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Monday, October 31, 2016

Educents Homeschool Holiday Gift Guide

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As October is ending and Christmas is approaching, many parents like me are starting to think of gift giving. My husband and I have never been too big on getting the boys a lot for Christmas. Any toys we get them usually end up forgotten in the toy bin. I really like the idea of getting them educational items because they seem to capture my boy's attention better than toys. I'm not sure if it is because both my husband and I are teachers (it's in their blood) or we just hit the jackpot with these two... they really only stick to their building toys. 

If you are like me (or just have/know kids who are really into learning) this Holiday Gift Guide from Educents is worth a look.

Gifts for ages 3 to 8

Life of Fred Math Books

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This first item is something I really want to get my oldest. He enjoys math so I'm hoping his love of math will get him interested in reading these math based books.  Story-based math learning has proven time and again to be one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to encourage this life skill. Math savant Dr. Stanley Schmidt created lovable characters Fred and Kingie whose adventures are so engrossing kids don’t even realize they’re learning m-a-t-h. Gift a child in your life the beginning series to set them up for success in life. 


Reusable Wall Stickers

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This is another item on my wishlist for the boys. From the wonders of the solar system to the miracle of the human body, these interactive play sets spark curiosity, delight and learning in every child. Made from reusable, non-BPA decal materials, they can go on walls, car windows and any surface ready to be used for fun, discovery, and knowledge mastery. The durable mini-sets are especially portable, great for road trips or plane travel, and to pack for a play date.


Homeschool Complete

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How about one amazing bundle for all of kindergarten? Yep, again, this is an item on my wishlist. I would love to get this for my youngest! This is a complete kindergarten kit from Math to Language Arts and everything in between. It includes detailed plans so it is all laid out! So much thought is put into this curriculum set - from the 3 ring binders and the specially durable paper, to flash cards for easy practicing, and calendars to keep you on track.  Renowned and influential homeschool reviewer Cathy Duffy notes "Kindergarten Complete takes advantage of homeschoolers’ ability to interact closely with their children with lots of discussion plus hands-on activities."

Learn to Read Kit

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This would be a great resource to have at home or in school! Hooked on Phonics is the #1 recommended Learn to Read program in the US, and for good reason: it’s helped multiple generations of learners master reading and phonics. The Learn to Read Kit comes with 28 original stories and 8 bonus books by renowned children’s authors - one of these will be that first triumphant book! The pacing is designed to encourage those who struggle with reading to first gain confidence, have fun, then master reading. It’s so easy to follow along that children can even teach themselves to read with this program. Literacy opens up the world of literature helping children build upon their imagination, become more empathetic, and improve emotional intelligence. 

Gifts for Ages 9 to 12

Times Tales - Learn Multiplications Fast

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Although my oldest is not quite ready for multiplication, he has shown that he grasps mathematical principles quickly. He's played some games with multiplication questions for the 2s table and has been able to understand. I'd love to get this soon to get him started on more math facts. With Times Tales - kids learn their times tables in an hour! This 1 hour DVD uses stories and mnemonic devices to help kids learn their times tables in a snap - without rote memorization.  Give the gift of earned confidence to a little one in your life. It’s one gift that will last a lifetime.


Magic School Bus Science Club 12 - Month Subscription

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This is probably the number one item on my wishlist. My oldest has been saying over and over again that he is going to be a scientist when he grows up. This is the perfect gift to inspire and encourage the kids who ask “why?” The famous Magic School Bus series took hold in the 90’s and has been getting kids excited about STEM ever since. The Science Club Kit takes the story based learning to the next level with comprehensive, hands-on kits that come right to your doorstep each month for a full year. And each month, you have at least 7 experiments! This is a great choice for families with multiple children, kinesthetic, and visual learners - and just a fun, educational activity for a rainy day! The kits include experiments related to Volcanoes, Weather, Water, Fossils, Bacteria and Fungi, Star and Planets - the world around us. Best of all, each kit comes with a colorful, Magic School Bus themed manual and a paired guide for adults. You don’t need to be a science nerd to be able to have fun leading and learning as a parent. There’s also an online clubhouse with further information for young explorers. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.


