Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thank You, Teachers! An appreciation post & discount

Flowers from a student - he said it was his mom's idea!!
It's Teacher Appreciation Week! I hope that you are being showered with love. As a parent and a teacher, I have seen the difference that teachers make every day. Thank you for all that you do - the long hours and the heart and soul that you put into everything!

My youngest son was just a bit shy when he started 4 year old kindergarten. I should have had a clue from his brief experiences at preschool. He was just going a few days a week to a morning program. There was only one other boy in the class and if that boys was absent my little one would not talk and would try to spend the whole time under the table. I wasn't planning on sending him to a 4 year old kindergarten, yet alone an all day one, but when I was offered a job at the school it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I'd be at the same school as both of my boys. Surely, that would make the transition easier for him. Oh, that first year! He would go out to recess and just sit on the curbing while the other students played. A few months into the school year his class was combined with another class and they had a new teacher. He totally clicked with this teacher - - it might be that she was a little more like me. He finally started to come out of his shell and make friends. And, it was nice being at the same school! I was even able to check on him after nap time and if he wasn't awake I would carry him around for a bit to get him to wake up. (Moms, you know what it's like when your kids get a loooong nap and then won't sleep at night!)  I'm so grateful for the teachers who encouraged him and all the teachers who still work with my boys to help them succeed.

I have a discount to share with you in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Feeln, a Hallmark company, offers a subscription service for family friendly movies. They have a wide variety of movies including Hollywood blockbusters, classics, Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, kids series and original short films.

They have a special offer for teachers - you can get 50% off the subscription price! It is already a very reasonable price when you compare it other services. Just enter the code 0515BlogConnie when you get to the screen that shows the subscription prices and it will make the annual price only $11.99! Click here to subscribe. *Expires May 9, 2015.

I love the idea of this service. Keep in mind that everyone has a different idea of "family friendly" so please preview the movies before showing them to your students or family. I like to use Kids in Mind to review unknown movies.

One of the series that they feature is Liberty's Kids, which is recommended for ages 8-14. There are also several animal and nature shows. I was excited to see that they have the Jack Hanna movies. They have some classic kid series like Madeline & Paddington Bear. Today, my 1st graders watched an episode of Busytown while they were eating lunch. That one might be a bit young for most of them, but some of them really liked it. I have one student who loves the Busytown books.

Feeln is available online and on certain devices (Roku, AppleTV, Xbox, mobile phones & tablets and some Samsung TVs & blu-ray players).

Feeln is sharing a short movie with you this week in honor of teachers. It is about a teacher who is retiring. This is near and dear to my heart this year as we have several teachers retiring who have been a part of the school for a very long time. I can't imagine them not being there next year! Enjoy this heart warming story that shows the impact that teachers make in so many young lives.

Thank you, Teacher!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Teacher Treasure Hunter Magazine & Giveaway!

Have you checked out the new Teacher Treasure Hunter magazine? It's a free, quarterly magazine with teaching tips along with beauty and fashion finds. If you enjoy it, please keep scrolling down in this message and enter the giveaway! By entering your email address, you will be notified of the next issue and we will start to build the subscription list that we need to keep the magazine going. Plus, you could win some awesome markers & washi tape!
Subscribe to the Teacher Treasure Hunter newsletter to be added to the giveaway. We will email you when a new issue is published and for occasional special offer or important news. Your email and contact info. will not be sold or shared with other companies. Once you confirm your email address your subscription is complete and you will be entered into the giveaway. Deadline to enter is April 27, 2015.  The winner will be emailed by 4/29/15

*Because of shipping costs, this giveaway is only open to those who have a mailing address in the contiguous United States.

Here's a sneak peek of a few pages in the magazine:


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Exciting News! Educents Store Launch & $50 giveaway

Exciting news! Educents has added storefronts to their marketplace. They are known for being the go-to deal site for teachers. They feature teaching products and downloadable curriculum that is offered at a bargain price for a limited time. I always thought of them as a groupon type of site for teachers. Now, they've added stores. This means that Educents can be your go-to place to find any curriculum you need. So, if you are looking for something to help you with teaching adjectives to your 1st graders you don't need to wait for a special deal. You can go to the stores and search for your specific needs.

Here are 3 things that you really should do so you don't miss out any Educents deals!

