Friday, June 22, 2012

My New Favorite ECard

I'm sure you've seen this one around.  I thought it was pretty funny on its own.  Then I realized my district is actually offering a Pinterest class during profession development this summer!  So really is like work for me : )

I hope to post up some pictures of some changes I've made in my room and offer some new freebies soon.  we switched from Hp's to Mac's in our district so I am trying to learn how to convert my publisher files and what Mac programs will work for me to create in.  If anyone uses Mac's and can tell me what programs they use, I would appreciate it!  I hope everyone is enjoying a Pinteresting summer!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Amazing Pencil Sharpener!

Have you already heard about these?  I certainly had and I really wanted one.  I begged for one for my upcoming birthday.  My husband thought I was crazy.  Then lucky me, Troy from Classroom Friendly Supplies sent me one to review!  Needless to say, there was an extreme happy dance at the mailbox when it arrived.

So here's my opinion on this pencil sharpener.  It is everything it claims to be on the website.  It is really quiet and sharpens pencils perfectly.  I cannot wait to have my 25 Kindergarten kiddos use it.  No more having to wait until someone is done sharpening their pencil to hear the student I am conferencing with.

A few things I do want to note.  The sharpener pictured above is intended only for regular pencils.  Colored pencils do not sharpen in it.  (One of coworkers tested that out!)  The specifics on the website state it is for standard pencils so it is not misleading.  I do think it will take a little training for my little ones to get the hang of how to use it (mainly inserting the pencil using the clamp) but they certainly will be able to.  My own almost 2 year old could turn the handle so once I've shown them how to get it in it should be a snap.

Overall, I have to say I LOVE this pencil sharpener.  I will definitely be looking to buy a couple more for my room.  I'm curious about the car sharpener as it works on colored pencils as well.  I highly recommend buying one (or 3!) of these!  They are a teacher's dream come true!  So head over to Classroom Friendly Supplies and check them out!