ShillerMath Fractions

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That feeling when...math finally clicks! The Shiller Math Fraction set is a complete package of lesson plans for multiple ages, manipulatives for hands-on and visual learning, and a truly step-by-step guide for parents. Thinking through and preparing every lesson detail is something you won’t have to do when teaching fractions, because Shiller Math already has. Based on a montessori teaching methods for a homeschool audience, this kit provides the play by play to teach fractions to children at different levels. And because it’s so drawn out, you not only get more for your investment for teaching multiple ages, but you save gobs of time in prep work, which is priceless. That, and when your child masters this important skill. Colorful, varied, and well thought out, this is one of the best gifts you can give your children and yourself. I've been using ShillerMath Fractions for our homeschool with our 4 year old, 6 year old and 8 year old. My kids have learned so much! I'm in awe of how quickly they've learned addition and subtractions with fractions and even division and multiplication. They love the fractions disks and I love how easy it is to teach with this material. No preparation required. Excellent product!” - Ana W

Gifts for Ages 13 to 15

Math Madness Book Set

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If you’re looking for new ways to inspire a child who’s already math whiz, or encouraging one who’s overwhelmed by the subject, look no further than the Math Madness Book set. The set includes two different books, “65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math!” and “101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math” that children ages 10 to 14 find fun and entertaining. Whether these replace bedtime stories at your house, or your little one reads them independently, these books teach your child how critical math is for their everyday lives. With each book, your child is challenged to solve math brainteasers and answer math questions related to sports, cooking, money, travel and more. “These books are a fantastic set for children 10 and up that are struggling with math anxiety. They present the problems in a very fun and approachable way that makes sense. It's math in the real world and helps kids understand how they will use math in their daily lives. I highly recommend starting with 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math. It's fun to read and extremely enjoyable in the way it's laid out. Check out these books, you won't be disappointed.” – Shelley B This is the perfect gift for kids, parents, educators, and anyone else interested in knowing the difference between an Olympic event score of 9.0 and Richter scale score of 9.0.

Life of Fred Pre-Algebra

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“Life of Fred” is quickly becoming a buzzword in the educational world. If any child has ever struggled with understanding math concepts, Fred is ready to jump in and help your child remember those tricky math concepts! How does he do it? Silly stories! The stories about Fred are so memorable, they will last a lifetime. As will the math lessons that are weaved into the stories. In the Pre-Algebra series, students use math and science to solve quirky, real world scenarios – all while having fun with Fred of course! In this 3-book series, Fred covers concepts like numerals, area of a rectangle, the speed of light, nine forms of energy, Hooke’s law, photosynthesis, metric system, and more. “My girls have never liked math because it does not come easily for them. I ordered Life of Fred Alg. 1 as review for them this summer. They like the fun and easy way it is presented and are understanding math more clearly. They agreed that they had fun with math for the first time ever!” -Judy Parents of “non-math” kids will thank you for giving a gift that will help kids fall in love with math.

Gifts for Ages 16 to 18

Life of Fred High School Math

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Life of Fred is preparing for college! In this series, students learn algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and a few other lessons from Fred. The Zillions of Practice books are keyed directly to the chapters and topics in the associated book. Each problem is worked out in complete detail to offer additional help for a student who may have gotten stuck along Fred’s mathematical journey. “My oldest has been going through LOF for a while and found these books really fun. Fred makes concepts really easy to follow and is interesting to read. High school math has never been easier and more fun to learn!” -Kelly H. Fred is also a great gift for adults who are interested in developing their own math skills. One of Fred’s mom students says, “After buying Fred Apples for my daughter, I bought myself Fred Trig. I tried taking Trig in college, but I had signed up for a 7 a.m. class (big mistake the first semester of college). I could barely stay awake; my professor wasn't as engaging as Fred. I later took Statistics and stopped with math there. But I've always wished I had taken more math, because math is really just a language - it can be learned. I'm currently on page 80 of Fred’s Trig book. With Fred, doing Trig is like completing a crossword or a sudoku puzzle. It's my new favorite leisure activity.”

Shockingly Awesome Books

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From a book to create lego-based Christmas ornaments, to the popular comic book style books about electricity, physics, and even regression analysis, Shockingly Awesome Learning does a fantastic job of curating innovative books that make learning fun. Definitely worth checking out for older kids in your world!  



