Saturday, December 29, 2012

Get Ready for January!

I hate to bog down my blog with posts about products, but just a quick note to let you know that I finished up with some Winter Math and Literacy Centers that you might find useful for January!  They're super cute, engaging, and (as always) aligned to the Common Core Standards.  My January Writing Activities are also uploaded.  I'll be back tomorrow to link up for another post (and NOT talk about products).

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Wishing you all a Happy New Year!  God Bless!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Fairy Tale Makeover

As I was looking over my products, I took a moment to completely makeover my Fairy Tale Unit found {HERE}.  I got rid of the pastel (girly) colors, backgrounds, and printables, and also recreated all of the printables to include only black and white to conserve not only my ink, but yours as well!  All new fonts, borders, and frames, and I got rid of the girly stuff.  I hope you (and the boys in your classroom) appreciate that!  :)

The best thing is: You can get this new and improved unit for FREE if you've already purchased it simply by going to TeachersPayTeachers and clicking on My Purchases at the top.  Then find the Fairy Tale Unit and click Download Now!  It's FREE as can be and completely updated and refreshed (if you've already purchased it)!  So what are you waiting for?!  See below for details and if you haven't already purchased it, check out some of the feedback and consider the unit for meeting some of the Common Core Standards in your classroom.  I think you'll love it!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Blog Best & Brightest Linky

I'm linking up with Mrs. Bainbridge to reflect on my best and brightest bloggy moments of 2012.  This should be fun!  Click on over to her blog to get linked up and share your special moments from this year!

Most Popular (Visited) Blog Post:

By far, the most popular blog post of 2012 from 2nd Grade Stuff can be found {HERE}.  I posted this on January 16, 2012 (just 10 days after I started my TPT store).  This post is a mixture of a couple random things, but it's where I first introduced my TPT Best Seller for the first time: my Common Core Graphic Organizers.  I created these graphic organizers when most districts had barely been introduced to the Common Core Standards and they exploded on Pinterest and sales immediately followed.  At the time, there weren't many Common Core materials out there, so these really took off for me in my store.  Also on this post, I offered a free preview with a couple of free samples of the organizers.

FYI: I have recently updated some of the fonts in this pack.  You can go back to your My Purchases on TPT and re-download from there to receive the latest version with updated fonts.  I think you'll love it!

Blog Post with the Most Comments:

My blog post with the most comments can be found {HERE}.  This blog post was featured on the popular blog post by the School Supply Addict found {HERE} and all over Pinterest :)  Ashley (School Supply Addict Blog Author) put this caption underneath the picture from my blog on her featured post: 
"2nd Grade Stuff: Whoa.  This room rocks my socks off.  It is completely coordinated and beautiful!"

Most Popular FREEBIE:

Without a doubt, my most popular FREEBIE downloaded was the Number of the Day freebie.  You can find that {HERE}:

Graphics by: KPM Doodles and Fancy Dog Studio
Fonts by:,

My Favorite Post from A Fellow Blogger:

Without a doubt, my favorite post that I have ever read on a blog was from Ladybug's Teacher Files and can be found {HERE}.  She posted a video tutorial for how to make printables using PowerPoint for TPT.  I watched this, began creating with this program, and never looked back.  She has other wonderful tutorials on her blog and many, many free printables as well.  She's wonderful!  If you don't already follow her (and I'm sure you do), click on over there and follow her right away!

Well, thank you for reading along and thank you for all of your support and dedication to 2nd Grade Stuff in my first year of blogging and TPT.  2012 has been a year of many blessings.  Each of you who take the time to read my blog, take a look at my products, and share with others are a part of that blessing - so thank you!

Follow Me {Again} on Pinterest!
Now before I go, I have a favor to ask.  My Pinterest account got all kinds of crazy and I had to completely start from scratch, so PLEASE help me build back up my followers by re-following me on Pinterest.  You can find me {HERE}.  It's an entire new Pinterest account so bare with me while I build back up my boards.  Thanks friends!
Wishing you all the best in 2013!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

January Common Core Writing

Whew!  I have finally started to feel a little better after a very long recovery from a very minor surgery. So I apologize for the absence in the blogging world.

I've received many sweet emails regarding the Common Core Writing Activities for January and I'm happy to say that they are done and uploaded to TPT as of right now!!  Yay!  And if I do say so myself, I can't wait to let my kiddos do some of these writing activities.

The Opinion writing is probably my favorite this month.  In the spirit of authentic writing, the students will be placed in a real-world scenario.  It has snowed overnight and snow is covering the roads.  The students must write a letter to the superintendent or principal stating their opinion about school being closed due to inclement weather.  They must decide if school should be closed or not and provide reasons to support their opinions - how fun!

You can see the Preview below or download the Preview directly from my TPT store by clicking {HERE}.

I will probably be in and out between now and after Christmas, so please be safe and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  God bless!