1…2…3 Million Teacher SALE!

Most of you have probably heard the news by now–TpT is having a site wide sale on February 27-28 to celebrate 3 million teacher users!!!  All items in my store and many others will be up to 28% off during this sale.


Don’t forget to check out some of these great products to stock-up on for next year (click on the pictures for purchasing information):

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Or maybe if you are looking for more seasonal products:



Great for 2nd grade literacy center!

Great for a 2nd grade literacy center!

Spring gardens math and literacy

Well, that’s about all I have time for today.  I’m trying to multi-task while making dinner and chasing my 2-year old!  Yikes!


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A Little Update…

Hello everyone!  It feels like it has just been forever since I’ve updated my little ol’ blog!  Well, there’s probably quite a few of you that are wondering where I’ve been!  So I will just start at the beginning.  Two years ago I made the big leap and moved from teaching special education to teaching second grade!  I love teaching second grade and I have such a great bunch of kiddos :).  Aside from all of that (which would keep me busy enough ;))  my hubby and I adopted FOUR kids!!!!  I’m so happy to tell all of you that I am officially a mommy!  I guess that it was exactly two years ago when my hubby and I started our adoption journey.  We had some friends of ours that adopted through the foster care system.  Their precious kiddos were just the sweetest little guys and we got to thinking that maybe foster adoption would be a great option for us, since the good lord had not yet blessed with any babies of our own.  After doing some research the statistics on kids in the foster care system were staggering.  There were thousands of kids in our own county that were placed in foster care.  We immediately felt that God was telling us that this was something that we needed to do.  We completed our certification process and home study through a non-profit adoption agency in the fall of 2012 and eagerly awaited a call for placement.  I will never forget when I got the call from our agency at the end of October 2012.  Our adoption social worker actually told us about a few kids that were going to be available for adoption throughout the state and then she told us about our four babies.  There was just something about their story and I knew right then that these were going to be my children.  We submitted our home study to the county and prayed that we would be the selected family, then in mid-November we got the call!  The county had selected us as a possible match for the babies!  We were so excited!  The night before Thanksgiving 2012 our sweet babies arrived–three girls and one boy ages 5, 3, 2, and 1!  We were pretty much instantly a family of six.  Let me tell ya–my mommy learning curve has been huge!  I cannot BELIEVE how much has happened in just a year.  This last fall I’m so very happy to tell you that we finalized our ADOPTION!

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As I sit here with my now 3 year old, who has a case of the “sickies” I just wanted to share with all of you the overwhelming sense of gratitude that I have for my wonderful little family.  I’ve also been teaching and creating as much as I can.  I promise to post some more classroom pictures soon.

Take care my friends!

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Cyber Monday…TpT Style!

Tomorrow is the big day and I can hardly wait!  My own TpT wishlist is bursting at the seams and I can’t wait!  It’s that time of year again for the Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale!  Whoo-whoot!  


Image courtesy of Jennifer Jones. Check out her blog Hello Literacy for great ideas!

In case you are looking for some fun seasonal items, check out these things from my store:


This is the perfect gift to make parents if you are looking to make a fun and memorable gift with your students and only costs $3.50!


This emergent reader book set is perfect for early readers and goes along great with any gingerbread man unit!


If you are looking for some fun Christmas themed activities to complete in your classroom then check out this pack!

These are just a few fun activities that you can readily implement into your classroom for the month of December.  Have fun shopping everyone!  


TpT Flash Sale!!!

Wow! I’m so excited to tell you that because TpT has hit a milestone of 100,000 likes they are having a site-wide sale to celebrate! I’m joining in on the fun and all items will be on sale until Monday, October 14, 2013. So what are you waiting for? Start shopping and stock up today!

Here is the link to my store:



Spelling for Little Learners…Part 1




It’s finished…its FINALLY finished!!!!  This product has been like a year in the making!  When I taught special education I made my own spelling lists for my kiddos.  Most of my kiddos were functioning at a kindergarten reading level and needed pictures to match the words that they were learning so they could put it in context (many of my babies also struggled with their vocabulary development).  The picture below is a sample of what one week’s worth of materials consists of.  Twelve different spelling lists are included–most focusing upon short vowel sounds.  


The following contents are included:

  1. Big teacher version spelling list for each week–you could also post these in your room as a reference :).
  2. Big spelling word cards.
  3. Sound spelling focus anchor charts–great for small group instruction.
  4. Student version of weekly spelling lists–great for homework!
  5. Student test sheets.
  6. Over six different worksheets for each week–great for either homework or independent class work.
  7. Read/Write the Room center activity with student recording sheet–great for a center!
  8. Bee a Good Speller Word Building Center–another great center activity!
  9. Mini-version of word cards and pictures–great for a pocket chart center!

