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Valentine’s Day Blog Hop Giveaway!

Giveaway Closed!  Congrats Wendy! Love is in the air…it’s even in the blogosphere! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you a Valentine’s Day Blog Hop Giveaway. With love on the brain this month, we asked ourselves: what are some things that teachers LOVE the most? Is it bad that coffee made the list before some more obvious answers (umm…like teaching, perhaps)? Shhh, we won’t tell if you won’t.

If you love your coffee as much as the next teacher, our “All You Need is Love (and coffee) Giveaway!” has got your name all over it. One lucky reader will win a $50 gift card and a Rae Dunn mug that can’t get much more perfect for February:

Here’s how to enter to win:

    1. If you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter. Just enter your name and email below:

  1. Show some love to my friends by subscribing to their blogs below:

Once you’ve subscribed to each of the blogs in our Blog Hop, you’re eligible to win the giveaway! Contest ends Sunday, February 11th at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Check back to this same post shortly after, where I’ll be announcing the winner.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I just want to take this opportunity to say how much I truly LOVE and appreciate my readers! Thank you for inspiring me to connect with you all and share teaching ideas. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy Valentine’s Day!

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March into Spring!

Are you tired of winter like I am? Are you ready to March into Spring? This is such an easy to make craftivities to March into Spring! There are four different crafts that you can choose from, or you can do all four! Each of the crafts comes with fun writing prompt. All you have to do is print them off onto construction paper or Astrobrights and you are ready to go!

Two craftivities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and two craftivities to celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Pot of Gold & Leprechaun Feet: I am so LUCKY!

Rainbow & Pot of Gold: If I found a pot of GOLD!

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Spreading the LOVE! TWO

I had soooo much fun making the first Spreading the Love, that I had to make a second edition that was all about LOVEBUGS!  Right now in my 2nd-grade class, we are learning about insects.  One of the main topics is social insects such as bees and ants.  My kiddos loved learning about Bees and the Bee Waggle Dance.  So their excitement inspired me to make a Spreading the Love Bug Edition.

My favorite has to be the Bumble Bee and the Caterpiller.  So stinking cute!

Bumble Bee with the writing prompt: Ways to BEE kind!

Heart Caterpiller and writing prompt: My LOVE is hungry for…

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Spreading the LOVE!

I started thinking about making a Valentine’s Day craftiviy bundle during Christmas when my students were putting together their Spreading Christmas Cheer crativities (that is in my store).  I was so happy with how they turned out and how proud they were to add them to their memory books.  So I just had to make one for Valentine’s Day.   I searched PINTEREST for all the ideas.   I saw so many cute ideas, but it looked like some of those crafts would cost too much and take too much time.  And I wasn’t looking to spend that much time and money on crafts.  I looked and decided to make a product that was cute and easy for any teacher to use in their classroom.  Of course, I just had to make a unicorn craft and writing prompt.

Then I had to make a heart berry!

And a penguin with a warm heart!

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The BFG Novel Unit

One of my favorite novels, when I was a child, was The BFG.  I remember my 3rd-grade teacher reading it to my class and I just fell in love with it!  I was able to listen and close my eyes to let my imagination run wild.  When I became a teacher, I wanted to read this novel to my class.  Every year, I have read this novel to my class and I just love how much they love it when we are finished.  They love the giant and the way he talks and it inspires them to want to read more Roald Dahl novels.  Which is the point right??

This book can be a little difficult for the primary kiddos.  So I was wondering if I would be able to read this story with my 2nd-grade kiddos this year.  But after I realized that I had an extremely high reading group, we decided on reading this novel and completing my Novel Unit to help with their comprehension and understanding of the novel.   And let me tell you this novel unit is a game changer.  It engages them, allows them to be creative, and allows them to really understand the novel.

This novel unit includes:

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Directed Drawing: LOVEBUG!

I am so excited about this new product adventure that I have started.  My students love when we do directed drawings and I love it too!  My students are so focused and it’s so much fun seeing how different the drawings turn out.  I have seen so many fun directed drawings and thought how fun it would be if there was a purpose with the directed drawings like a writing prompt.  I started with one but plan on making 2 a month! Here is a sample what the directed drawings will be like.   Read More »

Happy Little Teacher Fonts!

I am soooo excited to share that I am making fonts and you can find them in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!  I have completed 2 volumes of fonts…that means there are 15 fonts that I created!  So far I have LOVED using my fonts in my products and my classroom and I know you will too.  It’s a great feeling when I use the products I create, it has given me such pride.  If you are interested in using my beautiful fonts click on the links below!!

Complete Bundle

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The “Perfect” Classroom vs The Reality

Lately, I have been thinking that I am doing something wrong with my classroom decor and not having the perfect looking classroom.  I see so many posts on Instagram of classrooms that are nothing less than perfect!  It made me look at my classroom and think…am I doing something wrong?  Then, I quickly realized that I share my classroom with 24 children.  It isn’t going to look perfect all the time because hello, learning happens in my room and I have 24 CHILDREN in my classroom on a daily basis.

I know that I have been guilty of taking those “perfect” classroom photos.  I have taken them, staged them, liked them, and shared them. We all have and we will most likely continue.  So this past week, I took pictures of what one of my bulletin boards really looks like and what a “perfect” classroom photo looks like.  It’s just a little snapshot of my not so perfect classroom. I would like to share more of the reality of what a real classroom looks like.  Baby steps!

“Perfect” Classroom Photo

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Well hello there and welcome to my teacher blog and classroom!

My name is Erin, I’m a 2nd-grade teacher in Colorado.  I have been teaching for 6 years now (sheesh already) and I just had to count on my fingers to make sure that was right-haha.  I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade in those 6 years.  I have spent most of that time in 2nd-grade and that is where my heart is!

In 2015, I decided to start my teacher social media adventure.  I started following mostly 2nd-grade teachers and realized there was a huge network of teachers that had the same passion and excitement for teaching that I had.  I hid behind my phone/computer watching thinking I had nothing to share.  I noticed a lot of the things that were being shared were similar to the things that I was doing in my classroom. So why not share what I am doing??  It was difficult finding the perfect name for teacher self and brand.  I knew that I was moving from 2nd grade to 3rd grade and did not want to have a specific grade level in my brand, so I decided on Happy Little Teacher.  I felt like that fit me and my teaching style.  I love all things bright and colorful in my classroom that make students and myself HAPPY! So I become the Happy Little Teacher.

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