Thursday, June 25, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge Week 2: Dare to Dream


So, if you haven't yet, take a look at this post for week 1 of my TpT Seller Challenge {brought to you by Third in Hollywood, Teach Create and Motivate, Sparkling in Second, and Peppy Zesty Teacherista} blog post series.

This week we are on the topic of 'Dare to Dream', and I'm so excited to share with you my dreams for my future, and the future of my blog and TpT store, as well as the future of my brand A Learning Moment. 

The one and only time I have ever been on a cruise was for my honeymoon (and the only reason I was able to afford that was because it was GIFTED to me as a wedding present from my Aunt.) That was two and a half years ago. The experience was beyond amazing and I have always had dreams of going on another one and traveling and seeing all sorts of different places. My dream is to have A Learning Moment become a successful business in order to help fund that dream (at least once.)

When I got married, I was the only one with any kind of debt. My poor husband, busted his bottom, to pay off his students loans, his car, AND his credit cards before we got married...only to inherit (kind of) $21K worth of debt! I was mortified, and saddened to bring that into my new marriage, and even though he never once complains or holds is over my head, it is a dark cloud that I see hanging over myself. I would love to pay off my student debt so that my husband and I can focus on our new house and starting a family together. 

After I got married, I had to adjust to feeding another human being and taking into account his metabolism (and my lack thereof), and I gained a MONSTROUS amount of weight. I have been taking steps to get healthy again but after a troubled past with body image nothing seems to really be good enough. I want to take that final step and hire a trainer to teach me what I need to know and help me in the process of getting back to where I was happy and healthy.

I am 26 years old (not old by any means) but one of my ultimate goals is to become a mother and I would love to be able to take that step knowing that I can afford to cut my working hours so that I can be there to watch my children grow. I would love to have the security to know that my husband isn't going to have to completely kill himself with overtime while I raise our children. 

This is me. These are my dreams for myself, my brand, and my future. What are your dreams?

Sincerely from TK,

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New! New! New!

Hello lovelies!

So as the first week of the lovely #tptsellerchallenge {read all about it here} comes to the halfway mark, I am excited to say that the Makeover Madness has really gotten my creative juices flowing! It started with just revamping my Numbers Poster Pack to fit with themes I've seen in many other classrooms and the theme I wanted to put in my own room. {You can read all about the changes I made on my blog post found here or you can check out my TpT store here}

You see, I have fallen in love with the "chalkboard" style of decor and now I want to theme my room that way...but seeing as I just bought a new house, and I am a little short on funds {read: I have no money to buy all the decorations I wanted} I decided to make my own! I am far...FAR from done, but I wanted to share about the products I have created so far. 

First: My Numbers Poster Pack 
(which I know I've already mentioned, but it's going to be part of the huge bundle when everything is completed)

This pack contains numbers with guideline arrows to help students learn which way each stroke goes, as well as how many strokes it takes to form a number. There is also a ten-frame under each number to help students learn how to represent the number with a group or an image {which loosely corresponds to CCSS.K.CC.3.} Each number also has a little poem or saying on how to write the number {which helps students focus on penmanship!} You can print these out and place them side by side on a 12x18" piece of paper, laminate, and put up on the wall as a poster for the kids to see all year! {I did this with the former pack, and I plan on doing this again with the new pack.}

Second: My Weather and Season Poster

This product allows students to identify the season, the weather and the temperature each day. There are pieces that can be switched out as the season and weather change. Most of the weather tiles have little images so students can relate the word (or rather letters in my case) to the physical weather. The pieces help create full complete sentences that can be repeated to work on correct speech patterns.

Third: My Chalkboard Months of the Year

This is separate from the calendar pieces that will be coming soon. I use these so my students can see the months in order. I have included little pictures as well as the abbreviated versions of the months so that students can associate certain holidays or events with different months.

Fourth: My Chalkboard Number Chart Numbers

These are simple numbers made up in the chalkboard style. I have a hundreds chart that I have dyed black {to go with the chalkboard theme} that I will put these numbers into. These numbers go all the way up to 120 so whether or not your students are learning to count to 20, 30, 100 or 120, you can use these numbers to help with that. These numbers are also great for number recognition, and I put them in a rainbow pattern so they are easier to put in order.

There are still calendar pieces, a day of the week poster, as well as word wall letters and sight words that will be coming out in the chalkboard style. When those get completed I'll be doing a follow up blog post about them and making a huge bundle. Keep an eye out!

Always remember every moment can be a learning moment!

Sincerely from TK,

Monday, June 15, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge Week 1: Makeover Madness

Hello! In an effort to revamp my image and get my creative juices flowing, I joined the TpT Seller challenge. Each week we focus on a different idea and complete a task. This week we are focusing on Makeover Madness!

I took a very popular product and totally revamped it! Ta da!

I redid the background from just the pretty borders to the chevrons and black chalkboard design. I also changed the fonts to my newest favorite! Also, to help align with common core (loosely anyway) I added ten frames at the bottom of the number pages. The number pages still feature movement arrows so students can see exactly which direction they should move as well as how many strokes each number really should take. 

The rhyme pages I touched up by keeping the original poems and changed their looks. I also added a few other poems as alternatives to my originals. I know my kindergarten team really liked this pack but they used different poems, so I added them for my friends at work because "sharing is caring!" 

If you want to pick up your copy of this product please feel free to stop by my TpT store {here}. Also, please leave feedback if you do pick up a copy. I can't grow as a teacher-author if I don't get feedback from others! 

Thank you so much, and always remember: every moment can be a learning moment!

Sincerely from TK,


So it has been a long while since I posted anything about...well...anything! I am so sorry for that! The end of the year got crazy and I'm buying a house and got complicated. But I am on summer break and wanted to send a quick update about the fact that I am doing multiple things right now!

1. I am working on a new bundle for classroom decorations. I am so very excited for this! I'll post a link to everything when it's all completed!


2. I am also participating in a special challenge! I am participating in the TPT Seller Challenge to help revamp some of my older products and get me back on track with blogging and creating!

Keep an eye out for blog posts about the challenge and my new products! I will also be blogging about different things as I prep for next year. I hope everyone enjoys!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and always remember: every moment can be a learning moment!

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