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Establishing Morning Tubs with Keva Planks

As I transition from 3rd to 1st grade this school year, I've had a lot of challenges to think about for my little learners. I read this post by Catherine at The Brown Bag Teacher about morning tubs as an alternative to morning work. I loved the idea, but wasn't sure how to get started.

Then the great people at http://www.mindware.com/ contacted me about reviewing some of their Keva Planks products. When I received them, I knew this would be the perfect step towards morning tubs.

I received Brain Builders, Brain Builders: Junior, Color Pops: Teal, and Color Pops: Purple to try out in my first grade classroom.

I set one Keva Plank product on each of my desk groups. I put both Brain Builders together, since the Color Pops have more planks, to make it a little more even. I gave them no directions, other than to be respectful, be responsible, and be safe (PBIS school). They're imaginations ran wild!

They immediately started forming pictures and building structures. I love this "smiley face balloon" that one my kids created.

This one loved the cards included in the Brain Builders and Brain Builders Junior. You can see how proud she is of her stairs! She loved challenging herself and continuously called me over to see what she created.

This guy has become well known for his tall towers. He now builds them on the floor, because I won't allow him to stand on his chair when his tower gets too tall!

Although I love the Color Pops:Teal...you can guess why (#branding #weddingcolors), my kids love the purple probably more, because that is one of our school colors! Go grayhounds! #purpleandgray

Many of my friends build together. I loved seeing their minds work together. They did this with no prompting from me. #proudteacher

 I love how easy the planks are to get out and put away. They're perfect for my firsties' small hands, and they absolutely love them! I recommend them for any classroom. Your kids will have so much fun, and the simplicity of them makes it super easy on you.

Stay tuned for more things I add into our morning routine! 

Check out more MindWare Toys on social media!

*This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge
by the company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

I'm not a watch person, but I fell in love with the wooden watch...

I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a watch person.
I'm not even a jewelry person. Seriously. Give me my wedding ring, maybe some studs, and I'm good.
So when I saw JORD's Wooden Watches, I was like, eh...I don't wear watches.
But then I got one, and I fell in love.
It's light color matches every.thing.in.my.closet. It is the perfect accessory no matter if it is casual Friday at school....

or a wedding!

It comes in an adorable wooden box around a little pillow!

It seriously matches, everything! I think it's because it almost blends in with my skin.

Guess what?! JORD is giving away $75 to one of YOU to get your very own Wood Watch. It's so simple to enter, just a name and email. Enter the giveaway here. Even if you don't win, JORD is giving every person who enters a $20 off coupon! WIN! Giveaway ends September 15th!

Make sure to follow me on Instgram to see more pictures of my watch!
This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches.
Watches Made From Wood

Back to School Gifts with Oriental Trading

Back to school, friends! Teachers went back August 18th and we had Open House that night, too! Our Open House is where students and parents get to come in meet the teacher, drop off supplies, and look around their room. I always like to give my students a little gift on this night. 
Oriental Trading made it easy!
I chose 2 dozen Neon Canvas Drawstring bags. They work well with my brightly colored classroom! I love giving my students personalize gifts, so I obviously had to add their names!

I added these cute neon flexible pencils to their bag and added a tag. Pretty cute, right?
They loved them!

I also got a set of Neon Tall Storage Baskets, but haven't decided how to use them, yet. Stay tuned for that!

I also started a wishlist for parents that would like to donate to our classroom. You can check it out here. So far it includes bulk classroom supplies and fun prizes for students. Make sure to create your own wishlist just by creating an account. Just share your URL with your parents! I also added the link to my email signature!

I hope to have the reveal of my new 1st grade room on the blog next weekend! Stay tuned

I was provided these products featured in this post from Oriental Trading for review purposes. All opinions are mine alone and based off of the experience I had with the products I reviewed.
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