Sunday, May 27, 2012

School’s Out for Me! Celebrating with a giveaway, a TpT sale, and a Linky!

WooHoo! No more school for 2 months!  While I am so excited about having free time, I also plan on creating many new TpT items and working on my blog.  What are your summer plans? Are you making new products to sale?
I have joined in with Kindergarten Lifestyle for a Memorial Day SALEabration!  Everything in my TpT store is 20% off from May 27-28th.
Click the image to see who else is having a sale and fill up your cart!

There are 10 hours left to enter my 50 followers giveaway!  Two lucky people will win 5 free items from my TpT store. Click HERE to enter!

I have also joined up with Teacher Idea Factory’s Rockin’ Resources Linky Party.
This little Linky is called Rockin' Resources: Things I Couldn't Live Without.  I am mainly thinking of the things/resources that you use in your classroom that you live and die by, but it could include other things as well.   I know I am in need of a few more "classroom tools," and who better to ask than my wise bloggy buddies??!!
Here are my TOP 5 "classroom can't live withouts..."

1.  Cute fonts- I could not make it with my fonts.  I have acquired them from many places: DJ Inkers, Kevin and Amanda(which is blocked at my school, grrrrr), 1001 Free Fonts,, and just to name a few.  Everything I do must be in a different, cute font.  I just can’t help it! :)2. My Elmo, Mobi, and projector.  I just don’t know how I taught before I had such wonderful technology in my classroom.
If you are not familiar with these products;
Elmo-   Mobi-
These items are very expensive.  Luckily my school received A LOT of federal money a few years ago, and equipped each classroom with these 3 items.  It has made teaching wonderful!
3. small white boards for each student.  Go to Lowes or Home Depot and purchase a sheet of shower board.  They will cut it for you in any size you want. 
4.  Composition notebooks.  These are so much better than spiral notebooks.  A while back, I saw an idea on Pinterest, of course, that I want to try next year.  Supposedly, Lowes or Home Depot will cut them for you, if you don’t have the means to do it yourself.  Has anyone tried this? How did it work for you?
5. My favorite websites! Teachers pay Teachers, Teacher’s Notebook, Pinterest, and BLOGS!  I couldn’t have done half of what I did without these sites. 
Join the Linky and share what you can’t live without! Thanks for stopping by and
Happy Memorial Day!

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  1. I love your fonts! I have many of those fonts that you just wrote your post in. :) I didn't know about some of those font websites. I am going to check them out!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Hi Dana!

    It must feel so GOOD to be out of school. I have 8 more days of school left, but so many things I still need to do before the final day. I ABSOLUTELY love fonts, too. It's fun to find another first grade blog. I'm your newest follower.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  3. Thank you so much for joining the Linky! Cutting comp books in half is brilliant. I bet any local printer would do it too (my print/copy shop always cuts the spines of my student math books for next to nothing)!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  4. I agree with everything that you put on your list. My teaching has changed so much with the new technology that I have in my room...I don't know how I taught without it. Enjoy your summer, looking forward to some more great ideas from your blog.


  5. Love your list!! I agree with it all, but you are the third person to talk about a Mobi and I just can't seem to grasp the concept of what it does. Don't you need a smart board to interact with it? I have an Elmo and a projector though:) Have a great summer. I am also working on filling my store with a few more items:)

    Surfin' Through Second

    1. Think of a Mobi as a hand held mouse. You do not need a smart board. The Mobi pen "writes" on the web page via a white board it is connected to. Does that make sense? The Mobi has many functions- it can be a pen, marker, highlighter, stamp, mouse, etc. Maybe I should make a video showing all the great things it can do. It really is awesome!

  6. I'd love to hear more about how you use the Mobi in your class. I'm intrigued by the idea of it. Can you use it with a SMART board, like the SmartSlate?


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  8. You don't need a Smart board. I have a regular ol'white board and I project whatever I need to- webpage, online math textbook, etc- and I walk around the room teaching with my Mobi. When I need to click on something I click the mouse mode button first. When I want to write on the webpage, I click pen or highlighter or whatever. Through the Mobi, I can project a white (blank) page or a page that looks like lined notebook paper to write on, then with another click I can go back to my webpage.
    Here is the best video I can find on YouTube demonstrating the Mobi:

    I've never used more than 1 Mobi at a time. Our classrooms each have 1, but I do allow students to use it one at a time, on occasion. I hope this helps.

  9. I keep seeing the Mobi, but don't know what it is. I'll have to check it out! I'm a new follower. Check out my list!

    Heather at Teach It Today!

  10. I agree with everything you mentioned - except I don't have a Mobi...will be investigating further! Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm your newest follower!

    Mrs. Castro's Class


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