Big Back to School Blowout Sale from Educents!

I know, time is flying! We will have tons of lesson plans soon enough so this is time to get ahead of the game!


 I am so excited to announce that is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peek into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

Click on any of the links or product images below to go right to the sale!

Preschool Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 72% OFF


Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF


K-2 The Write Stuff ELA Bundle - 68% OFF

If you look closely you may be able to find something from yours truly in here - my huge Reading and Writing Redhead's Language Arts Bundle! It costs almost $10 by itself (you can check by clicking that link there) but in this bundle with 16 other products, the whole thing is only $29.99! WHA......WHAT? Yep!  It contains my Writing Prompt Collection, my Grammar Pack, Seasonal Grammar Games, Rainy Day Root Words and more!


First Grade Literacy Bundle - 74% OFF


School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) - 74% OFF


Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) - 75% OFF


Tricky Math Curriculum Bundle (Grades 3-5) - 69% OFF


Complete Full-Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 6-8) - 77% OFF

Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF


Don't Miss It!

You might as well starting getting ready (see below)!  :-)

The Literacy Teacher's Playbook - Book Study Week # 7

Wow! The Literacy Teacher's Playbook Book Club is wrapping up! Only one more week after this! Thanks to Abbey at A Teacher Mom for hosting this!

This week we are looking at the end of  chapter 4 in Jennifer Serravello's book The Literacy Teacher's Playbook (I am reading the K-2 version but there is also a version for upper elementary- check them out below and click on the images to read more about them at Amazon).

In the first chapter of the book we read about collecting data and in chapter two we received detailed information about analyzing that data. Chapter three was about interpreting data and goal setting. This week we are discussing the end of chapter 4. The beginning of chapter 4 focused on goal setting and how to get started with an action plan and the middle of chapter shared some information on instructional formats and decision making, conferring, reading partnerships, and reading clubs.

In this section of the chapter Serravello details how to involve others (staff members, student's parents, etc.) in helping this student. The key is to get practice over time on reading skills and the more people spending time on this with the child the better!

The next section provides advice for teachers who are planning for multiple students and across a week. This is useful- most teachers obviously do not see just one child at a time and we also need to plan ahead as much as possible!

Serravello includes a section here about  knowing when goal has been met. This is not as simple as just waiting until a student reaches a certain score on a test so it good she goes into detail here.

The book has a very detailed appendix. The first section contains a lot of student work samples that you can use to work through some exercises she suggests - to practice analyzing data, interpreting it, establishing  a goal for the student and coming up with an action plan. This is super because all the assessments are here for you and you can do this even if you are not currently teaching or if you are teaching but do not want to wait until you have time to administer the assessments to your student(s).  Following that there is a glossary of assessment terms, forms for analyzing data in your classroom, pages for goal setting, planning, and possible reading and writing correlations  and goals for students reading  at levels a-f.

Overall I am very impressed. Lots of great information in this book and it could be helpful to everyone from a newer teacher to a seasoned one looking to reinvigorate the way she helps students who are struggling in reading.

I am excited for next week when we wrap this all up! See you then!

Booktalking Clubs - Get the Lowdown!

Hi everyone,
Today's post is over at Adventures in Literacy Land. The topic is Booktalking Clubs. If you want to know what they are, (no, not the same as a book club), how it works, and how it could increase student engagement, head over to see the post here or click on the image!

Adventures in Literacy Land

Thanks to Erin of I'm Lovin' Lit for the frames and KG Fonts, for well, the font!

Five for Friday-Sleepless Night Edition

Well, not totally sleepless but I was up until 4am, not by choice. There is just so much going on in my little head right now. Excitement, happiness, worry, anxiety, ideas, a little loneliness at times, I just could not settle down and quiet my mind. So I was up till 4 am. EESH.

BUT it is time to link up with Doodlebugs Teaching for 5 For Friday - always a good time!

My Christmas in July Sale continues! Everything is 20% until Sunday so stock up for back to school now. Here are just a couple items you could maybe get some use out of! Clicking on any of the images will bring you to my store. (PS That sale poster has the wrong date- should say July 27. Sorry!)

I am working on some new projects - first up an INTERACTIVE notebook! Also I am working a Morning Work product - I have morning work in many of my other products so I just thought - Hmmm why aren't I making a morning work only product?! LOL 

Stay tuned!

So exciting! I made my Jamberry Fast Start goal! If you are not a consultant you might know why I am so excited, but it feels good to meet a personal goal. I also got some product credit (already spent thank you!) and with each milestone I get a few more $. I was able to pay for my Vegas hotel room with my earnings from the past few weeks and I have only been doing it for  6 weeks! If you don't know what Jamberry Nails is and would like a free sample, check out the picture on the sidebar or just fill out my quick sample request form here. 

