Friday, July 31, 2015

Texas Size Link Up: Back to School Binder Organization and Freebies

One thing I've been working on this summer is connecting with other educators via social media. I'm excited to be joining in with The Little Ladybug Shop and Planet Happy Smiles from the #tpttexastribe for a Texas size link up! Everyone is sharing #organization #tips #ideas #freebies to get you ready for back to school! 
One one way I stay organized is sorting my files and supplies into binders and bins by subject, topic, standard, season, and holiday. I always know where to find what I need and it makes it easy to put things away in the correct place (the hard part!). I created these editable binder covers to match my Dots on Turquoise color scheme. They are ink friendly, color coded, and have adorable Melonheadz kidlettes!

I'm giving a copy to a lucky follower, make sure to enter the Rafflecopter!
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I'm currently obsessed with Thinglink, so I created one with links to my #b2s freebies for you! Make sure you scoop them up! Simply click on the little circles and it will take you where you need to go. If you haven't used Thinglink, you have to try it out! It is free image mapping and the possibilities for how you could use it in your classroom are endless! 

Thanks for stopping by to get the scoop and make sure to visit all of the other fabulous bloggers participating in the Texas Size Link Up!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Back to School Supply Organization for Busy Families

I have been obsessed with Periscope all week thanks to Angie from Lucky Little Learners and Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in Second broadcasting from Vegas! Who else is a new addict? Leave a comment with your Periscope name so I can be sure to follow you. If you haven't checked it out yet, you MUST! I can't wait to use it in the classroom! #periscopeteachers
I did my first live broadcast today about my Walmart back to school deals, the Walmart Savings Catcher app, and how I organize for back to school with four kids. Oh my gosh, y'all, I was so nervous!! It is harder than you think to record the video, concentrate on what you want to say, while reading and responding to comments, and trying not to get sidetracked. I talked too fast and next time I will slow down so I can spend more time interacting with everyone. I also thought I had stopped the broadcast, but it was still filming live as I walked around my messy kitchen and told my kids they could come out of their rooms. hahaha I'm sure the viewers got a kick out of that!! It is on until tomorrow morning if you want to check it out.
Walmart has some great supply deals this year! Here are some that I scooped up.
In my Periscope, I talked about how I use the Walmart Savings Catcher app to price match. If you don't use the app, you are missing out! It is a quick and easy way to make sure you are getting the lowest price.
All you have to do is scan the bar code or qr code on your receipt after your purchase in the Walmart Savings Catcher App, it electronically searches for lower prices, and sends you the difference on an e-gift card. It will send you an email to let you know it received your receipt and another email letting you know if they found a lower price. If so, it takes about a few days to a week to get your refund. I printed my e-card and keep it in my wallet to reuse every week. Like I said, quick and easy!

I also shared how I stay organized with four kids using my back to school checklist and a tip on how to store supplies. Several people asked me to share my checklist, so I created an editable PowerPoint file that will allow you to type in your own information. I made several options for you; create your own table or use a pre-made table for 1-4 kids. Hopefully, one of these works for your family!! 
Click HERE to download my Back to School Family Supply Checklist Freebie! I hope it helps you get organized for the new year!

The large, plastic, $1 bags that you can get at Marshall's, TJ Max, or Michael's are a great way to store your child's school supplies! They are large enough to hold all of the supplies and the 12x18 construction paper fits perfectly! I tell the teacher she can keep the bag, because teachers always need more bags to cart stuff to and from the school. 

I hope you got some great ideas to help save you money and get organized! Thanks for stopping by to get the scoop!