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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ready, Set, Sale!

Make sure you get your favorite items wishlisted tonight because...



I'm part of this "Best Selling Items on TPT"  link up.  Check out all of the wonderful top selling items from some great sellers over at:




Here are a couple of my newest products featured during this sale:





I'm off to finish up my wish list.  Happy Shopping!!







Saturday, February 8, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness Week and Valentine's Day

So last week I was trying to come up with a way to combine our classroom celebration of Valentine's Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week.  I really wanted to remind my students that while it is okay for us to plan things for ourselves and have fun, that we really didn't want to forget about thinking about others too.  Which brought to mind all the people in our school that give of themselves daily and never get to take part in our little classroom holiday parties. From all of this came an idea.  I created a Valentine card that celebrates others in our school.  Our plan is to spend some time decorating each Valentine and addressing it to someone in our school (janitors, cafeteria workers, office staff, school nurse, specials teachers, interventionists, etc) and secretly deliver them so that they will be found on the morning of Valentine's day.  My students are super excited about this project! Hopefully we can keep it all secret.  Our purpose is to not gain any recognition for the Random Act of Kindness.



You could copy this page back to back and then cut the sheet in half to create a double sided Valentine card. You could also copy this page and fold it in half and then use the inside to write personalized notes. Grab a FREE copy for your classroom by clicking the image below.





Ever wondered about the history of Random Acts of Kindness Week? Me too, so I did some research.
In 1996, the idea of creating a World Kindness Movement was born in Tokyo. Dr. Wataru Mori led a group of individuals from around the world to pull together and create a world-wide movement of compassion and kindness.  The World Kindness Movement was formed a year later with founding members from around the globe. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Kindness_Movement)


In 1995, The Random Act of Kindness Foundation had already been founded as a nonprofit organization in America.  It is now the United States delegate to the World Kindness Movement.  Check out their website at: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/.  They have tons of free resources!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Product Review

So earlier this year I was totally over the old time pencil sharpener in my room that seemed to grind pencils more than sharpen them.  The most obvious choice...electric pencil sharpener, right?  My thoughts exactly.  However, with the abundant use a pencil sharpener recieves in a classroom, that didn't last too long either before it was completely burnt out.  Then I came across another product online.  I decided to give it a try.  Boy, have I loved this little machine!  My students love it too.  So much so, that it became a novelty in the classroom and students were sharpening pencils needlessly.  :)
Now, this little baby is a "teacher only" tool in the classroom.  I sharpen pencils first thing in the morning and that's it.  They last all day long!  Perfect, precision sharpening in a few seconds.  If your thinking about a new sharpener in your nearby future, stop by and check this one out at www.classroomfriendlysupplies.com.




Sunday, February 2, 2014