Sunday Safari - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

Sunday Safari

Welcome! To the first ever edition of the "Sunday Safari!" If you love getting lost in blogs, pinning, and "stealing" great ideas- this is your place to be!

The intention of this feature is to highlight wonderful things going on in Blogland by both NEW and more SEASONED bloggers (I refuse to say old).

The first blog we have is the Teacher Idea Factory! Kelley is a SOON to be rockstar blogger. She has some great- I mean great- freebies and ideas in general. 

Here is an example of one below:
And I couldn't help myself- here is another one I pinned!

Speaking of "pinning" I totally pinned this idea. With a ton of emphasis on the Arts at our school, I love the idea of using abstract art to talk about adjectives. Click on the picture to read more about Kelley's idea.

What ever you do, please go drop by Kelley's blog and tell her I sent you!
                                                           Sour Apple Studio

Our next stop on our Safari is Kenzi(what a beautiful name!) from Every New Beginning and when we talk about new-she is BRAND new! Her first post was about a week ago, but this girl shows promise!

Every New Beginning
Isn't her blog design gorgeous! Wait for it- she did it herself!

Look at some of her great spray painting skills below. I don't say that lightly either. Spray painting really does take skill. I know from experience with a project gone VERY badly :)

Can I admit that I didn't even think about spray painting these storage containers of which I have 18,000? HA! Can't wait to go to Lowe's next week!

By far my favorite project in her list of projects is this sweet mirror!  
What a strong, beautiful message to send your students- and that price tag isn't too shabby either!

Kenzi also introduced me to Word Mark It in her latest post. If there is an easier way to choose a font- I'm down!
Please drop by  to welcome Kenzi to the blogging world!

Now for the more seasoned part of the journey--

You all know the techy and super organized Kristen...

Well- you may not know that she has an amazing series of tutorials for bloggers.
If you ever want to know how to link directly to your blog in comments... check out this post below. That is how I found Kelley and Kenzi! I LOVE comments and I LOVE even more seeing the blogs that come with them :)

I hope you saw something you liked on our first Safari together, and I hope you will join me again next week!

I am off to work on the Math version of my Surf's Up Centers! If you haven't seen my Literacy Surf's Up- go check them out in my store- but only after you finish the Safari :)
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  1. What a great idea to highlight new and seasoned bloggers on your Sunday Safari!! All the ideas you shared today were great. I especially liked the mirror idea. Im so glad you mentioned the tutorials from Ladybug's Teacher Files because I am a newbie and still have lots to learn about blogging!! Thanks again!

  2. You've introduced us to some great new blogs and shared links to some wonderful ideas. I can't thank you enough!

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. Great blogs & ideas!!! Thanks for taking us on this Sunday Safari! I look forward to reading more. :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. I love the Teacher Idea Factory!! She does have some awesome stuff:) Now I have a new blog to follow, The Ladybug's Teacher Files....I just went over there and wow!! Amazing!! Thanks for this great idea!!

    1...2...3...Teach With Me

  5. I found Kenzi and Kelly this past week, and you are right, they are wonderful! Kristen has saved me so many times with her blogging tutorials! Loved your first Sunday Safari!
    Stories From Second

  6. 3 Cheers for Kelley at the Teacher Idea Factory!!! Her blog is one of my new favs. Can't wait to check out the others. Thanks!
    Over the 1st Grade Rainbow

  7. I just found your blog and now a few others to check out! Thanks for highlighting other blogs to check out!

    The Resourceful Apple

  8. LOVE this new feature. If I can't get to Africa to do a real safari, I'll just hang out here on Sundays! ;-)
    You rock!

    1. Feel free to post the button Michelle! You were a BIG part of the inspiration!

  9. I cannot thank you enough for shining the spotlight my way. I've got a smile on my face, my heart is full, and I just know today is going to be a great day (how could it be anything less than stellar with a start like this). Your blog is an inspiration for so many of us and it is awesome that you are taking the time to search out some newbies. I will be blogging about this in a little bit with the button!! I just gotta finish my report card comments first or I never will . . . hehehe (yuck)! Thanks again, Katie.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  10. So fun! Can't wait to check out these new blogs. :)

  11. Both blogs are great! It's always fun to find new blogs to follow!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  12. Great ideas! I am so inspired! I love the mirror idea and I am hoping to get the little drawer thing accomplished this Summer too!

  13. Great idea!! I love Kelley's blog too!!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog

  14. This is an awesome post! You are so giving Katie!

  15. Awesome blogs! Thanks for sharing and highlighting all the awesome things they are doing.
    My Second Sense

  16. How cute is this!! I love it and love the mirror!
    <>< Crystal

  17. OMG! I FEEL LIKE MY BRAIN HAS BEEN VIOLATED! When you emailed about your idea The Teacher Idea Factory and Every New Beginnings were the 2 new blogs that I thought, "Hey if this were my awesome, fabulous idea I would so do them first!" That is so cray-cray/funny :). Anyway, I love this!

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  18. Love the Sunday Safari idea!! And what great ideas each blogger has! :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  19. Oh Katie, you are so sweet! I thought this was such a cool idea and was thinking I had to tell you I loved the idea of the spotlight--I didn't expect to see my blog. Thank you so much, I really appreciate your words. And I am really psyched to have found two new blogs. I hope you have a lovely week!!

    1. Kristen- That is twice in two weeks! I hope you don't think I am stealing your mojo! I just adore ALL that you do!

    2. Thanks so much Katie! No, I'm thrilled beyond words! I feel so swamped at school right now and I miss blogging so much--and this is exactly why. Everyone is so kind and willing to share resources! Thanks again :)

  20. You all are SO sweet! I seriously have tears in my eyes! Thank you so much featuring me. Even though I have only been blogging for a few days, know that I have been reading most of you for a long while and have been inspired daily.

    I am thinking about doing a spray painting step by step soon... would anyone be interested in that? I had an addiction to it for a while- everything in my house was getting painted!

    Someone needs to build a great big school that we can all teach in :)

    Every New Beginning

    1. Yes please Kenzi! I need a tutorial ASAP!

    2. Okay :) Today is too humid, but tomorrow is looking good. Thanks again for being so awesome!!!

    3. when this comment showed up out of context on my phone- I thought you had lost your mind! Now I get it! :) HA

  21. awesome idea!! I love the word mark it site!! Thanks for sharing their ideas with us :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  22. LOVE the mirror!!! Thanks for sharing all this!!

  23. Two great blogs! Thank you for sharing them with us!
    Conversations in Literacy

  24. Thanks for the ideas and sharing those great blogs!!

    I hope you'll check out my new blog!

    Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten

  25. we seem to think that just because we have eyes we can see everything around us...

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