Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Top of the Class DJ Inker CD You Can Win and Create With!

DJ Inkers is so excited to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with YOU! The fun begins on April 27th with fabulous teacher FREEBIES & incredible SALES all week long! You’ll find adorable classroom clip art, fabulous fonts, educational printables & smiles... ALL ON SALE for the celebration! 
(The sale ends May 3, 2017)

You can click HERE to sign up for their emails. 
You won't be disappointed!

In honor of this celebration, I'd like to highlight one of their great clipart collections. 

Have you ever seen all of the clipart in
There are over 650 darling clip art images, including school supplies, borders, award certificates, bookmarks, sayings, and a star alphabet. This teacher favorite even includes a cute font, a school time scrapbook set and writing templates too! 

Here's a sample of some of the clipart that's on this CD. 

Click the picture to go to their website.
(DJ Inkers gave me this product to try before I shared it with you. I can sincerely vouch for this product and tell you that it is just as wonderful as I thought it would be.)

I created this activity from some of the pictures found in this CD. I made it to help some of my first graders hear the difference between the CH and SH sounds. 

Click this picture above to go to my store and grab this freebie!
(Some of the pictures in this product came from other sets of DJ Inker clipart. I needed specific things that started or ended with these letters.)

This is a free product and is very easy to use with your students. It has 18 pictures that the students need to sort between the CH and SH sounds. There are two mats for them to lay the correct picture on.  I created a black and white set in case that fits your needs better. You can print them on white or colored paper. 

I'm also thrilled to share with you a giveaway from DJ Inkers. They want to give one of you the Top of the Class CD or Download so that you too, can create your own fabulous stuff. 

Fill out the Rafflecopter and cross your fingers, maybe you'll be a lucky winner. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Win $25 from TPT!

It's time for another giveaway!


Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 4/24/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fun Bus Tips That Will Help Occupy the Ride

It's time for many of us to start planning our field trips for the end of the year. If you are taking kids on a bus for a long ride, I may have something that can make that ride a little more enjoyable and manageable for everyone. 

Click HERE for a post rewind that shows you a great tip. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kids Can Be Helpful to Others Plus a Giveaway

I am excited to share an author with you today and she's going to send one person an autographed copy of her newest book.  Will it be you?

I had the real priviledge of meeting Michigan Author Maria Dismondy 
on a couple of occasions. 

But I really got to know her better when she came to my school and presented to our students. 

 I have seen many authors speak to our students. Many are very good writers or illustrators but lack speaking skills with young children.

However, Maria can do both and she can do them both very well. She held their attention and she kept it exciting. She knows when they need a break from sitting and she continuously gets them moving. AND she can get their attention back quickly when she needs that too. 

When she asked me to help with her book tour, I was more than willing to jump right in. Her books speak volumes to kids. We all have students like the characters in her books. 

She "gets" kids. She really does.

Click HERE to see more about her tour in Michigan.

Her newest book is called The Jelly Donut Difference. 
It's all about sharing kindness with the world. 

When I read it to a class of 2nd graders, they all could see themselves or others in this book. They admitted to acting just like the characters in the book. They could laugh at them, but also realize that their actions did affect other people. Being Kind is the theme of this book and it gives great examples of how kindness does affect others. 

I read this book to them on Fat Tuesday.

It was the perfect day to read about paczki. 
(pronounced POONCH-KEY)

We then did a character study with this book. 

(I have to apologize that I spelled Doughnut wrong on this sheet! WHOOPS!)

We discussed each character and listed good and bad traits to each one. 
It was clear to these students that the characters made some changes by the end of the book. We talked about how we, too can make changes after we do something wrong.

Then to bring the story more real to them they each got to eat a paczki. We had lemon, blueberry, and strawberry. 

Most of them agreed that they were very tasty. 

If you'd like to learn more about Maria, click HERE.

 You can also watch this quick trailer about the book. 

Click HERE to download a dropbox file filled with fun activities for you to do with this book.

Click HERE if you want to order a book from Amazon.

Maria even does real and virtual school visits.

 Click HERE to find out more.

 More books by Maria Dismondy!

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