Monday, June 15, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge - Week One

Hey! I'm linking up with Third in Hollywood, Sparkling in Second, Teach Create Motivate, and Peppy Zesty Teacherista to complete the week one of the TPT Seller Challenge! This week the challenge is to update a product and its cover. I knew EXACTLY which product I needed to update--- my Kindergarten Word Problem Book! It's one of my top selling items and packed full of great kindergarten word problems, but the cover... man, oh, man... I KNEW it needed some TLC!
Here's the old version... it was BORING! I'm pretty sure when I created this as a TPT newbie I hadn't actually invested in clip art, digital papers, borders, fonts... all of that makes a HUGE difference! Now I've invested in tons of KG fonts, Melonheadz illustrations, Graphics From The Pond clip art, and so much more -- it really does help to invest in these things!

So here's the brand-new version...
Seriously, it's so much better. The colors are bright and stand out. My font choices are so much more appealing, and the quick details I wanted my buyers to see are on the cover and stand out.

Here's a look at the two side-by-side.
I think this new cover my actually be one of my new favorites of all the covers I've designed!

I did edit a few details on the inside.
Throughout the word problem book, I updated the fonts so that they are much more Kindergarten friendly. I added primary writing lines and Melonheadz clipart so that it matches my product cover. When I look at the before image, a little part of me cringes. Why did I have so much white space?! It just did NOT all look good together. Click the cover below to check out the full product!
So, what do you think?! I'm pretty sure I'm ready to go back and update my word problem covers for first and second grade now too!

**UPDATE** It's only a few hours later and I just couldn't stand it one more second to not have my first and second grade books updated! Look how cute they turned out! All word problem books are on sale for the rest of the week!

A huge thanks for hosting to these wonderful four ladies -- I can't wait to read all about how others update their products, and I'm excited to hear about our next challenge during week two!
Sparkling in Second
Peppy Zesty Teacherista

Monday, June 8, 2015

Get Organized For The Year!

Hey Everyone! I'm SOOOOO excited to share with you all my NEWEST organizational LIFESAVER... Seriously, it's jam-packed FULL of organizational goodies that will help you keep track of your curriculum, units, small groups, student data... ALL OF IT!

We as teachers have soooo many things to remember. I don' know about you, but I can't count the number of times I've found a neat idea and said, "I'll remember that for when it comes time to teach ____!"

And then... I forget. The unit is over. I forgot about that awesome idea. FAIL.
I decided that I needed a few quick, one-page templates to write down my thoughts, ideas, anchor charts, plans for assessment, etc for my units. That's why I decided to create the Curriculum Organizer!

There are SO many great templates in here that I'm going to take you through a blog post FULL of pictures (it's better than my ramblings anyway!) I should also mention-- ALL templates are available in an EDITABLE PowerPoint file, too!

First up... Let's plan the YEAR AT A GLANCE starting with LONG RANGE PLANS!
On a quick, two-page spread, you can plan your year and find your units at a quick glance in ALL subject areas!
Use the one-page monthly "At A Glance" templates to dive into a little more detail about what you're teaching in ALL  subject areas.

When you're finally ready to begin your next unit, use these one-page templates to help you remember all of your fantastic ideas (or those ideas you stole from someone else), write down your anchor chart plans, objectives, ideas... I could go on!
For those of you that like to get really detailed, use these WEEKLY SNAPSHOTS to show a quick plan for your week.
I've included small group plans, conference notes, checklists, and SO MUCH MORE for reading, writing, and math! 

I divided my binder up into FIVE sections: Year At A Glance, Student Data, Reading Organizer, Writing Organizer, & Math Organizer. (I couldn't fit all of the covers/sections in one picture, but you get the idea.)
Here's a peek at the READING organizer (not all templates shown).
 Writing Organizer... (not all templates shown).
 Math Organizer... (not all templates shown).
A peek at SMALL GROUP organization...
 Some helpful STUDENT DATA checklists...
So there we have it! The CURRICULUM ORGANIZER! Click on the picture below to purchase your very own organizer -- it's also EDITABLE for those of you wanting to customize it!
Happy Organizing!