Sunday, August 23, 2015

Here's My Sunday Scoop! (And a FABO Smore's Idea!!!)

Hey there!!  Crazy busy around here but Teaching Trio's linkup helps keeps me organized!

First off, I want to congratulate Matthew for making the soccer team!  Here's a Junior this year in HS and if you have a high schooler, you know how intense tryouts can be especially if you live in a HUGE school district!  Although only officially a week-long, he's had "voluntary" practice five days a week since school ended.  We were confident he'd make the team again but he wasn't so sure with 50 cuts being made.  Gulp.  How confident were we?  When we left to pick him up from the last day of tryouts,  we hung up this sign so he'd see it as soon as he walked inside.

Buying a baby gift is always exciting!  Kaylee is about a month old and we get to meet her today for the first time.  A blessing for sure!

If you don't already know,  I write children's books.  I LOVE it obviously and am so lucky that I have an editor who supports me and a great company to work for so often (ABDO!) but it's stressful when my deadlines fall within the first few months of school.  I am writing a new series but still have to outline and submit the official proposal.  Deadlines for the chapter books:  October-January. One book a month!  DOUBLE GULP!  Educational publishing is ALWAYS that fast!!!  

Now...S'MORES!  Want to see a cute idea that was sort of Pinterest inspired?  I made this portable S'mores "stove."

I actually made five of them for Sarah's grad party this year.  A huge hit!  I lined them up and the kids were able to make lots of "Gourmet S'mores while they watched High School Musical on an outside Movie Screen. To make, get a tin bucket, fill half way with sand, put tinfoil over the sand (just so the rocks and glass pieces don't fall down in the sand, fill with rocks and glass pieces (from Dollar Tree) and get plop a can of chafing dish fuel in the middle.  I wish I had a pic showing the entire "smore's bar" from her party but I don't.  I found the menu online (and will edit to link to it when I find it again!) and put all the ingredients out in a fancy layout.  Looked amazing and kids really tried all of them!!  We are using them tonight.  Yum!  (You can't really see the glass rocks in there but they looked great when lit up.)

The countdown is on...Sarah leaves in just three days.  Wednesday is  fast approaching and I keep seeing us at the dorms saying goodbye.  I don't think my husband and I can do it.  I really don't.

Here she is with her boyfriend last week on her 18th birthday.  Sigh.

I want to end reminding everyone to get their yearly  mammogram!  My friend never missed an appointment and I believe her diligence saved her life.  Monday night we will be celebrating the end of her treatments.  

What are you up to?  Link up and let us know!!

Happy Sunday!!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Sunday Scoop! (And a VERY cool history fact!)

Thanks to Teaching Trio, I'm sharing my Sunday Scoop today:

Do you send a letter to your kids to introduce yourself?  When I first started, it was via mail and I included a pencil.  My district paid for it.  Then, we were told email only.  Cheaper.  So, I've been doing that ever since.  No pencil of course but it does save money.  I have the pencil waiting for them on their desk when they arrive.  I actually send the parents one letter and then email again and write "For My Fabo First Grader" in the subject line so the child can still feel the excitement of getting their own letter.  My kids used to LOVE getting their letters from their teachers. Now, it's all about their schedules!  Gotta know when lunch is and who's in your lunch period, right?

I've had this freebie in my store forever and a complete set of these are LONG overdue.  After today, it will FINALLY be in my store!  I've added a number line to the bottom and included subtraction.  My kids love to use highlighters so I think these will be a hit!

Edited to add:  It's done!  Here it is:

My walking has almost come to a screeching halt this summer.  Why???  I have no answer!  Most people can walk 10,000 steps to reach five miles.  Me?  Nope. I'm short so I need 13,500 steps before the five miles register.  From March-June, I walked almost 5 miles a day.  Often 7 miles.  I lost 12 pounds!  I'm annoyed and disappointed with myself that I slacked off.  Sigh.

Been adding to our new Cover Cuties. At only $1.50 for each set, I think a great deal! Here are the latest:  (The cutie girl up top will debut soon!)


