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Friday, November 30, 2018

Fa La La Llamas and A Giveaway too!

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Get ready for DJ Inker’s annual
 12 Holly Daze SALE!!!  

That’s 12 delightful days full of fabulous flash SALES, daily FREEBIES, new products and holiday smiles.  :)

The fun begins at 12:00am EST on Saturday December 1, 2018.  But remember… 
each holly day lasts for just 24 hours! 

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I just posted a new reading product perfect for Christmas and 2nd and 3rd graders. 

There are 8 stories and each one has 4 multiple choice questions to answer and one written answer.

Click the picture to go to my store. 

The clipart and fonts are adorable and are from 
DJ Inkers. I know you've seen my admiration for DJ Inkers before. They are one of the best companies to work with. No kidding! 

They have given me the Fa La La Llama set so that I could create something for you. 
It's in my store now and it's half off for a few days! So grab it quick!

 Not only that, but they want me to give a holiday set to one of you! How fun is that?

The winner gets to choose either
 Jolly Holly Days


 or

Holidays Around the World


And I'm going to give away my newest set of Christmas Reading Passages, too. 

Enter the Rafflecopter below and follow the directions. I'll pick the winner next Friday and that will give you plenty of time to use it this year. 





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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Returning Santa Letters to Your Kids



I love seeing all the fun that goes along with letters to Santa. I'd like to share what I did with my Santa letters. 

My second graders wrote their letters to Santa in early December. I used this as part of a letter writing lesson. They had to tell Santa at least 3 things about them and also ask 3 questions about him. I didn't want their letters to be just "gimme gimme gimme!"



Some of the letters had 2 or 3 pages!



The kids think I sent them to the North Pole, but I really sent them to a high school class that was called Marriage and Parenting. (You could also send them to a creative writing or English class if you can work it out with a high school teacher.) The high school students were taught how to respond to the 2nd grade letters.  They did not to tell the 2nd graders that they were going to get things they had asked for. They'd say things like, "I'll try to bring you something from your list," or "Many boys and girls want that same gift!"


Before I sent the letters off, I also had the students fill out an Author's Page (I told them we would use it when we wrote books, which we did.) This Author's page was sent along (secretly) to the high school students. This way the high school students would have more information to respond with, that the 2nd graders hadn't told them.


When the letters came back to us, our secretary and librarian would run in shouting that Santa had just dropped something out of the sleigh. These ladies would run to the window shouting and squealing! That made all the kids also run to the windows. Many were sure they saw Santa, or a shadow, or the sleigh or a cloud that looked like Santa! Oh how they believed! It was just precious to watch. Then we would read the letters from Santa. Any adult who walked in was asked to "READ MINE!"

The high school teacher would later send me back the original Santa letters. I didn't tell the class that I had them. But I tucked them away in a folder along with a list of their parent's names and addresses. I also stuck a copy of the yearbook from that year in this folder. 

Fast forward to 10 years later when these same 2nd graders are now seniors in high school. I contact the secretary at the high school to see if she can find the addresses of the students that were in my class. I realize that some may have moved but that's where Facebook is a very handy tool. I'm usually able to find a few that have moved away. 

I write a letter to this group and in it I mention some of the things they are asking for Santa to bring them. It's a bit of a history lesson as many of these gifts are no longer popular. I mention how their handwriting looks or how they spelled the words and hope that those are better now. I tell them that I have kept my eyes on them, watching for them in the local papers or in school news on the website. I hope that they believe in themselves now as much as they believed in Santa ten years ago. Along with my letter, I enclose their original letter that they wrote to Santa.  I also include a copy of the yearbook page with all of their pictures on it from 2nd grade.





I send these letters to their homes around the week before Christmas. I want them to have a gift from me that makes them reflect on their own childhood and how I still care about them. 


Sometimes I run into the moms of these kids and they are so thankful that I have held on to these letters for so long and found their child to return it to.  Many families move from home to home and they lose things like this during so many moves. I'm happy to give them this gift!

