Sunday, August 28, 2016

Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Review

I am super excited to be doing a blog review for the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies!  The owner of these amazing products is also an elementary teacher, so he can actually identify with what we need in the classroom!

Last year, my electric pencil sharpener got broken for the millionth time by one of my "it's not my fault" students.  It was then that I decided that I was DONE with electric pencil sharpeners altogether.  So over the summer, I started researching, yes, I said researching (only teachers would actually research pencil sharpeners), pencil sharpeners to use w/ students.  I also asked around in my teacher Facebook groups, and everybody seemed to suggest the same one-- the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener.

Once I saw it in action, I have to say... I was AMAZED!  A few of my favorite things about it are:  it's extremely quite, has an auto-stop, AND it's portable!  That means you can take it with you any time you're moved to another classroom or school, take it home over summer break, and students can even pass it around to those that need to use it!!!  It does come with mounting hardware, but I prefer to be able to transfer it as needed.  My students and I both agree that we've never seen a better sharpened pencil!  To see how it works, check out this video.

My plan is to purchase several so that I can post them around my classroom and students can have easy access when needed.

See the website description below:
  • A "must have" for every teacher.
  • A unique and practical teacher gift.
  • Old-school retro look.
  • Quiet sharpening eliminates classroom interruptions. 
  • Automatic stopping once the perfect point is formed. This prevents over-sharpening.
  • Works on standard sized pencils.
  • Clear plastic disposal tray for easy cleaning.
  • Easy to use (as young as 5 years of age.)
  • Sturdy metal frame (approximately 3"x 3"x 5")
  • Portable or mounts to a surface. Clamp included.
  • Did I already mention that it was quiet?
  • Sorry, we ship to the USA only.
Here's a cute animated video of the sharpener in action:
To check these pencil sharpeners out, visit Classroom Friendly Supplies!  You won't be disappointed!

Back to School Tools

It's hard to believe that it's back to school time again!  My district has been back since the beginning of August, which is even harder to believe!   But for many of you that are just starting, that means Back to School shopping AND deals. To save you the hassle of checking around I've rounded up my top back to school picks in science, reading and writing and made sure you're saving at least 20%!
Tip: Use WELCOME16 for Free Shipping and 15% off if you're new to (you won't see that on their website).

How to Teach the 5 Paragraph Essay: Save 25%

A great lesson plan on this crucial skill.
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Science Graphic Book: Save 20%

I admit I'm surprised, but the comic book format of this science series has kids mastering materials because they're excited about the book itself! Definitely worth checking out, especially with the savings.

Life of Fred Beginning Reader Books: Save 19%

A perfect tie-in with the beloved Life of Fred Math Books for new readers.
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Analytical Grammar Set: Save 20%

Help your littles master this sometimes fun, sometimes maddening subject. Saving 20% helps.
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Rock N Learn w/ Educents

Sale Alert! For just 24-hours, all Rock 'N Learn DVDs and board books are 50% off with FREE SHIPPING on Educents with code BLOWOUT. Rock 'N Learn's award-winning DVDs for children in grades PreK through 8th grade teach and entertain with music, humor, and super fun characters. Tip: if you're new to Educents use code WELCOME16 for and additional 15% off PLUS Free Shipping.  

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Save even more by getting a bundle! Here are my favorites, with each DVD now less than $10.

Multiplication & More Math Collection:

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This DVD bundle includes: Multiplication Rap DVD, Division Rap DVD, and Fractions & Decimals DVD. Kids discover what multiplication math is all about, learn facts through 12, and practice skip counting. Plus, kids learn division math concepts and facts and begin working with fractions and decimals. These fun math songs and zany characters hold attention and get results!

Early Math Collection:

This DVD bundle includes:Money & Making Change DVD, Telling Time DVD, and Addition & Subtraction Rap DVD. This math DVD set is a fun way to boost math skills for the early grades. Math facts are easy to learn with fun music and exciting animation. Kids learn all about counting coins and bills and practice making change. They'll also learn to tell time to the hour, half hour, and minute using traditional analog clocks.

Science Collection:

This DVD bundle includes: Physical Science DVD, Earth Science DVD, Life Science DVD, and the Human Body DVD. Award winning actor Vic Mignogna gives a voice to Marko the Pencil, who whisks learners away to his Super Science Station for an unforgettable adventure in learning. Special bonus sections present material as it might be found on a science test. And with Marko's test-taking tips, students are sure to improve on standardized tests.

Sight Words Collection:

This DVD bundle includes: Sight Words Level 1 DVD, Sight Words Level 2 DVD, and Sight Words Level 3 DVD. Sight words are the most frequently used words in the English language, and these DVDs helps students read them automatically. This set covers all pre-primer Dolch words, all primer Dolch words, all 1st Grade Dolch words, and many words from Fry's list.

Want to save EVEN MORE!?!  Use code  GETREADY for free shipping on ANY order!!!  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Blog Launch Giveaway for Hello, Teacher Lady

I'm super excited to be celebrating with Shana from Hello, Teacher Lady, as she launches her new blog!  Several teacher-sellers have contributed awesome products, along with other amazing items:  Chloe + Isabel's Sand + Sky Open Cuff bracelet, $25 in Lula cash, $20 in TPT credit to EB Academic Camps, and a $55 Target gift card!  To enter, visit:!
You don't want to miss this!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Secondary Back to School Giveaway- Prize Packs that are "On Point"

I'm so excited to be linking up with Lauralee Moss from Language Arts Classroom and Julie Faulkner from Faulkner's Fast Five for their annual Secondary Back to School Giveaway!!!  This year the them is... "On Point for Back to School!"

There are 87 sellers who have donated over $400 in amazing products for ALL subject areas!  The best part... TPT is sponsoring the grand prize winner with a TpT swag bag full of goodies along with Starbucks and Target gift cards!!  You can see all of the prize packs below.  Enter to win at the Language Arts Classroom between August 1st- August 5th!  You definitely don't want to miss this!!!  Best of luck, and I hope all of you have an amazing 2016-17 school year!!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

#Best.Year.Ever- Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale

Can you believe that it's time for another school year to start? No matter if this is your first year or your twentieth year teaching, the Back to School rush can be chaotic and overwhelming. Let the TPT Secondary ELA Sellers help you have the #BEST.YEAR.EVER! Join us in celebrating the TPT Back to School Sale. 

Visit the stores below during the #BEST.YEAR.EVER! TPT Sitewide Sale to save up to 28% off of products on August 1st-2nd: