July 31, 2011

Genre Labels: Nonfiction Set I {printable}

I finished my first batch of genre labels this evening!

It took me awhile to figure out how I wanted to set up the rest of my library, but I think I have found a system that will work well for my students.
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July 29, 2011

Supply Labels {printable}

I know I've been sharing a lot of blackline printables for supplies lately, since I'm printing it all on brights for my 4th and 5th graders.

But I didn't want to forget about my primary friends, who might like something a bit more colorful and appealing to their younger students.
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July 28, 2011

New blog feature--Find it Fast!

I was thinking the other day how visuals are so key on the Internet, and how cool it would be to have a visual menu on your blog! Kind of like a quick, go-to menu. It would be so great for finding posts people might remember reading awhile back. And it would definitely be a great resource for any new readers and followers.

So I had an idea on how to do this easily--with Inlinkz! I know so many of us have used this service before for linky parties. But I thought, maybe it could be used to link up older posts on your own blog! So I wrote an email, just to check if this was ok with Inlinkz. They wrote a lovely email back and even showed me a way to remove the submit button when finished, so it wouldn't look so much like a linky party, but a picture menu.

To remove the button only involves one simple step and can be found here: Galleries and Product Lists with InLinkz. And I think, but am not certain, you could even make commission if people click on InLinkz through your collection, if you are interested in doing that (I don't belong fully, I just buy one month's subscription once in awhile--it's only $1.99 for a month of collections).

I added mine to the top, rightmost tab:
It's a list of visual links to most of my printables here. I have it set so the older links are at the top and newer towards the bottom.

I'm hoping this will be another way to navigate through the blog. Do you think this is something you would try on your blog? I would love to see it if you do!!

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July 25, 2011

Cutting those round labels!

I am comforted in the fact that I am not the only one who wants round labels in her classroom--I thought you guys would all think I was crazy before! But I've finished my supply labels and my leveled library labels and I have to say--I my circle cutter!
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July 19, 2011

Some more specials signs!

If you commented on the specials signs last night, I compiled them all into one document below. Thanks for the sweet words yesterday!

These are the last ones, sorry, or I'll never finish my huuuuge To-Do List!!!! Have a lovely evening!





More Specials Signs
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July 18, 2011

New specials signs {printable}

And, you guessed it, they're round! Don't worry, the ones I'm sharing below don't have to be circular!

Last year, I made all of our classroom signs with Thistlegirl graphics. Many of them can still be used, so I really only need to change a few to tie in with the new design scheme.
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July 9, 2011

Creating a Classroom Blog Video Series

Hi everyone!! I am glad to be back home and on my blog. I had so much fun guest-blogging over at Barrow's Hodgepodge this week...thanks so much Mechele!!

Just in case you missed a video, I am reposting the first four videos in the series below.

I was wondering if I should continue the "Creating a Classroom Blog" tutorials or not. I would love to make more, but only if there are people who are interested. Would you like to see more?

If not, that's totally fine--I have some other video ideas in mind. :)

I've also been working on a slightly different community supply management system, as well as some new labels. I am really looking forward to sharing those when finished!


Here are the four videos...have a nice evening!









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July 7, 2011

Day Three of Video Tutorials :)

Hello! If you have a moment, please stop by Barrow's Hodgepodge to see today's tutorial for Creating a Classroom Blog--Embedding a Calendar...it's very easy to do and a great resource for students and parents!
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July 6, 2011

Hey guys! I have to say, I'm loving this scheduled post option--now it's like I never left my blog for vacation!! Don't forget to check out Barrow's Hodgepodge for Day Two of the Classroom Blog Tutorials! :)
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July 5, 2011

Video: New and Old Versions of Blogger and...

And now, another scheduled post as I am on vacation!!

I figured out some silly thing I couldn't fix before!! (You'll know what I mean if you watch the video tutorial series over at Barrow's Hodgepodge)
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This video also goes over how to get to the newer version of Blogger and a bit about its layout. :)


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First Classroom Blog Video Tutorial tonight!

Over at Barrow's Hodgepodge!! Talk to you all on Friday! :)
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Favorite Fonts Linky Party!

I am supposed to be packing right now (and hopefully I won't be seen on my computer) but I couldn't resist in joining in on Jenn's Favorite Font Linky Party (over @ Finally in First). I have a gazillion fonts on my computer and my fonts of choice are always changing...but this list represents a few of my all-time favorites and my newest go-tos for fonts. They are all Kevin and Amanda fonts:
Thanks Jenn, what a great idea for a linky party!
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July 4, 2011

Going on a vacation--and so is my blog!

We're off to the mountains for vacation! We'll be hiking a bit, shopping, but not camping (we're not that rugged! We need wifi and a dvd player on our vacay!).

My blog is actually going on a little vacation too--it's headed over to Barrow's Hodgepodge for a few days! I'm going to be a guest blogger on Mechele's blog from Tuesday 'til Friday!



You have to check out her blog, she shares so many wonderful ideas... from her thoughts on two book studies, to organizational labels, to cool classroom ideas (I loved seeing her student work samples in their ABC Summer Countdown!).
So...Ladybug's Teacher Files is headed over to visit at Barrow's Hodgepodge for a series of video tutorials. The topic??

This series will be for anyone interested in starting a classroom blog as a website resource for students and parents, separate from their teaching blog. It will also (hopefully) be helpful to those just starting to blog, or even those who haven't yet started, but have been thinking of making a blog.


The first four videos will be featured on Mechele's blog, Barrow's Hodgepodge. The rest of the series will be shared here, on Ladybug's Teacher Files. I will be sharing a range of tips from basic starting tips to some more techy tricks I've used on my own classroom blog. I hope it's something you'd like to check out! Happy Fourth of July, I will talk to you all later!!
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July 2, 2011

Video Tutorial: Adding little pictures to comments

Like that little flower! It's kind of cute and it draws attention to your name and, more importantly, to the URL of your blog site! Want to learn more?

First, here's what you will need for today's tutorial...
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July 1, 2011

Video Tutorial: Making commenting a bit easier

Disclaimer! This is totally based on preference, I am not saying this will be the ideal for everyone. I've just been noticing lately that a few blogs have removed that code that automatically pops up when you want to publish a comment on someone's blog.

As a reader of those blogs, I love this! It's so much faster to comment :)

The aim of the code, of course, is to prevent spam from going through, so there is a valid reason for having it. I decided though, in the long run, I could delete my own spam if it comes through. Ultimately, I want to make it a bit easier for my readers to comment--because you are all so lovely!
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