Saturday, August 24, 2013

Product Review With An Apology and a Giveaway

Earlier this spring I had the great fortune to take part in a promotion from
I got $25 to spend on supplies for my classroom 
to try out their products and service.
Unfortunately, I have realized that the post I wrote 
was never actually published.
With the frenzy of the end of the year 
I never realized that it never posted.
So without further ado, 
here is my newly updated and revised review.

Last year I started using, 
I mean REALLY using anchor charts.
I ♥ them and my class is full of them!

With MPM I was able to refresh my supply of chart paper!
They even have my beloved colored chart paper!

I was also able to get some new letters for decorating my walls and bulletin boards.

Their service was great and speedy!
My chart tablets arrived intact and not folded or bent
 as some I have ordered from other places have.
I will gladly do business with them again, 
and I can highly recommend them for your classroom needs.

To make up for my oversight in posting my review, 
I am giving away a $25 gift card (at my expense, not theirs)
for you to check them out too!
Head on over to their site and find something you can't live without. 
Then come back and leave a comment about what you would buy if you won.
It's that easy and you won't be sorry!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Have I Got a DEAL For You!

So, the big TPT sale is over
and you didn't get everything you wanted.
Sorry about that.

BUT
Have I Got a DEAL For You!

UPDATE!

SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase any item for $25 or more and you'll get $5 back! This $5 credit can be used for any future purchase on Educents and never expires! ($5 credit will be applied to your account within 48 hours) Offer good until August 28, 2013! That's like getting an additional 20% off!!! 

A Back-to-School Educents Bundle for just
$30
That is over $100 in savings!
For this AMAZING deal you can get your hands on
27 different files!
27 Back to School items for 4th and 5th grade range students!  
The items stretch across the curriculum including reading, writing, math, and even a little science and social studies.  Items are printables, activities, task cards, centers, rubrics, activity mats, literature studies, foldables, manipulatives, teaching aides and more.  
This awesome bundle includes my number one selling
Boxcar Children Literature Study

All together there are over 900 pages to keep your 4th and 5th graders learning throughout the year!   
Check out all the other great bloggers and what they are offering too!
This is a collection of some of the finest in 4th and 5th grade resources 
from my favorite bloggers!

Click here to head on over to Educents to take advantage of this limited time bundle to get your 4th and 5th graders ready for success!

You definitely do not want to miss this deal!



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Get Your SALE On and A Product Review!

As soon as you are finished here,
Make sure you head on over to TPT!
Everything in my store is 28% off if you use the code
BTS13 at checkout!

Product Review

A while back I was contacted by Roaring Spring Papers to take a look at a few of their products and share with you all what I think.
Here's what I got...


Color Me Products – These notebooks and folders encourage kids to be creative and personalize by coloring the covers. There are a variety of pre-printed themes on the covers such as Aquarium, Farm, Sports and Fun Park to peak kid’s interest.   http://www.rspaperproducts.com/products/color-me-products 

Let me tell you, my daughter (who is 14 by the way!) was chomping at the bit to get to color these babies!  She was really bummed when I said I was taking them to school for my students!
What kid would not ♥♥♥ to have these notebooks to color on?

Sugarcane Paper Notebooks - This environmentally friendly product is made of paper from sugarcane, truly a renewable paper.  This is a notebook where, by purchasing it really does save a tree.  

I love that these notebooks are very eco-friendly!  Made from sugarcane and not wood!
I'm using these myself!

I saved the best for last.
I am in love with these notebooks and wish that I had had them available when I was in school!


 Cross-Over Notebook - Unique wire bound notebook that has college-ruled lines running the width of the page on one side, and the length of the page on the other side. This unique printing allows you to take notes three ways:  wide for sketching or to illustrate diagrams, standard, or use the backlight grid pattern the lines create for graphing. These are several great ways to get a lot out of one notebook-- crossover to a better note taking experience!  

On one side of the paper it is lined horizontally, and the other side, vertically.
The result is a very light grid view, PERFECT for doing math!

I already know of some kiddos who would really benefit from this.
Just wish that they made them with wider spaced lines for my kiddos.
Perfect for HS and college though!

Head on over to their website to learn more about these fabulous products.
and follow them on Facebook.

I also got to try out this cool new company and product called Smart-Fab.
This product is a non-woven fabric that can be used in art projects for kids and adults. The unique properties of Smart-Fab allow it to be easily cut, glued, painted on, sewn, stitched, and stapled. It's being used by hobbyists, parents, teachers, summer camps, schools to create fascinating art projects and activities. 
Here's a video I found on YouTube so you can see what it's all about.

It is really cool!  It kind of has the feel and look of paper towels.  It comes in rolls about the look of butcher paper.  The colors are bright and vibrant.  I just got a new bulletin board put up outside my classroom (and I do mean outside) and I cant wait to use this Smart-Fab stuff to decorate it!
The Smart-Fab Pinterest Page is FULL of ideas, too!
Want some for yourself?
Smart-Fab has graciously donated 3 sample rolls of this terrific new product for me to give away to one of my LUCKY followers!
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Catching up!

Spoiler...this is going to be a LONG one!

In case you didn't know...
TPT is having a Sale!


I am linking up with Diane from Fifth in the Middle for the
Back To School TpT 2+1 Blog Hop

Join us by linking up with 2 of the top wish-listed products in your store and 1 product on your wish-list you just have to purchase! *If you're not a blogger or TPTer, still feel free to comment with your most wish-listed item!
My Boxcar Children Literature Study is also a best-seller!


This B-T-S PowerPoint version is my second most wishlisted product.
It is also available in many different themes!


I am really working on beefing up my Readers' Workshop,
and I think this will be a big help!

So, What's in YOUR cart?

Back-to-School Blogger Exchange


Last month some teachers participated in a Back to School Blogger Exchange hosted by Katie from Adventures of Ms. Smith and Covered in Glitter and Glue 

I got paired up with Jenna from The Fashionista Teacher.
Take a look at these
SWEET goodies I received just in time to head back to school!


Thanks so much Jenna!

A Classroom Tour


Here are some pics from my classroom before the kids came back last week...
Here's the window just outside my door with my BE decorations.
I wish it was a real window and not just an enclosed bulletin board of sorts.

My door with my Vista Print magnets and my
Best Thing I learned Today Poster where the kids put their exit post-its.
Just inside my door to the right is my classroom library.
The book bins are labeled (color coded) by Lexile Level.

This is my catch phrase and tag line this year.


 Boggle Board and Positive Thoughts frame next to the library.


A view from the back of the room and the carpet area.


A view from the side and my small group table.

Morning meeting and carpet area.


 Views from the front of the room.

My Turn in baskets...

 Brag Board for shout outs next to the door.

Area for my Behavior Puzzles
that I blogged about here.




Notebooks for the kids - Lots of different notebooks this year
in an attempt to help students better manage their papers.

We had Meet the Teacher and the parents and kids seemed to really like the room.

Stay tuned in for a peek at our first week adventures...

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