Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Take A BITE Out Of Teacher Prep!

Hey Finder Friends,
Summer has given me a little time to sit back and think about the past school year and reflect a little bit. I think it is fair to say that I invested a lot of time communicating with parents last year. I spent more time devoted to communication than any other year and maybe all years combined. There were days that left me exhausted from it all. It did not take long for me to realize I had to streamline this process for myself and save myself a little time. I had always wished for a newsletter template but I always decided to devote time to the most pressing or urgent needs and I never got around to it.
This summer I was able to create an editable newsletter template that I will use for weekly communication with my class. In the past I have used several different types of letters to communicate but often times I would dread coming home and creating it and making it visually appealing at night after a long day of school. I wanted to spend my time communicating personal milestones and accomplishments instead of decorating a newsletter or focus on the content of my message.
Each newsletter has a front page and a coordinating back page that can be used if needed. I wanted to be able to write about what was going on in different areas of the curriculum so I created different spaces so I had options. I think I used just about every set of graphics that I had on hand so that I would have a newsletter for just about everything. I know this will get me motivated because all I have to do is add my content and print. No more searching for the creative clips...just add the content and print. I have included newsletter templates with graphics for birthdays, back to school, apples, pumpkins, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, gingerbread, penguins and polar bears, snow, popcorn, cookies, Valentine's, Groundhog's, Saint Patrick's, Earth Day, spring, talent show, growing, garden, gumballs, lemonade, Mother's Day, bears and bee's, ice cream, rainy days, toys, superhero, summer, detective, art, pigs, graduation, robots and a template to add your own. No more searching or shopping for the right clip just add your content and go!
I also wanted a template that was black and white so that I had a few options... I wanted to be able to print these on colored paper and have them stand out in the parent-child communication folders. Let's be honest...I wanted to also hide from the color "ink police" as well and this gets my goal accomplished and keeps the "ink police" at bay. But I am a girl who loves options! So, because this is editable, I can add color to the text in the body of my content and have words or phrases stand out and look eye catching without the entire page being filled with color, which makes option two...color ink friendly. And best of all, it looks good with splashes of color here and there so much that it would be simple to jazz these templates up and send them to the parents through email. So option three is pretty...earth friendly!
And if you are a font lover like me you can use your favorite font because...all you do is add you content in the text boxes and print or hit file, save as, name it and send that little ditty on it's way! So simple and no fuss just good ol' communication. What the heck, go the extra mile and save or print a copy for your documentation of communication with parents...but you already knew that one I am sure. With over 36 editable, seasonal premade newsletter templates just ready to go you are going to look like you have it all together! If you need more information just click on the images above.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Texas "I Can" Statements!

The new Math TEKS for 2014-2015 have been added just in case you and your friends are getting a jump on things!
 I have taken some time for myself and have been busy working on my Summer Bucket List the Texas Edition... I have had the chance to travel around and see different parts of Texas this summer and checking off those bucket list items that I have always wanted to do. There is so much to love about this state and the natural beauty is something to treasure. While spending time in the car I have had lots of time to think about the coming year and make plans for the new school year and I remembered that I had these all ready to go last year. They saved my skin a few times because I was ready and prepared for any walk though by the "objective detectives" because they were up and posted for each lesson. It was a huge time saver because it was ready to go all year so it was one less thing I had to think about and I just loved that. But posted objectives also helped me to make sure that I was hitting the targets. And it also helped me to remember to restate the objectives more often than I would have. It served as a visual reminder for me. I used a daily schedule pocket chart that I bought at Mardel's when they were on sale. I love this pocket chart because it has lots of pockets to post multiple objectives. You could easily get away with a small pocket chart from Target...those little dollar ones if you didn't have to post every subject.
All I have to do now is decide what pocket chart I am going to put these in and print, cut and laminate and I will be ready for a year of posted objectives. And they are all there, every single cotton pickin' one of those objectives!
Language Arts
Social Studies
I have even made nifty little pockets for each subject that I can staple up on my objective board and hold each set of subject objectives so that I can dash in on Monday morning and find my current objectives and post them in a quick, fast minute before any "walk through" takes place! I am thrilled to not have to think or worry about having the current objective up when needed or typing them out one by one on lesson planning night! And with these little clip on stars, you can let those "objective detectives" know exactly where you are on each objective by clipping these right next to each standard. How fun is that?
These objectives fit perfectly in a scheduling pocket chart or two Target Dollar Spot pocket charts!
Got ya covered even if you have to tell the "objective detectives" just exactly "how" you will accomplish those goals too! Just type in the editable field and let them know how all this teaching magic is going to happen! So, if you are like me and you want to cross this off your list and you need more information just click on the picture!
Until next time! Click on the images above for more information!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Back to School?

Hey Kinder Friends,
Are you ready for the Back to School rush? I hate to admit it but I am not near ready for the rush to begin. I am still working on my Summer Bucket List and having a little fun. I keep telling myself there is still time and all I need is a little...balance. There is still time to have a little fun and still time to get ready for the B2S rush. And sometimes we need a little help to accomplish both. So I have teamed up with my friends at Freebielicious to offer up a sweet deal and I am kind of excited about it!
What I love about this deal is that it includes bundled and downloadable resources that are sure to get you going for the B2S rush. I love instant downloads and I love having them saved o my computer and ready to go exactly when I need them. What you are going to love is that this download has over 23 different B2S products with over 1200 pages included. All brought to you by educents and Freebielicious!
I am excited that I have included my Creation Station Art Play Doh Mats in this bundle!
This is a fantastic offer and it won't be around forever so you have to act pretty fast. You know the good deals are only around for a limited time! And this is a super deal because it includes the following products...      


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