19 Sep 2014

Free Math Game for Grades K and 1

Hi Everyone!

Did you hear the great news??  Our strike is over! YAY!!!  I'll admit, it's not the greatest deal in the world, but it's a step in the right direction and we can start back to work on Monday. I'm so excited to see my old class again and meet my new one.

Here's an activity I'll be doing very early on with my new ones: "Number Race".

Every player has their own game board (below) which they cover with 10 counters.

These 10 frame cards ....

 ... and these number cards are placed in a pile, face down.

Player one draws a card then removes the corresponding counter off his/her game board.

Then he/she traces the matching number 3 times on this sheet.

The first person to remove all their counters is the winner!

This is a ONEderful game for number recognition, 10-frame recognition (subitizing), reading number words and printing the numbers correctly.

If you'd like a FREE copy, just click HERE.  And if you grab, then please follow me :)

Happy teaching, friends!

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11 Sep 2014

Two Giveaways: One Worth $250!

Hey Everyone! 

Now that lil' old Victoria has a Target store ~ actually, two! ~ I couldn't resist sharing this HUGE giveaway with you.

This is sponsored by Big Event Fundraising, which is an American outfit that designs programs to help schools raise money. I looked all over their site to see if Canadians are eligible and I couldn't find anything saying we're not. So hopefully it's all good:)

Want to enter? Click the pic below and go for it!  It ends in 4 days.

Here's my second (very modest in comparison :)) giveaway. Just made some transportation clipart. If you want to win this or something else from my store like me on FaceBook with a bonus entry for following my TpT Store.  Doesn't get any easier! This one is a quickie and will end on Sunday.  If I get a decent amount of entries I'll give away two items. What's a decent amount? I don't know ... depends how I'm feeling Sunday:)  Good luck!

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9 Sep 2014

Bedtime at the Nut House Book Review with Awesome Resources & Freebie

TITLE: The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House

AUTHOR: Eric Litwin


PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2014

GENRE: Fiction

THEMES: Rhyme, Play, Bedtime, Nuts, Family Life

AGES: 3 to 7

SYNOPSIS: Bedtime at the Nut house is very nutty. Hazel and Wally are two sweet little nuts who love to dance and sing and play and howl even when it's bedtime. Especially when it's bedtime! Mama Nut has to be very strict (as most Moms do from time-to-time) to get her little Nuts into bed.

OPENING LINES: It was time for bed. The day was done. But Hazel and Wally were still up having fun. And they sang together. "We're Nuts! We're Nuts! We're Nuts!"

WHY I LOVE THIS BOOK:  The illustrations are bright, colourful and cheerful. It's a funny, goofy book, full of the Litwin magic. I also enjoyed all the silly word play: "Titanut" for Titanic, "Nutvana" for Nirvana, "Unutted States" for United States, etc.  I know my new class of Grade 1's will go nutty for this book!


1. Here's a  snippet of the book, including the song!

2. Mosaic Acorn Art:
Click to grab the instructions.
Thank you to Spoonful

3. Beautiful Acorn Cap Jewels:

Click the pic for directions.
Thank you to KiwiCrate!

4.  Math File Folder Game (plus and minus one games using oak leaves and acorns):

Click the pic to visit FileFolderFun
and grab these free games.

5. A free acorn paper (8 x 11) I made just for YOU!

Click to grab

I'm linking up with Susanna Hill for Perfect Picture Book Friday. I haven't done that in a long while. Be sure to check out her blog. There are always fabulous book recommendations to be found.

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3 Sep 2014

Tutorial: No-Reply Blogger

I've noticed on face book recently that people are talking about "no-reply bloggers". Is that you?

I sure hope not! It seems to happen to everyone at some point and I've certainly found myself in this situation.

In case you're not sure what a no-reply blogger is .... when you leave a comment on someone's blog, the blog owner receives an email with your lovely comment. If you're a no-reply blogger, they can't reply to you.

How sad is that?

Not sure whether or not you're a no-reply blogger? Just leave a comment on your own blog. When you receive your email click on reply to try and answer yourself. If "noreply-comment@blogger.com" pops up in the address then you know you have a problem.

Before you go and fix things you need to know there are separate instructions for bloggers who are on google plus and those who aren't.

If you're on google plus then visit Fluster Buster for her fabulous tutorial.

If you're not, then pop on over to Sue's blog, Sullivan and Murphy. She's got lots of pictures to help you out.

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2 Sep 2014

Paper FREEBIES & FLASH Giveaway

I just finished making a couple of paper sets.

FREEBIES:  If you click on the images you'll be able to grab the black dotty paper and the blue/black/green cube paper. They're the preview downloads.

FLASH GIVEAWAY:  If you'd like to win either set then just leave your email and which set of papers you'd like!  PLUS like me on facebook. I'll pick two winners sometime Wednesday ... or maybe even Thursday!