So if you're writing letters to Santa, before you mail them out, make a copy of them. Either send the copy to Santa, or keep the copy for yourself so that you have something to send them in 10 years. (Or whenever they are a senior!)




Tuesday, November 13, 2018

How to Read and Write 3 Digit Numbers Better

I feel like I've been in a slump about making products for you. But this last few weeks, I've been on a roll! Yea! It's about time!


Today I am sharing with you a set that you can use now for the Thanksgiving season and one for Christmas. 



They come in both color or black and white. My school is very watchful on the color printer. So having the option to print something useful in black and white but on colored paper is a bonus!



The students that I work with love these games. But besides building the complete 3 digit number from the expanded form, I also ask them to tell me how to read that number. It's interesting to hear how they try to read those big numbers. 


There is a recording sheet and an answer key included. Writing these numbers is also a skill they have to learn. Have you seen them write the number 263 like this: 200603? Yup, that happens all the time. 







And while I was at it, I updated my Halloween set. You may already own this so you may want to upload the newer version of this. 






You can find these in my store by clicking the link under each picture. 

But. . . . You can also win a set by just commenting below which one you would like. . . FOR FREE! 

On Saturday, (November 17th) I will pick my winners. It could be one winner, it could be more. Just take your chances and see what happens. 

This is a time of year to be thankful, and you are one of my blessings, so I want to give back to you!

Don't forget to leave a comment below. Tell me the set you want and whether you want them in color or black and white. Spread the word!  I'm feeling rather generous!


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Expanded Notation the Turkey Way!

Do your kiddos understand expanded notation? Do they need more help with it? I might have an answer for you. 
I have two new products posted in my TPT store.

The first is a colored set, bright and fun to look at. There are 24 cards with different 3 digit numbers for your kiddos to put together into the correct numbers. You can find it in my store here.  

The second is a black and white set. You can save your colored ink and print these on colored paper instead. I found some awesome brown cardstock to print mine on. You can find this set in my store here


I'm giving two of these away on my facebook page. It's an easy entry. Just comment before Saturday morning, (November 10th) and I'll pick the winners then. 


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Last Day of A Spooktacular Event for Teachers


Today only these three items will be half off in my store. You can grab them now and get yourself ready for November, even before it arrives. Click here to go to my store.

Click Thanksgiving Pronouns to see them. 

Click Thanksgiving Thoughts to see the fact and opinions. 

Click Count Your Blessings to see the subitizing set. 

Tomorrow the winner of my giveaway will be announced. So you still have time to go to my Instagram page and enter that one too. 


Just go to 2nd in Line on Instagram. Search my original post that looks like the picture above and like the post. Winners will be drawn tomorrow. 


Monday, October 29, 2018

A Teacher's Spooktacular Event continues. . .


This giveaway is on Instagram. So head on over there, search for 2nd in line and enter to win this. 


We are going to continue with our  6 Spooktacular days of

surprises with another GIVEAWAY!  One lucky teacher will

win a Roll, Double, and Cover  and it is perfect

for 2nd graders who are trying to learn their fact strategies
right now.  


Entering is easy:

1️⃣ Follow me (Instagram handle)

2️⃣Tag a friend who also might enjoy the giveaway

3️⃣That’s it!

๐ŸŽ‰Bonus entries for each friend you tag and bonus entries for

each post in your stories.

Giveaway ends on November 1st at 8PM Est.






Sunday, October 28, 2018

#ateachersspooktacularevent Dollar Day TODAY!


Today and today only, you can find many deals on TPT for only one dollar.  Just use the hashtag #ateachersspooktacularevent and you'll see deals for grades K-12. 

My deals are:

November Patterns (great for preschoolers and kindergarteners).

Thanksgiving Roll and Cover for Kindergarten.

  
Reading 2 Digit Numbers

I hope you find something spooktacular for your wallet!


Friday, October 26, 2018

A Spooktacular Sale!


It’s almost Halloween and you may be

in need of some SPOOKY resources!

