Virginia Bloggers Appreciate Y-O-U Blog Hop

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Thank you for an adorable button, Andrea!

Thank you to Christin at Shifting Teacher K-2 for putting this hop together!

Welcome to Virginia!

Virginia bloggers appreciate Y-O-U!

A lovely group of Virginia bloggers would like to show our appreciation by extending a bit of southern hospitality. You can follow around our blog hop to visit 20+ Virginia teacher blogs for terrific teaching tips and fun freebies to help get through the last couple of weeks before summer vacation officially begins!

So welcome to Mrs. O Knows. I'm a 5th grade teacher getting ready to wrap up my my 9th year of teaching. Since we're focused on the end of the year, I've got an end of year freebie, an end of the year idea, and an end of year giveaway to share! Enjoy!

End of the Year Freebie

When we kicked off the summer with our Southern Hospitality blog hop, I shared my Welcome poem freebie. Today, I'd like to share, hot off the presses, my end of the year poem. I completed it this week and just posted it on TpT so you are seeing it first and it is free for the entire week! It's candy themed, but I've included a copy with the words underlined and without. If you wanted to do a bag of treats with it, you would include Sweet Tarts, Starburst, Laffy Taffy, Smarties, Fun Dip, and Sour Patch Kids/any other sour candy. Download it for free until the 23rd below, but please don't forget to leave feedback!

End of the Year Idea

I also wanted to share an excellent idea that I found at First Grade Nest. Check out balloon popping countdown for the end of the year at Balloon Popping Our Way to the End of the Year. I love the idea of filling them with positive rewards or fun activities! I was even thinking of maybe adapting it to include some Minute to Win It Activities.

End of the Year Giveaway

There are tons of great resources for the end of the year on TpT! Maybe you'd like to grab some, or maybe you'd like to start stocking up for next year? Well, then it's time to enter a giveaway! I'm giving away 2 $10 TpT Gift Certificates (2 winners each to receive one $10 gift certificate each). The giveaway will run until the end of our blog hop, May 23rd.

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Bonus Giveaway
If you head on over to my Facebook page and give it a follow, I've got another $10 TpT Gift Certificate and a $10 Winner's Choice raffle there because I'm celebrating reaching 300 likes! Increase your chances of winning by heading over and entering now! You can find me at Mrs. O Knows Facebook Page.

While you are visiting each blogger, please take a moment to comment on their blog post and offer some feedback in their store about their freebie. We do appreciate you - and we also appreciate your feedback! It helps drive our post and product ideas!

I hope that you will enjoy hopping around - and don't forget - VA Bloggers Appreciate You!

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Enjoy our hop!



May Currently

It's time to link-up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the May Currently!

Listening: It's Sunday morning, and our weekend mornings always begin with news. Now that I'm in my mid-30's, I'm kind of a news junkie. Don't get me wrong, I don't watch news all of the time. I'm also a Bravo junkie and I LOVE Revenge and Nashville, so I'm not totally old yet! :-) 

Loving: It's going to be in the upper 70's and sunny in Virginia today. While our pool isn't officially open, I do believe that the lounge chairs are calling my name. I am in great need of a tan and a couple hours of relaxing. Then I'll think about grading some papers.

Thinking: My gosh, we're down to 30 school days now. Summer is totally within my reach. The year has gone by very quickly and I feel like I have so much that I still want to accomplish. But don't get me wrong, I am ready for summer break. This year has gone by quickly, but it's also wiped me out! Bring on the sun and fun! 

Wanting: Our testing doesn't start until May 20th, with our last test June 5th. Yes, we really go down to the wire. I'm trying to come up with some great review stations to use in the next couple of weeks. If you know of any great products, please feel free to advertise them here! 

Needing: Summer clothes. Now, I probably don't NEED summer clothes when you consider the massive amount of dresses that I have but if there is one thing that I really want and can never find, it is capris. Being 5'3 has some disadvantages, with one being that finding capris that are actually capri length is close to impossible. I could use some shorts too, but I can usually count on New York and Company for those!

Surprise: Alison at Teaching Maths With Meaning is one of my favorite people, who I had the pleasure of working and spending time with while she was in the states. She's also the reason I got in to blogging and TpT. I really love her blog, and I love that I can still learn from her even though she's all the way in Australia.  My favorite posts are her Math Game Mondays, where she posts a math game FREEBIE each week. Her most recent Math Game Monday can be found here: Math Game Monday and she also has all of the games that she has posted in the past available under her Math Game Monday Tab. I use her games all the time so I can attest to the fact that they are totally awesome! 

My Virginia blogger friends and I are getting excited for a hop in just a couple of weeks and I'm planning to include some fantastic giveaways so keep an eye out! 



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