Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Techy Tips Tell-All

Since coming back from the TPT Conference, I have been fired up.
But blogging, or creating new sets still seem to be overwhelming.
So I have been on a quest to be more knowledgable about all this blogging, posting, uploading, etc.
And no I am not the expert! I know enough to figure my way around... 
and around...
and around... and some things do take me for-ev-er. 
I know there has to be an easier ways and at least some short cuts!

So I am here to share some places that I have found to be really informative and helpful.

First let me do a shout out to Creating with Cynthia & Cyndie.
They have a series of lessons from very basic
 to more advanced lessons for your TpT store. 
I think I was muddling along fairly well on the basic creations, 
but each lesson either reaffirmed what I was doing 
or gave me an easier tip. 
What I have appreciated most 
was their willingness to respond back 
fairly quick to any question that I asked. 
Definitely worth doing, plus they are great people.

And if you haven't seen the linky from Weekend Warriors 
Blogging,TpT, and Teaching Secrets 
- Its a must!! It truly was one of the best blogs hops I have followed. 
I don't know who started it, but I began with Schroeder Shenanigans. 

The first tip was about giving credit 
for your clip art and font artists. WoW what a time saver! 

There were more awesome tips from:
Many of these wonderful ladies have already taken the time to answer back to some of my comments/questions.

And the last resource I used this weekend
(And I'm sure many of of you have already discovered)
is You Tube. Jessica Sandford from Mrs. Sandford's Class has many tutorials that were very helpful.

So if you are creating for you own class or beginning to sell on TpT, I'm sure you will enjoy these resources. I was able to finally able to respond to the many requests for my Detective Sight Words sets to be editable!! 

Thank you ladies for all your help!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Las Vegas & Back with a FREEBIE!

Wow What a week! Last week Peggy (Primary Flourish) and I took a road trip! Off to Vegas we went on a 6 hour road trip. I call it a road trip since we stopped many times on the way and we found the most interesting facts in the restroom at rest stop.

Sun Dial -It was 9:00am when I took this picture
Fun Fact:
Did you know that the desert tortoise recycles the water from his urine? 

We finally reached Las Vegas and let me tell you I had not been there for many years (many, many  years) and it has certainly changed. Its bigger, the buildings are bigger, and closer! I was like the country bumpkin in the big city. Little did I know this would be the beginning of many more overwhelming moments.

As a little fish in the big sea of TpT Sellers it was an awesome time and event. I have to admit I was more than a little star struck as I met "The Bloggers" and some of the top sellers. I was so excited I forgot to even get pictures as it was hard enough to even speak to some of them. (My problem not theirs). But I found that they were very much regular people, down to earth and much like the people I know through their blog. I mean it was so great when I won a certificate for a blog make over from A Day in Blogger Design, and then Christy from Fluttering through First Grade turned around and said "That's great, Pauline". (or something like that...I don't know which surprise was more exciting, winning or being recognized by one of my favorite blog teams!!) LOL

The seminars were so informative and/or reassuring that I was on the right track. It was so hard to pick which seminars to attend and talking to other people I don't think there was a bad one. Here is the ones I attended with my #1 item I learned.
1. A to Z, Master the Basics: at Fluttering through First Grade with Tammy and     Christy.  Be deliberate with a plan. Schedule your time to work on your             products. Make them Quality
2.Beginning Blogging: at Miss Kindergarten, with Hadar Maor.
     Have a blog that looks professional, find your voice and be real, Don't use it      just for marketing, and use social media to connect it to your followers.
3. Winning at Facebook (My most confusing task): at Corkboard Connection with     Laura Candler.  Post daily, (did you know you can schedule posts?) AND post     things that get people to respond back, like questions or giveaways where         they need to like or follow your page.
4. Ready, Set, Grow: at I'm Lovin Lit with Erin Cobb. Work at it! but keep your       balance within your life. Stay Humble. It is Quality that counts. (This was the     theme with every successful TpT-er, so I think it must be worth noting).

