Friday, July 31, 2015

DUCT TAPE - OUR BBF!


Lisa:  Just as the old Staples commercial sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  My classroom is almost ready and I want to share with you some of the uses for duct tape in my room: 

I have found that the children stay focused on the lesson better when they have a spot for themselves to sit rather than spend all of lesson time moving from place to place!  I use a variety of colored duct tape and will be adding “spots” with black marker soon.  During the first part of the year I tape a label on with their names but as the year goes on, I put letters, numbers, shapes, and words on their places.  You got to keep them learning all day long!
Each of my work hexagonal work tables is assigned a color and everything at that table is labeled accordingly.  Here's my red table and the supply tubs for that table:
When students are finished early with their work, they go to the Red Drawers/Shelf to find another activity to work on rather than wander the room!
During the day the students might have papers for me to check.  Rather than have them give them to me, they put them in these magazine boxes that are labeled according to the color of their tables!  A name card will be slide down the front pocket so I can switch them around when I change their tables!
Even my cubby labels are now made with duct tape!  In the past we made paper labels and covered them with clear tape only to have them come off during the year.  Using duct tape with a permanent marker solved the issue of having to go back to fix these labels all year long!

Here’s a close up of the labels.  I took this picture yesterday but these labels are from last year’s class!  They endured a whole year of 5-year-olds!

Have fun setting up your classroom!
Linda:  To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we are participating in the Teachers Pay Teachers sale on Monday and Tuesday, August 3& 4.  If you use the code BTS15 and you can receive 28% off everything in our store! Stop by and save a bundle!  If you shop on our website store, use the same code for the same two days! 

Visit some of the stores below for more savings!


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Christmas in July Sale!


Linda:  Here in Georgia it’s hot, humid, rainy, and light til 9 pm!  

Lisa:  Phoenix in July - need I say more???  I’m on my way to the state of Washington for a family vacation before I head back to school on July 31. 

Linda:  We are trying to “think cool” to stay cool!  So we have joined many other sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers for a Christmas in July sale on the 13th & 14th.  
Sale July 13 & 14 on TpT

Lisa: Four of our products are reduced 50% and another one is going to be free!  You can find these products by searching for Christmas in July on TpT or going to our store and clicking on the sale box right under our name.  


Linda:  Here are the products linked to our store for your convenience: 

Shapes of Christmas - regularly $6.50, on sale for $3.25
Teach/review 7 basic shapes by making holiday symbols with them! Includes a writing journal
Teach/review 7 basic shapes by making holiday symbols with them!
Includes a writing journal too! 

Gingerbread Senses - regularly $6.50, on sale for $3.25
Teach about the 5 senses using the classic tale, The Gingerbread Man.  Children love to read this rebus story!
Teach about the 5 senses using the classic tale, The Gingerbread Man.  Children love to read this rebus story!

Kindergarten Kalendars - regularly $4.50, on sale for $2.25
These handprint calendars make great holiday gifts for parents!
These handprint calendars make great holiday gifts for parents!

Bundle of 12 Monthly Spell Outs - bundle of all 12 for only $9
12 activities for spelling out the names of the month!  Great for a sub activity!
12 activities for spelling out the names of the month! Great for a sub activity!

I Love To Give! - regularly $4, will be FREE
Explore the concept of giving rather than receiving with your students.  Kindergartners think of a gift to give a relative on each page!
Explore the concept of giving rather than receiving with your students.  Kindergartners think of a gift to give a relative on each page!
Save on these 5 products and be ready early for that busy holiday season!

Happy Shopping!



Friday, July 10, 2015

July Fun!



We have met so many fabulous teachers at our booth here at the I Teach K conference in Vegas!  It’s like Old Home Week for us, seeing our fellow vendor friends that we have known since 2000.  

Julie from Minnesota has her Katie & Company booth with her many homemade flannelboard sets close by and Greg from ESGI is at the end of our aisle.  So good talking and laughing with everyone!  


Lots of new vendors/TpT sellers too. Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard and The Primary Techie have booths close to us.  So much to look at!  So much to buy! 



Sad that it's time to go home today!  Will be sending out a new post by Sunday with a special announcement!  Be sure to stop by again! 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vegas, Baby!!!

It's been a busy month getting ready for our trip to Las Vegas for the I Teach K! Conference. I'm flying in from Georgia this Monday and Lisa from Phoenix.  We will be meeting at the baggage claim area at 11:25!  Our flights arrive within 5 minutes of each other - how's that for travel arrangements!?

Our booth will open Monday afternoon, the 6th, at 4:00 and then each day during the week by 7: 30..  If you're attending the conference, or any of the other conferences that are occurring at the same time and place, stop by Booth 61 and say hi!

Our books and station activities will all be on special at the conference - a great time to stock up for the new school year!

It's not too late to sign up for the conference. Go to SDE National Conferences and click on the I Teach K! banner.  Hope to see you there!

I will be attending the Teachers Pay Teachers conference on Thursday and Friday as well.  Hope to meet lots of our fellow sellers there.  I'll have a KinderLit shirt on so you'll be able to spot me and can stop me to say hi!
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Did you know that you can purchase gift cards on Teachers Pay Teachers?  What a great gift for student teachers, fellow teacher birthdays, and teacher relatives!  Select the amount you would like to put on the card, ranging from $5 to $500, print it yourself or email it! Click here to visit the page on TPT!
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Happy Independence Day!  
Have a safe and fun-filled day!