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November 2015

Silhouette Cameo in the Classroom

As many of you may know, one of my favorite things to use when creating classroom labels, interactive bulletin boards, or classroom crafts is my Silhouette Cameo! If you haven’t heard of one of these machines, then you need to check it out! It is user-friendly, and the possibilities are endless! Today I am excited to give away a Silhouette Cameo to one of my amazing bloggy friends!

Silhouette Cameo in the Classroom

I bought a Silhouette Cameo after observing several of my teacher friends using the machine in their classrooms. This machine is a must-have item for any educator or crafter! As a teacher, I use my Silhouette Cameo all the time! It is a great machine to use to help decorate your classroom, create a student craft, or to cut those tedious popcorn words that you previously cut by hand!

My all-time favorite feature of the Silhouette Cameo is the ability to cut out printed objects. Simply create your image on PowerPoint, upload the image onto Silhouette’s software, print the image with Silhouette’s registration print marks, and you’re all set to go! It will easily cut out your image! Before owning my Silhouette Cameo, I would spend hours just cutting out our Kindergarten popcorn words (sight words). This machine saves me so much time and energy!

It’s Dr. Boender here! Last year I turned my room into an operating room, and my students became doctors. We weren’t just any doctors, we were contraction doctors. However, before my students could complete contraction surgery, they needed to look the part first! I created these stickers using my Silhouette Cameo. My students thoroughly enjoyed being surgeons and looking the part too!

My students loved these personalizable doctor badges! Each student had safety glasses, a doctor badge, a surgical cap, and a surgical-mas>. It is amazing how engaged students can be when the setting/environment of the classroom changes slightly!

I recently used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out my Male Kindergarten Teacher button from vinyl! Originally, I used to compare other vinyl machines until I found out I could use this machine to cut vinyl. Pretty nifty. I am so excited to use this decal to personalize my notebooks, mugs, storage bins, and much more!

This past Halloween I took part in a Halloween Popcorn Box Party By Laura Kelly! To create these popcorn boxes, I purchased a number of designs from Silhouette’s Design Store. Their design stores has thousands of inexpensive designs that are absolutely amazing! Simply search what you’re looking for, choose your design, checkout, upload your purchased design into the Silhouette software, and cut – It’s really that easy! Check out my blog post here!

Giveaway Time!

Today I am giving away a Silhouette Cameo to one lucky bloggy friend! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!

Stay tuned to some amazing bundle deals brought to you by Silhouette America. If you have been wanting a machine, then you will definitely want take advantage of some of their amazing offers coming this week!

Creating an Organized Environment with Seat Sack!

Say goodbye to student mailboxes and hello to convenient, personal, and out-of-the-way storage from The Original Seat Sack Company®. How many of you use student mailboxes to collect or store student papers? How much time is being used to have your students put their papers in their mailboxes after each transition? A lot, I bet! I was so excited when I found O2Teach® products from The Original Seat Sack Company®! Seat Sack chair pockets, the Read-n-Go book bag, the Hand-e-Sack, and Pencil Pouches are sure to cut down your transitions and effectively store all of your student’s’ belongings!

Storing personal belongings and school supplies is that much easier with a Seat Sack Chair Pocket. These chair pockets are high quality, durable chair pockets with multiple compartments. This makes storing school supplies, completed work, and leveled readers a breeze! Instead of having your students put away their papers in a mailbox, why not have them easily put it in their Seat Sack Chair Pocket? These chair pockets make my transitions from activity to activity a breeze!

We all know how stressful storing crayons and pencils can be! Check out these pencil pouches from Seat Sack! They are great for storing those sharpened pencils and crayons. Plus they fit conveniently in the back of your Seat Sack Chair Pocket! Also each pencil pouch comes with a personalizable card. These pencil pouches are great for storing scissors and glue sticks too!

As part of positive reinforcement, my students each receive a ten frame sticker book. My students receive a sticker when I see them going above and beyond by following our classroom rules, being a good friend, or helping another classmate. When my students receive a full ten frame, they get to pick a prize from my classroom treasure chest! I’ve had the worst time coming up with something to store these sticker books in. They’re too big to store on their tables, and they fall onto the floor from the Command Hooks that I have placed under each table. The Original Seat Sack Company’s Hand-e-Sack is a great alternative to storing these sticker books.

