Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Some Great Finds in a day of Cyberspace!!!

What a lazy day!!! I have literally spent my entire day reading blogs, entering giveaways, pinning, searching ideas for my chair, and on facebook! I wouldn't call it unproductive though, because I found some great things along the way to share with you! 

But first, did any of you enter the K-3 grab bag giveaway that Educents was having?? Well, I WON!!!! And I was so excited to get my package Saturday! 

Look at everything I got!

 Here are my favorites!!!

If you haven't invested in any of these interactive Smartboard programs from Lakeshore......then do! They run 15-20 dollars each and are well worth it! I already have two, "Letter of the Day" and "Phonics Tic Tac Toe" and am excited to add the "Bubble Pop" to my collection!

Lucky for you.....the "Solar System" one is not really practical for my students. So I think I'm going to include it in my blogoversary giveaway that starts on the 1st.

Some other goodies that were in the box.

This is a nice book with full color worksheets! It's hard
to see, but it's in a hard cover binder.

 I thought this measuring book might make a nice center activity.....and a count, add, and subtract music CD with 15 songs!

These are by Carson Dellosa and are intended for summer practice, but I'm sure I'll be able to use these in my classroom! Maybe even as an activity for early finishers!

This one, I'm not sure if I'll be able to use it with my students, but looks pretty cool and comes with an interactive Smartboard CD.

So now for some things I found while in cyberspace all day! 

I'm sure everyone's heard about Bloglovin' by now. Well I finally jumped on the wagon today. I saw this button on a couple of blogs last week and just knew I had to have it on my blog!! 

Follow on Bloglovin

Thanks to google, I found it today! The creator is Melissa over at "Common Core & So Much More" and she is more than happy to share it! You can go to her blog {here} to get it for your blog! But FIRST, click on it to follow me!

My chair is still a work in progress and while looking for ideas today on how to paint polka dots, chevron, and the best way to put my name on my chair, I found a great tutorial for painting chevron from Kelly at "First Grade Fairytales." Hers turned out great! She makes it look so easy, that I'm thinking maybe I can do this!

A polka dot tutorial on "you tube" led me to find this fabulous blog that definitely fits its name....."Show Me Cute." This is not a teaching blog, but if you're looking for cutesy craft ideas, for thank yous, your home, or whatever, you want to be sure to follow this  blog!!

Also found a great....and easy....tutorial on how to make editable powerpoints and lock down clipart from Jessica at "A Turn to Learn." But then again what tutorial can't you find from her??? She is my "go to" when I'm trying to figure out technology!! I thought I knew how to do this by simply using the group feature, but found that some of the images can still be moved, copied, and taken!

With Jessica's tutorial I was able to create these lovely editable teacher binder covers.

If you've been trying to figure this out, or only using the grouping feature, you can see her tutorial {here}. The binder covers are available at both my stores if you like them!

Can you believe they've already been pinned 62 times......WoW!!??

And last.....some giveaways I found today! Who turns down a giveaway, right?

The Bubbly Blonde Teacher


Kindergarten Works

And the best for last!
Ashley is having multiple giveaways EVERY day
this week!!

I'm telling ya, this girls knows how to throw a celebration!
It's crazy!!!

And don't forget about my upcoming giveaway on July 1st!
Spread the word!
You might even be able to win the Lakeshore interactive Smartboard software!!
Here's a sneak peek at my classroom chair I've been painting on!

I really want to put my name on the white head board, but am not very artful! Does anyone know the easiest way??? Was wondering how printing it and modge podging it on would work! I'm afraid if I free hand it, I'll mess it up!
Any Suggestions?????

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  1. Hi Traci! I will have to enter your giveaway so I can try to win the Solar System Smartboard program!I just found your blog, I’m your newest follower!
    Science for Kids Blog

  2. Traci, being a blind teacher I can't offer advice on the painting of the chair, but I did want to thank you for this post because it's very informative! Sometimes it's really hard for me to find giveaways and linky parties quickly, so I really appreciate this post.

    Your latest follower,

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight


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