Made it Monday! (Okay, its Tuesday, but there are Freebies!!)

Yikes! I don't know about you, but summer is flying by for me! Its only been four weeks long, but so far I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to do much blogging! I have been crafting, though, so I thought I'd share a little freebie in case you'd like to do some crafting yourself! I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics Monday Made It Linky Party, so after you continue reading, check out the other links here...:)
I've been seeing these adorable birthday balloons popping up everywhere, and I just had to make some! For under $4.00, I am super excited to say that I now have 24 birthday treats ready for my firsties this year! I cannot wait to make them a part of our birthday ritual! Here is a picture of them hanging out in the sunshine...


And here is a link to the balloons if you'd like to download them for free! All you do is print, tape onto some Krazy Straws, and prepare to celebrate!


Other than crafting and playing with my silly girl, I've been busy working on a new unit for Back to School, and I'm soooo excited to finally reveal it to you, plus share a freebie!  I absolutely LOVE using Kevin Henkes' books at the beginning of the year because they are perfect for helping students get to know one another and learn about the basics of school life.  Plus, the characters are just too cute! So, here is my newest unit, Back to School with Kevin Henkes & Friends: A Literacy and Friendship Unit Featuring Lilly, Chrysanthemum, and Wemberly!  If you'd like a FREE Movie Star Sunglasses Reading and Writing the Room activity from the unit, just click the pictures below to go to my TPT store and click on the "Download Preview" button! I hope you like it!  I cannot wait to use it with my kiddos this fall!

56 comments:

  1. I did the balloons last year & I LOVE what you did with yours. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Your new Back to School unit looks great too. I'm going to add it to my wishlist!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. July 2014, I will print these and give to students for their birthday. I will give first to students who birthday was in June, July, and August first. Love the idea. Betty Brown 4th grade teacher.

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  2. I'm working on birthday items for next week's Monday Made It! Love how yours turned out!

    Brandi
    Success in Second Grade

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  3. Love the balloons!! Thanks so much for sharing them!!

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  4. Those are too cute and it's super sweet to share them as a freebie:) Thanks for linking up:) I hope you come back next week and link up again:) Don't forget to grab the linky button:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

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  5. I'm definitely doing the birthday balloons now- too cute! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Tales of An Elementary Teacher

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  6. I LOVE your balloons!! Just saved them! ;)
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  7. Hi!!! I just wanted to say thanks so much for all that you share!! I love your blog and have awarded you with the One Lovely Blog Award!!

    Come stop by to pick it up!!

    One Lovely Blog Award

    Kristen
    A Day in First Grade

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  8. Those balloons are darling! Thanks for sharing. I LOVE Kevin Henkes. He's one of my favorites.

    Jessica
    Teach on a Limb

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  9. I love the balloons. I've been looking at these for a week or so, but I wanted one that was generic. I love yours and I've just downloaded it to my "To Do" folder :)

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  10. Hi Mrs. H. I'm not sure if I've commented or not on your blog. But, I am a fellow Tennessee teacher and blogger. We have a group on facebook where we chat, ask questions and "PLC" like crazy! If you are interested in joining please friend me on facebook (Laura Harper Starnes). We are also planning a possible TN meet up in July.
    Thanks for sharing...I love me some Kevin Henkes.

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness

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  11. wow..just...wow. your stuff is great. I'm now following your blog. :)

    mrs tabb

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  12. Hey girlie!!! I hope you are enjoying your summer!! Since I LOVE your blog I have given you two awards! The One Lovely Blog award and the Versitile Blogger award!! Come on over to my page to claim them!! :)
    Michelle

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  13. The unit looks great! I am your newest follower and I just pinned the unit on my back to school board! If you get the chance, come check out my new blog!
    Heather
    Kickin' it in Kinder

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  14. Love the unit! I am working on a back to school unit for Officer Buckle and Gloria!

    I am your newest follower! I hope you'll check out my new "manly" kindergarten blog!

    Greg
    Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten

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  15. Thanks for sharing! I just found your blog! I am your newest follower!

    Sarah
    Kindergarten Korner

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  16. I am your newest follower! Come visit me and enter my giveaway, I would love to be blogging buddies. I love the Kevin Henkes packet, it is on my wishlist!


    Faithful in First

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  17. Thank you for sharing! I just found your blog. I am your newest follower!

    Cindy
    All Things Teachery

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  18. I am totally picking these up, thank you!
    I have nominated you for an award, come on over to my blog and pick it up!
    Vanessa
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

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  19. I just got my straws and am about to make these. Thanks so much for the template. Looks great!

