Month: June 2015

Tiny Notes – Transformed to Smallish {$1 Deal and Freebie}

The Idea

The idea for the original product came when I needed a quick note to send home with my students…sometimes at the last minute. So, in order to prepare ahead of time, all of the notes say “tomorrow” instead of a specific date. Because…

One aspect of my behavior management system is for the class to earn compliments from other teachers or administrators in the hallway, during specials, or at lunch. When the class gets 10 compliments, we vote for a reward. We graph it on big chart paper and sticky notes to give the students a real life graphing experience.

Celebrate Tomorrow?!?

HOWEVER, sometimes the students finished out a ten-grid during the day. After we voted, sometimes the kids wanted to have the reward TOMORROW. Can’t blame them…especially when they had voted for Pajama Day or Electronic Day (really Hour). So, I needed a quick note. At the time, paper was scarce and printer toner was extra valuable. (It still is, but not as extreme in my case.) Just the thought of using either one could send a teacher into a hyperventilation attack.

My Solution

So, my solution was a “Tiny Note” to send home that had multiple copies on one page with little to no graphics. No crazy bold fonts. No cutesy borders. Just the basics. Also, that particular class would keep up with tiny pieces of paper like nobody’s business. Maybe that was due to the “cute” size of the notes. They were similar to our mini-books that they loved like our Doubles Chant Mini Books and our class Christmas Carol mini-book. (Here is a blog post about those if you are wondering how that came about.)

From Tiny to Smallish

Fast-forward to the next year…the students were not in love with the notes enough to make sure their parents saw the information. Then, fast-forward even further to last year…I had a few “absent-minded professors” who could hardly keep up with their book bags, much less a “Tiny Note.”

So…enter the “Tiny Notes” that are revised to be “smallish”. Also, I decided that clip art may help get the message to the parental units.

Clip Art Helps Communication

In the spring, I began to wonder that if a picture is worth a thousand words, then clip art must be worth at least a hundred! I tried it out in a reminder note home about Field Day items to bring the next day. It was a success! If you would like to try it out, then you can click HERE or click the picture below to check it out for free in my TpT store.

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Dollar Deal for This Week

The “new and improved” Tiny Notes set will be a Dollar Deal through Friday, July 3rd.

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If you already purchased that set, make sure to download the new version. I hope you like the improvements. If so, I would love to hear from you on this post or in my store. Did you know that you can get credit for your feedback that translates into dollars saved on your future purchases?

 #MakeoverMadness – It CAN be maddening!

Thanks for stopping by!

Carrie

Five for Friday, Seller Meet-Up, and Makeover Madness

Today I am linking up with Kasey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Friday linky party.

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I like this idea because I can mention five random things from the week.

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Teacher/Seller Meet-Up

What a neat group of people!! We met at a coffee shop just north of Atlanta and had a great time getting to know each other, sharing tips, and swapping business cards.

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It was so nice to connect with other teacher/sellers around the area!

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My New Blog Design

I am excited to reveal my new blog design that my husband created for me! I think it looks beautiful!!

Before…

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After…

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My blog has been due for a makeover for some time now, so now I have no excuse to put off blogging about all of those topics on my list. My husband switched it from Blogger to Word Press, so some of the sections are “in progress.” However, I love the set up, the colors, and the clean lines.

Word Press has some cool templates if you are wanting to set up a new blog or to refresh your original. We chose kind of a website-style that changes up the order of the elements a bit.

I believe that my new blog makeover could fall into the #MakeoverMadness category, don’t you?

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#MakeoverMadness

My first product makeover is finally finished! I decided to makeover all of the pages including the cover.

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When I posted this product two years ago, I had just started selling and I did not own much clipart. That was then. This is now.

NOW I own so many sets of clipart from the very generous clip art artists out there that I love! The majority of my clipart comes from the artists listed at the bottom of my blog.

The “new and improved” Tiny Notes set will be a Dollar Deal through Friday, July 3rd. If you already purchased that set, make sure to download the new version. I hope you like the improvements!

