Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Celebrating our FABULOUS Facebook fans with a HUGE Giveaway

It's time to celebrate! 

A few weeks back our Facebook page; Clever Classroom hit 500,000 wonderful fans!
Who knew that was even possible?

I love my Facebook fans and can't believe that they still follow me, ha-ha! I'm dedicated to posting helpful content and aim to make the lives' of teachers a little bit easier.

I like to think that I am helpful and this is always my aim. I am thrilled that Clever Classroom on Facebook has grown to over 500,000 amazing fans. I have also hit 1,000,000 views on my blog recently as well as 10,000 feedback scores in my TpT store. This is more of a reason to celebrate and give back!

First off, pop on over to our Facebook page and download our FREE Printables for any Word List Sample. You can do this easily by going to our page, scroll down and look to the left until you see a padlock. Click on the padlock, click skip and then download the FREEBIE. If you get stuck, I have a blog post with visual instructions, click here.

FREE Printables for any Word List Facebook FAN FREE Download

I am so ready to celebrate! I'm so sorry it's late. I have been trying to work out what I can do to giveback and I wanted to make sure that my 'thank you' was big enough!

I have put together a bundle of gifts that you could win.

First off, you could win a A GoNoodle Plus Membership valued at $99 (click on the image to learn more)

a GoNoodle Swag Bag (click on the image to learn more) or

Win a $50 TpT Gift Certificate via Clever Classroom's blog

a $50 TpT gift certificates (2 winners) or

Win an EduCents $100 Gift Cert via Clever Classroom's blog

 a $100 Educents certificate (click on the image to learn more) or

Win $50 worth of clever Classroom downloads via Clever Classroom's

$50 worth of resources from my TpT store (your choice - click on the image to learn more) or

10 x Classroom Set-up Organization Resources BUNDLE

or our Classroom Set-up file containing these files:

Owl Themed Blank Classroom Labels

Our Classroom Schedule Routine Cards

What I need to begin my work desk strip

Book Bin Labels for the Classroom x 60

Number Charts - 50, 100, 120, 150 and 200

Jumping into Jobs Cards

N.B Our manners file has been updated and the winner will receive the updated version.

Seasons Themed Days of the Week Cards/Posters

 Alphabet Posters

Months of the Year Cards + Seasons Poster - both hemispheres

You can enter each prize below.

I also have my store on sale for two days so that I can say thank you by offering you 20% off all downloads. 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Priscilla and the Perfect Storm by Stephie McCumbee: A Book to Help Teach Social Skills

Many of you know that I am passionate about social skills and manners.  I'm not sure if it's because of my sweet mother and her good examples or because I understand that being polite, thoughtful and empathetic are core to being human in our society.

I know that children have not had the experience and practice to be competent social thinkers.  As teachers, we must be a child's model as well as give them opportunities to succeed and also discuss social conventions. One way to do that, is through books.  I was so excited to find, Priscilla & the Perfect Storm by Stephie McCumbee. This is her latest story in a series of books aimed at social skills within the classroom context.

Priscilla & the Perfect Storm A social skills book that helps children identify and deal with anxiety based on perfectionism

Stephie is an elementary school teacher who also specialises in gifted students.

Let's Talk about Books: Priscilla and the Perfect Storm

You may be familiar with her other book, The Garden in My Mind: Growing Through Positive Choices which is a 2014 Mom's Choice Award recipient.  You can read more about Stephie McCumbee, here.

The Garden in My Mind: Growing Through Positive Choices

Stephie's books focus on the individual and how their mind informs their social decisions.  We know that children respond to situations based on their pre-sets, their dispositions as they grow.  Priscilla and the Perfect Storm operates on the notion that there are ways to deal with emotions.  However, students need to first focus on how this is happening in their mind and body and how it effects others around them.

Priscilla is a perfectionist.  Do you have a student like this in your class?

Priscilla & the Perfect Storm A social skills book that helps children identify and deal with anxiety based on perfectionism

Priscilla is good at everything but sometimes she can't see that.

When she feels like she sees mistakes, she gets very frustrated.  The author pinpoints Priscilla's physiological reactions to her frustration.  This will help students identify their feelings and body reactions when they get frustrated.

Priscilla & the Perfect Storm A social skills book that helps children identify and deal with anxiety based on perfectionism

Younger children who get frustrated may not be able to identify that it impacts their friends.  This narrative highlights this in a very child friendly way.

Stephanie uses metaphor to convey the message and this allows children to interpret frustration and anxiety from their point of view.

Priscilla & the Perfect Storm A social skills book that helps children identify and deal with anxiety based on perfectionism

Priscilla learns that her storms impact herself and others.  She then learns ways to deal with her anxiety and stay calm by implementing self-control strategies.

