Saturday, September 24, 2011

Teacher's Pay Teachers

There has always been a discussion as to whether teacher's should share their materials or if it is ethical for teachers to sell what they make.  I thought long and hard about it and then my husband lost his job.  I knew I had to do something to add to our income until he could find a job and bring our income back to where it was.  We have two children and one is in college.  The bills keep coming no matter how our lives change.
I decided to take what I make everyday for my classroom and sell it on TPT.  I am proud to say that there are teachers out there willing to pay for my work.  I don't charge much.  My items are between two and five dollars.  It's amazing how those small amounts add up. I doubt if I will ever replace my husbands income, but I'm proud to say I've made $2000 this quarter. This will pay for the apartment my daughter shares for almost the entire year.
If you need extra income you should really consider becoming a seller.  Click here and get started today.  It really is a good felling to know others appreciate your work.
Kestner's Kreations

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Corn Maze

We went to the local corn maze last week.  The kids had a great time.  They had to find 20 different stations and answer questions about Illinois history.  Wish we would have had more time.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Smartboard Giveaway

This smartboard activity is to help improve sentence editing in the primary grades.  Students make corrections in the sentence on the slide and then click on the box to reveal the corrected sentence.  The number of errors in the sentence is given as a clue.  The activity also includes a worksheet with all the sentences so students can be involved throughout the activity.   The activity can be downloaded in my googledocs.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Phases of the Moon

We read the Reading Street story Exploring Space.  We talked about the planets and the moon and then used Oreos to show the phases of the moon. The kids couldn't wait to eat the leftover cookies.  I hope they take something with them from this lesson other than how good the cookies were.

Teacher's Notebook

 Teacher's Notebook
EXCITING NEWS - No monthly fees!
As of today, members can open a shop by paying a one-time setup fee of $19.95 that includes the following:
  • No Monthly Fees
  • No Sales Fees or "Royalties"
  • No Listing Fees
  • List Unlimited Items
  • Keep 100% of every item they sell
Yes, you read this correctly. You can setup a shop for only $19.95 and that is it! You never have to pay a monthly subscription fee and you never have to pay a "royalty".

Saturday, September 3, 2011


We have been working on developing fluency in second grade. We use reader's theater and poetry to read more fluently.  I recorded the kids reading a poem the other day.  Here is a sample of what we did. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011


We just found out that since our 3rd and 4th graders are each getting a laptop, then all the second graders will be getting their own ipad. Where in the world does all this grant money come from? Illinois government can't pay their bills, the federal government is over their head in debt and yet their is money for 200 laptops and 100 ipads. What's wrong with this picture?