Saturday, June 29, 2013

Kinderland Sale & a Freebie!

As the month comes to an end I am starting to get into the groove of being on summer vacation. I have taken some family trips to the beach, local library events, and my biggest achievement is potty training my child. I am so proud of him.

While I've been staying home with my little one I've started drawing many new pieces of clipart and I have been revising some of my first clipart sets. I've been using Adobe Illustrator for my new clipart sets and I LOVE how clear they turn out. Here's a peek at my newest sets. 

All of these words are CVC short a vowel words. I'm selling this set of 46 clips (23 in color, 23 in black and white) for $4. It will be on sale for 20% off June 30th.  I have a smaller set of short e clipart (8 color images, 8 black and white).

I have a smaller set of short e clipart (8 color images, 8 black and white).


I redrew my sunflower clipart set too. Here is a peek at it. 

My doodling has also taken me to drawing colorful frames. You can check these out too!
The solid and polka dot frames are bundled together!

Doodle frames!

Scallop Frames

Grab this lime green frame freebie here!

Check out my Kinderland friends who have their stores on sale too! 

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Kindness of our Hearts

One of my blogging buddies has set up a fundraiser to help her teaching partner who was hurt badly in a horrible accident. As a teacher I can't imagine the horrible pain of almost losing a teammate - especially one who seems so well-loved as Kathy. I donated one of my products to help raise money for this teacher. I would love it if you stopped by my friend Lisa's blog to learn more about how you can help. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Oregon Blogger Meet Up

I can't wait to meet up with some awesome girlies. The introvert in me is dying and is a bundle of nerves, but since I already know half of the girls going I keep telling myself it's all good! :)

Oh, and this is my last week of school. I'm ready to be done - so I can have more time to spend with my  own little guy. I do love this class and will miss them terribly. They were so smart, caring, and fun to teach. What's in store? My principal is getting his head shaved - hahaha...that's going to be awesome! Our school did great with our fundraiser (met the goal) and this is the reward! We have a kindergarten graduation to set up/attend on Tuesday, field day, and then packing up my room.

This leaves me wondering - all of you KG teachers - how do you sanitize your toys, unifix cubes, etc. I'm thinking of throwing everything into a big bleach-bath in a rubbermaid - but is there an easier way?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

It was Wonderful & Marvelous

 I was so lucky to win an author visit with my friend and singer/author Debbie Clement of Rainbows Within Reach. It was, in her beautiful singing words, "wonderful, marvelous..." and so much more.

I set up my document camera, speakers, and laptop so that I could Skype with Debbie for a 45 minute "assembly." We had a great time.
Let me tell you how things started out. About 75 kindergarten kids packed my room. My laptop (it was connected to my document camera) was set up on a stool facing the kids on the carpet and beyond so she could see their sweet faces. Then I called her on Skype. After a second of ringing - our screen lit up with her charming sweet face.

I was so excited that she knew how to talk to my students in silly voices, how to meet their ELL needs by using appropriate vocabulary, and how to keep them engaged, moving, singing, and dancing for such a long time. The pessimistic voice in my brain kept telling me that I'm going to have a mess to fix if she doesn't do a good job. But, phew....she blew it out of the water --- hit it out of the ball park --- made a touchdown --- whatever you want to call it --- she amazed me and every person in the room with her vibrance and love for children that came through.

She started talking about being an author and illustrator (thankfully my students had those terms nailed)...and she showed the students her fun books. Then she taught them some sign language motions and songs. She sang, the kids and teachers sang, and had a bundle of fun. We were even hitting Common Core Standards (teacher WHOOP!).

 Students participated in her silly songs that included lots of funny faces and motions. We had a blast as you can see!

I wish you could see how magical it was to spend our afternoon with Debbie. If you want to grab her beautiful songs check them out in her TPT store! :)