Also added this to our store:

Interesting Fact: See the picture of Bell holding "something" over "someone" in bed? That "something" is a metal detector (which he created) and that "someone" is President Garfield who was shot. Bell was called upon in an attempt to help save the life of the mortally wounded President using his early version of a metal detector.  Surely he could find the slug of an assassin's bullet with his new invention. But to his dismay, the bed Garfield was on was metal so Bell couldn't get an accurate read. He urged doctors to move him out of that bed so he could properly use- and locate- the slug.  The doctors refused. Because of their refusal, Garfield died.  Many believe if the slug had been found and removed, he would have survived.   So now you know!!!

John and Matthew are going to see the Mets play today.  Sarah and I are going shopping...she leaves for Syracuse University in just nine days.  Sniff, sniff. Much to do!!

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Have a great Sunday!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Introducing Cover Cuties! Grab Fall Freebie!

Cover Cuties are here! Are you always looking for a few cute clip art friends to put on your covers? Look no more! We've created Cover Cuties for you! Two kids, a matching banner and a few decorative elements to give your cover that finished look. All for a great low price! The sets come in color AND blacklines.  Grab the first one for some Fall Fun!  It's a freebie!




We hope you like them!  Lots more on the way!

Edited to Add:  By Request!

In other news, just linked up for Math Mondays at Everything Education. Head on over to read a great post about differentiation and see other math-related posts and products you may like.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Art Gallery! (And a Freebie!)

We've been busy making more clip art...



And I finally finished my September Open-Ended Math Questions and added them to my bundle. Look at some of the answers to previous questions and 

Grab these two freebies and enjoy!  

I'm off to fill up my shopping much to buy!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Remember Garanimals?

If only getting dressed could still be that easy!  Who knew the company relaunched in 2008 and is still cranking out clothes?

I was coloring in these clip art sets today and had a flashback to my Garanimal days!

Christmas Kids Clip Art

Fall Fun/Back-to-School Kids Clip Art

Were YOU a Garanimal Kid??

Monday, July 27, 2015

Problem Solved: Hard to Erase Whiteboards and Chalkboards

Both can get pretty grungy and leave behind faded writing that you just can't get off.  It's one of those little things that drives me batty in the classroom.

And at home!

I tried everything I could think of to get the chalk off my little bird chalkboards that I use mostly at home.  I had used a chalk marker (I heart chalk markers!!) which boasted that it "Erased Easily."



You can see the unerased "H" above.  The rest of the letters ARE erased.  Ha! No matter what I tried, those marks were still there. 

Same for some of my whiteboards: 

About to give up and thinking I'd have to repaint the bird boards with chalkboard black paint, my husband grabbed a Magic Eraser.  

It worked like a charm!!! 

Look at them now! Like new! Just in time for my daughter's Grad Party this past weekend!

(Boro is her High School and "Cuse" is her college: Syracuse!)

If you don't have a Magic Eraser, get thee to the store pronto!  I cut them up into smaller pieces so they last a bit longer. Although I have white boards(and individual ones for the kids) I know many classes still have chalkboards.  I hope this helps you get them super clean!

In clip art news...our latest: The Civil War!b This pack is bigger than usual since we had a lot to fit it.  Hope you like it!


Have a great day!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Look Who Popped Up At Kohls!

In case you didn't know, look who's featured at Kohls this month:

So cute!  And for $5,you can't beat the price.  I use them all the time in my Daily Five for Read to Self but I modify to Read to a Stuffed Friend. Who doesn't love an audience to read to? 

You can grab a free recording sheet here. I have enough animals for everyone but I still bought the cuties above.  I already have a small mouse but this one is way cuter and much more huggable.  See Clifford and Cleo?  I got them online at Kohls and they were only $2.50!  Not pictured is Ted and Fred from Dr. Seuss.  I got them for $2.50 too.  Can you believe that?  Be sure to look from time to time as you can usually find one or two on there on Clearance.

Kohl's Cares is such a great program that I like to support.  So even if I don't buy the books/animals for me, I always buy some for a nearby shelter for the kids.

Did you get yours yet?  If not, go get them today before they sell out!