This unit is gigantic!!! Over three-hundred pages long and for the next 24-hours as an introductory offer you can purchase it for 50% off!  Hurry because it will only be $6.00 through September 9 :).

Oh ya! It’s that time of the year again…

Teachers Pay Teachers is having their annual Teacher’s Appreciation sale on May 7-8th! Whoo-hoo! It’s time to stock up and shop it up everyone! Everything in my store will be 20% off for the next couple of days! Image

Click the picture above to be taken to my TpT store. The lovely graphic above was created by Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs. Check out her shop for some great and adorable clip-art!

What I’ve Been UP to…

Hellurrrr my bloggy friends!!!  I know that I’ve been MIA for a while and let me tell ya–it’s been one busy year so far!  Today is the first official day of my Thanksgiving vacation and I am thankful for some rest!  As many of you know, I am at a new school this year and teaching 26 lovely second graders!  I’m loving second grade and I have learned SO much in a short period of time.  Being back in the general education classroom is very different than teaching special ed.  My grade level team is great and I’m really enjoying getting to know so many of the staff members on campus.  I’m also coaching cheer again at my elementary site, but my squad is much larger (I have 31 girls!).  I’ve slowly been making things, but I’m just now starting to get into my “groove” I guess in the classroom.  Last week I posted a new fun Fall Literacy Center pack, which my kiddos just loved!  There are five literacy centers included.

These activities are also included in the pack, but I also wanted to sell some of the activities individually in case you were interested.

We also made Stone Soup last week!  One of my favorite activities to complete with my students!  Here is a picture of our yummy soup, which my kiddos loved!

I just uploaded these fun companion activities to my TpT store in case you are interested :).

Here’s a little free activity for you that we completed in class this week :).  We also made posters that featured the characters, setting, and B-M-E (beginning/middle/end) of the stories (sorry I forgot to take a pic of this :().  Click the venn diagram below to download the activity.

I hope that all of you have a nice and relaxing week!  I hope to post some more things this week, so come back and check often!  :)

Classroom Photos 2012…

Hi everyone!  Now that I finally feel like I have rested up from the weekend, I would like to share some pictures that I took of my second grade classroom.  I apologize in advance for the picture quality–I took all of the pictures with my iPhone before school started a couple of weeks ago.  I have been so busy in the last couple of weeks that this literally feels like the first time that I actually have time to write a blog post.  I have missed you guys,  so I included some FREE things for you guys  in this post so make sure that you read the whole post  :)!

I have to tell ya–I’m loving my second graders!  They are so sweet!  We are starting to get into a routine and I am so looking forward to the rest of the year with them!

This pic was taken from the front door where students enter.

This picture is from the back of the room.  The boards are pretty much bare to save space for anchor charts that I will make with my kiddos.

This is the photo from the back door. My word wall is located on the cabinet doors.

Here is a close-up of the word wall cards.

Here is my classroom library.

I added some tissue paper pom-poms to my library area for a 3-D effect.

ABC cards that I made to coordinate with the colors in the classroom. I loved how they turned out!

Standards posters for the back cabinets. I added ribbon for some extra “cuteness”.

As many of you know, I spent most of the summer reading about the Daily 5 and I am planning on implementing many of these strategies in my classroom this year.  I have to tell you that I really contemplated how I wanted to set-up my classroom library.  I ended up purchasing bins from Dollar Tree and purchased Reagan Tunstall’s Classroom Library bin pack from Teachers pay Teachers.  This was a total time saver for me!  I still have to go through and label all of the AR levels, but my kiddos have done a great job keeping everything clean and organized.  If you are interested in checking out this product, then check out my pin on Pinterest.

The following items are from my TpT store:

Now on to some FREE items!

There is one more FREEBIE because I think you guys are awesome :).

I hope that you guys have a great week!

Back to School Sale!!!

Yippee!  It’s almost here!  My cart is all loaded up and ready to go!  I feel like it is almost Christmas :), in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Teacher’s Pay Teachers is having their BIG back to school sale on Sunday and Monday (August 12-13) and all items in my store will be marked down 20% off, but you can receive an additional 10% off of all of your purchases as well from Teachers Pay Teachers!  Just enter the promo code BTS12 upon checkout.  Here is a link to my store if you want to check it out:  Barbara Kilburn’s Teacher Pay Teachers Store

I want to give a big shout out to Amy Lemon’s for creating the adorable picture that you see above!  I’m linking up to the big sale at the Blog Hoppin‘ website!  There are many wonderful sellers participating so you should check it out!

Here are a few items in my store that would be great to start out the year:

Thank you so much for checking all of this out and have fun shopping!