1) Download my Watch the Clock freebie! This game will help your students practice telling time to the hour, half hour & quarter hour. Students take turns being the time keeper. They get to watch the clock and announce the time when the clock matches their printed clock. A tip that I've learned for this game is to not start "clock watching" until there are only a few minutes left. You don't want them to spend the whole time watching! Just set a timer for a few minutes before and give the chosen student a warning that it's time to start watching. The kids love playing this game and get so much authentic time-telling practice! The cards are very versatile. There are so many games and activities that you could do with these clocks. So, download the whole set today!

2) Follow my Educents store! Just click on the heart at the top of the store. I'll be featuring discounts and deals that you don't want to miss. If you like Teacher Treasure Hunter products or have been wanting to try them in your classroom, then this is a great way to find out about new products. I'll also be participating in some of the Educents deals which offer bundles at big discounts.

3) Enter the Educents giveaway! You could win $50 credit at Educents! Wouldn't that be a fun shopping spree? Good luck!
Educents Marketplace $50 in Edubucks Giveaway #10 - Kinder & First Grade Stores

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Calendar Days

April has its share of quirky National days - there's Name Yourself Day (what's that about?) and Lima Bean Respect Day. I love that it's not just Lima Bean day -- they had to add in that respect! Succotash, anyone?? :) National Animal Crackers Day would be fun to celebrate! Of course, I can't say (or type) those words without bursting into a little song of ---animal crackers in my soup, monkeys and rabbits loop the loop...

There are also plenty of fun days to celebrate that provide opportunities for accompanying classroom activities. I have a few posts already planned for you so stay tuned!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Poetry in the Elementary Classroom

My 1st post at Classroom Tested Resources was posted yesterday! It is full of ideas for using poetry in the elementary classroom. You'll find resources about finding poems and how to use them in your classroom. It's a great time to get prepared for National Poetry Month which is in April and Poem in Your Pocket Day which is April 30th.
Hurry over to the blog so you don't miss out on the amazing Teacher Swag giveaway. I don't know about you, but I can never have too many markers in my classroom! Those Mr. Sketch markers are awesome for making anchor charts. So, enter today! Good luck!
photo credit: Group Projects via photopin (license)
I was asked to write a blog post for Accucut Education. It's called Let Them Color. I was asked by another teacher recently if I let the kids color pictures on worksheets and papers and if so how long they should color. I thought that was a really good question. We have so much that we need to get done each day. Should we just skip all the coloring? Read my response and let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

It's Spring break here! I am beyond excited! These past 3 weeks have been incredibly busy and I don't think I could have made it another day. :) There is a reason that we need those break days in our calendar! Have a great week!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Classroom Tested Resources ~ Blog launch and giveaway!

Exciting news! I've joined a group of 30 teachers to start a new collaborative blog - Classroom Tested Resources. One of us will post each day. For this first rotation, we will be posting about plants, planning or poetry to bring you ideas for the month of April. I can't wait to read each post!

We'd love to hear from you. You can follow Classroom Tested Resources on facebook, pinterest, google + and instagram (classroomtestedresources). Please comment on the blog posts. We want to bring you information and resources that are of interest and value to you. The best way for us to do that is to hear what you like and the topics that you would like to see featured in upcoming blog posts.
The news just keeps getting better and better - - there's even a fabulous giveaway to celebrate the blog launch! Three winners will each receive a teacher swag prize that has some of our favorite products. You will love this prize pack! The giveaway is open until April 1st. You can submit your entries here.

I was recently asked to write a blog post for Accucut Education. You can read my post titled Let Them Color on their new blog.

Did you already have spring break? It seems like I've seen many teachers on social media who already had their break and some that have it this next week. Ours is this next week and I am in serious need of some down time! I've just finished 3 consecutive weeks of big events. We had the school auction, report cards, conferences and an Open House. Last night at the Open House, my 1st graders performed a Boxcar Children play that they wrote! I helped write some of the narrator parts, but otherwise it was all them. There were some very funny parts and a few natural actors who enjoyed their time on stage. They all became immersed in the book and it is now a favorite. I am certain they will remember this play for a long time and that the book will hold a special place in their hearts forever. Don't you love it when that happens?

I'll be back tomorrow (don't faint!) to share my 1st blog post at Classroom Tested Resources.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!


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