Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mentor Text Linky and a Flash Freebie

I'm linking up with Collaboration Cuties for a "Must Read Mentor Text" Linky. What a great idea! I absolutely love to read and collect children's books, and I'm always looking for new ideas.
Here is my recommendation:

 This fun and relevant story is about a little boy, named Josh, who loves to tattle all the time. All of his tattling gets on everybody's nerves, and he soon finds himself with no friends. His mother warns about a disease that tattlers get, and it's called "Tattle Tongue". Josh is worried about this, so he doesn't tattle anymore, even when someone is in danger. At night, Josh is visited by the "Tattle Prince", and he teaches Josh the difference between a tattle and a warning. He also teaches Josh the four tattle rules. Eventually, Josh learns the difference and knows when to tell an adult and when to let it go. 

I read this story to my first graders, and they loved it. Tattling began early this year, so I wanted to read this to them so we could connect to it and reference it throughout the year. It is so relevant to young children! I bought an Tattle Tongue mini unit on TPT created by Candace Savage (click on her name to see unit). I also made a free Tattle Tongue pledge paper (click on that link to grab it). 

As a treat for reading this post, I've updated/fixed up my Nonfiction Reading Response Packet, and it's currently FREE for a limited time. Grab a copy NOW! Click on product image below.

And, if you'd be so kind, I have 2 simple requests...
#1 I've lost all my bloglovin' followers this past week when I switched from a .com address back to the free address. Please follow me on bloglovin' (see icon on right side of my blog)so I can get my follower number up again.
#2. If you leave a comment about my product on TPT, don't mention that you got it for free. It does tend to get buyers upset when it becomes a paid item. And, since it is free, please contact me with any issues before leaving a negative comment. 

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I'm "Currently"...

I just about had a heart attack when I tried to look on my blog this morning, and I couldn't find it. It.was.gone! GONE! All that hard work! What happened??? Well, back when I was starting out with blogging, I had NOT a clue what I was doing. For some reason, I thought ".com" sounded better than "", so I paid $ for my own domain. Well, guess what....I forgot to renew it. Apparently, I should have checked my gmail account. I would have seen the warnings over a month ago. So, today was the day Google shut me down. But, thanks to some great friends, I'm back in "". After a trip to Sweet Frog, we went back to my friend's house to hang out for a while. My friends were googling machines, and we figured it out. I simply had to remove my custom domain and I'm good to go. Thank God!!!

And, now onto Farley's Currently for October. I'm a little late to the party, but oh well! Click on the image below to join the Currently Linky fun!

LOVE this new Avicii album. He's the one who sings "Wake Me Up". I love the 80s, and even though this is new, it's 80s-ish.

I am LOVING fall! I love everything about it. The leaves, the cooler weather, pumpkin beer, pumpkin wine, Halloween...

I am SO fortunate to have my blog back!!! I am also fortunate to have such great friends-thanks Amy and Bethany!!!

I want a maid (at school/at home)...enough said about that.

People need to be more positive. Life is too short to be a "Debby Downer". C'mon people....lighten up! 

Treat-I LOVE Loft! I am short petite, and their clothes fit me very well (AKA I don't have to put duct tape on my pants to shorten the legs hem their pants). When my car drove me there on Sunday, and I found a little more clothing than I wanted, the nice saleslady told me about their Breast Cancer Awareness card. It costs $25, and as long as you spend $100 and use your Loft card, you save 25%. So, she used the discount, on top of my teacher's discount (she made a mistake) plus a $20 off coupon!!! I took those bags and ran! 

One more thing, if you use Storia the e-reader app from Scholastic, I have a great tip. Don't create bookshelves for each child, or you will drive yourself nuts. Just create genre bookshelves, and assign the books to the shelves. The kids LOVE using Storia, and so do I! I beats cassette players (and tapes)-yes I really did type that-hands down! Click on the Storia icon above to link to the Storia site.