Thanks!  I hope you like them.


Thanks for stopping by everyone. There were also two comments left on facebook so I set the random number generator to 7. The winners are:

That's Gaby and Lori. Congratulations!

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31 Aug 2014

Book Review & Freebies: Pete the Cat and the New Guy

Title: Pete the Cat and the New Guy

Publisher: HarperCollins, 2014

Intended Audience: 3 to 8 year olds

Genre: Fiction

Theme: Inclusion, Friendship, Self-Respect

Opening Lines:  It was Sunday, and Pete's friends had come to play! They were rocking to a new song when ... BEEP BEEP BEEP   There was a noise coming from across the street!

Synopsis (from the book flap):  There's a new guy in town and Pete can't wait to meet him. After all, more friends means more fun. But who can he be?  When Pete finally meets Gus, he realizes they're very different from each other. But that's what makes him cool: Gus is special in his own way, just like Pete and just like you, and there is something everyone can do!

Why I Like This Book: Hey, it's Pete the Cat! What more is there to say?  But if I'm going to be perfectly honest (and I am), I miss Eric Litwin. The Pete books are now being authored by James Dean and his wife Kimberly. It's still Pete but it's not quite the same ~ it's missing the Litwin magic.

But, having said that, I still really like this book.  Some reviewers on Amazon trashed it saying that the message is, "If something's too hard, then give up!" But I don't see it that way: Gus is a platypus! There are some things he just can't do. That's not about giving up; that's about realizing everyone has limitations in one area or another. It's important to realize that, move on and find something you CAN shine in. I think that's a very valuable message!

Related Activities:

1. The book is on video!

2. You can grab a Beginning/Middle/End freebie from 1st Grade Hip Hip Hooray:

3. Here's a Venn diagram I made to discuss same and different:

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4. And I think this book lends itself well to a discussion about what everyone is good at:

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BTW, the cute blue frame is by My Cute Graphics and the cat is by me, Ruby Slippers Blog Designs.

That's it! Happy Labour Day weekend.

Today's Must See Blog:

Books First in MaineI can't say enough good things about Kimberley's blog. She loves to write and read, is very reflective, down-to-earth, and is ALWAYS thinking about how to improve her craft. Please visit!

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29 Aug 2014

Blogger Tutorial: Adding a Sidebar Image Without the Title

Hi Everyone!

Have you noticed that recently it's seemingly impossible to add a sidebar image without putting in a title?

It was driving me crazy!!

I've noticed some bloggers typing in a period just to have a placeholder there, but that doesn't look very good.

Sometimes you just don't want to have a title, but if you don't put one in you get this funky message from Blogger:

Blogger Tutorial from www.RubySlippersBlogDesigns.com

Fortunately, the solution is super simple!  Ever heard of this term?

Non-Breaking Space

This is a common character used in HTML and it looks like this: 


All you have to do is type   in place of the title and voila! you can now post your image with NO title.

Why Does This Work?

All you've added is a space, but happily Blogger reads it as text, so you're good to go.

If you liked this tutorial, please consider subscribing to my blog.  

Happy Coding!

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28 Aug 2014

Freebies for Back to School

It's Back-To-School on Tuesday for most Canadians!

Sidney, from Teaching is a Gift, has compiled this fabulous eBook.

Click to grab your FREE copy!

But don't let the word "Canadian" fool you. This 47-page gem has TONS of tips and freebies for every teacher, Canadian or not.

Here's what my page looks like (you can click the image links to grab my freebie or visit my store):

Grade ONEderful Back To School page Seasonal Panda Clipart Short Vowel Charts on TpT

Every single page offers one teaching tip, one freebie and one product (to purchase)! And there are goodies in here from Kindergarten right up to secondary school.

How awesome is that?

I hope you click on the eBook image and check it out for yourself.

Thanks, Sidney, for all your hard work!

Teaching is a Gift

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27 Aug 2014

Leaving a Linked Comment

I have a bunch of tutorials on my other blog, Ruby Slippers Blog Designs. They're no longer available since I converted that blog to a web format.

A friend emailed me tonight and asked how they could add a signature link when commenting on other blogs.  That's when I realized I need to move my tutorials over to this blog.  So here's the first one:


If you like to leave comments on other blogs, it's nice to have a direct link to your own blog underneath your signature.

These are the ones I often sign off with:

And here's my code:

<i><b><a href="http://gradeonederful.com/">Grade ONEderful</a></b></i>
<i><b><a href="http://rubyslippersblogdesigns.blogspot.com/">Ruby Slippers Blog Designs</a></b></i>

YOUR code will be:

<i><b><a href="YOUR BLOG URL">NAME of YOUR BLOG</a></b></i>

I learned how to do this from Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files. I LOVE that gal! She's the best :)

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