I felt a lot like Alice this week falling down the rabbit hole. Here's the story:
First some background:I'm spending my summer vacation mapping out my school year in preparation for September (it's actually more fun than it sounds). One of my goals is to find more time for science and social studies. Reading and math are the main events in first grade and everything else becomes secondary, even more so now that we're moving toward the new Common Core Standards.
So the easiest way to infuse more science and social studies into the curriculum is to capitalize on the stories in our reading series, Harcourt Trophies. With titles like Ants, Fish are Fish, and Busy Buzzy Bees, it's clear I'll be spending a lot of time on living things.
On Sunday, I scoured the Internet for a science journal my firsties could use to observe the ant farm and betta fish I'll bring to school.
On Monday, I gave up and made science journals for ants and betta fish myself.
On Tuesday, I created a seller's account on Teachers Pay Teachers. (I'd just spent 24 and a half hours wrangling with text boxes, why not make a few bucks, right?).
On Wednesday, I decided my first science journals sucked and learned how to make the cute kind people might actually buy (this took another 24 and a half hours).
On Thursday, I discovered people who sell those really cute products on Teachers Pay Teachers usually have really cute blogs to promote them (Hello Designer Blogs, my name is Alice).
On Friday, I learned that if you build it, they won't necessarily come- not without some sort of incentive to get them there. Which leads me to....
I'm giving away a $5 donation to one follower's Donors Choose project, and I'll be sure to use any match codes that are available. To enter, you must follow my blog with Google Friend Connect (the blue button on the right). Then, leave a comment with your Donors Choose link and your email address.
For an extra entry, you can also follow my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Please leave a separate comment for your extra entry, again with a link to your Donors Choose project. And yeah, I realize I haven't actually uploaded any cute products into my TPT store (that's tomorrow's learning curve), but think of it as getting in on the ground floor- this way, you won't miss anything!
I'll use Random.org to pick a winner August 1st.
In the meantime, be sure to check back often! I'm blogging about those cute science journals I made next.
My name isn't really Alice, and as of today I have no plans to reveal it. But like everything else, that decision is subject to change in the next 24 and a half hours.
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