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Stocking Stuffer Sunday Blog Hop!

Welcome, blog hoppers!

I’m so excited that you are joining us today for our Stocking Stuffer Sunday giveaway! We have LOTS of great prizes for you today. Each of us is giving away a stocking stuffer sized prize on our blogs, and we’re also giving away an extra large gift as a grand prize… a shiny new printer!

Make sure you start here and enter the giveaway for our printer, and then keep scrolling…

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I’m giving away one of these super fun Noonday Collection bracelets! Noonday Collection makes some incredible jewelry with a wonderful mission! All of their jewelry is fair trade and made by artisans around the world who are paid a fair wage for dignified employment. Their jewelry is the PERFECT teacher accessory! To enter to win this bracelet, use the rafflecopter below and follow my Teachers Pay Teachers and Noonday Collection pages on Facebook! 🙂

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The fun doesn’t stop here… keep on hopping to the next blog for more fun and prizes!


Back to School Tips for Raising a Reader

I am SO passionate about literacy!

Reading skills are vital to every area of life, but many parents struggle with the “how” of instilling a lifelong love of reading in their children. I did a little research and have come up with five tips to help you raise a reader!

Make sure you:

  1. Take a look.
  2. Leave a comment telling me your favorite book to read aloud.
  3. Click through to visit the other bloggers and gather tips. (Next is HeidiSongs. HeidiSongs are sing along songs that teach- and a WHOLE lot more! Heidi’s post this week is on ideas for using printable labels in the classroom.)
  4. Enter our giveaway by August 31!

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The ABC’s of Creating a Positive Home Learning Environment

(Please note that the following post may contain affiliate links.)

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I’ll be honest.

I consider myself to be a fairly positive person. I try to look for the bright side in unfortunate situations, I strive to see the best in people, and I am a firm believer that something good can be found in even the worst days…

But positivity does not come naturally to me.

My husband and I were discussing this recently while we were driving in some crummy traffic and thinking about some all-too-recent storms that we’ve walked through. Fortunately, this gave us the chance to talk about a few of the ways we can work together to create a positive environment in our home and hopefully train our children to be positive individuals. (See? Bright side!)

I thought while it was fresh on my mind, I’d share some of the things we came up with that relate specifically to learning. I hope they will be of help to you on your home education journey!

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Acknowledge Efforts

Praising efforts instead of end results helps students develop a growth mindset that helps them build resilience, fosters a love of learning, and ultimately takes them further than talent alone. When encouraging your child, choose specific compliments that praise process more than performance. Encourage them to acknowledge their own efforts by asking them to seek out their own daily successes, either orally or in a “success journal” that they can refer back to when they are feeling frustrated.

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Be Mindful of Your Own Attitude

Children are remarkably perceptive, and easily pick up on their parents’ attitudes. Strive to find ways to manage your own stress levels, and check your own negative “vibes” before working with your children. Take it a step further by modeling positive self-talk when you struggle with your own frustrations or difficult circumstances.

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

It’s hard to be negative when you focus on the things that fill your heart with joy. One way to do this is to keep a gratitude journal. I’m particularly in love with this one by Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom. It’s designed just for kids! You can check it out by clicking the pic below.

Discourage Complaining for the Sake of Complaining

As the old saying goes, “if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” Teach your kids to reframe their negative whining and complaining into a positive by brainstorming solutions for their problems. Doing this not only creates a more positive environment, but also prepares them for independence by teaching them to resolve issues on their own.

Encourage SMART Goal Setting

Goals should be challenging, but unrealistic expectations can leave children feeling defeated and trigger negative thoughts and behavior. Help them choose action-oriented goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

Focus on Strengths

One of the most wonderful things about homeschooling is that you get to teach in a way that aligns with your child’s strengths. It is an incredible gift to be able to customize your curriculum in a way that helps them become the people they are called to be! As my friend Sallie Borrink says, “embrace your child and embrace the freedom you have to tailor her education to her specific needs.”

What tips and tricks have you successfully used to create a more positive learning environment? Share your best ideas in the comments.

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TpT Orlando 2016: Florida Welcome Social

The Florida bloggers had a great time welcoming everyone to Florida to kick off the 2016 TpT Conference! We want to thank everyone for coming out and joining us as well as our amazing sponsors and donors!

Mary, from Full of Smiles Photography, did a fantastic job of capturing the event!


First, we must thank Adam, Amy, and Paul for coming to our event! Don’t they look great?

A huge thank you goes out to Sarah from Educlips for making this amazing clip art!

But for real… Thank you to Team TpT for coming out to the event! It was so awesome for them to come and help us welcome everyone to Florida!

BIG thanks to Tabitha Carro from Smartphone Marketing for all her support and fun giveaways throughout the event!

Another huge thanks goes out to A+ Images for sponsoring our event and giving away a class set of shirts!

We hope everyone enjoyed all the great stuff they found in their swag bags! These were packed with goodies from the Florida bloggers and donors!

Thank you to the amazing sponsors above as well as these great sponsors and donors for helping to make our giveaways and prizes the best!
A Modern Teacher
Safari, Ltd
Seat Sacks
Simple Soap
The Fit Teacher
Denise Boehm: Sunny Days in Second Grade
Amy Labrasciano
Cara Gingras: Kindergarten Boom Boom
Kimberly Solis: Elementary Antics
Your Thrifty Co-Teacher
Ta-Doodles Illustrations
Alexis Sanchez: Laugh Eat Learn Designs
Meg Anderson: The Teaching Studio
Teaching in the Tongass
Lyndsey Zurawski: Speech to the Core
Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas
Lovely Leaders
Kristin Bowers
Meg’s Crayons
Learning Harbor


We hope you’ll come back to Florida and the land of palm trees very soon!

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