This book is ideal for both the home and school setting.  Many times, children have trouble identifying why they are frustrated and how to deal with it.  This book addresses that in bucket loads.  I also love that it is narrated in the first person which makes it very easy for children to understand the key messages.

View the synopsis for this book via YouTube:

I also like that it is predominately based at school.  Many times students get frustrated at their performance at school but don't always express it and many time as teachers we may not address it properly.  Identifying the positives in a situation plus acknowledging why we get frustrated is a complex process but with the help of this book, it sure does make it easier.  I highly recommend this book first to fifth graders, for any time of the year.

I am linking up with the effervescent Mrs. Jump who has a weekly linky, called 'Book Talk Tuesday' over at her blog, Mrs Jump's Class.

We Love Books Linky with Mrs Jump's Class Blog

A bunch of bloggers preview books they love and blog about them.
Click the image above to see Deanna's post plus all of the other very talented bloggers.

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Monday, 18 August 2014

So many Ways to Save at the TpT BOOST Sale!

TpT Back to School BOOST Sale 20th AUG 2014
Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is so excited about teachers going back to school, they are throwing another sale! I am joining in on the fun and offering 20% off all my resources in my store, Clever Classroom.

Clever Classroom's store on TpT: resources for Pre-K to 3rd grade

TpT will take off a further 8% off when you use code BOOST on Wednesday 20th. 

As usual, watch the countdown clock at the top of the site's page to see when the sale ends.

If you're like me, then you like to save a few dollars when you can.

Here are my tips:

TpT Back to School Sale use CODE: BOOST and leave feedback to save

Stock up on resources whilst the sale is on. Most stores are offering 20% off and when you use the CODE: BOOST in checkout, you will save a total of 28%. 

Be sure to log in and go to your 'My Purchases' page in the drop down menu and leave feedback for products you have purchased before. 

Leaving fair feedback means that you gain TpT credit which then translates into money off your purchase.>>> Every 100 Credits is worth $5

Leaving fair feedback means that you gain TpT credit which then translates into money off your purchase.

How do TpT credits work?

Every 100 Credits is worth $5 that you can apply towards future TpT purchases, but there is no need to wait until you have 100 to redeem them. 50 credits is worth $2.50, for example.

I like to pin the resources I will buy in the big sale to my Pinterest board, that way I have a short list.

Sometimes I also add them to my wishlist. I currently have 11 resources on my wishlist.
How many do you have listed?

Here are some of our downloads on sale (Wed 20th US Eastern time), plus some FREEBIES:

Back to School resources Clever Classroom

Back to School Memory book for first and second graders

Back to School Bottle Cap Vocabulary Game a hands on games for back to school

Prinatbles for any Word List from Clever Classroom for K-1 students

Back to School: I can Make a Sentence Playdough mats using basic structures for Kindergarten

Classroom Organizational resources Clever Classroom

Classroom Set-up/Organization BUNDLE from Clever Classroom

Classroom Organization SUPER MEGA Pack with over 70 files for your classroom set up

Round Alphabet Labels for classroom labels and for student activities

3 x Desk Strips for Kindergarten Students, great classroom resource for back to school

Classroom Schedule Cards

Classroom Manners and Expectations Posters in both color and black and white

FREE Polka Dot Calendar Numbers

Making and Writing Sentences BUNDLE for all four seasons for Pre-K and Kindergarten students, includes vocabulary cards

Dolch Handwriting BUNDLE Pre Primer to Grade Three, includes posters. word lists and record sheets for center work

Dolch Snakes and Ladders BUNDLE Pre-Primer to Grade Three with record sheets for centers

Bottle Cap Games BUNDLE for any word list - original, hands-on games

I'm a First Grade Common Core Star posters and checklists for assessments - differentiated standards

I Can Read: literacy centers for emergent readers BUNDLE

Alphabet Cards, Posters and Desk Strips BUNDLE that all co-ordinate

Paper Plate Life Cycles mini science and art activity for various life cycles

Spelling Rules and Spelling Strategies COMBO file

Click here for even more discounted BUNDLES.

Fall resources Clever Classroom

Fall Writing Worksheets/Printables

Halloween and Fall Writing Worksheets/Printables

Fall Reading Centers including vocabulary cards for Kindergarten

Making and Writing Fall Sentences for Kindergarten, includes vocabulary cards and cut and past activities with basic sentence structures

Johnny Appleseed Opinion Writing Unit a how to guide for teachers and students

Pumpkin Informational Writing Unit a how to guide for teachers and students

Fire Safety Week with Spark the Fire Dog Unit

Click here for even more fall/autumn downloads.

Clip art in banner images by Kate Hadfield and Melonheadz Illustrating.

So, don't forget to leave feedback before you shop to help you save.
I hope our resources help you at this very busy time of year.

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