    Firstgradebloomabilities

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  20. So cute!!! I've nominated you for two awards! Come to my blog and grab them.

    mrsshiningersblog.blogspot.com

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  21. Thanks for the cute birthday balloons! I just finished making mine last night. And I found the cutest tin (50c)at Goodwill (girls, if you don't shop there you are missin' out!). It has penguins carrying b-day balloons! I'm going to get floral foam for the bottom and arrange the balloons in it. Can't wait to add it to my room for this year. Thanks again for sharing...off to buy the Henkes Unit...soo fun :D

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  22. I love your birthday balloons! I am printing them off now! I will be teaching 2nd grade, so the Kevin Henkes unit will not work out for me unfortunately! However, I was wondering where you get your Kevin Henkes character clip art? I love them!!!! Thanks!

    Ashley
    www.secondgradeparadise.blogspot.com

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    1. Ashley, I got the clipart from 3am Teacher, but unfortunately, they are not offered for sale anymore. I actually just found out that this clipart (and other clipart that mimics book illustrations) violated the original illustrator's copyright, so I chose to remove it from my unit and replace it with more generic cute mice. Sorry for the bad news! :)

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  23. So, so cute! Where did you get those giant crazy straws? Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Ok I found the straws, but one more question.... how did you print yours big?? Thank you!

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    1. Lacee, the straws are regular-sized crazy straws that I found at Hobby Lobby. I think the picture just made them look giant--sorry! :)

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  25. Thank you for the balloon freebie. Instead of my traditional birthday pencils (which I despise b/c they never sharpen!) I'm going to try out your cute straw idea this year.

    Thanks again,
    Katie
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

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  26. I am loving your birthday balloon idea! I have a cute new bucket and am working on putting them together as we speak. I can't wait to see the finished product!

    Thanks so much!
    Kayla

    BoondockTeachers.blogspot.com

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  27. I just found your blog & I am so stinkin' excited to be your newest follower!! Yay!
    ~Jen
    Jen's Kinder Kids

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  28. If this posts twice, I'm so sorry. My keyboard just went crazy on me.

    I love Kevin Henkes at the beginning of the year. I'm adding this to my wishlist!

    I'm also excited to find yet another first grade teacher blogging. I'm just trying out the blogging world for myself.

    Thanks for the great resource!
    Joell
    Totally Terrific Teaching

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  29. Thanks so much for the birthday balloons! I just found curly straws on clearance at Target for 50 cents per 6 pack. Your other units look so fun - I pinned them for later. Thanks again!

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  30. Thank you So much for the birthday balloons! New follower here and I love it!

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  31. I love your balloons but am having major problems printing them!! :( Is there any way you could email me your freebie to karenbuchanan@northpointeagles.com?

    Thanks so much!!

    ~Karen

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  32. Thank you for the birthday balloons! They are so cute! I'm excited to see my students' reaction to them :)

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  33. Thank you so much for the birthday balloons. I have been wanting do these and yours have polka dots-perfect for my room! Thanks again for sharing.

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  34. Oh I love these balloons, they are so cute with the polka dots, thank you for sharing.

    Dynelle
    http://firstgradefunmrsdunn.blogspot.ca/

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  35. Thank you for sharing! My k's will love them!!

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  36. Thank you for the balloons!! Love them.

    Tammy

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  37. I really want to print the balloons but cant seem to find the link! Can anyone help.. or email me at alicia.mcclure@usd267.com

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  38. I can't find the link either and would also really like to have them.
    Any help? Thanks! :O)

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  39. Yesssssssss! I knew some sweet teacher blogger out there would have a birthday balloon WAY cuter than I would be able to make. THANK YOU for sharing for free!! You made my night and I am certain these balloons will make my students' special days even brighter! :)

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  40. I have just discovered your blog and am in love with it. I have been teaching first grade(in Canada we say Grade One) for over 30 years and am inspired by your ideas and freebies. The birthday straws are so cool, and so much better than pencils. I will be back to your blog often. Jennifer

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  41. I ADORE these balloons! Thanks so much for sharing them! My firsties are going to love them! :)

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  42. Love these, thanks for sharing!!

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  43. I tried to open the link and wasn't able to. Is it still working? Thank you! The balloons are super cute!

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  44. I would like to be able to print these out in a black and white version. Could you send me a black and white pdf? thanks

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  45. Love this idea, I am so using it this year.

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  46. I'm always trying to find something different every year for my kiddos birthdays....thanks for the freebie!! Hoping my 4th graders get as excited as me.

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  47. I can't find the link either. It doesn't appear to be working anymore.

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  48. Sorry. I meant to add if you can respond and let me know how I can get the link?

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  49. Hi Brooke
    Can we get the link for the birthday balloons reestablished? I'd love to implement these for my kinder class this year.

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  50. Hi! Could you please share the link for the balloon template? I would love to use this in my classroom next year as a first year teacher!!

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