Mrs. Nicolau from Brinca into Bilingual is celebrating 1,000 followers in a big way! She is having a huge giveaway with some pretty amazing products!

Mrs. Nicolau is giving away TWO DIFFERENT items of your choice!

Here are your choices (click on the link to see the dimensions and more details):

Let's giveaway a gift card!! Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $25 TPT Giftcard! Remember the more entries you have, the more changes you    
                     to win!

You could also win a $21.00 gift card from the AMAZING Melonheadz!
Many of Mrs. Niclau's  blog friends have joined her to celebrate this amazing event by giving away bundles by grades!

The first bundle is for our Bilingual teachers!
Next is the K-1 Bundle in English!
Last is our 2-3 Grades Bundle in English!

Are you excited enough?! We sure hope so! Stop by Mrs. Nicolau's blog to enter on all these great prizes!!!
While you are there, drop a note to her. She LOVES hearing from her readers! :)

Hello everyone!
It's finally here! 
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Laura from Where the Magic Happens, Krista from Teaching Momster, and Lisa from PAWsitively Teaching are hosting an amazing Labor Day giveaway! I'm excited to be a part of it! 
All of us have been thinking about ways to treat our readers and followers. We thought long and hard! Really, really hard… and we decided that we can treat you to our best ideas to work smarter rather than harder… at school and home!
I know what it takes to be a great teacher; the stress, the time, the energy… I could go on and on! I also know that we crave time to ourselves and our families.

So here I go!
Every year I solicit volunteer help in the classroom. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, neighbors of students- I will allow any of them to help! In past years, I have only used them to work with students. This year, I decided I needed to begin working smarter, not harder. Instead of having one volunteer a day to work with students, I have invited two, sometimes three, to come at different times of the day to work one on one with students and to help me to manage my workload as well. 
I love interactive notebooks, but they take forever to prep! I have my back counter prepped with papers to cut and staple. I have rolls of things I have laminated ready to cut out. I leave my parents a set of books to cover for durability. I always leave the volunteers a note and a sample of how I want things done so I can keep teaching when they come in. 
Homework packets are sitting on the back counter waiting to be stapled. By setting everything out with a note on it, the parents can step in and get right to work, and I don't waste any valuable teaching time. 
I have a Friday Mom who goes through my students' homework folders and assigns credit. She places the new homework packet inside the folders and they are ready to go on Monday. This saves me so much time- I would be at work late on Friday if it wasn't for her!
My volunteers correct students' tests and call them back to correct mistakes. The students are able to get immediate feedback, and I know almost instantly who isn't understanding the concepts. 
Here's my volunteer binder that I have ready for parents each morning. In addition to helping me with my workload, my volunteers work one-on-one with my students. I have them pull students back who need additional help with spelling, math facts, reading, and writing.  I have lists of students to work with, and all materials and directions are included. Having all of this prepped ahead of time makes things run seamlessly! 
Spelling folders are ready to go for students to practice their weekly list. Some students don't have parent help at home, so a few minutes of practice each day is so important for them their success!
I'm going to be honest here...I need some help in this area! Like you, I don't have much relaxation time...between my kids' soccer games and practice, piano, and other responsibilities, I don't have much relaxation time. My favorite way to relax at home is with my laptop! I love creating for my classroom or planning fun and engaging lessons for them. I probably need a hobby besides one that's tied to my job, but for now, this works for me! 
My students are loving their Kiddo Cash and Class Passes. I was surprised how quickly my students get to work when I walk around with a stack on money! They are really loving the Class Passes too. I have a very chatty, active  group this year. They have become motivated by Kiddo Cash and Class Passes. I have tied this into my classroom management, and if a student has to clip down on the clip chart, he/she can't go shopping that day! This pack is definitely helping to make my life easier! 
I keep my Kiddo Cash and extra passes in this container I purchased at Amazon. You can click on the picture below to see the container.
I keep the passes I'm currently using in this acrylic case from The Container Store. There tons of passes to choose from, so I rotate the passes to give the students new choices and make it more manageable.
I have a variety of passes for the students. Some passes are for things I've purchased, such as granola bars, chips, stickers, and pencils. Some passes don't cost me a thing, such as sharing, tech time, and bring a stuffed animal. 
Here's my price list. I have it posted near my "store" and students can decide what they would like to purchase. I make a math lesson out of it too, and have them tell me how much change they should be getting back. As far as pricing goes, I just charge what I think is fair. 
I thought my snack box would be their favorite, but surprisingly it isn't! It is the most expensive pass for them to purchase, and I think many of the students are mindful of spending their money and making it go as far as possible! 
This is one of their favorites! The scented marker pass is one I sell out of daily. They love choosing a pack of scented markers for the day! I purchased a few different packs, and they get to keep the pack in their desk for the day.

You can click on the picture above to see a preview of the entire file. 

And now on to the giveaway! Here are the prizes you could win!
A $100 gift card to Amazon

A $50 gift card to TpT


2 $25 gift cards to TpT

1 $10 gift card to TpT

Thank you for visiting! Good luck to you!

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I'm really not sure where my summer went, and I'm almost a month into my new school year! I wanted to share a few Pinterest finds that have helped me get through my first month of school, and may be helpful to you, too! 
Click on the picture above to see the original pin. 
First up is this wonderful book by Roni Schotter. I used this book to kick off my writer's notebook. I read it to my class yesterday, and was prepared to stop halfway through, since my second graders have tiny attention spans at this point in the year. I was shocked at how into the book they were! I was able to read the entire story, and we discussed how we all have stories around us to tell. They also learned that authors gain ideas for their stories from the events they see or hear about in their own lives. It's a great book to kick off writer's workshop or Daily 5 writing! 

Click on the picture above to see the original pin. 
The amazing Tara from Fourth Grade Frolics saved me with her adorable Login Loops! She made my job of creating cute computer log in cards for my students a piece of cake! I love the Graphics from the Pond kids clipart and the pretty backgrounds she used for these cards! And as an added bonus, they are a freebie! GO grab 'em!
Click on the picture above to see the original pin. 
Sweet Jenn from 2nd Grade Snickerdoodles created this fun addition fact fluency freebie! Students track their addition fact progress with a fun Wizard of Oz theme! I love how she differentiated the goals for her students. Go check out the addition set, then check out the subtraction set below! LOVE this! 
Click on the picture above to see the original pin. 
I hope you have found a new idea or two to start your month! Come follow me on Pinterest
Now it's your turn! We would love for you to link up and share your top three Pinterest finds for September! This linky is hosted on the third of each month- so come join in on the fun!

1.  Save the Pick 3 images to your desktop.
2.  Create a blog post using these images to share you 3 Pinterest Picks for the month.
3.  Share a link to your full Pinterest page if you would like.
4.  Link up by clicking the "add your link" button below.
5.  Be sure to check out the other Pinterest finds that have been shared and leave a comments on the ones you love!

My good friend Laura from A Grace-Filled Classroom is celebrating two milestones with a giveaway! See below the products you could win! 

Laura is also giving away two $25 gift certificates to TpT! Be sure to enter to win HERE! Good luck! 
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