Friday, July 31, 2015

Back to School Giveaway!

Yes!  You read that right!  Back to School, y'all!  It's right around the corner for me.  We go back with kids on August 24th.  When do y'all start?
I'm gettin' all ready for Meet the Teacher Night!  It's such a fun/hectic evening...that is, until I made an fun/organized way to do it!
I created a system to get all of the vital information I need, while still being able to interact with parents and create a memorable evening for the families.
There are seven stations that include things like contact information, transportation, and fun things like a photo booth and a 'Make a Wish' station for the parents to tell me what they hope for their children this year.
 Would you like an awesome Meet the Teacher Night product to help make your night a success?  Read this post to find out how!
Teachers Pay Teachers Sale August 2015
To help get us ready for this school year, TPT has announced it's Annual Back to School Sale!  It will be from August 3rd to August 4th!  Visit your favorite stores and start filling up your Wish Lists now! (after reading this post, of course! ;)

Every year, I try to find a way to have a fun Meet the Teacher Night where I can collect ALL of the important information from parents I need, and still make sure I greet everyone and give them equal time to chat with me about their kids.  So, last year, I came up with an idea.  I got to thinking, how do I make sure I see my kids everyday during instruction?  Centers!
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Meet the Teacher Night Editable Stations
Why not transfer that into my Meet the Teacher Night?  I decided that I could make a little poem that could guide my parents and their children through a few centers that would take them through all of the things I need to make sure and get them to do before they leave!

(This year, I made an editable version in case you'd like to do this system, but have different needs than what I have listed in my centers).  

Unfortunately, last year, I wasn't a blogger, nor a seller on TeachersPayTeachers, so I didn't take many pictures of how fun and cute it was!  (Bummer!!)  BUT - I can at least show you what I used, and I promise to take pictures next year!

Here is a photo a buyer sent me!
After parents sign in (on a sheet also included), they pick up a poem.  This is their guide through each center.
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Meet the Teacher Night Poem
Also included, is every form/item you will need if you use the poem as I wrote it.  
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Email cards and Make a Wish Cards
These forms are editable versions if you'd like to change them up a bit.
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Information Sheets - No Prep or Editable
I wanted the locations of the stations to be obvious to the parents and kids, so I printed out these cute tags and hung them around the room.  (You can hang them from the ceiling, tape to the wall, or put on a dowel rod like shown in the picture at the top of the post).

Cute station signs to hang in designated areas.
The station signs are SUPER cute and add lots of color if you glue them to the center of paper fans like these!  You can get these in any color at Party City for a whopping $2.00! Click the picture to be taken there!
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Fans from Party City - Glue station signs to the middle of them and hang!
Then, at each station, is a table topper like these that tell the parents exactly what to do!  I have included a ready to print version as well as editable versions.  I have 7 stations in total, but you could certainly do more or less!
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Table Toppers - fold in half hamburger style to sit on tables/desks
One of my stations is a photo-prop area where the parents get with their kids and dress up in props and take a funny picture using their device.  (Of course, if you have an awesome friend, husband, wife or kid that would be your photographer, you could have someone man that station and take pictures for you).  Then, they email them to you and you can do whatever you like with the pictures! (Think end of year slide-show, pictures for the kids' lockers, Mother's Day gifts, etc.)

As many of you do, I have already hit up the local Dollar Tree and Target Dollar Spot searching for fun photo booth props.  BUT - I included a LOT of printable ones in the packet, so you don't NEED to buy any at all!  Here's my loot, though!
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I have two other versions of this product as well. 
Click each picture to be taken to a preview of these as well!

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I'd love to see what you all do for Meet the Teacher Night!  Please leave comments telling me how you entertain your parents and kids while gathering all of the important information you need to obtain that night.

I'd love to give this item away for you to use on YOUR Meet the Teacher Night!
Here's how to enter!
1.  Go to my TeachersPayTeachers store and follow me by clicking the green star!
2.   Under my "Ask a Question" tab on TPT, comment with what number follower you are.
3.  Go to my Facebook page, like, share, and tag 2 friends in my GIVEAWAY post.
That's it!
I'll choose a winner on Thursday, August 6th, 2015.
All entries are due Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by 11:59 CST.
Good luck!
(Contest is now over).

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fixed My Vegas Bag!

If you read my July Currently post, you will recall my bland, yet adorable bag that I ordered from Zazzle for my upcoming trip to Vegas. I asked for your suggestions on how to cuten it up, I listened, and I fixed it this afternoon while the twins were napping!

It began with my logo and was ok, but it was just....missing something!

So, I added some coordinating quatrefoil design fabric to the handles, a ruffle around the top, and a cute flower!
Tote bag makeover before and after

I also lined the inside and added pockets for my phone, (that's a MUST) a pen, and anything else I may need access to quickly!

Tote bag makeover before and after

I took about a cajillion photos as I was working because I was going to take you through the whole thing, but come on, we are an instant gratification world.  I know you just want to see the finished product!  And I'm not a sewing blogger. :)

Well, there you have it!  I'd sure love to hear your thoughts on it!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Currently

July!  Why, oh why, are you already here??  Well.  I guess you can stick around because July is going to be a big month for me.
Speaking of it being July, it's time for "Currently" with Farley from Oh Boy Fourth Grade!
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I am currently getting ready to go to Vegas!  I have never been to Las Vegas, and I've never been to the TPT Conference, a blogger meet-up, etc.  So far in my TPT/blogger journey, it has just been me and my computer!  I am SO excited and feel so grateful to be able to get to go and meet up with like minds!  Thank you husband for being cool with me going!

I have several people on my rock star list that I hope to meet - Annie Moffatt, Amy Lemons, Cara Carroll, Deanna Jump, Nikki from Melonheadz, and hopefully lots of 4th grade bloggers!

I have been making preparations for my trip and reading several blogs from people who have gone to the conference previously to get an idea of what I should take with me.  Everyone has had fun suggestions of helpful things to bring, so I have been ordering lots of things online.  I have been so excited over the last week because of all of my goodies coming in the mail that I have ordered to take with me!  

I ordered some business cards from Vistaprint to take with me that have my contact info as well as QR codes people can scan to be taken to my social media sites, and there's even a code for a FREEBIE!
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I ordered two cute buttons from Zazzle to take with me with my logo.

Mrs. Thomas' Teachable Moments button

I got a bag from Zazzle as well, because I read there are lots of goodies I'll be gathering over the couple of days I'm there and to be prepared with a bag!

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And I ordered a cute Tervis tumbler with my logo on it through their Tervis "customyzer."  If you haven't gotten a Tervis yet, I am telling you to get one for next year!  I never leave home without it - I have a few and they are in constant rotation when I go to school. (BTW - I have no affiliation with Tervis, just a happy customer).

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So those are my Vegas goodies!!  I am so excited! BUT - my bag is lacking something.  I don't know what it is.  What can I do to it to cuten it up, y'all?  I love the logo, but it looks bland for some reason.
Leave me a suggestion or two please!

What is missing from this bland bag, y'all?
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