I hope you enjoyed looking through some gift ideas. Educents has even more options for gifts on their site. You are bound to find something that your child or special kid in your life will enjoy.
Friday, October 14, 2016

Magic School Bus!

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So I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I wanted to share this great deal! I grew up in the 90’s which meant I was (okay, I still am) a big fan of The Magic School Bus. When I learned that they had a monthly kit I was REALLY excited. While I cannot subscribe now because the cost of shipping overseas, I do plan on signing up when I return to the states so I can share my love of science with my boys. Want to learn more? Keep reading!

AMAZING , HANDS-ON, YEAR-LONG SCIENCE JOURNEY!

For All the Kids Who Love to Ask “Why?"

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The Magic School Bus Science Club is a 12- month science kit subscription based on the award-winning series, The Magic School Bus. If you haven't heard about the series before, each of the stories center on the antics of a frizzy-red haired fictional elementary school teacher, Ms. Frizzle, and her class, who board a “magic school bus” to take them on field trips to impossible locations, like the solar system, clouds, the past, and inside the human body. This story-based learning took the science scene by storm in the 90's.

But it's the 2000s!!

The kit subscription takes it to the next level with HANDS ON learning that all ties into the stories! It's also HALF OFF FOR 10 MORE DAYS! This is a great choice for families with multiple children, kinesthetic, and visual learners - and just a fun, educational activity for a rainy day! The kits include experiments related to Volcanoes, Weather, Water, Fossils, Bacteria and Fungi, Star and Planets, and the weather, which, given recent events I want to brush up on, too. One experiment I've been really excited to try is the Volcano Kit! The kit comes with a small volcanic rock, a pumice stone, sheets of paper, black paint, paint brush, a magnifying glass all to build a volcano. Check out the video below to see the fun experiment and explosive result (this one is from Educents so you don't have to see my kitchen..)

 
And there are so many more experiments! Think of a sibling science club coming to life in your home - or friends bonding over making volcanoes explode, and learning all about how the human body works! Getting kids excited about STEM learning is exciting stuff. And it's especially exciting because it's HALF OFF FOR 10 MORE DAYS. Here's the run down:


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  The 12 Magic School Bus themed science experiments sent to your doorstep, monthly include:
  • Detailed, extensive 12-page colorful manual that is full of experiments and topic information
  • Each manual was based on the award winning Magic School Bus Book (and TV) series
  • A handy dandy cheat sheet for adults, so you can lead the way with no background in science (shhh.. I always preferred reading...)
  • Tools and instructions for a at least 7 interactive experiments per month
  • Online Clubhouse for further exploration on each package topic (take advantage of this!!)
  • Certificate of Completion - a great way to reinforce learning and accomplishments
The Price: Package is for $119.00 currently (50% off deal for only ten days). You do have to pay it at once, but it comes out to $10/month over the course of the year. For me, that's a solid investment!


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Monday, May 2, 2016

Teachers Pay Teachers Appreciation Sale!

Hi, just a quick note today. From May 3rd- May 4th, TPT will be having a Teacher's Appreciation Sale! You can save 28% on my items by using the code: CELEBRATE at checkout.
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Click the banner or HERE to visit my store.

ENJOY!!


Friday, April 15, 2016

Teachers Pay Teachers News!

   Wow, so I'm really not good at keeping up with my blog. I'm really trying to change up my look and my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Eventually I'd like to change up the look here as well. I need to figure out how to make my own template.

   Anyways, I have uploaded a new profile picture for TPT and I'm quite happy with it. This time EVERYTHING in the image was made by me (clip art and font)! It took me a while to get it right but I *think* it is how I want it now. Here it is:


It is circular for TPT, but I left it like this for my store button. I don't know why but I think sloths are adorable! 

   In other store news: I've been working on more interactive notebooks. I am going through science themes and making activities to go along with each one. So far I only have two uploaded. Here is what I have so far.



   I have a couple more ready to upload, just waiting to test it with my students to see how it goes. Once I have tried them with my students I will be posting interactive notebook pages for Light and Force & Motion. Make sure you follow my store to get updated. Seeing as I'm really bad at updating my blog, you'll have better luck with updates if you follow my store. 

   One last thing I've uploaded lately is a clip art bundle. I may work on more clip art bundles this summer if I can think of some themes. 


