Oh Happy Day!

Any time you get brand.new.pens in the mail it's a happy day!  I just got six of the most wonderful pens in the mail today from Shoplet.com Office Supplies!  I review a lot of products from Shoplet, and I'm always thrilled with their useful office supplies.  The pens from Schneider did not disappoint either!

1. The Schneider Xpress is my favorite of all six pens!  This is a super soft pen.  It has a rubberized surface that makes gripping the pen very nice.  It writes very smoothly.  The ink is also waterproof!

2. The Schneider Slider XB is a thin pen.  If you like a skinny pen, this one is for you!  The waterproof ink dries quickly.  This is great for highlighting!  

3. The Schneider Memo XB is the perfect teacher pen!  The red ink is very smooth and dries quickly.  It has a rubberized surface as well.

4. The Schneider Slider Rave has the same rubberized surface as the other pens.  It has an hour glass shape which makes gripping easy.  The ink also dries quickly with this pen as well.

5. The Schneider Slider Edge is my second favorite pen.  I love the shape of this pen!  The barrel has a triangular shape that makes it very comfortable to hold.  The waterproof ink writes very smoothly.

6.  The Schneider Slider Memo XB 4 Pack is perfect for lesson planning!  The pens are just like pen number 3 but come in green, orange, purple, and pink.  If you like to color code your lesson plans, you'll love these pens!

Here is sample of each...

You can check out all the pens at Shoplet.com as well as other promotional products , medical suppliesand office stationary at shoplet.com!

Five for Friday

It's been a long time!  I'm so excited to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

She gets home tomorrow!  My oldest daughter has been in Costa Rica with our high school's travel club.  She was able to spend time volunteering at a local girls school near Puerto Viejo as well sightsee and enjoy the culture.  I can't wait to hear about her trip!

I can't decide if I'm more excited about going to Vegas for the TpT conference or shopping for outfits to wear at the conference!  Here are a few of my purchases (so far).
I have a thing for maxi dresses :-)

Rain, rain go away!  I'm all for a rainy day in the summer to enjoy down time in the house, but it has been raining in Indiana for a week.  Yesterday this happened!
Our dog was checking out the damage to my husband's police car.  Luckily, the car came away unscathed!  The tree not so much.

I'm starting my fifth Anchor Chart Toolkit today.  I love making these toolkits!  They take the hard work out of making anchor charts.

Finally, since the rain has no plans of stopping today, I'm taking my daughter and her friend to paint pottery.  I think I'll paint a set of  "a to z" bookends that I've been eyeing!

Have a great weekend!!

Teachers Love Summer!

Who loves summer most?  We do!  I'm linking up with Aimee (I love her name!) at Primarily Speaking for her Teachers Love Summer linky.

Friends!  I love spending time with my besties.  We have late night porch nights in the summer, and our families even spend every 4th of July at the lake together.  These ladies make me smile!

Summer reading!  I love to read for pleasure and for inspiration during the summer.  There's nothing better than sitting out on the front porch in a rocker with a good book.  Right now I'm reading these two books...

Painting!  I love to paint furniture.  This year I'm painting a bench for my classroom and a chair for a fundraiser.  Here's my project from last summer...

Creating!  I enjoying having the extra time each summer to create products for my TpT store.  There's never enough time during the school year!  This summer has been pretty productive, so far...

You can check them out here.

Vacation!  This year we will spend our annual 4th of July vacation relaxing at Norris Lake, TN.  I'm most excited about going to the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference for the first time!  I can't wait to meet the faces behind all the stores and blogs that I follow!

The Today Show!  I love spending my mornings with Matt, Willy, Savannah, Al, Natalie, Carson, and Tamron.  My morning ritual is to watch the Today show while enjoying a chai tea latte.  I go through Today Show withdrawal every August when school starts!

I hope you have an amazing summer!!

Need a new laminator?

I was recently asked by Shoplet.com Office Supplies to review the Fellowes Saturn 3i 125 laminator. Yes, please!  I have a personal laminator at school, and I've been wanting to get one to keep at home.
This is the perfect little laminator!  It warms up in one minute and has 3 heat settings depending on the type of film.  The laminator even has a cold setting for self-adhesive laminating pouches.

There is a release lever in back along with a metal bar that guides the paper out of the laminator.  The laminator also has automic shut off to keep it from overheating.

The laminator has a 12.5 entry width for larger documents.  You can learn more about the Fellowes Saturn Laminator as well as other promotional products , medical suppliesand office stationary at shoplet.com!

How do you teach simple, compound, and complex sentences?

One of the first steps to teaching students to write with a variety of sentences is to teach them to recognize the different sentence structures.  This is easier said than done.  While my students seem to understand the way to write and recognize the structures during instruction, they often lose it when it's not practiced over and over.  I use jar activities during my workstation time to review and practice concepts that have been taught earlier in the year.  I recently made a jar of simple, compound, and complex sentences for this purpose.

The Super Sentence Jar includes several different activities that students can do to practice recognizing the different sentence structures.  Students can play BINGO, sort sentences, do a sentence search, or buddy up with a partner and quiz each other.  I also included editable BINGO boards and sentence cards so more can be added.
If this is a skill that your students need to practice, you can check it out in my TpT store.  It's half price for the next 24 hours.  I would love to hear how you practice/review skills that have been taught throughout the school year!