Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Let's show these bloggers some love!

I thought it was time to highlight a few blogs that could use more followers and comments! Everyone likes validation, right? :) Check them out and if you like what you see, feel free to follow them or add them to your blog reader so you don't miss out on their wonderful posts! I know they would appreciate it! I will be adding more as I find them.


If your blog has fewer than 100 followers, feel free to link up at the bottom of this post!





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A Teacher and a Blog


KinderKarla






Congratulations HeidiSongs CD Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to Sarah Adams #160 from Miss A's Kindergarten and Lyndsey Carneval #74 Mary from Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives #81! They were chosen for their winning entries in my HeidiSongs CD Giveaway!

Updated 7-1-12--Since I did not hear from Lyndsey within 48 hours, I used Random.org to choose a back-up winner.

 
 Sarah won the Sing & Spell Vol. 5 Number Words and More Sight Words CD.


Mary won the Sounds Fun Phonics CD.

You have 48 hours to respond to my email with your mailing address or your item will be given to the next Random.org chosen winner.

Thanks to everyone who entered! There were a total of 518 entries and I truly wish I could give everyone the gift of HeidiSongs music and resources because I believe her products are wonderful resources for my classroom and they have increased the engagement level of my students tremendously!

If you didn't win, please feel free to visit the HeidiSongs web site! She has lots of resources for free and while you're there, follow her blog, YouTube channel or find her on Pinterest!

Check out these great products from MPM School Supplies!

I was recently contacted by Kayla Johnson about a promotional opportunity to kick-off the summer with $50 to spend at  MPM School Supplies.com in exchange for an honest review of the site.

First of all, who wouldn’t love $50 to spend on school products??? They had me at spending on their dime! :) Ha!

I was very impressed with the site and the entire ordering process. The hardest part of the process was deciding what to buy! The site has many search features, including categories like supplies, furniture and equipment, toys and books, curriculum and clearance. Once you click on a category and an item, you can even narrow your search further to make it easier to find what you are looking for. If you already know what you want, you can also search without having to go through each of the categories. You can also sort by price, popularity, newest products and alphabetically. Searching by price (low to high) is my absolute favorite search feature anywhere!

Since I didn’t know what I wanted exactly going into ordering, I spent a lot of time browsing through different categories to get a good feel for what products they carry. I was impressed by the selection of products and brands they carry and found that most of the prices were cheaper than many catalogs I purchase from and quite a bit less than the nearest school supply store that is about an hour from where I live.

I finally decided on the following items and I was jumping for joy when UPS arrived today! Did I mention that my order shipped Monday and I received it today? That’s fast—especially for free shipping

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Fadeless Designs 48 x 50 Boxed Tropical Beach – $19.44 (Photo background for the beginning of the year and then it will be great in a Reading Area!)
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I only spent $6.78 for everything above. I am so excited that I was able to purchase a few things that are related to our PBIS beach/ocean theme for this year. I would never have gotten the whiteboard storage pocket and Tropical Beach background paper on my own because they are considered splurges in my book, but I’m thrilled I was able to get them for free to use in my classroom this fall!
 
When I first opened the box, I was glad to see that they used newspaper to stuff the boxes and protect the products. My packing slip was tucked right inside the box flaps and inside there was a thank you card that said a portion of the purchase was donated to a children’s charity. Wow! Great prices, lots of products and an effort to create a greener environment while also showing compassion in the form of monetary contributions to a children’s charity. I am even more impressed now than the day I got the email and ordered all of these great products!
 
I was beyond satisfied with the site, the ordering process and arrival of my packages. I would like to thank Kayla for the opportunity to purchase through MPM School Supplies.com and I know I will be back and I would definitely recommend that you order through them, as well. Plus, you can't go wrong with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
 
I was also given a 15% off discount code for the first 25 readers who would like to purchase through MPM School Supplies.com
http://www.mpmschoolsupplies.com/redeem/S1206XFK3SER7
 
Happy spending! 
 
Also, be sure to check out http://kindergartenlessonplans.org/ for lots of great ideas and resources!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Products in my TpT Store!

Last week, I added some new products to my TpT store that I completely forgot to post about. I hope you like them!
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The first three people to comment with the product they would most like from above will get the item for free! Be sure to include your email address! Thanks, Ann, Megan and Elisabeth for being the first three to comment. Be sure to check your email for your freebies!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

HeidiSongs CD's Giveaway!

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For the past four years, my students and I have absolutely loved HeidiSongs! We use the DVD's almost daily and sometimes multiple times a day. The songs and actions are so lively and relevant and they help my students get up and move around while reinforcing what we are learning in the classroom. I have mentioned HeidiSongs on my blog several times before because I truly believe in Heidi's products and customer service.

I'm pleased to announce that Greg (Heidi's husband) offered to send me some products to giveaway to my fabulous blog readers! You have up to 9 chances to win one of the following CD's: Sing and Spell #5 or Sounds Fun Phonics.

