Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MLK craft freebie!

Here's a little MLK craft to work on next week. I created an easy to cut template of Martin's jacket, collared shirt, tie, and face and hands. If you can enlarge the jacket on a copy machine you can use the large head/hands/shirt/tie. If you can't do that I have included smaller pieces that work together. Click a picture to grab the printable from google drive. 


Monday, December 1, 2014

Whole Brain Teaching Rules Freebie

My school is doing a book club on Whole Brain Teaching.

To go along with the book I put together these rule cards to use in my classroom. I haven't finished reading the book yet, but I'm trying to introduce many of the strategies in it. At my school I have a ver high ELL population and the strategies are super helpful for engaging students, letting them have lots of talk time, and holding them accountable for their learning.

Please feel free to grab these posters. All clipart was created by ME (Teacher Laura). The cute doodle frames come from Print Candee. Click on the picture to jump to a free download.

I have included a couple different "teacher" versions. I don't have male teachers drawn at this time.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giveaway, Freebies and a Sale

After a year and 8 months I am thrilled to announce that I have achieved a TPT sales milestone. I have devoted so many hours of my evenings and weekends to drawing clipart, creating projects, and more! I feel so blessed to have been supported by all of my TPT supporters. My sale will run from Nov. 23rd to the 26th. Everything is 20% off!

Here is a Thanksgiving headband freebie I posted. I've been doing headbands like this for the last 10 years and finally threw out my old hand-drawn template and made the template digital. Stop by my store to get this printable for a free craft. 

Are you prepared for how quickly November has come and gone? I can't believe December is almost here! To prepare - I cleaned up one of my favorite activities and made this fun Candy Kiss printable. When student finish, I usually give them a candy kiss from my chocolate stash as a special winter treat!  Grab this freebie from my TPT store! 

Thanks so much to everyone who has helped me on my TPT journey. I want to share a few things with you about what I have been able to do with the extra income from my TPT sales. 

1. I can pay for my 4 year old to go to a private Christian preschool. My son is getting a Christian upbringing. He is surrounded by the most devoted and loving teachers I could ask for, and is thriving with a school that has amazing values. He loves going to school!
2. I can support other teachers! This part I love!!! When my son's teacher requests extra snacks for a holiday party I can help her out. For his harvest party I provided cheese, crackers, raisins, and cranberries for the classroom feast. It feels so good to be able to give back and ease the burden on a teacher who wants to make the holidays memorable for children.
3. I can support my students. My school is home to students living in extremely high poverty zones. Things that you probably would never imagine happen at my school. Basic clothing needs are among one of the greatest challenges we see on a daily basis. I was able to give my whole class brand new gloves for outdoor recess when the weather was in the low 30s. I also provided 6 refugee students with brand new coats this winter. Parents were so thankful they held my hands, bowed their heads to me, and gave me thanks. This ability to give back comes from all of you who have scooped up my clipart sets and inspired me to keep drawing. I'm not sharing this with you to pat myself on the back, but to let you know that the desire to help another human is a natural thing to do - and that without TPT I would not be able to support my students like I have been able to this year.
4. I can share my work with other teachers. I love creating and using resources. I happily share my resources with my colleagues and am able to impact the education of so many students. I love sharing, that's why I post so many freebies! :-) 
5. My class can have fun! Just like in #2 above - I want to create memorable experiences for my own students. I can buy snacks for our Thanksgiving feast without counting up my pennies. I can purchase extra art supplies for projects to make our creative art experiences even more fun! Overall - my class is a better place and my students are having more fun because of extra resources.

I've also decided to have a giveaway: 

Thank you for letting me share my special moments with you. When I look back on this list I know that I have been very fortunate to be able to do so many special things as an educator and as a person. My supporters are the ones who have helped make this happen and for that - I humbly thank you!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Color Freebie Book

I just posted a new printable book for FREE!

Grab it by here! :)

Credits: Clipart by Creative Clips, Melonheadz, and ME (the little crayons and frame are mine)
Fonts by: KG fonts & Graphics from the Pond

Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Sale

School is right around the corner and it's time to grab some awesome TPT units while they're on sale! 
My whole store will be 20% off on Aug. 4th and Aug 5th. As a bonus when you enter the code BTS14 you'll get even more savings!! I have linked up with some of the most amazing bloggers who are having sales in their TPT stores too.

I teach kindergarten and my all of my units are teacher-tested and approved! There are lots of engaging printables.  Students cut and glue, read books, sort cards, and more! I always teach my units in hands-on ways; never just by using a worksheet. I believe that kids need manipulatives in their hands and real objects to make these units come to life. My units are great to use as quick formative or assessments, small group interventions, or if you simply need paper-pencil practice. Here are some of my favorite creations!

 Math: Place Value Fun

Reading/Phonics: Sight Word Book Bundle

Reading/Word Work: Sight Word Sentence Scramble

Reading/Word Work: Super Syllables

I also am a clipart creator! :) Here is some clipart that you can use in the classroom.

Clipart:Make your own Crowns with my clipart templates! 

Just drag the clipart images into a powerpoint document and add a text box on top of them, then print! Kids will love wearing your creations! I glue mine onto sentence strips to be more durable.

Have fun shopping and don't forget to enter the code when you check out!
Check out all of my best blogging buddies stores too!