Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dream Classroom Makeover Continues...

LOVE getting packages in the mail!!! 
Yesterday was a VERY exciting day for my big classroom makeover!  I got a new writing table, buckets (which will become stools), and my upper cabinets arrived!  Woo-Hoo!!!!  Time to get busy!

I had a dark, rectangular table in my writing area and upgraded to a new round one.  This seemed to be a better fit.  I really disliked the color of the dark wood with the light wood on my new cabinets.  I ordered a 42" table.  I felt that this was still big enough to be comfortable for a group of students, but small enough to allow room to move around.  I chose a light maple with black edging because I felt the black would make the light wood pop.
Love the matching wood!
My writing area is coming together just as I had hoped! It feels fun and creative, but clean and organized.  This area is close to being complete.  I am thinking of getting a new shelf for paper.  The one that I have is not quite fitting in with the "clean and organized" feel!  I need a few more buckets for my wall.  I keep buying all they have at Joann and have to wait for more.

This is a shot of the finished upper cabinets.  This is going to be a terrific work space!  Before school ended, it was SO nice to have the counter top to lay out papers covered with wet paint, sort papers, and laminate projects.  I have always wanted a surface like this in my classroom.  

My next plans are updating my desk, getting a new shelf for my writing area, decorating stools, creating cushions for stools, and adding a magnetic dry erase board to the backside of the cabinet.  After I get these things done, this area of my room will be finished!  Watching my room transform just makes me want to do more, more, more!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Celebrating 10,000 feedbacks with Ten $10 TpT Gift Certificates

I am SOOOOOO  excited that I have just reached a HUGE milestone - 10,000 feedbacks left on my TpT store!  TEN THOUSAND!  I am just in shock!  I want to celebrate big, so I am giving away ten $10 gift certificates to Teachers Pay Teachers.  I am also throwing a 10% sale for the next few days.

You can enter the raffle by:

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If you know anybody else who likes to win free stuff, please share this with them.  I love giveaways!  This is such an exciting milestone for me.  I can't begin to thank you enough for all of your support.  Good luck in the raffle!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Fight Back-to-School Bankruptcy!

I don't know about you, but every year I just about go broke when it's time for school to start.  Crayons are up to $0.50 PER BOX!!!  Sorry to yell, but that one really irks me!  Border, new name tags, notebooks, postcards, the list goes on and on.  And that is just stuff for my CLASS.  My kids need new lunchboxes, backpacks, shoes, uniforms...What's a teacher to do???  I am sure I am not the only one who faces "back-to-school bankruptcy".

I was thinking about this little problem when a light bulb went off!  Why not encourage teachers to stock-up on school items over the summer?  Why not offer items HALF OFF over the summer?  Why not discount the things teachers want most?  Let's do it!!!

All summer, I will offer a new item for 50% off each week.  I will choose items from those that are most wishlisted.  Make sure that your most wished for items are on your list.  It is like "voting" for what will be on sale.  Encourage your friends to wishlist with you so you can get more "votes".  Visit my store by clicking here and start wishlisting!

Week #1 I am featuring the Telling Time MOVE IT games.  Really, only Telling Time to Five Minutes is on the most wishlisted list, but what if YOU wanted a different set?  I better put them all on sale!  These games are SO much fun!  Kids review time with built-in brain breaks.  There is a worksheet for students to record answers or you can have them show answers on dry erase boards.  I like dry erase boards because it's a quick assessment tool.  You can choose to click on the slide and reveal the answers or advance to the next slide without showing answers.  After a few problems, kids get out of their seats to MOVE IT!  There is fun music during the breaks.  After the break, a skunk walks across the screen and tells kids to get back to work.  Watch carefully to see him spray an owl in a tree.  My kids LOVE that part!  It is a guaranteed good time!  Click here to check these games out!

There will be eight weeks of awesome savings!  Please remember that discounts are only offered for one week!  Don't miss out on great savings this summer.  Just think of all the extra boxes of crayons you'll be able to afford when school starts!  :)