A Few of My Favorite Things Blog Hop!

Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:

7 winners for 7 prize packs!

Aren’t you EXCITED now… I know I am! I would LOVE for one of my loyal followers to be a winner of one of those FABULOUS Prize Packs :0)
So let’s get started… What are a few of MY favorite things?

My Favorite Store
Kirkland’s Home has got to be my favorite store at the moment! Not only is this place great to find bargains to decorate your house with, but it is also a great place to find seasonal and gift items. Take a look at a few gems I found just the other day that would be great gifts for teachers, loved ones, and even the jokester in your life.
(Check out the toilet paper holder… LOL!!!!!)

My Favorite Beauty Item
Urban Decay has 2 of my most beloved beauty essential items! First up is their All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. This product is a must have if you have oily skin like me and have a hard time keeping the shine off your face. For me it’s exceptionally hard since I live in the Sunshine State wear 80 and 90 degree weather is the norm for DECEBER! (Yup, I am still walking around in shorts, tank top, and flip flops over here.)
I use this spray daily and have found that it greatly reduces that shiny look from my face. Another plus is that I have HIGHLY SENSITIVE SKIN and have not had a single issue with this product. This would make a fabulous stocking stuffer.
Also, I cannot live without their Naked Eye shadow Palette that includes 12 of the most flattering shades I have found. This is my daily go to eye shadow palette because it has everything I need for a daily time or night time look. When I travel, it’s the only shadow I take… Another wonderful gift idea!
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My Favorite Restaurant
Cold Stone Creamery is a favorite around my house! I know it’s technically NOT a restaurant, but the truth is we have had ice cream for dinner before so I’ll go ahead and slip it in here as a favorite.
A gift certificate to Cold Stone would also be a GREAT stocking stuffer or teacher gift!

My Favorite Teaching Item
I don’t know how teachers manage to stay organized in the classroom without a set of clearly labeled and organized work bins to store copies or their daily essentials.
Learning in Wonderland designed these ADORABLE labels and they have been a life saver. I store all of my copies for the week in the drawers labeled with the days of the week and the bin on the left houses my daily essentials such as copy paper, folders, sheet protectors, etc… These 2 beautifully organized towers make me smile!
My Favorite Holiday Activity
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year! There’s something about the smell of pine trees and cinnamon that I find soothing. So it’s probably no surprise that my favorite holiday activity is setting up the house for Christmas with my family…
… and out of all of my ornaments, this drummer boy is one of my favs. It was a Christmas gift a few years ago from one of my students and I absolutely LOVE it.
Cute and adorable ornaments is another fabulous gift idea!
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Don’t forget….gift card pic
and ALL the other prizes included in each of the 7 Prize Packs!
I’ve also reduced the following products in my TPT store by 50%…
Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends' favorite things.

December: Pick 3 Pinterest Linky

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In an effort to plan ahead and save some valuable time, which is MUCH needed during the month of December,  I’ve decided to link up with the Inspired Owl, Pawsitively Teaching, and a group of bloggy buddies to bring you some top Pinterest finds for this month.

For the past few weeks, my students and I have been learning all about different points of view.  We’ve also discussed how stories might change if told from the point of view of a different character. 

I think the students are NOW ready for a FUN point of view writing activity. That’s where Pinterest find #1 comes into play…

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I’m going to have my students create snowman pictures using SHAVING CREAM, GLUE, GLITTER, and construction paper. Then I’m going to have them write a short story from the Snowman’s point of view.


Next up, my students have been driving me C-R-A-Z-Y asking me if we can get an elf for the class. The only problem is that they are not allowed in our school. But, then I came across Pin #2…

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Do it yourself elves… we’re not really breaking the Elf rule… right?


Aren’t they simply adorable? I’m thinking about using them on a bulletin board display. I’m going to place a thumb tack inside of the cup to attach it to the board. I think it’s a great solution to my elf dilemma… Don’t you think so?

