Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TPT Back-to-School Boost Sale!

Back-to-School Boost Sale Runs on Aug 20!

Hey everyone! Just a reminder to make sure you check out the Tally Tales and other TPT stores tomorrow, August 20th for a back-to-school boost sale! Everything at the Tally Tales will be an additional 10% off all day tomorrow! Thanks so much! :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Back-to-School Motivational Tip

For those of you who have already started back to school, or those who are on the cusp of a new school year, I thought this little Twitter snippet might be helpful today…
Obviously, this is not a recent tweet, but I found it saved on my phone, a snapshot to store a truly motivational reminder of just one "secret to happiness," and I thought it may be particularly helpful at this time of year. 

During the back-to-school hustle, I think we all feel the pressure to have everything just perfect before those students grace us with their presence. We want to have it all together, and we want things to go smoothly. Sometimes, the hard work pays off, and the best-laid plans work well.

But other times, everything feels as though it just falls apart. Even on the first day of school. 

So I like this little reminder that, although we may certainly have those high expectations for a perfect class, perfect organization, perfect plans, etc., sometimes (after all the hard work, of course) the best way to really finish preparing yourself for a new school year is to see past your expectations and just take each moment as it comes to you. 

I hope this school year is off to a wonderful start for all my teacher friends out there! :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back-to-School Materials and Freebies!

I just wanted to remind my teacher friends to check out the Tally Tales TPT store for some back-to-school materials. Here are some links to our best-selling and most-loved products, several of which are freebies for you to grab if you need them!

The current favorite seller is the "Back to School Packet."I use this one myself, and I am so pleased that other teachers are finding it to be useful for them as well!

Here are a few other materials that you may find useful, particularly as you prepare your classroom and kick off the school year…

I hope you find something that may be helpful for you!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday: Be Inspired and Rest 07-27-14

Happy Sunday, friends! I wanted to share a few of my most inspirational (or simply delightful) encounters online this week.  I can't take credit for any of these gracious expressions or hopeful links, but I do hope that passing them on will provide some joy to you today! If you find something you would like to Pin, please take time to visit the original source, if available, and Pin from there. I have provided an easy-to-click hyperlink credit to any traceable sources. When applicable, I've also included my favorite quotes from some of the reading passages so you can have a small preview before you read on.

I hope this is encouraging for you! Have a lovely, restful Sunday!

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Source: Upwardly Dependent, "For the Back-to-School Teacher Mom"
"...This post, however, is for all you mommas who are gearing back up to enter the classroom. You’re doing your best to enjoy a few more play dates while laminating learning centers and scoping out teacher blogs in the wee hours of the morning.
This is for you, those who want more than anything to be a SAHM, but the student loan payments are just too high to give up an extra income. And for you, who are secretly excited to spend seven hours a day with somebody else’s crazy kids." 
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Source: A Holy Experience, "How Your Life Really Can Change"
"You can handle change as you much as you take His unchanging hand." ~Ann Voskamp

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Source: 31 Inspirational Style Quotes to Live By

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Teacher Tip: Command Hooks and Bulletin Board Trim

During my first year of teaching, I got so frustrated with digging through bulletin board trim. There was never a really good way to organize it or a good place to store it.

I know, I know; they sell those long, slender boxes with the divider tabs… but those are only good if you have a great place to store the box as well. I did not.

To be honest, I don't really like those boxes, either. A cardboard box just looks like a good place for a spider to decide to hang out.

But maybe that's just me… Either way, I figured out a method for storing some of those pesky not-so-easy to organize materials, such as bulletin board trim.

This is my solution. All you need are a few of these little Command Hooks.
We have these great, tall closets in our classrooms. I simply attach a few of the Command hooks to the inside of one door.
 Just a few of these makes a great little hanging station for smaller items.
To make items, such as bulletin board trim, easy to hang, simply clamp one of these little steel clips onto the end of the trim, or the plastic containing the trim...
… and it's ready to hang neatly on the hook!
So, that's all! Hang several border types to each hook. All of your borders will be easily organized, without taking up a lot of precious space in your classroom.
I've only begun organizing my cabinet, so things are still a little out-of-place, but my bulletin board trim is easily stored! 
Obviously, you could apply this concept to any spare space, even if you don't have a cabinet like mine. I hope this gives you an easy organizational tip that you can use in your classroom! :)