Saturday, August 16, 2014

Something New and an Organizing Tip

WoW I finally have a day without a plan! Err maybe that should be without appointments and commitments! This summer has been busier that most summers...but all good! Just not checking those things off my 'ToDo' List very quickly!

We all know someone who is lucky. I mean they always win, sometimes they don't even have to enter and they win! I'm not that person. I never win. My husband wins a lot of the time, but he was not with me at the TpT conference. Any winning to be done, It had to be done on my own.

 I did it.  Well I didn't have to do anything, but I won.!
 And Here it is my new Look!
Yes I won 50% off of a blog makeover from Tales from a Blog Designer.

I have to say Tessa was wonderful to work with. She was patient with me in all my indecisiveness! Hey it is not easy and it is such a commitment! She gave me a couple of designs to start. I vocalized my likes and dislikes, and after maybe 3 tweaks she had my vision and knocked it right out.

What do you think?
It's the perfect mix of coastal and whimsy.

ANd on to my tip... Although I am sure I'm not the only one who thought of this.

As I have been adding sets to my TpT Store , I began building a Binder of each pack for a reference. Well I would "steal" pages from it to replace something gone missing or for a quick use. I also found that I was going in and out of my store to check a price, or what I said about a particular product especially when I was loading up a new product.

Now several people have put together a binder of forms to help keep track of things (I have a couple of them and I love them!) However they only work if you use them and they don't have the detail I sometimes want such as the description I wrote.
Soooo....
I went to my store and I printed out all of my product information pages
 and put them in my TpT binder!
Now I have all my product info at my fingertips.
The description,
number of pages,  
price, 
the Standards I referenced, etc.
It made it so easy.

So there it is. Something simple to make life a little simpler.
I hope someone was helped by this.
I you were...let me know.
Or did it help spark another idea?

My newest getting ready to be loaded
is another Detective Themed Pack.
available in green  or blue chevron to match
 my other DetectiveThemed products.



Mini Cards both in color  or print black ink ones on bright cardstock...

31 Posters...

44 Activity cards....

also a Workmat, Directions and Idea page, and I can statement cards.
Meets Kindergarten and First Grade Common Core Standards and would be good as remedial for Second Graders.





Monday, August 4, 2014

Are You Ready for a Back to School Sale?

Hi All! It's Sale Day!
I know that I have been looking forward to this sale...
My buying list is long!!
There are so many wonderful products that it makes it hard to choose.
AND
20% off my store items + 10% extra from TpT = 28% offand don't forget to use your TpT points for extra $$$ off, earned by leaving comments!CODE: BTS14Meanwhile...
I have been working on updating some of my products.
I have recently learned how to make editable sheets and the first thing I wanted to so is make my Detective Word Wall Sets Editable.
So if you have purchased them go back and download them again.
Whoopee!
 TpT Store 

TpT Store

TpT Store

And here is a little secret....
Are you ready?
I have been working adding to one of my best sellers,
My Phonetic Spelling Ruleswhich meets CCSS Reading Foundation skill for
kindergarten through 5th grade.
RF.K.3, RF.1.3, RF.2.3, RF.2.3, RF.3.3, RF.4.3, RF.5.3

and I have added more posters,
a Teacher (and Parent) Easy Reference Sheet,
a generic worksheet for practice, and a
6 page mini booklet or rule pages to use in an interactive notebook.
I'm going to wait to mark it up until after the sale.So you'll want to get it now!
This is a great reference,
letting you in on all the rules for when and why words are spelled that way.
When do you use C, K or is it CK?
Is it ou or ow? Does power follow the rules or is it an exception?
Many of the "exception" words really are following the rules.
I used these posters and cheers last year and my scores
improved in language arts.
Need math items?
 Here are some of my new items to check out.
Number Posters with # 1-30.Each poster visually depicts the Number
the Number Word,
The 10-frame for each number,
and Dominos showing the dot patterns.

and in addition to these very helpful posters,
I've included mini cards for individual set to put on a ring,
and a matching game to play.
and my latest product I made for my class, who were having
difficulty comparing numbers and using the correct symbol.
This Multi-leveled Less or Greater Clip-it Activity has students
practice choosing and
reading the symbol in a sentence.
And it has 2 Editable pages!
 

Multiple options
 

And oh so fun! Who doesn't like clothespins?
Happy Shopping Everyone.
I hope you will take a moment to check out my store.
Email me if you have any questions.
Firstgradebythesea@gmail.com




Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Currently

I am joining Farley's Currently for August. This is actually the earliest I have ever done a currently! Hurray for me! 


My husband loves watching all these "mysteries and unsolved murders" shows, where they repeat the same information over and over and have commercials every 7-10 minutes. What's worse is that they is never any closure since its an unsolved murder and the case is still open.
I have been wanting to redo my blog but picking out a designer and paying for it can be overwhelming.
I was so lucky at the TpT conference to win a gift certificate toward a new blog design!
Tesse Maguire of Tales of a Blog Designer and Tales from Outside the Classroom has been so nice to work with and she understood my vision for my blog right away! We are tweaking, not twerking, little details and putting on the finishing touches now. 
Can't wait for the big reveal!
It's August!! 
How do I get all my summer to do's done now in 3 weeks!
I know I'm not the only one thinking this. So now I am prioritizing my list to get the have to's done.
 My little sweetie has just gone through the right of passage into toddler-hood;
She got her first tooth!

She is growing so fast and I'm really glad that I have been spending time this summer babysitting, which is why my list is not getting smaller.
I think it's been worth it.
After all she won't be small for long.
Did start sorting one box tonight. Progress!
Smiling.

23 days! Enough said.



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