** UPDATE – If you would like to know how these Tiny Notes (Home) came about and why I later decided to make them “smallish vs. tiny”, then please see my next blog post {HERE}.

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Cute Puppy Award

Here is the cute “puppy” that I got to visit each day while his family was out of town.

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He is not really a puppy anymore. I like to call him that. He is a Goldendoodle, therefore he is a BIG dog. If you have never been around a Goldendoodle, I highly recommend it. He is one of the sweetest, cutest dogs ever. (I am actually a cat person, so that says a lot about him.)

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Kettle Corn Award

During the past two years, I have developed a “strong like” for kettle corn. After trying several brands, depending on what my grocery store carries, I have decided on my favorite brand. (I actually found this one at Target.)

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Have you tried this? Do you have a favorite that you could recommend?

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to hop over to Doodlebugs Teaching blog to find some more tips, thoughts, and general randomness from lots of other teacher bloggers.

 

Carrie

Note: The cute number clip art is by Creative Clips.

Day 5 of my Fab 500 Follower Appreciation deals!

Everything in The Think Aloud Cloud is 20% off for today and tomorrow!

Flash Freebie

Here is the Flash Freebie for today only.
Write It! 3 Ways in 3 Days ~ September Math Task Cards {3-Digit Numbers}

Today’s Dollar Deal is…

The Silly Bear Hunt: Map Skills with a Literacy Twist! {Writing Activities}

Thank you for stopping by! I hope that you were able to find some resources to supplement your teaching that you and your students will enjoy!

Stay Connected

If you would like to stay connected, then please consider following me on Instagram and TpT as well as on Pinterest. I also have a Facebook page.

Have a great day!

Clip Art Credits: Celebration Sign from Creative Clips

Day 4 ~ Flash FREEBIE and Dollar Deal!

Today is Day #4 of my Fab 500 Follower Appreciation deals!
{Lo and behold… my internet has been out for most of the day. #notusedtothat}

First, I have a Flash Freebie today. It will only last for 24 hours, then it will go back to the regular price in my store. 
Here is the Flash Freebie for today. 

Next, I have a Daily Dollar Deal! It will be $1.00 for 24 hours then I will put a different resource on sale for one dollar. Hopefully I will have a new item by Day 5. Here’s hoping!!  Today’s deal is…

Social Media Links

If you want to be sure not to miss a deal, then consider following me on Instagram and TpT as well as Facebook. I will write a blog post each day, but depending on your settings, you may hear about the post sooner through a different source.

Have a great day!
Carrie

Clip Art Credits: Celebration Sign ~ Creative Clips

Day 3 ~ Flash FREEBIE & Dollar Deal!

Today is Day #3 of my Fab 500 Follower Appreciation deals!

First, I will have a Flash Freebie daily. It will only last for 24 hours, then it will go back to the regular price in my store. 
Here is the Flash Freebie for today. 

Next, I have a Daily Dollar Deal! It will be $1.00 for 24 hours then I will put a different resource on sale for one dollar. Hopefully I will have a new item or two by Day 4 and 5. Here’s hoping!!  Today’s deal is…

Social Media Links

If you want to be sure not to miss a deal, then consider following me on Instagram and TpT as well as Facebook. I will write a blog post each day, but depending on your settings, you may hear about the post sooner through a different source.

Have a great weekend!
Carrie

Clip Art Credits: Celebration Sign ~ Creative Clips

Day 2 ~ Flash Freebie & Dollar Deal

Today is Day #2 of my Fab 500 Follower Appreciation deals!

  

First, I will have a Flash Freebie daily. It will only last for 24 hours, then it will go back to the regular price in my store. 
Here is the Flash Freebie for today. 
Note: This page has a writing response prompt 
for use with the book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Next, I have a Daily Dollar Deal! It will be $1.00 for 24 hours then I will put a different resource on sale for one dollar. Hopefully I will have a new item or two by Day 4 and 5. Here’s hoping!!  Today’s deal is…

Social Media Links

If you want to be sure not to miss a deal, then consider following me on Instagram and TpT as well as Facebook. I will write a blog post each day, but depending on your settings, you may hear about the post sooner through a different source.