This organizer is great for any type of school supply, too. It’s perfect for pencils, pens, glue sticks, crayons, flash cards, calculators or any small items that may get lost inside of a desk or roll off the top of a table. Simply stick on its dual locking system developed by 3M products, and you’re good to go. Students can easily remove the organizer if needed.

This Read-n-Go Book Bag from the Seat Sack Plus Product Line is perfect for taking home leveled readers or library books. The sturdy bag is perfect for my take-home book bins. Each child in my classroom takes home a Read-n-Go Book Bag, a leveled reader, and a recording card. When the child can read the book independently, parents must place their initials next to the title of the book. The child then reads the book to my aide. If the child can read it independently without any help, he/she will receive another book. This process continues until the end of the year and the level of each book bin increases as the children finish each book bin.

The one thing I love about all of the products from the Seat Sack Product Line is that they’re easy to clean! As a teacher I know how important this can be! These products are high quality, durable, and guaranteed to last many years.


The Original Seat Sack Company would love to give one of my readers the chance to win The Ultimate Organizer Pack
The Ultimate Organizer Pack contains: 
  • 25- Seat Sack Plus 
  • 25- Pencil Pouches 
  • 25- Read-n-Go Book Bags 
  • 25- Hand-e-Sack Stick & Stores
It’s time to get rid of those student mailboxes and upgrade to the ultimate organizer pack! This set is sure to create an organized classroom environment for many years! Good luck!
Happy Organizing, 

Disclosure: All these products were sent to me for review. Opinions are 100% my own! This post contains product links.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for Kids

Happy November! What’s the one holiday that everyone always looks forward to in November? Thanksgiving, of course!

Thanksgiving is a time of being thankful, spending time with friends and family, and turkey, of course! Today I am blogging over on the Ellison blog and I am excited to share with you a quick and easy turkey craft that is perfect for that centerpiece at the dinner table. Let’s grab our supplies and gobble, gobble our way into our craft!

This turkey craft is sure to be a conversation piece at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day!

Click here to find out how to make this Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Happy Gobbling,

Udderly Smooth in the Classroom

What’s the number one problem teachers face on a day-to-day basis? Dry hands, of course! Well, I have the best solution! 
Udderly Smooth Udder Cream, of course! If you haven’t tried this stuff, where have you been? It’s amazing! How many times a day do you wash your hands? Let’s see…
1. Check binders 
2. Tying a shoe
3. A child coughs or sneezes on you
4. A child wipes their snot on you
4. Touching something wet… and you’re unsure of what it is (How many of your can relate?)
I could go on forever! I bet I wash my hands at least ten times a day. Now you may be wondering – What’s the big deal? Isn’t it a good thing you wash your hands all the time? Yes, you’re right, it is. However, washing your hands so much throughout the day can often cause dry or cracked hands. However, good thing I have Udderly Smooth! It’s definitely a necessity in any Kindergarten classroom. The best part is that it’s not greasy at all! As a male, I do not like products that have a strong fragrance. Udderly Smooth has a light, fresh fragrance that is perfect for adults and children of all ages! 

Why is Udderly Smooth so amazing?
It contains rich moisturizing ingredients that can be used on dry skin, cracked skin, foot care, a facial moisturizer, and many other uses. Plus Udderly Smooth makes great gifts too! It may even bring out your inner artist. You’ll be drawing cows for days!

Where can I buy Udderly Smooth?
Check your nearest WalMart for a wide selection of all Udderly Smooth products! Udderley Smooth Udder Cream is available in 2 oz. tubes, 4 oz. tubes, 8 oz. jars, 10 oz. with pump, 12 oz. jars, 16 fl. oz bottles, and 32 fl oz. bottles.

Udderly Smooth Udder Cream is perfect for any teacher or colleague gift! Check out this heart made with Kunin Felt and personalized with one of Laura Kelly’s stamps from Expressionery. These gifts are sure to get your some extra credit for being udderly amazing!
Instead of having dry, cracked hands, why not have soft, smooth, and silky hands with Udderly Smooth! Find out how other teachers are using Udderly Smooth in their classroom below. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post to win an Udderly Smooth Prize Pack and a $50 Walmart Gift Card!

Giveaway Time!

Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win an Udderly Smooth Prize Pack and a $50 Walmart Gift Card! Remember – the more entries you fill out, the better your chances are of winning! Good luck!
Have an udderly amazing week,