Saturday, May 23, 2015

Getting' Beachy with So Cal Bloggers FREEBIE Link Up and Giveaway!

Summer is almost here, and I am excited to celebrate the end of the school year by linking up for a giveaway and freebies with my awesome So Cal blogger friends. Many thanks to Kristen at Easy Teaching Tools for hosting this!

 Easy Teaching Tools So Cal End of Year

This year past school year has seen quite the crazy weather all over the country, but being on the west coast, we've only had a mild winter compared to elsewhere. Still there have been more cold and rainy days than usual when it's supposed to be summer weather already in May.  However, I was able to capture a few sunny pics from one of my favorite places in Southern California when I made a quick weekend getaway to Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City, USA. This is because it's the home of many surfing competitions. 

Lately, it has been overcast or raining lightly off and on, and we even had a thunder and lightening storm to start everything off over a week ago. I was very happy when the sun came out in time to walk to an early dinner and visit the pier in an area known as The Strand off the Pacific Coast Highway. There are numerous tasty restaurants, and shops to explore right across from the beach. 
We had the most amazing shrimp and steak at Sanchos! This place is a must try if you are in the area and it's right on PCH at 6th street.

Also, one of the nearby beaches called Bolsa Chica is one of the few remaining spots that still has fire pits. I have enjoyed many camp fire eclairs and smore's with good friends over these flames.  I hope you enjoy the pics and get a chance to visit this wonderful beach town. 

Finally, it's on to my End of School Year FREEBIE!  I created this kid themed paper for my students, so they no longer had to write their end of year letters to the incoming third graders on boring paper. I find my students are always more motivated to go through the writing process when they know that cool looking paper is available for the final publishing stage.  Students include what they enjoyed about their time in third grade, and they also tell the future incoming third graders about any of my pet peeves and rules they need to follow. Every year I enjoy reading my students reflections on the past year. There are usually a couple of funny ones too.

 FREE Kid Themed Writing Paper FREE Kid Themed Writing Paper

Don't forget that you can find other End of School Year Freebies from my blog buddies below, and you can enter to win a Tieks shoes gift card Giveaway by entering the Rafflecopter at the end of this blog. I hope you enjoy your summer vacation! 

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  2. Love your California pics! Thanks for the cute and useful freebie!
    Peggy @ Primary Flourish

  3. Thanks for the freebie, and the chance to win a Tieks giftcard!!!

    Here is my link

  4. Julie, your Kid themed paper will be an favorite in my writing center. Thank you.
    Pauline @ First Grade by the Sea

  5. What cute paper; thanks!! I love Huntington Beach also! (Or any beach!!) Happy summer; we're almost there!!

  6. thanks for this usefull article, waiting for this article like this again. happy mothers day sister