Sunday, May 27, 2012

Parent Communication - SmileBox

I have recently started sending home a newsletter to parents via SmileBox (well... I've sent one so far) and I'm in love! I was actually about to start doing up the second newsletter and for some reason my photos aren't copying over to my computer from my camera- explorer is freezing every time. Poohy. 
I thought I'd post about it because it would be a great way for my northern friends who are finishing up school soon (lucky you!) to send home a celebration newsletter or photo album highlighting all the wonderful things you've done this year.

If you haven't used SmileBox you can check it out here. Basically, SmileBox has 1000 design templates ready to go that you can use for newsletters and you just insert the photos, text, videos and/or music you want to go with it. It's free to use (basic designs only and there's ads on playback), but you can also sign up for a fee so that there's no ads when you send it out and you have access to all the designs.

To create your newsletters, greeting cards or anything else you want to send, you simply choose your design (here are the school themed ones, but there's also seasonal, special days etc). You can choose slideshows, collages, photo albums, scrapbooks, newsetters or greeting cards so you can have more photos, less writing if you choose. You can also choose how many pages you want to have.

Here is a Family Newsletter design. You simple add your photos to SmileBox and then click and drag the photos to where you want them to go. I've just inserted random blog post photos here. On the right, you can change the colour scheme and some other things.

Once you've added your photos and text, you can also choose music to play as well! When you're done, you can share it via email or the other ways mentioned below. I emailed mine. Once you've put all parent emails into SmileBox, it saves them for next time. Parents just click on the link and it opens up the newsletter. It's private in that you can only view it if you receive the link and they can't see the other email addresses it was sent to.

Anywho, I really like it (and no I'm not getting paid for this post :D!). The best thing is that you can use it for anything, not just school like Christmas letters/photos to family, that sort of thing. I only wish it would let you attach documents, as I often want to send information home to parents.

It's my student teachers last week this week :( It's so great having another pair of hands and eyes in the classroom. I'll miss her!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Money Activities and Centres

Sorry again for lack of posting. I am right into report card mode now. We have moderation next week, so I've got some marking to catch up on and it's keeping me very busy. I did make some time to make some money activities though since I had a couple of requests. 
 
 

They are on sale now for the next few days. I'll be back on the weekend with hopefully more (interesting, class-related) things to post!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy poster

What a blah week! Sorry I haven't posted. There's no reason why I haven't. I've just been bludging! Going to bed early AND sleeping in kind of thing!

I've never really looked at the Top 100 on TpT before - I'm not up there with the big sellers, so there's no point. But like I said, I've been bludging so I haven't been creating anything new and have been buying instead. So I looked on the TpT 100 Highest Rated Products for last week looking for some new buys, and I saw one of mine! Talk about excited!
 
I know it's for the product I had listed as a freebie for the Teacher Appreciation Jackpot so it doesn't really count, but I'm still happy about it! Thanks to those who left feedback after you downloaded it for free!
A little while ago, I was talking about behaviour management. Somebody suggested that I should try Whole Brain Teaching. I wasn't sure that it was my thing but jumped on it and gave it a go when we came back for second term. Wow! How simple! How effective!
I found these posters at The Polka Dot Patch that I display on the board near my whole class carpet area. I also made up a "Keep your dear teacher happy" rule because I thought that encompasses anything they might get up to!  You can download it here in google docs. 

We recite the rules in the morning and after both breaks. We use the actions from 3rd Grade Thoughts when reciting the rules. 
I also use Class/Yes, but that's it. I don't need to use the scoreboard or anything else (yet!). I can't believe last term I was pulling my hair out and now everything is so good. 
These rules have really worked a treat. It's so easy if someone is calling out to say "Rule Number 4" and the class just automatically repeats the rule back. One, it stops the student from calling out, and two, it also seems to refocus the class. Love it!

Hopefully I'll be back soon with some new freebies for you.