I’ve partnered with a ton of teachers

from kindergarten to high school for

an amazing sale on

TeachersPayTeachers! You can enjoy

20% off my ENTIRE store until for

October 26th & October 27th. ๐ŸŽ‰


Want to see who else has this sale?

Use the hashtag #aspooktacularteacher


on Instagram to see some other

great sales!!



Thursday, October 25, 2018

Spooktacular Giveaways!


We are going to kick off 6 Spooktacular days of

surprises with a GIVEAWAY!  One lucky

teacher will win a gift card right before the

holiday season!  


Entering is sweet and simple.



Giveaway ends at 8PM EST on Sunday,

October 28th.

This giveaway is not associated with

TeachersPayTeachers or Instagram.

There are more parts to this giveaway.

October 26th. . . a product giveaway

October 27th . . .Dollar deals

October 28-29th 20% off my store

October 30th . . . a half off sale.

So come back to my Instagram so you can be

ready for some good deals!



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

DJ Inkers Back To School Giveaway

Fairytale Clip Art Download Collection
Do you believe in Fairy Tales? Do you believe that you could win this set of magic? I do! And you CAN win this without any pain either. Keep reading to find out how you can win this and a set of my Lunch Count signs. 


Back to school means a lot of things to each of us and for many of us it means PANIC!

Getting your room ready is just one area that can stress you out. Leaving that cozy bed so early in the morning is another stresser!
And the worst thing about going back to school is leaving your family or your pets behind. 

I have used DJ Inkers for so many years, I feel like I'm a part of their family. Remember when they were apart of  Carson and Dellosa? That's when I first discovered their creative artwork and I fell smack gob head first in love with them. 

I make a lot of things with their clipart and fonts because they are a family company and make it very easy to work with them. And I think their prices are very reasonable especially when they run a sale. 


DJ Inker's Lifetime Commercial License -NEW!
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I am have a commercial license from them. That allows me to purchase their products at a 10% discount. Their license is a one time fee of $120.00. That's for your lifetime of creating and selling things with their clipart and fonts. You can read more about it here. 

I'd like to show you some of the recent things I made just from DJ Inkers clipart and fonts. These are Lunch Count Signs. This is for the students to move their name tag from the Absent Column  each morning and places it under Hot Lunch or Cold Lunch or what ever your school choices are. This gives you a quick visual as to who is absent (or who isn't being responsible and taking care of their morning jobs). At the end of the day, a child can move the name tags back to the absent column. 

Each set comes with a large and a small sign. There are several choices that hopefully will fit the needs of your classroom lunch choices. There is also a blank one so you can write your choice of words on. 

I put magnets on the back of these and put them on my magnetic white board. But they can be used on a pocket chart or bulletin board too. I've even seen teachers use the side of a filing cabinet to post these so the students can take care of their lunch counts. 




You can see the Circus Lunch Count Signs here




You can see the Camping Lunch Count Signs here




 You can pick up the Farm Lunch Count Signs here. 




You can pick up the Zoo Lunch Count Signs here.


Fairy Tale Set
You can pick up the Fairy Tale Lunch Count Signs here. 


And now for the big news. . . YOU can win all of this shown below.  Fairytale Clip Art Download Collection

Fairy Dust clip art, cute fairies, garden fairy, fantasy clip art


Magical Kingdom clip art, princess clip art, royal family, cute dragon, fairytale characters



Magic Garden clip art, garden clip art, garden gnome, flower clip art

Once Upon A Time clip art, fairytale clip art, fantasy clip art, cute wizard

Storybook Alphabet clip art, monogram letters, story book letters


I am happy to share with you that you can win the Fairy Tale Collection of clipart and fonts that I used to create this Fairy Tale Lunch Count set. The five pictures above show you all you can win! That's a lot! I want you to win it! 

I will also give away one set of any of the Lunch Count signs listed above. If you are the winner, you will get to choose the one you want to get. 


All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter and follow the links provided.  Two winners will be chosen when the contest is over. 
I sure hope you win!




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