Sunday, March 13, 2016

Seller Spotlight Sunday

Have you heard?

Each Sunday, Nikki from Teaching Autism, spotlights one TpT Seller on her blog.  I am lucky enough to be featured on Sunday, March 13th.

Thank you Nikki!!!

Please check out Nikki's blog and my guest post here....

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Updated Resources

I have finished updating all my resources in some manner, (by adding new fonts, additional pages, or making other edits).  If you have purchased a product in the past, please head on over to my TpT Store, and re-download it for the most recent version.  Thank you!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Get Inspired!

Have you heard?  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a big sale!  Start the year off right by saving up to 28% off with code Start16.  

Many specialists and teachers are participating in this sale, myself included! Head on over to TpT January 20-21st to save big!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Teaching Tolerance to Children

Tolerance, diversity, peacefulness.  Those are some ideas I like to focus on in my life, and with my with children.   Teaching tolerance to children is important because we want them to respect the rights of others, while celebrating the beauty and uniqueness in the world.  I want my children to understand that others may have a different point view, life style, belief system or way of life.  They may look different, sound different, dress different, talk different, and are indeed different.   Regardless of any differences, people still have valid thoughts and human rights, and therefore should be respected.  Teaching the concept of tolerance to children does not mean we are teaching children to tolerate bad choices, we are are simply asking children to embrace and respect the beauty in others.  At least, that is how I see it.

This world is made up of uniqueness and differences.  It is wonderful.  Celebrating diveristy and learning about differences is enlightening and powerful.  Some ways to teach children about diversity, (and therefore tolerance), include:
  • Research one's own family tree/heritage.  What similarities and differences may be seen throughout your own family?
  • Learn about the culture of a friend with a different ethnic background.  Ask questions.
  • Try new ethnic foods.  Go to authentic restaurants and make recipes on your own.
  • Encourage children to see the beauty in those around them.  Discuss ways others are uniquely beautiful and compliment others.
  • Read (children) books focusing on tolerance, diversity and peacefulness.
  • Research famous leaders who have fought for the rights of others, (Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, etc.)
  • Attend a party, celebration, or ethnic event different from one's own.  A few ideas include: Bar Mitzvah, quincernera, Kwanza gathering, Indian Wedding, cultural fair or other celebration or event.
  • Discuss ways that people may be different, (different cultures, different looks, different abilities, special needs, different beliefs, etc.)
I have prepared a Tolerance Packet on activities that may be used by teachers, school counselors, parents and homeschooling parents, social workers, speech therapists, and other specialists.  Included in this packet are activities, printables, posters and awards.  To see full details, click here.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Crayon Clock Tutorial

Who Should Check out This Tutorial?
  • A parent wanting to give their child's teacher, specialist, or other important person working with their child, a unique gift
  • Educators wanting to make a gift for a fellow educator, or wanting to add a little something extra to their own office/classroom
  • Any crafty person
  • A parent wanting to spice up the look of their child's playroom
  • Homeschooling parents wanting to kick up the look of their home-school area
Crayon Clock Tutorial
I recently came across a "crayon clock" (at least that is what I am calling it), and I immediately thought it would make a great teacher's gift.  I was inspired to make one myself.   I mean, how hard could it be?  Lucky for you and me, it was EASY!  In fact, it went so well, that I actually made three clocks for three different teachers.   Since I didn't follow a tutorial, I made it up as I went, and this is what I came up with...

*Crayons (not pictured)
*Wooden Craft Hoops
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
Scissors (not pictured)

*Craft hoops come in a variety of sizes.  Determine the hoop size closest to the size of your clock.
*The size of the clock you use will determine the amount of crayons you need.  A 10-12 inch clock will use about 100 crayons.  If wanting to use a variety of colors, you may wish to purchase about 100 crayons to have options.

Step 1:
Determine the craft hoop size closest to the size of your clock, and separate the two hoops that are very close together.   Determine how these hoops fit around the clock itself.   You will not need to use the other set of hoops that came with the craft hoop.

