December 2, 2016

A warm welcome to all site visitors! New updates will be coming to this site in the next few weeks and they have been long overdue. There will be many revisions made throughout the site and changes here and there. The first of these changes is in the Teacher's Corner in the Download Cafe. All downloads, documents, and files will be moved to my two online teacher stores at Teachers Pay Teachers and Teacher's Notebook. Most of the content that used to be on that page will still be available for FREE. I will also include many updated resources in both stores. If you are looking for something in particular that you are not able to find, please send an email to Thank you so much for stopping and I hope you have a fantastic day!

August 16, 2015

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by. It has been three years since I have last updated this website and the time has come to make some major updates. Three years ago I began a new journey as I began to pursue by PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. As you can imagine, that endeavor along with being a classroom teacher and single mom, took much of my time. I had also began a part time position as an adjunct professor at Barry University. With all of that going on, my website, blog, and new teacher store took the back seat until now. I am now dedicating some much needed time to my website, blog, and teacher stores. It is my hope to create more curriculum material to post in all three places and to continue to share ideas with all of my fellow teachers, students, and parents. Please be sure to stop by Pencils and Magic Wands for a much needed update coming later today and visit my TWO teacher stores over at Teachers Notebook AND Teachers Pay Teachers. The same content will be available in both. If you have any questions, please be sure to send me an email. Take care and hope you visit again! Have a wonderful day.

August 12, 2012

Greetings everyone! I hope your summer has been a blast. I'm starting to get ready to go back to work this week and get the classroom ready for my upcoming 4th graders. It's really an exciting time of the year. It's been tough trying to make regular updates since I've been having computer issues for over a year and I'm still trying to learn a new web design program to take over FrontPage which has not been easy. Nevertheless, I'm going to try my best to work around it and make a few updates here and there. One big announcement I'd like to make is the grand opening of my new teaching blog Pencils and Magic Wands. If you are a teacher, please be sure to stop by and take a look at the classroom ideas I'll be sharing there. The grand opening was Friday, August 10, 2012, and to celebrate I'm doing a 10 Days to Back to School Frenzy where I'll be posting a new back to school idea every day for 10 days. Hope you'll stop by to take a look. I also opened a new Teacher Store over at Teachers Notebook so I invite you to visit and take a look at some of the products I'm currently offering. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

October 10, 2011

Welcome back visitors! The school year officially began on August 22, 2011, and I have been busy in and out of the classroom. Nevertheless, I'm trying to get back to making some much needed updates to the site. Since my last update, I'm happy to announce that my Donor's Choose project Inspiring Lifelong Readers received enough donations to get it fully funded thanks to Alta, Eryn, and Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Our classroom received the last shipment of books last week and the students have been busy reading through all the new, engaging titles. In the next few weeks, we'll be writing our handwritten thank you cards and giving our donors an update on how their contributions have impacted learning in our classrooms. A big THANK YOU once more to all our donors.

Speaking of donors, I would appreciate any help in assisting us spread the word so that our other Donor's Choose project Engaging and Motivating Students through Technology could also receive the needed funding. This project is for an ELMO (not the Sesame Street character...LOL) Document Camera to take classroom instruction to another level. We are in need of getting this project fully funded before its deadline of December 5, 2011. Any help will be most appreciated. Thanks in advance for your support and for taking an interest in education.

On to some new website updates...If you visit Our Classroom you will find that the Home Learning section is completely finished. Also, I've made changes to

July 26, 2011

Greetings to all my wonderful visitors! I have a semi-huge update to announce today. These past few weeks I have been working on updating my DOLPHIN Binders page as well as the large document that goes along with it all. When you visit the page, you will find updated information on how DOLPHIN Binders are used in my classroom as well as the PDF file with all of the resources I put inside it (you can find this file at the bottom of the Dolphin Binders page or in the Download Cafe found in the Teacher's Corner). I added several new pages to this PDF file including a second Math Reference sheet, updated Science Reference Sheet, updated FCAT Reading Task Cards, and new Writing forms to use along with the Writing Binder section which I now also house in the DOLPHIN Binder and will provide more information about it on it's new page in Our Classroom soon. I'm really excited about all of these new forms.

