Saturday, November 1, 2014

I mustache you....do you know about Movember?

Raise your hand if you already knew about Movember. (Seriously - leave a comment below!).
If your hand didn't go up....here's some brief info about the Movember movement. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues like prostate or testicular cancer. The goal of Movember is to
"change the face of mens' health".

I'm super excited to partner up with Creative Teaching Press to raise awareness of Movember in the teaching world since Movember is an awareness initiative that hits very close to home for my family. My dad was a victim of prostate cancer and lost his battle with the disease five years ago. Prostate issues are often something that mean ignore - not seeking medical attention until the disease had progressed. By the time my dad spoke to his doctor about the issue, he was already at Stage 3. 
It's so important that men (& their families) be aware of their risks of these diseases --- one of the reasons I believe Movember is so important! 

My brother, husband, & son participate in Movember each year. In addition to growing mustaches to raise awareness, participants can participate on the Movember website to raise money for the cause. Take a look at this video that my brother (who works for Redbull) created for more information. Just click on the pic below to watch the video. And please share with your male family members & friends! 


Like I said, I was super excited to learn that Creative Teaching Press wanted to help raise awareness about Movember & men's health. As you can tell from the pics of my family...we've been having some fun using them to help promote Movember! We'll be posting more on social media all through the month. And look at all the goodies CTP sent me to help with the effort! 

Would you like to win a similar pack of fan'stache'stic CTP stuff??!
Just start entering down in that little rafflecopter & cross your fingers!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, October 27, 2014

Eeek! It's (almost) Halloween!

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year! It's all about pumpkins, bats, & spiders this week, peeps! I'm celebrating this most fun of weeks with a big ol' SALE!!

Snag some SCARY GOOD deals!


Just click the covers to go check them out!







I'm also helping The Primary Gal celebrate her birthday & joining in on her birthday bash DOLLAR SALE!! Here we go....








Sunday, October 12, 2014

Have you checked your Sunday Circulars?

Today's Sunday Circular is all about math workstations! If you've been looking for activities to add
some spark to your Math workstations/centers.....I've got some deals for you! 30% off this week....


Let's Measure! Bundle, which includes two games: "It's a Foot!" & "One Yard Down". Both these games focus on adding measurements up to the next unit: inches to feet...& inches to yard. These games are favorites with my kiddos, and I love the smart thinking they end up doing as they strategize to make matches!


When I think fractions...I think food (apparently). Pizza, cake, pie, brownies...they just all lend themselves to fractions somehow...right? This game is played just like UNO -- super fun!

Here's another UNO-inspired game that helps kiddos practice telling time to 5 minutes. It also includes phrases like "a quarter till" or "half past". This is lots of fun and an excellent center activity!

You can also pick up a Money game to add to your workstations. Also played just like UNO, this game gives kiddos practice in counting a collection of coins. The amounts are written in either cents or dollars (50c or $0.50). 

To check out all the other deals that are out there, stop by All Things Apple to peruse some more Sunday Circulars!

All Things Apple

Friday, October 10, 2014

TREATS for You!

Boo! 'Tis the season.....to share & scare! Halloween is so fun...the Indiana Bloggers just couldn't resist gathering up some real treats for you! As if a pretty terrific DOLLAR SALE wasn't enough...there's also a pretty great FREEBIE HOP for you to enjoy!

Here are the Dollar Sale TREATS I've got in store for you.....
Each just $1!





Just click the pic to start hoppin' --- but before you leave, you'll want to peruse the Dollar Sale treats below...there are some fab deals!

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Savings Circular!

Did you spend the morning perusing the Sunday Sales Circulars? Who doesn't, right?!
Well, thanks to Nicole over at All Things Apple in 2nd.......you've got some new ones to check out! She's hosting a weekly (yes! WEEKLY) linky with Sunday Sales Ads. How cool is that?! You'll be able to find some awesome deals as bloggers showcase some of their favorite products.

Take a gander at what I've got in my circular....


Just click on the covers below to take a closer look....




After you check these products out, don't forget to click over to All Things Apple in 2nd & see what other awesome deals you can snag!

All Things Apple in 2nd

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dog Days of Summer? DOLLAR SALE!!

Wahoo! Indiana Teacher Bloggers are at it again! We're bringing you some relief from the Dog Days of Summer..............with a DOLLAR SALE!! Check it out...there are tons of terrific deals here, people!

Here's what you can grab from my store:



I have lots of games that are perfect for workstations or centers! Now is the perfect time to try them out!

or 

Make sure you check out all of these fabulous deals! Don't delay -- it all ends Sunday night!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Colorize Your Classroom! #colorizeyourclassroom

Ever wonder why many restaurants use the color red? Why many medical offices are green or blue?
Color theory and research tells us that that the color red heightens the sense of smell and stimulates appetite. Blue and green are calming....the reason why medical facilities use those colors.  Color has the ability to impact student attention, behavior, and
achievement.

I've always been interested in color theory, and definitely keep it in mind when I plan out my classroom decor every year (It's a nice light blue.....I'm going for calming! lol). I hadn't really considered the impact the color of materials/supplies might have, though. But doesn't it make sense that if the color of the environment makes an impact, the color of the papers they use would too? AND - don't forget about the impact color has on adults, too. The colors you use for newsletters, notes home, etc. also makes a difference. I'm excited to partner up with Neenah and Astrobrights Paper and colorize my classroom! Who knew paper even came in so many gorgeous colors?!

I welcomed families back to school with this awesome flip book. It has all the important information families need to know. I used bright colors because I wanted families to notice those sections specifically. Notice how the Remind 101 is red? I really, really wanted families to see that & get signed up. I also specifically put the Homework tab in pink so that it would stand out as well. Another plus for using the bright colors? It's easier to locate! It'll definitely be easier for families to find once they get it home!

Look how engaging this interactive notebook page is! My kiddos were excited just to get them to add their notebooks! (How easy was that?!) Seriously. That's all it takes?! Just give them materials on some gorgeous papers and they are all about it! Happy! Happy! All around!


Not only were they excited to create the page in their interactive notebooks...they were equally as excited to USE it! That's a definite win-win!

We used yellow for these pages in their language arts notebooks. They're loving getting to use some beautiful colors, and I'm loving how excited they get about just doing the activities! It's amazing how much using color impacts my classroom.  Have you noticed the same thing? I'd love to hear how you use color in your classroom......keep the ideas coming!


Have you heard? Neenah & Astrobrights paper is actually doing a Colorize Your Classroom campaign. One winner from each state will win a set of Astrobright papers...& ONE lucky person is going to get a classroom sponsorship from Astrobrights!! Click on the graphic below to head over & find out more about it!