The giveaway ends at 6 PM CST on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. I will contact the winners via email to obtain a mailing address. One winner will receive HeidiSongs Sing and Spell #5 CD and one winner will receive a HeidiSongs Sounds Fun Phonics CD.


You can find HeidiSongs at the following places:

I received the Sing and Spell #5 DVD, Sounds Fun Phonics DVD and Music for Classroom Management CD as compensation for an honest review about HeidiSongs products and site and to offer the above items as a giveaway. My opinions and recommendations are based on my love of HeidiSongs products.

PBIS Summer Institute and a fun treat!

I just got back from the SW Positive Behavior Support Summer Institute at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, MO. Were any of you there? The most valuable things I learned were ways to increase positive behavior on the bus (our biggest problem area) and lots of new student and teacher incentives. We got to stay right next to the lake one night and waking up the next morning was so peaceful!

We are getting ready for our fourth year of implementation of PBIS and I'm really looking forward to our Ocean/Beach theme for the year. I've already found lots of great ideas for decorating and I'm enjoying looking for more fun incentives to reward my kiddos that go along with our fun theme. Please feel free to share if you have any great ideas!


When I got home, I found a huge box waiting for me and I couldn't wait to open it!

I had won a giveaway at Teaching Heart in May and received a bag full of surprises including the following items: Teaching Heart reusable shopping bag, stuffed lamb, The Very Busy Spider (hardcover), Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 DVD, note cards, stickers, two fun pens and a CD of lots of Teaching Heart products.

This week, I will be hosting two fun giveaways, so be sure to watch for them! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sailboat Hundreds Chart Picture Activity for Math

***Update...Due to a seller bundling my items and offering them for sale via another web site, I am no longer offering these items for free. I'm sorry! I hope you understand.***

Several readers have requested summer, beach or ocean hundreds chart pictures and I think I finally came up with one. I hope you like my Sailboat Hundreds Chart! Click on the picture below to purchase a copy through my TpT store for only $1!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Today is my 6 month TBTS Anniversary!

Teaching Blog Traffic School
{Referral Link}

On December 11, 2011, I finally had the opportunity to purchase Charity Preston's Teaching Blog Traffic School (TBTS) video courses. At the time, I was fairly nervous about the purchase because I've been clear about my goal to pay off the last 20 acres of our land so we will be completely debt free, so splurging on anything for my blog was an investment that I wasn't sure would pay off.

Was I ever wrong???!!! 

To be perfectly honest, I haven't even watched all of the videos yet, but I am thrilled with the amount of information I have received and the honest feedback from the other TBTS members. It's like a little community of people with similar goals and a common interest in making our educational blogs successful without a ton of extra effort. Charity has done almost all of the work for us. Plus, the video courses transitioned to a membership site that has even more to offer members now.



Sorry about some of the blank areas! I wish I had kept track of the stats from some of the other sources, but I didn't think to do it at the time.  Oops! 

In the last 6 months, I've had the following visits and page views to my site:
Visits: 193, 853
Page Views: 350, 398

While my stats may be way less than many others, I'm happy with the growth. I'm not into comparing myself to other bloggers because we all do things differently and what we put into our blogs can be as different as each of us. With that being said, knowing what I have put into my own blog and knowing when I've needed to take a break from it, have also been extremely valuable to me in this process

My hope is that I not only continue to see growth in my blog, but I'm also able to continue to network with other early childhood educators, parents and providers who make teaching easier, more exciting and definitely more fun!

If you have been thinking about purchasing a membership into the TBTS membership site, now's the perfect time! Be sure to check out my referral link to read about all the advantages to joining and to see video sneak peeks into the site, as well as, many wonderful testimonials about all of the wonderful things that TBTS has done for other bloggers.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Alphabet Hundred Chart Activities: A to Z

I've been busy creating today and trying to put off reading all the great living room posts at Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life Home Tour series. :) Does anyone else love seeing a glimpse into how other people decorate? I think I'm obsessed with getting new ideas on how to decorate and then not doing any of them. Ha! ;)

So, in an effort to be productive, I made an Alphabet Hundred Chart Activities: A to Z set for TpT. Instead of revealing a picture on each new page like my other hundred chart activities, a new letter will be revealed! These would be perfect for whole class, small group or centers/stations. I hope you like them! Click on the picture below to take a peek.

Alphabet Hundred Chart Activities: A to Z

I would love to give this set away to the first three people who comment about how you could use these in your classroom. Be sure to leave your email address! Thank you to those who commented! Enjoy your new activities!

What can you make with this finger puppet template?

I love seeing how many variations teachers can make from the same idea. I'm sure I'm not the only one. :) As I was lying in bed last night, I thought it would be fun to offer my finger puppets template to see what others would do with it. So, please use the template to make something FREE for others to use. Once you have created your freebie, come back and post a link to your creation. Be creative and have fun! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

***Don't forget to add your blog name to the bottom of the page, along with any graphic credits.***

You will have to download the template.