EDIT: Head on over to Think, Wonder,Teach for a WBT linky party! I can't wait to check out all the links!
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Monday, May 07, 2012

T.I.M.E. Guided Math and THANKS!


Wow, thanks to everyone who left me comments about my Short and Long Vowel dominoes. It was downloaded about 4500 times! A big, big thank you to those who left feedback in my store! And to those who offered freebies - your generosity is sooo appreciated!

Just letting you know that it is now back to normal pricing but if you missed out on getting it for free, you can still grab it for 20% off + use the code TAD12 to get an extra 10% off the discounted price. 

I don't really have anything for you today except to let you know that I've finally gotten around to uploading my T.I.M.E. math board that I shared about here
 

Like everything else in my store, it is 20% off at the moment!

Ok, I better actually get something to ready for school tomorrow! I have my student teacher starting full-time tomorrow, so I've got to be at the top of my game! :)

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Jackpot freebie and SALE!

I have decided to give away my paid product Short and Long Vowel Dominoes as part of the Teacher Appreciation Jackpot! It usually sells for $3. It comes with 3 sets: 
  1. Short vowels with common word families (circus theme)
  2. Short vowels with blends and digraphs (leap frog froggies)
  3. Long vowels with blends and digraphs (beach froggies)
Students match one side of the domino to another that has the same ending sound. Here's a sneak peak.


It is free only in my TpT store.  It's now back to normal pricing! You can still use the codes below to grab it at a discount if you missed out on getting it for free!

Remember to check out all of the freebies - about $600 worth - that are being offered by all of the wonderful TpT sellers in my previous post!

I am also having a sale - 20% off - in both my TpT and TN stores! Remember TpT is also giving a 10% discount using the discount code TAD12 ! You might want to check out these recently added products in my store:
 I've just added What the Time Mr Alligator? Time Dominoes to my stores (I couldn't find any cute images of wolves). I now have 5 sets of dominoes in my store. The kids LOVE playing with them and they are great for reviewing and reinforcing concepts.  Best of all, once they know how to play, I can add a new set and don't have to spend time teaching how to play!
 It comes with 3 sets - to the hour and half past, quarter past and quarter till and time to 5 mintues.

If you are looking at setting up for next year, you may want to check out my Voices (6 Writing Traits) board.

 
Also on sale is my Daily 5 and CAFE poster pack with I-Can charts, center board rotation labels and more. 
 
Here's a few other things that are on sale at the moment: 
 
 
  
OK, I"m off to clear out my wish list!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Feeling lucky, punk? Well, do ya?

I hope you read that in your very best Dirty Harry voice!

Well, you should be because next Sunday is sure going to be your lucky day! Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I, along with about 130 other TpT sellers, want to show you how much we appreciate the amazing work you all do for the little kiddos entrusted to you. We know the dedication you show to our profession is outstanding and that you work your little butt off. We know it even if others are not always so supportive, encouraraging or appreciative.

That is why I am so very pleased to be part of the Teacher Appreciation Jackpot! There are over 130 TpT sellers/bloggers involved and we are all giving away 1 product from our stores worth $3 to $8 on Sunday, May 6! That adds up to over $500 in freebies for you!
Because so many bloggers are participating, this event will be divided into three grade level groups. I'll be participting in the K-2 event coordinated by :

April McNair on A Modern Teacher

I have decided to give away my paid product Short and Long Vowel Dominoes as part of the Teacher Appreciation Jackpot! It usually sells for $3. It comes with 3 sets: 
  1. Short vowels with common word families (circus theme)
  2. Short vowels with blends and digraphs (leap frog froggies)
  3. Long vowels with blends and digraphs (beach froggies)
Students match one side of the domino to another that has the same ending sound. Here's a sneak peak.

It is free only in my TpT store. It's now back to it's normal price, but if you missed out on getting it for free, you can get it now for 20% off (+ use the code TAD12 for an extra 10% off the discounted price!).

Check out the other blogs participating!
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