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Spreading the Love this Valentine's Day with a Teacher Tee Giveaway!


When it comes to Valentine's Day in the classroom, this girl is allll about spreading the love! I find as many ways as possible to incorporate all things red and pink with hearts all over into our February activities. :) I'm sharing some of my favorite Valentine's Day activities. Also, it gets better! I'm excited to be teaming up with CustomInk to be spreading the love to YOU by giving out 5 teacher "teach" tees at the end of this post! One is for you to keep and 4 are for you to spread the love to all your teacher besties! Who doesn't love a good teacher tee?!

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On Valentine's Day, we celebrate with a "party" by reading aloud two books from the "Love Monster" series by Rachel Bright.


Then we decorate "love monsters" of our own using the adorable templates from The Teacher Wife. You can find them in Lindsey's store here.


You can find Love Monster here and Love Monster and the Perfect Present here
I am so excited to be adding these two to my Love Monster collection this year too!
You can find Love Monster and the Last Chocolate here and Love Monster and the Scary Something here


 
And how about this cutie?! If you're anything like me, you'll want to get this Love Monster to join in on the fun! You can find this sweet guy here!







Looking to continue the Love Monster fun?! Grab this math workshop center freebie for you to use with your firsties. We have used them as both a task card center and even a "math around the room! Get those little feet up and moving as much as possible!
It includes two differentiated options and a recording sheet. One is adding two digit numbers and the other is adding groups of tens. This will help you best meet the needs of your students in math workshop.


You can download it for free in my TpT shop here.

I downloaded this adorable freebie from The Kindergarten Connection. She used it as an addition mat, along with erasers from the Target dollar spot. Since we have been working on place value and adding two digit numbers, I differentiated for my firsties! We used double dice to roll two two-digit numbers. Then we built the numbers with base ten blocks and add them to find the sum. I printed the center on cardstock and placed them in sleeve protectors.
 You can find the jumbo double dice here, neon cardstock here and sleeve protectors here.
You can also download the template from The Kindergarten connection here.

If you're looking for some more math centers, Cara over at The First Grade Parade shared the perfect candy heart hands on math freebie!
This is perfect to reinforce 1 to 1 correspondence and addition while engaging our learners! They get such a kick out of the little messages too. Man have they sure changed since my day... "text me" and "tweet me" hahah! 

If your school has a food policy, you can supplement with foam "candy hearts" found here.  

Cara's printables are perfect to be used with the fortune cookie erasers found at the Target Dollar spot. I can't wait to type up messages and put them inside for another math comparing number center! 

You can find her Valentine's Day printables here
  
Moving to one of my favorite parts of my classroom! I always like to surprise my students with a new bookshelf as we begin a new theme or celebrate an upcoming holiday! It truly instills their love of reading and learning.


We have specific bookshelf routines so that it stays neat and organized. While I do allow my students to read the books off the shelf, I encourage them to take extra special care of them. The shelf has a mix of books they have seen before in the Valentine's Day theme book bin in our library, as well as new books that are kept under my reading bench. Students use the shelf as an early finisher activity and therefore aren't allow to put those books in their books bins during the time that they are on the shelf. I also like to keep some books separate for when I do my read alouds and lessons during shared reading.

If you're looking for ways to build up your shelf, I often use my points from Scholastic Reading Club and sales on Amazon to build up my library. 

I love the way that Valentine's Day ties into Kindness Week so perfectly. Its important to take the time to think and reflect on all the things that "fill our hearts." After reading the inspirational "Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Love," we do this adorable craftivity by Anna over at Crazy for First Grade.

You can find the craftivity here and the book here.

In reader's workshop we have be practicing to make connections. This is perfect to do with books in a series because your students truly have a good sense of the character. I love the Crankenstein series and found this adorable "Cranky Franky" freebie from Stephanie over at Falling in First. You can find them here.


 The link in her site include many different options for you to differentiate for your kiddos.
My student intern led this lesson and provided my students with a sample model Franky craft. The students simply followed the model and assembled the precut pieces.



If you're looking to add these to your collection you can find Crankenstein here and A Crankenstein Valentine here.

Why do you do love teaching? I've teamed up with CustomInk to host a teacher tee giveaway- 1 for your and 4 for you to share with your team or teacher besties! In order to enter the giveaway, you'll have to complete all entries in the Rafflecopter. Please note that you can visit my Instgram in order to see the image for you to repost and tag @Customink and @firstgrade_made . Good luck!
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Valentine's Day Gifts with Avery Labels and Tags, Free Printables and a Giveaway

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I know twenty-two little love bugs that deserve some extra attention! This year I found the perfect way to spread some love. Avery tags, cards and labels are a simple, yet elegant touch to all your Valentine's day needs. To spread some love to my dedicated followers, I've teamed up with Avery for a fun giveaway of all products that I used! I have created three designs with free templates that I'm excited to share with you today.  This post also includes affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  


Boy was I pleasantly surprised when I learned Avery was no longer just the leader in office supplies!! Previously, I always used Microsoft Word to design labels however, I recently discovered Avery has a design software of it's own. It's fully equipped with template designs for all themes and holidays, clip art and fonts. I was even able to upload graphics of my own and apply them to their designs. It's so user friendly- I strongly encourage you to see for yourself!

 While designing labels on the software, I came across the variety of labels, tags, stickers and more. I immediately knew it was just the perfect way to add a decorative touch to all my special valentines this year!


What doesn't say "I love you" more than the heart eyed emoji? I designed this valentine for my students using the Avery Design and Print Online software. Sadly, I'll have to skip out on the chocolate hearts for my students, but I thought it was a fun way to spice it up if you can. You can get your own copy here or design your own online. Once you design your own, you can print it yourself from the website or print it through Avery.

I used the perforated Avery 3380 Postcards found here. No more needing to stress about cutting straight lines on cardstock!


If you know me well, you know I have quite the sweet tooth! There's no denying I love to rub off my love of sweets on just about everyone. Plus who doesn't love a little word play? These "I donut know what I'd so without you" and "You are the sprinkles to my donut" stickers have so many uses all year long! I plan to "sprinkle some love" to my co-teachers, friends and teammates with these treats!




You can get your own copy of the "I donut know what I'd do without you" design here and the "You are the sprinkles to my donut" design here.  Or you can design your own online. Once you design your own, you can print it yourself from the website or print it through Avery. I used Avery  Print to the Edge Round Labels 22830  found here. They are perfect for sealing treat bags/boxes or even sticking to a note on card stock. The treat bags shown can be found at Michaels here and here

 What teacher doesn't love Sharpies? I can't wait to surprise some of my fellow Sharpie loving colleagues with this valentine!

You can get your own copy here or design your own online. Once you design your own, you can print it yourself from the website or print it through Avery. I used Avery 22802 tags with string found here. They are perfect for adding personalization to any gift any time of the year! I chose to add an additional decorative touch using the red and white craft string found here. You can find the fine point Sharpie markers here. 


The inspiration for these templates were found on Pinterest by Landee over at LandeeLu and My Sister's Suitcase. Head on over to my Pinterest page to find more inspiration ideas to use with Avery products.

I'm so excited to be teaming up with Avery for a giveaway of all three of the Avery products featured in this post (Avery Easy to Peel Permanent Print to the Edge Round Labels (glossy) 22830, Avery 22802 Tags with String and Avery 3380 Postcards)! Thank you to Avery for sponsoring this post!

Enter the Rafflecopter below by Sunday, January 29th 11:59 PM EST for your chance to win! The winner will be announced the following week. 
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