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I'm delighted that you have taken the time to drop anchor here at my little teaching blog: Sailing Though 1st Grade! Oh, the places we will go! Enjoy the voyage.

Mar 29, 2013

I am throwing a egg-cellent sellers sale along with all of my favorite teacher authors on TPT. Stop by my store and hunt down my 5 favorites for a 20% discount. "Hoppy Hunting"! 

Mar 26, 2013


Here's a quick and easy game to play with your kiddos before sending them off for Easter/Spring Break.  Print out the cottontail words and attach to children's backsides so they can't see their word.
Have each child ask yes or no questions to determine which Easter-themed proper noun, noun, or verb they are. This can be done with the whole group, in small groups, or even in partners to speed things up.

I have also included a parts of speech sort, and an ABC order recording sheet to get the most out of those cottontails.


Mar 23, 2013


If you download my "Follow the Yellow Brick Road Long O Word Work Freebie before 8:30 PM PST on Saturday, make sure to download the updated file. I found a few more errors with the scramble this evening.

Thanks for stopping by!


Long O Freebie

Over spring break I watched one of my favorite movie classic - The Wizard of Oz with my two boys. I never get tired of it!

So, when I saw Nikki's (from MelonHeadz Illustrating) adorable Oz-themed clip art yesterday I just had to buy it.  I used it to create this week's word work pack for Long O spelled o_e, oa, and ow. 

My students love to read and write the room, do word searches, and play "I Have, Who Has. So I included all of these activities along with a couple of word games. You can grab the pack here for FREE.

Mar 19, 2013

Buy One Get One Free

50th Freebie

Today I turn the big 5-0! Yikes... It hardly seems possible. Although I am not excited about being so OLD -I feel so tremendously blessed to be healthy and happy and to have not only a wonderful husband, two amazing sons, and a job that I love - teaching 1st grade, but wonderful blog followers like you.

God has truly blessed me beyond believe. So, to celebrate 50 years of blessings, I am throwing a TPT sale today. Everything in my store is 20% off - since that is as much as the site allows me to discount... I was really hoping for a 50% off sale ... but...since that is not possible, I am offering a buy one, get one free  on March 19, 2013 only! (Please note:  free item must be of equal or less value than the item purchased) Simply purchase an item in my store on March 19th and then email me at dcandau@sbcglobal.net with "50th  Freebie" in the subject line.  Make sure to tell me which freebie title you would like from my store and I will email it to you as soon as possible. Emails must be received on or before 11:59 PM PST on March 19th. Happy Tuesday!


Mar 11, 2013

Bunny Books

Looking for an adorable Easter-themed writing and paper craft project? Then you might want to hop on over to my TPT store to download a copy of my Bunny Books pack - which I am offering FREE between now and Friday, March 15, 2013. I made these with my class last year and they really turned out adorable.

But the best part is... the students' very own egg-shaped published story is hidden inside.  That's no yolk!!!

Happy Spring!