Friday, June 27, 2014

Don't miss this Clip Art freebie from Creative Clips

A link to this freebie on Teachers Pay Teachers has gone viral today and for good reason: Krista Wallden is giving away a School Favorites Clip Art pack for free! AND if she gets 2000 ratings on this product, she'll post another freebie!

Do yourself a favor and download (and also don't forget to leave a rating!) The stripey apples are my favorite and the owls are a close second.

Just click the picture below to follow the link to the product:

I just checked out her store and she also has a ton of other amazing freebies. Six pages worth to be exact!

Teachers Pay Teachers Facelift

My last day of work for the summer was June 18th. Ever since then I've been incredibly unproductive. It's been great. And by great I mean that I don't have bags under my eyes anymore!

But I've decided I want to be prepared as possible for this upcoming year. As a fourth year teacher, I hope to have more time to complete all the pinterest projects I've always dreamed of completing. I know... dreams of grandeur and it's not even July!

I began with wanting to create some new products for my TPT store. I sat and I thought.

I sat.

I thought.

And the creativity bug never bit me. My determination continued. Mostly because I wanted a reason to justify purchasing some new clip art and digital papers from Etsy.

So I decided to give my current TPT products a facelift! Here's the before and after:

A lot of my products didn't even have cover pages, so I created some of those. Like this one:

Now I'm just waiting for some ideas so that I can add some new products to my store this summer while I have time (and am not sleep deprived!)

Has anyone else ever done this before?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Whew! What a year!

Wow. I haven't blogged since September 2nd of last year. And I'm not surprised.

I'm going to be honest. It was my third year of teaching, I thought it would be smooth sailing, but I had a tough class of knuckleheads this year. I adore each and every one of them but boy did they give me a run for my money.

Isn't it amazing, though, how the kids that give you the hardest time really become your favorites? I had some truly fantastic kiddos this year and also, I think, the smartest and most hardworking group as a class that I've ever had.

The highlight of my year this year was that a couple of my girls organized a surprise birthday party for me. It was a BIG deal. The kiddos were so organized. There were committees!!!! They made sure there were snacks and cake but they didn't forget the decorations, music and utensils. One of my girls even secretly wrote a note to another teacher in my school (who I'm very close friends with) and asked her if she could ask my husband to come to the surprise party. And he managed to take off work and show up (I mean, who can say no to such a dedicated fourth grader?!) Needless to say, my heart was melted!

There was even a sash and crown for me to wear!
Here's to another year next year. It will be my fourth year teaching fourth grade! I promise I will blog more! I have loads to share!