Well friends, we are sad to say that this is the last Five For Friday post of the summer! We will happily be back in the classroom when next Friday rolls around and we will continue to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday throughout the school year.
It seems like it was just yesterday that we were packing up our classroom for the move to a new school and turning in our keys. Where did the summer go? We closed our eyes and now its time for us to go back! We are going on Monday to pick up our keys and begin unpacking ALL of those boxes! We will be documenting the process and possibly Periscoping the before and after of the craziness that is unpacking, organizing and setting up a new classroom.
On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we participated in Teachers Pay Teachers annual back to school sale. Since we just put products in our store on June 19th and had only made one sale, we weren’t sure what to expect. I had put the TpT app on my iPhone, but Heather had not. I can’t tell you how excited I was the first time I heard the Cha-Ching sound come from the app! I keep telling Heather that she needs to get the app, just so that she can hear the Cha-Ching! Thankfully we have had more Cha-Chings, but in all honesty, that first sale made all the hours we have poured into the 54 products in our store worth it! We are excited to see where this TpT journey takes us!
I know that Heather wrote bout our time at Frog Street Splash in a post earlier this week, but it definitely figures prominently in the big moments of our week! We were so fortunate to hear former first lady Laura Bush speak at Splash. Mrs. Bush was an amazing speaker. Heather and I have been to the Splash conference many times before. During those times we have heard from many keynote speakers. These speakers have been some of the leaders in early childhood education, authors of children’s books, early childhood entertainers and the list goes on. While all these speakers have something of value to share with their audience, not all speakers can grab and hold your attention, or make you laugh or cry while getting their message across. It is a rare thing when one can do all of those things and make it seem effortless. Laura Bush was able to do all of these things and while doing so, she conveyed a warmness that everyone there could feel. We were in a ballroom with over 2000 early childhood educators and it felt like we were the only people to whom she was speaking. Mrs. Bush is a class act and if you ever get the opportunity to hear her speak, do it!
I know that we have talked about Super Simple Learning before in our posts, but we were thrilled to meet our cyber buddy, Sara from Super Simple Learning, while at Splash. First off, you need to know that Sara is a joy! She is one of those people who never meets a stranger! We had talked back and forth with Sara through Twitter and email for several months and were so excited when she tweeted us in the spring to tell us that she was coming to Texas to go to the Splash conference. It is always a great thing when you meet someone, that you have been in contact with and had never met in person, and it seems like you have known each other for years. That’s how Heather and I felt when we finally got to meet Sara. We have met someone that we will be friends with forever!
One of the speakers at Splash was Travis and his dog Pete from Travis and Friends. Travis has a character education curriculum can be bought through Frog Street. Travis uses his furry friends, Presley and Pete, to help teach children essential life skills and good manners. When Travis came on the stage with his dog Pete, they did a little show and then Travis began to ask the audience questions. He asked how many of the audience had dogs and a lot of hands went up, including mine. He then asked how many people didn’t have a dog and never planned to have one. A much smaller number of hands went up. Heathers was one of them. As soon as her hand went up Travis, who was up on the stage, said “you right there in the middle, wearing the black shirt, what is your name?” and he was pointing right at Heather. She told him her name and he asked her to come up on stage. Now what I haven’t told you is that Heather is scared of animals. No that isn’t strong enough, she is terrified of animals! It is a true fear that she has had her entire life. In all honesty, I did not think she would go up on stage, but she did! She went up reluctantly, but she did go up! Once she got in stage and Travis could see that she was shaking, he knew that it wasn’t that she didn’t like dogs, she had a real fear. He kept her up there for a bit and had her give the dog a treat (which she threw to the dog), had her command the dog to lie down and then he let her go! I got it all on video! You can see her shaking! This is the first time that I have uploaded a video so I hope it works!