Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ship your Stuff with Avery!

When Shoplet asked me to review the following Avery labels, I couldn't say no.  Because they're Avery, of course.  The following opinions about these labels are honest and my own.

So, a few short months ago I started making vinyl designs for shirts.  I totally blame my friend Sue, because she showed me how fun it was.  Occasionally, I  ship a shirt to Arizona or Florida and I need a shipping label (because that beats standing in line at the post office!).  I Googled until I found out how to print postage paid labels at home, after buying a nifty little postage scale from Amazon.  Once I knew how to do it, I had to do it. I began using full sheet labels and wasting half of the page, because the label prints on one side and the receipt on the other.
Cue awesome Avery shipping labels...
The left side is the label and the right is just paper.  They are GREAT!

 Click the image to see them on Shoplet

The Brown Kraft label is cool because it can be printed on, blends in with the box, and doesn't allow old labels to show through.  These labels come two to a sheet.
Click the image above to view on Shoplet.

I also liked these Avery White Shipping Labels because they are 10 per sheet and have TrueBlock Technology.  As you can see, neither color or old labels show through them. 

Click the image above to see them on Shoplet

The Avery WeatherProof Labels were fun to test! While they can be printed on, I used a BIC marker to see if the ink would smear.  It didn't.  I also scrubbed it with a wet paper towel to see what would happen.  As you can clearly see below, the Avery label held up, but the original label on the box did not... New Balance, you may want to invest in these WeatherProof labels!

Click the image above to view them on Shoplet.

I will be using these Avery shipping labels from Shoplet to ship my shirts.
If you'd like to help me continue to test these labels against the elements and post office, order a shirt from me! ;)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 Teacher Tool Exchange Linky

Two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd anual teacher blogger meet up in French Link, Indiana.  I blogged about my amazing experience last year {HERE}, in case you want to know how it all started. 
One of the activities at this epic blog meet up, was the Teacher Tool Gift Exchange.  We divided ourselves by grade levels, so the gifts would be more appropriate and because there was no way we'd all fit in one giant circle!  Since I teach K-5 in the library, I chose the 2nd grade group because it falls in the middle! We had all brought our favorite teacher tool and while Amanda read a crazy story she made up, we passed our gifts to the right or left, depending on the code words she read.  It was kind of a hilarious story!
Once the story was over, we went around the circle and opened our gifts.  There were so many awesome things!
My gift was every type and size of Post-it Notes you can imagine. I LOVE them! My library finds itself the host of almost every meeting we have at my school.  My pens and Post-it Notes, tend to get "borrowed" often, so now I can replenish my stash!
Bobbi from Bitty Bilinguals put together this awesome gift!
Bitty Bilinguals

You can see more awesome teacher tools on the blogs below!  
Come back tomorrow to read more about my weekend!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It's a Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway!

Joy Cowley is a fantastic author who has written many books for young readers.  One of her most delightful characters is Mrs. Wishy- Washy!  You can enter to win a big book on my blog and a whole classroom supply of books over at Hameray Publishing!  Keep reading to find out how to enter both contests!
Just for fun, I've come up with 5 things she and I have in common...
1.    We both love to clean. Neither of us can stand a mess.  She even loaded up her animals and searched all over town for water when there was none on the farm! {Mrs. Wishy-Washy and the Big Wash}
2.    We have both entered our (clean) animals in the fair and won!  As a teenager, I showed cattle through 4-H and have a box full of ribbons to show for it!
3.    We are both farm girls.  She currently lives on a farm and I grew up on a dairy farm.
4.    We are both hard workers.  Her hard work, and cleaning obsession, is apparent in Mrs. Wishy-Washy on TV.  She scrubs every animal and person in sight until they are sparkling!
5.    A cow, pig, and duck sang to me on my last birthday too, just like in Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Birthday.  Just kidding, but it was really sweet when it happened in Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Birthday!

Now that you know a little about Mrs. Wishy-Washy and me, let me tell you 5 things you’ll love about these books:
1.    Each book has a teacher’s guide specific to that book.  It’s not a separate document that you’re bound to lose, but actually printed on the back cover.  It’s a brilliant concept that I wish all books had!  You could easily leave this book for a substitute teacher and just say, “follow the guide inside the back cover” and you’d know your students were going to get a great lesson. 
2.    The word count for the four books I have averages out to 198.  A perfect length for beginning readers.  The stories are engaging and humorous.  The vocabulary in the books is varied and each one has 3-4 specific words listed in the guide to pull out and talk more about.  Students can take these new words and come up with antonyms and/or synonyms, put them in alphabetical order, or create new sentences using the words.
3.    The characters are constant.  After reading a few books, children can expect to see the cow, pig, and duck.  Stories can be created from one of the animals’ point of view.  Predictions can be made about what the animals did to get so dirty or what they’ll do after their baths.  Book summaries are a great thing to do with your students to make sure they understand parts of the story.  You can download a story summary chart below to use with any Mrs. Wishy-Washy book.
4.    These books would adapt themselves well to a Reader’s Theater script.  After a shared reading of the book, students can work together to retell the story and create parts for a script as they work.
All sorts of word studies can be done with these books.  Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Birthday lends itself to a study of onomatopoeia, words with suffixes, and compound words.  
There are currently four sets of readers by Joy Cowley.  The third release is the Orange Set.  This selection of books includes brand-new stories featuring brand-new characters! Read new adventures featuring Little Sister and Big Brother, Barbie the Wild Lamb, Pen and Pencil, the Gruesomes, and Oscar, all written by Joy Cowley.  The fourth set is the Blue Set and is also the newest.  This selection of books includes stories featuring brand-new characters, Mr. Tang and Miniboy!
Hameray Publishing is hosting the Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway, in which one lucky grand-prize winner will receive a classroom package of Joy’s stories, which include the newest adventures of cherished characters Mrs. Wishy-Washy, the Hungry Giant, the Meanies, and others. This year’s package includes ninety leveled readers, nineteen big books, a set of finger puppets, and more, with a prize total valuing at $1,000!

Blogging tips