Lastly, I always like to try to find a fun activity for our Winter Party and I think I have the PERFECT ACTIVITY. Especially, since we live in Florida and many of my students have never seen or experienced snow… Pin #3

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I can’t exactly take my students to see and feel snow, so I’ve decided to bring the
snow to them…

All I need to make snow is to pay a visit to the Dollar Tree and get some baking soda, large baking pans for each table, and white hair conditioner.

This is definitely going to be a Winter Party my students will never forget!

I can’t wait!!!!

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for December and perhaps even saved you some valuable time! Remember to take a look at the other Pinterest finds from my friends below.


TPT: Super Cyber Sale

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Good morning and happy December 1st! I’m just stopping by  real quick to let you know that I’m taking part in Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) Super Cyber sale today and tomorrow. Everything in my store is already reduced 20% and if you enter the code TPTCYBER at checkout you will get an additional 10% off!

So come and join me as I get my shopping fingers in gear…


Happy Thanksgiving BOGO

On my growing list of things to be thankful for this year is someone quite special… and that is Y-O-U!

I am THANKFUL for my loyal followers who keep coming back to my small piece of this bloggy world…

I’m THANKFUL for those of you that comment…

I’m THANKFUL for those of you who don’t comment, because even though you might be the quiet type that tiptoe into More Time 2 Teach, you’re still stopping by.  (I used to be one of you… LOL) My hope is that one day you’ll feel comfortable enough to just simply say, “Hi!”

… and I’m THANKFUL for those of you that come on by looking for inspiration…

So in appreciation I am having a Thanksgiving Day BOGO Sale…


It’s simple…

1. Stop by my TPT Store!

2. Buy a product!

3. Email me at moretime2teach@gmail.com with your TPT Username, the item you purchased, and your free item of equal or lesser value!

That’s it… by the end of tonight, I will email you your FREE item.

But hurry because this SALE is only for today in honor of Thanksgiving Day!

God bless,


Space: Earth, Moon, & the Sun


Space is a fascinating topic that attracts adults and children alike!

It is also a topic that can be quite confusing for our kids… especially since much of what they know is centered around books that they’ve read or cartoons that they’ve watched on TV.

In my classroom, I usually like to begin a new topic of study with something familiar. That’s why I usually start off our space unit with the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth. These are all words and concepts that our students are familiar and comfortable with.

After sharing and discussing EVERYTHING we know, or THINK we know, about these 3 celestial bodies we watch a Brainpop Jr. video on the Sun and discuss any misconceptions we may have had and any new facts we learned.

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Over the next few days, we repeat this same procedure with the Moon …

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and then the Earth…

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Next up…. the students work on creating a model showing how the Earth and Moon orbit the Sun. This comes from my Space Freebie resource which can be located by clicking any of the pictures below…

Slide5I love this activity because it allows the students to manipulate the Earth and Moon. They actually get an opportunity to move the Earth so that it orbits the Sun. They are also able to move the Moon and watch it orbit the Earth.

This model also gives the students an idea of the proportion in size between the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon. This is especially important since most of them usually think that the Earth is about the same size if not bigger than the Sun.

Making these models is quite simple. All you need is the printed pattern, glue, scissors, crayons, and brads.




… to check my kiddos understanding, once they have completed their models, I like to have them write about their learning. (This also gives me a chance to correct any misconceptions.) This is where this sheet comes in handy…




Here’s a look at some of our finished work…


…as if that wasn’t enough… today we cooked up a COMET with some sand during our field trip to the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.




The kids were amazed by the wispy, smoke bellowing out of their bowls. They also loved how the sand, water, ammonia, and corn syrup mixture hardened almost immediately once the dry ice was added. I must admit it WAS PRETTY AWESOME!

Click here for a link I found to a recipe similar to the one we used today.

So as you can see we’ve been pretty busy and hands on as we’ve been learning about our solar system. Stay tuned for some future posts as we learn about the planets.


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