Sunday, June 21, 2015

Teachers Prepping Teachers Workshop

Hi there! I am so excited to share my next adventure with you!! Two of my favorite blogger-teachers and I are teaming up to prepare you for the best school year ever! Jessica from Ideas by Jivey, Mandy from Mandy's Tips for Teachers, and I have collaborated to bring you a day filled with three awesome sessions to enhance the core subjects in your classroom!

This session will take place at Chattahoochee Tech in Marietta, Georgia. It will be a fun-filled, full-day session (9:00 AM-4:30 PM) with a lunch break. When you register, you can order a Firehouse boxed lunch for a few extra dollars, or you can bring your own lunch. It's your choice! Please buy your box lunch ticket by July 21 if you want the Firehouse lunch!
We will have some awesome swag for everyone who attends, fun giveaways, and of course, super-informative sessions that will get you in the perfect mind-set to get your school year started off on the right foot! There will also be discounts offered on our products the day of the workshop!

Ready to register?
Prices will go up July 5th,
so make sure to sign up to get the early bird discount!

We are so excited to get you prepared for your new school year! We hope to see you there!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Makeover Madness- We COMPLETELY revamped our Subjects and Predicates Pack!!

Hey there!!  We haven't been the best bloggers lately.  I'm so sorry about that!!  In order to try to get involved, you'll see that we'll be joining some linkies and recently, we found one to get the ball rolling so that we might be better bloggers and creators FOR YOU!

We are joining up with several lovely bloggers (you can find out more by heading to Emily's blog at Third in Hollywood) to do a product makeover.  I thought some of you may be really THRILLED about this because maybe you OWN the product, and now you can just redownload it and I think you will agree it looks A LOT better!

I chose to redo our Subject and Predicate Pack because, well, it was one of the products we FIRST made and we did it based on what we had made years before and still used in our class.  We did try to make it look better, but now that we have a few years under our belt on TpT, we just didn't feel comfortable leaving it like it was because people often buy several of our grammar units because they like how they are set up, and, well...this one just wasn't up to par with the new units we had made.

So, we thought CLEARLY it needed a makeover, we just needed to DO IT.  So I did!!  Here's what it looked like before:

Originally, it was a "Monkeys at the Beach" kind of theme.  Which was cute.  There was a lot of white space and there were pages where when I had originally made the practice sheets, I put two sheets on a page because I was *illegally* printing them from my printer and so I was trying to save paper.  Well, we now know there are other ways we can save paper and so I needed to fix that.  Plus, I changed the clipart and made it a little meatier (in my opinion), now that I sort of know what I'm doing.  Oh, and I tried to format it like our other grammar units.

Here's what it looks like now!
In case you need to see it side by side:

Here are more pictures of what it looks like now:

Looks a wee bit different, right?  So, if you own this product hurry!  Go!!  Redownload it!!  You can click HERE to see if you already own it.

ANNNNNND, if you don't own it, but think you could use it, I'll have it on sale for HALF OFF until Saturday.  Click HERE if you'd like to buy it half off!

So, what do you think?  (It's okay for you to be honest...truly!)

Doesn't everyone love a makeover?  ;O)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Math Manipulatives- Organizational Tips and Tools Linky

Happy June!!! I can't believe the SUMMER is FINALLY here! :)
I'm sorry I have been away so long....finishing the school year and prepping for baby has been crazy busy! Exciting and fun, but so much to do!
I am enjoying the warm weather and preparing for the arrival of our sweet baby boy- could be any day now! Until then, I'm linking up with The Primary Peach (a collaborative blog with teachers from Georgia) to share some great classroom organization tips.

I'm excited to share some organizational tips and tools with you- this will be a weekly Sunday Linky through The Primary Peach.

This Week's Tip: Organizing Math Manipulatives 

My Math Manipulative Organization is nothing fancy or cute, but it works for me and my students. I've found the best way to organize these materials is to sort them into plastic containers and label them. I keep them all on a metal shelf behind my desk. This way I can grab the bins I need easily and distribute the materials to the students. And if I realize I need something else in the middle of a lesson, I can have one of my students go grab it. :)

For games and centers that require manipulatives, I pull out however many I need and place them in a smaller labeled container or plastic baggy. Then I can keep it with the game or center for the kids to use as needed. That way, I still have the bin of remaining manipulatives if I need them for a mini lesson or small groups.

My favorite place to find containers for manipulatives is Dollar Tree- they're cheap AND cute! Take a look below- I really want some of those pink and blue clip top lid ones- so cheery and bright!

I hope this gives you some ideas for organizing your manipulatives!

Please check out other Organizational Tips and Tools on the Primary Peach Blog- just click the image below.

Happy Sunday! Thanks for stopping by!  :)

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