In addition to this update, I've also made updates to my Good Listening Rules and 10 Rules of Creativity posters. You will now find these posters on their respective pages and also in the Download Cafe to download in either black and white or color (look for the blinking "NEW" graphic). Other updates include some new pages that will be coming soon to Our Classroom page. The links have not been activated to these pages since I am currently working on creating them. The new pages will be: Home Learning, What We'll Learn, Gifted Program, Writing Binder & Notebook, Reader's Notebook, Calendar Math, and Science Interactive Notebook. I look forward to finishing these pages and having them available to all visitors soon, students, parents, and teachers alike. Thanks for stopping by and remember to sign up to my Mailing List/Newsletter below if you want to be notified each time I make an update to the site. Have a wonderful day!

July 11, 2011

Happy 7-11-11 everyone! Thank you for coming back to the site. I have a few updates today. I have been working on Our Classroom section of the site and updating some information and documents there. So far I have fully updated the Policy & Procedures, Behavior Management, and School Supplies pages. Please visit these pages for more information.

Attention future parents of my 2011-2012 fourth grade class! You may visit the School Supplies page in Our Classroom section so you may view and/or download the list for the Fourth Grade School Supplies needed this upcoming school year.

Teachers, I have added three new documents to the Download Cafe in the Teacher's Corner. Look under the Classroom Management section of the Download Cafe for the documents on Behavior Bingo, Behavior Chart Record 2, and Behavior Think Sheet. I address how I use these documents in the classroom in my Behavior Management page in Our Classroom section and they are also available in the page for download (at the bottom).

Thank you all for visiting and I hope to have more updates soon. May you have a wonderful day! See you next time.

July 9, 2011

Welcome back! A little update for all my visitors. If you have already subscribed to my Mailing List in order to receive the Updates Newsletter as soon as updates happen, please note that in order to fully subscribe to this service your must do a final confirmation step. An email would be sent to you with a link so you can fully confirm the service. This email MAY be sent to your JUNK or SPAM folder and it will be addressed from me, Mariely Sanchez. Please check inside these folders for an email from me, mark it safe or add to safe list, and click on the link to confirm. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Thank you!

July 8, 2011

Great news! After a wonderful recommendation from my friend, Mrs. Jennifer Gold, I have added an option for all my visitors to subscribe to my site's mailing list so that you can be notified anytime I make an update. Simply look below this update box for the little box titled "Join the Mailing List." All you would have to do is add your name and email, select Subscribe, and then click on GO. I hope you enjoy this new feature.

In addition, there are TWO new downloads available in the Teacher's Corner under the Download Cafe. In the Download Cafe, go to the Math section and look for two new Math posters titled Dr. Math and Aunt Sally. These posters will help students when solving math problems. I hope you'll find them useful.

I've also added these two posters to my most recent post in my Creative Teacher Blog. If you haven't visited this blog, come on over and discover several teaching ideas I have shared. There's also a link on the blog where you can subscribe to be notified every time I add a new post. Just look for the button on the left-hand side menu bar. This blog mirrors the blog I have on ProTeacher, so you'll find the same ideas and resources on both. Those are all the updates I have for today. Be sure to sign up for my update newsletter if you want to be among the first to find out when a new update occurs on this site. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

July 6, 2011

Greetings everyone! I'm slowly making my updates. I just updated my Meet Ms. Sanchez page with a few minor changes. More updates coming up in the next few days. Thanks for stopping by!

July 1, 2011

Welcome visitors! I know it's been quite a while since I've made updates to my site but now that I have some free time this summer I will be working on some new additions. I can't wait to post some new ideas, documents, and resources for all to use. Please come back from time to time to check on any updates made to the site this summer. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your visit!

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