The hoops I purchased were slightly smaller (about 1/2 inch) than the size of my actual clock.  The larger hoop was easy enough to open up and make larger by removing the hardware connected to it.  The smaller hoop did not have hardware, so I simply cut it using a sharp knife.  It could then be opened to fit around the clock.

Step 2: 
Hot glue the smaller hoop to the outside of the clock.  Hot glue the slightly larger hoop on top of the smaller hoop.  These loops make a "support wall" which the crayons lean against.  You may hot glue the hoops anywhere on the clock desired.  I chose to hot glue the hoops the width of a crayon from the edge of the clock face.

Step 3: 
Cut the very ends of the crayons off so that only the crayon label is shown.  The glue will stick well to the paper label itself, but will somewhat melt the crayon wax.  Therefore, you want to avoid gluing the crayon wax directly, or you may end up with a messy project! 

Step 4: 
Determine your crayon color pattern, and make sure you have enough of what you need.

Step 5: 
Glue the crayons to the support wall and to the clock.

Step 6: 
Gently remove any hot glue strings, and clean clock face with a household cleaner.  You are done!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

What's in Your Cart?

Wow!  The holidays are quickly approaching, and so are sales!!! Teacher's Pay Teacher's is having a HUGE sitewide sale November 30th, and December 1st, and many stores will be participating.  Woohoo!  My entire store will be 20% off.  So go shopping , and while you are there, don't forget to use the TpT promo code provided on TpT for additional savings, (that's 28% off at my store and many other stores too)!

I'm linking up with Jenn from Speech Room News to share three of my products, and three other products that I have my eye on buying during this sale.  So here it goes...

On Sale in My Store:

While I aim to count my blessings all year long, this time of year seems to be particularly appropriate for thinking about thankfulness/gratitude.  With November focusing on Thanksgiving, and December focusing on gift giving and receiving, it's the perfect time to teach the concept of gratitude to children.   This Gratitude Packet is filled with activities, printables, awards, posters, and more, and is on sale now!

I'm really excited about these new Respect Task Cards I just made!  They make a perfect edition to any character education program and may be used in groups, by themselves, or as a class.  Teaching suggestions, a list of all 40 questions, and a teaching guide are also included.   They are also on sale now!

Reward coupons are a fun way to recognize positive behavior.  These Holiday Reward Coupons are colorful, festive, and work well during the month of December.  They come in color and black and white, and are on sale now!

I hope you find these resources useful.  My products are intended to be used by teachers, parents, homeschooling parents, SLPs, SPED, counselors, social workers, and other specialists.

What's on My Wish List:

This is the fun part!  There are some talented TpT Sellers/Stores out there, and I can't wait to check them out.  Here are a few items calling my name...

I just love Educlips!  They have such great clip art which covers so many subjects.  I've had my eye on this Character Qualities Clip Art Set for some time.  Aren't these little guys great?  If you like these, you might also enjoy, the Manners Clip Art Bundle too.  I own it, and it's one of my favorites!

Whimsy Clips is another is another one of my favorite Clip Art TpT Stores.   This Good Choices Clip Art speaks to me, and I can't wait to use it!   If you are looking for clip art to compliment this, check out the Bad Choices option too.

Have you seen Kelly Workman's store yet?  I love her products!   Her Emotions Photo Cards teach students to identify emotions in a fun way.  You can check them out here.  She also has a wide variety of Dice Decks available, complete with teaching suggestions, answer sheets, and more, so be sure to take a look around her store, while you are there.  You can check out her Dice Decks Growing Bundle here.

So, what's on your wish list?  If you would like to share your wish list, and link up too, head on over to Jenn from Speech Room News.

Hope you have lots of fun at the sale!

Teacher's Pay Teachers Cyber Sale!

Have you heard?

Teacher's Pay Teacher's is having a HUGE sitewide sale November 30th, and December 1st, and MANY TpT Sellers will be participating!   My entire store will be 20% off, so stop by and enjoy the savings. While you are there, apply the TpT promo code for additional savings.

These 55 amazing and new Teacher-Authors will be participating in this sale, (myself included).  Be sure to check out their great stores!  Click the picture to download the PDF for quick and easy access to everyone's store.   Happy Shopping!