   Before you leave I have a request. I am trying to win some free resources for my classroom. Educents is having a giveaway of up to $5,000 worth of products from their site. It would be a big blessing if you could vote for me everyday until May 6th. Working as a missionary teacher means I don't have much money to spend on extra things for my classroom. Please visit here and vote for "Sarah P's Wishlist". 
   

Thank you!!
Friday, August 28, 2015

100 Follower Giveaway!!

I've had a great summer vacation and I'm gearing up to start the school year on Monday. I haven't had time to update my blog, but I have been adding a many new resources to my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

One of my newest products. You can find it here.

This month on TPT has been amazing. I have not only exceeded my highest month's profit, but I have also reached over 100 followers!!



To celebrate I am having my first Rafflecopter giveaway. This giveaway is for any $5 or less item in my store. The contest will start on August 30th at 12 am and will run until Saturday, September 5th at 12 am (EST). Winner will be contacted via e-mail.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Earth Day Freebies for Kids!

Earth Day is April 22nd, how will you celebrate this year? 

I'm hoping to be able to get my students out of the classroom and work on a classroom garden next Wednesday. I really hope the weather permits. If not I'll definitely be looking into some of these Earth Day Freebies! I'll use some of these through the week for more Earth Week fun!


10 Earth Day Freebies for Kids

  1. Earth Day Sort - Help kids learn the difference between reducing, reusing, and recycling!
  2. Happy Earth Day Writing Activity - Kids of all ages can reflect on ways their family, school, and themselves can help keep the Earth healthy. Also encourages handwriting practice!
  3. Earth Day Coloring Pages - Creative kiddos can color the Earth with their colors of choice, or follow the color-by-code page to add critical thinking to art hour.
  4. Earth Day Poof! Subtraction to 5 - This Earth Day themed game builds fluency with subtraction facts to 5. It can be played in a small group or as a partner game. It is a fun way to practice those facts!
  5. Earth Day Word Search Freebie - Enjoy this Earth Day themed word search puzzle with 21 eco-friendly terms like atmosphere, compost, and recycle.
  6. Earth Day Bookmarks - The perfect Earth Day treat for your students. Available in full-color and black-and-white.
  7. Earth Day Survey and Graph - A fun and different way to practice graphing in your classroom while encouraging collaboration between students.
  8. Spring Coloring Book - Let your little ones COLOR & SPELL Spring words.
  9. Love the Earth Mystery Picture Graph - Students will love discovering the mystery picture by coloring in the correct squares on the alphanumeric grid using the coordinates given. This is a great addition to an Earth Day or recycling unit!
  10. April 2015 Journal - A month of free journaling for learners age 8 to 100! Read about important historic, artistic, and current events that happened during the month of April - including J. Robert Oppenheimer's birthday and Earth Day on April 22nd. Then develop vocabulary and critical thinking skills.
Want to turn your Earth Day celebration into an educational experience? Discover new ways to learn about the amazing planet we live on (without breaking the bank!) --> Earth Day learning resources.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Even More Exciting News from Educents!

Introducing the NEW Educents Marketplace I just received an email from the founders of Educents, Kate and Kaitlyn, with some really exciting news. Until today, Educents was a website for parents and educators to take advantage of daily deals. But those deals expired... And there were only 50 deals available at once... I wanted saving money to be even EASIER. Kate and Kaitlyn agreed. So they created the new Educents Marketplace. It’s even easier to discover affordable educational resources that make learning FUN! 168b9eb3-ef68-4b42-80a4-f3aa5cf66646 
Thousands of new products - Educents Sellers can now offer ALL of their bestsellers on the new Educents Marketplace. There's a wide variety of worksheets, lesson plans, educational apps and toys. Shop The Young Scientists Club, Scholastic, Workman Publishing, Alpha Omega Publishing, Life of Fred books, hundreds of printable units created by educators, and more! Offers that NEVER expire - Sellers can offer our favorite educational products year-round. Once a deeply discounted Daily Deal expires, you can still find that product available on Educents at the lowest price. Discovery - It's easier to search on Educents. Search for your kiddos' interests like Minecraft or Frozen-inspired resources, and then sort by grade level, subject, brand, and more!