Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Two for Tuesday! Half Price Deal

I have just figured out how to make items in my Tpt store 50% off!
 AND just in time for Two for Tuesday!

So to celebrate I am joining Cyndie from Chalk One Up For the Teacher
with her Two For Tuesday Linky Party
My first product is BRAND-NEW called 
Hard or Soft G Sounds
part of my Teach the Difference Series.
It has Interactive Activities, Games, and Recording Sheets
as well as directions to teach the difference.

31 pages of kid-tested fun!
In addition I have also included a companion product
Phonetic Rules fro Spelling with Anchor Posters and Cheers!
You can find them by clicking on the pictures above.

I'll leave them at this price till Wednesday Noon since I posted this about noon on Tuesday.
A 24 hour sale should be 24 hours, don't you think?

for more fantastic HALF OFF Buys!

Terrific Tuesday!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Do You Do With an Idea?

What teacher doesn't like books? Here is a new one for me although it was published in 2013. It won a Independent Publisher Book Award. I received this from a student in my class for Teacher Appreciation and it touch me so much with its huge message. And if you haven't seen it it is a must.
What Do You Do With an Idea? 
by Kobi Yamada
Link to Barnes and NobleLink
 Barnes and Noble:
This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. 
This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It’s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what ...

I love how it starts with the idea being in color and as the story (idea) develops there is more color.
My class loved this book as much as I did.
And it generated a lot of dialogue about ideas and not giving up on ideas.
I told them about how computers began as an idea.
Original computers were as big as our classroom and with many ideas from many people they computers are now in our cell phones.
No idea is silly!
Other people may not understand your idea!
And maybe your idea doesn't work BUT it could make a better idea.
I think this is going to be our class theme this year.
Somehow...
I not sure what it will look like...
but I have an Idea!

What do you do with an idea?


Saturday, June 27, 2015

I Am NOT the only Container-holic !??

I admit it! I seriously need help.
 I am a Container-holic!! 
Especially in the summer.
I cannot pass up plastic containers...
big, small, tall, skinny, with lids, without lids, etc.
And if it comes in colors, OMG!, I have to get more than one color.
I don't even have a plan for many of them.
But potential! I see a lot of potential
AND
If I wait, well we all know what happens...
They will be GONE!
Here's the story this week.
I went to target to get 1 thing. ONE thing!
and I passed the Dollar (aka now the $1 to $3) Spot.
FILE BINS!
with chalkboard labels
and look at that nice aqua color!
and the lighter green than last year.
So I had to get them
But now I need at least 4 or 5 more of those aqua ones to make a group!
Meanwhile I also saw these Dry Erase clear Pockets (which last year I ended up needing a few more for a class set). So I bought 6 orange ones in case I needed to color group them.
 And the sentence puzzle game (center activity) 
and look at that cute little polka dotted bucket,
 (which you can never have too many of!)
 Pencil die cuts for my writing folders (saving ink this year)
Grade book for $1 (also great for check lists like homework, field trip money...)
The US map is actually for my friend who is moving to 3rd. This map has the US capitals on it so I thought it would be useful.
Okay the continuing saga of the containers.
I then stopped at 2 more Targets looking for those Aqua bins (remember I only have 1 of the 5 that I need want) with no luck.
Then I remembered the posting from Miss Kindergarten about her Early Finisher's Center.
She had the cutest 2-drawer containers which she got at JoAnne's Fabric. 
From MissKindergarten
What-activities-for-fast-finishers
So I stopped. They didn't have the nice, bright colors, but they had black and I knew I could brighten them up
But not at $29.99!
I looked and found a 60% off coupon,  and excitedly went to make my purchase for only one with the plan of finding another coupon. BUT I couldn't use the coupon because it was already on sale for $17.99.
Okay I thought, I can always return it.
Back to my car and off to one more Target Store near my house,
Still looking for 5 more aqua color bins!
And no bins BUT found these at $7.99 each!
 Not crazy about the ridges but loved the price. Bought the 2 that I needed and went back around the block and returned the black one to JoAnne's.
Time to go home, however I was passing the $1 Store, where I had not been to since the week before school was out (which was 2 weeks ago). Decided I needed to just check in.
I'm afraid they will close if I don't come by regularly.
And yes I found these PERFECT little bins for some small center games.
They are 7.5" X 5.5" with the clip lock handles. They will hold a half sheet of paper for recording and pencils or markers if needed, or scissors and glue and have it all contained without having a big box taking up shelf space. (I have no shelf space. In fact I have a small room with very little space.)

So there you have it!
I know I am NOT the only one.
Container-holics Unite and we will organize the world.
AND
I am still looking for 5 Aqua Plastic File bins...come on Target...Please get some more!