

Go Team USA!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Valentine's Day Party Pack

February is home to many holidays...too many to name them all, in fact.  Because of this, I like taking the guesswork out of my Valentine party.  Two years ago, I decided to run my Valentine party in centers, with parent volunteers.  I do the same thing for Christmas.  It's a glorious thing!  It takes a little prep work but saves you so much headache the day of the party!

The first thing I do to organize this is send home a volunteer letter.  This includes volunteering to 1. come in and/or 2. donate a party item.  Once I get my list of volunteers/donations, I go through and highlight on my master list what I'd like each person to bring.  This is an extremely important step, as having missed items brought in can mean a disaster for our stations/centers.  I also send the volunteers an individual copy with their name and item highlighted.  On the day of the party, I set up the acrylic signs shown above with our station names and assign volunteers to stations.  They will run the station as many times as you need, depending on class size and size of groups.  After all stations have been completed, we will pass out our cards and watch the Charlie Brown Valentine movie!

1.  Valentine BINGO--The kids make their boards before the party.  I have them color their pieces and glue them on their boards randomly....usually for a morning activity.  This ensures we are ready to play in the afternoon!  I use Valentine candy or mini erasers as markers.

2.  Valentine Pudding Cup or Cookie--Both treats are included choices in my party pack...have your kids make a festive pudding cup or decorate a festive cookie.  But before they eat the treat, they must write out the steps!  Hello, Writing Standards!  PS-don't forget the milk if you're doing the cookie decorating!

3.  Candy Heart Graphing--Add in a little Math fun with candy heart graphing!  Using the provided worksheet and add mini boxes or muffin cups of conversation hearts.

4.  Valentine Friendship Notes--You can have kids write these to friends, family members, or other teachers in the building!  Add some festive markers, envelopes, and stickers for added flair!  Printable sentence stems included.  Editable names list included!

5.  Valentine Trail Mix & Peruse Valentine Books--This is a fun trail mix that's perfect for Valentine's Day!  You can be creative with your snacks included in the bag.  I am going to try cereal and mini pretzels along with M & M's and mini marshmallows this year.  Just put out bowls and scoops with each sure you have a good volunteer run this station!  Don't want to run out of supplies!  As kids are finished making their snack, they can enjoy it with a good Valentine book!  *I hit up the local library and get a box of Valentine books ahead of time.*

Hope you'll check out this great pack!  It's loads of fun!