Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cyber Monday TPT sale! (plus Bonus Tuesday)

I did it! I am hosting my FIRST sale at my TPT store. It is quite exciting. So Teachers Pay Teachers is hosting a sale called Cyber Monday and Bonus Tuesday... doesn't that title make you think you are going to be online all day?

I think so because I already have stuff on my wishlist for things to buy on sale day. Many of my favorite bloggers are participating in this sale too. I can't wait to get the things I have been "drooling" over for months now on discount. So at my store you get 20% off including my 3 new products I just posted this weekend. I know, but it's my first sale! Go big or go home!:) And Teachers Pay Teachers is adding in 10% to my discount and you could get up to 28% off! See below for the promo code to use as you stock your shopping cart of fun things for you and your kiddos to do from now until the end of the school year. Click on banner to go to my store:)
Button by Ashley Hughes

  I am a little nervous about the sale but I feel a part of the "team" of tpt sellers. So don't forget to go shopping on Monday and Bonus Tuesday for some great buys. I have listed a few of my favorite sellers below:
Fun in First   First Grade Blue Skies  The Inspired Apple  Mrs. Stamp's KindergartenKindergarten Smiles   Miss Kindergarten  If you have a store, join the linky party (scroll down) and get your store some recognition.:)

While hunting for my faves, I found a new blogger... Teaching the Littles
Teaching the Littles

 Happy Shopping! Enjoy!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pinterest Creations

My goal this year is to try more things that I have found on Pinterest. Is it as addicting for you as it is for me? I can pin things like crazy but I was never daring enough to actually try it and see how it went unless it came with a template or something. Here are some things I have tried and actually completed with my kids. Now it is on to find Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa stuff. My motto (and my principal's motto) is to be MORE hands-on... we are sort of in a paper shortage again... now we have to get what we want copied approved!! I still have my own paper but now I want to use my construction paper!


This was another cute idea for Halloween/Red Ribbon Week. I needed myself to get into the Halloween spirit but we were also supposed to be doing more red ribbon stuff with our kids rather than Halloween. (Bummer, I know) But this way it fit into everything. The kids got a kick out of it and this was one of those projects that you have to let the kids "go" with it. I do find that difficult... to let go and let them do it how they want. You know when you see something (on Pinterest) and you want to copy how it looks exactly, but when you hand it to a child they sort of run with it in a different way... that is what happened here and for my next project.

Via Pinterest from Literacy and Laughter

 Aren't these cute? This project turned out great but boy did it take a long time... we had to postpone our ice cream party til Monday as our turkeys took the whole time. But if you click on the picture check out some of their answers. And I wrote exactly what they said (even that was hard for me). I'm a work in progress.

Speaking of our ice cream party... my kids are celebrating how many compliments that they got since the last party. I found this idea off a blog somewhere (if it is your idea please let me know) to hang paper chains/links  up for each compliment you receive and have it measure something across the room before you can have your next reward. Well my kids got 24 compliments in September (it wasn't even over yet) and our chain started at the top of the bulletin board and went to the floor. From there we started a new pattern color and used the edge of the bulletin board wall to the end of our carpet for the next reward (a cookie party). Then I let the kids vote on their next compliment prize and they voted for ice cream (popsicles and popcorn lost). In order to get that party they had to get the compliments to reach from the end of our carpet pass the green table. Maybe  I should have done a table further away but we were on a roll and I went with it. So now my kids have earned 94 compliments and it is only the middle of November. I still have 2 compliments to add from Friday. If we reach 100 compliments, I might have our 100th party early (our 100th day of school always happens around Valentine's day... boo!) I can see it now... asking the parents to bring treats so we can celebrate and practice counting up to 100- we sing our I Can Count to a Hundred song (Jack Hartman) every day, but to put it into practice would be great.

So after that celebration happens, does anyone have any other ideas for rewards? I might try to see if they would want to have double recess for a whole week... Double recess was our first September prize and they seemed to have liked that. I am open to all ideas. Thanks so much! Here is one more picture to leave you with... it is a labeling activity I had my kids do with a partner. They labeled "the teacher" then they labeled their partner.
Have a great weekend! Enjoy