Have a great weekend!
Carrie

Clip Art Credits: Celebration Sign ~ Creative Clips

Five for Friday, Flash Freebies, & Dollar Deals

Well…today is the first day! I am celebrating 500 Fab Followers in my TpT store!! 

So, I thought I would fill you in Doodle Bugs style and link up with Kacey’s Five for Friday Linky on her blog, Doodle Bugs Teaching. Click the link below to go to her blog and see what the other teachers are talking about. And….you MUST check out her line of stationery. It is all so cute!!

I am absolutely thrilled and amazed that I have 500 followers now on TpT!
  

You have been so supportive and encouraging! It “does my heart good” to read the kind and enthusiastic feedback that they/you have left me. So…thank YOU!!

I will plan to celebrate 2 different ways for 5 days.
First, I will have a Flash Freebie daily. It will only last for 24 hours, then it will go back to the regular price in my store. 
Here is the Flash Freebie for today. 

Next, I will have a Daily Dollar Deal! It will be $1.00 for 24 hours then I will put a different resource on sale for one dollar. Hopefully I will have a new item or two by Day 3. Here’s hoping!!  Today’s deal is…

Social Media Links
If you want to be sure not to miss a deal, then consider following me on Instagram and TpT as well as Facebook. I will write a blog post each day, but depending on your settings, you may hear about the post sooner through a different source. 

This Week
This week, I was able to help an awesome teammate repaint one of her walls in her “new” classroom. It was red from the previous teacher, so she was making a change! I can’t blame her at all!!

Also, I was able to work on cleaning out my school files and belongings a bit. It was nice to have a little time on the front end of summer break to get some of those things finished started.
That wraps up my “five” for this week. Check out Doodlebug Teaching’s weekly linky to see what other teachers are talking about. 

Have a fabulous day!
Carrie

Clip Art Credits: Celebration Sign & Numbers ~ Creative Clips

Five For Friday, Celebration, & FREEBIE

Hi Everybody!!
I hope you are all enjoying the last bit of time with your students. My summer has officially started, so I thought I would get a post or two rolling.

Today I am linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday. These will be random things that I feel the need to babble about.

My Blog Plan of Attack

Since time flies by at record speeds in the Spring, I think that I may blog about highlights from May and even April. After all, I need to actually remember all of the activities that we did the last two months of school for next year. 

Field Day FREEBIE

My first highlight is an idea that I had about a note to remind students to bring certain items for Field Day. Probably the CUTE clip art that I have from amazing artists like Krista from Creative Clips or Mel from Graphics from the Pond was my main inspiration. I mean, it is more fun to put together a “cute something” than to just type a note!

So I started thinking that…

If a picture is worth a thousand words, 
then clip art is worth {at least} a hundred words!

Then I thought…
Maybe, just MAYBE, those hundred words would help the students remember their water bottle and class t-shirt.

I have posted it as a FEEBIE in my store. 
If you would like a copy for your Field Day activities, then you can check it out HERE.

Celebration Coming Soon!
I am almost at 500 followers in my TpT store! That is so exciting! It used to be an exclusive club of about 14. Of course, I was the first one. 

So…

Very soon I will have a 500 Follower Celebration!
I will post new dollar deals and freebies each day for 5 days in my TpT store, The Think Aloud Cloud. The deals will only last for 24 hours each, so snag them quickly if you think you can use them. After that, the products will be listed in my store for regular price. 

Social Media Links
If you want to be sure not to miss a deal, then consider following me on Instagram and TpT as well as Facebook. I will write a blog post each day, but depending on your settings, you may hear about the post sooner through a different source. 

This Summer
Since I will not be taking any classes this summer, I am planning to focus on cleaning out my school files, organizing my home office, and working on my lessons and resources that I have planned to upload to TpT. I have several that are about 80% finished. Now I need to breathe a little and “just do it”!

That wraps up my “five” for this week. Check out Doodlebug Teaching’s weekly linky to see what other teachers are talking about. 

Have a fabulous day!
Carrie

#TpTLovesFieldDay
Clip Art Credits: Numbers ~ Creative Clips