I know you have read more detailed storied with great pictures, so let me just say It was a great conference in every way. From the true support from Paul Edleman and the TpT Team to newbies like me, everyone felt connected like a family. It was a energized time and I came away with a 'list of 'ToDo's' and the feeling of being a part of something I can grow with. Plan to go next year if you can.

Now if you have survived my prattle of feelings about the conference, let me update, as promised, my game Bowling for Numbers reworked, and there is a FREEBIE at the end as your reward.

In part one we played my made-up game where the person with the highest number rolled received a point. But there was no end to the game and little fun for my competitive players. They had to agree on a play until amount of points. The game seemed to end very quickly.


Then another epiphany... I wrote all the numbers that could be rolled on the white board and they had to cross out the number (product) as they rolled and when all the numbers were crossed out, that was the winner. This meant they had to roll numbers over and over, and gaining practice as many numbers are repeated.

Excuse the dirty carpet. This is not my room! I now have tile floors, which I do not like. It's very noisy, but better than old filthy carpet.

Suddenly this was the game to play. I think the jumbo dice and bouncing them on the wall was a definite FAV factor.

So created a recording sheet so I wouldn't have to write the answers each time. We put the sheet in a page protector and used wipe board markers in order to conserve paper. (Another FAV factor)

Recording for Multiplication
Recording for Addition/Subtraction

So if you would like to play this game here is the FREEBIE!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bowling for Numbers Game part 1

I should be packing for Las Vegas but my head is spinning  and I'm waitin' on Laundry to finish.
I know I should not wait until the last minute, 
and I didn't, 
but I changed my mind! 
so now I'm doing laundry.

I have been trying to get to blogging this week because I have stuff to blog about. This summer I have been teaching a Math Club to incoming 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. We just play various games that refresh the brain with number sense.

I have two smartie, patuties that were bored...no foolin! so I had to think fast.
I had some jumbo dice, a white board and an empty corner of a room. So, I said, "You want to play Bowling for Numbers?" Surprisingly they said "Sure" but then realized they didn't know what that was.

Well of course not because I just made it up!

Each girl had 2 jumbo dice of the same color 
so we could tell whose was whose. 
They took turns rolling the dice into the wall, 
where the dice would bounce back and roll. 
Then they had to multiply the 2 numbers and 
the one with the highest number received a point (recorded on the white board). They loved this game. 

It has since evolved into a slightly more sophisticated game
with a recording sheet.
Which I was going to post
but just realized the dryer has gone off
and I must pack and get to bed!
so stay tuned for part 2 and pictures and a freebie.

Vegas dreams...
and thank you to Arisbeth from Sailing into Second since I "borrowed" your Las Vegas picture for my blog. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's July Already!

Happy July 1st!
I feel I'm finally into Summer mode...Well kinda. 
As usual I have a super many too large T0-Do Lists for my ambitious summer vaca. 
Meanwhile I find that I have also over committed myself. Ha! What's new? I have found I am a very goal oriented person and Need deadlines...doesn't sound like summer. But I also need to recharge and relax, but that is hard for me to switch on and off. Except when I read. When I read I let go of everything else, hence I don't read much except on breaks and summer.  I think I live in All or Nothing mode...Not a good balance!

Any whoooo.. I am doing a Math club this summer for incoming 1st, 2nds, and 3rds. It doesn't take a lot of planning so it's a non-stress activity for me. I just pull out center games and let them play and practice adding, subtracting, and multiplying. The idea is to have fun while keeping math in the brain. It's also a good venue for me to try out some new sets I'm working on. Oh and I am tutoring a few, too.

I'm also baby-sitting my sweet little one who is growing so fast. I want to spend as much time with her as I can because during school it's maybe once a week. Not enough!

And in addition to the TPT convention (Can't wait!) I am also attending some conferences at Cal State. Teachers never stop learning do we?

So I keep reminding myself to breath...Have fun.. and do what I want (a little of this and a little of that, something will eventually get done).

So as I finally get to doing my summer, 
I 'll kick it off with Farley's July's Currently

I don't think I need to elaborate so I will spare you.
Thanks for dropping by! Now go play, do something fun, and
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