Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Beach, New Product, and Paint Swatches, OH MY!!!!

Hi everyone! It is already May tomorrow! So excited! Warmer weather has hit Rhode Island! I LOVE it! I mean it is nothing compared to you lucky southerners! I have been watching the weather and hearing all about your 80 degree temperatures and sunny days! Either way, I have been trying to get some work done on new TpT products without missing out on the sun, so I went down to the beach and worked outside this morning! I didn’t have to substitute today! (I guess that’s one perk of being a sub!) It was beautiful! It was just nice to be outside! I feel like I can be on the computer working on blogging and TpT for hours and I lose track of time and the nice days! So, I am glad I was able to get in the sun! Check out the pic I took of the beach!

I view TpT as another job! It is a lot of work, but I really love doing it so I guess that is what matters! I like it even better when I get to work at the beach! Who can complain about that?!

Well anyways, I have funny story to share with all of you! So, I walk into Home Depot a few weeks back and start grabbing paint swatches for an activity with my after school students. The Behr paint guy comes over and says, “Hi, you must be doing A LOT of painting at home with all of those.” Well, yea that was embarrassing!!! Here I am at Home Depot grabbing free paint swatches to save some money but took an amount that was obviously a lot (whoops!). The guy laughed when I said I would put some back. Either way, I end up telling him what they are for and that I teach and whatnot. The man says to me that he loves the fact that they are used for school. He tells me that they are discontinuing a lot of the paint, therefore, in a few weeks he would have paint swatches that would just be thrown away. I said I would gladly take them so he took my number to call me when they would be getting rid of them. WELLLLLL, when I went to pick them up today there were 4 huge boxes of paint swatches! They were so heavy I needed the Home Depot employees to load them in my car (pathetic, I know!). While I am SOOO grateful, there are more paint swatches than I know what to do with?!?! Take a look at what I got today!!!! I find it really funny actually!!!


I have 4 huge boxes that are all this full! I have a feeling it is going to take a while to use them all! Haha!

After finally hauling those boxes into the house with some help from my brother, I was able to post my newest product that I have been working on for 2 months! Boy was that a long 2 months! It was such a relief to know it was done and posted! It is nonfiction reading comprehension passages about animals! It includes multiple choice comprehension questions, graphic organizers, and various ways to use the passages! My students have really enjoyed them so I am very confident other kiddos will too! Below are some pictures!


Click HERE for more details about this product!

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Time for dinner! All this writing has me starved!!! ;-) Talk to you all soon!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Common Core Product & Updates for You! ;-)

Click the picture to get your own copy
from my TpT store!
       Hi everyone! Sorry about being MIA for the past few weeks, but I have been working hard on new TpT products, applying for jobs (yes, I will tell you all about it!) and enjoying the sunshine we have had here in Rhode Island. I can't express to you how much I appreciate the heat after the winter we had this year! Yesterday was 70 degrees and today was 62! A-MEN! I am so looking forward to summer! Well, as I said I have been working on new TpT products and my newest one is there on the left. It is a new, fun multiplication game that I made up. The students love it! Here is what they have said about it...

“I love Ka-Pow! You never know who is going to win so it is exciting!”

“Multiplication is so fun now!”

OR, my favorite....
“Miss Parker can we stay in for recess and play Ka-Pow?!”

       I am really excited that the students enjoyed it so much! I will be creating an addition and subtraction version this week, as well. Check back for the update on when it will be ready!
       Besides this game, I have been working non-stop (well pretty much anyways) on my new nonfiction product that will be ready in about a week! It has lots of fun nonfiction passages and activities to use with them. Being that the Common Core is so focused on nonfiction, I am happy I put the time and effort into this product. I know it will be useful and the students have loved the ones we used so far. It is targeted towards grades 2 and 3. I can't wait for you all to see it.
       As promised, I want to quickly tell you about my job that I am applying for. Ok, well a district by me is going to full day kindergarten so there are 4 openings! Yes, 4! I am so thrilled that it even came up on School Spring. The teaching jobs in RI are very hard to come by! Therefore, I am pretty much praying, crossing my fingers, and wishing as much as possible. Haha! I keep telling myself that whatever is meant to be will be so to not stress so much. Still, it is hard! I will keep you posted if I hear anything!
       Oh, and one last thing just for fun. Yesterday, one of the little girls came up to me and said she drew a picture of me. While I have gotten plenty of them and they are all uniquely special, this one was so well done! She got down to every little detail! I figured I share it! So, what do you think? Do you see the resemblance? Hehe! ;-)

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Talk to you all again soon!
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