Conferences....part 2, and a new blog!

So what do you think of my new blog design? I'm thrilled about it!! Let me tell you what prompted me to get this. A couple of weeks ago I went to yet another conference (my husband asked me when I actually teach children....hmmph). This one was right in Dallas at the beautiful Hilton Anatole. This place is not just beautiful, it is bee-yoo-tee-ful. There was artwork every where, most of it Asian. In fact, the entire decor has this whole Buddha Zen vibe going on. I took a few pics:
There were quite a few from this Burmese artist - S. Moe Z. I love the colors
There were also a lot of sculptures, jade figurines, textiles, and antique furnishings. Really beautiful stuff.
Then there was this:
A big ole chunk of the Berlin Wall. How cool is that?
So, let me get back to my story. In the exhibit hall there was also this person:
Jennifer Smith-Sloane from 4Mula Fun! She had a booth featuring TpT sellers, and I thought 'Karen, you've got to get cracky-lackin.' There are a lot of teachers who are really having a lot of success with their products and I say good for them. I want to do that too. I love writing and creating TpT products, but my blog was so boring... I did a little research and found this designer:
Kimberlee Fullbright at  Digital Doodle Designs. She was awesome and affordable. I contacted her one week ago and as of yesterday my completed blog was up and running. Don't forget that the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday were thrown in there. Many of the designers I looked at were booked well into 2015 and quite a bit more expensive. Take a Bow Kimberlee!
(Side note: The Science Penguin was also at the conference, but every time I went by the booth, she wasn't there. I wanted to meet her as well, but I finally quit walking by their booth because I was afraid they would think I was some sort of creepy teacher-stalker.)
On to other news. Tomorrow: TpT Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale begins!! WooHoo! I know I'm shopping. To get ready for the sale, I've updated a few products. You know... updated graphics and tidied up fonts & layouts. I look back on some of my earlier products, and although I think the content is still spot on, my designmanship (is that even a word?) was lacking. Here are some previews of some updates.
The two products above are designed to complement books by Jean Marzollo: I am a Leaf, I am a Seed, I am an Apple, and I am a Caterpillar. There are lots of language arts skills activities included in both, and the Caterpillar/Butterfly has a set of measurement activities as well.
These will also be available as a bundle, which will priced at a forever bundle price to reflect an automatic 20% discount. It will be further discounted for the cyber sale.)
This set has activities for all Dolch sight words and Dolch phrases. The sight words are available in two different lists: grade level and frequency. There is also a bulletin board decor set for highlighting your Super Duper Sight Word kiddos.
And last but not least, I managed to get this little gem uploaded just in time for the sale:
I'm very happy with the way this set turned out, and I spent quite a bit of time working on it. After spending the past seven years teaching math, I came to learn a lot about what little people need...and that is plenty of exposure to the basic skills that build numerical fluency. I honestly feel like we are pushing our little ones to do too much before they are ready when it comes to math, and as a result so many lower elementary kiddos are missing out on building a strong foundation. But, that is a post for another time.
I hope you will take the time to visit my store. Everything will be discounted 20% and with the promo code TPTCYBER, you will receive an additional 10% off, which totals a whopping 28% discount. Don't forget to provide feedback on all of your previous purchases in order to take advantage of bonus points when you shop.

Y'all have a great week!

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