It's been a few days! This post was actually intended for Sunday, but some things got in the way!
As I'm currently not in school, I've been struggling to find things to blog about, but I don't want to lose touch! As I remain active in all other ways, I'm still finding loads of things to interest me that I'm bookmarking for when I return to school. Last week was a very busy week with events happening all over and I had the idea of doing a weekly round up (on Sundays!).
Although we're all part of the same blogging community we don't all read and see the same things. I still want to share, so I was thinking perhaps I could have a 'Peek at the Week' type of post. I would love to do it every week, but was thinking maybe I might run out of things to share!! Anyhow, I've decided to give it a go and see how it pans out. What I will be sharing will be completely random, no categories ( a bit like my thought patterns!), but they will be things that have caught my eye/interest me for a variety of reasons.
Have to share this first though! I FINALLY got my newest product finished! It took me so long to complete, it was like pulling teeth in the end! I just didn't know where to stop! I wanted it to be as complete as possible so teachers would have a range of teaching tools and possibilities for differentiation to choose from. It's now for sale on TpT at a discounted rate for the rest of this month. Just click on the first pic below if you want to check it out! I intend to sell some parts separately and hope to get those up by the end of the week.
I will be changing my freebie on facebook later this evening - a compound word poster and worksheet - so don't forget to check it out!
For the last 2 weeks I have been part of a link up for Autism Awareness Month. A group of us got together to produce some Autism friendly freebies to highlight the need for resources to help students in our classrooms. There is also a fabulous giveaway at the end of the linky. The Rafflecopter can be found at Crayonbox Learning. Just click on the first pic below to grab your freebies and enter. The giveaway closes in approx. 1 day - so go quick!
Many of you will have heard of the lovely Mel: Graphics from the Pond. Mel is currently involved in a fundraiser to help support Bundaberg East State School in Queensland Australia, which was recently devastated with flooding and storms. Many TpT sellers donated products and the combined result is now available to buy for $15.00. Please consider donating as you will help many children in need and gain some wonderful resources at the same time! Just click on the first pic below to check it out.
Some of you may have come across Primary Paradise - another good friend, Martha (wave!). Martha does a fabulous Saturday post where she shares the best freebies she has found that week. Martha's Saturday post is a great resource for unique and interesting freebies, so tune in at the weekends to check it out. Just click on her button below.
I am always filling my shopping cart at TpT, but you can never really know if a product will work for you unless you use it! I always find product swaps interesting because you get a unique look at the product in action. There is a fabulous product swap going on right now with lots of little mini-giveaways of the products in question. Hop on over to Samantha at Miss Smarty Pants and enjoy a good read! You never know what you might find! Just click on the first pic.
If you are a 'Take and Make It' kinda girl, you might want to check this linky out. Cynthia over at 2nd Grade Pad has started this Thursday link up for all things useful that you can take and make, from resources for the classroom to recipes. I love to check out this weekly read to bookmark great ideas for when I'm back at school. Just click on Cynthia's button below and say hello!
I recently started a new board on Pinterest: Tutorials. There are so many fabulous bloggers out there with all these wonderful videos on how to do things! I have watched so many over this last year and have learnt so much, but of course I didn't bookmark them! Now that I have my little board, I can bookmark straight away and check back later when I need to refresh my mind!
One recent tutorial (not from a blog!) that caught my eye was how to change settings in Powerpoint. Many of us use this program to create our products, but many also use it to create clip art. One problem with this is that the automatic settings save the pics in a low resolution, therefore they don't look as good as they could. I have to admit I have done this without knowing. For good clear clip art, you need to be saving work that you have made on Powerpoint at 300dpi. The following tutorial explains how to change your settings to allow this to happen. Don't be daunted by how the tutorial looks - it's really quite easy, but make sure you follow the instructions carefully!
Phew - that's it!
On a personal note (for those interested), Blue is eating better and wagging his tail - he has now turned his attention to our cat! He is coping much better than we thought he would, although he's still whining a bit in the night. :( I always go to him because it's hard to hear, although my hubby says this is not helping (I know he's right).
Good news too, in that I finally start my treatment next Tuesday, so please think of me then!
Lastly, just for you, an inspirational thought:
Hope you found something useful to take away with you!