Thursday, January 7, 2016

ESGI & Friends New Year, New Resources Mega Giveaway!

Happy New Year from Smart Kids and ESGI!
You all know how much I LOVE ESGI. It has been my pleasure to tell teachers how it can save you 400 hours every year. 

The good folks at ESGI keep WOWing me...this time with a mega giveaway to start off the new year.

Did you say MEGA giveaway?!

Friends, each winner for days 1-12 will receive $50.00 product credit to the daily partner's store, as well as a 1 year license to ESGI for a total value of $250.00. The winner on the 13th day will win an iPad Krayon Kiosk, 4 iPads, 4 chairs and 1 free year of ESGI!

It's easy to enter!

You'll just need an active ESGI username to enter the contest. 
Just sign up for the free 60-day trial HERE.
(No payment info is necessary.) 

Be sure to use promo code B6336 to get the $40 off if you or your school or your district decide to buy the license. Trust me, when your principal sees all the spiffy reports in your data notebook, he or she will want all the teachers to have ESGI! The reports you can send to parents and the RTI data you'll collect will make you an assessment superstar! You'll be glad you gave ESGI a try with this offer.

Now that you have your ESGI username, enter with the rafflecopter link at the end of the post.

Sign ups will open Friday, January 8th. Giveaways start Saturday, January 9th and will close on January 20th. The big winner announced January 21st. Here is the list and links showing where we'll have winners each day. You can even get extra points for visiting each of the bloggers below and leaving a comment on their blog posts. There are 13 bloggers participating so you can get 13 extra points if you visit every blog. Good luck!

Day 1 Winner - January 9th: 

Day 2 Winner - January 10th: 

Day 3 Winner - January 11th: 

Day 4 Winner - January 12th: 

Day 5 Winner - January 13th: 

Day 6 Winner - January 14th: 

Day 7 Winner - January 15th: 

Day 8 Winner - January 16th: 

Day 9 Winner - January 17th: 

Day 10 Winner - January 18th: 

Day 11 Winner - January 19th: 

Day 12 Winner - January 20th: 

Day 13 Winner - January 21st: 
WHAT is an iPad Krayon Kiosk?
The Krayon Kiosk is an engaging, secure iPad stand filled with apps for early education along with access to web-based subscription learning programs. If you are interested in learning more, visit Aridan Books and use promo code ESGI30 to save 30%. You can also watch the video to learn more.


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Monday, September 7, 2015

Prayer Requests

Dear Friends,
On August 6th, my husband of 24 years was diagnosed with leukemia. After his first round of chemo and excellent care at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, he is doing remarkably well. He is home and we are waiting for the plans for his future treatments. We are surrounded by church, school and work family who are supporting and encouraging us through this unexpected time in our lives. Thanks be to God for this love.

I will not be blogging for a while. I request your prayers and good thoughts. Please pray for my husband's continued recovery. Pray for my son as he begins his first year of high school. Pray for me as I begin the school year in a new grade. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Back to School! My Room and Blog Hop

All systems are go for lift off! The Gammons Galaxy is ready for first graders. Here's a photo peek into my room and a video tour.

After your walk through, be sure to read on for the scoop on a Back-to-School blog hop!

And now information on the Back-to-School hop and prizes. Droppin' Knowledge is our host for this hop featuring at least 40 bloggers and prizes. 

My prize is Bloom's Taxonomy for Little Thinkers. In this pack, you'll get 50 photos and writing prompts. Each prompt is tagged to indicate the level of thinking it encourages—beginning with remembering and going all the way to creating.You can display the pictures and prompts on a screen for discussion for you can print them for writing prompts.

Be sure to enter this rafflecopter giveaway!

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Find all of the posts and prizes in this link up.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It's Almost August...

Teachers Deals and Dollar Steals is hosting a link up of items you'll need in August. Yes...I said August. *sigh* 

I just have to ask, do you follow Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals? If not you need to, friend. Just so you know, I post a product on the blog the 16th of EVERY month. Yes, I do. The Smart Kids product is always available for three days at the $1 price.

So do I have products you'll need to start the year. Of course!

My favorite product that everyone loves at the beginning of the year is this crayon book. It is $1 all time! A great way to recycle the empty boxes.

Give your little ones the chance to imagine their way through the alphabet with these prompts that you can use all year long.

Teacher Testimonial: "What a great way to introduce and pratice writing basic sentences, sentece conventions and handwriting. This will be a wonderful writing center addition. I really appreciate the two different writing lines you've provided as well."

Use the last days of summer to make these centers you'll use all year long.

Teacher Testimonial: "I used this for whole group lessons and station activities. I love it!"
"I am using this set for RTI students who are not meeting standards. It works perfectly and requires little extra planning and prep."

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

It Doesn't Stay in Vegas...Video Footage of the FUN

So there's the phrase, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Um, No. These fabulous folks were given fair warning. Here's what goes down in my SDE sessions.


Sure, I could post slides and pictures of me...but isn't that more fun? Truth is, I didn't even get one picture of myself all day long. I did get a lot of joy, however, out of sharing with teachers and listening to them as well. Remember if you have any questions about our sessions, feel free to email me. 

Then there's these two...
Laurie and Rachelle from Abilene, Texas were the first teachers to walk into my session 8 a.m Monday morning. They stayed with me all day, right there on the front row to encourage and just down right bless me all day long. We started out like this on Monday...
We ended up like this by Thursday!
Another privilege for me is working with the fabulous folks at ESGI. Here I am in their booth talking about the magic of saving hours on your assessments. 

Poof! Who doesn't want assessments that are done in a jiffy? Alakazam! Charts and customized flash cards are made with one click. Shazam! You've shared your data with principals and parents. Seriously. GET YOUR TRIAL LICENSE  before the first week of school. (Use code B6336 to save $40.)

Then there's the fun of meeting up with friends from Georgia...

Kelly: First Grade Fairytales
Bonnie: Bonnie Kathryn Kinders and Beyond
Greg: Mr. Elementary Math California!

Heidi: HeidiSongs
Palma: KFUNdamentals
Yes, there is a whole lot of learning going on at SDE conferences. The fun and friendships are the glue that makes it all stick. Be sure to look for a conference in your state this year. Start saving your pennies for the National Conference next July in Vegas!

Leave a comment if you went to the conference. Even if you weren't in my sessions, share your fun!
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