Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bye-Bye Google Reader

Today is the last day you will be able to view the blogs you follow by Google Reader.  I follow LOTS of blogs and was so sad to hear that Reader was going away.  However, there are many replacements but you should make that change today so you don't lose track of your favorite blogs.  My new reader is now Blog Lovin'.  It was super easy to transfer my blogs from google reader -- only takes a few minutes!  I really like the reading format and they have an app!  Win-win!  So, go to blog lovin' and switch your blogs today.  Sign up and then click on the arrow next to the heart and select import  from google reader.  You can also click on the blog lovin' logo on my blog to follow my blog or follow via email.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Daily Deal and New Product (Safety Tips Posters)

These are so much fun!  Our 3rd graders at school always hatch butterflies every year.  This year they laid eggs before they were released so there were lots of caterpillars.  My son brought home a jar with a few caterpillars and had so much fun setting up a good habitat and releasing them.  So, today's deal features a good price on the butterfly garden which includes a certificate to send for larvae and food.  We made a DIY container for them at home - big plastic tub (I think it had cheese puffs or animal cookies in it at one time) covered with a piece of material from a laundry bag (for washing delicates).  This is only helpful if you have your own caterpillars or larvae.  Otherwise, you'll be paying about $15 for 3 larvae to be shipped.  That's why these kits are such a great deal!
I FINALLY finished my safety posters and listed them on TPT!  This is a set of posters with tips for 
*water safety
*fire safety
*road safety 
*personal safety
These are some really great things that all kids should know.  It makes a great teaching tool as you teach about safety and helps to make sure you teach and review safety tips for a variety of situations.  They also make a great wall display or bulletin board.  They are 50% off for the first 24 hours.  This applies to all of my new products at TPT so make sure you follow my store so you know when new items are posted. 
While you're there check out my popular Healthy Habits Posters.  These have been posted in classrooms and lunchrooms and I've received really good feedback. 
Our "summer" weather here has been non-existent lately.  My son told me today that he is forgetting what the sun looks like!  We usually have very sunny days here in the summer and very little rain.  We were awakened with a rain storm this morning.  Come on, summer!  I hope the weather is great in your little spot of the world! :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Daily Deal - Sandbox App

Do you want to restrict website access in your classroom?  This app looks like the perfect solution!  It allows you to enter the "approved" websites and blocks all the others.  I'm installing it on my 2 classroom iPads.  The best news: it's currently free!  As always, prices are subject to change and often change quickly.  Click on the link to see if this deal is still available.  Happy surfing! :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blog Building Linky

 Are you looking to update your blog this summer?  Do you need some ideas or tools to attract more followers?  Are you trying to figure out how to add a cover to your facebook page or a banner to your TPT store?  Then this linky party is for you!  Let's collaborate on ideas to be the best bloggers out there!  You can add as many links as you like and they can be to your blog (good idea to attract views!) or to a useful tip or tutorial.  Glance through the linky to make sure someone hasn't already posted your idea.  We want a nice variety of unique tips. 

Here's an example of how to list:
Name: Facebook Fan Gate with Short Stack App

Looking forward to building blogs and businesses with you!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Daily Deal

Whew!  I'm totally listing this late today.  By my watch it's still the 11th!  Today's deal features a great website that offers a free premium teacher account. lets you create slideshows, newsletters, certificates and lots more!  I've only used it to make slideshows for my classroom.  They turned out really nice and were easy to create and share.  The premium membership gives you access to many more designs than the free account, 100's of music selections, no ads and many ways to share your creations.  Their FAQ page for teachers is a great place to start.  Now, go create!

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Daily Deal - Free language arts centers!

So, today's deal is a freebie I've created for you!  To access the freebie you need to like my Facebook page.  Just a simple click and the download link will be revealed.  Hope you enjoy this beach themed freebie!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

We have a winner AND a daily deal!

Congratulations to Sara Bowling & All Things Teachery who are the 2 monthly winners for May!  You can each pick out any item from my TPT store for free.  Check your email for more details.  Want to be eligible for next month's drawing?  Just following this blog via Google Friend Connect and you're automatically entered!
The Daily Deal includes two of my favorite books!  The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is one of my favorite YA novels.  It is a compelling read which includes history and life lessons.  It is currently only $1.99 for Kindle or Nook.**

The Splat book series is a big hit with my first graders!  This Kindle edition contains Kindle Text Pop-Up and so it won't work on Kindle e-ink readers.  It requires Kindle Fire (or Fire HD), Kindle app for Windows 8, Kindle Android app or Kindle Cloud Reader.  It's currently available at Amazon for $2.99.**

**Prices are subject to change at any time and often are raised quickly. If you want to get the deal you usually need to act quickly. Click on the link to see if the deal is still active.**

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Daily Deal

Solo Vintage Laptop Tote
Is there a limit to the number of bags a teacher can have?  If so, I'm sure I've exceeded it.  The sad part is that most of them are full!  I fill them up for a few weeks going back and forth to school and then start using another one.  Thank goodness it's summer time -- I'll have time to unpack!

This laptop tote deal makes the bag free after rebate.  Tiger Direct also has some tablet sleeves that are free after rebate.  The discount and rebate is only available for a limited time.  Check out their website for more information.

Today's the last day of school!  Once I check out of my classroom for the summer and get some rest, I have big plans to add things to this blog.  I'm hoping to create many new products and also send some freebies your way.  My summer to-do list is growing large, but it's full of fun stuff!  Yeah for summer!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Daily Deal

Today's daily deal is a unique type of giveaway.  I've entered many giveaways and even won a few!  It's so much fun to win and have your email full of great teaching products.  A group of teachers (18 in all) have collaborated on a giveaway where everyone can win teaching products!  You just follow each of their blogs and fill out a form (email address) and on Monday (June 10th) they will email you all 18 of the products.  See the link below to read about the contest and visit each blog.  The items you can "win" seem to be focused on 1st-3rd grade level.  I love that they are summer themed!  They will be fun for the beginning or end of the school year.

Enter the giveaway here
We had a fun and exhausting field trip yesterday and I just realized I didn't take a single picture. :(  I was very busy at my "station" and it's definitely a sign that school is nearly over and I'm just completely exhausted!  We went to a wildlife refuge.  I was able to see (with a spotting scope) an osprey feeding her babies and saw some little beaks poking out a starling nest!  We saw a pelican, ducks, geese and many of these Yellow Headed Blackbirds.  2 more days until summer break!
Photo by Alexandra MacKenzie - Creative Commons License

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Daily Deal

**Buy it here at Amazon: The Laser Game: Khet 2.0

Chess + lasers makes for a fun and challenging strategy game!  Khet has won many awards and has great reviews.  The regular price is $39.99 and Amazon currently offers it for $28.90.  This price also makes the item eligible for free shipping (on orders over $25).  

**Prices are subject to change at any time and often are raised quickly. If you want to get the deal you usually need to act quickly. Click on the link to see if the deal is still active.**

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Daily Deal

The countdown is on! This is the last week of school for us. Of course, I'll still have many things to do in my classroom before I actually leave for the summer. For many of us the summer is a great time to get caught up on some professional development or reading for professional growth. This daily deal is just the thing! Stenhouse Publishers has a full preview of the book Starting with Science.  Check it out online for free!  Just click here and select the preview online tab on the top of the book.

Here is the publisher's summary:
Author: Marcia Talhelm Edson
Year: 2013
Grade Range: K-2

Young children arrive at school with unrestrained curiosity and wonder about the world. A fact-based, hands-on activity approach to teaching science, however, is not enough to help them deepen their scientific thinking or discoveries. In Starting with Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry, Marcia Talhelm Edson explores the big ideas surrounding inquiry-based science; she helps teachers thoughtfully plan for and implement a conceptual approach to teaching and learning science so students can engage in observation, questioning, predictions, collaboration, data collection, and a deeper understanding of topics important to their lives.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Daily Deal

I realized that even though one of the main goals of my blog is to find deals for you-- I wasn't listing many! I am going to be more intentional about finding deals and attepting to list them daily- the Daily Deal. They might be kindle books, apps, professional development books, educational games, websites that have sales, etc. Stay tuned!!

**Prices are subject to change at any time and often are raised quickly. If you want to get the deal you usually need to act quickly. Click on the link to see if the deal is still active.**


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