They are super cute vinyl wraps that are long lasting and made in the USA. Here are a couple of my latest jamicures. 
Want more info? Comment below and let me know!

Black floral and darkest black - last week's jamicure!

Need to work on my photo skills but this is bubble gum and gingham (from the gingham and berries Jamberry juniors - little girl line). Yes adults can wear juniors!

My mom is not a wrap lady but she even got into it and tried the Jamberry lacquer. Here she is rocking hint of mint lacquer and she added a sparkle top coat!

You may think this is small potatoes but I was psyched! I found a TJ Maxx gift card from last Christmas! I went and found a lamp that I desperately need. It won't stay on the kitchen counter, but I wanted to get a quick pic of it. Yay! Thanks to my former student who gave the gift card to me!

And finally I can't have 5 for Friday without Silly Bailey pics. Just a reminder, first here is how he spent his vacation at my mom's house!

 Now last night he got himself in a weird positing. Lying with some of his feet (and some of his toes on another foot) under the rug. Looks like he is romancing the rug by having a cuddle.And his nose is on the ceiling fan base. Goofball!

Check out when I got close- he somehow got most of his toes under the rug but this one is sticking out. Looks like a killer claw! LOL

Hope you all have a restful weekend!

10 Things I Learned in Vegas

Hey everyone! Finally you will get the insider's scoop! I am linking up with A Burst of First to tell you 10 Things I Learned in Vegas (at the TPT Conference)! Of course I learned 1,000 things that day, but you would never read that long of a blog post so here are the 10 that jump right out at me! And please go over to A Burst of First to see who else linked up!

I was going to save this for last but why wait?! I was all nervous because I was going by myself. There were ladies I knew that would be there but I did not have anyone to walk in with. Everyone was so friendly, sweet, and kind! I ran into Linda from Primary Inspiration who I have "known" on the interwebs for a couple years and we went to lunch and hung out! What a cool lady! If you want to go to a place with a funny name, try I Love Hamburgers at the Venetian-that is where we ate.

Anyway, everyone is supportive and the atmosphere is one of collaboration, NOT competition. We all were trying to share ideas and advice to help each other out, not to undercut anyone else's business. None of these top sellers HAD to do a session and share their wisdom but they pretty much all did. Plus everyone else I chatted with and got to know was fun, kind, and helpful!

This was mentioned in a couple sessions I attended but I am not consistent with this. Time to get going! There is also a debate on what kind of product previews are best but basically it seems to come down to what you and your customers are most comfortable with.

Here is the preview for my Second Grade Back to School Starter Kit. These are the previews I am going with nowadays!

I learned to make sure all those CCSS standards are checked off in the product upload tool. This was in the data session with TPT's Ryan Van Meter and Kelly Dolling. I am gradually going back and redoing all my products to make sure applicable standards are checked off. Basically, they said it is important to help your product show up when folks search.

Time to revamp old products. Deanna and Deedee described some of their products from the early days at hot messes - lol - and mine are no different. I am starting to look over mine and improve some- even if it is just the cover! 

Here is the first thing I redid when I got back: Editing Practice. I renamed it, redid the cover and replaced some fonts and made other improvements inside.

BEFORE                                                       AFTER

Here is one  of my hot messes! Time for a makeover!

I found out from someone that Picasa can just make collages for you in the snap of your fingers. HELLO! I was spending gazillions of hours making them manually in power point. D'oh! But even Cara Carroll did not know about that - Erica Bohrer was letting us in on it and Cara joked, well that is great, but if you want to do it the long, hard way that takes hours, do it my way! Lol. That has already saved me a couple hours this week!

Another thing I did not know about is the eyedropper tool. It can be used for lots of fun stuff! Seriously, look into it! I love that it helps you match colors easily in your Power Points. No more guessing, "Um, that seems like it will match"!
Meaning, have your product covers set up so people can recognize yoru stuff. For example, Annie Moffatt of the Moffat Girls has a very unique style and it is easy to identify her products. You want people to be able to see a prduct and go, "Oh, that's hers! She is great!" This goes along with #4, revamping your hot messes. Getting all the covers to have something in common is a good goal!

This was mentioned a few times in a few sessions. Figure out what works for you and your customers. Erin Cobb said something like, Your Magic Formula + the Trends = Cha Chings. Obviously! It may take some thinking and mulling over, looking over data but you will find it!


D'oh! There were a bunch of ladies I wanted to meet that I have a collaborative blog with and some I know from around, but could not find! 800 people is just too many to wade through to find who you need. Next year it is all about getting #s and texting people to be like, "Hey meet me by the photo booth" or "Where are you? I am by the bar"! 

That is right, it was way too short. It flew by and there was so much packed into such little time. I wanted to go to so many sessions but could only pick 4. Plus, there was not enough time to meet everyone.

Thanks to Thistlegirl Designs for the clipart! I love using her stuff and you can find it in most of my products!