Saturday, March 15, 2014

I'm Back!!

My computer went on the fritz at the same time I had a very scary health encounter.  The computer has been fixed and is now working.  I felt so out of touch for the past month or so.

On February 12th, I went to work feeling a little tired, and on the drive to work my heart started to act strange~very scary thing to happen while driving.  So, I ended up taking a trip to the emergency room via ambulance and I've had quite a few tests done and maybe more coming up. 

The good news is that the problem doesn't seem to be life - threatening at this point.  I've given up caffeine, chocolate, soda, fried foods, pizza, and quite a few other things so as not to make the problem worse.  And I'm exercising to make my heart stronger even though we haven't located the exact cause the symptoms yet.

I had planned to post a new Letter Formation product in my store right when all this happened.  Luckily, my files were fine even though some things needed replaced on my one and only computer.  So, I will be working on that product to finish it up ~ hopefully this week.  I'm making health my main priority though so I'm not stressing about finishing it.

I did promise to send a free copy of this item for a FB follower that commented and I will still do that.

If you have your health, your family, a safe place to live, and food to eat, you have just about everything that matters in this world!!

This health scare has definitely put my priorities in perspective!

Thanks for reading this.  Hoping spring comes soon to Ohio. (What a winter we've had)
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Letter Formation/Penmanship

My first graders in reading recovery and my second grade intervention students are really struggling with letter formation.  I feel like they are so concerned with how to make the letters, that the content is often lacking.

So, I decided to start making some letter formation products.  I have a new product that I will be posting later tonight.

But you can see the cover here and click the picture to go to my Facebook Page and leave a comment on the post.  I think I actually posted it twice so leave a comment about handwriting/penmanship on either one.

I will draw two names randomly to win the packet, which is approximately 40 pages as of right now.  You can print the pages and complete as is or laminate and cut out and put the "cards" on rings with similarly formed letters.  Three activities for variety/differentiation.

**Please make sure to check back to my FB to find out if you are the winner or just leave your generic email address with your comment so I can email you the item.**
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Underground Railroad ~ Freedom Quilt Codes

Last year, I posted a link to a video about the quilt codes that were used as part of the Underground Railroad.  It's hard to believe that I have never heard of these.  Maybe I did but I just forgot?  This is something that may interest your students because you can combine history and art.

Here is the link to that post with the video:  Quilt Codes

There is also a TPT product to go with this video.  This is not my product.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Currently Link Up!!

I've decided to link up with Farley over on Oh Boy Fourth Grade.  My answers are below.  It's been icy here today.  We got just a bit of precipitation overnight and supposedly more is on the way this week.  What a winter it has been.

I am still listening to Acoustic Sunrise.  If you are a music lover and like popular music, you will love this show.  It's three hours of music that is not digitalized ~ just voices, guitars, pianos, and the like - one of the highlights of my Sunday.

If you want to link up with Farley, just click on the currently graphic below to learn how!!  Two truths and a fib answers follow below.
It's true, I was so skinny as a baby that everyone called me tweety bird.  That's a funny tidbit about me.  Think I did this wrong and did two fibs and one truth ~ oh well!!  I do NOT live in a big city but a small town of about 25,000.  I NEVER wanted to be a hair stylist.  I tried to cut a person's hair once and it turned out horribly.  lol
Happy February everyone!!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Cute Clip Art

My friend Barbara over at Ruby Slippers has some cute little Valentine's Birds available in her shops and she also does amazing blog designs!

Just wanted to give you all a heads up!

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Why Using all CAPITALS is Very Hard to Read

I struggle at times to figure out what kinds of things to post on this blog.  While over on the Teachers Pay Teachers site, I was browsing through the forums and came across  a thread about blog designs.  That was last night.  This morning, I went back to that particular thread where a poster had left his/her blog address.

I thought I'd check it out.  The blog was in fact quite lovely and the print for the posts was done in all CAPITAL letters.  This kind of writing is very hard for me to read.  I knew there was some sort of reasoning as to why this is, so I went searching online.

Here are links to some articles that I found.  Happy reading!!  PLEASE, do NOT use all caps, pretty please??

Why Text in All Caps is Hard for Users to Read

Writing readable content (and why All Caps is so hard to read)

Why do CAPITAL LETTERS so annoy us?

**This is NOT scientific research in the above articles.  If you find the research to back this up, please leave a comment.**

From a caring fellow blogger!!
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Free Inspirational Digital Papers to Ring in the New Year!

Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays if you don't do Christmas!!  I've added two FREE PAPERS to my TPT store.  Feedback greatly appreciated!!

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